Speaker Date Topic
Dr. Mary Lynne Dittmar, Executive Director, CDSE Dec 20, 2018 6:30 PM
Coalition for Deep Space Exploration (at Bretton Woods Recreation Center)
Coalition for Deep Space Exploration (at Bretton Woods Recreation Center)

Dr. Mary Lynne Dittmar is President and CEO of the Coalition for Deep Space Exploration, an industry trade group supporting human exploration, science, and commerce in deep space.  Under her leadership the Coalition has grown from 5 companies to more than 60 over the past three years and is a well-regarded source of information, policy thought leadership, and education in support of NASA’s programs, the aerospace industry, and national leadership in space.

Before starting her own consulting firm in 2004, Dr. Dittmar coordinated R&D and later managed Flight Operations for The Boeing Company on the International Space Station Program. More recently she was Senior Policy Advisor to the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), which manages the International Space Station National Laboratory.  She has also served as a senior advisor to NASA, the DoD, and the FAA.

Mary Lynne is a Fellow of the National Research Society, an Associate Fellow of the American Institute for Astronautics and Aeronautics, and serves on the Board of Directors of the American Astronautical Society.  From 2012-2014 she was a member of the National Research Council Committee on Human Spaceflight, and is currently in her second term as a member of the Executive Committee of the Space Studies Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.  In June of 2018 she was appointed by the NASA Administrator to the User’s Advisory Group of the National Space Council.  She resides in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Mary Lynne Dittmar will talk about the business of space, why space exploration is valuable and how we can all benefit.  The Coalition for Deep Space Exploration is an alliance of space industry businesses and advocacy groups collaborating to reinforce the value and benefits of deep space exploration with the public and our nation's leaders.  The goal is to build lasting support for a long-term, sustainable, strategic direction for human space exploration and science, ensuring that the U.S. remains a leader in space, science and technology.

Pedro Zavarce, CEO and Senior Producer, PZ Video Jan 03, 2019 6:30 PM
The Power of Video to Engage People
The Power of Video to Engage People
Kelly Groff, President and CEO, Visit Montgomery Jan 10, 2019 6:30 PM
Attracting Tourists to Montgomery County
Attracting Tourists to Montgomery County
Bill Carey, Director, Comm. Relations, Strathmore Jan 17, 2019 6:30 PM
Music Center at Strathmore
Music Center at Strathmore

Strathmore is a nonprofit multi-disciplinary arts center and presenting organization based one-half mile outside the Capital Beltway in North Bethesda, Maryland. Best known for performances and events at the Music Center at Strathmore, the organization has been presenting accessible, affordable visual and performing arts in the smaller Mansion at Strathmore and all over its 16-acre site since 1981. Strathmore also presents throughout the community and at a new 250-seat venue, AMP, at Pike & Rose. 

High quality arts programming, designed for audiences of many tastes, served with the hospitality and warmth of a family enterprise, are the hallmarks of Strathmore. Seasonal outdoor events seek to be inclusive in their programming appeal, reaching out to people of all ages, interests, and cultural heritage.

Artistic offerings presented by Strathmore in the Music Center include world-class performances by major international artists of folk, rock, blues, pop, R&B, jazz, world music, show tunes, dance, and classical music. The Music Center at Strathmore is home to several arts and education partners including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, The National Philharmonic, Washington Performing Arts, Levine Music, CityDance, InterPLAY, and Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras. Learn more about our partners.

The Mansion at Strathmore is home to more intimate artistic programs presented by Strathmore in the warm and acoustically superb 100-seat Dorothy M. and Maurice C. Shapiro Music Room, the Gudelsky Gallery Suite exhibition spaces, the outdoor Gudelsky Concert Pavilion, and outdoor Sculpture Gardens. The Mansion also features the Strathmore Tea Room, serving Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and Shop at Strathmore. 

AMP by Strathmore is located 2 miles north on Rockville Pike in the Pike & Rose neighborhood. This 250-seat cabaret style club features gourmet dining alongside rock, blues, jazz, folk, R&B, comedy, and other genres of performance.

As Strathmore is deeply committed to maintaining affordable and accessible arts programs to all audiences, an abiding partnership of both private and public support for Strathmore is required to nurture and perpetuate this creative endeavor... to provide a "home for the arts" in our growing community.

Mr. Carey is the Director of Donor and Community Relations and is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the membership programs, special fundraising activities, and the community relations programs for Strathmore.

Prior to joining Strathmore in 2002, Mr. Carey served as the Deputy Director of Public Affairs for the financial regulator, the Federal Housing Finance Board in Washington, D.C.  Mr. Carey retired from government service in 2000.  He is a resident of Kensington, MD and works for the National Hockey League as an off-ice official.

Gerald Cichy,Commissioner,Montgomery PlanningBoard Jan 24, 2019 6:30 PM
Montgomery County Planning

Currently, Commissioner on the Montgomery County  Planning Board of the Maryland National Capital Park & Planning Commission since July 2016. County Council appointment with CE OK. 


Resident of Montgomery County since December 1969. Wife since 1949, a Blair HS Graduate.


Two Children, both graduates of MC School System.  Now 5 Grandchildren all in MC Schools.


BSCE-Civil Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston. Masters in City & Regional Planning, and Masters in Civil Engineering from Catholic University in Washington, DC.


Registered Professional Engineer (PE) in Maryland and Virginia. Certified Planner (AICP) with American Institute of Certified Planners.


1971-1973 USDOT Secretary’s Office of Environment and Urban Systems. Drafted Secretary Volpe’s recommendations to Congress to transfer DC Interstate Funds into METRO, with $2.2B going to METRO, or $22B in today’s dollars.


1973-1979 MDOT Office of Systems Planning and Programming. Asst. Director responsible for 1stMaryland Transportation Plan and Maryland Action Plan for Public Input and Environmental Considerations. (MDOT first Multi-Modal DOT in the Country under Secretary Harry R. Hughes.) 


1978-1979 Director of MDOT Washington Area Regional Office in Silver Spring.


State Representative on Washington Suburban Transit Commission (WSTC).


1979-1984 Director, MC DOT. Reorganized Department in 5 months to better meet Transportation Needs. Built roads to METRO. Set up Ride On Transit Division. Bought 200 


Ride On Buses to supplement Metro Bus. Set up Equipment Division to better maintain 


Ride On Buses, Highway Maintenance Vehicles, Police Cars and Administrative Fleet.


1984-1986 Executive Vice President, American Road & Transportation Builders Association. Implemented reorganization. First National Forum on Work Zone Safety with FHWA & AGC.


1986-2003: Transportation Consultant, and Real Estate/Economic Development in VA and MD.


Project Manager for Fairfax-Tyson Transit Center, and VDOT Smart Highway in Blacksburg, VA. 


Project Manager for VDOT Western Regional P&R Study making the Case for METRO Silver Line extended into Loudoun County. Directed efforts on Fairfax County Parkway, US29 to VA Route 7. In Maryland, location and environmental studies on CCT and Lt. Rail Bethesda to Silver Spring.

2003-2015: Maryland Transit Administration. Project Manager on Baltimore-Washington MAGLEV Draft Final EIS, and ICC Commuter Bus Study; MTA Coordinator for Transit Oriented Development (TOD) and for DoD Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) in Maryland.

2015-2016: Montgomery County Senior Leadership Program, SLM Class of 2016.

2016-Present: Commissioner, Montgomery County Planning Board and Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission, and its Employee Retirement Trust.

Social at Bretton Woods Recreation Center Jan 31, 2019 6:30 PM
Christopher Summers, President, MD Public Policy Feb 07, 2019 6:30 PM
The Maryland Public Policy Institute, Maryland's leading public-policy think tank
The Maryland Public Policy Institute, Maryland's leading public-policy think tank
Christopher B. Summers is founder and president and chief executive officer of the Maryland Public Policy Institute, Maryland's leading public-policy think tank.

A native of Baltimore City and veteran of the Armed Forces, Mr. Summers has an extensive background in public policy and economic policy research.

Prior to launching the Maryland Public Policy Institute, Mr. Summers held positions on Capitol Hill and in the nonprofit sector, including the Capital Research Center, a Washington-based think tank that studies corporate philanthropy and funding of issue advocacy organizations, and in the Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation.

His opinion editorials have appeared in The Baltimore ExaminerThe Baltimore SunThe Montgomery JournalThe Daily RecordThe Fresno Bee, and The Cumberland-Times News, The Baltimore Business Journal, and National Review.

Mr. Summers holds a B.A. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland.

Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake Tax Policy Review Group (2014 – Present)
Maryland Chamber of Commerce Tax Policy Committee (2015)
Hogan-Rutherford Transition Team (2014-2015)
Maryland Redistricting Reform Commission (2015 - present)

Meeting at Normandie Farm Restaurant Feb 14, 2019 6:30 PM
Meeting at Normandie Farm Restaurant Feb 21, 2019 6:30 PM
Social at Bretton Woods Recreation Center Feb 28, 2019 6:30 PM