Speakers

Speaker Date Topic
Tony Kennedy Jul 27, 2017
Star Tribune, Outdoor Writing
Star Tribune, Outdoor Writing

Tony Kennedy covers the outdoors for the Star Tribune. Previously he had been an investigative reporter since 2002, starting with a probe of the plane crash that killed Sen. Paul Wellstone. His work includes a 2012 collection of stories on executive compensation at the University of Minnesota; a four-part series on judicial penalties against BNSF Corp.; and an examination of factors leading to the collapse of the I-35W Bridge. 

Ann Bailey Aug 03, 2017
DARTS
DARTS

Ann Bailey has been President of DARTS since June 2015 after an 18-year career as Technical Leader with the Target Corporation. 
Ann's first experience with DARTS was in 2003 as a client receiving caregiver support during her father's eight-year battle with Alzheimer's disease. Ann recalls, "DARTS not only helped me become better
educated about caregiving, but helped me focus on my own welfare so I could provide better care for my father."
Established in 1974, DARTS is a community-based nonprofit organization in Dakota County Minnesota that connects people to services and partnerships that improve their quality of life, help them age well,
and enable them to engage in their community. DARTS creates connections that enrich aging.

Business Meeting Aug 10, 2017
Jason Viana Aug 17, 2017
The Open Door
The Open Door

The mission of The Open Door is to end local hunger through access to healthy food.
The Open Door assists thousands of local individuals each month through a variety of programs designed to connect those in need with fresh, nutritious options:

  • Healthy food support at our Pantry, 12 Mobile Pantry sites, and The Mobile Lunch Box, provided to almost 5,000 individuals each month.
  • Family Advocacy/Community resource referrals link families to critical, stabilizing services at social service agencies.
  • Garden To Table program: 200 community garden plots, orchards, and perennial gardens allow families to grow their own food, free of charge

Jason Viana has been the Executive Director at The Open Door since April 2016.

Andrea Mokros Aug 24, 2017
Minnesota Super Bowl LII Host Committee
Minnesota Super Bowl LII Host Committee

Andrea Mokros, Vice President, Communication & Events at the Minnesota Super Bowl LII Host Committee, has spent a career in communications and event production at the local, state, and national level. Currently, she serves as Vice President of Communications for the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee, helping prepare to host one of the world’s pre-eminent sporting events in the Bold North. 

Previously, she served in the White House as Special Assistant to the President and Director of Strategic Planning, overseeing the First Lady's scheduling and advance operation, as well as executing events across the United States and around the world, planning hundreds of trips covering more than a dozen countries, coordinating logistics and creating memorable images. Previously, she served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, managing his communications and constituent outreach efforts. 

She has also served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Senator Amy Klobuchar, and as principal in her own communications and event consultancy, Mokros Strategies LLC. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, and a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Kaleena Miller Aug 31, 2017
Twin Cities Tap Festival
Twin Cities Tap Festival

Kaleena Miller is co-director of the Twin Cities Tap Festival and director/ lead choreographer for Kaleena Miller Dance.  She is a founding member of Rhythmic Circus, and toured extensively with the group from 2009-2017.

Kaleena is a 2015 McKnight Dance Fellow and was named one of DANCE Magazine's "25 to Watch" in 2016.  She has received funding from the Jerome Foundation and Minnesota State Arts Board, and has been commissioned to create work for the Walker Art Center, Southern Theater, Wayzata Symphony Orchestra, Hear Here! Festival, and SPCPA. Kaleena recently worked with Derick Grant on a solo, commissioned by the McKnight Fellowship. In 2016, she spent a month in solo residency at Air Le Parc in Pampelonne, France.

She graduated from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities with a BFA in Dance, and credits Char Weiss and Karla Grotting for her tap training, with additional training from Roxane Butterly and Heather Cornell.  

Atlanta Reflections Sep 07, 2017
The 2017 Rotary Convention
The 2017 Rotary Convention

Local Rotarians who attended the 2017 Rotary Convention in Atlanta will reflect upon their experiences.

District Governor Bob Halagan Jan 18, 2018
DG Visit