“For Parents, Teachers, Coaches and Leaders: Helping Students Fit In, Not Sit Out”
David DeNotaris is an International and National Drug-Free Powerlifting Champion, Published Author, Husband and Father, Inspirational speaker and he also happens to be totally blind. David was born with a rare eye condition that would eventually cause his total blindness. Experts attempted to impose negative limiting labels suggesting David would never live a "normal" life not being able to read, learn, participate, but David's family, teacher and coaches had other ideas.
“Shifting Paradigm in the Galapagos”
A marine biologist and professional naturalist, Jack has spent much of the past two decades traveling on, and lecturing about, the world's oceans. Cofounder of Zegrahm Expeditions and research associate in the Section of Fishes at the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, Jack is a leading authority on the fishes and marine environments of the eastern tropical Pacific. For seven years he lived in the Galápagos, where he carried out extensive marine biological studies. In 1997, Stanford University Press published his comprehensive volume The Fishes of the Galápagos Islands, and he received his Ph.D. from Pacific Western University. A true adventurer and Fellow of The Explorers Club, Jack has led numerous expeditions to the remote corners of the world, participating in polar expeditions as a marine naturalist, photographer, and expedition leader, as well as working with noted scientists and explorers such as Jean-Michel Cousteau. Jack is an avid scuba diver, certified dive master, and dedicated conservationist. In 2002 he was one of 57 scientists invited by the World Conservation Union (IUCN) to participate in a conference in Hanoi to discuss a strategy for the preservation of marine biodiversity. When not traveling, he manages his own photography business in the Florida Keys.
“How I memorize piano music: it takes STEM skills”
Jocelyn is a concert pianist and music professor. She loves performing and teaching and she feels incredibly lucky that she gets to do both, and that she learns so much about each from the other. For college Jocelyn went to Oberlin, where she studied with Joseph Schwartz in the conservatory and majored in English in the college. For grad school Jocelyn went to Eastman, where she completed the MM and DMA with Rebecca Penneys. She also received an MA in pedagogy of music theory so she could take all the fun theory classes, including Schenker and counterpoint and composition. After Eastman Jocelyn freelanced in New York City, teaching privately, as an adjunct, and accompanying in the vocal program at the Juilliard School, and then she came to the Sunderman Conservatory at Gettysburg College, where she has been the piano professor since 2004. Jocelyn also taught a few other places, including the Hochstein Music School, Fort Lewis College, and Paraguay on a Fulbright in the summer of 2008. Along the way she has also explored training in theatre, Dalcroze Eurhythmics, the Alexander Technique, and mindfulness meditation.
“How knowing your Affect is essential to regaining your center, and help you make optimal decisions”
Chiké Nwankwo, “Doctor Chiké,” is a Harvard trained adult and child psychiatrist. Dr. Chiké works full time at his psychotherapy practice working with both adults and children, but is also comfortable prescribing medications when it is necessary. In 1991, he first started his studies in Behavioral Neuroscience as an undergraduate. Since that time, his focus has shifted more towards clinical work with patients, but he continues to have a passion for the study of how the mind works, and how people behave.
“Estonia: NATO’s Achilles Heel?”
Lawrence Taylor is a retired Foreign Service Officer and a former U.S. Ambassador to Estonia, a post he held from 1995 to 1997. He has extensive experience in foreign affairs leadership, training, management, and policy development as a career diplomat with the U.S. Department of State - both overseas and in the U.S
Prior to serving as Ambassador, Taylor was Director of the Foreign Service Institute/National Foreign Affairs Training Center in Arlington Virginia. He joined the Foreign Service in 1969 and during his time was awarded the Department of State’s Distinguished Honor Award. His overseas postings as a political and economic officer include Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Zagreb and Belgrade, Yugoslavia; Jakarta, Indonesia; Ottawa, Canada; and London, United Kingdom.
After retiring to Gettysburg, PA, Taylor served as senior advisor to two Presidents of Gettysburg College, and he is a founding partner of The Gettysburg leadership Experience at Gettysburg College, a unique leadership development program for senior executives in the private and public sectors. In 2007 Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell appointed him as a member of the PA Abraham Lincoln bicentennial Commission.
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