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Roots and Wings
Thursday, May 18th 2017

Doubletree Hilton Hotel - 5:30 PM Reception - 6:00 PM Dinner
For Reservations: Call 610-375-7880


Event Sponsor:

Fox Rothschild, LLP

Roots and Wings is a special community event celebrating the longterm commitment of growing roots within the community of Reading and allowing students the wings to fly to their greatest successes.

All honorees graduated from Reading High School in the mid 1970’s and recognize how their Reading High School roots helped to enhance their fundamental values and directions while serving successful careers within the United States foreign service. Those to be recognized include:

Ambassador Stephen D. Mull, United States Lead Coordinator for Iran Nuclear Implementation, tasked with carrying out the terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action by former United States Secretary of State John Kerry.  He has also served as U.S. Ambassador to Poland, from 2012-2015 and U.S. Ambassador to Lithuania, from 2003 – 2006.  In addition, Ambassador Mull has served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Jakarta, Indonesia, Consular for U.S. Missions in Poland, the Bahamas and South Africa.  Other assignments have included serving as Deputy Director of the State Department Operations Center, as Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, as Director of the Office of Southern European Affairs in the Bureau and as Deputy Executive Secretary in the Office of the Secretary of State.

Ann Calvaresi Barr serves as the Inspector General for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where she oversees more than $20 billion in U.S. foreign assistance and development for programs worldwide.  She brings more than 30 years of experience in federal oversight experience which has included, serving as Deputy Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Transportation and Director in the Acquisition and Sourcing Management Team in the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

Christopher J. Hoh, recently retired as the Senior Advisor in the U.S. State Department’s recruiting office, where he managed the Foreign Service Internship Program.  Previously he served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the American Embassy in Vienna, Austria.  He also served as Associate Dean in the Professional School of the Foreign Service Institute, Director for South European Affairs in the State Department, where he directed policy and programs for Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo and participated in peace negotiations and planning for Bosnia, Eastern Slavonia, Kosovo and Macedonia.

Reading School District Superintendent, Dr. Khalid Mumin, will serve as Master of Ceremony for the evening festivities.

Advanced reservations are required for the dinner and program.  Ticket price is $50 per person.  

Breakfast Meeting
Wednesday, May 17th 2017

Breakfast Meeting 7:30 AM - Wyomissing Restaurant & Bakery
Reservations: Call 610-375-7880 of Email

Bill Scroggie

Doing Business Internationally

Bill Scroggie is senior vice president of international operations for Penske Logistics. The company operates outside the United States in Europe, China, Brazil, Asia Pacific (India/Thailand) in addition to NAFTA countries Mexico and Canada. Discussion with include growth in developing markets and the challenges in entity creation and local/global regulation compliance.

Before assuming his current role in 2014, Scroggie was senior vice president of operations for the Eastern region for Penske Logistics. He was entrusted with revenue growth, operations, pretax earnings, safety compliance and customer relations in this region of the U.S.

Scroggie was also senior vice president for Penske's Central region. From 2007 to 2010, he was based in Brazil as managing director of South America. In that role, he was responsible for the operations and growth of the South American business.

Scroggie began his career with Penske in 1997 as logistics center manager in Chicago. Over the next 10 years, he served in various roles, including regional distribution manager, general manager and vice president of operations.

While in the role of vice president of operations, he was responsible for managing the strategic global relationship and operational execution of the Ford Motor Company business. In addition, he also directed the dealer parts delivery network operations for other domestic OEMs.

Scroggie holds an undergraduate degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Luncheon Meeting
Wednesday, May 10th 2017


Dr. Jose Esparza

The Global Challenge of Confronting Emerging Epidemics: From AIDS to Zika, and Beyond


José Esparza is an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland School of Medicine. He is also the current President of the Global Virus Network (2016). From 2004 to 2014 he was Senior Advisor on HIV Vaccines and Vaccines at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, WA. From 1986 to 2004 he was with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Programme on AIDS (UNAIDS) in Geneva, Switzerland, were he coordinated an international effort to develop HIV vaccines. From 1974 to 1985 he worked at the Venezuelan Institute of Scientific Research (IVIC), becoming Professor of Virology and Chairman of Microbiology and Cell Biology. Esparza received his MD degree in Venezuela in 1968 and a PhD in Virology and Cell Biology from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, in 1974. He has published over 185 scientific articles in medical virology, vaccinology and HIV/AIDS. He is a member of the Venezuelan Academy of Medicine and serves in several international scientific advisory boards. He is also a vaccine consultant for several companies. 

Breakfast Meeting
Wednesday, April 26th 2017


Dale Rubinkam & Bruce Dearnley

Shelter Boxes

Every year, hundreds of thousands of families across the world lose everything when disasters strike. Often with no warning, families lose their homes, their possessions and their livelihoods. Every day they are faced with a battle for survival.

Since we began in 2000, we have responded to earthquakes, floods, volcanoes, tsunamis, hurricanes, landslides, typhoons and conflict, delivering emergency humanitarian aid to communities in need. 

The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the Syria crisis, and the biggest storm to ever make landfall – Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines; we have responded to some of the largest humanitarian crises the modern world has ever known. Alongside this, we have also helped many thousands of people displaced by disasters that are not featured in the media. Simply put, if there are families in need of emergency shelter, we will do everything we can to help them. 

The top priority of many aid organizations is to provide food, water and medical care to help people survive the immediate aftermath of a disaster. Without protection from the elements, survivors are at a higher risk as they await nourishment or medical attention. We recognized that little or no assistance was given in terms of proper shelter to help them through the first few days, weeks and months as they tried to rebuild their lives. Today, ShelterBox assists disaster survivors during the critical period following a disaster but preceding reconstruction. 

To help them begin to rebuild their lives and communities, we deliver shelter and lifesaving supplies to the most vulnerable people.

Luncheon Meeting
Friday, April 7th 2017


David Satter

Putin and Russian Corruption

Satter was born in Chicago. He graduated from the University of Chicago and from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar. From 1976 to 1982, he was the Moscow correspondent of the Financial Times of London. He then became a special correspondent on Soviet affairs of The Wall Street Journal. He is currently a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and a fellow of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. He has been a research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and a visiting professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

In the 1990s, Satter wrote extensively about post-Soviet Russia. In an article in The Wall Street Journal Europe, April 2, 1997, he wrote: “When the Soviet Union fell… the moral impulse motivating the democratic movement had to become the basis of Russia’s political practices. The tragedy of the present situation is that Russian gangsters are cutting off this development before it has a chance to take root.”

David Satter is the author of four non-fiction books about Russia, It Was a Long Time Ago and It Never Happened Anyway: Russia and the Communist Past (2011), Age of Delirium: the Decline and Fall of the Soviet Union (1996), Darkness at Dawn: the Rise of the Russian Criminal State (2003), and The Less You Know,The Better You Sleep (2016).

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