Speaker Date Topic
Pamela Huntley Aug 12, 2022
Megan's House
Megan's House

Pamela Huntley was named Executive Director of The Megan House Foundation on July 1, 2019, after serving in the role on an interim basis since January of the same year. She first became involved with the organization by attending their annual Gala, a fundraising event which raises funds to help with the program and services provided to the residents of Megan’s House and Erin’s house.  She served on the board of Directors for over two years until accepting her current role.

In May of 2019 Pamela completed her Bachelor of Science Degree in Healthcare Administration from Southern New Hampshire University. She worked at Lowell General Hospital for ten years, her last role as the Director of Community Relations and the Center for Community Health & Wellness, developing relationships with corporate and community partners to generate a climate of understanding and support for the health system, its mission, accomplishments and challenges.

Pamela began her healthcare career at Saints Medical Center in 2008. Over four years she worked with employers and municipalities throughout the Merrimack Valley educating them on the Occupational Health services, including preventative health, injury treatment and management for work related injuries, on-site health screenings, and created a program for travel medicine.  Beginning in 2012 Pamela transitioned to the External Affairs division to work collaboratively with the VP of External Affairs, Philanthropy and Marketing.

Prior to healthcare Pamela worked in the insurance industry as a licensed broker for Colonial Life and Accident. From there, she transitioned into Managed Care, joining a privately-owned company as the Director of Business Development. Pamela also held a management position at CorVel Corporation a national managed care company, responsible for managing the New England Medical Bill review division and overseeing the growth of the workers compensation PPO network in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

Pamela is involved in several community organizations, boards and committees. As a Corporator for the Lowell Boys & Girls Club she has co-chaired their Holiday Auction for two years and has served on the golf committee five years. Pamela is a past Board member of the Westford Business Association and past Chair of the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce. She served three years as co-chair of SEGL part of the United Way, which raises money for local non-profit organizations so that children of Greater Lowell can enjoy a safe summer of fun, learning, and employment.

 

 

George Kakridas Aug 19, 2022
Author - Growing Up Under The Nazi Boot"
Author - Growing Up Under The Nazi Boot"

A Word from George Kakridas - Author of "Growing Up Under The Nazi Boot" 

I was born and raised in a small village named Vresthena, near Sparta, Greece, in a poor family with four siblings.

During the first five years of my childhood, I lived like every child in the village. I played soccer barefooted on our neighborhood's narrow dirt roads with my friends. Kicking a ball made from old rags, we called “topi”. It didn't bounce and didn’t roll too far before it got unraveled, and we had to stop playing to put it back together again.

My innocent young life suddenly ended one bright sunny morning in 1941, when I was played soccer in the “platia” square with my friends. It was a glorious warm morning. The birds were chirping and celebrating another beautiful spring day over our heads on the huge maple tree, when suddenly a loud rumble of heavy trucks full of armed soldiers rolled into our village square.

It was as though someone had turned off the sunlight, stopped the birds from chirping, and our world sank into the darkness like it was midnight. It transformed our free and innocent lives into life like in a prison camp full of despair, hopelessness, and hunger. Our precious lives were meaningless to the cruel and brutal Germans.

 

I watched the Germans executing innocent men, women, and children to avenge their soldiers' deaths by the guerrillas. The brutality and atrocities perpetrated by the Nazis on the Greek population went on for four long years, and we all had to learn how to stay alive while watching our friends, neighbors, and villagers murdered by the ruthless occupiers.

After their defeat and withdrawal from our village and country, we celebrated our freedom again, but it was short-lived when another war began, the Greek Civil War. This bloody civil war continued for five more years until they too were defeated by the Greek soldiers with the help of the Americans. Once again, we were alive but our hearts and souls were forever marred.

I was fortunate to survive through what I would describe as living in a death camp full of fear and hopelessness, until I immigrated to America and lived the American dream.

John Hess Aug 26, 2022
The Andover Village Improvement Society
The Andover Village Improvement Society

The Andover Village Improvement Society is a private land trust in Andover, Massachusetts. Founded in 1894, AVIS is the second oldest land preservation society in the United States. Its goal is to acquire land within Andover and preserve it in its natural state.bout

Founded in 1894 as The Andover Village Improvement Society, AVIS is one of the oldest land conservation organizations in the country. AVIS manages more than 30 reservations comprising more than 1,200 acres in the Town of Andover. It relies on a corps of volunteers to lead the organization and to provide maintenance of its recreational trails and stewardship for the land and its wildlife habitat. Donations from community members and grant sources provide the funds to acquire, protect and manage its reservations.About

Founded in 1894 as The Andover Village Improvement Society, AVIS is one of the oldest land conservation organizations in the country. AVIS manages more than 30 reservations comprising more than 1,200 acres in the Town of Andover. It relies on a corps of volunteers to lead the organization and to provide maintenance of its recreational trails and stewardship for the land and its wildlife habitat. Donations from community members and grant sources provide the funds to acquire, protect and manage its reservations.

NO MEETING - Happy Labor Day Weekend Sep 02, 2022
District Governor Alexander Falk Sep 09, 2022
Rotary 7930 DG Visit
Rotary 7930 DG Visit

The Rotary Club of Andover welcomes Rotary 7930 District Governor Alexander Falk. 

Albert Pless Sep 16, 2022
Andover DEI Commission and Andover DIVERSE
Andover DEI Commission and Andover DIVERSE

My name is Albert W. Pless, Jr, and I am the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Town of Andover, Massachusetts. I am also an Adjunct Professor at the Tufts School of Medicine Online MPH program and a guest lecturer at the Tufts School of Community Health. I have over 25 years of experience working in community-based programs in the Greater Boston area. Previously, I directed nationally recognized Community Health Worker programs for Black and Latino men at the Boston Public Health Commission and Cambridge Public Health Department. I am on numerous boards and committees, including the Men’s Health and Black Health Care Workers Caucus of the American Public Health Association (APHA) and Harvard Catalyst. Most recently, I transitioned from Public Health, where I worked for the past 20 years, to the field of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. I have committed my entire professional career to addressing health and racial inequities. I received my Master of Science degree from Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH.

Jennifer Srivastava and Lauren Kushman Sep 23, 2022
Andover Coalition for Education
Nancy Kannell Oct 07, 2022
Project Home Again
Project Home Again

Project Home Again - Nancy Kannell  

When an acquaintance who was down on her luck came to Nancy and said her stove was broken and she had no money to fix it or buy a new one, she had an idea. Eighteen years later, Nancy’s passion for helping others has led PHA to grow from a one woman operation to a staff of dozens of volunteers serving hundreds of families a year.

At Project Home Again, they partner with social service agencies in northeastern Massachusetts to bring new and gently used household goods, furniture and appliances to low-income families in need.

Our mission is to provide them with the things they need to live with comfort and dignity. We try to make the experience as positive as we can, letting our clients “shop” to choose items that reflect their personality and individual style. It’s what allows us to truly turn their houses into homes.

Our work is people-focused and people-powered, and there are three groups that make the magic of Project Home Again possible — our clients, our volunteers and our donors.

Beth Francis Oct 28, 2022
Essex County Community Foundation