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May 20: Lilita Bergs - The Latvian Museum of Potomac
May 27: Clark Reed  - Environmental Sustainability in Montgomery County



Bob Sonawane – Chemical Exposure and Birth Defects

April 29th

Club Member Bob Sonawane received his Ph.D. degree in Entomology with specialization in Toxicology from the University of Missouri. He was a NIH postdoctoral Fellow and served as a faculty member in the Departments of Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the School of Medicine, and at the School of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

Dr. Sonawane worked as a Toxicologist with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in Rockville, MD. He served as a toxicologist and manager at the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA), Office of Research and Development of the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency. Dr. Sonawane has over 35 plus years research and management experience in toxicology and pharmacology and cancer/non-cancer health risk assessment of environmental pollutants. He is retired from the US EPA in 2016 and started consulting company along with Dr. Bruce Fowler in the areas of toxicology and health risk assessment, environmental chemicals and pharmaceuticals. Since 2017, he is an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University in Washington DC.

Dr Sonawane received numerous prestigious awards and honors, citations, certificates, Science and Technology Achievement and Special Act Awards for his exemplary research in toxicology and risk assessment of environmental agents.

Dr. Abel Kadry – Conflicts and the Role of Mediation in Mitigating some of Their Consequences

April 22nd

Conflicts (at work, in the family, or in the community) are associated with a variety of negative outcomes, including poor relationships, hostility, anxiety, depression, poor sleep, back pain, and migraines. According to some published reports, conflicts cost American businesses more than $350 billion per year because of reduced work performance, low employee morale, and revenue loss. This presentation will discuss the most common causes of conflict and the role of mediation in resolving and mitigating some of the negative consequences.

Dr. Abdel-Razak Kadry is a certified lead mediator at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services (FMCS). He was able to successfully mediate a large number of cases. Abdel works as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Health in College Park; MD. Abdel regards mediation as a valuable collateral duty community service. During his tenure as senior science advisor for the United States Environmental Protection Agency, he began his work as a mediator and EEO counselor several years ago.

Louis Campion – What’s happening in the Trucking industry?

April 15th

Louis Campion is the President & CEO of the Maryland Motor Truck Association, a 1,000 member trade association dedicated to supporting and advocating for a safe, efficient and profitable trucking industry.  As MMTA’s chief executive officer, he is responsible for directing the day-to-day operations of the association, and serving as the primary advocate for Maryland’s trucking industry before state and local government officials