Meeting in Review, May 11, 2022

Wednesday, May 11, 2022 By: Whitney Ashe Doll
The Rotary Club of Washington, D.C. welcomed guest speaker Krista Kleiner, Founder and Executive Director of The One Heart Movement.

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Meeting in Review, May 4, 2022

Thursday, May 5, 2022 By: Whitney Ashe Doll
The Rotary Club of Washington, D.C. welcomed guest speaker Michael Ketover, Peace Corps Country Director in Kyiv, Ukraine.

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Meeting in Review, April 27, 2022

Thursday, April 28, 2022 By: Whitney Ashe Doll
The Rotary Club of Washington, D.C. welcomed guest speaker Alex Nyerges, Director & CEO, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

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Meeting in Review, April 20, 2022

Wednesday, April 20, 2022 By: Whitney Ashe Doll
The Rotary Club of Washington, D.C. welcomed guest speaker Nathan Harrington, Executive Director, Ward 8 Woods Conservancy.

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Meeting in Review, April 13, 2022

Wednesday, April 13, 2022 By: Whitney Ashe Doll
The Rotary Club of Washington, D.C. welcomed guest speaker President Elect Jayshree Sridhar, Rotary Club of Madras, India, TV Producer, Women's Advocate.

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Meeting in Review, April 6, 2022

Thursday, April 7, 2022 By: Whitney Ashe Doll
The Rotary Club of Washington, D.C. welcomed guest speaker Brian Schwalb, Candidate for D.C. Attorney General.

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Meeting in Review, April 6, 2022

Thursday, April 7, 2022 By: Whitney Ashe Doll
The Rotary Club of Washington, D.C. welcomed guest speaker Brian Schwalb, Candidate for D.C. Attorney General.

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Meeting in Review, April 6, 2022

Thursday, April 7, 2022 By: Whitney Ashe Doll
The Rotary Club of Washington, D.C. welcomed guest speaker Brian Schwalb, Candidate for D.C. Attorney General.

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Michael Ketover shares 30 years of respectful and collaborative experience in almost 40 developing nations and the USA.  He spent the last four years as Peace Corps Country Director in Kyiv, Ukraine, where he managed the largest Peace Corps post globally pre-pandemic and pre-war, when over 400 volunteers served per year with 100 Ukrainian staff. 

Before this Peace Corps appointment, Michael was an independent consultant.  With the US Agency for International Development (USAID), he served in Haiti as the interim Director of the Democracy and Governance office, co-designed and managed USAID resiliency and food security projects in Ghana and Zambia, evaluated the impact of criminal justice interventions in Central America and Mexico, and advised Ghana’s Ministry of Social Protection how to set up a food voucher and cash payment program for vulnerable populations.  Michael also worked as a senior inspector/senior evaluator with the Department of Commerce’s Office of the Inspector General in Washington, DC with a one billion dollar oversight portfolio, as a poverty law and human rights attorney, and for a brief time, as a corporate lawyer in Miami.  

Michael served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras, Guyana and the Dominican Republic (Crisis Corps) and with AmeriCorps/VISTA in rural southern Arizona. He graduated from Vanderbilt University’s School of Law, Amherst College, and studied at Zamorano Pan-American Agriculture School in Honduras.

Michael's wife, Kelli Ketover is a Foreign Service officer with the Department of State and a former Peace Corps Volunteer who also served in Guyana. She now works and lives in Myanmar.

Michael Ketover shares 30 years of respectful and collaborative experience in almost 40 developing nations and the USA. He spent the last four years as Peace Corps Country Director in Kyiv, Ukraine, where he managed the largest Peace Corps post globally pre-pandemic and pre-war, when over 400 volunteers served per year with 100 Ukrainian staff.

Before this Peace Corps appointment, Michael was an independent consultant. With the US Agency for International Development (USAID), he served in Haiti as the interim Director of the Democracy and Governance office, co-designed and managed USAID resiliency and food security projects in Ghana and Zambia, evaluated the impact of criminal justice interventions in Central America and Mexico, and advised Ghana’s Ministry of Social Protection how to set up a food voucher and cash payment program for vulnerable populations. Michael also worked as a senior inspector/senior evaluator with the Department of Commerce’s Office of the Inspector General in Washington, DC with a one billion dollar oversight portfolio, as a poverty law and human rights attorney, and for a brief time, as a corporate lawyer in Miami.

Michael served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras, Guyana and the Dominican Republic (Crisis Corps) and with AmeriCorps/VISTA in rural southern Arizona. He graduated from Vanderbilt University’s School of Law, Amherst College, and studied at Zamorano Pan-American Agriculture School in Honduras.

Michael's wife, Kelli Ketover is a Foreign Service officer with the Department of State and a former Peace Corps Volunteer who also served in Guyana. She now works and lives in Myanmar.

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Michael Ketover | Peace Corps Country Director, Ukraine | May 4, 2022

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Now in his fifteenth year as director of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Alex Nyerges is responsible for leading one of the nation’s top 10 comprehensive art museums with exciting and far-reaching strategic initiatives that have transformed the institution, making it more accessible, diverse, and inclusive.  Nyerges came to VMFA from the Dayton Art Institute, where he was director and CEO from 1992 to 2006, a position he also held at the Mississippi Museum of Art and The Museum of Art – DeLand, Florida. 

Nyerges writes and lectures widely on photography and has curated and organized exhibitions, including Edward Weston: A Photographer’s Love of Life (2004), Glory of the Silk Road: Art from Ancient China (2003), and Eternal China: Treasures from Ancient Xi’an (1998).  In 2015 and 2017, Nyerges’ own photography was the subject of two solo exhibitions, Chasing the Light and Chasing the Light II at Glavé Kocen Gallery in Richmond. 

Nyerges is a former board member of the Association of Art Museum Directors and an active board member of the French American Museum Exchange (FRAME).  Nyerges has been a member of the Association of Art Museum Directors since 1989.  He is a former member of the Board of Trustees and past Program Chair for the organization.  In Richmond, he is a member of the Forum Club, has served as an Advisory Board member of the Asian American Society of Central Virginia, the Mayor’s Richmond Real Estate Task Roundtable and co-chair of the Mayor’s Tourism Commission, the Armory Steering Committee at the Black History Cultural Museum, and the Chamber of Commerce Capital Regional Collaborative.  He is also an Affiliate Graduate Faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University.  Nyerges is also Chair of the Audit Committee for the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Amherst, Virginia.  He is an Executive Committee member of the French American Museum Exchange (FRAME), a formal collaboration of museums comprising 16 cities in France and 16 museums in North America. 

At the 2014 FRAME Annual Conference in Dijon, France, Nyerges was presented the rank of Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) for his role in furthering the arts in France and throughout the world.  The Richmond Times-Dispatch honored Nyerges as a top-10 Person of the Year in 2015 for increasing the attendance and accessibility of VMFA.  In 2017, he was named to Style Weekly’s “Power List” for Arts and Culture. That same year, the Shaanxi Provincial Cultural Relics Bureau in China named Nyerges as an Ambassador of Shaanxi Cultural Heritage.  The honor was presented during an exclusive preview for the exhibition Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China, which attracted more than 200,000 visitors to VMFA during its run.  In 2020, he was honored to receive the Richmond Region Tourism Impact Award, and in 2021, Nyerges was a recipient of the George Washington University Monumental Alumni Award honoring living alumni who have made an impact on the world through their work and service and who embody the ideals of the university.

A native of Rochester, New York, he has both a master’s degree in museum studies and an undergraduate degree in American civilization and in anthropology/archaeology from The George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Now in his fifteenth year as director of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Alex Nyerges is responsible for leading one of the nation’s top 10 comprehensive art museums with exciting and far-reaching strategic initiatives that have transformed the institution, making it more accessible, diverse, and inclusive. Nyerges came to VMFA from the Dayton Art Institute, where he was director and CEO from 1992 to 2006, a position he also held at the Mississippi Museum of Art and The Museum of Art – DeLand, Florida.

Nyerges writes and lectures widely on photography and has curated and organized exhibitions, including Edward Weston: A Photographer’s Love of Life (2004), Glory of the Silk Road: Art from Ancient China (2003), and Eternal China: Treasures from Ancient Xi’an (1998). In 2015 and 2017, Nyerges’ own photography was the subject of two solo exhibitions, Chasing the Light and Chasing the Light II at Glavé Kocen Gallery in Richmond.

Nyerges is a former board member of the Association of Art Museum Directors and an active board member of the French American Museum Exchange (FRAME). Nyerges has been a member of the Association of Art Museum Directors since 1989. He is a former member of the Board of Trustees and past Program Chair for the organization. In Richmond, he is a member of the Forum Club, has served as an Advisory Board member of the Asian American Society of Central Virginia, the Mayor’s Richmond Real Estate Task Roundtable and co-chair of the Mayor’s Tourism Commission, the Armory Steering Committee at the Black History Cultural Museum, and the Chamber of Commerce Capital Regional Collaborative. He is also an Affiliate Graduate Faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University. Nyerges is also Chair of the Audit Committee for the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Amherst, Virginia. He is an Executive Committee member of the French American Museum Exchange (FRAME), a formal collaboration of museums comprising 16 cities in France and 16 museums in North America.

At the 2014 FRAME Annual Conference in Dijon, France, Nyerges was presented the rank of Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) for his role in furthering the arts in France and throughout the world. The Richmond Times-Dispatch honored Nyerges as a top-10 Person of the Year in 2015 for increasing the attendance and accessibility of VMFA. In 2017, he was named to Style Weekly’s “Power List” for Arts and Culture. That same year, the Shaanxi Provincial Cultural Relics Bureau in China named Nyerges as an Ambassador of Shaanxi Cultural Heritage. The honor was presented during an exclusive preview for the exhibition Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China, which attracted more than 200,000 visitors to VMFA during its run. In 2020, he was honored to receive the Richmond Region Tourism Impact Award, and in 2021, Nyerges was a recipient of the George Washington University Monumental Alumni Award honoring living alumni who have made an impact on the world through their work and service and who embody the ideals of the university.

A native of Rochester, New York, he has both a master’s degree in museum studies and an undergraduate degree in American civilization and in anthropology/archaeology from The George Washington University in Washington, DC.

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Alex Nyerges | Director & CEO, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts | April 27, 2022.

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Lena Rodriguez | Sr. VP Policy & Government Rel. | Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities

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Dr. Sam Hancock introduces Jayshree Sridhar, President Elect,  Rotary Club of Madras, India, TV Producer, Women's Advocate.

Jayshree Sridhar joined the Rotary Club of Madras, Chennai, India in 2010.  An active participant in all activities of the club, she became the Chair of the Women Empowerment Programs in 2012.  She has spearheaded education and vocational training for women from underprivileged sections of society with the aim of making them financially independent.  Jayshree has directed the creation of three such centers in different areas of Chennai.  She has also been working with Interact Clubs in many schools as part of her Club's Youth Service activities. 

She is currently the President-Elect of her Club, District 3232. The Rotary Club of Madras is 93 years old being chartered in1929.  It is the third [3d] oldest club in India. It has 255 members, most active in education, humanitarian projects especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, youth leadership, community service, and sustainable environmental programs.  The Club has active and ongoing Global Grants.
  
Jayshree is a Television Producer and Media Consultant who specialises in Creative Inputs and Content Development for the Print, Radio, Television and Film industry.  She has worked in several television channels and has produced programs for Doordarshan, Sun TV, Raj TV, Vijay TV, and Zee Tamil.  Production of Corporate Films, Ad Campaigns, and Biographical works is her forte. 

She has the unique distinction of starting dedicated Time Bands for Women's programs, and is also the recipient of the ‘Centenarian Seva Ratna Award’ for her contributions to society through her pioneering work in the television industry. She has been a Visiting Faculty at several institutions of higher learning in Chennai, where Visual Communication and Film Technology are taught.

Dr. Sam Hancock introduces Jayshree Sridhar, President Elect, Rotary Club of Madras, India, TV Producer, Women's Advocate.

Jayshree Sridhar joined the Rotary Club of Madras, Chennai, India in 2010. An active participant in all activities of the club, she became the Chair of the Women Empowerment Programs in 2012. She has spearheaded education and vocational training for women from underprivileged sections of society with the aim of making them financially independent. Jayshree has directed the creation of three such centers in different areas of Chennai. She has also been working with Interact Clubs in many schools as part of her Club's Youth Service activities.

She is currently the President-Elect of her Club, District 3232. The Rotary Club of Madras is 93 years old being chartered in1929. It is the third [3d] oldest club in India. It has 255 members, most active in education, humanitarian projects especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, youth leadership, community service, and sustainable environmental programs. The Club has active and ongoing Global Grants.

Jayshree is a Television Producer and Media Consultant who specialises in Creative Inputs and Content Development for the Print, Radio, Television and Film industry. She has worked in several television channels and has produced programs for Doordarshan, Sun TV, Raj TV, Vijay TV, and Zee Tamil. Production of Corporate Films, Ad Campaigns, and Biographical works is her forte.

She has the unique distinction of starting dedicated Time Bands for Women's programs, and is also the recipient of the ‘Centenarian Seva Ratna Award’ for her contributions to society through her pioneering work in the television industry. She has been a Visiting Faculty at several institutions of higher learning in Chennai, where Visual Communication and Film Technology are taught.

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Jayshree Sridhar | President Elect, Rotary Club of Madras | April 13, 2022

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Domenic is a native of Richmond, Virginia who lived most of his young life in Stafford County. From an early age, he loved wildlife and the outdoors and would camp once a month as a young boy scout.  Fascinated with animals, he latched on to a dusty old book of mammals on his father's bookshelf.  Inside, he found what turned out to be his “life-map”, with pages and pages on the world's "eighth continent", Madagascar.  The island’s unparalleled levels of biotic endemicity captured his imagination.  After learning of the amazing species the island contained, he became aware of the dire threat they face due to deforestation of the island and resulting habitat loss. This moved him to make a lifelong commitment to wildlife conservation in Madagascar. 

Domenic holds a B.S. in anthropology and animal behavior, ecology, and conservation from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York.  He also holds an M.A. in biological anthropology from the University of Texas where he is now a PhD candidate.  Domenic has a deep interest in the relationship between conservation and the economics of poverty, which is the focus of his current dissertation field work.  He has spent three field seasons in South Africa, primarily studying small nocturnal primates as a field assistant for the South African Galago Ecology Project.  Domenic has also spent three field seasons in Madagascar, serving as a conservation volunteer and training Malagasy conservationists to collect data on wild primate populations.  More recently, he has spent two field seasons at his current site, Kirindy Mitea National Park in Madagascar, where he has been conducting research on primate ecology and conservation. 

Domenic now teaches biological anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin and recently taught environmental science as an adjunct professor for High Point University in North Carolina.  In his presentation to the DC Rotary Club, he will share his ‘Madagascar story’ and also talk about the Rotary Global Grant he is applying for on Protected Area Effectiveness: Biodiversity Conservation and Human Well-being in Kirindy Mitea National Park, Madagascar

Domenic is a native of Richmond, Virginia who lived most of his young life in Stafford County. From an early age, he loved wildlife and the outdoors and would camp once a month as a young boy scout. Fascinated with animals, he latched on to a dusty old book of mammals on his father's bookshelf. Inside, he found what turned out to be his “life-map”, with pages and pages on the world's "eighth continent", Madagascar. The island’s unparalleled levels of biotic endemicity captured his imagination. After learning of the amazing species the island contained, he became aware of the dire threat they face due to deforestation of the island and resulting habitat loss. This moved him to make a lifelong commitment to wildlife conservation in Madagascar.

Domenic holds a B.S. in anthropology and animal behavior, ecology, and conservation from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. He also holds an M.A. in biological anthropology from the University of Texas where he is now a PhD candidate. Domenic has a deep interest in the relationship between conservation and the economics of poverty, which is the focus of his current dissertation field work. He has spent three field seasons in South Africa, primarily studying small nocturnal primates as a field assistant for the South African Galago Ecology Project. Domenic has also spent three field seasons in Madagascar, serving as a conservation volunteer and training Malagasy conservationists to collect data on wild primate populations. More recently, he has spent two field seasons at his current site, Kirindy Mitea National Park in Madagascar, where he has been conducting research on primate ecology and conservation.

Domenic now teaches biological anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin and recently taught environmental science as an adjunct professor for High Point University in North Carolina. In his presentation to the DC Rotary Club, he will share his ‘Madagascar story’ and also talk about the Rotary Global Grant he is applying for on Protected Area Effectiveness: Biodiversity Conservation and Human Well-being in Kirindy Mitea National Park, Madagascar

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Domenic Romanello | Madagascar-Reconciling Biodiversity Conservation & Well-being | March 31, 2022

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