Speaker Date Topic
Stew Thornley May 22, 2018
Official Scoring in Baseball; SABR
Official Scoring in Baseball; SABR

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.

No Meeting May 29, 2018
Enjoy the Memorial Day Weekend
Anna Youngerman Jun 05, 2018
Children's Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota
Children's Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota

Anna Youngerman, Senior Director of Advocacy and Value-Based Care

Anna Youngerman is the Senior Director of Advocacy and Value-Based Care at Children’s Minnesota. In this capacity, she has overseen the organization’s government relations, community engagement and health equity work. In her time at Children’s, Anna has developed a more robust and engaged approach to community-oriented work and advanced strategic initiatives focused on the social determinants of health and racial equity. Her role has expanded to include oversight of Children’s value-based care efforts that are focused on driving more progressive payment and health delivery models. In this role, Anna aligns the organization’s clinical, operational, IT, care management and community health functions to drive greater value for families and the health care system.

Prior to joining the Children’s team, Anna was a director at Himle Horner Inc., one of the Twin Cities region’s leading public affairs and public relations agencies. Previously, she spent several years with the Minnesota House of Representatives DFL Caucus, in legislative and campaign capacities. Prior to her legislative caucus experience, Anna spent time in the St. Paul capitol pressroom as legislative assistant to the Twin Cities NBC affiliate KARE 11’s capitol reporter.

Anna earned her bachelor’s degree in English at Lake Forest College in Illinois. She resides in Edina with her husband, Rob Leighton, their two young children and two (drop in-and-out) young adult children.  

John Duffy Jun 12, 2018
Christo Rey School
Christo Rey School

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.

Jenn Glass Jun 19, 2018
Year-End Celebration
Caroline and Isabel Bercaw Jun 26, 2018
Da Bomb Bath Fizzers
Da Bomb Bath Fizzers

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)

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