Lilita Bergs is the director of the Latvian Museum in Rockville MD. The all-volunteer museum, founded in 1979, is operated by the American Latvian Association in The United States, headquartered at the same facility. The exhibits focus on the history of Latvia from prehistoric times to the present and showcase traditional costumes, jewelry and folk arts. Included are video references to the history of Latvian-Americans who fled the Communist takeover in World War II.
Lilita Bergs holds an MA degree in anthropology from Syracuse University and is retired from a long career in a variety of American history museums in both curatorial and management roles. These include the Rochester Museum and Science Center and Old Sturbridge Village. She has been involved with the Latvian Museum since its founding. She is active in a number of local and national Latvian-American organizations and preservation projects.
Stephen Vaccarezza has been a member of Rotary since 1988, first with the White Oak Rotary Club and then with North Bethesda. He has been president twice with White Oak and once for North Bethesda, and will be again next year for North Bethesda. He is currently Treasurer of the North Bethesda Rotary Club and President-Elect for next year. Steve is a practicing physician in Montgomery County with offices on Montrose Road, where he has been for 35 years. His practice consists mostly of nephrology specialty care, though he does some primary care as well. He is married with 2 children and 2 grandkids. Steve will give us a needed refresher on how Rotary Clubs function best and give us tips to strengthen our Rotary community.
Cheryl Kollin is a business consultant and serves as the Program Director of Community Food Rescue (CFR), a program of Manna Food Center. Since its launch in 2015, the CFR network of 450 members has recovered and distributed 7.7 million pounds of food, the equivalent of 6.4 million meals to people experiencing hunger. Cheryl is a founding member of the Montgomery County Food Council. She earned her MBA in sustainable business.
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.
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 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
Bruce Davis is a graduate of William & Mary with a degree in physics. He was a high school science teacher early in his career. Later, he earned a JD degree at the University of Virginia and practiced law in the DC area for 40 years. Bruce has been trained by the Climate Reality Project, an organization created by Al Gore to increase public awareness that human-caused climate change is degrading our environment and inspire the worldwide action required for humanity’s sustainable future.
In February 2021, Bruce gave a presentation to our club entitled “Climate Change and What You Can Do About It.” This presentation will be a follow-up, focusing on the United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Glasgow, Scotland, in November 2021.
Linda Berg-Cross is a Professor of Psychology at Howard University and a member of our Rotary club. She has a private practice in Potomac where she treats behavioral sleep disorders, as well as individuals, couples, and families coping with a wide range of life crises. She has published 3 professional therapy books and many peer reviewed research papers. She has a long-term interest in the relationship between diagnosis and treatment for psychological problems