Speaker Date Topic
Betsy Rebert, Emergency Management Specialist Feb 27, 2020 12:15 PM
Development on Coronavirus and Public Health Preparedness Plans of Montgomery County
Development on Coronavirus and Public Health Preparedness Plans of Montgomery County

Betsy Rebert will discuss developments on Coronavirus and public health preparedness plans of Montgomery County.

Marina Abrams Mar 05, 2020 12:15 PM
Author, Artist and Cultural Promoter for Central Asia
Author, Artist and Cultural Promoter for Central Asia
Andra Watkins Mar 12, 2020 12:15 PM
Why I walked 444 Miles to Make a Memory
Why I walked 444 Miles to Make a Memory

Andra Watkins is one of the only living persons to walk the 444-mile Natchez Trace as the pioneers did, and she did it with an unconventional wing-man, her 80-year old father, a Dayton, TN native.  Her life-changing adventure inspired her New York Times best-selling memoir Not Without My Father, which chronicles their experience.  Andra is also the author of four other sucdessful books, and is an active an celebrated Rotarian, having served in a number of leadership positions at Eastern South Carolina area clubs.

Joe Corona, CEM Mar 19, 2020 12:15 PM
Emergency Preparedness and the MC Office of Emergency Management
Emergency Preparedness and the MC Office of Emergency Management

Joseph Corona joined CHHS in January of 2015 as a Senior Policy Analyst. He supports emergency management outreach through the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.

Originally from New York, Mr. Corona spent two years working for FEMA in the first implementation of the National Disaster Recovery Framework for a catastrophic event following Hurricane Sandy. As an Emergency Management Specialist for FEMA, Mr. Corona led projects that improved situational awareness and connected practitioners with information and resources that promoted recovery efforts.

Mr. Corona holds an Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) designation from the International Association of Emergency Managers, and his prior professional experience includes business continuity planning, exercise development, and project management. He received his Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Emergency and Disaster Management from Metropolitan College of New York and his Bachelor of Arts from New York University.

Projects

Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security

Bill Hickman Mar 26, 2020 12:15 PM
The History of Baseball in Rockville
The History of Baseball in Rockville

Bill Hickman, longtime member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), will present the history of baseball in Rockville.  Bill Hickman will present a rundown of the various players and managers with Rockville associations to the history of the game. You will learn about their performances on the diamond, and in some cases, their impact on the Rockville community. The presentation will include: why is Walter Johnson buried in Rockville? What Rockville ballplayer was investigated by the Kennedy Assassination Records Review Board? What is the connection between the Red Brick Courthouse and baseball? Mr. Hickman will also cover the evolution of amateur baseball in Rockville.

Grant Samms Apr 02, 2020 12:15 PM
Unique Business Tools to Address Climate Change
Unique Business Tools to Address Climate Change

Grant Samms is a research analyst, writer, and speaker on climate change issues.  His writing on environmental and social issues has been published in Forbes and the Baltimore Sun, among other publications.  He is a Certified Climate Chage Professional.  Grant led the Rural Energy Project at the Center for Environment and Society at Washington College. His focus there included energy efficiency, resilience, and democratization in rural spaces. He holds an MS in Environmental Sociology from Oklahoma State University and a BS in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology from Kansas State University.

Johnny Nguyen Apr 09, 2020 12:15 PM
Sarah Kessler Apr 30, 2020 12:15 PM
Future Link
Future Link

Sarah Kessler joined the staff of Future Link in 2019 after working in the Development and Quality Assurance Departments at Family Services, Inc. for the past decade, specializing in grant writing, resource cultivation, and program improvement. After obtaining her Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University, Sarah began her career with the New York City Health + Hospitals Corporation. She is currently on the board of the Montgomery County Council of PTAs and the Germantown Alliance and is a 2018 graduate of Leadership Montgomery. She is excited about combining her professional development experience with her personal interest in educational advocacy to expand the capacity of Future Link to provide additional career opportunities for young adults.

Future Link was incorporated in May 2008 to fill the gap in services for youth who struggle to make the critical transition from high school to self-sufficiency.  Since then, Future Link's program has evolved in services offered, number served, and impact to meet the demands of our program participants.  Future Link celebrated the official grand opening of their Rockville location on November 13, 2019.

Dr. Randy Overbeck May 07, 2020 12:15 PM
Ghosts - "Things that go Bump in the Night"
Ghosts - "Things that go Bump in the Night"

Dr. Randy Overbeck is a veteran educator who has served children for more than three decades as a teacher and school leader, winning national recognition and awards for his work. Over that time, he has performed many of the roles depicted in his writing, with responsibilities ranging from coach and yearbook advisor to principal and superintendent. An accomplished writer, he has been published in academia, the popular press and, more recently, in the literary realm. His first novel, Leave No Child Behind, won the 2011 Silver Award for Thriller of the Year from ReadersFavorite.com. His second novel, Blood on the Chesapeake, a ghost story/mystery, was released April, 2019 by the Wild Rose Press, and is the first in a new series called the HAUNTED SHORES MYSTERIES.   This novel has inspired an entertaining, new presentation entitled, “Things That Go Bump in the Night.”

Jane Lyons, Advocacy Manager May 14, 2020 12:15 PM
Coalition for Smarter Growth - Montgomery County General Plan Update
Coalition for Smarter Growth - Montgomery County General Plan Update

As Maryland Advocacy Manager, Jane engages with local officials, community and business leaders, residents, and activists in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties to build coalitions that support smart growth policies. She researches, develops, and executes strategies for new and ongoing campaigns to achieve our priority goals in transit, safe walking and bicycling, transit-oriented development, and affordable housing.

Jane’s experience spans multiple levels of government, including the EPA’s Smart Growth Program, the Maryland General Assembly, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, and Hyattsville Community Development Corporation. Before joining CSG, Jane completed a fellowship at the Montgomery County Council, researching policy issues related to accessory dwelling units and affordable housing.

Jane holds a Master of Public Policy, with a specialization in City Management and Public Finance, and a BA in Economics, both from UMD College Park. Outside of work, Jane enjoys going to concerts, finding new bike routes, and seeing plays.