CDR Donald M. Leingang USN(RET), Executive Director, USO Northwest, “How the USO Northwest Helps Service Members and Their Families”
Commander Don Leingang is a Northwest native who recently retired from his position as the Executive Officer at the Naval Station Everett. A helicopter pilot and former Commanding Officer of Navy Recruiting District Seattle, Leingang’s distinguished 24-year Naval career included leadership positions at the U.S. Naval Academy, Director of Air Warfare, Washington, D.C., and the Operations Officer at Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
David Knoepfler, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Overlake Medical Center, “Ebola: What Overlake Hospital is Doing to Prepare”
Dr. David Knoepfler is an invested and involved Eastside native, having attended Bellevue public schools through high school and the University of Washington through medical school, prior to joining Overlake. Dr. Knoepfler has worked at Overlake the majority of his career, starting as a volunteer in the emergency department in 1983.
Councilmember Jane Hague has spent 30 years in local government, serving in both policy and management positions. Her extensive policy background covers the City of Bellevue as well as the King County Council. Additionally, she spent eight years as the Manager of King County’s Elections Division. Jane was also recognized by her peers in 300 US Counties when she was elected President of the National Association of Counties where she served five years on the national organization’s Executive Board. She continues to serve on their Board of Directors and will bring their Large Urban County Caucus to Bellevue in 2015.
Bill Bryant was born in Morton, grew up in Hoodsport, attended Capital High School in Olympia and studied trade and diplomacy at Georgetown University. After college he worked on trade issues for Governors Spellman and Gardner, trekked alone across China and Tibet, and, in 1985, moved to Yakima, where he eliminated trade barriers for Washington’s apple industry. Growing up on Hood Canal and hiking in the mountains left him committed to protecting our environment.
Doug King leads a team of more than 500 staff members, docents, and volunteers whose mission is to make the Museum of flight the foremost educational air and space museum in the world. He reports to a volunteer Board of Trustees of community and national leaders that defined an extraordinary, world-class long-term vision to accomplish that goal in the decade ahead—Vision 2020. This vision calls for a world-class collection and impactful education program which will deliver an inspirational visitor experience. The Museum of Flight is one of only 900 museums in the nation accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.
Pedro Celis is a retired Distinguished Engineer from Microsoft Corporation. While at Microsoft, Pedro held several positions in the SQL Server group, including leading the WinFS team at its creation and Chief Technology Officer for SQL Server. He also worked in the Bing organization and was considered a senior technical leader in the company, and named one of the most influential Hispanic IT Executives by the Hispanic IT Executive Council.
John Enger, a retired Yellow Pages publisher who spent his entire career producing both print and online directories, is the District Governor for Rotary Year 2014-2015. He is a Roosevelt High School graduate who went on to earn a degree in Communications/Advertising at the University of Washington. He is a member of the UWAA, a Tyee Club and Big W contributor. While at the UW, John was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, worked on both the Daily and Tyee publications, and was a sprinter on the Huskies Track Team.
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.