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Our Speaker for July 10th is Missi Hatfield- No Cape Required

Worldwide experiences, brilliant humor and a love of teaching best describe Missi Hatfield.  A  20 year veteran of the US Air Force and a graduate of Barry University, Missi delights and entertains with stories of adventures in foreign lands and discoveries close to home.  Each story is laced with a life taught lesson.  From Drill Sargent to Massage Therapist, Combat Veteran to stepmother of 3 boys, Teacher to Government Administrator,  Missi has not done it "all", but she has done enough to be interesting! 

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Our speaker is Lizzy Kasonde of Raise international. Read about RAISE http://www.raise.international/about/our-story.html

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Paula McCabe with Nerve2serve

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Joseph Killian has been chosen by the board of Hospice of St. Francis to become the organization’s Chief Executive Officer.  Until this appointment, Mr. Killian was the CEO of Hospice of Southwest Ohio in Cincinnati, Ohio.

 

“Mr. Killian is an experienced senior hospice executive with a record of achievement distinguished by a strong strategic vision,’ said Tony Hurt, board chairman for Hospice of St. Francis.  “He impressed us with his exceptional relationship building skills and his proven ability to run a complex organization effectively.”

 

As CEO, Mr. Killian is responsible for the direction and implementation of all hospice services, ensuring quality patient care while maintaining financial viability.

 

Mr. Killian developed the first non-hospice Palliative Care program in Brevard County.  St. Francis Pathways to Healthcare started taking referrals in April.  St. Francis Pathways is comprised of a local, experienced team of palliative care professionals dedicated to the compassion for and comfort of people facing serious illness.  St. Francis Pathways is focused on helping the patient and families of patients navigate their treatment and interact with their physicians and other caregivers whether a patient is at home, in the hospital or other care facility.

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Mr. Killian has also developed the first robotic program, Vgo, for the 12 bed inpatient Edward M. Poe Hospice Care Center.  This allows family members and friends to see their loved ones when they are too far away to visit in person.

 

“Mr. Killian brings the skills needed to be an effective CEO for Hospice of St. Francis,” said Kim Rodriguez, board chairperson for Hospice of St. Francis, “He understands how important it is for our Brevard residents to have a locally-owed, not for profit option for hospice care.  That independence allows our people to make decisions from the heart because it is what is right for the patient.  The board is confident that Mr. Killian will continue this long tradition at Hospice of St. Francis and St. Francis Pathways to Healthcare.”

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Have your Unwanted documents Shredded. Brevard Alzheimer Foundation 4676 N. Wickham Rd. Melbourne Fl.

from 9am -11am. Recommended donation $10 for a bankers box of documents.

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At the junction of U.S. Hwy 1 and Suntree Boulevard, this 10.36-acre community river park is situated on the shore of the Indian River Lagoon.

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Ms. Amie Harris is the Program Manager of the Brevard Schools Foundation Take Stock In Children program. She joined the Foundation in 2013 as the Lead College Success Coach/Mentor Coordinator. Amie has over 20 years of experience in Social Services which includes working with people with various mental health illnesses and disabilities in group home settings, Licensing Agent for Foster/Adoptive Homes and Parents for Child Protective Services and as a Family Support Specialist with Healthy Families. She moved to Florida in 2011, but is originally from Louisiana and has lived in several other states. Amie is the mother of 3 beautiful children and enjoys the warm, sunny weather in Florida.

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LAURA JOSLIN - No Limits

 

Through years of real life experience, research, and investigation of her biological son Cheyne’s brain injury at birth, Laura grew to understand the methods needed to help him achieve greater independence on a physical, educational and social level while he was  growing up with a physical disability. She negotiated complex systems, both medical and educational, on a level that most do not venture to. During this time, she fought and struggled to succeed in a world that did not view her son Cheyne as capable of physical, academic and social success. Cheyne though graduated from Stetson University with his Bachelor’s degree living on his own at college. She then felt led to adopt a son with a brain injury and start the process again. Not only did she seek to aid her own children in their physical rehabilitation and strengthening, but sought to improve the lives of other children with disabilities in this way, as well. This culminated in the foundation of Ability Plus Therapy that is now the largest Pediatric therapy clinic in Brevard with 16 therapist. Children from all over the world have attended the clinic for its innovative 3 week intensive therapy program. She did not stop there, but opened a state-of-the-art Christian school for children with physical disabilities: No Limits Academy. No Limits Academy provides an individually tailored, multi-disciplinary approach to the treatment and education of children with cerebral palsy and other physical disorders. Using the latest validated therapies and technologies, the No Limits Academy team approach yields greater independence physically and academically, which translates into measureable improvement in the student's daily life and future.


 

 

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Due to facility maintenance at our regular meeting place, we will meet the Duran Golf Club on August 29th. Meeting time is still 7:30am

http://www.durangolf.com/

Duran Golf Club 7032 Stadium Parkway, Viera, Fl 32940

 

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Greg serves as Senior Director, Business Development for the Economic Development

Commission of Florida’s Space Coast. In this role, Greg is responsible for the development and

implementation of a county-wide Business Development program. Seeking to both recruit companies and

help existing ones grow, he works as a key liaison with partners and clients to market and expand economic

development opportunities for Brevard County.

Prior to joining the EDC in 2010, Greg worked for the Arizona Department of Commerce. In his role as

Director of Business Attraction, he led the team that had statewide responsibility of Arizona’s business

attraction/expansion efforts.

Highlights from his tenure with the organization include:

As Director, over the last three years, Greg led a team that produced record results, recording 110

attraction and expansion projects, yielding $3.5 billion in capital investment and almost $900 million

in payroll.

Since 2004, Greg personally led the successful conclusion of more than 60 projects statewide,

generating in excess of $1.2 billion in capital investment and creating more than 14,000 jobs.

In 2008, he was honored by Arizona Business Magazine with an “Economic Engines” award for his

work at the Commerce Department.

Since joining the EDC in January of 2010, Greg and his team have landed numerous high-profile projects

bringing thousands of high-wage jobs to the Space Coast, making the EDC among the most productive

economic development organizations in the United States.

Greg’s brings a diverse business background to economic development having gained experience working as

a partner in a computer and medical equipment leasing company, president of a national medical equipment

trade association and as a Wall Street registered representative.

Greg is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Fordham University in New York with a Bachelor of Arts degree

in Political Science. He also attended the University of Chicago, where he completed graduate courses in

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Athena Bauerle is a passionate educator who has touched the lives of thousands of youth in Brevard county.  She has her Bachelor of Science from Pennsylvania State University and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University.  She is certified to Teach Physics by FLDOE, and started her own business: to bring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) opportunities and inspiration to Brevard county.  Her goal is to establish a STEM science and engineering center in Brevard to enrich and inspire the community.

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Mario Busacca

Chief, Spaceport Planning Office

KSC Center Planning and Development

NASA

John F. Kennedy Space Center, Florida

 

From 1983 till 2008, Mr. Busacca was employed by NASA in the Environmental Program Office of the John F. Kennedy Space Center, Florida.   He had been that office since he entered NASA.  During that time he was involved, at one time or another, in all aspects of environmental management and operations Including: overseeing the KSC Natural Resources Program which involved: NEPA compliance, Wetlands management, Stormwater management, Threatened and Endangered species activities, Habitat restoration initiatives and as the KSC Historic Preservation Officer, the oversight of Cultural Resources activities (historic and archeological properties).

 

In his current position as the Chief of the KSC Spaceport Planning Office within the KSC Center Planning and Development Office, he is responsible for the development and implementation of the KSC Master Plan, managing the various Economic Development enabling activities at the Center and for marketing the assets and capabilities of the Center to the commercial space industry.

 

Mr. Busacca holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Marine Biology and Masters of Science degrees in Marine Biology and Engineering Management.

 

 

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Claudia Devitt has specialized in community engagement, account management and the creation, placement of advertising, marketing a variety of products and services in the United States, South America and Canada.  Prior to joining the American Red Cross, Claudia served as Community Relations Manager with Transfield Services, an asset maintenance firm with several DOT and Ministry of Ontario, Canada contracts for road, bridge and tunnel maintenance.  Claudia was responsible for public relations and outreach activities to a variety of local constituencies, private contractors and citizens. She developed and implemented proactive communication strategies, monitored local issues that may affect the company and its projects and was responsible for maintaining client satisfaction.

Before her career at Transfield Services, Claudia served a variety of roles at the non-profit credit counseling organization, InCharge Institute including Media Planner and Marketing Project Administrator. In her final year with InCharge, Claudia proposed and assisted in developing programs to improve team dynamics, collaboration and strategic alliance campaign effectiveness and maintained internal and external communication.  In 1999, Claudia worked with Wunderman Cato-Johnson (now Wunderman) a worldwide leader in direct marketing in Santiago, Chile.

 

Claudia received her bachelor of arts in Sociology at Florida State University and obtained her Master of Arts in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix.

In her spare time, Claudia enjoys chasing after her two younger children and discovering their passions in life.  She currently resides in Palm Bay, Florida with her husband Sean.

 

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Dr. Marcela Bowie has been involved with natural medicine since she was a young girl when her mother used diet, homeopathy and natural herbal medicine to treat her. Growing up, she would visit a homeopath, naturopath and an acupuncturist when needed. Her first experience with acupuncture and chinese medicine was when she was 15 years old and was diagnosed with bronchitis, sinusitis and a throat infection all at the same time. After only 2 acupuncture treatments and 5 days of herbs and homeopathy she was back to herself and back to health.Image

Completing her undergraduate degree in 2000 at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, Dr. Bowie graduated with a BA in Asian and International Studies majoring in Chinese and Japanese Languages and Political Science. She has also studied in both Japan as an exchange student and in China where she studied Chinese language at Beijing Foreign Studies University. After moving to Florida, Dr. Bowie studied at Florida College of Integrative Medicine and graduated with a BS in Health Studies and a MS in Oriental Medicine. Dr. Bowie has been a licensed Doctor of Oriental Medicine in the State of Florida since January 2009. Dr Bowie has also interned in hospitals in both Shanghai and Kunming, China.

Since January 2009, Dr Bowie has worked closely with a neurologist, Dr. Richard Newman. She has gained valuable experience treating difficult neurological conditions as well as a wide variety of other illnesses such as infertility, pain, and arthritis, to name a few. For a full list of conditions treated, please visit the Acupuncture tab. Dr. Bowie greatly enjoys her work and feels honored to be able to help her patients regain health and quality of life. She has been treating patients in the Melbourne – Brevard, Florida area for almost 5 years.

Dr. Bowie has also been very fortunate to study a system of pulse diagnosis that has traditionally been passed down from teacher to student for many years. She has worked closely with both Dr. Brandt Stickley and Dr. Leon Hammer to learn Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis. This is a sophisticated diagnostic tool that allows her to assess not only where the patient’s health is in the present moment but also about their past health issues, how they have come to this current state of health and, where they may be headed without intervention. Correct diagnosis is essential to correct treatment.

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Rotarian David Platt will speak this tremendous Rotary Project

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ImageMrs. Joan Miller, CRC, has served as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for the Department of Veterans Affairs for the past 12 years.  She earned her BS in Biological Sciences and her MA in Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of Kentucky.  After her Master’s Degree she completed     post graduate work in Psychiatric Rehabilitation Counseling at Harvard Medical School, Department of Psychiatry.  She retired in Kentucky before coming to Florida, where she worked for 20 years with the Department of Rehabilitation Services and 15 years with the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse.  She taught psychiatric rehabilitation at the University of Kentucky and trained rehabilitation counselors at the University of Virginia.  She also served on the faculty of Substance Abuse Schools in Kentucky and Georgia as well as Community Support Seminars for Mental Health in Kentucky, Georgia, Washington, and Texas. She did consulting work and lobbying for Pizza Hut and Brinker’s Restaurants.  Mrs. Miller is a Past President of the National Rehabilitation Association, has been a Switzer Scholar on three occasions, and has received numerous awards including the Mary Switzer Award in Rehabilitation and the Ortale Award for Job Placement.

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 THERESA RONNEBAUM is a Victim Services Program Specialist with the Division of Victim Services and Criminal Justice Programs in the Florida Office of the Attorney General, specializing in the area of Identity Theft

Ms. Ronnebaum began her career in the field of criminal justice serving as a County Probation Officer soon after completing her bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice with a minor degree in Psychology from Florida State University in 1995.  She found her passion for advocacy in 1997 while working as a Victim Advocate for the Ninth Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office, sex crimes, domestic violence and child abuse units.  Ms. Ronnebaum relocated from Orlando to Gainesville Florida in 1999 to accept the Regional Victim Advocate position for her current employer.

Over the last decade, she has appeared on local television programs, as well as the ABC News show “20/20.” She has also enjoyed the opportunity to train and speak throughout the country on the topic of identity theft for the Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC) since 2007.

 

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Dr. Kathy Cobb is the e-learning Provost at Eastern Florida State College.

Cobb joined the college in 1992 as an associate professor and has served in numerous positions, including provost of the Titusville and Melbourne campuses. Her work in online learning began in 1999.

Cobb received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stetson University in 1981 and a law degree from the Stetson College of Law in 1983.

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Speaker Stuart Rowan will offer some surprising information about college scholarship money available to students.

Stuart learned from his own experience with his son how this process works.

 

 

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At the very center of Promise is a group of dedicated parents and family members led by a long-time advocate for children with special needs, Betsy Farmer. Betsy is no stranger to big challenges when faced with limited options for her son, Luke, who has Down syndrome. In 1987, Betsy created the award-winning Space Coast Early Intervention Center, which is now based in Melbourne, Florida. There, children with and without special needs, play alongside each other in a program designed to foster friendships, social acceptance and preparation for school life.

As Luke grew older, Betsy realized that career options for her son were also limited and narrowly defined. Once again, Betsy fought stereotypes and worked with the business community to expand the employment opportunities for individuals with special needs by establishing the Brevard Business Leadership Network. Since it’s inception in 2005, the BLN has provided Luke and dozens of other young adults with the opportunity to learn specific job skills in diverse business environments.

 

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http://promiseinbrevard.com/promise/

 

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VICTORIA LANDING 1279 Houston Street Melbourne, FL 32935

 http://victorialanding.com/

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You may be amazed at the treasure in our own backyard !

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see more at:

http://www.brevardcounty.us/NaturalResources/EnvironmentalResources/Wetlands

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Wayne is a retired U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral who was a Military aid to President's H.W. Bush and William Clinton. He will be discussing his assignments under these presidents.

Attend and bring a friend.

 

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