Past Speakers

July 22, 21–Jules Starr / Director, CORE Project

Julia Starr (Jules) is the Executive Director of The CORE Project, Inc. a program serving children on the Autism Spectrum as well as other developmental and intellectual disabilities. Ms. Starr has worked in this field for 16 years. She also enjoys consulting with families to create comprehensive programs that can be beneficial in a home and school environment. In 2005,

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June 24, 21–Dr. Sean Powers–Senior Marine Scientist III/ Dauphin Island Sea Lab & Professor and Chair, Department of Marine Sciences University of South Alabama “The Great Snapper Count”

Sean P. Powers, Ph.D. spowers@disl.org Senior Marine Scientist III Professor and Chair, Department of Marine Sciences University of South Alabama BIO Dr. Sean Powers currently serves as Chair of the Marine Sciences department at the University of South Alabama and is a Senior Marine Scientist at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. Dr. Powers research lab, personnel, and graduate student are

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June 17, 21–Alinda Guynes McGowin, MD / Vision Partners “Cataracts…Everyone Has Them!”

Dr. Alinda Guynes McGowin, MD, Vision Partners Rotary Club of Downtown Mobile Thursday, June 17, 2021, at noon June is Cataract Awareness Month Program: “Cataracts—Everyone Has Them!” Dr. Alinda Guynes McGowin is a board-certified ophthalmologist with Vision Partners. She is originally from Greenwood, MS. She attended college at the University of Mississippi and completed medical school at the University of

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June 10, 21–Jill Chenoweth / President & CEO–United Way of Southwest Alabama

Jill Chenoweth – President and CEO, United Way of Southwest Alabama Ms. Chenoweth graduated Magna cum Laude from Spring Hill College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English. Chenoweth has a long history of philanthropic service, having held leadership positions in local nonprofit organizations and academic institutions in our community. She began her work with the United Way of

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June 3, 21–Joe Gottfried / Mobile Sports Hall of Fame

Joe Gottfried, a native of Crestline, Ohio, became a member of the South Alabama Department of Athletics in 1981 when he was named Assistant Athletic Director. In 1984, Gottfried was named Director of Athletics at USA. During his tenure, Jaguar teams have won 82 conference championships. Gottfried has guided South Alabama to 10 of the last 17 Sun Belt Conference

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May 27, 2021–Ariel Chavez / Owner, New Frontier Travel, LLC

Alberto ‘Ariel’ Chavez Ariel was born and raised in La Paz, Bolivia. In 2002 he moved to the U.S. as an international student to complete his engineering studies at the University of South Alabama. In 2005 he graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Civil Engineering program at South Alabama and was selected graduating Student of the Year by the American

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May 20, 2021–Ashley Rich / Mobile County District Attorney

Ashley Rich Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich is the District Attorney for the 13th Judicial Circuit of the State of Alabama, which is the second largest Circuit in the State. She was elected in November of 2010 and has the honor of being the first female District Attorney of Mobile County. Prior to taking the over as the leader