Speaker Date Topic
Gina Cole of The Seattle Times Aug 03, 2020
Local news coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic
Local news coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic
In mid-January, a Snohomish County man received the United States' first known diagnosis of COVID-19, a disease caused by a mysterious new type of coronavirus. The following month, a patient at EvergreenHealth in Kirkland was our nation's first known death from that disease. Since then, as the pandemic has unfolded, the Seattle Times newsroom has been providing daily live updates, resources and public-service reporting. Our coverage helps readers grasp scientific complexities, holds public officials accountable and dives into problems that allowed the virus to spread silently in Washington state for weeks.

Gina Cole has been a journalist for more than a decade, the last six and a half years at The Seattle Times. She was cum laude at Western Washington University, where she was named the journalism department's outstanding graduate of that year. She has held a variety of roles at The Seattle Times; she currently edits morning breaking news as well as running the newsroom's coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Scott Miller Aug 10, 2020
White privilege
Joshua Cooper of PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP Aug 17, 2020
LGBTQ equity and inclusion
Paula Ann Clements Aug 24, 2020
America's Native American experience
Linda Byron Aug 31, 2020
Equity in policing; what does defind the police mean
Dr. Jon Holmen of Lake Washington School District Sep 21, 2020
News about the new year in the Lake Washington School District
News about the new year in the Lake Washington School District
On July 1, 2020, Dr. Jon Holmen became the 13th superintendent of the Lake Washington School District.  As the district’s chief executive officer, he provides strategic vision, leadership and direction to an organization serving approximately 32,000 students through 56 schools.  Dr. Holmen will provide Rotarians an update on school district priorities and major activities, and a perspective on responding to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Dr. Holmen started his career in Lake Washington teaching third grade at Benjamin Rush Elementary.  After teaching a number of grades and grade configurations, he served as an assistant to the principal at Christa McAuliffe Elementary and Carl Sandburg Elementary/Discovery Community School, then as principal at Samantha Smith Elementary.  In 2007, he was selected to serve as an associate director of special services, in 2012 as the director of school support for the Redmond Learning Community, and in 2014, as associate superintendent and deputy superintendent.
 
In 2016, Dr. Holmen graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a doctorate in education.  He holds a master’s degree from Seattle Pacific University in Educational Leadership, and a master’s degree from City University in Teaching. He is a community volunteer previously serving in Redmond West Little League and currently in the city of Redmond as a youth coach.
Dr. Amy Morrison of Lake Washington Inst. of Tech. Sep 28, 2020
News and outlook from Lake Washington Institute of Technology
News and outlook from Lake Washington Institute of Technology
Dr. Amy Morrison is president of Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech), which serves 6,400 students and offers nine applied bachelor’s degrees and more than 40 associate degrees and 80 professional certificates in 41 areas of study, including STEM-focused programs.  Dr. Morrison will provide Rotarians an update on both recent developments and future plans at LWTech, especially growth in college programs and partnerships, and program offerings focused on equity, completion, and empathy.
 
Prior to joining LWTech in 2013, Dr. Morrison served for nearly ten years in vice presidential roles at Clover Park Technical College.  She began her community and technical college career at Bates Technical College in 1999.  Prior to her community and technical college career, Morrison served as deputy director for Congressman Norm Dicks.
 
Morrison is extensively involved in local, regional, and statewide initiatives including One Redmond, Cascadia Innovation Corridor, Washington Technology Industry Association, and serving as a commissioner for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).
 
Dr. Morrison received her doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Nebraska Lincoln, her Masters of Public Administration at The Evergreen State College, and her undergraduate degree at Mills College.
Theresa Cheng of Everyone for Veterans Nov 02, 2020
Why do veterans need help - Become a Wingman
Why do veterans need help - Become a Wingman
Examine the status of veterans after they return home and why the VA cannot do everything for our veterans. Understand the real challenges of veterans as a member of our community. Learn about the creative and fun way Everyone for Veterans enables everyone to help veterans feel at home.
 
Dr. Theresa Cheng is a Periodontist and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Washington, Department of Periodontics.  She retired from private practice after 30 years and started teaching.
 
Dr. Cheng grew up in Borneo, Malaysia, the fifth of six children. Looking out for your neighbors and giving back were pretty well ingrained in her upbringing. Dr. Cheng felt very fortunate to be able to improve the lives of others.  Since 2008, Dr. Cheng has provided free dental care to veterans and their families and founded a nonprofit called Everyone For Veterans which connects people and businesses to help veterans, including free dental care, across the country.