Speaker Date Topic
Claudia Kousoulas/Ellen Letourneau Jan 30, 2020
Bread & Beauty: MC Agricultural Reserve
Bread & Beauty: MC Agricultural Reserve

Montgomery County, Maryland’s 93,000-acre Agricultural Reserve is a nationally recognized model of farmland and open space preservation, and a thriving, bountiful place. Its buildings, landscapes and people tell diverse American stories of independence, agriculture, slavery, technology, and culture.  

Bread & Beauty, A Year in Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve captures a real sense of place. Its recipes have been handed down and developed from the particulars of this place and its people. They are a legacy of family and labor, just as the Reserve is a legacy of stewardship we hand to the future.  We hope the book communicates the importance of stewardship and engages readers in the Reserve’s history, value, food, people, and natural beauty and inspires us all to care for our extended community—from friends and family at the table, to the land that sustains the health of our environment and the appreciation of our past. It is a lasting (and hopefully stain-spattered) record of the people, places, and flavors of the Ag Reserve.  Net proceeds from the sale of Bread & Beauty benefit Montgomery Countryside Alliance and Manna Food Center.


Lisa Alexander Feb 06, 2020
National Audubon Society

Lisa Alexander is Executive Director of the Audubon Naturalist Society. Founded in 1897, ANS is the oldest, independent, non-profit environmental organization in the DC metro region. ANS is a member-based organization that helps people connect to and protect nature in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

ANS signature nature education programs serve people at all ages and stages of life, from Audubon Nature Preschool, through Audubon Nature Summer Camp, to our trademarked GreenKids environmental education partnership with area public schools and right on up to adult programs including nature classes, forays, Natural History Field Studies in partnership with the Graduate School, and Nature Travel programs that traverse the globe. Join us for a program today.


Jennifer Gauthier Feb 13, 2020

Jennifer Gauthier is the CEO of Lead4Life, Inc. Lead4Life, Inc (L4L) is an emerging non-profit serving youth and adults in the criminal justice system. L4L’s mission is to empower individual’s using strength-based initiatives to improve their quality of life. L4L promotes mental health through direct services, advocacy, and education to enhance their ability to make healthy choices.

Ms. Gauthier’s life experiences aren’t a prerequisite for working with troubled teens. However, Ms. Gauthier brings both life experience and professional training to her work of empowering young people and young adults in the criminal justice system. Gauthier graduated from Springfield College with a Bachelor’s of Science and Master’s of Social Work. As a child, Gauthier overcame the challenges of domestic violence and teen pregnancy. As an adult Gauthier turned homelessness into financial independence.

Gauthier has found her voice in her vocation. She has ample experience working with high risk youth and their families. She has a natural passion to empower and believe in the power of young men and women; and to make positive changes in their daily living. She has empathy and truly understands where many youth are in life. Gauthier is committed to working with youth and adults. She hopes her challenges and victories will help at least one person.

Jeff Burton Feb 20, 2020
Bethesda Urban Partnership
Bethesda Urban Partnership

Established by Montgomery County in 1994, Bethesda Urban Partnership, Inc. (BUP) is a downtown management organization that maintains and markets downtown Bethesda. The organization was developed to promote downtown Bethesda as a desirable place to live, work and visit as well as foster a community that features restaurants, retailers, arts venues and more.