Speaker Date Topic
Blanca Fauble - Development Director Jul 22, 2019 12:00 PM
Haven
Haven

Blanca Q. Fauble is HAVEN's Director of Development.

Blanca's business experience is broad and deep and includes multiple leadership positions in the global auto industry (Ford and GM) and the retail and food service industries (Saks 5th Avenue and co-ownership of two restaurants Mountain Jacks and Carvers Steaks & Chops).

During her 8 years with Ford Motor Company, she held numerous leadership positions in customer service, marketing, philanthropy and multi-cultural operations. In 2002 she served as an Executive on loan to the United Way of SE MI and in 2004 The National Council of La Raza.

A native of Lima, Peru, Ms. Fauble is fluent in both English and Spanish and speaks conversational French. A graduate of Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management, she also has completed advanced executive training at Darden University, The Center for Creative Leadership, the Disney Institute, the National Association of Corporate Directors, and Dale Carnegie.

A former chairperson of the Corporate Advisory Board for The National Society of Hispanic MBA’s, Fauble is also a founding member of the Michigan Council of Women in Technology. Her former board service includes:  Girl Scouts of SE Michigan, the Children’s Center in Detroit, Hispanic IT Executive Council. She is a member of the International Women’s Forum and INFORUM.

Fauble is a champion for women and children, and currently mentors a group of young women through Women of Tomorrow.

For more information on Haven:
https://www.haven-oakland.org/

Tina Norton Jul 29, 2019 12:00 PM
Oakland Literacy Council
Oakland Literacy Council

The Oakland Literacy Council believes that all people have a fundamental right to literacy. With support from our funders, we pair trained, compassionate tutors with adult learners until they become proficient readers, writers, and communicators. As literate adults, they make our communities and our democracy stronger. They contribute to our economy, exercise their voice in their communities, and give their children a solid educational foundation. The Oakland Literacy Council is the only organization dedicated solely to ending adult illiteracy in Oakland County, a large metro Detroit community of 1.25 million people. 

For more information: 
http://www.oaklandliteracy.com/

Andy Meisner Aug 05, 2019 12:00 PM
Oakland County Treasurer
Oakland County Treasurer

Throughout his career, Andy Meisner has served the families of Oakland County at the federal, state and local levels, presently as Oakland County treasurer, a position he has held since 2009.

Prior, he served three terms as a member of the Michigan House of Representatives. He also served in Washington D.C. as both a congressional aide and vice president of a national nonprofit promoting community based substance abuse 

Jeff Lichty - Clarkston Rotary Club Aug 19, 2019 12:00 PM

Jeff Lichty joined Rotary in 1989 with the Clarkston, Michigan, Rotary Club. He served as club president in 1998-99.  During that time, he recruited Mary Sloan as a member to fulfill his membership goal for the year.   Four years later, Jeff and Mary were married while on a Rotary eye care mission to Grenada. They each have two children and share one grandchild who recently announced that he is 2 and ¾ years old.

Jeff was active in Youth Exchange before becoming District Governor in 2004-2005.  He served as a director of the U.S.A./Canada Youth Exchange Network during that organization's charter year.

Jeff has lived all his life in Michigan with the exception of two years in the United States Peace Corps.  He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and received a Masters of Business Administration from Michigan State University.  After working in community economic development programs for a decade, Jeff started his own financial planning business in 1981 and is still working as a financial planner.

Jeff is currently the Annual Giving Chair for District 6380 and Assistant Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator for Zone 29. Next year he will be the Alumni Coordinator for Zone 29.

The Rotary Foundation has become one of Jeff's passions, both on the spending side and on the giving side. One of his joys has been to be a member of the Ambassadorial Scholar selection committee and help with the selection of the country's future leaders. He backs his love of the Foundation activities with monetary support as he is a major donor, a Bequest Society member, and a member of the Paul Harris Society. He has been recognized for his efforts with the Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service.

Cathy Bilinski - Cruise Specialist Aug 26, 2019 12:00 PM
Travel
Travel

As a former teacher, I see the world as an opportunity for hands-on learning and excitement! I love to learn about my clients' special interests to best customize group and family trips, while taking care of each individual need. With both land and cruise destinations, I have customized multi-generational family getaways, fundraising for charitable organizations, spring break multi-family vacations, class reunions, honeymoons, destination weddings, along with trips that include service work and pilgrimages to religious sites. I am also excited to be introducing "Coach and Cruise" combo trips for senior citizens. Smart, new ideas and customized group trips are my specialty.

Rene Pothetes Sep 09, 2019
Assistant Governor Visit
Assistant Governor Visit
Debi Hollis - President Sep 16, 2019 12:00 PM
The Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial
The Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial

President and Campaign Chair Debi Hollis is an Interior Designer who lives in Royal Oak, Michigan. Her involvement with Honor Flight Michigan began in 2008 when she took her first flight as a guardian. Inspired by her Dad’s military service, she remained a part of the program as we transitioned to the memorial project.  Debi values the lessons she has learned from the men and women of the Greatest Generation and wants to pay tribute to them with this memorial. 

For more information:
https://michiganww2memorial.org/

Emily DuThinh Sep 23, 2019 12:00 PM
North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy
North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy

Emily has served on NOHLC's Board of Directors since 2013 and is currently serving as president.  She has been active in the Stewardship and Land Acquisition Committees for twelve years.  She is also Chair of the Oakland County Cooperative Invasive Species management Area *(CISMA).  She is a Conservation Steward in Michigan and co-founded the Oakland Phragmites and Invasive Species (OPIS) Task Force. Emily earned her bachelor's degree in geology from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. and her master's degree in environmental science from Duke University.  She worked for 18 years in environmental consulting, investigating and remediating contaminated soil and groundwater at industrial sites  throughout the mid Atlantic states, Ohio, and Michigan.  Emily is an adjunct professor at Wayne State University in Detroit and Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio.  She has extensive experience in preschool and K-12 education, particularly educating students with special needs, and was a founding school board member of the M.O.D.E.L. Community School, a charter school for students with autism in Toledo. 

For more information:
https://www.nohlc.org

Paul Wells - Interim Cheif Sep 30, 2019 12:00 PM
Birmingham Fire Department
Birmingham Fire Department

Longtime Birmingham Fire Chief John Connaughton retired on December 17, after 38 years with the Birmingham Fire Department, with former assistant fire chief Paul Wells named as interim chief.

Connaughton, a Livonia native, graduated from Bentley High School and attended Madonna University. He first worked at St. Mary's Hospital in Livonia, which he said led to his career in firefighting.  

He earned his state paramedic license, and began his career in Birmingham in 1980 as a firefighter/paramedic, where he was trained in firefighting.

"Advance life support changed the face of the fire service," said Connaughton, noting how his time working in the hospital sparked his interest in earning a state paramedic license to compliment his firefighting experience.

Connaughton was promoted to EMS coordinator, and later joined the department's command staff as a lieutenant, eventually becoming assistant chief, which he served from 2009 to 2015. He was the Birmingham Fire Department's Chief from 2015 through 2018, with December 17 his final day.

Among his many accomplishments, he was very proud of the recent rebuild of Birmingham Fire Station No. 2 on Chesterfield at Maple Road, which replaced the original station that was built in 1955, and reopened in 2018.

His motto as a firefighter, paramedic, chief and mentor? "Always treat a situation like your mother, father, sister and brother is involved and you'll be fine," Connaughton said.

Interim chief Paul Wells began his latest assignment on Saturday, December 29. He is a former captain in the department.

Paul Wells is an outstanding fire officer,” Connaughton said in 2017. “He’s one of the hardest-working employees we have in this department.”