Speaker Date Topic
Johnny Nguyen Apr 09, 2020 12:15 PM
Sarah Kessler Apr 30, 2020 12:15 PM
Future Link
Future Link

Sarah Kessler joined the staff of Future Link in 2019 after working in the Development and Quality Assurance Departments at Family Services, Inc. for the past decade, specializing in grant writing, resource cultivation, and program improvement. After obtaining her Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University, Sarah began her career with the New York City Health + Hospitals Corporation. She is currently on the board of the Montgomery County Council of PTAs and the Germantown Alliance and is a 2018 graduate of Leadership Montgomery. She is excited about combining her professional development experience with her personal interest in educational advocacy to expand the capacity of Future Link to provide additional career opportunities for young adults.

Future Link was incorporated in May 2008 to fill the gap in services for youth who struggle to make the critical transition from high school to self-sufficiency.  Since then, Future Link's program has evolved in services offered, number served, and impact to meet the demands of our program participants.  Future Link celebrated the official grand opening of their Rockville location on November 13, 2019.

Dr. Randy Overbeck May 07, 2020 12:15 PM
Ghosts - "Things that go Bump in the Night"
Ghosts - "Things that go Bump in the Night"

Dr. Randy Overbeck is a veteran educator who has served children for more than three decades as a teacher and school leader, winning national recognition and awards for his work. Over that time, he has performed many of the roles depicted in his writing, with responsibilities ranging from coach and yearbook advisor to principal and superintendent. An accomplished writer, he has been published in academia, the popular press and, more recently, in the literary realm. His first novel, Leave No Child Behind, won the 2011 Silver Award for Thriller of the Year from ReadersFavorite.com. His second novel, Blood on the Chesapeake, a ghost story/mystery, was released April, 2019 by the Wild Rose Press, and is the first in a new series called the HAUNTED SHORES MYSTERIES.   This novel has inspired an entertaining, new presentation entitled, “Things That Go Bump in the Night.”

Jane Lyons, Advocacy Manager May 14, 2020 12:15 PM
Coalition for Smarter Growth - Montgomery County General Plan Update
Coalition for Smarter Growth - Montgomery County General Plan Update

As Maryland Advocacy Manager, Jane engages with local officials, community and business leaders, residents, and activists in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties to build coalitions that support smart growth policies. She researches, develops, and executes strategies for new and ongoing campaigns to achieve our priority goals in transit, safe walking and bicycling, transit-oriented development, and affordable housing.

Jane’s experience spans multiple levels of government, including the EPA’s Smart Growth Program, the Maryland General Assembly, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, and Hyattsville Community Development Corporation. Before joining CSG, Jane completed a fellowship at the Montgomery County Council, researching policy issues related to accessory dwelling units and affordable housing.

Jane holds a Master of Public Policy, with a specialization in City Management and Public Finance, and a BA in Economics, both from UMD College Park. Outside of work, Jane enjoys going to concerts, finding new bike routes, and seeing plays.