Dr. David Rule joined Bellevue College in January 2013 as its fifth president. Bellevue College is the largest community college, and the third largest institution of higher learning, in Washington State, enrolling 37,000 students annually. With a lifetime of experience and dedication to education, Dr. Rule’s background as both faculty and an administrator provides strong new leadership to an exemplary institution.
Dieter Bohrmann, Communication Manager & Public Education & Outreach Supervisor, Washington Department of Ecology’s Nuclear Waste Program, “Hanford: Myth or Reality?”
Hanford, called the most contaminated site in North America, presents the paradox of massive contamination next to a river preserved in its natural state. Hanford borders the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River – made a National Monument because of the Reach’s pristine beauty. Understanding Hanford requires more knowledge than recent headlines about leaking radioactive waste tanks.
PLAY FOR ALL, a new Inspiration(al) Playground will have a universally accessible design and feature sensory-rich play experiences and equipment suitable for all ages and abilities. The play spaces will accommodate the needs of all children – those who are typically developing, as well as those with physical, cognitive, or sensory disabilities. A destination for Bellevue, the greater Eastside, and all of King County, the new Inspiration Playground will be built in Bellevue’s Downtown Park.
Edmund C. Moy, 38th Director of the United States Mint, 2006-2011, “Life in the Other Washington – Directing the US Mint”
Edmund Moy is a public servant, senior executive, commentator, author, and director, with a successful track record in both publicly and privately held companies, and in the public sector.
From 2006-2011 he served as Director of the United States Mint, the world’s largest manufacturer of coins and medals. He increased profitability 62% to over $1 billion a year, increased revenue 213% to $4.97 billion, and increased precious metal bullion sales by 975% to a record $3.5 billion annually.
Glen A. Curda, DPM, MS, Diplomate, American Board of Podiatric Surgery, Fellow, American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, “Footnotes: Debunking Some Myths About Common Foot Problems”
Glen is a foot and ankle specialist who has been in private practice in Bellevue for over 30 years. He treats all ages and all types of foot problems. If surgery is needed, he uses Overlake Hospital as well as a certified surgical suite in his office.
Nathan Kaiser, Owner, 2bar Spirits, “The State of Micro-Distillers in Washington & How 2bar Spirits Operates”
A native Texan, Nathan Kaiser is a reformed tech start-up junkie, who is now making and selling the first all-local, made-in-Seattle bourbon, as the founder and owner of 2bar Spirits, a name which comes from the Kaiser family ranch in South Texas, which has been operated by five generations of Kaisers for more than a century.
Annette Jahnel is a photographer, visual artist, published author, global traveler and story teller. She has been travelling the world since 2006, pursuing life as an act of living art. In 2011, she completed her first book about her journey, entitled “My Year of Beds,” during which, she became the first woman to circle the world alone in her car.
Derek Rodrigues, MD, FACC, Cardiologist, Overlake Hospital Medical Center, “Newest Cardiac Technology”
Dr. Derek M. Rodrigues passed his University of Oxford examination boards before entering St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School. He received his MD from the University of London and did post graduate work in the UK before completing his internal medicine residency at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore.
Chris Konczey is a native of Hungary and a 30-year Navy Veteran. He will discuss his journey from being a Freedom Fighter in Hungary to becoming a US Navy Captain.
David Armstrong, Executive Producer & Artistic Director, 5th Avenue Theatre, “Theatrical Innovation in the Northwest”
Since his appointment in 2000, David Armstrong has guided The 5th Avenue to a position as one of the nation’s leading musical theater companies, acclaimed for both its development and production of new works and its innovative stagings of classic musicals. As a director, he has created memorable 5th Avenue productions of Candide, Oliver!, Hello, Dolly!, Sweeney Todd, White Christmas, Hair, Mame, A Little Night Music, The Secret Garden, Anything Goes, Company, The Rocky Horror Show, Pippin, Vanities, Yankee Doodle Dandy!, and Saving Aimee, which made its Broadway debut as Scandalous under Armstrong’s direction in November 2012.
Michael Luis is a communications consultant and author of several local history books, including “Bellevue: Post World War II Years” and “Century 21 City: Seattle’s Fifty Year Journey from World’s Fair to World Stage,” and serves as mayor of Medina, Washington. He is also a member of the city council of Medina, and currently serves as mayor under the council-manager form of government. In addition, he is immediate past President of the Eastside Heritage Center and past Chair of the Alki Foundation, the political arm of the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce.
Courtney Wallace & Johan Hellman, Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway, “BNSF Railway Safety”
As Regional Director for Public Affairs with BNSF Railway, Courtney Wallace manages special projects related to port development, community relations, and external communications for the railroad’s Pacific Northwest division, which includes British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon. She has more than 15 years of experience in the communications field, focusing on the transportation and travel sector.
Johan Hellman is the Executive Director of State Government Affairs for the BNSF Railway Co. in the Pacific Northwest. Before joining the railroad last fall, he served as Deputy Director of the Washington Public Ports Association.
Bellevue Mayor Claudia Balducci & Deputy Mayor Kevin Wallace, “Ready to Leap Ahead: a Look at What’s New for Bellevue”
Bellevue Mayor Claudia Balducci
Claudia Balducci, current Mayor, has served on the Bellevue City Council since 2004, including one term as Deputy Mayor in 2008-2009. Claudia started her public service as a neighborhood representative advocating for the renovation of her local shopping center in Lake Hills. Since then, with over a decade of public service, Claudia has emerged as a regional leader on transportation issues.
Deputy Mayor Kevin Wallace
A fifth generation Bellevue native, Deputy Mayor Kevin Wallace has served on the Bellevue City Council since 2009. He currently serves as the council liaison to the Eastside Transportation Partnership Steering Committee, Economic Development Council, Metropolitan Water Pollution Abatement Advisory Committee, Regional Water Quality Committee and the Issaquah School District Board. Kevin has also served as the council liaison to the Human Services Commission and Parks Board. Before being elected to the city council, he served on the Transportation Commission.
Kemper Freeman, Jr., Chairman & CEO, Kemper Development Company, “Community Building While Building Our Community”
Kemper Freeman, Jr., is the principal owner and hands-on leader of Kemper Development Company, which has developed a total of 4 million square feet of real estate in the Bellevue CBD. The Bellevue Collection is comprised of Bellevue Square, Bellevue Place, and Lincoln Square, and spans over 50 acres.
One of the world’s largest expanses of sand, Africa’s Kalahari Desert, ironically supports an amazing water wonderland. Nothing like the Okavango Delta of northern Botswana exists anywhere else on the planet. Rain in the highlands of Angola travels over 600 miles through a narrow panhandle before fanning out into a vast inland delta of lush lagoons, artistic channels, and palm islands. Described as “the river which never finds the sea,” this annual flood arrives during Botswana’s dry season just when it is needed the most, thus sustaining a diversity of life that includes Africa’s most extraordinary plants and animals.
Andy Wappler is Vice President, Corporate Affairs, for Puget Sound Energy. As head of Corporate Affairs, Wappler leads the Company’s communications, community affairs, energy efficiency and products and services teams.
Kevin Mather was named Seattle Mariners President and COO, effective February 1, 2014. He succeeded Chuck Armstrong, who had held the position for 28 years. He joined the Mariners in 1996 as the Vice President of Finance and Administration. He was promoted to Executive Vice President of Finance and Ballpark Operations in 1999, where he was responsible for oversight of the Mariners accounting and financial reporting, ticket services, procurement, technology services, concessions, and day-to-day operations of Safeco Field.
Susan Everett, Program Design Manager, Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program, Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)
Susan Everett is responsible for managing and leading the design development of the central waterfront viaduct replacement project. She manages the review of all design-related submittals from design-build contracts and also resolves issues between the design-build project and adjacent connecting projects, as well as develops risk management and contingency plans for the project. She has experience in project management, transportation and hydraulic design, permit management, consensus building, scheduling and estimating.
David Giuliani is a Northwest inventor, serial entrepreneur, and business leader. He is the co‑founder and Chair of the Washington Business Alliance, bringing entrepreneurial talent to Washington State governance. He grew up in Silicon Valley, applying his electrical engineering talents at Hewlett Packard, developing some of the world’s first commercial LED products.
David Sherman is a full professor at the Seattle Biomedical Research Institute (Seattle BioMed). He earned his PhD in Biochemistry from Vanderbilt University, and performed post‑graduate work at the Rockefeller University and at Washington University in St. Louis. He began work on M. tuberculosis while at PathoGenesis Corp., where he played a lead role in the discovery and early development of the anti‑TB agent PA‑824 that is now in clinical trials.