Speaker Date Topic
Club President Dennis Shoemaker Jun 23, 2017
End of the Rotary Year
No Meeting -- 4th of July Weekend Jun 30, 2017
Colonel Mark Anarumo Jul 07, 2017
Character and Leadership Development at the US Air Force Academy
Character and Leadership Development at the US Air Force Academy

Colonel Mark Anarumo is the Permanent Professor and Department Head for the Center for Character and Leadership Development, United States Air Force Academy, Colo. The Center is responsible for providing leadership, honor, and character education to the Cadet Wing of over 4,000 officer candidates. The Center maintains administrative oversight of the Cadet Honor Code, hosts several large forums per year including the annual National Character and Leadership Symposium, and conducts leading-edge research, instruction and assessment for advancing the 21st Century Profession of Arms. The Center is integral to the Academy’s mission of graduating officers of character and integrating the Air Force’s Core Values of "Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence In All We Do" for faculty, staff, and cadets.

Officer Jake Skifstad Jul 14, 2017
Shield 616
Shield 616

Jake Skifstad is a CSPD police officer with over 15 years of experience. Jake started a successful business in 2012 supplying law enforcement across the country with enhanced active shooter gear.  Jake had the vision of not only getting this necessary gear donated to departments but also providing a support system for each individual officer by members of their local community.

Claire Anderson and Vickie Hefner Jul 21, 2017
Innovations in Aging

Claire Anderson serves Innovations in Aging Collaborative as executive director after working as executive director of the Senior Resource Council, and previously, executive director of the El Paso County Bar Association. Claire holds a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, MN, and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Recently Claire obtained a Professional Advancement Certificate in Gerontology from UCCS and is a Certified Mediator through The Elledge Group.

 

Vickie Heffner is the Executive Director, PILLAR Institute for Lifelong Learning, Colorado Springs, CO The PILLAR Institute for Lifelong Learning, founded in 1998 under the auspices of Pikes Peak Community College and spun off a year later as an independent 501(c)(3) organization, prides itself on being the only independent Lifelong Learning Organization in the Pikes Peak region.

Dr. Leslie Hennessy Jul 28, 2017
Canine Companions for Independence
Canine Companions for Independence

Founded in 1975, Canine Companions for Independence® is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.

The assistance dogs we breed, raise and train aren’t just the ears, hands and legs of their human partners. They’re also goodwill ambassadors and often, their best friends. They open up new opportunities and new possibilities and spread incredible joy. We unite people with dogs in a powerful program that leads to greater independence and confidence.

Susan Davies Aug 04, 2017
Trails and Open Spaces
Trails and Open Spaces

Susan Davies is the Executive Director of the Trails and Open Space Coalition, an organization dedicated to the preservation of open space and parks, and the creation of a network of trails, bikeways and greenways for the Pikes Peak region. Susan worked for 30 years as a television journalist specializing in environmental reporting before joining TOSC in 2009. Public Policy and Communications are her specialty. Improving our trails, open space and parks is her passion. She earned her master’s degree in Environmental Science and Management from Duquesne University and her bachelor’s from Lawrence University. In her free time she enjoys bicycling, hiking, skiing and camping with family and friends.

Wayne W. Williams, Colorado Secretary of State Aug 11, 2017
Colorado and the Secretary of State
Colorado and the Secretary of State

Wayne Williams was elected Colorado’s 38th Secretary of State in 2014 with more votes than any other Secretary of State in Colorado history.  Wayne was also the first sitting county election official elected as Colorado Secretary of State.

As Secretary of State, Wayne Williams strives to work with the staff to provide excellent customer service throughout the office.  Wayne is committed to ensuring fair, honest, and open elections.  He is the first Colorado Secretary of State to earn the nationally recognized Certified Elections/Registration Administrator designation. Prior to his election as Secretary, Wayne Williams served as the El Paso County Clerk & Recorder from 2011 to 2015, where he successfully ran elections in the state’s most populous county. As Clerk, Wayne Williams focused his efforts on expanding services to citizens by adding more than a dozen 24/7 drop boxes and consistently running elections that were both cost-effective and voter-friendly.  Because of his expertise, he was selected by Democratic County Commissioners in San Luis Valley to run the recall election of their former County Clerk & Recorder. He also expanded access to online records and published instant wait times to help people spend less time waiting.

Lonnie Cramer Aug 18, 2017
Same Day Hip Replacement
Same Day Hip Replacement

Lonnie Cramer is the Chief Operating Officer of Penrose Hospital. Lonnie has 25 years of operational healthcare experience and has been with Penrose-St. Francis since 2007. Prior to assuming his current role, he held the title of Administrative Director of Surgical & Imaging Services as well as Director of Orthopedics and Neurosurgical Service Line for PSF. He now has operational responsibility for several departments including Surgical Services, Imaging Services, Facilities, Construction, Support Services (Environmental, Food and Nutrition, Security and Valet Services), Pharmacy and Laboratory. He also spearheads hospital joint ventures and business development initiatives.

District Governor George Small Aug 25, 2017
Timothy Zercher, Founder of Easy Social Solutions Sep 01, 2017
Marketing and Advertising Made Easy
Marketing and Advertising Made Easy

Timothy Zercher graduated from CSU-Pueblo with his Masters and Bachelors in Business Administration with a Minor in Finance and an Emphasis in International Marketing. Passionate about his community and alma mater, Timothy currently serves on the Community Advisory Board of Enactus CSU-Pueblo, a student organization, the CSU-Pueblo Alumni Board, and Rotary 43’s International Committee.

Dr. Marlene Bizub Sep 08, 2017
Advocacy for Children
Advocacy for Children

Dr. Marlene Bizub began her career as a psychotherapist, then worked nearly 20 years as an evaluator in domestic relations cases for Colorado Springs courts. She graduated from Wichita State University with a Master’s degree in gerontology and counseling, attended Colorado School of Professional Psychology, and earned her Doctorate degree in Forensic Psychology from Eisner Institute for Professional Studies.

 

Over the years, Dr. Marlene has worked as a family preservation specialist in dependency and neglect cases and has served on various committees for the court. Currently, she serves as a facilitator for the Children and Families in Transition class through the 4th Judicial District Court in Colorado Springs. Plus, she is a designated provider of the “For the Kids” Level 2 co-parenting workshop through 4th Judicial District Court.

 

A professional speaker and compelling storyteller, Dr. Marlene has presented at a number of Continuing Law Education Conferences and Family Law Institute events. Her articles are frequently published in psychotherapy and legal publications.

Trevor Dierdorff & Ryan MacOubrie Sep 15, 2017
Party Politics in El Paso County

Trevor Dierdorff is the Chairman of the El Paso County Republic Party and CEO of AmNet, an information technology support company that provides IT service to companies along the Front Range.

Ryan Macoubrie is the 1st Vice Chair of the El Paso County Democratic Party.

Chief Pete Carey Sep 22, 2017
Law Enforcement in Colorado Springs
Law Enforcement in Colorado Springs

Peter Carey began his law enforcement career with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in 1982.  In 1984, he joined the Colorado Springs Police Department as an officer in Patrol and then with the Metro Vice, Narcotics & Intelligence Division.  Promoted to sergeant in 1991, he supervised in Patrol, the Training Academy, Tactical Enforcement Unit, Investigations, and Metro VNI.  In 1999, he was promoted to lieutenant with assignments in Patrol, Patrol Support and in Persons Crimes.  Promoted to Commander in 2004, he was assigned to Patrol Support and then to the Stetson Hills Patrol Division.  In 2008, he was promoted to Deputy Chief over the Administrative Services Bureau and then to the Patrol Bureau.  In October 2011, he was appointed Acting Chief of Police, formally receiving the permanent appointment in January 2012.

Chief Carey holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.  He is a graduate of the 229thSession of the FBI’s National Academy and a 2010 graduate of the Senior Management Institute of Policing.

Chief Carey serves on many boards in the Fourth Judicial District, enhancing the quality of life for the citizens who live and visit here.  Chief Carey is married and has four children.

James Wilkins as Governor Ralph Carr Sep 29, 2017
Ralph Carr, CO Governor from 1939-1943
Ralph Carr, CO Governor from 1939-1943

James Wilkins is a Denver Rotarian who portrays Ralph Carr the 29th Governor of Colorado. Governor Carr "was guided by the ideals that America stands for,” said William Wei, a history professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder who is an authority on Carr’s legacy. “He is one of our unknown heroes. In American history, we have many of them: many individuals who do what’s right but who are often overlooked.” Carr was named Colorado's "Person of the Century" by the Denver Post.

Sally Rothstein Oct 06, 2017
Project Angel Heart
Project Angel Heart

Sally Rothstein is the Colorado Springs Regional Manger of Project Angel Heart, founded in 1991 to address major challenges facing Coloradans living with a life-threatening illness—getting the nutrition they need to get stronger and remain independent in their homes. Many are too sick to get to the grocery store, have to choose whether to buy food or medication or are too weak to make themselves or their dependents a meal.

Project Angel Heart and partners in this work–from top local restaurants to donors and corporate sponsors, to the thousands of volunteers who stir, chop, deliver meals, answer phones and more–guarantee that each client will receive nutritious meals made with love and designed to give hope

Drew Martorella Oct 13, 2017
UCCS Presents and the Ent Center for the Arts
UCCS Presents and the Ent Center for the Arts

Drew Martorella is the Executive Director of UCCS Presents which includes Theatreworks, the Galleries of Contemporary Art, the University Center and Conference Services and operation of the new Ent Center for the Arts, a transformational, five-venue collaboration involving the university, six community arts partners and three local school districts. The new Ent Center for the Arts will house:

  • A 750-seat theatre
  • A 245-seat recital hall
  • The Gallery of Contemporary Art (GOCA)
  • The Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater (THEATREWORKS)
  • The Osborne Theatre
  • Rehearsal and instructional studio space
  • Support and office space
Jesse G. Collette Oct 20, 2017
Planet Walk Colorado Springs
Planet Walk Colorado Springs

Jesse Collette is the brainchild of the Colorado Springs Planet Walk, a trail that includes a display of planets of our solar system, all relatively sized and placed in order. He recently presented the idea to the city's Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services advisory board.  His vision is to place a sun measuring 21 feet in diameter in America the Beautiful Park downtown, with smaller planets arrayed along the Santa Fe Trail.

Andy Vick Oct 27, 2017
Culture in the Pikes Peak Region
Culture in the Pikes Peak Region

Andy Vick is the Executive Director of the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPR) a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that supports and promotes the creative community in the Pikes Peak region. Andy oversees the daily operation and management of a non-profit, local arts agency serving a two-county region with a population of almost 700,000. In conjunction with his work at the Cultural Office, Andy serves on the Colorado Springs Convention & Visitor’s Bureau Board of Directors, is an Ex-Officio Board member of the Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC, and is on the Executive Committee for the United States Urban Arts Federation (an Americans for the Arts council of local arts agency executives from the 60 largest US cities). Andy is an experienced public speaker and consultant on the topic of using the arts as a tool for economic development and community vitality.

Kelly L. Cline, District 11 Nov 03, 2017
Teaching from the Front Line
Teaching from the Front Line

Kelly Cline is a Mathematics teacher at Palmer High School, and most importantly, a 2013 Rotary Diamond Award Winner. As a student she attended Stratton and Queen Palmer elementary schools and East Junior and Wasson High School.  She has over 23 years of experience as an educator. She was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics Education by Colorado State University and has a Master of Arts in Education degree as well. She is uniquely qualified and positioned to provide an update on teaching and education from where the rubber meets the road. 

Charlotte Waters, Pikes Peak YMCA Nov 10, 2017
Your YMCA and Contributions to Healthy Communities
Your YMCA and Contributions to Healthy Communities

Charlotte Waters is the Chief Healthcare Strategist of the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region. Since December 2016 she has worked to establish partnerships that align with he YMCA's priorities to improve population health. Her efforts emphasize improved access and reduction of barriers to essential health maintenance programs and services. Before joining the staff of the YMCA, she served as the National Clinical Informatics Manager of Catholic Health Initiatives and as the Director, HealthLink and PBX at Memorial Hospital. She has a Master's Executive Certificate in Executive Leadership in Health Care Informatics from the University of Colorado at Denver, an MBA from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, and a Bachelor of Science in Science and Healthcare from the University of New Mexico.

Don Cesare Nov 17, 2017
The most interesting man in the world
The most interesting man in the world

Although he probably wouldn't accept the title of Most Interesting Man in the World, Don Cesare has had a very interesting life. He served as an FBI agent for over 20 years, was a CIA para-military officer, and a captain in the US Marine Corps. He helped investigate the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and the murder of three civil rights workers in Mississippi.