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Gary Braley has been a techie and a teacher his entire working life. After a short and enjoyable stint as a math teacher, he received his MS in mathematics from Ohio State University just in time to begin working on the earliest aerospace and healthcare information systems for Honeywell. He worked as a programmer on the Apollo guidance system and as a developer and project manager for hospital information systems including the first such system installed at the National Institutes of Health. He then became an independent consultant and participated in over a hundred major projects in the US, Canada and Mexico. 

 

Because technology was new everywhere, Gary assumed the role of educator explaining what it was all about to diverse organizations including the Air Force, NASA, and hundreds of healthcare facilities and associations. In addition to helping first time users implement technology, he spoke at hundreds of conferences across the country and abroad. Gary also published numerous articles in professional magazines and journals.

 

As technology has transformed into a personal experience due primarily to smartphones and other mobile devices, Gary has focused on the exciting new capabilities and also the serious consequences of misuse these developments raise. We can no longer rely on Fred the "IT guy" to make the decisions and solve the problems. A simple mistake by an employee can subject an entire organization to a growing variety of threats. In addition to lecturing on a variety of modern tech related topics, Gary publishes a newsletter and blog. Beyond technology, Gary is active on the boards of the local and Metropolitan Meals on Wheels programs and he participates regularly in career days at several high schools.

Gary Braley
May 01, 2018
 
Sandwich Making for Allen Law
May 08, 2018
 
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Antonio M. Rosell, PE, AICP

Antonio Rosell is founder and Director of Community Design Group (CDG), a consulting firm specializing in bicycle and pedestrian planning, placemaking and urban design, and community engagement. In 2015, he was recognized as "Minnesota Planner of the Year" by the Minnesota Chapter of the American Planning Association.

An Urban Planner and Civil Engineer with more than twenty years of professional experience, Antonio integrates innovation and best-practices in Active Transportation, community design, and citizen participation to facilitate community learning, consensus-building and project implementation. He has led numerous sustainable mobility planning, design and community engagement projects in Minnesota and neighboring states, and also internationally in Mexico and Peru.

Antonio serves as Principal-In-Charge in all CDG projects, and also leads trainings for engineers, planners and other design professionals on pedestrian and bicycle transportation topics. He also serves as Adjunct Professor in the Urban and Regional Planning Program of the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School, where he teaches a graduate course on sustainable transportation.

Antonio Rosell
May 15, 2018
 
 
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Stew Thornley is the author of more than 40 books for adults and young readers on sports history and other topics. He recently edited Minnesotans in Baseball, a collection of biographies of Minnesota natives written by members of the Halsey Hall Chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research. In 2006, his book, Baseball in Minnesota: The Definitive History was published by Minnesota Historical Society Press.

Stew's first book, On to Nicollet: The Glory and Fame of the Minneapolis Millers, received a national baseball research award, sponsored by Macmillan Publishing Company and the Society for American Baseball Research, in 1988. Holy Cow! The Life and Times of Halsey Hall, was named the Best Regional Book of 1991 at the Midwest Book Achievement Awards. Both of these books were finalists for Minnesota Book Awards as was a book he co-authored with his now-wife, Brenda Himrich, Electrifying Medicine: How Electricity Sparked a Medical Revolution.

A former batboy for the Minnesota Gophers baseball team, Stew attended broadcasting at Brown Institute following high school and worked as a sportscaster for radio stations in DeSoto, Missouri and Sauk Centre, Minnesota.

Since 1993, he has worked in communications for the Minnesota Department of Health's drinking-water program. He does the public- address announcing for the St. Louis Park men's basketball team. He also covers Minnesota Twins games for mlb.com and is one of the official scorers for Major League Baseball for Twins home games.

Stew Thornley
May 22, 2018
 
No Meeting
May 29, 2018
 
 
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John Duffy is the Executive Director, Corporate Work Study Program of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, which is part of the nationwide Cristo Rey Network of 32 high schools that provide a quality, Catholic, college preparatory education to underrepresented urban youth. 

John graduated with a B.A. degree in Business Administration-Accounting from the University of St. Thomas and began his career as a CPA for KPMG Peat Marwick. John has worked as an executive recruiter for a national search firm and owned and operated his own recruiting firm. He spent 12 years prior to joining Cristo Rey as a teacher and coach in the Mounds View Public School District as a business and marketing teacher and assistant football coach. John has an M.A. degree in Teaching from Bethel University. John and his wife live in St. Paul and have three adult children.

John Duffy
Jun 12, 2018
 
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It all started with a bath.

Growing up, we always loved using fizzing bath bombs. But we couldn't help but feel a little bit sad when a bomb finished dissolving because, well... it was gone. So we decided to create our own line of bath bombs that each contain a fun surprise in the middle! Now isn't that way more exciting than a bath bomb that just disappears? (We think so!) We also wanted to keep our bombs as natural as possible, so we make them ourselves using just a few simple, high quality ingredients. 

-Isabel (16) and Caroline (15)

Caroline and Isabel Bercaw
Jun 19, 2018
 
Jenn Glass
Jun 19, 2018
 
Jul 14, 2018
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