Speaker Date Topic
Connie Sullivan Mar 28, 2018
Citizens Climate Lobby
Citizens Climate Lobby

Connie Sullivan graduated from UCLA in 1981 and soon after joined Los Angeles County in the Division of Health, Safety and Disability Benefits. She began as an epidemiology analyst and eventually rose to become the division chief.  Eventually she transferred to the Chief Executive Office as manager of the Section of Data Integration, Evaluation Services and Urban Research.

Dr. Sullivan retired from Los Angeles County's Chief Executive Office in 2008. Since leaving the County she volunteered for the Los Angeles County District Attorney for five years and the Palos Verdes Estates CARES program for two years. She currently is active with the Citizens Climate Lobby and South Bay 350.org.  In 2017 Supervisor Janice Hahn appointed her to the Los Angeles County Citizens Economy and Efficiency Commission.

Dr. Sullivan received her Bachelor's Degree in Microbiology from Purdue University and a Doctor of Public Health Degree in Epidemiology from UCLA.

Dr Michelle Charfen Apr 04, 2018
Centered Living: Transforming Conflict with Compassionate Communication
Centered Living: Transforming Conflict with Compassionate Communication

Michelle Charfen is an Emergency Medicine Physician at Providence Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance, CA. She is the founder of Centered Parenting and facilitates workshops for parents, educators and groups interested in strengthening their communication skills and fostering well-being. Participants in today's mini-workshop will be introduced to the theory of Nonviolent Communication as a tool to foster both compassion for oneself and others while navigating challenging situations.

Michelle has a BA in Human Biology from Stanford University; an MD from Harvard Medical School; and a Masters of Science in Epidemiology from the School of Public Health at UCLA. She received her training in Emergency Medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and lives with her husband Christian Horvath and three children in Redondo Beach, CA.

To learn more you can view Michelle’s TEDxTalk, Unconditional Positive Regard: The Power of Self Acceptance or visit http://michellecharfen.com for more information. 

Henry Washington Apr 11, 2018
RB Rotary Collaboration with Peary Middle School
RB Rotary Collaboration with Peary Middle School

Mr. Henry Washington is a Military Veteran who spent over 6 years in the Navy. He has been affiliated with Title One, Peary Middle School as a volunteer gardening instructor since 2004. In the beginning Mr. Eddie Goodman, 3 Marines and Mr. Washington ran a boot camp for troubled youth in the garden until the district halted the program.

PCI Kenneth Jones introduced Henry to Redondo Beach Rotary and since that time our club has written 3 Community grants to benefit the middle-school aged youth who work in the garden under Henry’s supervision. When Henry speaks to the students he addresses them with respect and they listen.

Henry credits Mrs Board, who is now retired, with the leadership and passion for the garden which has allowed the Peary Middle School Peace Garden students and Redondo Beach Rotary to establish such a strong partnership.

Curt Mahoney Apr 18, 2018
Redondo Beach CERT Program
Redondo Beach CERT Program

Curt Mahoney was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona. He moved to Redondo Beach in 1994 and began to pursue his fire career in 1997. In 1998 he was hired as an auxiliary firefighter with the Inglewood Fire Department, in 2000 he became a Paid-Call firefighter with the Manhattan Beach Fire Department, and in 2002 he joined the Redondo Beach Fire Department (RBFD). He was promoted to the rank of Fire Captain in 2016 and currently serves as the RBFD liaison for the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program. 

Curt is happily married to his beautiful wife Kerry Mahoney for 11 years. They have two amazing children (Riley age 9 and Jake age 7).

Today, Curt will describe the CERT program and explain how participation in the program can benefit both individuals and their community in time of emergency.

Mama Hill and Abdur Rahman Apr 25, 2018
Dealing With the Needs of Children
Dealing With the Needs of Children

Millicent Hill, a.k.a. Mama Hill, a retired teacher with LAUSD, has, over her 45-year career as an award-winning educator, poet, and activist, changed the lives of thousands of youngsters through her innovative teaching style. Today she and her small staff cover an array of issues within the core curricula-from anger management to teen pregnancy-as most of her youngsters are living under the cloud of violence, grief, abandonment or abuse, which all too often impedes their ability to learn.

Mama Hill's Help is known by everyone in the community as a "safe haven". Many former gang members often stop by Mama Hill's to speak to the children about the dangers of gangs and drugs. Mama Hill's Help provides a safe and drug free place where every week neighborhood kids come to get help in tutoring, job skills training, violence and molestation prevention, gang intervention and prevention, anger management courses, conflict resolution, music appreciation, life skills, pregnancy prevention and abstinence, school exit exams, and college preparation.

Throughout its years of operation, Mama Hill's Help has achieved an amazing rate of success. Mama Hill's youth are thriving, as each receives a healthy dose of love and encouragement along with the tutoring, mentoring and counseling services the program provides.

75% of all graduates from Mama Hill's Help are gainfully employed.

80% of Mama Hill's Help students read above grade level

90% of Mama Hill's Help students have increased their social skills.

95% of the youth who have graduated from Mama Hill's Help, also graduated from high school. Many are now pursuing degrees at colleges across the nation.

100% of Mama Hill's Help students have been promoted to the next grade.


Abdur Rahman has worked with youth for over 20 years in the Los Angeles area. He is currently serving as the Instructor for MHH Tuesday classes. He is also COO of Mama Hill’s Help, Inc.

He is a recent recipient of the Club Champion of Public Speaking for Inglewood Toastmasters and President of 1913 Toastmasters. In addition he is a recipient of The Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow Award.

His desire is to instill integrity and sharpen their Life Skills of the students to become good citizens.

Jeff Weigel May 02, 2018
Annual RBRC Community Foundation Meeting
Estera Borsca, MA, LCSW May 16, 2018
Peace Conversation Facilitator Program
Peace Conversation Facilitator Program

Estera Borsca is President of Mediators Beyond Borders International, Los Angeles Chapter of an International NGO mobilizing over 100 professional attorneys and mediators in community projects, dialogues and fascilitations. She has been working in the helping field for 10 + years in multiple roles working with school age children and families.

Estera earned a Masters in Social Work degree from the University of Southern California with a concentration in Policy, Law and Administration. She is a certified trainer in Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Suicide Prevention, Attachment Focused Therapy, Conflict Resolution and Mediation. She serves as a certified mediator for Orange County Court System, where she performs mediations in family law, civil harassment, small claims, law enforcement, employment law and community mediations.

Estera is passionate about peace building on a global level, women empowerment and breaking generational curses in children by complex trauma.

Thais Viana May 23, 2018
Craft Talk
Craft Talk
Place TBD Jun 06, 2018
Rotary Club of Redondo Beach Community Foundation Scholarship Awards Reception