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Candidates for the OLLI Board of Directors 2013

 

Steve Canner Stephen Canner

OLLI is a gem that should be preserved, nourished and enhanced. Stephen would like to contribute to that process by serving on the OLLI Board of Directors. Stephen has  been an OLLI member for nearly 5 years now, taking courses, but more importantly contributing to  to OLLI  by helping to construct courses on the Middle East  ( 2012  and again this year)  and serving as an instructor  this year  ( “Understanding Economics”). He is also an active student in several OLLI classes at Tallwood and Reston. This diversity of experiences —  as a provider of services and a consumer of OLLI services– has heightened his awareness of just how special OLLI is and has sparked his desire to help give back to the OLLI community that which it has so richly provided to all of us. Stephen’s skills include developing interpersonal relationships to get the job done, and being a good listener. He appreciates the voice of past experience but is not rigidly tied to the past. New ideas and new ways of doing things are always entertained, but always with a focus on the best way to get the job done.Stephen holds a PhD in economics from Clark University, enjoyed a successful 28-year career in the international division of the US Treasury and a 15-year career at the U.S. Council for International Business. He has taught economics at Clark and Northeastern University and Foreign Economic Policy at American University. He is a recognized authority in the area of international investment and investment treaties, and has published in the Cornell University Journal of International Law. Stephen resides in Reston, Virginia with his wife Sharon Canner; they have two adult children, Elise and Martin. Both Stephen and Sharon have been active supporters of mental health provider organizations in Northern Virginia. Stephen enjoys reading history, sailing  and just  being thankful for every day. He would like to share his energy, ideas, and general willingness to help with the OLLI board.
Janet Cochran Janet Cochran

Janet grew up in Michigan and Ohio, receiving a B.A. in French from Denison University. She has a Masters in Library Science from the University of Michigan. She worked in the D.C. Public Library, then the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. She enjoyed 20 years in private industry as a medical librarian before joining OLLI in 1999. At first she was a “stealth” member, only attending classes. Her first OLLI job, a class liaison, was followed by office volunteering at Tallwood which has given her first-hand knowledge of the challenges that confront our wonderful staff and is a great way to meet OLLI members. Janet is currently on the Board of Directors and serving a second stint as Secretary. She is the volunteer coordinator for Reston. She serves on Mason’s Library Advisory Board. She has taught classes about health information on the internet at all three sites. She wishes to concentrate on ways to involve more members as volunteers, the life blood of OLLI. She is interested in preparing for the future of OLLI, dealing with expansion issues such as growth of membership and improvement of facilities.

Kim Dobbs Kim Dobbs

Kim grew up in Los Angeles and, following service in the U. S. Army, earned an AB and MLS (masters in library science) at UC Berkeley. He retired as a senior executive from the Library of Congress and joined LRI (OLLI) in 2003. He has served on the board of the Library of Congress Federal Credit Union for thirty-five years, twenty as treasurer. It is his experience as a seasoned board director of a very successful nonprofit financial organization that might be most transferable to OLLI’s board. He is also a lifelong student, currently enrolled in three Coursera courses.

Steve Goldman

Steve Goldman

Steve is running for a position on the OLLI Board of Directors because he wants to expand the scope of his contributions to our overall program. Steve currently serves as Chair of the Religious Studies Resource Group. In this capacity, he has collaborated with OLLI members and management to develop and offer a wide range of religious studies courses and lectures at the Fairfax, Reston and Loudoun venues. Since 2008, he has taught numerous Biblical doctrine courses at all three OLLI sites, a course on international trade and national security and a class on the care and feeding of guinea pigs at OLLI’s Grand Camp. Steve has a strong management and leadership background as a former member of the Federal Senior Executive Service (SES) that he thinks will enable him to help guide and further develop our program in the future. His last position, before retiring from Federal service in 2007, was as the Director of the Office of Nonproliferation and Treaty Compliance at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Steve has published numerous articles on strategic trade controls and has taught this subject worldwide.

Glen Kamber

Glenn Kamber

Glenn has been an OLLI member for three years. He serves on OLLI’s Reston program planning committee and enjoys taking classes. He has taught “Political Philosophies of the Founding Fathers and How They Apply Today,” “The Role of Mass Media in Politics Post World War II,” “The Use of Genograms to Better Understand Oneself,” and co-facilitated “Implications of the 2012 Elections.” He sponsors OLLI film series with refreshments, and leads “All The News That’s Fit to Print” during the summer. Glenn is a retired senior executive from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He worked in the Immediate Office of the Secretary, managing policy development for eight HHS Secretaries. Glenn is a marriage and family therapist. He earned a B.S. in Journalism and Public Relations from Syracuse University, an M.A. in Government and Education from Columbia University, and an M.S. in Family and Child Development from Virginia Tech. He serves on the Fairfax/Falls Church Community Services Board which oversees mental health, substance abuse, and intellectual disability programs in Fairfax County. He is a stained glass artisan. Glenn has lived in Northern Virginia for almost 60 years, 15 in Reston. He is married, has three grown children, two grandchildren.

Roz Lurie
Roz Lurie

Roz cut her teeth in the retail business, working in her dad’s office supply store and learning all phases of business. In high school, she decided to take “commercial” courses, shorthand, typing and bookkeeping, while continuing her vocal lessons at the New England Conservatory of Music. She and her husband Hal have successfully established and run several retails stores in Massachusetts and Florida. She was very active not only in the day-to-day operations of many departments in the stores, but also in the planning for new design and construction, and lay-out. While doing this she found time to raise her family and serve on the Board of community organizations. When their children got married and their careers took them in different directions, Roz and Hal sold the two stores in Massachusetts and retired to Florida at age 49, but soon she was asked to open and manage a jewelry store in Ft. Lauderdale, where she again became active in her community, even becoming the president of the merchant’s association.When grandchildren came along, she retired again and they moved to Ashburn, VA, where she was active in helping establish Congregation Sha’are Shalom in Leesburg and operated the synagogue gift shop until seven years ago, her third retirement.When asked to run for a seat on the OLLI Board of Directors, she couldn’t say “no”. She feels that her extensive business and organization background could be a way to give something back to an organization that has given them so much.

Bill Reader
Bill Reader

Bill retired in February of 2008 after 37 years with the Federal Government. At the time of retirement, he worked as a Visual Information Records Management Analyst with the Defense Visual Information Policy Office (DVI), which was then part of the American Forces Information Service (AFIS), under the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs. Prior to that, he worked for the Defense Audiovisual Agency in San Bernardino CA, the Census Bureau in Suitland MD, and the National Archives in Washington DC.Bill has a PhD in American Social History from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA, an MA in European Intellectual History from the University of Maryland in College Park, MD, and a BA in European History from Catholic University in Washington, DC. Bill have been a member OLLI since the Spring of 2008 and a member of the Board of Directors since 2010. He have taught OLLI classes on “American Social History”, the “History of Media”, “How a Few Crops, a Few Drinks, and a Few Overlooked Technologies Changed History,” ”A History of American Politics,” and “America Between the World Wars.” He is also the Treasurer of the Metropolitan Washington Old Time Radio Club (MWOTRC), a director on the Merrifield View Homeowners’ Association (MVHA) board, and a member of Widowed Persons’ Service (WPS). Bill is a widower. His wife, Elizabeth, died in June 2007 after 39 years of marriage. He has two daughters and two grandsons.

 

Russell Stone
Russell Stone

Russell has begun his third year in OLLI, where he is a member of the strategic planning committee, the technology support group and the humanities/social sciences program advisory committee. This spring he is co-coordinating Readers’ Theater, and has appeared in the last two holiday party productions. A sociologist retired from 40 years of university teaching, at SUNY Buffalo, then American University in DC, he has education administration experience as a department chair in both universities, and as an assistant dean at AU, where he was also director of the Center for Israel Studies. Originally from Canada (Medicine Hat, Alberta), he met his wife Rala – also an enthusiastic OLLI member – at McGill University in Montreal. They have two children, both professors, and six grandchildren. Within sociology he focused on social change, international development and public opinion research, with special emphasis on Israel and the Middle East. He has lived in Israel for more than three years, in Tunisia for a year, and in Afghanistan for several months. Friends have noted than whenever he visits, unrest, revolution or war break out, but he takes no direct responsibility. He has also travelled for study and research in Lebanon, Algeria, Egypt and Turkey in the Middle East, as well as Taiwan and Korea. Tourism has taken him to Singapore, Vietnam, Peru, Russia and India – with more to come (between OLLI sessions, of course). He can often be seen biking to OLLI in order to help alleviate the parking crunch, or sailing the Potomac in Tuesday evening sailboat races.

Mark Weinstein
Mark Weinstein

Mark has been a member of OLLI for six years. He joined shortly after moving to Loudoun from Massachusetts, which had been home for most of his life. The prime mover was his children and grandchildren. Since arriving he has taken classes each term from OLLI’s various and broad offerings, and he very much enjoyed their intellectual content, and the relaxing manor in which they were presented. Mark has a degree in Electrical Engineer from Tufts University and a Masters in Management from the University of Southern California. He worked for 46 years in engineering, first with the Air Force and then with several communication engineering companies. In Mark’s later work years he concentrated more on planning and program management, and believes that this work honed the experience needed for the types of policy, personal and budget issues that are in the OLLI Board’s purview. As an instructor at OLLI, Mark has prepared and presented courses in American aviation history, and Cold War topics. He is on the OLLI Loudoun program planning committee. Mark is a news junky; he is curious about politics, economics, history, science, music, and the social sciences. Mark retired from the Air Force with both active duty and reserve service, and has 104 hours flying a Piper Tri-Pacer. Currently Mark is a Docent at both Smithsonian Air and Space Museums.