Profile of Speakers

Dr. Nevan Fisher – Associate Professor of Chinese and East Asian History

RPS Luncheon February 12, 2020 Nevan Fisher is Associate Vice President of Global Programs, the Executive Director of the Center for International Education, and an Associate Professor of Chinese and East Asian History.   He enjoys leading student groups to China and has studied and lived there, including Taiwan, for nearly 5 years. Fisher also serves as an elected member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.

Jeff Tyzik, Pops Conductor

RPS Luncheon November 13, 2019 – Jeff Tyzik’s presentation will be: “The Role of the Orchestra Conductor; Much more than just being on stage”. This season Tyzik celebrates 24 years as principal pops conductor of the RPO, a title he also holds at the Detroit Symphony, the Oregon Symphony, and The Florida Orchestra. This is also the fifth season that Tyzik has held The Dot and Paul Mason Principal Pops Conductor’s Podium at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Holiday Gala Luncheon Celebration – December 9, 2020

December 9- Holiday Gala Luncheon Celebration – entertainment TBD

Sandra Doorley – Monroe County District Attorney

RPS Luncheon January 13 – Sandra Doorley, Monroe County District Attorney. Doorley obtained a bachelor’s degree from the University at Albany and received her law degree from Syracuse University.

Montezuma Wildlife Refuge – Chuck Gibson & Andrea VanBeusichem

RPS Luncheon March 11 – Chuck Gibson and Andrea VanBeusichem will provide insight and overview of the refuge, management of wildlife , and how people can become involved in viewing and supporting the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge.

Jim Kennard -Shipwrecks of Lake Ontario – A Journey of Discovery

RPS Luncheon February 10 -Join the most successful shipwreck hunter in Lake Ontario on a personal and historic exploration of some of the most important shipwrecks discovered in Lake Ontario by his team and shipwreck peers.

Paul Leone, Executive Director of the New York State Brewers Association

RPS Luncheon March 10, 2021 -Paul Leone will speak about the History and Growth of the craft brewing industry in New York State. In 2013 Paul was selected as the first Executive Director of the New York State Brewers Association in 2013. Since then, he has seen New York’s brewing industry double in size, many new laws passed, and has had the honor to have met hundreds of incredible and passionate brewers all over the state and country.

May 20, 2020 Trip – Gypsy at Festival Theatre, Niagara-on-the-Lake – CANCELLED

RPS May Trip – Join us as we travel to the quaint village of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario to see Gypsy at the Festival Theatre preceded by lunch at the Queenston Heights Restaurant

August 19, 2020 Trip – “State Fair”, REV Theatre, Auburn, NY – Cancelled

RPS August Trip – Join us as we travel to Auburn, NY to see “State Fair” at the REV Theatre preceded by a shopping stop at Sauder’s Market, then lunch at the Sherwood Inn, Skaneateles, NY

Steve Wendell and Joe Charles | Honor Flight Rochester

RPS Luncheon September 11, 2019 – Honor Flight Rochester-Recognizing Veterans and their dedication and service to our country. Presentation by Steve Wendell and Joe Charles: The History, Purpose, and Goals of the Honor Flight Organization and its National Network of 130 hubs. How our Honor Flight trips to Washington DC area Veterans Memorials have helped local Rochester Veterans and their families reach closure, honor, and give tribute to their service.

Joe Westbay | VP, Space and Intelligence Systems – Harris Corporation, Rochester

RPS Luncheon October 9, 2019 – Joseph (Joe) Westbay is Vice President of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance for Harris Corporation’s Space and Intelligence Systems Division. Joe will speak on the history and the future of work the team has performed for NASA and other government organizations in support of exploring outer space.

Kyle Black, Dist. Mgr. of Progressive Waste Management

RPS Luncheon June 13, 2018 – Kyle Black, Dist. Mgr. of Progressive Waste Management, Northeast and Canadian Landfill Operations speaks on Managing the Problem of Landfill and Recycling.

Todd Baxter – Monroe County Sheriff

RPS Luncheon April 10, 2019 – The Ins and Outs of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department
Todd Baxter is a 30-year veteran of law enforcement, with 22 years of service to the Rochester Police Department and four years experience as Chief of Police in the Greece Police Department and in 2017 he was elected to Monroe County Sheriff.

Robert Miller | Sr. Investigator, Accident Reconstruction Unit

RPS Luncheon March 13, 2019 – Traffic Homicide Investigations: Giving voice to the deceased through collision Reconstruction
As a Senior Investigator in the Accident Reconstruction Unit, Bob is responsible for the investigation and reconstruction of hundreds of motor vehicle collisions involving property damage, serious physical injury and death, which included the use of applicable theories in collision reconstruction.

Michael Giardino, Director of Aviation at ROC

RPS Luncheon March 2017 – Michael Giardino and Jennifer Hanrahan of the Rochester International Airport speak about the changes that are happening at the ROC including terminal revitalization, security, and improved passenger services.

Carmen Garozzo, Bergmann Associates

RPS Luncheon April 2018 – Carmen Garozzo of Bergmann Associates speaks of how their Architect approached the design and construction of the New High Bridge project at Letchworth State Park.

Don Alhart, Associate News Director

RPS Luncheon November 14, 2018 – Media Update
Don Alhart will reflect on his 50+ year career and current changes in the media world.

Dr. Marcia Bornhurst Parkes, Consultant & Music Director

RPS Luncheon February 13, 2019 – Building Community through Music and Service-Learning
Service-learning (SL), a hands-on, project-based approach to teaching, has been promoted since the mid-1980s in higher education and k-12 schools.

New Horizons Clarinet Choir Holiday Concert

RPS Luncheon December 12, 2018 – Dr. Alan Woy, a distinguished music teacher, and conductor, will lead the New Horizons Clarinet Choir in an entertaining program of holiday music.

Jody Lehr Waite, Associate Director, RIT

RPS Luncheon October 12, 2018 – Jody Lehr Waite, Associate Director, RIT speaks about what life is like for women who live under Sharia Law. Come hear her speak at our October Luncheon

Jennifer Faringer, M.S.Ed., CPP, Director, NCADD

RPS Luncheon September 12, 2018 – Jennifer Faringer speaks about how Western NYS is rolling out a new plan to deal with the Opioid Crisis. Find out more at our September 12th luncheon

Jon Schull, RIT Magic Lab

RPS Luncheon February 2017 – 3D printing and the production of prosthetics for children worldwide. This is one of the most well-known ways in which 3D printing is improving lives today.

New Horizons Chorus

RPS December 2016 Luncheon – The New Horizons Chorus part of the Eastman School of Music under the guidance of Roy Ernst, performed a holiday concert for RPS.

Tom Battley, Executive Director of RRPC

RPS November 2016 Luncheon – The Executive Director of the Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster spoke to the Retired Professional Society on the new developments in Photonics and Upstate New York’s part in these advancements. 

Kathy Rideout, Dean of Nursing U of R

RPS Luncheon January 2017 – Kathy Rideout, dean of the School of Nursing, explains that the next level of patient care comes with a team approach in order for our medical system to deliver the highest level of quality care.

David W. Messinger, Ph.D. from RIT

RPS September 2016 Luncheon – David Messinger, director of RIT’s Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science spoke to the Retired Professional Society about the practical applications of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.

Erik Behr and Juliana Athayde, RPO

RPS October 2016 Luncheon – RPO principal Oboist & RPO concertmaster – husband/wife team.   In addition to their performance, the team spoke on their experiences working with the RPO, their backgrounds, and how they came to develop their musical talents. 

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I joined RPS many years ago and have been enjoying the monthly tradition of seeing my old friends and colleagues at the luncheons at Oak Hill. The food is wonderful. We really enjoy the fellowship, the new learning experiences, and having fun interacting with both new and long term members.

Dr. Donald Duckles, M.D.
General Surgeon, URMC

Past Speakers

  • James Townsend – Adirondack Park Agency
  • Robert Marcotte – Assistant Editor D&C
  • Don Alhart – TV Anchor
  • Sandra Parker – RBA
  • Maggie Brooks – County Executive
  • Dennis & Trudi Frengle – Voyage around the world
  • Dr. Marjorie Hunter – Technology at UR
  • Milton Shares – Underwater Photographer-Erie Canal
  • Kathy Connor – GEH Curator
  • Eleanor Stearns – Amelia Earhart
  • Mark Cuddy – Artistic Dir GEVA
  • Deborah Hughes – Susan B Anthony
  • Betty Perkins Carpenter – Behind scenes at Olympics
  • Heidi Zimmer Meyer – Downtown Development
  • Scott Hill – Pictometry
  • Anne Kress – MCC
  • Jim Kennard – Deep Sea Diver
  • Guy Kittelsen – Atom Bomb
  • Don Jeffries – Rochester Broadway Theatre
  • Rachel Baker August – Seneca Zoo
  • Janet Anders – Seaquist – CSI
  • Joe Testani – FBI
  • John Adams – St Lawrence Seaway
  • Grant Holcomb – MAG
  • Evan Dawson – Finger Lakes Wine
  • Jack Garner – Movie Critic
  • Jim Howe – Pro/Con Hydrofracking
  • Dr. Marcia Bornhurst Parkes – Consultant & Music Director