Speaker Date Topic
Bill Leavy, National Football League Aug 24, 2017

Bill Leavy (pronounced LEE-vee) is a retired American football official who officiated in the National Football League (NFL) from the 1995 through 2014 seasons, wore uniform number 127, and is also a retired San Jose, California police officer and firefighter, serving for 27 years. Leavy was, in his twenty-year NFL officiating career, assigned to fifteen playoff games, including two Super Bowls. He was selected as a back judge on the Super Bowl XXXIV officiating crew in 2000 and most recently headed up the Super Bowl XL officiating crew as referee in 2006.

Charles Frost Aug 31, 2017
Vanguard Music and Performing Arts
Vanguard Music and Performing Arts
Charles Frost
Executive Director of Vanguard Music and Performing Arts
Charles Frost is an Austin, TX native and studied trumpet performance at Texas State University. He worked in the fast paced print industry while honing his business skills as a print production manger and professional musician in Phoenix, AZ. Charles moved to Santa Clara in late 2013 to follow his passion of performing arts and live music by coming to work for Vanguard Music and Performing Arts.

As the Executive Director of VMAPA, Charles’ daily work is to further the mission of inspiring communities and enriching lives by increasing opportunities for education, participation and excellence in the performing arts. Still an avid trumpeter, you can find Charles playing with the Santa Clara Big Band around the Bay Area. In his free time, Charles loves to go hiking with his fiancé Brittany and their dachshund, Frankie.
Charles will give a brief history of the 50 years of Santa Clara Vanguard and the vision of Vanguard Music and Performing Arts. He will be joined by SCHS graduate and 2017 drum major, Christopher Harper, to speak about the life learning experiences the Vanguard brings to our youth. 
Patrick Schmitt, Ph. D., Chancellor Sep 14, 2017
West Valley-Mission Community College District
West Valley-Mission Community College District

On July 1, 2012, Dr. Schmitt became CEO of the West Valley-Mission Community College District in Santa Clara County. Dr. Schmitt, who previously held the position of President of Pierce College in Puyallup, Washington, has 29 years of service in the field of education. His past experience includes 16 years as a full-time faculty member at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and Pasco-Hernando Community College. He also served for 6 years as an academic administrator at South Suburban College in South Holland, Illinois and was the Campus Executive Officer and Dean at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha for 4 years prior to arriving at Pierce College.

Dr. Schmitt received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Theatre from the University of Illinois-Chicago, and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in American 20th Century Theatre and Drama, Dramatic Theory and Criticism. He has also pursued graduate study in Instructional Technology at the University of South Florida.

Steven R. Campbell, MSIS Sep 21, 2017
Rewiring Your Brain for Success
Rewiring Your Brain for Success

After working in hospital administration for twenty years, Steven Campbell (StevenRCampbell.com) acquired his Masters at the University of San Francisco and went on to pursue his greatest love… teaching. As both a University Professor and Educational Dean in Northern California for another 20 years, he now shares the latest research on how our brains conform to the messages we give it. Understanding this opens doors to create more success in our health, personal relationships and in our businesses.


As a member of the adjunct faculty, Steven teaches his psychology class, Your Amazing Mind: Rewiring Your Brain for Success, at Sonoma State University. Steven also writes a column for The Community Voice Magazine and is the author of Making Your Mind Magnificent – Flourishing at Any Age.


He is a mesmerizing speaker and everyone who has the great fortune of hearing him speak will walk away with a new understanding of how we think and what we can do about it. It's not magic...it's science!

Drew Aversa, Coffee Expert Sep 28, 2017
The Evolution of Coffee
The Evolution of Coffee

Coffee is one of the world's largest commodities with trends spanning distinct three generations - 1st, 2nd, and 3rd wave. Learn how coffee evolved from industry expert Drew Aversa as he guides us on a coffee journey sampling everything from Folgers to high end specialty coffees in addition to discussing sustainability efforts in developing nations. Drew Aversa began his career as a firefighter in San Jose and went on to find success as an entrepreneur, FORTUNE 150 business leader, and consultant. His experience includes consulting for the Cup of Excellence specialty coffee program, working with coffee producers in-origin, and in business development for Starbucks.

Carol Preston, Education Coordinator Oct 12, 2017
NOAA Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary
Phil Ackerly, Ackerly Entertainment Oct 26, 2017
What does one do when they get their lay off notice in the Silicon Valley semiconductor company?  Become an entertainer, of course!  “It’s was a lateral move”, says, Phil Ackerly, a Bay Area native born in Palo Alto and now making his home in Santa Clara, where “the homes were more affordable”.  And a good move it was.  Since 1992, Phil has been following his passion performing his theatrical magic shows at company events and private parties for all ages from the young to the young at heart.  “When I perform it’s really magic.  I walk in a room as a stranger to everyone and after my performance, I’m part of the family.”
Phil’s act has taken him across the country to off Broadway at Monday Night Magic, Atlantic City, New Orleans, Las Vegas and the Magic Castle in Hollywood, California.
Phil’s combines his experience from the theater with sleight-of-hand magic, along with good clean humor and a few stories that tug at your heartstrings.  And for that special occasion, Phil personalize his performances for a special event or to celebrate that special someone.
Give Phil a call today and see how he can make your party memorable and personable. Book Phil and you’ll receive high fives for outstanding event and you’ll become the star.  Now that’s magic.
Lissa Kreisler Nov 02, 2017
“Decades of Sunny Mornings”
 “Decades of Sunny Mornings”

Raised in the Silicon Valley, Lissa went to San Jose State University and majored in Radio-TV Journalism. Upon graduation, she worked at KLOK 1170 for ten years, doing mornings and then spent the following 29 years at 94.5 KBAY, also spending mornings with listeners. She raised two daughters, spending countless hours as School PTA President. She has also spent countless hours in the community, serving on Boards, Committees and Emceeing many non profit events and galas. Her talk is called “Decades of Sunny Mornings” as that is what her and her listeners had for nearly 40 years. It’s her story of landing a radio job in her hometown, the laughs, the tears and the tale of starting over! She has watched this Valley go from prune orchards to high tech and loves the place she calls home!

Denny Weisgerber Nov 09, 2017

Denny Weisgerber is a graduate of the University of San Francisco, with a B.A. in Business Administration. He is very active in community affairs and has served on numerous commissions in the San Francisco Bay Area, Santa Clara County, Bay Area Governments and the State of California. He is a 52-year member of Rotary International, serving two terms as Milpitas Rotary Club President and was District 5170 Governor 1999-2000. He served 12 years on the City Council in the City of Milpitas, California, serving 3 2-year terms as Mayor during that time. He also serves in a leadership role in numerous Veterans Committees and Commissions.

Denny is a Retired Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant, served during the Korean Campaign where he was awarded the Navy Cross (second highest award for valor in combat) for action on the Western Front in Korea.

Honorable John Chiang Nov 16, 2017
33rd Treasurer of california
33rd Treasurer of california

As a child of immigrant parents, John and his siblings grew up in a much different time. His parents arrived in this country, each dreaming of a better future. While their determination and relentlessness led to a middle class neighborhood with better schools, they still experienced bigotry, as the first Asian American family on the block. But John’s parents never gave up on a better life for his family and that’s why he will never give up on the same for you.

In 2008, when California faced the direst recession since the great depression, John went to work for us as State Controller. As our economy was collapsing, John’s strong leadership and money management pulled us back from the brink of disaster his fiscal responsibility was instrumental in keeping the State’s credit rating from plunging into junk status, and saving taxpayers millions of dollars.

While California has recovered from the great recession, there are millions of Californians who are still economically dislocated and not within reach of the opportunities enjoyed by past generations of Californians. John knows there is more work to do to ensure more people have access to affordable housing, college affordability and a dignified retirement and as California’s next Governor, will continue to fight for the security of Californians for generations to come. 

Jon Ball Jan 11, 2018
Hensel Phelps Construction Co.
Hensel Phelps Construction Co.
Chris Shay Feb 15, 2018
VP for Finance and Administration
VP for Finance and Administration

As Vice President for Finance and Administration, Chris Shay provides financial and administrative leadership to support the core activities and mission of the University. Chris oversees financial management, administrative services, housing and dining services, construction and facilities maintenance, investment management, real estate, campus safety, internal audit, and risk management.