Brooke Santina Keast, the author of “Dishrags to
Dirt Bags” lives here in Reno. She wrote a book about herself using a character who went
from a stay at home mom to a deputy for the Sheriff’s department.
When Beth Dolinsky’s military
husband returns from deployment with post-traumatic stress and gambles all
their money away, this mousy, church-going housewife and mother of twin boys
has to take matters into her own hands. Against the advice of friends and
family, forty-year-old Beth applies to become a deputy sheriff and embarks on
the toughest journey of her life. Now, Recruit Dolinsky finds herself out of
place in her new world, even though she no longer fits into her old one. As
Beth fights for her family and her right to hold this position of strength, she
must convince not only the inmates in the jail, but also the “squared away”
sergeants and deputies half her age with twice the attitude, that she really
can fire a gun, perform strip searches that would make even the toughest inmate
squirm, restrain men twice her size, and control seventy criminals with the
strategic use of the f-word. And in the process, Beth manages to convince
herself that she can handle anything that comes her way. Dishrags to
Dirtbags is a story of inner strength, motherhood, reinvention, and
acceptance. Brooke will be talking about the author/publication process as well as throwing in a few nutty stories for humor!
Richard A. "Dick" Gammick was elected
the Washoe County District Attorney in 1994, taking office January, 1995. Dick
has been reelected in 1998, 2002, 2006, and 2010. Dick was a Reno Police
Officer, a Major in the United States Army, with a combat tour in Vietnam, and
Nevada Army National Guard, and a legal advisor for the Reno Police Department
as a Deputy Reno City Attorney.
Gammick is on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Truckee
Meadows and the Reno Rodeo where he serves as the Advertising/Marketing Chair.
He is also on the Special Kids Rodeo Committee. Recently, Dick has joined the
board of the Nevada Military Support Alliance, an organization dedicated to
helping soldiers and their families with a wide variety of issues. Dick also
served as President for the Rotary Club of Reno as well as two-time President
of the Nevada District Attorney's Association.
Dick will be speaking to the Club about the creation of the new Child Advocacy Center (CAC) that is a collaboration with various city and county entities aimed at ensuring the health and safety of children who are the victim of a crime, through a neutral, child-centered environment designed to minimize trauma to the child, provide advocacy for the child with non-offending caregivers and support effective investigations.
Terry Gladis is a High School History teacher at the
American School in London (ASL), UK. Originally from Ohio, Terry spent a few years
on both coasts of the US and then moved to London sixteen years ago and has
made ASL and the UK his home ever since. He has taught many subjects to
students in grades 9–12. Terry is an avid traveller and relishes the
opportunity to experience cultures other than his own. He has made some
outstanding connections (through his teaching) with many organizations around
the world, one of which is the Ubuntu Education Fund in South Africa.
Terry’s first trip to South Africa was in 2004, where
he accompanied 20 students from ASL to Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. In PE, Terry connected with Jacob Lief
(founder of Ubuntu) and Jordan Levy (Chief of External Relations). He was immediately enthralled by the
organization’s values, their unique model of sustainability/small scale
assistance, and most visibly, their extraordinary impact in the community using
their 3 pillars: household stability, health and education. Terry has returned to Ubuntu eight times in
the last nine years where he has served in various capacities – community outreach
(educating clients and inhabitants of the township on health and HIV
awareness), sponsoring Ubuntu’s Early Childhood Development Program, and most
recently living in South Africa for six weeks as an acting teaching fellow for
the Ubuntu Scholars Program (building the skills of Ubuntu’s education team
through curriculum development, instructional methods, and the development of
baseline assessments). Terry is also a member of Ubuntu’s London Gala Fundraising
Committee where he has played an integral role in soliciting major donations
for the various campaigns Ubuntu has embarked upon.
Mora, is the President and CEO for the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority, and is
responsible for leading and directing the Reno-Tahoe International Airport
(RNO), and the Reno-Stead Airport (RTS), with an operating budget of $46
million. Formerly the Assistant Director of Aviation for Oakland
International Airport, Ms. Mora was recently named the new CEO of the
Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority following a five-month long nationwide
brings 25 years of airport management experience from three international airports
including San Jose, Oakland and Reno-Tahoe International where she served as
Chief Operating officer for 12 years before moving to Oakland in 2011.
Marily Mora is a true aviation professional and is prepared to lead both
Reno-Tahoe International and Reno-Stead Airports into the future. Marily
understands the importance of strengthening air service, pursuing business
development and leading a customer service organization.
will be talking about some of the challenges facing a mid-sized airport like
Reno, providing data showing this area’s shrinking market since 2005, notably
one-third fewer air carriers, a 25 percent drop in destinations served, and a
32 percent decline in daily departures. “We
need help when we look at the competition,” President/CEO Marily Mora said in
outlining the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority’s five-year Comprehensive Strategic
community involvement included past Chair of the Washoe County Human Services
Advisory Board, Past Board Member of the Nevada Women’s Fund, and past member
of the Development Committee of the Reno Air Racing Foundation. She is a
graduate of the 2003 Reno-Sparks Leadership Class and a 2002 Nevada Women’s
Fund Woman of Achievement.
Mora is an Accredited Airport Executive
and has a B.A. in International Relations from the University of
California-Davis and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.
Chas arrived in the United States from
England 37 years ago on a climbing trip, fell in love with a beautiful
backcountry ranger in Yosemite National Park, and never quite got around to
going back. He has climbed throughout the Western U.S., Canada, Alaska, Europe
and the UK, and has been on climbing expeditions to Patagonia, Pakistan, and
For his first seven years in the U.S. he
managed to avoid serious work by being a climbing bum, a construction worker, a
winter backcountry ski ranger in Tuolumne Meadows (with his wife Anne), a
seismic surveyor, a climbing guide and warehouse worker. He now practices as a
civil engineer in Carson City, Nevada, where he lives with his wife, Anne. He has
two grown children and still enjoys climbing, bicycling, and hiking.