Speaker Date Topic
Nancy Weisel and John Barnett Mar 27, 2019 12:15 PM
Craft Talks
Craft Talks

Nancy Weisel

Nancy was born in NY- in a little town called Wantagh on Long Island. She’d like to say it was a bustling metropolis however it was a sleepy little town of houses built after WW2. She lived in one of those houses (with one bathroom) until she went away to college, so she always had one place to call home. She attended Boston University undergraduate, earning a degree in Sociology, and then went back to school at night for a Masters in Finance. She's not sure how it happened but she ended up in the finance field her entire career.


Her journey to the West Coast started in 1990 working for Merrill Lynch and living in Manhattan, when they relocated her to Dallas where she met her husband Jim. He is a cowboy from Oklahoma who was doing some work on her house. After 5 years in TX Merrill offered her another relocation to CA which she and Jim  could not turn down. Given that she had only been to CA once before, she had no idea where to live and what to look for. All  she knew was that price wise compared to TX you got half as much for twice as much. That relocation led her to a home in Redondo Beach and subsequent finance positions here in CA. She recently took an early retirement package from her last company and is now looking forward to the next phase of her life, one thatr will involve the Redondo Beach Rotary Club.


John Barnett

As children, John and his brother spent countless weekends exploring the King Harbor breakwater while their father socialized inside at KHYC.  IHe became an expert sailor and crewed for many different skippers in races around the buoys and cruises to the various channel islands.  As a certified scuba diver he dove on many of those cruises. For his Eagle Scout project he coordinated a joint beach clean up with the Boy Scout and Girl Scout Camps. During college he put himself through school at CSUN and volunteered providing sailing lessons in the summer and skiing lessons in the winter to blind people. 


After college John went to work at Price Waterhouse with his accounting degree.  After a couple years he changed course and went into software sales.  First with IBM, then CA, and finally HP. After his unit was spun-off to a UK company he decided to take some time off to give back to the community and joined Rotary. 

Jim Mellert, DDS and Jamie Houck, DDS Mar 27, 2019 12:30 PM
Health Rotarian Talk - Dental Myths versus Facts
Caitlin Crommett Apr 03, 2019 12:15 PM
Attracting, Engaging and Retaining Younger Generations in the Workplace
Attracting, Engaging and Retaining Younger Generations in the Workplace

Caitlin Crommett is a Millennial, a 2015 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, and a speaker on generations in the workplace. Her interest in generational connection began at age 15, when she started a foundation called DreamCatchers, which serves to fulfill the final Dreams of hospice patients through chapters run by youth in high school or college. She saw a need for greater cross-generational connection- something that is rarely shared between these typicallyelderly patients and young people in our society today. This sparked her passion for facilitating greater connection and communication between all generations, in the workplace and in the world.

In 2016, Caitlin published a book called “How to Attract Millennials to Your Workplace: And Actually Keep Us!”, focusing on new techniques and strategies for engaging Millennial employees and volunteers, and has been a guest writer & “generational expert” on several websites and blogs. She runs a YouTube channel called “Generation WHAT?”, where she posts weekly videos helping people and organizations solve generational issues in the workplace.

Caitlin has spoken across the country spreading the DreamCatchers mission and sharing strategies for greater generational connection in the workplace, with the hopes of creating a more connected world. She is launching a comprehensive online platform to provide people with a place to improve their workplace culture & productivity through increased generational connection and understanding. She currently resides in Los Angeles, where she as serves as president of DreamCatchers Foundation while growing her speaking business internationally.

Learn more at www.CaitlinCrommett.com

Brian Regalbuto Apr 10, 2019 12:15 PM
Hocus Pocus Tax Reform in Focus
Hocus Pocus Tax Reform in Focus

Mr. Brian Regalbuto is an Enrolled Agent. An Enrolled Agent must pass a three part test regarding tax laws and regulations given by the I.R.S. An Enrolled Agent has the unrestricted rights to represent tax payers before the I.R.S on any tax matter. He has over 30 years experiences as a Tax Accountant. Mr. Regalbuto is also a semi-professional, three time award winning, magician. He is a Magician Member of the Magic Castle of Hollywood, and President of the Society of American Magicians Assembly 22. Thus Mr. Regalbuto is the world’s only Certified Tax Wizard.

Bob Hockberger Apr 10, 2019 12:30 PM
Healthy Rotarian Talk - The Blue Zone Project
Mike Stark and Jason Owens Apr 17, 2019 12:15 PM
Craft Talks

Mike Stark

Mike has a BS from California State University, Long Beach, and executive certifications in Supply Chain Management from the University of Tennessee and MIT.   Mike also attended the Leadership at the Peak course at the center of Creative Leadership in Colorado Springs.

Mike began his career with the Los Angeles based Von’s Companies, Inc. holding roles in human resources and retail operations.  Following Vons, he spent thirteen years in various areas of executive responsibility for Exel plc, a London, England based global supply chain solutions company holding a number of executive roles in operations; leading the technology and non-foods retail sectors; and responsibility for human resources for the Americas and much of Europe.  Mike has also served on a number of boards of directors; most recently on the Board of Directors of Chatsworth Products, Inc., a California based global manufacturer in the telecommunications industry.  At CPI Mike was the chair of the Executive Development and Compensation Committee.

Mike recently retired as COO of American Financial Network Advisory Services, LLC, a full service wealth management firm working corporations and their executive management teams in devising and executing wealth management strategies that increase the valuation of their firm. 

Mike is also a Reserve Commander and hostage negotiator with the Redondo Beach Police Department and has been recognized as the Reserve Police Officer of the Year for the State of California.  He has co-authored two books; one on the history of the Redondo Beach Police Department and the other on the history of Vons Grocery Company.

Mike, Tracy and their four adult children and their families, including 3 grandchildren reside in So California.

Jason Owens

Jason Owens is a 8th generation native of Southern California, where his Great….Grandparents arrived to the Los Angeles in the early 1800s.  He works in the Dental industry serving dentists in the success of their private practices.  Jason also serves as a board member of the Children’s Dental Center of Greater LA, and the Friends of Banning House Museum.  He prides himself in practicing service leadership in all he does.


In his spare time, Jason enjoys sailing offshore races, studying California history and spending time with he’s wife Joni, and two daughters Reilly and Ruby.

Dr Stephen Keller Apr 24, 2019 12:15 PM
RBUSD Update
RBUSD Update

Dr. Steven Keller has spent 31 years in public education, beginning as a middle and high school history and language arts teacher, a middle school assistant principal and principal, a Director of Student Achievement, and an Assistant Superintendent, before becoming the Superintendent of Schools in the Redondo Beach Unified School District, the finest school district in the South Bay. 

Dr. Keller has been the leader of RBUSD for over 11 years.  In addition to his role as the leader of the district, he has served as an adjunct professor at Chapman University and UC Irvine.  He is also the proud father of Sloan and Jaxon.  Jaxon is a middle school teacher in Orange County.  His wife has the best name in the world, Kelli Keller.  Dr. Keller is an avid Anaheim Ducks hockey fan who believes that penalty minutes should be as equally important as goals and assists. Dr. Keller earned his undergraduate degree from Pitzer College in Claremont and his masters degree from Claremont Graduate University. His doctoral degree is from the University of California, Irvine where he still holds the record for the briefest dissertation.

Bruce Logan, DDS Apr 24, 2019 12:30 PM
Health Rotarian Talk
Connie Siegel May 01, 2019 12:15 PM
Dow Jones Drops 700 one Day, Up 1000 the Next - Why? How to Invest Your Retirement 401(K) and Sleep
Dow Jones Drops 700 one Day, Up 1000 the Next - Why? How to Invest Your Retirement 401(K) and Sleep

Connie Siegel FSA, member of the Harrisburg PA Rotary Club since 1963 and has made up winter meetings at Redondo Beach Rotary since 1990. He completed the professional actuarial exams after obtaining undergraduate B.Com at University of Toronto and a Master’s degree at University of Wisconsin. His actuarial consulting firm was founded in 1963 and now has 114 employees and has expanded into investment management. Assets under management total $5 billion. His pro-bono service with the Harrisburg community foundation has helped the growth in assets over 23 years from $5 billion to $100 billion.

Vicki Radel May 01, 2019 12:30 PM
Vocational Moment
Dr Benjamin LaBrot May 08, 2019 12:15 PM
Floating Doctors
Floating Doctors

Dr. Benjamin LaBrot is a native Southern Californian with a long association with the ocean. From childhood, he worked on commercial fishing and research vessels and spent countless hours on the water off the coast of California. LaBrotattended the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland and worked as a medical doctor in the Irish Health Care System, eventually helping set up and run a long-term care elderly facility that also provided acute hospital services. Travel and private medical mission work in developing countries led him to combine his love of the sea and medicine to bring more help to remote rural communities, founding the Floating Doctors in 2009. In 2010, he led the first Floating Doctors mission to Haiti and has been continuing ever since. LaBrot is also the President of RemoteCare Education, providing training for clinicians planning to practice international medical relief, and a professor of Global Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California.

Sylvia Hill May 08, 2019 12:30 PM
Vocational Moment
YPG Evening Meeting May 15, 2019 6:30 PM
Nasrin Moghadasian May 22, 2019 12:30 PM
Vocational Moment
RBRC Community Foundation May 22, 2019 6:30 PM
Evening Scholarship Awards Reception
Kenn Horowitz May 29, 2019 12:15 PM
The Opioid Crisis/Dilemma: a Pharmacist’s View
The Opioid Crisis/Dilemma: a Pharmacist’s View

Dr. Kenn Horowitz is a graduate of UC San Francisco School of Pharmacy (1966). He completed an ASHP accredited hospital pharmacy residency in the U.S. Public Health Service (1966-7) and spent two years in Indian Health Service in Rocky Boy, Montana.

Kenn has extensive experience in all areas of pharmacy practice including Acute Care, Nursing Home, Consulting, Sterile Preparations and Ambulatory Care as staff pharmacist and in management positions. He supervised dispensing and clinical functions for clinics, infusion center, surgery center, pain center and other ambulatory based services. He has taught Pharmacology to Nurses and Paramedics.

Before retiring, KennKennas a hemophilia specialist with Hemophilia Health Service. Prior to that, he was the Ambulatory Care Pharmacy supervisor for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

He is a past president, past member of the Board of Directors and Past Treasurer of the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists (CSHP) and has served on numerous committees, councils and boards of Health-System and Community Pharmacist organizations. He was Pharmacist of the year for Southern California Society of Health-System Pharmacists in 2010 and received the CSHP Distinguished Service Award in 2015. He was recently elected as Treasurer of the Hemophilia Council of California and serves on their advocacy committee.

Kenn is now semi- retired and works part time as a special projects Pharmacist at Torrance Memorial Medical Center.  Dr. Horowitz is married and has 4 children and 4 grandchildren and resides with his wife Selma in Hermosa Beach, California.

Karl Huggins Jun 05, 2019 12:15 PM
The USC Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber
The USC Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber

Karl Huggins has been the Director of the Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber Facility at the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center since 1992 and has been involved with the treatment of hundreds of divers during that time. He is noted for his work in decompression theory and models, which resulted in the Michigan Sea Grant (HUGI) tables and his participation in the development of the EDGE dive computer. Karl enjoys educating divers in the area of decompression (making divers more aware of the limitations of dive tables and computers) and diving safety. To that end he has given hundreds of lectures, seminars, and workshops as a featured speaker at conferences around the world. In 2011 he co-moderated the Validation of Dive Computers Workshop at the annual meeting of the European Underwater and Baromedical Society in Gdansk. Karl is the 1990 recipient of the Leonard Greenstone Diving Safety Award, the DAN/Rolex Diver of the Year for 1993, the 2004 Conrad Limbaugh Memorial Award for Scientific Diving Leadership and the 2008 California Scuba Service Award.

Jeanne Peters, RD Jun 12, 2019 12:15 PM
Optimize Your Brain! Food and Lifestyle Secrets for Better Health
Optimize Your Brain! Food and Lifestyle Secrets for Better Health

Jeanne Peters RD has a passion to help people to eat well and enjoy an active, healthy life at any age. She has followed a career path that has earned her recognition as an expert in food, nutrition and healthy aging. She received her B.S. Degree in Clinical Nutrition from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1979.

Over the past 40 years, she has provided nutrition services for a broad range of clients including the LA Kings, Mattel Corp. Discovery TV even Richard Simmons, where she helped launch his successful Deal- A-Meal program in over 70 healthclubs across the country.

Jeanne was Named California Dietitian of the Year in 1995 for her nutrition expertise and for the past 15 years has worked in tandem with Doc Peters at the Nourishing Wellness Medical Center in Redondo Beach, CA. 

Jody Miller Jun 19, 2019 12:15 PM
Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone to Attain Happiness
Jim Stickler, RB Rotary President Jun 26, 2019 12:15 PM
The Year in Review
The Year in Review

Redondo Beach Rotary Club President Jim Stickler will reflect on the club's activities and accomplishments during the past year.