Past Speakers

Oct. 5, 2017–Rick Frederick / Mobile Bay National Estuary Program “Three Mile Creek Transformation”

Mobile Bay National Estuary Program- Community Relations & Business Resource Manager Rick Frederick is the Community Relations and Business Resource Manager for the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program. Having spent over 20 years as a Business Development Professional with diversified experience in sales and marketing for the healthcare, education, hospitality, and utility industries, Rick joined the NEP in March 2014.

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Sept. 28, 2017–Dale Speetjens / Shipe Shape Urban Farms

Gulf Coast native Dale Speetjens co-founded Shipshape Urban Farms with his wife Angela in the spring of 2017. After high school he joined the US military and served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following his serve he earned a BS in Environmental Design, a Masters of Landscape Architecture, and a Masters of Community Planning for Auburn University. In 2015 the couple

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Sept 21, 2017–Greg Cochran / Alabama League of Municipalities

Thursday, September 21, 2017 Our program today: Greg Cochran – Alabama League of Municipalities Greg Cochran attended the university of North Alabama in Florence where he majored in Political Science and Psychology. During the mid-1980’s he began working on political campaigns as a volunteer before joining the staff of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama where he represented

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Sept. 14, 2017–Aaron Sharockman, Executive Director PolitiFact – Nation’s largest fact-checking organization

Rotary Program for Thursday September 14, 2017 Aaron Sharockman: Politifact Aaron Sharockman has served as executive director of Politfact since 2010. Politfact is a fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims made by elected officials and others. Aaron oversees PolitiFact’s operations, development and revenue while assisting in its journalistic mission. Aaron is a 2016-17 Reynolds Fellow at the University

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Aug. 31, 2017– Bob Culkeen, General Manager, PBS Affiliate WSRE-TV

Our Program Today: Public Television for the Gulf Coast: Bob Culkeen – WSRE-TV Since December 2016, Bob Culkeen has served as General Manager of WSRE which provides public television for the Gulf Coast, and as Executive Director for the WSRE-TV Foundation. The station is a recognized leader in education and an outstanding creator or local content and community engagement. Bob

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Aug. 24, 2017–Randy Kennedy – WNSP “Upcoming Football Season”

Randy Kennedy is program director and host of Sports Drive on Mobile’s WNSP Sports Radio 105.5 FM, the country’s first all-sports FM station. Kennedy has been a leading voice in the Gulf Coast since becoming sports editor at the Mobile Press-Register in 2002. He was three times named state sports columnist of the year. His responsibilities eventually including supervision of

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Aug. 17, 2017–Ben Raines – Environmental Reporter AL.com

An investigative reporter for AL.com, Ben Raines has covered environmental issues and natural wonders in Alabama for nearly two decades. He wrote and produced the documentary America’s Amazon, which has been distributed to public schools across Alabama and is airing on PBS stations around the country. His underwater film work has appeared in documentaries on the Discovery Channel and National