Leon Panetta

Secretary Leon Panetta

Leon PanettaLeon Edward Panetta served as the 23rd Secretary of Defense from July 2011 to February 2013.

Before joining the Department of Defense, Mr. Panetta served as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from February 2009 to June 2011. Mr. Panetta led the agency and managed human intelligence and open source collection programs on behalf of the intelligence community.

Secretary Panetta has dedicated much of his life to public service. Before joining CIA, he spent 10 years co-directing with his wife, Sylvia, the Leon & Sylvia Panetta Institute for Public Policy, based at California State University, Monterey Bay. The Institute is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit center that seeks to instill in young men and women the virtues and values of public service. In March 2006, he was chosen as a member of the Iraq Study Group, a bipartisan committee established at the urging of Congress to conduct an independent assessment of the war in Iraq.

From July 1994 to January 1997, Mr. Panetta served as Chief of Staff to President William Clinton.  Prior to that, he was Director of the Office of Management and Budget, a position that built on his years of work on the House Budget Committee. Mr. Panetta represented California’s 16th (now 17th) Congressional District from 1977 to 1993, rising to House Budget Committee chairman during his final four years in Congress.

Early in his career, Mr. Panetta served as a legislative assistant to Senator Thomas H. Kuchel of California; special assistant to the Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare; director of the U.S. Office for Civil Rights; and executive assistant to Mayor John Lindsay of New York.  He also spent five years in private law practice.

He served as an Army intelligence officer from 1964 to 1966 and received the Army Commendation Medal.

Secretary Panetta holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and a law degree, both from Santa Clara University. He was born on June 28, 1938 in Monterey, where his Italian immigrant parents operated a restaurant. Later, they purchased a farm in Carmel Valley, a place Secretary and Mrs. Panetta continue to call home. The Panettas have three grown sons and six grandchildren.

George Moore

George MooreGEORGE MOOREis a Scientist-in-Residence and Adjunct Professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS).  He has been at MIIS since 2012.

George began his career as a naval officer after graduating from the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis.  After leaving active duty as a Lieutenant Commander he was a staff member at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in various assignments relating to nuclear weapons physics, weapons design, nuclear effects, and radiation detection and measurement.  He left LLNL to become an in-house counsel at Pacific Gas & Electric. He then entered private practice with the San Francisco firm of Kenney & Markowitz where he specialized in aviation litigation.  While in private practice, he taught aviation law as an adjunct professor at Golden Gate University Law School.

Shortly after 9/11 Dr. Moore returned to LLNL where he worked in the Nuclear Assessment Program. From 2007-2012, Dr. Moore was a Senior Analyst in the Office of Nuclear Security at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria.  At the IAEA he worked with the Agency’s Incident and Trafficking Database (ITDB) and was the Scientific Secretary for the Director General’s Advisory Group on Nuclear Security (AdSec). He was also the Scientific Secretary for the development of the Agency’s Fundamentals of Nuclear Security document, the top-level document in the Agency’s Nuclear Security Series that will be published in fall 2012

Dr. Moore received his B.S. from the United States Naval Academy, his M.S. and Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering and his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Throughout his career, Dr. Moore has authored a number of technical papers and legal articles and has been a speaker at various meetings and training activities.  He has been a member of a number of professional organizations and has often served as an officer in the organizations.

Dr. Moore is a former Fulbright Scholar (Netherlands) and former Atomic Energy Commission Special Fellow. He is a licensed Professional Engineer (Nuclear) in California and was formerly an AEC-licensed research reactor operator. As an attorney he is a member of the California and Colorado bars and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and in a number of Federal Circuit and District Courts across the United States. He occasionally writes on legal issues for Plane & Pilot magazine. He holds a commercial pilot’s license (single engine land and sea) with an instrument rating. Dr. Moore is a retired Captain, U. S. Naval Reserve.

Dan Buettner

DAN BUETTNER is a National Geographic Fellow and multiple New York Times bestselling author.  He has discovered the five places in the world – dubbed Blue Zones – where people live the longest, and are healthiest. His New York Times Sunday Magazine article about these places, “The Island Where People Forget to Die,” was one of the Times’ most popular and his National Geographic cover story “The Secrets of Living Longer” was a finalist for a National Magazine Award.

Buettner works in partnership with Healthways, municipal governments, and various insurance companies to implement the program in more than 20 cities so far, and has dramatically improved the health of more than 5 million Americans to date.  Their strategy focuses on optimizing the local environment

His books The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest and Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way have remained bestsellers, along with his new book THE BLUE ZONES SOLUTION: Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People, and have appeared on The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America, Dr. Oz, NPR, and Oprah.

Dan also holds three Guinness Book of World Records in distance cycling.

James H. Newman

NEWMAN--James-PhD.-220px--2016JAMES H. NEWMAN, PhD, a former NASA astronaut, was born October 16, 1956, in the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (now the Federated States of Micronesia), but considers San Diego, California, to be his hometown. Married to Mary Lee Pieper, they have three children.

Newman graduated from La Jolla High School, San Diego, California in 1974; received a bachelor of arts degree in physics from Dartmouth College in 1978, a master of arts degree and a doctorate in physics from Rice University in 1982 and 1984, respectively. He is a member of the American Physical Society, Sigma Xi, and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Dr. Newman was selected by NASA JSC to attend the 1989 summer session of the International Space University in Strasbourg, France. He was awarded the 1995 Superior Achievement Award by the Institute of Navigation for “outstanding accomplishments as a Practical Navigator” for his work on GPS (Global Positioning System) on the Space Shuttle. In 1996, he was awarded the NASA Exceptional Service Medal. He is the recipient of the American Astronautical Society Flight Achievement Award (1994, 1999) for his work as a member of the STS-51 and STS-88 crews. As the leader of the Space Vision System Development Team, Newman shared the 2001 Rotary National Award for Space Achievement Foundation’s Team Award and shared a 2002 NASA Group Achievement Award to the Space Vision System Team.

After graduating from Rice University in 1984, Dr. Newman did an additional year of post-doctoral work at Rice. In 1985, Dr. Newman was appointed as adjunct professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rice University. That same year he came to work at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, where his duties included responsibility for conducting flight crew and flight control team training for all mission phases in the areas of Orbiter propulsion, guidance, and control. When selected for the astronaut program he was working as a simulation supervisor responsible for a team of instructors conducting flight controller training.

Selected by NASA in January 1990, Dr. Newman began astronaut training in July 1990. His technical assignments since then include: Astronaut Office Mission Support Branch where he was part of a team responsible for crew ingress/strap-in prior to launch and crew egress after landing; Mission Development Branch working on the Shuttle on-board laptop computers; Chief of the Astronaut Office Computer Support Branch responsible for crew involvement in the development and use of computers on the Space Shuttle and Space Station.

While still assigned to the Astronaut Office Dr. Newman has also worked in various assignments at NASA. Detailed to the Space Shuttle Program Office from March 1999 to March 2001, Newman served as the Remote Manipulator System (RMS) Integration Manager responsible for the Orbiter Canadian robotic arm and the Space Vision System.

Dr. Newman was detailed to the International Space Station (ISS) Program Office from December 2002 through January 2006, serving as NASA’s Director, Human Space Flight Program, Russia. As the ISS Program Manager’s lead representative to the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roskosmos) and its contractors, his responsibilities included oversight of NASA’s human space flight program in Russia. This included NASA operations, logistics, and technical functions in Moscow, at NASA’s Mission Control Center operations in Korolev, and NASA’s crew training at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City.

In March 2006, Dr. Newman was detailed to the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, California, as a NASA Visiting Professor in the NPS Space Systems Academic Group. Dr. Newman left NASA in July 2008 to accept a position as Professor, Space Systems at NPS to continue his involvement in teaching and research, with an emphasis on using very small satellites in hands-on education and for focused research projects of national interest.

SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE: Dr. Newman flew as a mission specialist on STS-51 (1993), STS-69 (1995), STS-88 (1998) and STS-109 (2002). A veteran of four space flights, Dr. Newman has logged over 43 days in space, including six spacewalks totaling 43 hours and 13 minutes.

STS-51 Discovery, (September 12-22, 1993) was launched from and returned to make the first night landing at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. During the ten-day flight, the crew of five deployed the Advanced Communications Technology Satellite (ACTS) and the Orbiting and Retrievable Far and Extreme Ultraviolet Spectrometer on the Shuttle Pallet Satellite (ORFEUS/SPAS). Newman was responsible for the operation of the SPAS, was the backup operator for the RMS, and on flight day five conducted a seven-hour, five-minute spacewalk with Carl Walz. The extravehicular activity (EVA) tested tools and techniques for use on future missions. In addition to working with numerous secondary payloads and medical test objectives, the crew successfully tested a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver to determine real-time Shuttle positions and velocities and completed a test routing Orbiter data to on-board laptop computers. STS-51 made 158 orbits of the Earth, traveling 4.1 million miles in 236 hours and 11 minutes.

STS-69 Endeavour (September 7-18, 1995), was an eleven-day mission during which the crew successfully deployed and retrieved a SPARTAN satellite and the Wake Shield Facility (WSF). Also on board was the International Extreme Ultraviolet Hitchhiker payload, numerous secondary payloads, and medical experiments. Newman was responsible for the crew’s science involvement with the WSF and was also the primary RMS operator on the flight, performing the WSF and EVA RMS operations. He also operated the on-orbit tests of the Ku-band Communications Adaptor, the Relative GPS experiment, and the RMS Manipulator Positioning Display. The mission was accomplished in 171 Earth orbits, traveling 4.5 million miles in 260 hours, 29 minutes.

STS-88 Endeavour (December 4-15, 1998), was the first International Space Station assembly mission. During the twelve-day mission the Unity module was mated with Zarya module. Newman performed three spacewalks with Jerry Ross, totaling 21 hours, 22 minutes. The primary objective of the spacewalks was to connect external power and data umbilicals between Zarya and Unity. Other objectives include setting up the Early Communication antennas, deploying antennas on Zarya that had failed to deploy as expected, installing a sunshade to protect an external computer, installing translation aids, and attaching tools/hardware for use in future EVA’s. The crew also performed IMAX Cargo Bay Camera (ICBC) operations, and deployed two satellites, Mighty Sat 1, sponsored by the Air Force, and SAC-A, from Argentina. The mission was accomplished in 185 orbits of the Earth, traveling 4.6 million miles in 283 hours and 18 minutes.

STS-109 Columbia (March 1-12, 2002). STS-109 was the fourth Hubble Space Telescope (HST) servicing mission and the 108th flight of the Space Shuttle. The crew of STS-109 successfully upgraded the Hubble Space Telescope with new solar arrays, a new power control unit, and a new camera, and also installed a cooler to reactivate an old infrared camera. This work was accomplished during a total of five spacewalks in five consecutive days. Dr. Newman performed two spacewalks with crewmate Mike Massimino, totaling 14 hours and 46 minutes. During the first of these spacewalks, Newman and Massimino replaced an old solar array and a reaction wheel assembly with new units. During their second spacewalk they replaced the old Faint Object Camera with the state-of-the-art Advanced Camera for Surveys, producing a ten-fold increase in Hubble’s imaging capability. STS-109 orbited the Earth 165 times, traveling 3.9 million miles in 262 hours and 10 minutes.


Trish Tillman

Trish Tillman

Trish TillmanTRISH TILLMAN is a working actor, improviser and theater arts teacher, as well as an arts educator, having just finished a five-year position as Director of Artistic Learning at California Shakespeare Theater.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Dramatic Performance and Teaching Theater from Antioch University and a B.S. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University. She’s created theater arts training programs for classroom teachers and MFA students in San Francisco at American Conservatory Theater, Cal Shakes, Marin Theater Company, and Word for Word among many others.

Specializing in Shakespeare, she’s brought his plays to literally thousands of children through artist residency classes in underserved communities.  She has taught theater to students with intellectual and physical disabilities, senior citizens, second graders, and almost every demographic in between. In addition she’s founded two improvisational theater companies in San Francisco, and is currently on staff and in the ensemble of Un-Scripted Theater.

Her core belief is that the arts are essential to a better, more tolerant, joyful world because they reach the most authentic and human part of each of us.

MORE INFO can be requested by contacting: duchessofdevo@gmail.com


Jeff Kirschner

Jeff Kirschner

Jeff KirschnerJEFF KIRSCHNER is an award-winning entrepreneur who has built mobile and social media technology companies. Prior to entering the startup world, he spent years in advertising, creating campaigns for the likes of Levi’s and Sony.

Jeff also spent a year backpacking around the world, an experience that opened his eyes to the challenges we face on a global scale, and in many ways, led Jeff to his most recent venture –Litterati; a social movement aimed at cleaning the planet one piece of litter at a time.

MORE INFO: www.litterati.org

John Hennessy

John Hennessy

John HennessyJOHN L. HENNESSY joined Stanford’s faculty in 1977 as an assistant professor of electrical engineering. He rose through the academic ranks to full professorship in 1986 and was the inaugural Willard R. and Inez Kerr Bell Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from 1987 to 2004.

From 1983 to 1993, Dr. Hennessy was director of the Computer Systems Laboratory, a research and teaching center operated by the Departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science that fosters research in computer systems design. He served as chair of computer science from 1994 to 1996 and, in 1996, was named dean of the School of Engineering. As dean, he launched a five-year plan that laid the groundwork for new activities in bioengineering and biomedical engineering. In 1999, he was named provost, the university’s chief academic and financial officer. As provost, he continued his efforts to foster interdisciplinary activities in the biosciences and bioengineering and oversaw improvements in faculty and staff compensation. In October 2000, he was inaugurated as Stanford University’s 10th president. In 2005, he became the inaugural holder of the Bing Presidential Professorship.

A pioneer in computer architecture, in 1981 Dr. Hennessy drew together researchers to focus on a computer architecture known as RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computer), a technology that has revolutionized the computer industry by increasing performance while reducing costs. In addition to his role in the basic research, Dr. Hennessy helped transfer this technology to industry. In 1984, he cofounded MIPS Computer Systems, now MIPS Technologies, which designs microprocessors. In recent years, his research has focused on the architecture of high-performance computers.

Dr. Hennessy is a recipient of the 2000 IEEE John von Neumann Medal, the 2000 ASEE Benjamin Garver Lamme Award, the 2001 ACM Eckert-Mauchly Award, the 2001 Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award, a 2004 NEC C&C Prize for lifetime achievement in computer science and engineering, a 2005 Founders Award from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the 2012 IEEE Medal of Honor, IEEE’s highest award. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences, and he is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

He has lectured and published widely and is the co-author of two internationally used undergraduate and graduate textbooks on computer architecture design. Dr. Hennessy earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Villanova University and his master’s and doctoral degrees in computer science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Scott Evers

Scott Evers

Scott EversSCOTT EVERS is an award winning writer and director of documentary films. He is the recipient of the George Foster Peabody Award and Emmys for films on America’s social ills of youth violence, poverty, and HIV/AIDS. He is the founder of the Amitist Organization, a coalition focused on media campaigns to educate youth for health and wellbeing. Current work includes countering messages of violent extremism and radicalization in the United States and the United Kingdom.

His family imprint, World Over Books, will debut in 2017 to publish juvenile non-fiction. Initial publications will include: The Noble Cause, a guide for youths pursuing terrorist affiliation; Everything Good for Girls, a primer and almanac for teenagers about cosmetics, food, and environmental pollutants. This book serves to empower young people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment.

Giant, a new version of Evers UK novel, Death of a Family, will be released in the US this September.

MORE INFO:  amitist.org        scottevers.info           worldoverbooks.com

David Eagleman

David Eagleman

David EaglemanDAVID EAGLEMAN is a neuroscientist, New York Times bestselling author and Guggenheim Fellow.  He is the writer and presenter of The Brain, an international 6-hour television series that asks what it means to be human from a neuroscientist’s point of view.  He holds an appointment in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.  Dr. Eagleman’s areas of research include time perception, vision, synesthesia, and the intersection of neuroscience with the legal system.  He directs the Laboratory for Perception and Action, and is the founder and director of the Center for Science and Law.

He is the author of several neuroscience books, including (1) The Brain: The Story of You, (2) Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain and (3) Wednesday is Indigo Blue: Discovering the Brain of Synesthesia. He has also written an internationally bestselling book of literary fiction, Sum, which has been translated into 28 languages and was named a Best Book of the Year by Barnes and Noble, New Scientist, and the Chicago Tribune. Dr. Eagleman writes for the Atlantic, New York Times, Discover Magazine, Slate, Wired, and New Scientist, and appears regularly on National Public Radio and BBC to discuss both science and literature.  He has been a guest on the Colbert Report and profiled in the New Yorker.

Alan Shipnuck

2016_alan_shipnuckALAN SHIPNUCK wrote his first Sports Illustrated cover story as a 20 year old intern. Hired out of UCLA as the youngest staff writer in the magazine’s history, he has become a leading voice in golf reporting. Shipnuck has won nine writing awards from the Golf Writers Association of America, second all-time only to Hall of Famer Dan Jenkins. In addition to his work for SI, Shipnuck writes regular columns for Golf Magazine and golf.com.

He published his first book “Bud, Sweat & Tees” in 2001, about then-unknown PGA Tour rookie Rich Beem and his hard-living caddie, Steve Duplantis. The book became a national best-seller after Beem held off Tiger Woods to win the 2002 PGA Championship. Shipnuck’s other works of non-fiction include “The Battle for Augusta National,” a revisionist history about the home of the Masters, and “Swinging From My Heels,” a diary of Christina Kim’s misadventures on the LPGA tour. In 2012 he enjoyed another national best-seller with “The Swinger,” a novel (co-written with Michael Bamberger) that chronicles the fall and rise of a multi-cultural golf superstar whose career is disrupted by a tabloid-fueled scandal.