Speaker Date Topic
David L. Charney, MD Jan 24, 2018
Psychiatrist to Captured Spies
Psychiatrist to Captured Spies

Dr. Charney is the Founder and Medical Director of  Roundhouse Square Counseling Center in Alexandria, Virginia. He specializes in anxiety and mood disorders, couples and family therapy as well as Attention Deficit Disorder in adults. Besides his usual practice, he has also treated personnel from the intelligence community.  As a result of unusual circumstances, he had the opportunity to join the defense team of his first spy case, Earl Pitts. Subsequently, Plato Cacheris, the attorney of Robert Hanssen, invited Dr. Charney to join his defense team, which added a further dimension to his experience. With the addition of his third spy case, Brian Regan, he further deepened his knowledge of the psychological nuances of captured spies. As a member of their defense teams, Dr. Charney was perceived by these insider spies as an understanding and supportive figure, which lowered their defensive mindsets and provided a truer picture of their inner lives. He questioned many common assumptions about spy motivations. Dr. Charney elaborated on his findings in Part One of his White Paper, True Psychology of the Insider Spy. Part Two of his White Paper, NOIR: A White Paper – Proposing a New Policy for Improving National Security by Fixing the Problem of Insider Spies, lays out Dr. Charney’s innovative and perhaps controversial recommendations for using what he learned to manage the problem of insider spies better. To educate and promote these concepts and ideas, he founded NOIR for USA, a non-profit organization. In 1968, Dr. Charney earned his medical degree at the Upstate Medical Center, State University of New York in Syracuse. For many years, he has hosted his own cable television show "Psychiatry Today" on Comcast Cable in Alexandria. Since 1975, Dr. Charney has taught psychiatric residents at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at George Washington University, where he holds the academic rank of Associate Clinical Professor.

Waleed Diab Jan 31, 2018
Music, Technology and the Law
Music, Technology and the Law

Mr. Diab is the recently promoted Director of North America Record Label Business Development, YouTube & Google Play Music. Prior to his November 2017 promotion, he was the Head of North America Record Label Business Development, YouTube & Google Play Music, responsible for managing Google's North American business partnerships with all major and independent recorded music companies for the YouTube Music services. In 2016, Billboard Magazine named Mr. Diab one of "40 Under 40: Music's Top Young Power Player." His work in 2015 with major labels laid the legal groundwork for the launch of YouTube Red, the company’s ad-free subscription service in the United States, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand. Since joining Google in 2011, his work to untangle the web of music licenses helped expand Google Play Music to more than 60 territories worldwide. Mr. Diab holds his Juris Doctor from Yeshiva University's Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and his Bachelor's degree in Finance from the University of Maryland.  

 

Pam Holland Feb 07, 2018
President, TechMoxie, LLC
President, TechMoxie, LLC

After more than 20 years of practicing law, Ms. Holland founded TechMoxie out of a love of technology and the passion for simplifying the complex. She oversees curriculum development and manages a team of coaches who share her love of helping older adults rock their technology. Upon earning her Juris Doctor from the Catholic University's Columbus School of Law, she practiced commercial real estate law with Melrod, Redman & Gartlan for three years and then became the Associate General Counsel for Fannie Mae where she worked for 21 years. Leaving Fannie Mae in 2012, she took a consulting position with Bank of America but had always harbored the dream of becoming an entrepreneur.  For some time, she had been thinking about a business that would teach technology to “late adopters,” both the tech adverse and older generations. A lover of gadgets, Ms. Holland was always playing with the latest technology, testing out apps and troubleshooting devices. She decided to offer a class called “Getting to Know your iPad” at a local community center, and as she recounts, “Bingo! That was it. The class was full with a waiting list. I went to other community centers and started picking up one-on-one clients. It’s mostly coaching, filling in the gaps, and getting the client comfortable with the technology.” TechMoxie was born in 2013 and has since expanded to a network of coaches who are bringing the joy and connectedness of technology to those looking to build job skills and intellectually curious retirees.

Dr. Julia Nesheiwat Feb 21, 2018
Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs
Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs

As the Acting Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs, Dr. Nesheiwat strengthens diplomatic efforts to secure the safe return of Americans held hostage overseas. Working closely with the hostages' families, foreign governments and the interagency Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell, she represents the United States on hostage-related issues. Previously, she was appointed as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Implementation in the Bureau of Energy Resources. She also served as a Political-Military Advisor and Visiting Professor at the US Naval Post Graduate School's National Security Affairs Department. She has held numerous positions as Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for Economic Affairs and U.S. Special Envoy for Eurasian Energy Security. Earlier in her career, she served as the Chief of Staff for Policy and Planning in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, where she managed the integration and collaboration of analysis and reporting with all intelligence agencies. Prior to that role, she was selected to serve on the US Presidential Commission on Intelligence Capabilities Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction, leading the North Korea and Iran policy steering committee from 2004-2005. A former US Army Military Intelligence officer, Dr. Nesheiwat served consecutive tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. As a senior operations officer, she coordinated and managed interagency assessments on terrorist networks within the Middle East and Asia, and acted as the US military liaison officer with regional political parties on governance and threat reduction. An International Affairs Fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations and on the Governing Advisory Council for the World Economic Forum, Dr. Nesheiwat earned a PhD from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, an MA in security studies from Georgetown University, and a BA in religious studies and sociology from Stetson University in Florida. She speaks fluent Arabic and Japanese.

Michael S. Nachmanoff Feb 28, 2018
Magistrate Judge, US District Court For The Eastern District Of Virginia
Magistrate Judge, US District Court For The Eastern District Of Virginia

In March 2015, Mr. Nachmanoff was appointed Federal Magistrate Judge of the United States District Court For The Eastern District of Virginiacomprised of Alexandria, Norfolk, Richmond and Newport Newswhere he has also served as a clerk and as Federal Public Defender. Judge Nachmanoff earned his undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Steve Hocker Mar 07, 2018
Executive Director, Teens Run DC—Major Grant Recipient
Executive Director, Teens Run DC—Major Grant Recipient

A native Washingtonian, Mr. Hocker is the Executive Director 0f Teens Run DC. He came to TRDC after 25 successful years as the President and CEO of Special Olympics District of Columbia. During his long tenure with Special Olympics, he possessed a commitment to improving the lives of youths and adults with intellectual disabilities worldwide. He assisted in developing the first Special Olympics programs in the former Soviet Union and in seven Middle Eastern countries. Mr. Hocker also spent 18 years as a youth, high school, college, and professional basketball coach. His focus was never on the significance of winning games, but more importantly, on the shared values the team learned about life through their journey of a season together. He has always been passionate about the overall development of our young people's lives. He believes that with proper support, physical activity and a strong connection to others in your life, one can achieve anything. When Mr. Hocker takes time away from TRDC, you can find him taking long walks with his wife, Linda, and their dog, Riley. Other times are dedicated to their daughter, Lindsay, son-in-law, Jamie, grandchildren, JM and Jack, and son, Michael.

Rotaract Week Mar 14, 2018

Members of the Washington, DC Rotaract Club will lead our weekly lunch meeting. They will share with Rotarians the highlights of their service, professional development and fellowship activities, and explore potential areas of further collaboration with our club.

Karl Racine Mar 21, 2018
Attorney General of the District of Columbia
Attorney General of the District of Columbia

Mr. Racine is the first elected Attorney General of the District of Columbia. With his inauguration in 2014, the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) began an era of independence for the agency and accountability to District residents. As the chief legal officer for the District, Attorney General Racine relies on his 25 years of legal and leadership experience to advise the Mayor and District agencies, defend the city in court, and use the law to advance the public interest. He has prioritized data-driven juvenile justice reform, consumer protection efforts aimed at assisting the District’s most vulnerable residents, measures to advance democracy and safeguard public integrity, and legal actions to protect affordable housing in communities across the District. Attorney General Racine has broad and deep legal experience, with a career that spans representing indigent residents in the D.C. Public Defender Service and volunteering as a law student in a clinic supporting migrant farm workers’ rights to serving as Associate White House Counsel in the first Clinton Administration and practicing white-collar and commercial litigation with leading law firms. He was the first African-American managing partner of a top-100 US law firm, Venable LLP, where he led a team of over 600 attorneys, and has also served on the District’s Judicial Nomination Commission. A lifelong District resident, Attorney General Racine attended Murch Elementary School, Deal Junior High School, Wilson High School, and graduated from St. Johns College High School. He also played basketball in youth sports leagues across the city. His commitment to equal justice was inspired by his parents who fled authoritarian rule in Haiti to start a new life in the United States, and by the lawyers of the Civil Rights Movement who used the law to effect positive social change. Outside of his official role, he remains involved with a variety of causes, including youth literacy and mentoring. Mr. Racine earned his Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Pennsylvania and his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Caryn Kerstetter Reeves Mar 28, 2018
Executive Director, Washington Concert Opera
Executive Director, Washington Concert Opera

Ms. Reeves became the Executive Director of the Washington Concert Opera in August 2016 after serving as the Associate Director of Institutional Advancement at The Glimmerglass Festival. Prior to working at Glimmerglass, she served for two years as Development Officer for the New York City Opera. Ms. Reeves has a Master of Music Degree in Voice from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and a Graduate Diploma in Opera from the Royal College of Music in London. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Applied Music from Eastman School of Music.