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Breakfast Meetingg
Wednesday, June 21st 2017

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

Dr. Beth Kiester

U.S. Immigration Policy: The History, The Narrative, and The Future

Dr. Kiester is an assistant professor in sociology at Albright. She teaches, research methods and statistics, family studies, family, work and family conflict, parenting and technology and immigration transnational families.

What drew her to this field is the "show me your papers” law that was passed in Arizona which was a highly racist policy. In response to this law, Utah came up with the Utah compact which changed the story of who immigrants are and how they are portrayed. It changed the narrative about immigrants.

She got a B.A in Political Science and Sociology from Carroll College, in Helena Montana and an M.S/PhD from Utah State University. She did her thesis on Mothers on the market employer hiring practices and motherhood penalties.

Luncheon Meeting
Wednesday, June 14th 2017

Luncheon Meeting - 12:00 Noon - Inn at Reading
Reservations: Call 610-375-7880 or Email
For PrePaid Reservations: Click HERE.

Ambassador Charles Ray

The Need for a Stronger Diplomatic Force - American Diplomacy at Risk

Charles A. Ray is a retired Foreign Service Officer who served 30 years in the US Foreign Service, and before that, 20 years in the US Army. During his army service, including two tours in Vietnam, he served in Military Intelligence, Special Operations, and Public Affairs, with tours of duty in Germany, Korea, Vietnam, and Panama, as well as posts throughout the U.S., and retired in 1982 with the rank of Major.

During 30 years in the Foreign Service, he was posted to China, Thailand, Sierra Leone, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Zimbabwe. His overseas assignments included service as Deputy Chief of Mission in Sierra Leone during that country’s transition to democratic rule, he was the first US Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and was ambassador to Cambodia and Zimbabwe. From 2006 to 2009, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for POW/Missing Personnel Affairs and Director of the Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office. 

Since retirement from public service, he has been a full time freelance writer and consultant, and is the author of more than 60 books of fiction and non-fiction, including three books on leadership. He is a frequent blogger and contributor to several Internet news and content sites. Ray is also a photographer and artist, and has worked as a journalist and artist for a number of publications in the US and abroad. During the late 70s he was editorial cartoonist for the Spring Lake (NC) News, a weekly newspaper near Fort Bragg, NC. He was the first chairman of the American Foreign Service Association’s Professionalism and Ethics Committee. He runs a workshop on professional writing for Rangel Scholars at Howard University each summer, and has lectured at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of Johns Hopkins University, speaking on global hotspots and the History of American Diplomacy. He has also done consulting work for the Department of Defense on personnel recovery (working with the Angel Thunder PR exercise) and as an interagency subject matter expert during army unit pre-deployment training. 

Ray is a member of the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA), the Association of Black American Ambassadors, and the American Academy of Diplomacy.

A native of Texas, Ray now makes his home in North Potomac, MD, a suburb of Washington, DC.

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. 

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