Speaker Date Topic
Judge Andrew Kauffman Jan 23, 2019 12:15 PM
Judicial Memorabilia - Exerpts From a Book Yet to be Written
Judicial Memorabilia - Exerpts From a Book Yet to be Written

Judge Andrew Kauffman was born and raised in the Los Angeles area and has been a Redondo Beach resident since 1985. He received his undergraduate degree from USC and his law degree from UCLA. He has been married for 36 years and has two grown children.


Judge Kauffman has held the following positions:

Deputy District Attorney from 1975-1985

Commissioner of the South Bay Municipal Court from 1985-1989

Judge of the Los Angeles Municipal Court from 1989-1995

Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court from 1995-2011

Arbitrator and Mediator with Alternative Resolution Centers from 2011-present



Theresa Plakos Jan 30, 2019 12:15 PM
Cancer Support Community - So That No One Faces Cancer Alone
Cancer Support Community - So That No One Faces Cancer Alone

Theresa Plakos has been the Public Relations Director at Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach for 9 years. Her primary responsibilities consist of working with the local media as well as outreach to the medical and non-medical communities throughout the South Bay and surrounding areas to spread the word about Cancer Support Community’s many valuable free programs, services and fundraising events. Theresa came to work for Cancer Support Community after a good friend was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Her passion for the work was further fueled by the loss of her father and Stepfather to lung cancer several years ago.


Information about Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach can be found at http://www.cancersupportredondobeach.org/

Sharon Rose and Meredith Feb 06, 2019 12:15 PM
Redondo Beach Facility Dog Program
Redondo Beach Facility Dog Program

Sharon Rose is a Community Services K9 Specialist. She has worked for the RBPD for 30 years in various civilian roles, starting with jailer, promoting to jail manager, then evidence manager which included ancillary positions such as PD facility manager, fleet manager, and radio and equipment manager. When the opportunity for the first Facility Dog handler was suggested by the Chief of Police, she jumped at the chance. Sharon and Facility Dog Meredith have been a team for one year. Meredith was donated by Canine Companions for Independence, one of the oldest and most respected organizations who breed, raise and train service dogs for recipients within the United States. They work with officers in the role of peer support, with the community as a victim advocate, with the schools for student outreach, and with the senior centers, care centers, rehabilitation centers, and the Courts to help bring smiles and laughter.

Luz Diaz Feb 13, 2019 12:15 PM
Walk in, Dance Out!
Walk in, Dance Out!

Luz Diaz, instructor of Walk In Dance Out, is especially known for her graceful, joyful, and elegant dance abilities and has been applauded by her dance community for her teaching approach. Her vision is to "Enhance relationships through dancing" by encouraging feelings of joy and wellbeing, facilitating romance and true friendships.

If you want the fun and romance of Ballroom dancing, call on Luz. Luz after competing and obtaining first place in the 1984 California Emerald Ball, and under the rigorous training of the iconic Lou Schreiber, World First Place Winner- Teacher Competition, representing Arthur Murray Dance Studios, she learned how to teach Ballroom, and realized that social dancing is more fun and has continued teaching dance with passion and humor for over 30 years. However, her student’s testimony is the best part of her curriculum, from “Thank you for bringing dating back into our lives; it gets more fun dancing with each other!” to “Every time I walk in [into the dancing hall] I start feeling happy” or “I have been to cruises around the world because I’ve learned and it is fun to dance.” 

Through the years Luz has served as a hospital chaplain and a grief counselor in the greater Los Angeles area. Since retiring, she volunteers with the local organ and tissue donation organization.  She holds degrees in MA, EdS and a Certification for Bioethics Studies from Loma Linda University, California. Her love for humanity, however, has found its best expression in her dancing and in her teaching, making the joy of social dancing available so others can Walk In and Dance Out!

Judith Norton Feb 27, 2019 12:15 PM
Capturing Your Stories
Capturing Your Stories

Judith  Norton received her B.A. in Speech Communications from California State University Long Beach, continued studies at the USC Annenberg School of Communication and earned her Master of Education degree from CSU-East Bay. She has a background in teaching at the college level and as a corporate trainer. Later in her career she became involved in instructional design, specifically designing courses for online learning.

Quite by accident she started creating memory books for the aging parents of baby boomers. A new design focus was formed when she realized how much she enjoyed learning about her clients’ lives. She’s gone on to create printed coffee-table books for their families that include access to their oral histories. This is a priceless keepsake for families.

The focus of her presentation will be a do-it-yourself approach to telling your story. She’s available if an individual needs her, but her main focus is encouraging individuals to tell their story.

As we age gracefully, we realize the importance of telling our story for our families. What do we want to share with them? What nugget of information will explain where they came from? What would you do differently? And, what would you do more of? Perhaps it's time to tell your story.




Dr Nicole Bosson Mar 06, 2019 12:15 PM
International Disaster Response
International Disaster Response

Dr. Nicole Bosson is the Assistant Medical Director at the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Agency. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and adjunct faculty in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where she is the EMS Fellowship Director.  

Nicole began her medical career working in prehospital care, first as an EMT in Boston, Massachusetts and subsequently as a Fulbright scholar at the Service d’Aide Médicale Urgente (SAMU) in Paris. She came to Los Angeles after training in emergency medicine at NYU/Bellevue in NYC to complete a 2-year fellowship in EMS and Disaster Medicine at Harbor-UCLA and the Los Angeles County EMS Agency.  

Nicole is among the first to be board certified in EMS Medicine by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. She is actively involved in EMS research, education, and policy development. She regularly instructs at the J. Michael Criley Paramedic Training Institute. Since 2016, she has served on the California State Scope of Practice Committee for the Emergency Medical Directors of California and has worked on several state and national task forces related to EMS and quality initiatives. Dr. Bosson is a certified Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Medical Team Manager and member of California Task Force 2. She deployed with the team to the Nepal and Mexico City earthquakes.

In her spare time Nicole enjoys food tourism and running marathons to make up for it.



Major Linda Markiewicz Mar 13, 2019 12:15 PM
The Salvation Army
Jonathan Harris Mar 20, 2019
The 2018 Elections and the New Congress: What happened? What's in store for 2019?
The 2018 Elections and the New Congress: What happened? What's in store for 2019?

Jonathan Harris is the founder and CEO of Political Navigation, a political advocacy and policy consulting firm in Los Angeles.

Jonathan worked twelve years in Washington, DC as a policy and government affairs expert for several national non-profits. He has organized grassroots activists for state campaigns and on college campuses. He has worked as writer and editor for policy think tanks, a registered lobbyist on Capitol Hill, and as a reporter for Time Magazine in New York and Jerusalem.

Jonathan’s expertise is in two key areas. He began his career in Middle East foreign policy, with a focus on Salafi-jihadist groups such as ISIS and Al-Qaeda. Jonathan worked as a researcher and reporter for TIME magazine in Jerusalem and New York and as a managing editor at the Middle East Forum in Philadelphia. Jonathan has lived in and traveled extensively throughout the Middle East, including Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, and the Palestinian territories. Jonathan’s articles have appeared in TIME magazine, National Review Online, The Washington Times, The New York Post, the Middle East Quarterly and various online sources.

More recently, Jonathan’s focuses on facilitating American political advocacy, specifically education and training for students, non-profits, activists, and business owners on how to promote and defend their own interests with their elected officials. Jonathan’s newest initiative is AP Citizenship – an advocacy training course for high school seniors.

After receiving his B.A. in History from the University of Illinois, Jonathan did graduate studies in Religion and Middle East history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Jonathan lives in Marina del Rey with his wife Elsa, a professor at Otis College of Art and Design. Both are active Rotarians.

Nancy Weisel and John Barnett Mar 27, 2019
Craft Talks
Dr Stephen Keller Apr 24, 2019 12:00 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.