Speaker: Colonel Len Waterworth, Topic: Ike Dike
Colonel Len Waterworth joined Texas A&M University at Galveston as executive professor in the Department of Maritime Administration in 2014. Col. Waterworth is also the special assistant to the CEO for Leadership Development and Associate Director for Outreach in the Center for Texas Beaches and Shores. Colonel Waterworth holds a master of strategic studies from US Army War College and a master of engineering administration from George Washington University.
His duties include working to coordinate Ike Dike hurricane surge protection research activities with Texas A&M Galveston faculty and research partners at Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands, the largest and oldest Dutch public technical university; the Institute for Regional Forecasting at the University of Houston and the Homeland Center of Excellence at Jackson State University in Mississippi, the Sspeed Center at Rice University, as well as public outreach efforts with businesses, municipalities and non-governmental organizations in the Houston/Galveston region.
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Kiwanis Club of HoustonFebruary 8, 2018Speaker: Vince Ryan, Harris County Attorney
Vince Ryan was elected to a four-year term as the Harris County Attorney on November 4, 2008 and re-elected in 2012. He is no stranger to the office, having served as an Assistant Harris County Attorney and First Assistant for former County Attorney Mike Driscoll from 1981 to 1987.
In 1987, Vince, with the support and help of many grassroots activists, scored an upset to win a seat on the Houston City Council for District C. He was reelected to two more terms.
Vince was appointed by the President, and later unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate, to serve on the Board of the Panama Canal Commission. This bi-national board oversaw the Canal and its historic transition to Panama on December 31, 1999.
Following his service on the Panama Canal Commission, Vince was associated with several prominent Houston law firms and continued his community involvement. In the last decade, he has served on various boards and is a founding board member of the Houston Tampico Sister City Association and the Houston Democratic Lawyers Association.
Born in Houston, Vince was raised by loving parents who instilled within him and his three siblings a sense of service to others.
As the Vietnam war raged, a 19-year-old Vince joined ROTC at the University of Houston and upon graduation became an active duty officer in the United States Army, first serving in Europe and then volunteering for service in Vietnam. He was returned to active duty for Operation Just Cause, which ousted the dictator of Panama, in 1990.
After his service in Vietnam, Vince left active duty and attended the University of Houston Law School. Soon he became active in the Neartown Association. While practicing law, Vince attended Rice University and received a Master's Degree.
Kiwanis Club of HoustonFebruary 15, 2018Speaker: Patrick JankowskiTopic: Greater Houston Partnership – 2018 Economic Outlook
Patrick Jankowski is a regional economist and vice president of research at the Greater Houston Partnership. He oversees the research department which provides information gathering, data analysis, database management, economic forecasting and mapping functions for the Partnership's four divisions.
Prior to working as an economist, Jankowski worked as a business writer for Houston Magazine, Houston City Magazine, Houston Engineer and Houston Business Journal. The fact that three of those four publications are no longer in business is not a reflection on his ability as a writer.
Mr. Jankowski is a frequent speaker on business and economic issues and has served as an expert witness in cases regarding local business trends. The fact that three of the four clients he worked for in the past five years are no longer in business is not a reflection on his ability as an economist.
Jankowski is a member of the Texas Economic and Demographic Association, the National Association for the Business Economics, and the Commercial Real Estate Research Forum. Currently, he is president of The Houston Economics Club and is a past board member of the Washington-based Council for Community and Economic Research. The fact that he’s a member of so many research organizations indicates he’s a nerd.
Jankowski received his economics degree from the University of Texas at Austin, which makes for interesting family gatherings. His son and eldest daughter graduated from Texas A&M. “I always remind my children, ‘They may get their education from Texas A&M, but it’s paid for by my UT degree.’ His youngest daughter wisely decided to attend Texas State University in San Marcos.
Jankowski has worked for the Greater Houston Partnership, and its predecessor, the Houston Chamber of Commerce, for nearly 30 years. That would be a record for most employees. He’s also been married to Olga Jankowski for 30 years, which is a record for most marriages. Both have been wonderful experiences.
Jackson Gillette is the founder & CEO of Autarchic Investment Management. He cultivated the idea of Autarchic as a financial advisor at Raymond James, where he was honored multiple times in the firm’s “rising star” program. Mr. Gillette is a graduate of The University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Business with a concentration in finance.
He is an avid golfer, hunter and tennis player. In his civic endeavors, Jackson is a member & director of The Kiwanis Club of Houston. He and his wife, Sara Blair, are active members of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church and are volunteers of the Breeder Greeters Committee of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.
Kiwanis Club of HoustonMarch 8, 2018Speaker: Bryant Boutwell, Dr.P.H.Topic: Two Bachelors and the Texas Medical Center: A Brief History
Dr. Bryant Boutwell served the institutions of Houston’s Texas Medical Center for four decades and is the first holder of The John P. McGovern, M.D. Professorship in Oslerian Medicine at The University of Texas McGovern Medical School where he retired in December, 2017. His teaching interests in the medical humanities include medical history, communications, professionalism, and ethics. In 2013 he was named a Distinguished Teaching Professor by UT System. He has written award-winning newspaper columns, radio programs, and television programs including scripts narrated by the late Walter Cronkite. In 2000 he published a history of the UT Medical School and Texas Medical Center while serving as Associate Dean of Community Affairs and Professional Education at the medical school (1993-2006). Sales from that book support the Boutwell/McGovern endowed scholarship fund for medical students from disadvantaged backgrounds. During 2008-2010 he served as Associate Vice President for Accreditation and International Programs at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and oversaw the successful reaccreditation of the institution’s six professional schools with special commendation from executive leadership. Dr. Boutwell has journalism and biology degrees from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Public Health and Doctor of Public Health degree from The University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston. Prior to joining the UT’s medical school in Houston, he worked at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center for fifteen years serving communication roles and as Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs. During his Texas Medical Center career, he also handled media relations for Dr. Denton Cooley’s historic heart transplants (1980-1982) and served as director of public relations for the entire Texas Medical Center (1983-1985). In 2014 he published the biography of his friend and mentor, Dr. John P. McGovern. His 2016 book, ‘Bout Time: 4-Minute Histories of the Texas Medical Center and UTHealth, was compiled from his history blog, ’Bout Time. Most recently he has completed the biography of his faculty colleague and friend, Dr. Red Duke. That book is now on press at Texas A&M University Press for release in 2018 with a foreword by President George H. W. Bush (41). In retirement he continues to write books and work as a freelance writer and has recently been selected to write the centennial book for Houston Methodist Hospital to be released in April, 2019.
Kiwanis Club of Houston
March 15, 2018
Speaker: Nathan C. Jones
Nathan Jones is the Curator at the Bryan Museum in Galveston. A native Texan, he grew up in Spring attending Klein High School. His academic training focused on Material Culture and Museum Studies, and he received his M.A. in Public History from Texas State University in 2015. He has worked and spoken at institutions across the nation, including: Colonial Williamsburg, The Henry Ford, and The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Bayou Bend. In his first year at The Bryan, he has overseen the development of the museum’s educational programming, a speaker series, and four special exhibits including the most recent: Eyes of Texas: A Century of Artistic Visions, on display now. He views these efforts as part of his vocation and chooses to focus on exploring the intersections between art and history. At the center of his work is a simple goal, sharing the past to inspire the present.
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