Past Speakers through the years

( in reverse chronological order)

Fariba Zandpour, ayurvedic healer, of Natural Elements Healing March 2015    
Pamela Knudsen for Blue Bell Foundation for Cats Pamela Knudsen is the Public Relations Coordinator for The Blue Bell Foundation for Cats in Laguna Canyon. October 2014    
Bob Hawkins
Guitarist Bob Hawkins told us about his career in music October 2014    
  Richard Burgi spoke on human trafficking April 2014    
Professor Bonnie Olson, clinical professor in Family Medicine at UCI, addressed the matter of elder abuse. March 2014    
Dawn Price, Executive Director of the Friendship Shelter and founder Fr. Colin Henderson, former pastor of St. Mary's Episcopal Church March 2014    
Poet John Gardiner talked about 60-year-old Laguna Poets
February 2014
Ceramics artist Mia Tavonatti told about winning the GRand Rapids Art Prize October 2013    
Arnold and Bonnie Hano, local activists. Arnold was managing editor of Bantam Books at age 24
September 2013
KX93.5 radio personailty Alan Boinus ( Clashing Heads) regaled us with stories about the planned 200-space $65 million parking structure.
September 2013
Ellen Kempler
Ellen Kempler spoke about arranging itineraries for travel.
July 2013
Dave Connell
Dave Connell of the Laguna Beach post 222 of the American Legion
June 2013
Barbara Brusehaber McMurray
Barbara Brusehaber McMurray brought Pam Estes from the Laguina Beach Boys and Girls Club to talk about youth programs and facilities in Laguna Beach June 2013    
Jess Cozean
Jesse Cozean, who wrote "My Grandfathers' War." April 2013    
Tamara Campbell
New member Tamara Campbell told us about Chhahari, a non-profit organization that assists orphans and displaced children in Katmandu, Nepal. March 2013    
Sarah Kasman
Sarah Kasman, Executive Director of Shanti Orange County March 2013    
Mark Chamberlain
Well-known photographer, activist and gallerist Mark Chamberlain December 2012    
Tyler Russell
Tyler Russell, manager of KX93.5 FM in Laguna Beach, talked to us about his goal of
"Making Radio Local Again."
December 2012
Paul Freeman
Paul Freeman, ex-mayor, political consultant
November 2012
Mike Mulligan
Microbiology professor, UCI
Michael Mulligan, Microbiology professor at UCI, talked to us about "GMOs and Prop. 37: The Perspective of a Plant Molecular Biologist and Organic Gardener."
November 2012
Joan Gladstone
Joan Gladstone, Crisis communicator
October 2012
Magician Matt Young tipped his cards
and showed us his balls.
April 2012
Sid Fanarof
Sid Fanarof, co-founder of ZPizza, talked about life, pizza and his new location.
April 2012
Kim Bailey
Gerontologist Kim Bailey spoke on "Caring for a Loved One with Memory Loss."

Kim Bailey has worked with elders for over two decades.  She was a corporate gerontologist, and before that, Director of Community Relations & Development for the UC Irvine Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. Her masters degree is in Gerontology from Cal State Fullerton, where she also taught part-time.

Ms. Bailey has filled volunteer roles too, including board positions in the  CSUF Non-Profit Professionals Alumni Association, Laguna Beach Seniors, Inc., and WomenSage, a non-profit devoted to women in midlife.

March 2012    
Anders Lasater

Architect Anders Lasater talked about the limitations of Laguna Beach

March 12    
Jessica deStefano
Local artist and sculptor Jessica deStefano talked about the Laguna Beach church , St. Francis by the Sea, built by her grandfather in 1933 February 12    
Deena Harros

Deena Harros from the Laguna Beach Visitors Bureau talked about their program to attract visitors.

June 11    
C.H.Boyd III

Art appraiser C. H. Boyd addressed the topic, "Art - what's it worth?"

June 11    
Mohammad Noorzay
Mohammad Noorzay talked about his local internet search firm, May 11    
Kate Buckley

Award-winning poet Kate Buckley read some of her poetry, talked about her life and answered questions.

May 11    
Mia Tavonatti
Newport Beach muralist and tile artist Mia Tavonatti talked about her career, philosophy and aspirations May 11    
John Gardiner
Local actor and poet John Gardiner told about his life and career in the theater. May 11    
Doug Miller
A successful photographer, painter and violinist, local icon Doug Miller talked about his forty years living in Laguna Beach April 11    
Steve Jeppson and Chris from San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station talked about safety at SONGS April 11    
Steve Josephson
Steve Josephson, founder of Gallimaufry Performing Art, discussed the meaning of art March 11    
Gini Warner
Gini Warner is the author of the newly released cookbook, "The Gluten-Free Edge." March 11    
Exchangeite Christine Vickers escaped from Communist bloc Bulgaria with her husband and small child. March 11    
Glenna Matthews
Glenna Matthews is a Laguna local, Berkeley professor of history and the author of six books February 11    
James Pribam
Local surfer and environmentalist James Pribram February 11    
Linda Frost
Linda Frost is a founding member of the improv troupes Just Us, Take One, and ImprovCity February 11    
Susan McNeal Veslasquez
Susan McNeal Velasquez spoke on the topic: "How making New Year' Resolutions and then breaking them can enhance your life!" Susan is the author of "BEYOND INTELLECT: Journey Into The Wisdom of Your Intuitive Mind," January 11    
Waybe Baglin
Wayne Baglin told us about his avocation of SCUBA diving January 11    
Dan Moy

Our new member Dan Moy from Beach Cities Auto Collision spoke to us

November 10    
Karen Jones

Karen Jones from the Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Center and her colleague spoke to us.

November 10    
Chris Kent came from the Laguna Beach Fire Department to update us on safety. October 10    
Stu Saffer is publisher of He is also former publisher of the Laguna Beach Independent and Laguna Beach Magazine and before that of the Laguna Coastline) October 10    
Max Isles is director of Transition Laguna. Transition Laguna has initiated the planting of dozens of pocket gardens throughout Laguna Beach. October 10    
Andy Bailey
Andy Bailey is a 71 year old triathlete who lost his leg a couple years ago in a freak accident. Andy talked with us about Challenged America July 10    
Emanuel Patrascu, field representative for California State Senator Tom Harman and upcoming candidate for city council June 10    
George C. Rach, VP at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, spoke on wealth management
May 10
Gini Warner
Local nutritionist Gini Warner May 10    
Barbara Klein of the Laguna Film Society spoke about her experiences with the homeless in Los Angeles April 10    
Pat Hollenda
Pat Kollenda of the Laguna Art Commission talked about her expeerience with the USO as a young adult April 10    
Dawn Price spoke on the behalf of the Laguna Beach Friendship Shelter. March 10    
Michael Lyons, President of the 2010 Laguna Beach Patriots Day Parade March 10    
Marilyn Schwartz, Vice President of RUFF March 10    
Dr. Dennis Power, President of Laguna College of Art and Design February 10    
Laguna Beach Police Chief Paul Workman February 10    
Rev. Rosalind Russell February 10    

Local homeless advocate Don Black talked with us about the temporary homeless shelter in the canyon and their new website.

January 10    
 Dan Sussman, board member from Laura's House December 09    
Vivian Clecak, founding executive director of Human Options: Alternatives for Abused Women and their Families.

December 09    
A staff member from Colette's Children, talked about the background and purpose of that organization. November 09    
City councilman Toni Iseman talked with us about temporary/ permanent places to sleep. November 09    
 Alan Boinus, graduate of the USC film school, "community columnist," medical records advocate, photographer, art groupie, life and world observer and overall bon vivant, held forth. August 09    
Exchangite Al Oligino told us about his recent trip to Africa. August 09    
Charles Michael Murray, founder of Endangered Planet gallery August 09    
John Kountz, Cheif Radio Officer for the Laguna Beach Emergency Communications Team June 09    
Bolton Colburn, Director, Laguna Beach Art Museum May 09    
Vance Simonds,
Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force
June 09    
Rick Conkey, Help Blue Water June 09    
Bob Lively, South Coast Cinema May 09    


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