Speaker Date Topic
Patrick Moug Jan 22, 2018
Film producer, writer, & former Michigan State Police Officer
Film producer, writer, & former Michigan State Police Officer

Patrick Moug (actor, writer, director) directed/produced the TV Documentary Series KEYS TO THE BLUE GOOSE - the story of the Michigan State Police recruit school (known as one of the toughest police academies to graduate from)- which showcases the human side of our first responders as well as the near impossible job which they perform. Based on the THE BLUE GOOSE production, the United States Navy has given Buoy 22 Films permission to develop a similar show about the various ships of the fleet. Patrick also directed CASH MONEY recording artist SARAH LENORE in the music video IF WE TRY - his company filmed Sarah along with musical producer JOSE LUIS PAGAN for the reality show SARAH AND JOSE: IMPERFECTLY PERFECT. In hopes of getting justice for a girl who was murdered and set on fire, Patrick (after exhausting all legal channels) directed the controversial documentary Bold As A Lion which was featured on NBC Dateline. He also wrote/directed the action film, The Ugly One, co-starring Wes Studi in a modern retelling of the Thor mythology. As an actor - Patrick has been featured in films with Drew Barrymore, Bruce Willis, Jeff Daniels, Eric Roberts, etc.- on stage he portrayed 'BONES' at the Detroit Esemble Theatre (DET) in CAPTAIN BUFFALO a play which he wrote. Also for the DET, he wrote / directed the romantic comedy THE DETROIT 59ERS. Patrick appeared on stage at Detroit's GEM THEATRE in Jeff Daniels' TROPICAL PICKLE and NORMA AND WANDA.

Information on current/future projects can be found at www.buoy22films-detroit.com

Mr. Moug's acting credits are listed on IMDB at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1249643/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

Paul Artale Jan 29, 2018
Motivational Speaker
Motivational Speaker

Paul Artale is a work-life and motivational speaker, podcaster, and author who specializes in helping professionals advocate for and create the work-life situation they deserve. Paul is the author of “The 2 Year Old’s Guide to Work-Life Balance;” a book that tells how he re-centered his life and career through 9 simple lessons his young son taught him. An emerging scholar, Paul is working on his PhD in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education with a focus on Human Resource Management at Michigan State University. His work has twice earned him the Wilson Fellowship from MSU. Paul has written also written work-life articles for Perspectives Magazine, Campus Programming Magazine, and various newsletters for several national associations. He has also presented on the topic of work-life at NASPA, ACPA, AFLV, AFA, and many other local and regional organizations.   

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Tim Hatfield - President Feb 05, 2018
New Horizons Rehabilitation Services
New Horizons Rehabilitation Services

Mr. Hatfield’s career at New Horizons started in 1989 at the Pontiac location, where he was hired as a Case Manager. Over the years, Mr. Hatfield was promoted into a number of various roles including: managing the Supported Employment Program, overseeing Employment Services, Branch Manager at Davisburg, and Vice President of Rehabilitation for the entire organization and now in the prominent position of President/CEO for New Horizons Rehabilitation.

Over Mr. Hatfield’s career, he has worked closely with fellow managers including the current and past leadership, to see growth and expansion of Programs and Services; with 70% of services now in the local community, and over 600 individuals becoming competitively placed in the community. 

One of Mr. Hatfield’s major strengths throughout his career and as the Vice President has always been his close relationships with stakeholders, parents and funders. These relationships have always been critical and have enabled New Horizons to expand community and employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Mr. Hatfield is a MARO Leadership graduate and currently serves on the Oakland County Work Force Development and MARO Boards.

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Fred Lauck - Attorney & Author Feb 12, 2018

Trial Lawyer and Author

Written and published three books
1.Children of the Greatest Generation (An Emotional History)
2. Wealth Power Politics Jesus… and his latest book
3. The Fightin’ Irish of Detroit, Fightin’ in the Streets… Fightin' in the Courts (An American Story)

Fred grew up in the City of Detroit, attended Catholic Central High School and graduated from the University of Detroit Law School in 1969 and practiced law as a Trial Lawyer for 48 years and was named the State Bar of Michigan Champion of Justice in 2012.

Mark Rosner, MD, FACEP, FAAO Feb 19, 2018
An Overlooked But Easily Correctable Cause of Headaches, Dizziness, Anxiety and Reading Problems
An Overlooked But Easily Correctable Cause of Headaches, Dizziness, Anxiety and Reading Problems

Mark Rosner, MD, FACEP, FAAO is a board-certified Emergency Physician who has practiced for over 30 years. He is also the Director of Education and Research at Vision Specialists Institute and Chief Operating Officer of Vision Specialists of Michigan. He and his team have founded the new specialty of NeuroVisual Medicine, which focuses on the treatment of serious symptoms such as headache, dizziness, anxiety, neck pain and reading and learning difficulties that are due to (surprisingly) a subtle vision misalignment from Binocular Vision Dysfunction. This impacts at least 10% of the population, and a much greater percentage of those diagnosed with migraines, concussion/TBI, gait and balance instability, Meniere's disease, dyslexia,  anxiety and panic disorders. The proper use of aligning eyeglass lenses results in an 80% reduction of symptoms for the average patient.

He has co-authored peer reviewed articles on Binocular Vision Dysfunction, and has presented lectures and posters locally, nationally and internationally. He is co-director of the NeuroVisual Medicine Training Program, a five-day course designed to train optometrists from around the country and the world to become NeuroVisual Specialists.

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Kurt Heise Mar 05, 2018
Plymouth Township Supervisor
Plymouth Township Supervisor

Plymouth Township Supervisor Kurt Heise was born in Dearborn, Michigan and is 52 years of age.   A lifetime Wayne County resident, Supervisor Heise graduated from the Dearborn Public Schools in 1984 and the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science in 1988. He earned a Juris Doctorate and a Master of Laws in Labor Law from Wayne State University Law School in 1991 and 1993.  Heise was admitted to the Michigan Bar in 1991, and is licensed to practice in the Federal District Court in Detroit and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Supervisor Heise has more than 25 years’ experience as a municipal, labor, and environmental attorney in Southeast Michigan. For nine years, he served as the Assistant City Attorney in Dearborn Heights and Woodhaven, and as the Mayor’s Deputy in Dearborn Heights.
From 2003 to 2009, Heise served as Director of the Wayne County Department of Environment.  He played a key role in the development of the State Watershed Alliance Act, was a member of the Blue Ribbon Commission for Lake St. Clair, and served as co-chair of the Michigan Groundwater Conservation Advisory Council.  
Mr. Heise represented Wayne County on all matters impacting the Detroit Water & Sewer Department and the Rouge River Watershed before the Federal Court, EPA, and MDEQ.  He also chaired the Rouge River Remedial Action Plan Advisory Council in the late 1990’s, and served as an environmental consultant for the Wayne State University Urban Watershed Environmental Research Group, focusing on the Detroit River Area of Concern.  Heise and his team saved Wayne County taxpayers more than $200 million by challenging unrealistic MDEQ mandates, and saved tens of millions for Downriver ratepayers while earning ‘Gold Star’ ratings from the US EPA.  
Also while at Wayne County, Heise traveled to China to sign several agreements with various Chinese governments to encourage trade and environmental technology opportunities for Michigan-based businesses.   In 2008, he was invited by the Environment Ministry of South Korea to speak on matters of environmental policy and technology.  
Supervisor Heise has served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, Eastern Michigan University, and Wayne State University, teaching a graduate-level course entitled “Environmental Politics & Policy of Southeast Michigan.”
From 2011 to 2016, Supervisor Heise served as State Representative for the 20th House District, covering Plymouth, Northville, and eastern Canton.  As State Representative, Heise sponsored 39 laws, and served as Chairman of the House Criminal Justice Committee, Vice-Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, and Co-Chair of the Michigan Human Trafficking Commission, which he created. 
In 2016, Kurt Heise won a historic write-in campaign for Plymouth Township Supervisor, defeating a well-financed incumbent with 57 percent of the vote.  Supervisor Heise and his Board of Trustees are committed to transparent government, regional cooperation, and the rebuilding of the township’s long-neglected police and fire departments.   
Supervisor Heise was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to the Huron-Clinton Metropark Authority in 2017 for a four-year term.  The HCMA maintains 13 parks in Southeast Michigan and has an annual budget of $52 million.   
Heise is married to Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Catherine Heise, and has two college-age daughters, Kate and Claire. 
Supervisor Heise is a member of the Plymouth Rotary Club, Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, and the Blue Ribbon Commission for the Plymouth-Canton Schools. 


Vanessa G. Nelson Mar 12, 2018
Expert Human Resources
Expert Human Resources

Vanessa G. Nelson is the founder and President of award-winning Expert Human Resources in Flint, Michigan. After consulting with thousands of employers, and saving organizations millions of dollars, Vanessa discovered a tremendous pattern of costly HR mistakes. The mistakes often led to expensive lawsuits, high-priced non-compliance fees/penalties, employee turnover, low morale, hurt profits, and damaged reputations. Being extremely passionate about improving and protecting organizations’ bottom lines and for creating great teams, Vanessa authored the book 101 COSTLY HR Mistakes...and How to Fix Them (Before It’s Too Late)! 
Vanessa is very involved in her community and is currently the HR Advocacy Captain for 5th Congressional District; and is also the President of Elite HR Professionals Association in Genesee County.
Academically, Vanessa achieved her Master's Degree in HR Management from CMU; the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from HRCI, Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) from SHRM, and Certified Labor Relations Leader (CLRL) from MSU.  
Additionally, Vanessa is a contract EEO Investigator for the United States Government.


Marion Christiansen & Marian Reich Mar 19, 2018
Global Ties Detroit
Global Ties Detroit

Marion Christiansen, Community Outreach and Events, Global Ties Detroit
Marion joined Global Ties Detroit in February, 2017 as the organization’s Community Outreach and Events Coordinator. Marion came to Global Ties Detroit after working with the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant as their marketing and retail coordinator. Marion was interim executive director and tour director for the architectural preservation organization, Preservation Detroit. Marion’s passion for architecture and Detroit history also serve her well as an area automotive heritage, architectural, and Prohibition history guide.
Marion graduated summa cum laude from Ashford University with a degree in non-profit management. She is also a Michigan State University Michigan Political Leadership Fellow. In 2010, Marion retired after 31 years in education. She is one of the founders of Scarves in the Wild—Michigan. Marion lives in White Lake Township with her husband, Hal, an automotive engineer with Continental Automotive. Marion and her husband adopt senior dogs. Currently, they have one senior girl, Cindy. 

Marian Reich, Executive Director, Global Ties Detroit
Marian joined Global Ties Detroit in June 2012, facilitating connections between emerging world leaders and their Detroit counterparts, and bringing together internationally minded Detroiters to promote the city and region as a center of world cultures and commerce. Prior to moving to Detroit, Marian served for 8 years as Assistant Director of WorldChicago, the sister organization in the Global Ties US network.  Before joining the international exchange world, Marian worked as a Project Manager at the Target Group, a consulting firm managing community relations and promoting workforce diversity in Chicago.  

Marian's passion for international exchange started as a high school student at the Baltimore Friends School, where she had the opportunity to travel to Russia and Ukraine.  She earned a BA in Modern Languages and Linguistics (Russian concentration) with a minor in International Relations at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, spending a semester in Moscow, Russia.  She achieved her MA in Slavic Studies at the University of Illinois in Chicago followed by a year of teaching English at GdaƄsk University of Technology in Poland.  She lives in Royal Oak with her husband Daniel, a Professor of Spanish at Oakland University, and their dog Belka.

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Haley Stevens Mar 26, 2018
Running for Congress
Running for Congress

Haley Stevens has dedicated her career to saving and growing good-paying jobs in Michigan. During the Great Recession, Haley served as chief of staff on the Auto Task Force inside of the U.S. Treasury Department, the team responsible for returning the auto industry to financial stability and saving 211,000 Michigan jobs.

Most recently she led a national workforce development program and created the country’s first online training program for digital manufacturing, which is already changing lives. She has led innovation programs across the country, helping small and medium sized manufacturers grow. Haley is a frequent speaker on job creation by way of harnessing new technology. She launched a STEM education program which has exposed over 200 middle and high school students to digital manufacturing concepts and processes with hands-on teaching.

Earlier in her career, Haley played a key role in setting up two federal offices critical in creating new Michigan jobs: The Office of Recovery for Automotive Communities and Workers and the White House Office of Manufacturing Policy. She also served as a policy advisor in the Economic Development Administration, where she helped create advanced manufacturing job opportunities located around southeastern Michigan.

Haley was born and raised in Oakland County where she graduated from Seaholm High School. She earned a master’s degree in social policy and philosophy and a bachelor’s degree in political science from American University.