Speaker Date Topic
Nuray Anahtar, Principal NOA Architecture Planning Jul 25, 2019
Montgomery County Architecture
Montgomery County Architecture

Nuray Anahtar is co-founder and principal of NOA Architecture Planning Interiors, LLC, an award winning design firm dedicated to delivering distinctive designs and exceptional service to its clients since 1990. 

NOA has extensive expertise on a wide variety of building and construction types ranging from renovation work to new buildings, from private residences to high-rise multi-family housing, from restaurants to community buildings, from office spaces to high-tech science labs; as well as historic buildings, educational buildings, religious buildings, hair salons, retail spaces, malls, showrooms, warehouses, maintenance facilities, night clubs and more. 

Heather Bruskin, Exec. Dir., MoCo Food Council Aug 01, 2019
Food Access and Recovery in MoCo
Food Access and Recovery in MoCo

Heather oversees the day-to-day function of the Food Council, supporting the Council Members, Working Groups and Internal Committees in their efforts as well as connecting with local food system stakeholders. Heather spent the first decade of her career in higher education administration and student services, including roles as the Director of the Freshman/Alumni Summer Internship Program at MIT, a financial aid counselor at Georgetown University and the University of Virginia School of Medicine, and a Premed and Prelaw Advisor at the University of Virginia.  Prior to her work with the Food Council, Heather also served as President of a number of local volunteer-driven community based organizations in Montgomery County. Heather holds a B.A. from Tufts University and an M. Ed. from the University of Virginia. Heather serves on the FEMA Emergency Food and Shelter Program Board, CKC Farming Advisory Board, and the Nonprofit Montgomery Advocacy Committee, and she is an active volunteer in her community, serving as a Girl Scout Troop Leader, Coach for Girls on the Run, Vice Chair of her local elementary school Education Foundation Board, MCCPTA Delegate, and active PTA parent.

Arianna Ross, Storyteller and Actor Aug 08, 2019
Story Tapestries
Story Tapestries

Story Tapestries and Arianna Ross create international, dynamic programs that weave the power of dance, music, theater, and spoken word.  Her shows have been for audiences ranging from 50-10,000 people. 

Known for her ability to perform for all ages with equal success, she has solo as well as ensemble performances that are entertaining to large and small sized audiences. Ross is brought into a facility to do full theatrical events as well as outreach.  She custom designs her programs to fit the venue.

Tina Patterson, Montgomery Cty Comm., Human Rights Aug 15, 2019
Montgomery Commission of Human Rights
Montgomery Commission of Human Rights

Tina Patterson is the owner of Jade Solutions, LLC, a three-year-old management consulting firm headquartered in Germantown, and is an experienced facilitator, handling dispute resolution for public agencies and private companies. Patterson is a member of the Montgomery County Human Rights Commission and has served on the board of trustees for the Black Rock Center for the Arts. She received a bachelor degree from Brown University and a graduate certificate in alternative dispute resolution from Southern Methodist University.

Aviva Goldfarb, Aviva Goldfarb Marketing Aug 29, 2019
DC Restaurants and Community Engagement
DC Restaurants and Community Engagement

Aviva Goldfarb helps restaurants and other food and beverage related ventures in the DC area build sales, market themselves more effectively, and connect with and build their communities through successful events. She is a business coach for female entrepreneurs, and a freelance writer about food and travel. She is a Washington Post and Bethesda magazine contributor, author of 4 cookbooks, and founder of The Six O'Clock Scramble, an online healthy meal planner. Aviva has appeared on the Today Show, the Katie Couric show, PBS, NPR, CNN, has been featured in the Oprah magazine, Real Simple, and countless others, and built a six figure social media following for her former business, which she sold in 2017. 

Dr. Bulent Atalay Sep 05, 2019
Leonardo and the Intersection of Art and Science
Leonardo and the Intersection of Art and Science

Bülent Atalay is a Turkish-American educator, author, scientist, and artist.
Born in Ankara, Turkey in 1940, Atalay is the author of the best selling book, Math and the Mona Lisa: the Art and Science of Leonardo da Vinci, initially published in English by Smithsonian Books in 2004, and subsequently in 13 foreign languages.

A theoretical nuclear physicist, he is the author of numerous technical articles in physics. He has been a professor of physics for four decades at the University of Mary Washington, an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia, and a member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. He lectures around the world on his expertise in the "A-subjects" —art, archeology, astrophysics, atomic physics and Ataturk... while claiming little knowledge in the "B-subjects" — business, banking, biology... He is currently the President of the Ataturk Society of America, dedicated to the ideals of the founder of the modern Republic of Turkey, most importantly, the secular governance.

Sidney Katz Sep 12, 2019
Montgomery County Council Updates
Montgomery County Council Updates

Sidney A. Katz was elected to represent County Council District 3 in November 2014 and reelected to his second term in 2018. He started his public service career in Gaithersburg serving on the Planning Commission from 1976 to 1978. He was elected to the Gaithersburg City Council in 1978 and served until 1998. He was elected Mayor of Gaithersburg in 1998 and served until November 10, 2014 when he resigned upon his election to the County Council.

Councilmember Katz is Chair of the Council’s Public Safety Committee and a member of the Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee.