Speaker Date Topic
Carl Hobert Jul 26, 2024
Amigos Mentor Program
Amigos Mentor Program

Carl is the author of Raising Global IQ: Preparing Our Students for a Shrinking Planet, and a globally recognized expert on international conflict analysis, management, and resolution. After serving as the Director of Boston University's Global Literacy Institute, he co-founded and is now Chief Education Officer of Boston-based Secure Communities Group (SCG), which assists corporations, health care facilities, religious institutions and K16 schools and universities around the world with crucial security threat assessments and recommendations, including cybersecurity attack preparation and prevention.

Fluent in English, Spanish and French, and a working knowledge of Mandarin and Arabic, Hobert teaches his audiences how to build more secure Communities of Trust where prevention of violence, rather than the reaction to it, becomes the norm. Carl provides audiences with convincing examples of his successes in conflict resolution work with youth, adolescents, and adults on 4 continents, and his near-death experience in Africa in 2018.

With an exceptional stage presence, this passionate life-long author and educator offers understandable, ready-to-institute, step-by-step solutions to today's growing threats that leave listeners uplifted and prepared to confront challenging issues in their professional and personal lives at once.

Carl has a BA in French and Political Science cum laude, and an MA in Spanish, both from Middlebury College, and an MA in International Security Studies from the Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Julie Hahnke Aug 02, 2024
Cecropia Strong
Cecropia Strong

Julie was a Marblehead, MA management consultant and author, and she knows how you can suddenly
lose everything with a debilitating illness (or accident.) For her, it was a stroke.


Seven years ago, she had one. She was found by friends three days later on the floor of her apartment
(she lives alone). In those three days, her stroke went from being ischemic (being caused by a blood clot)
to the more serious and lethal condition of having a brain bleed (a hemorrhagic stroke). she couldn’t
talk, and her reading slid back to elementary-school levels: aphasia had taken her words from her. She
suffered the death of between 20-25% of her brain cells – and brain cells don’t heal. Dead is dead! And
she lost the use of the right side of her body.


But she fought back, and she’s since made considerable gains towards recovery. These are the reasons
why she founded Cecropia Strong: a charity that aids folks with disabilities.

Dennis Marcotte Aug 09, 2024
Trees4Haiti
David Reich Aug 16, 2024
Tactical Communication Method
Tactical Communication Method

David has had a successful career as a technology and thought leader, and combines that with his passion and talent as a magician, mentalist and stage hypnotist, to create unique
experiences of Entertainment, Education and Enlightenment. David discovered how the principles of a mystery performer can be used to become an overall better communicator, and using this unique insight, he has developed the Tactical Communication Method. Success in all aspects of business and in life is about relationships and communications. In fact, according to Forbes, more people fear speaking to a group than death! Through audience interaction at in-person as well as digital events, David shares techniques and tools to build effective communication skills with his audiences.


Whether interpersonal or business-related communications, engagement is critical, and is also one of the most misunderstood concepts. As a performer, David has mastered the art of developing rapid rapport with individuals and groups, and used that to create massive success in his personal and professional life and he brings this to organizational events world wide. David, through his lens of a performer, creates interactive experiences to enable his audiences to develop the kind of rapid rapport that they can use immediately and will remember for the rest of their lives.


David has developed and delivered customized experiences for individuals and teams including Sales, Management and Leadership training, as well as university classes. From the living room, to the classroom, to the auditorium, David demonstrates true engagement

Dr. Parvey & Principal D'Andrea Aug 23, 2024
Andover Public Schools
Paul Salafia, Ann Ormond, Diana Kiesel Aug 30, 2024
Andover Days
Tom Hankard Sep 06, 2024
Rotary District Governor Visit
Rotary District Governor Visit

Thomas Hankard, District 7930
Rotary Club of Belle Isle
 
Thomas Hankard joined the Rotary Club of East Boston-Revere in 2011 at the age of 27.
Tom served as Club President in 2013-14 and is a proud member of the resulting Rotary
Club of Belle Isle, serving East Boston, Revere, and Winthrop of which he was
instrumental in forming. He has also served as chair and secretary of the Belle Isle
Rotary Club Foundation.
In District 7930, Tom served as District Registrar for five years starting in 2015 after
being appointed to that role by his Rotary Mentor, the late Past District Governor
Robert C. Wood. Tom served as Governor's Aide to Past District Governor Terry
Rezendes Curran and served as an Assistant Governor for eight years starting in 2016
and was Assistant Governor Coordinator from 2019 to 2021. In addition, Tom has
served on the District Managed Grants, Visioning, Public Image, and Membership
Committees among others. He chaired multiple committees including the District
Conference, Polar Plunge, and Credentials and Balloting Committees. Tom has also
served as District Trainer.   
 
Tom is a proud graduate of Malden Catholic High School, which was named 'Best High
School in America' by US News and World Report while Tom was a student there. He
earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Secondary Education, summa cum
laude, from Merrimack College; and was also elected Class President. Later, he earned
his Master of Business Administration, with distinction, from Cambridge College. 
Professionally, Tom is the chief executive of a financial institution headquartered on the
North Shore which has experienced tremendous growth during his tenure. Prior to his
current role, Tom worked for several regional banks and credit unions specializing in
leadership and management, community outreach, relationship building, growth,
mortgage origination, and loan underwriting. Further, Tom was named a 'Credit Union
Hero' by "Banker and Tradesman." Tom has served on the boards of multiple non-profit
organizations, secondary schools, community and cultural groups, as well as several
regional Chambers of Commerce. 
 
Tom is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, a Rotary Foundation Major Donor, a member of
The Bequest Society, and also is a member of the Rotary International LGBT+
Fellowship.

Chaz Rudich Sep 13, 2024
Ombudsman Program
Ombudsman Program

Chaz Rudich is the current Director of the Long-Term Care Program at AgeSpan. He holds a Master of Health Administration/Gerontology and a Bachelor of Science in Funeral Service. With 33 years of experience in health care he has always maintained a commitment for advocating for his consumers.  His experience includes; being an Emergency Medical Technician, EMS Dispatcher, Assistant Director to a Private Ambulance Company, Billing/Collections Representative and Consumer Educator in EMS; Operations Manager of the nation’s second oldest LGBTQ+ mental health and substance abuse out-patient clinic; Office Manager to one the nation’s first male CNM’s;  Credentialing and Business Consultant to several health care providers, Central Intake and Referral Coordinator at Amedisys Hospice & Palliative Care. He also has a passion and commitment for End-of-Life Care to allow individuals to choose one’s own End of Life Care Plan.

Kristina Ploof Sep 20, 2024
Big Friends Little Friends
Big Friends Little Friends

My name is Kristina Ploof and I am the Volunteer Recruiter for an amazing mentoring program called "Big Friends Little Friends". Similar to the "Big Brother Big Sister" model, this is a community-based program where mentors dedicate at least two hours a month to spend time with a young kid in our community. After being screened it, trained, and interviewed, our mentors are matched with a mentee who we think would be a great fit for them. As a student pursuing a master's degree in social work, I can't speak highly enough about this program and the benefits it has for children in need. Programs like ours make sure that kids are avoiding risky behaviors and, instead, feel motivated to excel in their lives. I look forward to connecting with you all about our program and am hopeful that some of you will join us in this great opportunity to give back to our Merrimack Valley community!

John Vetere Sep 27, 2024
Vincent Pisacreta Oct 11, 2024
Trivia & Tunes

Vin was an Andover resident for over 30 years before moving to Salem, New Hampshire last May. He is
widowed and has 3 children from 23 to 29 including the current JV basketball coach at Andover High
(John), a doctor in physical therapy (Emily) and a recent graduate of Endicott College (Alex).

After a successful career in corporate America, Vin decided to combine two of his favorite hobbies –
trivia and music to form his current company Trivia and Tunes. He designs and hosts trivia games made
specifically for his audience with musical clues. His primary audience consists of senior centers and
residences and he has hosted games for fundraisers, private parties, corporate events, organizations and
schools. His most memorable game was a baseball opening day trivia game for Dana Farber fundraisers
for over 200 people. This game was part of an on-line event highlighted by a Tim Wakefield Q and A
session. People love his game as witnessed by his 99.8% satisfaction rate. To learn more, check out his
web site at triviaandtunes.com.

Melissa Pennington Oct 18, 2024