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No Meeting Aug 28, 2017
Club BBQ tonight
No Meeting Sep 04, 2017
Labor Day Holiday
Dr. Trudy Larson Sep 11, 2017
UNR Community Health Sciences
UNR Community Health Sciences

Dr. Trudy A. Larson is Professor and founding Dean of the newly independent School of Community Health Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno. She started as the Director of the school in 2011. Leading a school dedicated to public health and improving community health extends her passion for improving health in all communities.

She has overseen significant growth in enrollment, tripling to more than 2,000 current students, in this Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accredited program in both undergraduate and graduate education in the last 6 years. Prior to this appointment she was a professor in the department of pediatrics and former chair and associate dean at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. She has spent her career focusing on communicable diseases and has contributed to the field in research, education and service.

She has been active in the evaluation of local and national interventions and projects and has been an active participant on state-wide committees. Dr. Larson chairs the Nevada Donor Network Board and is active on the Nevada Public Health Foundation board. She continues to see patients at the HOPES clinic providing medical services to those with HIV/AIDS and has taken the lead in speaking to professional audiences and the general public on topics such as AIDS, disease outbreaks, sex education, and health care reform just to name a few.

Dr. Larson received her medical degree from the University of California, Irvine.  She completed a Pediatric residency at the University of California Davis Medical Center followed by a fellowship in pediatric infectious disease at UCLA.

Christi Cakiroglu & Alicia Reban Sep 18, 2017
One Truckee River
Eaton Dunkelberger Sep 25, 2017
SNJ and Lemelson STEM camp
David Crumbly Oct 02, 2017
Bridges Out of Poverty
Bridges Out of Poverty

David is a serial entrepreneur and philanthropist driven to create positive change in the world around him.  An early riser, David's passion for his family, his company and its employees and his love of exploring Northern Nevada are what get him out of bed every morning.  On weekends, he can often be found with his best friend and wife Susan cycling somewhere on the Tahoe-Pyramid Bike Trails.

Always happy to roll up his sleeves, David has helped build churches in Mexico, coordinated relief efforts after hurricane Katrina, been a house-parent at a Christian Children’s Home for abused/troubled kids and through one of his favorite Rotary projects has helped to provide clean water to villagers in Gondar, Ethiopia. 

David challenges himself and those around him to pursue excellence and balance in both life and work. He is a proud past-president of the Reno Central Rotary Club, a wicked competitor at Backgammon and corn-hole and a total marshmallow when it comes to babies, puppies and kids.

David became involved with the Bridges Out of Poverty program after interviewing many of the Reno-Sparks non-profit leaders to “find an area of greatest need”, for an Area 8 joint Rotary project for the 2016-17 Rotary year.  Since then he has worked with his fellow Rotarians, the Food Bank of Northern Nevada and the Reno Housing Authority to advance the Bridges Out of Poverty program, to help make a positive change for families living in poverty in the Reno/Sparks area.

Buzz Harris Oct 09, 2017
Business Valuation
Business Valuation

Buzz Harris is a graduate of University of Nevada and 35 year resident of the Nevada. He spent 25 years as a public affairs and government relations professional representing businesses in various sectors. He has owned, operated and managed several businesses.

Buzz is a Licensed Business Broker in Nevada.

District Governor Oct 16, 2017
Doug McDonald
Amanda Levens Oct 23, 2017
UNR Women's Basketball Coach
UNR Women's Basketball Coach

University of Nevada Director of Athletics Doug Knuth announced on March 31, 2017 that Amanda Levens had been named the head women’s basketball coach for the Wolf Pack.

Levens joined the Wolf Pack after five seasons as the associate head coach at her alma mater, Arizona State, where she coached seven All-Pac 12 honorees. During her five year appointment the Sun Devils collected over 100 wins, posted four 20-win seasons and finished as the Pac-12 regular season champions in 2015-16. ASU has made four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2014-15. During its most recent trip to the tournament this year, the Sun Devils nearly knocked off No. 1 seed South Carolina in the second round. In addition, the Sun Devils have been ranked academically in the top 25 by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.

Prior to her appointment at Arizona State, Levens was the head coach at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville and led the program during its transition to Division I. Hired at the age of 29 she was one of the youngest head coaches at the NCAA Division I level. During her four-year tenure, Levens took the Cougars from five wins in 2008-09 to 18 wins in 2011-12. She was named the Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year after her team finished 12-4 in league play and secured third place after being picked eighth in the preseason poll.

Levens is no stranger to Nevada as she previously served as an assistant coach with the Wolf Pack for five seasons under former head coach Kim Gervasoni. During her first tenure with the Pack Levens was responsible for recruiting the 2005-06 Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year, Brandi Fitzgerald, along with a junior college All-American and four members of the WAC all-freshmen team. In total she helped develop 16 student-athletes who earned All-WAC academic honors. Additionally Nevada made its first-ever postseason appearance in the Women’s National Invitational Tournament in 2006-07.

John Vineyard Oct 30, 2017
G.M. Harrah's Reno
G.M. Harrah's Reno

John Vineyard has 30 years of gaming experience in Northern Nevada. Currently the Vice President and Assistant General Manager of Harrah’s Reno, Mr. Vineyard began his career in the gaming industry at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe in 1987. Mr. Vineyard worked as the Casino Operations Manager at Bill’s Lake Tahoe for nine years before relocating to Harrah’s Reno as the Director of Gaming Operations.

Mr. Vineyard’s innovative ideas around department restructuring and consolidations earned him a Chairman’s Award for Leadership in 2014. Mr. Vineyard is a graduate of the University of Nevada Reno’s Executive Development Program.

When not working, Mr. Vineyard enjoys jet skiing, camping and other outdoor activities with his wife and daughter.

Tony Slonim CEO Renown Dec 11, 2017

Dr. Anthony Slonim is an innovator and proven healthcare leader at both regional and national levels. His expertise spans across areas of patient safety, accountable care, healthcare quality, and innovative care delivery models, which focus on improving health in the community. As a tenured professor, he has authored more than 100 publications, 15 textbooks, and has received more than $2 million in National Institutes of Health funding.

Since joining Renown Health in July 2014, Dr. Slonim has completely reoriented northern Nevada’s largest locally governed, not-for-profit healthcare network, by focusing on overall community health and embracing the national triple aim initiatives. As an advocate of healthcare partnerships, Dr. Slonim has also initiated national collaborations to establish a medical training campus at Renown, expanded the region’s quaternary care services in collaboration with Stanford Medicine, and launched the nation’s first ever community-based, population health study with Desert Research Institute and personal genetics company 23andMe.