Speaker Date Topic
Gabriella Vazquez Nov 14, 2018
Audubon Aquarium Marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation
Audubon Aquarium Marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation

Gabriella Vazquez has been with Audubon Nature Institute for 13 years. She started volunteering as an Aquakid at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in 2005. Eventually, she became an Aquarium husbandry volunteer and went on to intern with the marine mammal and sea turtle rescue program during the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill response efforts. In 2015, Ms. Vazquez was hired to be Program Coordinator for the Coastal Wildlife Network Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehab Program.

 

Joe Wiegand Nov 28, 2018
Reprisor of Theodore Roosevelt
Reprisor of Theodore Roosevelt

Joe Wiegand is the nation’s premiere reprisor of Theodore Roosevelt.  Joe is a political science graduate of The University of the South, in Sewanee, Tennessee, and a former graduate assistant at the Center for Governmental Studies at Northern Illinois University, in DeKalb, Illinois.  Former President of the American Legion Boys Nation program, Joe is recognized nationally as a Harry S. Truman Scholar and a Thomas J. Watson, Jr. Fellow.  Joe is a twenty-six year member of Rotary International and a member of the National Association for Interpretation and the Navy League of the United States.  A former county commissioner in DeKalb County, Illinois, Joe &his family now reside nearby Colorado SpringsColorado.

Prior to reprising Theodore Roosevelt, Jospent twenty-five years in the rough and tumble world of Illinois politics, managing gubernatorial and presidential campaigns at the height of his political career.  In 2008, Joe set out with his wife, Jenny, daughter, Sam, and golden retriever, Faith, on a fifty state tour celebrating TR’s Sesquicentennial birthday and the Centennial of TR’s final year in office.  The highlight was a performance at the White House for President & Mrs. George W. Bush on TR’s 150th birthday.

Janet Tobias/ award winning producer/ Unseen Enemy Dec 05, 2018
The threat of full blown world epidemics/ critically acclaimed CNN Documentary/polio eradication
The threat of full blown world epidemics/ critically acclaimed CNN Documentary/polio eradication
JANET TOBIAS | DIRECTOR | PRODUCER | WRITER
Janet Tobias is an Emmy-Award winning filmmaker with parallel careers in medicine/technology and film/television. Tobias started her film and television career at CBS’ 60 Minutes as Diane
Sawyer’s associate producer. She then worked as a producer at ABC News’ Prime Time and as the editorial producer for ABC’s legal and criminal justice coverage. Later, she worked as a national producer at Dateline NBC, and then as an executive producer at VNI (which became New York Times Television). After working at the networks, she moved to PBS where she created and executive produced the Emmy Award-winning PBS program Life 360. In 2001, Tobias founded her own television/film production company Sierra/Tango Productions. In the last decade, Sierra/Tango has produced over a dozen documentaries on social issues ranging from medical ethics to the life of teenagers in America. Tobias made her theatrical debut in 2012 with the documentary feature No Place On Earth, which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival and was later nominated for Best Feature Documentary Screenplay by the Writers Guild of America. On World Health Day 2017, Unseen Enemy, a documentary on the threat of pandemics in the 21st century, debuted on CNN, Arte, and several networks worldwide.
Janet Tobias is also an adjunct assistant professor of Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and a research professor of Global Public Health at NYU. She was a member of the Drug Forum of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences from 2009 to 2015.