Speaker Date Topic
Lyndsey Marks, Development Director, SC CASA Nov 28, 2018
The various contributions CASA makes to Santa Cruz County
The various contributions CASA makes to Santa Cruz County

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) screens, trains and supervises caring adult volunteers –more than 1,500 since 1992- who have served as mentors and powerful advocates for more than 2,000 of Santa Cruz County’s most vulnerable children; those who have been severely abused, neglected or abandoned.

Brenna Ewing Dec 05, 2018
Santa Cruz's SPCA
Santa Cruz's SPCA

Brenna joined the SPCA in 2006 as Humane Educator because of her strong belief that education is the most effective way to impact animals and to promote a humane, progressive society by teaching compassion and respect for all living things. She now manages both the Humane Education program and the Volunteer program.  Brenna has worked in animal care, placement, and education at local shelters for more than 20 years. She reaches more than 5,000 children, adolescents, and adults annually through interactive presentations in classrooms and other educational settings, and she also directs the SPCA Summer and Winter Kids’ Camps and a series of popular youth volunteer programs.  Brenna has two children of her own as well as a parrot and a dog both adopted from shelters she was working at.

Geeta Kadambi Dec 19, 2018
Successful Grant Writing for Global Initiatives
Successful Grant Writing for Global Initiatives

Geeta has had a rich experience in the areas of

biopharmaceuticals, biochemistry, clinical

biochemistry, chemistry, biomedical devices,

clean tech and pharmaceuticals; analytical and

medical devices; and biotechnology.

Geeta has spoken on a range of topics related to

intellectual property protection and strategy for

entrepreneurs. Her passion motivates her to

inspire entrepreneurs to advance in their

business venture, and create an ecosystem for

themselves to realize their goals.

Dorothy Wise Jan 16, 2019
Santa Cruz Symphony
Santa Cruz Symphony
Rosemary Menard Jan 30, 2019
Santa Cruz Water Department Planning and Management
Santa Cruz Water Department Planning and Management

Rosemary Menard has 35 years of experience in water planning and management, as well as regulatory and environmental issues. She has been director of the City of Santa Cruz Water Department since February of 2014. Prior to that, Ms. Menard served in two leadership positions with Washoe County, Nevada, as well serving in various management positions with Portland and Seattle water departments. She holds a bachelor’s degree in zoology and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Washington, and has received the Distinguished Service Award by the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies.