SPEAKER PRESENTATIONS

If you'd like to join us and be a guest at our Rotary Club Meeting or if you're interested in speaking at a meeting please email us at RotaryChristiana@gmail.com.

Upcoming Presentations

Past Presentations

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November 3rd, 2022
Jill Gordy

Jill has been a Rotarian since 2000. She has held various positions in Rotary with her favorite being District Global Grants Chair. Jill is retired from her own company, QNQ, since December 2006 and enjoys being an active Rotarian. This week she brought updates and greetings from the Rotary Club of Kampala Kawempe. The Rotary Club of Kampala Kawempe and Rotary Club of Christiana have been in partnership with St. Kizito health center III to carry out a malaria fight outreach project among the elderly people in the slum communities of Kawempe in Kampala district in Uganda.

View the full report here!

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October 6th, 2022
Clifford Berg
Rotary District 7630 - District Governor 

Club President Michele Camponelli and District Governor Cliff Berg presented Carol Doherty, Past-President with a certificate of recognition from Rotary International for outstanding efforts in Club Service. Carol Doherty was referred for this outstanding award by Michele Camponelli.

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September 1st, 2022
Gina Fogione
Body in Balance Wellness LLC
In-person at the Christiana Hilton

Gina is a Certified and Licensed Holistic-Faith-Based Health Coach, Life Coach, Paraprofessional Diabetic Educator, Wellness Educator, and Workshop Presenter.

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July 14th, 2022
Jayna Lennon
Lori's HandsZoom Meeting

Jayna Lennon is the Delaware Chapter Manager of Lori's Hands. Lori’s Hands builds mutually beneficial partnerships between community members with chronic illness and college students, fostering empathy, connection, and resilience. Students provide practical assistance to support community members’ independence at home, and community members share their health and life experiences to support students’ learning.

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June 9th, 2022
Madeline Goodall
Family PromiseZoom Meeting

As the Development & Marketing Manager, Maddie works diligently to raise awareness of the crisis of family homelessness in our community. Maddie manages grants, multiple fundraising campaigns, events, & all other development activities. Maddie is also primarily responsible for communications and all marketing activities.

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April 14th, 2022
Shavonne Brathwaite, EdD
Executive Director Mosaic in Delaware, Newark, DE
Zoom Meeting. 12:30-1PM

Join Mosaic leadership, people served and volunteers for a free, 30 minute Discover the Possibilities rotary event on Zoom. Enjoy a photo slideshow and a tour of Mosaic’s mission and work by those who know it best—the people supported, their families, and the people who serve. Learn more at www.mosaicinfo.org.

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March 10, 2022
Kevin Smith
Habitat for Humanity

For 23 years, Kevin has served as the CEO of Habitat for Humanity – offering a hand-up to hardworking families in New Castle County. The first paid staff member hired by the affiliate, Kevin began his career with Habitat as a volunteer coordinator at Habitat for Humanity in Fresno, California. He made his way out West – and to Habitat – through the Mennonite Church.A Newark native and UD “blue hen”, Kevin previously worked in the systems field for Delaware companies such as Marketing, Standard Chlorine and Synerfac. He holds a B.S. from the University of Delaware in Business Management (Operations) and a minor in Management Information Systems.  Kevin completed Habitat for Humanity’s Leadership Certificate from Harvard Business School in 2010 and Bank of America’s Humanity’s Leadership Certificate from Harvard Business School, and Bank of America’s Neighborhood Builders Leadership Training in 2016.Kevin is currently enrolled in the Masters of Arts in Ministry and Leadership at Lancaster Theological Seminary in Lancaster, PA. He has entered the United Methodist Church’s Deacon program through his church, Newark UMC. Kevin and his wife Diane have been married 20 years and are blessed with four children, and two grandchildren.

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March 3, 2022
Rosi Crosby
Jewish Family Services of Delaware

Rosi Crosby is the Chief Strategy Officer for JFS Delaware, where she and her team are responsible for all aspects of business development, fundraising, marketing, communications, advocacy, and public relations of the organization. Rosi came to JFS from Easterseals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore, where she held the role of Director of Individual Giving. In this previous role, Rosi was responsible for cultivating and stewarding individual donors for the major gifts program, planned giving program, annual giving, and capital campaign efforts of the organization; prior to Easterseals, she managed the Eastern Region Community Relations initiatives for Gaudenzia and Social Venture Partners of Delaware. Before her non-profit fundraising career, Rosi spent fifteen years in corporate sales management.Rosi has held positions on the Board of Directors for the Siegel JCC, Congregation Beth Shalom, Rotary Club of Wilmington, Latin American Community Center, and the Brandywine Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP); she currently serves on the Board of the Kutz Senior Living Campus Auxiliary. In addition to her professional and lay leadership roles, Rosi has been teaching Fundamentals of Fundraising at Johns Hopkins University, Museum Studies Master’s program since 2003. She received her degree in Business Administration from Boston University, is a LEADERSHIP Philadelphia Fellow, and a former Dale Carnegie training instructor.When she is not working or volunteering, Rosi enjoys a good game of pinochle, line dancing, the beach, traveling, reading, and entertaining. She lives in North Wilmington with her husband Rich and has two sons, Adam and Scott.

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February 10, 2022
Joe Sebastiani
Delaware Nature Society/Ashland Nature Center

Joe Sebastiani, Director of Adult Engagement, has been working for Delaware Nature Society since 1998 and grew up in Kennett Square, PA. He specializes in teaching adult nature classes on a wide variety of environmental topics. Joe is a co-leader of the Delaware Master Naturalist program, runs the Eco-Tours program, and oversees adult volunteerism and bird-related citizen science programs.

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January 13, 2022
Stu Sherman
Boys & Girls Club

January 3, 2022, makes 28 years for Stuart (Stu) Sherman with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware. Stu opened the Greater Newark Club in 1994 as the Athletic Director and became Executive Director in 1998. His next step with the Boys & Girls Club of Delaware was in 2020 as Senior Executive Director, Program Development when he was promoted to "make the Clubs more fun."  He is kept busy after hours with his involvement in the Christiana Rotary family since 2000, as a two-time past president and a part-time staff member of University of Delaware athletics since 1996.  Stu is married with two beautiful children. Read Stu's full bio here.

View a replay of the Zoom presentation here.
Password to view: 4ki.9Ax#

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December 9, 2021
Colleen Davis
State Treasurer

Colleen C. Davis was elected State Treasurer on November 6, 2018. She was sworn into office on January 1, 2019. Colleen has a rich history of working for the First State. She served as the Treasurer for the Delaware Physician Assistant Advocacy Group (DAPA) and as a board member on the Advisory Board of Forge Life Sciences and on the Board of Delaware Maritime Education. In conjunction with these achievements, Colleen has also served as a financial consultant to large medical institutions, as well as small independent practices. As such, she has created fiscal stability and improved positive patient outcomes, while saving millions of dollars in overall health care costs.

Colleen believes in a strong community and wants to help the State of Delaware improve its quality of life. Over the years, she has volunteered locally, nationally and internationally. After Nepal was struck by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in April 2015, she went as a physician’s assistant to help people affected near Kathmandu. Colleen is a proven leader in Disaster Relief, Medical-Surgical practices, Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Emergency Medicine, Neurosurgery and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS).

Colleen currently lives in Dagsboro, Delaware.

View a replay of the Zoom presentation here. (Password to view: A^LsyZ3J)

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November 11, 2021
Meg Garey, LPCMH
Meg Garey, LPCMH, is Executive Director of A Better Chance for Our Children. Ms. Garey has over 15 years of experience working in child welfare. She has experience providing direct services to children and families, developing programs, and managing full administrative oversight.A Better Chance for Our Children supports children and families through foster care, adoption, and post adoption services throughout the state of Delaware. Founded by adoptive parents, A Better Chance for Our Children developed its mission through personal experience and a true understanding of what our kids and families need. We believe that with intensive preparation and unending support, parents can be successful. We believe every waiting child deserves a chance!

View a replay of the Zoom presentation here. (Password to view: t6h8j!GZ)

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October 14, 2021
Dr. Stephanie A. Urchick
Dr. Stephanie A. Urchick has considerable experience performing executive management, organizational and leadership consulting, and inspirational speaking in corporate and higher education environments. Stephanie is Partner and Chief Operating Office of Doctors At Work LLC, a consulting and training company aimed at assisting organizations and individuals with leadership development, communication, customer service and business development. Additionally, she writes the “Executive Decision” Column for Southpointe Today, a regional magazine in southwestern Pennsylvania focused on business growth.
Her academic credentials include an undergraduate degree in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania, a Masters degree in Education from Duquesne University, and a doctorate in Leadership Studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Active in numerous community boards and committees, Stephanie became the first ATHENA Award recipient for Washington County, PA, has been honored by Zonta International and the Sons of the American Revolution, has been named Rotarian of the Year by both her Rotary District and her Rotary club, and has received the Distinguished Service Award from The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. In September of 2016, Stephanie appeared in the publication “Women in Business” that highlighted women from a 23-county area of Pennsylvania who are making a difference.
A Rotarian since 1991, Stephanie is a member of the Rotary Club of McMurray, PA and has served Rotary as a Foundation Trustee, Chair of TRF’s Centennial Celebration Committee and member of the Atlanta RI Convention Committee, District Governor, Regional Foundation Coordinator, International Training Leader, President’s Representative, district delegate to two Councils on Legislation, and as a member of various RI Committees and in various club and district Foundation roles. She currently chairs the Strategic Planning Committee and is a Major Donor and a member of the Bequest Society of the Rotary Foundation.
Stephanie has participated in a variety of international service projects, including National Immunization Days (polio prevention) in India and Nigeria, the building of an elementary school in Vietnam, water filter installation in the Dominican Republic, and mentoring new Rotarians in the Ukraine. Securing mammography equipment and a biopsy unit for a hospital in Poland was the district-wide TRF matching grant that Stephanie coordinated with the Rotary Club of Krakow. In its commemorative book,the Rotary Club of Krakow noted Stephanie Urchick as one of the agents helping the re-birth of Rotary in post-Communist Poland. Currently Urchick is helping to partner clubs and districts in the U.S. with Rotary clubs in Kosova and Albania for humanitarian and educational service through the “Call to Kosova” initiative.

View a replay of the Zoom presentation here. (Password to view: 5*w=5g$N)

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September 23, 202112:30pm • Zoom

Kim Eppehimer
Executive Director of Friendship House
Kim Eppehimer is the Executive Director of Friendship House. After years of volunteering with Friendship House, she was employed as the Volunteer Coordinator in 2014. In 2017 she was officially named the Executive Director of Friendship House. Kim has a Masters of Accounting from the University of Maryland, a certificate in Theology and Ministry from Princeton Seminary, and a certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Delaware. She is an avid runner and enjoys spending time with her husband, two boys, and two dogs. 

View a replay of the Zoom presentation here. (Password to view: *0!3Lr%Z)

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August 12, 2021

Dr. Doug Tallamy
Doug Tallamy is the T. A. Baker Professor of Agriculture in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored over 100 research publications and has taught insect related courses for 40 years. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. He is a best-selling author and lecturer. Dr. Tallamy is also the recipient of numerous awards for his conservation and communication efforts.

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July 15, 2021

Kathy McGuiness Delaware State Auditor
Kathy McGuiness joined us to discuss projects and programs to keep Delaware accountable. Kathy is widely recognized as a leader and community advocate fighting for a more accountable and transparent Delaware.  During her first 100 days in office, McGuiness optimized staffing and improved organizational efficiency in order to clear audit backlogs, enhance responsiveness, and improve the agency's overall functionality. McGuiness has brought audits back in-house, created a comprehensive risk assessment tool, worked with the Offices of Inspector Generals to centralize reports on a single web portal. In 2021 alone, McGuiness released three reports identifying $87M in annual efficiency savings, government overspending and potential revenue sources. Given our 2021 $4.1M budget, that’s a Return on Investment of more than 21 times our annual budget. When she is not at the office, Kathy is often found volunteering and giving back to the community.