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Spring 2016 Speakers 

Keith Oberg
Executive Director at Bikes for the World

Keith Oberg combined his love of cycling with a career commitment to international economic development to found Bikes for the World, currently the nation’s largest charitable “re-purposer” of bicycles, where he now serves as Executive Director.  Keith earlier spent 15 years as a program officer for the Inter-American Foundation, an independent US government agency supporting non-profit community and self-help efforts in Latin America and the Caribbean.   A long-time recreational and commuter cyclist, Keith has been active on multiple boards of directors promoting cycling as environmentally and economically sustainable transportation locally and around the globe, including stints as Board Secretary (and co-founder) of Phoenix Bikes, a youth earn-a-bike program and community bike shop in Arlington VA, and chairman (1992-97) of the NY-based Institute for Transportation and Development Policy.

Jennifer McCary
Associate Dean for Violence Prevention and Title IX Coordinator at Gettysburg College

Jennifer McCary is the Associate Dean for Violence Prevention and Resolution, Title IX Coordinator, and Interim Director of the Women's Center here at Gettysburg College.  Jennifer joined the Gettysburg community in June, 2011 as the Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities. In her former role, Jennifer oversaw the conduct system and began her work within the Learning for Social Justice Curriculum that she is still closely connected to. Jennifer is originally from Cleveland Heights, Ohio and has been living in the Baltimore area since 2009. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art Education & Stone Sculpture from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Arts degree also from Bowling Green State University in College Student Personal. While she served as the Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities, Jennifer created a bystander intervention workshop entitled “Civility and Bystander Intervention: A Solution to Injustice,” which runs twice a semester.  The program addresses bias, microaggressions, sexual violence and suicide. McCary integrated research from social psychology, and speaks to the psychological mechanisms that stop people from intervening. This program has been presented at various national conferences and has been used at different campuses. Additionally, in 2013 Jennifer’s work was published as an essay in Talking about Race: Alleviating the Fear. Jennifer continues to live in the Baltimore area and her most cherished time each day is spent with her husband and daughter.

Terri Lynn Hamrick
President and CEO at Survivors, Inc.

Terri Hamrick joined Survivors, Inc. in October 2006 as the President and CEO, and has worked in the nonprofit realm in different capacities for over 20 years, but all have had interpersonal violence as a primary challenge of those she served.  Terri was an active member of the board of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape as the Chair of Standards Committee, is a co-chair of the Healthy Adams County Domestic Violence Task Force and STOP Grant Committee, and is a member of the Adams County Human Trafficking Response Team as well as a member of the larger Statewide Team.   Terri is the Vice Chair of the Board of Family Health Council of Central Pennsylvania, and is the Chair of Philanthropy for the Rotary Club of Gettysburg as well as is a member of the Executive Committee of Children of Hoarders, Inc.  In addition to working with those impacted by sexual assault, stalking, domestic violence, dating violence and human trafficking, Terri has worked with adjudicated/delinquent children and worked with those impacted by HIV disease.  Terri was first trained the Sexual Assault field in 1989, and began working in Domestic Violence in 1990.  

 A West Virginia native, Terri has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia and a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Regis University in Denver, Colorado.  She also a licensed social worker in the state of West Virginia.  She is a field instructor to several local colleges and universities, and has been a sub contracted trainer for the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Division of HIV/AIDS.  She also provides technical assistance, training and capacity building to nonprofits as a consultant.

Terri relocated to Pensylvania in June of 1999, and has since made South Central Pennsylvania her home.  She is directly supervised by two cats, and is an avid long distance runner.

Howard Ernst
Professor of Political Science at the U.S. Naval Academy and Seiden-Levi Fellow of Public Policy at the Eisenhower Institute

Howard R. Ernst serves as the Seiden-Levi Fellow of Public Policy at Gettysburg College’s Eisenhower Institute, Professor of Political Science at the United States Naval Academy, and Senior Scholar at University of Virginia’s Center for Politics. Dr. Ernst’s research and teaching areas include environmental policy, energy policy, environmental thought, and American government. He has published six books and numerous articles. He is currently researching the determinants of environmental behavior and energy conservation, the radical environmental movement in the United States, and public opinion regarding sea-level rise. His work has been highlighted in the Washington PostNational Public RadioC-SPAN, and Voice of America. Ernst’s work has resulted in invitations to testify before Congress and to guest lecture at numerous institutions.

Thomas M. Koch
Middle school teacher at Middlebrook School, Wilton, CT

Thomas Koch has been teaching public school children for the last eighteen years. Among his many passions, poetry remains his favorite endeavor. As a published poet, Thomas routinely incorporates personal experience and authentic opportunities in the classroom. He believes that affording students an opportunity to write beyond curricular expectations builds meaningful relationships. In addition to poetry, Thomas enjoys antique homes and fine woodworking. As much as Thomas is drawn to old school techniques, he also values the benefits of progressive thinking. He is currently the webmaster of his middle school in Wilton, CT and is proud to be a Google agent of change. He is the father of two girls and lives in Connecticut with his wife of fifteen years. 

2014 Speakers

David DeNotarisDavid

“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.

JackJack Grove

“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.

JocelynJocelyn Swigger

“How I memorize piano music”

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. You can hear her on Con Brio Recordings and the podcasts Play It Again Swig and Just Piano Improv.

ChikeChike Nwankwo

“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. 

LawrenceLawrence Taylor

“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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