Speaker Date Topic
Mark Spinner Aug 23, 2018
Update on Trail Building Projects in the Tri-Cities

Marc is a 5 year Friends of Badger Mountain board member, Chairman of the fundraising committee for the Candy Mountain Project.

Ruben Peralta and Philippa Sonnichsen Aug 30, 2018
Immigration and Its Effects on our Economy and Culture

The presentation will include a description of the many ways that immigrants, including undocumented immigrants, contribute to our local and national economy. Additionally, we will talk about how our country appeals to immigrants because they are looking for communities that offer good jobs, good schools, safe neighborhoods and the freedoms guaranteed by our Bill of Rights and the Constitution. They are willing to work hard to make the American Dream their reality.

BIOGRAPHY: Ruben Peralta, and immigrant himself, has performed a variety of management positions in the financing and banking industries and is currently the Community and Tribal Engagement Specialist for the Greater Columbia Accountable Community of Health. He was also a small-business owner. His roles have afforded him a certain level of expertise on business trends and the demographics and other factors that drive them. Philippa Sonnichsen is also an immigrant who grew up in Washington and received a chemical engineering degree from WSU. Philippa is Co-Chair of the Media and Communications Committee of the Tri-Cities Immigrant Coalition.

Dr Farion Williams, MD Associate Dean of ED Sep 06, 2018
Update on the Tri-Cities Community based medial school

The medical program for the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine (ESFCOM), Tri Cities will be presented, including the structureof the community based medical program and its longitudenal curiculum will be discussed with the overall physician work force gals for our region. 

Dr Willians graduated with his BS in Biology with University Honors from West Texas State University.  He received his MD from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.  He did residency training in family Medicine at the University of Kansas and a fellowship in Faculty Development from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  He has been a medical educator for the past 26 years working at UTMB-Galveston, Baylor Colege of Medicine, and the University of Illinois prior to coming to WSU.

Todd Kleppin, National Executive Director Sep 13, 2018
The Need for Reconnecting the Generations

We have a growing crisis in America that is leading to a number of destructive choices by young people. The problem is that our generations are disconnected. More than ever, youth are left on their own to discover their identity and purpose. They feel disconnected from older generations, but long for their love, support, and guidance. We’ll discuss how we as leaders can implement change locally and nationally.

BIOGRAPHY: Todd Kleppin, Executive Director of Christian Association of Youth Mentoring (CAYM), is passionate about “reconnecting the generations” equipping youth with hope, resilience, and life-skills, while empowering older people to leave a lasting legacy. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Youth Ministry from Corban University and has been working with Youth for over 25 years. Before serving for CAYM, he was the Founding Executive Director for Ignite Youth Mentoring, an Independent Consultant for non-profits, Site Coordinator for Columbia Center Rotary Program Speaker Information Communities In Schools, and as Pastor of Student Ministries in churches around the Northwest. In his free time, Todd enjoys spending time with his wife of 25 years, Wendy, and three young adult kids, Pearl, Hank, and Albert. – as well as playing sports and volunteering in the community and at his church.

Karen Livas Sep 20, 2018
Economic Gardening
Andrea Riggs, Executive Director Sep 27, 2018
You Medical

You Medical (formerly Tri-Cities Pregnancy Network) is 501(c)3 organization that empowers individuals to make life-affirming choices in regards to pregnancy and sexual health.  Having served the community for 30 years, we have experienced significant growth within the last 2 years and are passionate about strengthening families. During the presentation you will learn about the programs, medical services, and resources we provide to individuals in our community to help them make positive choices about relationships, parenting, and sexual health.

Trios Hospital representative Oct 04, 2018
Suicide Awareness
district Governor Oct 11, 2018
Tom Moak, Commissioner, Port of Kennewick Oct 18, 2018
Vista Field, Creating an urban center for the Tri Cities

The Port of Kennewick is following a community-driven master plan to create a walkable, bikeable, transit-oriented, mixed-use town center that will transform the way people live, work and play in our region.  This fall—after extensive public outreach which created the vision, and outstanding collaboration with the City of Kennewick which created the Vista Field redevelopment plan—construction will finally begin!  Envision the future. Learn the past, present, and future of Vista Field. It’s happening!


Tom Moak is serving his fifth year as an elected Commissioner of the Port of Kennewick. Prior to his service on the port commission, he served for twelve years on the Kennewick City Council and one year in the Washington State Legislature. He has been a librarian for Mid-Columbia Libraries for 39 years, and currently is Manager of the West Richland Branch. He lives in Historic Downtown Kennewick, where he has been part of downtown revitalization for 30 years.

Steven Solomon, Rotary Foundation Oct 25, 2018
Rotary Foundation Update
Mark Lee, development director Nov 01, 2018
Communities in Schools of Benton and Franklin Counties

With amazing growth over the last 4 years and now in 26 schools and 4 districts what is the prresent work and future of the CISBF?

Mark is the development director at CISBF and Community Advocate.

Dr. Cabasug, MD Nov 08, 2018
Mary Mattox Founder/President SPW Nov 15, 2018
Free Service dogs to qualifying veterans with PTSD

My name is Mary Mattox and I live in Tri-Cities Washington. I am the founder and president of Service Peace Warriors, a Non-Profit Organization. Our mission is to train service dogs who will be paired with combat veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I was heartbroken to find out that 22 American military veterans kill themselves every day due to PTSD and the unimaginable stresses they have experienced while serving our country. I decided to start Service Peace Warriors because I feel a need to try and make a difference in their lives, even if it is only in a small way.   

BIOGRAPHY:   I have suffered from Complex PTSD all of my life due to trauma and abuse I experienced as an adopted child. I do not compare my experiences with those of a combat veteran and do not pretend to know anything of war. I do however know about PTSD and the disabling effects that it can have. I know what flashbacks are, what it is like to flinch from loud sounds or moving objects, and what depression and anxiety feel like. It is because I know what it is like to live with this disorder that I am trying to make a difference in the lives of veterans who cope with it every day. Once diagnosed with Complex PTSD, my doctor and I decided that a service dog could be a great way for me to deal with my anxiety. I felt confident in training my own service dog due to my many years of experience with dogs. Dating all the way back to my childhood, when I trained heard dogs. I found a good breeder of German Shepherds and I picked out a pup. Her name is Sky and she is now over four years old. I trained her to be used as my personal service dog and she has had a great impact on my life. Since having her, my episodes of anxiety have nearly disappeared. After the improvement I have seen I know that these service dogs can make a difference in the lives of veterans.          

Thanksgiving Nov 22, 2018
no speaker
Steve Riesenweber, Board Member Spring of Hope Int Nov 29, 2018
Community Transformation in Rural Kenya

The talk will be an introduction to Spring of Hope International (SOHI), a 501.C3 non-profit working to empower the people of rural Kenya to rise up out of dire poverty.  SOHI is working in a 50 square mile region of western Kenya with about 45,000 people.  Transformation is taking place through partnership with the community to implement holistic and sustainable solutions in the focus areas of clean water & sanitation, education, economic development, and spiritual development.


Steve Riesenweber recently retired after nearly 30 years working with various engineering companies as a contractor around the DOE complex.  In his career, he worked as a mechanical engineer, project manager, engineering manager as well as vice president and principal of three engineering companies.  Steve is now retired and pursuing his “second (unpaid) career” helping the hurting in sustainable ways. He is on the board of Spring of Hope International, a Spokane-based non-profit working to empower the critically poor of rural Kenya to sustainably improve their lives physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  With this organization, Steve runs all clean water initiatives, leads the economic development committee, as well as providing organizational strategic planning support.  He recently returned from a two weeks in Kenya—his 7th trip in 2 ½ years.

Steve is also the co-leader of a Tri-Cities-based resource called Second Half that helps people discover that, for most, fulfillment and happiness in life is found in not in the pursuit of the American Dream, rather the discovery and pursuit of one's vocation.

elf elections Dec 06, 2018
no speaker
elf elections Dec 13, 2018
no speaker
Columbia Center Family Christmas Party Dec 20, 2018
no speaker
tbd Dec 27, 2018