This week: March 31, 2023 - Happy Hour 5pm - Marriott

Ken Silverstein – The Mission of Friends Club & Senior Care Options in MoCo

Ken Silverstein currently serves as Executive Director of Friends Club located in Bethesda, Maryland. Friends Club is a nonprofit social club serving men with early to mid-stage memory loss. In addition, it provides respite for the caregivers of its members.

Ken has served in a variety of roles in the nonprofit community.  His expertise is in marketing and business development. During his over 40 years of working with nonprofits he became involved with an organization providing volunteers to nursing homes.  This path led Ken to working for a local assisted living group of homes where he worked with families to help navigate the long-term care process.

Ken will speak on the mission of Friends Club and highlighting the many provider services available here in Montgomery County that serve the senior care market.  He serves on the board of directors of the professional organization GROWS (Grass Roots Organization for the Well-Being of Seniors).

Paul Chan – What Informed Citizens Should Know About Climate Change

Paul has a PhD and MS in atmospheric science concentrating in climate.  He conducted climate research and was the director of NASA Goddard Earth Science Data Center. He developed an approach for agricultural vulnerability assessment at USDA and was chief information officer for the National Weather Service, where he developed a solution for flood hazard-risk reduction.

He is currently retired.

Jessica Foley – Curing with Sound

Jessica Foley, PhD is Managing Director and Chief Scientific Officer for the Focused Ultrasound Foundation, whose mission is to accelerate the development and adoption of focused ultrasound, a breakthrough noninvasive therapeutic medical technology.

Dr. Foley guides strategy, development, and implementation of scientific and research programs for the Foundation, and aligns these with business operations, communications, and development activities. She leads alliance-building efforts with external stakeholders including governmental policymakers, regulatory agencies, and disease-specific foundations whose interests are complementary to those of the Foundation.

She is a spokesperson and advocate for the Foundation and the focused ultrasound community among a wide variety of stakeholders. Prior to the Foundation she spent several years in the medical device industry (Insightec, Medtronic) and was a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation. She holds a BSE in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University and a PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Washington.


Josiah Henson: The Man and The Museum

Ginger Moodie-Woodward has served as both a docent and a staff member at Josiah Henson Museum and Park since September 2021. She has a BA in History and French from the University of Wisconsin, and an MA in Linguistics from Indiana University. She is currently pursuing a second master’s degree in Museum Studies at Harvard Extension School. Prior to joining Montgomery Parks, she taught Social Studies and English at the French International School in Bethesda for over 20 years. A fun fact about Ginger is that in 1993 she was awarded a scholarship by the Rotary Club of New Orleans to study Education at the University of Geneva in Switzerland for a year. She is a big Rotary fan!

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