Speaker Date Topic
Postponed-Nick Neptune, Transfer Co. Food Hall Apr 06, 2020
No Meeting - Easter Monday Apr 13, 2020
Tim Murray, CEO Aware Senior Care/Cary Rotary Apr 20, 2020
Home Care: Dealing with Resistance
Home Care: Dealing with Resistance

CEO and Co-Founder of Aware Senior Care Managing and leading the business aspects of Aware Senior Care, Tim is an alumnus of the Villanova University School of Engineering. He served our country as a U.S. Navy Submarine Officer, and spent much of his career as an executive in the technology industry.

His vision for an in-home care organization stems from the struggles following his own father’s stroke and time in a nursing facility. That experience led Tim to ensure his mother could stay in her home, despite difficulties with memory loss and household maintenance. Tim’s intimate understanding of the stresses of a loved one’s need for independence makes him uniquely qualified to recruit only the best caregivers and manage the day-to-day operations at Aware Senior Care.

Since starting Aware with his wife and RN Director Gina Murray in October of 2014, the company is currently the most awarded and reviewed home care agency in the Triangle achieving Home Care Pulse’s highest award as a 2019 Leadership recipient along with best home care from Senioradvisor.com as well as earning a caring star as best home care from caring.com. Tim is currently a board member of the Dementia Alliance of North Carolina and a member of the Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club.

Links to other speaker-related info: https://awareseniorcare.com/aware-senior-care-blog/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/awareseniorcare/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/murraytim/

Philip P. Cave, CEO, Pharmazam LLC Apr 27, 2020
Jamie L. Vernon, Ph.D., Sigma Xi Scientific Resear May 04, 2020
21st Century Science & Technology Challenges
 21st Century Science & Technology Challenges

Jamie Vernon is executive director and CEO at Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society and publisher of American Scientist magazine. From 2014 to 2017, he served as Sigma Xi's director of science communications and publications and editor-in-chief of American Scientist. He was also Sigma Xi's co-director of operations from 2014 to 2015. Earlier, Jamie spent more than a decade conducting cell and molecular biology discovery research as a student and research fellow developing genetic engineering tools, designing and analyzing HIV-neutralizing antibodies for vaccine production, and studying the effects of gene duplication on vertebrate evolution and development. An award-winning science educator, he started communicating science to non-academic audiences in 2004 as a public speaker and independent blogger. While pursuing a career in biotechnology, he regularly contributed articles to The Intersection, a Discover magazine blog about science and policy. He changed his career emphasis from research to science policy and communications by serving as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellow and subsequently as an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). His primary role at DOE was to improve the measurement and communication of the economic impacts of the Department’s $2.7 billion annual investment in clean and efficient energy technologies. In 2011, he helped launch the DOE's National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition. He was co-chair of digital media, from 2012 to 2013, for an interagency climate communications working group within the White House’s U.S. Global Change Research Program. In 2014, he co-founded Potential Energy DC, an energy business startup accelerator, based in Washington, DC. Jamie holds a B.S in Zoology from North Carolina State University, an M.S. in Biotechnology from East Carolina University, and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.

https://www.sigmaxi.org/news/news-archive/2017/05/25/sigma-xi-names-a-new-executive-director-and-ceo https://www.sigmaxi.org/about/contact-us/staff-directory

LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/jlvernon/

Twitter: @SigmaXiCEO

Rotarians Against Drugs Presentations May 11, 2020
Competition Winners' Presentations
Rufus Edmisten, Author May 18, 2020
"That's Rufus: A Memoir of Tar Heel Politics, Watergate and Public Life"
Postponed-Robert J. Higdon, Jr., U.S. Attorney, ED May 25, 2020
Taking Back North Carolina from Violent Criminals
Taking Back North Carolina from Violent Criminals

Robert J. Higdon, Jr. was nominated to be the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina by President Donald Trump on August 2, 2017. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 28, 2017. As U.S. Attorney, Mr. Higdon is the top-ranking federal law enforcement official in the Eastern District of North Carolina, which includes the 44 eastern most counties of North Carolina. He oversees a staff of 108 employees, including 51 attorneys and 57 non-attorney support personnel. The office also partners with some 20 Special Assistant United States Attorneys from branches of the United States military, local District Attorneys offices and federal and state regulatory agencies. Each of these Special Assistants also works in federal court under the United States Attorney’s supervision.

The office is responsible for prosecuting federal crimes affecting the district, including crimes related to terrorism, public corruption, child exploitation, firearms, and narcotics. The office also defends the United States in civil cases and collects debts owed to the United States.

Mr. Higdon, a Greensboro native, spent nearly 24 years as a federal prosecutor, including serving as an Assistant United States Attorney in both the Western and Eastern Districts of North Carolina. From 2002 until 2013, he served the Eastern District as Chief of the Criminal Division. And, from 2013 until 2015 he served as Senior Trial Counsel for the Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section. He has supervised and prosecuted a wide range of criminal cases, including drug trafficking cases, white-collar and public corruption matters, mail and wire fraud, bribery, false statements, Foreign Corrupt Practices, violations of the Federal Election Campaign Act, violations of import/export regulations, money laundering, theft of government property and violations involving government contracting and programs. Mr. Higdon received his J.D. in 1989 from the Wake Forest University School of Law and his B.A. in 1985 from Wake Forest University. He is a member of the North Carolina State Bar and the State Bar of Georgia. Prior to assuming his role as United States Attorney, Mr. Higdon was a partner with Williams, Mullen, Clark and Dobbins.

Twitter: @USAO_EDNC

No Meeting - Memorial Day May 25, 2020
Hon. Mark Davis Jun 01, 2020
"A Warren Court of Our Own: The Exum Court and the Expansion of Individual Rights in North Carolina"
"A Warren Court of Our Own: The Exum Court and the Expansion of Individual Rights in North Carolina"

Justice Mark A. Davis was appointed to the Supreme Court of North Carolina in March 2019. Prior to that, he served as an Associate Judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals for over six years. He worked as a Special Deputy Attorney General in the North Carolina Department of Justice for five years. He spent thirteen years as an attorney at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice where he was a Member of the firm in the Litigation Section. He also served as General Counsel in the Office of the Governor for approximately two years. Justice Davis received his law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law and served on the North Carolina Law Review. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.

Upon graduation from law school, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Franklin T. Dupree, Jr. in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Justice Davis has been active in the North Carolina Bar Association, serving as a Vice-President and as a member of the Appellate Rules Committee and the Bench-Bar Liaison Committee. In 2018, he received a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in Judicial Studies from the Duke University School of Law. He is also a recipient of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. Justice Davis has given presentations at numerous Continuing Legal Education seminars in North Carolina on the subject of appellate advocacy. Justice Davis is the author of a book on the North Carolina Supreme Court titled A Warren Court of Our Own: The Exum Court and the Expansion of Individual Rights in North Carolina. He and his wife Marcia have been married since 1992 and have three children.

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