Speaker Date Topic
Bruce Bjornstad, Geologist and Author Jan 24, 2019
Exploring ice age megafloods

Huge floods from the break up of Glacial Lake Missoula in western Montana had a profound effect on eastern Washington, including the Tri Cities.  During the largest floods water backed up, temporarily, 900 feet deep behind a hydraulic constriction at Wallula Gap.  Evidence for repeated floods that occurred as recently as 14,000 years ago will be presented and discussed via stimulating aerial photos and videos.


Bruce Bjornstad is licensed a geologist/hydrogeologist and retired Senior Research Scientist from Battelle's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He received a Bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of New Hampshire and a Master’s degree in geology from Eastern Washington University.  During his 35-year career he has written numerous documents and reports on the geology of the region as well as two geologic guidebooks on Ice Age floods that transformed the Pacific Northwest as recently as 14,000 years ago. Bruce is also the creator of an online YouTube Channel titled: “Ice Age Floodscapes”.

Dr. Brian Lawenda, Radiation Oncologist Jan 31, 2019
Medical Cannabinoids and Cancer

Learn about the science, data and indication of medical cannabinoids for cancer that reduce cancer side effects.

Dr. Lawenda graduated with honors (Alpha Omega Alpha Honors
Medical Society) from Temple University School of Medicine,
Philadelphia, PA. He completed his Radiation Oncology residency
at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School
and Dana Farber Cancer Institute, where he served as Chief
Resident. He also completed a fellowship in Medical Acupuncture
at Stanford University/UCLA Schools of Medicine. He was a
Commander in the US Navy, and served for 13 years in both
clinical and department head positions as a surface warfare
medical officer and radiation oncologist.

Dr. Lawenda is not only a recognized expert in radiation
oncology, but he is also an integrative oncologist. Integrative
oncology combines state-of-the-art cancer treatments with
evidence-based natural and complementary therapies, dietary
and lifestyle counseling and functional medicine to help
reduce treatment side effects and hopefully improve cancer
outcomes. Dr. Lawenda is the only integrative oncologist in the
Tri-Cities area, and has over 10 years of practice experience,
research and leadership in this specialty.

His expertise focuses on patient quality of life, implementing
short course, high precision treatments and technologies,
including: stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and stereotactic
body radiation therapy (SBRT), intensity modulated radiation
therapy (IMRT), image guided radiation therapy (IGRT),
motion management techniques for normal tissue sparing
and brachytherapy.

Becky Burghart, Site Manager Hanford Unit Feb 07, 2019
Manhattan Project National Historical Park

Update on the development of the interpretive, education, and community outreach programs by the National Park Service at the Hanford Unit of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.


Becky Burghart is the National Park Service Site Manager for the Hanford Unit of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. After a two-year stint in Ecuador as a Peace Corp volunteer, she started her career as an interpretive ranger working two years with California State Parks before transferring to the National Park Service. She has worked as an interpretive ranger at Mesa Verde and Grand Teton national parks and at Chamizal National Memorial. Most recently, Becky served as the Chief of Interpretation at White Sands National Monument in New Mexico for eight years. In that position, she oversaw the interpretation, education, and volunteer programs and served as the public information officer and community outreach coordinator for the monument. She holds a BS in Crop and Agricultural Science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a MS in Conservation Social Science from the University of Idaho.

WSU Tri-Cities Chancellor Sandra Haynes Feb 14, 2019
General introduction of Chancellor Haynes and the WSU Tri-Cities campus

Dr. Haynes became Chancellor of WSU Tri-Cities in March of 2018. She previously served as the deputy provost and vice president of academic affairs and a professor in the Department of Human Services at the Metropolitan State University of Denver and was dean of the university’s College of Professional Studies for 13 years. Chancellor Haynes is a licensed psychologist. She earned her doctorate and master’s degrees in experimental neuropsychology at Colorado State University, where she also completed a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Her leadership skills and collaborative approach to building innovative partnerships promises an exciting future for WSU Tri-Cities as we continue to grow enrollment, academic programs and facilities. As an academic, she believes it is vital to feed the life of the mind, contribute to disciplinary knowledge and to be of service to the communities in which she lives and works—a belief shared in the mission of WSU Tri-Cities.

Chuck DeGooyer, CEO Feb 21, 2019
Tri Cities Cancer Center - 25 years of Cancer Care in our community

A quick review of the people and the services provided at the Tri-Cities Cancer Center and the Vision For Our Future

Chuck DeGooyer is the CEO for the Tri-Cities Cancer Center.  He received his Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota and his undergraduate degree from Eastern Washington University. 

Prior to returning to Kennewick in 2013, Chuck was the CEO of the American Cancer Society, Great West Division, leading their operations in the 12 western states of our country for 10 years.  Before he joined the ACS as staff, he was a 15 year volunteer and served as a member of their Board of Directors.

Before the Cancer Center and the ACS, Chuck worked for 25 years in hospital and physician practice administration with Kennewick General Hospital.  He is the Past President and current Board Member of the Kiwanis Club of Kennewick and a Past Board Member of the United Way of Benton and Franklin Counties.  Chuck and his wife Michelle make their home in Kennewick.

Kahryn Campbell, owner Anelare winery Feb 28, 2019
Anelare Winery

Anelare is a small business located in the heart of Washington Wine Country, established 11 1/2 years ago. Would love to tell you where we have been, where we are now, and our vision going forward.

Bio - Kahryn Campbell grew up in the Tri Cities and has a passion for the community in which she resides. Her education is in business and marketing from the University of Idaho. Her love for wine, the industry and growing up around family business (across industries) has helped her develop Anelare. Along with the team, Kahryn runs the day to day business and enjoys the process from vineyard to bottle! She has two children; son Landon (13) and daughter Reese (12) who were just babies when this journey began. The family has planted thier roots in Benton City to showcase thier beautiful wines to the world, and give visitors a first class experience of Washington's wine industry.

Kim Gravenslund, General Manager at Anelare Wines, thrives on challenges particularly those that engage the members but also the wine enthusiasts. Some of her primary responsibilities are wine club management, special events, and brand positioning. Prior to joining Anelare, she served in the General Manager role for another family winery for nearly a decade. Notable in her many years of service in the wine industry includes her various volunteer activities with the WA Association of Wine Grape Growers, WA Wine Commission, Visit Tri- Cities, and Wine Yakima Valley

Neil and Shannon Aiello Mar 07, 2019
high tech hearing

A review of the latest technology available in digital hearing aids


Dr. Neil W. Aiello, Au.D., received his education at Washington State University, graduating with his master’s degree in audiology in 1992. He immediately joined his father, Dr. Frank A. Aiello, Ph.D. at Columbia Basin Hearing Center. After working in the field for 12 years, Neil attended Salus University where he graduated with his clinical doctorate in 2007. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. He specializes in diagnostic audiology, hearing technology, vestibular evaluations and management, as well as rehabilitative audiology with an emphasis in geriatrics. His credentials allow him to frequently serve as an expert witness in the field of forensic audiology. As Chief Operations Officer, Neil manages all operations of CBHC. His business acumen, combined with over 20 years of experience, makes him exceptionally qualified to manage clinical operations, ensuring the highest level of care and expertise for all of our patients. Dr. Neil is passionate about improving his patient’s quality of life through better hearing.

When not working in the practice, Neil loves spending time with his family and children. Neil and Shannon have four children, three beautiful girls, and one happy little boy. Neil especially enjoys photography and taking his family to play golf. Neil is a Tri-Cities native and is proud to call this area his home.

Dr. Shannon Aiello joined Columbia Basin Hearing Center in 2007 during her clinical externship. In 2008, she graduated from Western Michigan University with her Doctorate of Audiology. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. She specializes in diagnostic and rehabilitative audiology with an emphasis in geriatrics and tinnitus management. She particularly enjoys working with new hearing technology and rehabilitation.

In 2014, Dr. Shannon opened the Tinnitus Relief clinic, which is Washington State’s only tinnitus management clinic. She is a leading expert in the area of tinnitus and a board member of the Tinnitus Practitioners Association.

Shannon loves spending time with her family and children. Shannon and Neil are blessed with four beautiful children, three girls and one boy. She also loves her two four-legged children, Buck and Jazz. Shannon enjoys jogging, playing golf, cooking, and being outdoors.

Dan Curley, Executive Director Mar 14, 2019
Wishing star Foundatin: Changing Lives one wish at a time

Wishing Star Foundation, the first wish-granting organization in Washington State, was inspired by a local child’s terminal illness and created in his loving memory by his first-grade teacher, more than 35 years ago. Learn about Wishing Star’s mission to grant wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses, hear some of the remarkable wishes that children have dreamed of over the years, and what their current kids are wishing for to this day.

BIOGRAPHY:   Dan, Executive Director of the Wishing Star Foundation, married and the proud father of three young children, was a college athlete at EWU where he received his undergraduate degree before a brief stint as a professional athlete; he went on to obtain his M.A. in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University and has spent the past 12 years in non-profit management.

Carl Cadwell, DDS Mar 21, 2019
Feeling Good from the inside out

A new direction available for those who want to increase blood circulation, lymph drainage and increase their energy at the cellular level to recover faster, feel more invigorated and lose weight. 

BIOGRAPHY:  Graduate of Kennewick High School, Attended Whitman College, U of Oregon receiving a B.A., U of Washington Dental School. President of Cadwell Laboratories a medical device company headquartered in Kennewick, Owner of Tri City Court Club, LifeQuest.  CEO of Vibragenix, a start up in Richland, WA.  4 kids and I am 7 grandparent years old.  My first wife of 48 years is Lynda.


Dr. Janine Hales Mar 28, 2019
Human Trafficking