|Candidates for the OLLI Board of Directors 2015|
Martha discovered OLLI in January of 2013--a life-altering experience. Now she is Co-chair of Member Services and Chair of the Liaison Sub-committee, and also participates on the Outreach, Hospitality, Development, and Publications Committees. At board meetings, she takes notes on her laptop to assist the secretary.
Ray Beery has been an LRI and OLLI member since 1993. He teaches course nearly every term; most recently online courses on the Kennedy Legacy and the Modern World. He is a retired Air Force officer and was a program director at Computer Sciences Corporation. He holds an AB in International Relations from Kansas University, an MBA from Missouri and a diploma from the National Defense University.
He served six years on the LRI Board in the 1990s and was president 1999-2000. He led the project committee that activated the Loudoun site in 2007. He headed the search team that brought us our Executive Director, Jennifer Disano.
Corky Rainey is a DC native, raised in the metropolitan area, and a graduate from the University of Maryland, with a BA in History. Following graduation, he entered the US Air Force and completed a successful 26 year career, retiring as a Colonel. Most of that career was spent with IT systems, at several bases in the US and one assignment in Tokyo, Japan. During this time, he also completed his MS in Systems Management from USC.
After retiring from the Air Force, he went into the defense industry in 1993 as a marketing manager and retired as a Senior VP for Business Development in 2010. Since retirement, he has been working part-time as a Washington DC tour guide for middle school students/teachers from all over the country.
Corky has been a member of OLLI since 2010 and enjoyed and participated in numerous classes and forums. OLLI has been and is today a highly successful enterprise, but challenges are there in the future. Corky believes that his experience both in the Air Force and industry will allow him, if elected to the Board, to make a meaningful contribution and to provide fresh ideas to address these challenges.
Michelle Blandburg’s aim in running for the Board of Directors (BoD) is “to help preserve what’s best at OLLI, and to prepare for OLLI’s future.” Michelle discovered the world of OLLI in 2013; she’s been eagerly exploring ever since. She’s active in many fun activities, especially OLLI Players and Readers Theater. Fun alone, however, is not what keeps OLLI working. Michelle is a member of the Dirty Knees Club, the Humanities & Social Sciences Planning group and the Liaison sub-committee, and is a class coordinator. She was also an E-News editor. Michelle’s interest in OLLI’s operation led to attending numerous BoD meetings.
Before retiring, Michelle was a devoted employee of Navy Federal Credit Union for more than 40 years. She held many positions, including Loan Officer and Branch Manager, before focusing on her talent for administrative responsibilities. Her organizational skills led to her favorite positions: Staff Assistant to the Credit Committee and consequently to an Executive Vice President.
Besides OLLI, Michelle volunteers at the Shepherd’s Center of Fairfax-Burke, providing free transportation to senior adults. She’s a proud mother; her daughter is a special education teacher. Originally from Chicago, Michelle came to this area to attend Howard University; she now resides in Springfield.
Bill has been a member of OLLI since 2008. He enjoys the variety of class offerings and meeting new people in the classes. He has especially enjoyed the offerings in literature.
Emmett has a bachelor’s degree from Le Moyne College and a masters in economics from Syracuse University. He earned his law degree from Georgetown University. Before retirement, he worked as an attorney in private practice and with the United States government.
Emmett believes that “Our OLLI is one of the top among the Osher organizations.” To continue at this level, he believes not only in developing interesting courses, but also in providing opportunities for members to interact and socialize. If elected, he will do his best to make OLLI a valuable and fun place for all its members.
He and Judy currently help care for their three wonderful grandchildren, garden, walk their disobedient Yorkie, read, go to plays and movies, and TRAVEL to include Israel where a Peace Corps friend lives. There they twice climbed Masada up the notorious “snake trail” to catch the sun rising over the rugged Jordanian mountains: beyond incredible!
Finally, he really appreciates OLLI (and helped teach the Norman Conquests course). When he and Judy were in San Francisco, they gave a heartfelt salute towards Mr. Osher’s house.
After retiring in 2013, Alan joined OLLI and immediately found lots of interesting classes, including yoga, films, medical issues of aging and ghost stories. He has served as a speaker in the Crooker Investment Forum and as an occasional class liaison.
He has a degree in economics from Utica College and received an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh in accounting, finance and international banking. For the last 20 years, he served as the chief financial officer and director of risk management for the Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation. Alan met his wife, Judy Blanchard, while working on an international banking project in Saudi Arabia. Like many OLLI members, they enjoy travel and frequently visit their two children who live outside the U.S.
Alan thinks it important to continue learning and investing in yourself as well as contributing to the community where you live. He believes that the inspired group of members and teachers at OLLI represent one of the greatest collections of life and work experience that can be found anywhere in the country. If elected, he looks forward to listening to OLLI members and making a contribution to support the continued growth of this excellent program.
A longtime member, Norma has watched OLLI become the premier lifelong-learning organization in our area expanding to three campuses in just 25 years. She believes that we can – and must – keep moving forward by continuing to improve our core business and values: offering quality educational and social opportunities in a fun setting while serving our community. While attending OLLI classes and serving as a liaison, she has been continually impressed with our extraordinary membership. She participates in activities of the Outreach Committee and the Cooking Group, for which she has organized outings to restaurants. She organized OLLI’s first Fashion Show, as a fundraiser for the Friends of OLLI and the Development Committee.
After retiring from teaching in Fairfax County, she worked as a publications and communications consultant for corporate and non-profit organizations. She served as president of the Welcome Club of Northern Virginia, working to increase its membership and bring order to its finances. She served on the board of directors for the English Speaking Union and the Ski Club of Washington, DC and on the board for volunteers at the Newseum where she was a tour guide. She is a member of the Broadcast and International Committees at the National Press Club, and was recently awarded the National Press Club Vivian Award for her efforts and support.
March 26, 2015
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