Speaker Date Topic
Wolfram M. Von-Maszewski Sep 25, 2018
Avocational Historian
Avocational Historian

Wolfram M. Von-Maszewski was born and raised in Europe. He attended the University of Texas at Austin and received a B.A. and a M.A. degree in anthropology. He worked in the oil field-related industry until the industry collapsed in the 1980s. Hired by the George Memorial Library, he worked there as Manager of the Genealogy and Local History Department until his retirement. During this time he was a member of the Rosenberg Rotary, is a Paul Harris Fellow, and a Major Donor. An avocational historian, he translated and published three accounts of early (1840s) German travelers in Texas, the history of an almost forgotten German Mennonite settlement in Fort Bend County and recently the history of a company in Waul’s Texas Legion (Civil War). This history is based on translated letters and diaries by members of this company. These soldiers, from captain to the last private were German-Texans. Since his retirement, Von-Maszewski has traveled extensively to Japan, the Kamchatka Peninsula, the Aleutian Islands, and repeatedly to the interior of Alaska, including Barrow on the Arctic Ocean. His most recent trips were to Cuba and China.

Kelly Litvak Oct 09, 2018
Childproof America - empowering youth
Childproof America - empowering youth

Kelly Litvak

Childproof America, Founder/Executive Director

Kelly@ChildproofAmerica.org

832-606-6026

 

Kelly's personal mission statement "is to empower youth with the life skills needed to break the generational cycle of self-destruction". This passion, combined with the knowledge of a human trafficking epidemic sweeping silently and strategically across our "safe" communities has ignited a fierce call to action to force change from suburbia to Capitol Hill.

 

In 2007 Kelly authored the popular Christian-based book, Tools 4 Teens. The following year she developed an 8-week Tools 4 Teens curriculum which successfully launched through HISD, serving disadvantaged youth. Over the following several years the program focused exclusively on male juvenile offenders within Harris County Juvenile Probation, resulting in a sharp decrease in recidivism among program graduates. The Tools 4 Teens Re-Entry Program followed in 2013 which provided re-entry support to youth, including mentoring, academic accountability and social enrichment.

 

Kelly received her Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Communications, with a concentration in Psychology, from Ohio University in 1988. A college internship serving victims of domestic violence first sparked her interest in an at-risk population. Her deep compassion for hurting and vulnerable youth are the driving forces behind her call to serve as a non-profit leader.

 

In 2017 and 2018, Katy Magazine honored Kelly as Top 100 Women of Katy. In December 2017, Katy Magazine named Kelly Top 10 Outstanding Katy People of the Year.

 

Kelly and her college sweetheart, Alan have called Katy home for 20 years. They have two children, ages 17 and 19.

AG Toni Franklin Oct 16, 2018
Shannan S. Stavinoha Oct 23, 2018
Parks Youth Ranch - provide emergency shelter, counseling services to abused and neglected youth
Parks Youth Ranch - provide emergency shelter, counseling services to abused and neglected youth

Shannan Stavinoha joined Parks Youth Ranch the Executive Director in July 2018. Parks Youth Ranch is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to provide emergency shelter, counseling and life changing services to abused and neglected youth.

 

A longtime resident of Fort Bend County, Shannan began her professional career in financial services before moving to non-profit support where she has grown her career in non-profit administration through experience with Child Advocates of Fort Bend, the Central Fort Bend Chamber and as Community Relations Director for the Richmond State Supported Living Center. 

 

In addition to her professional life, Shannan has served on the board of the Pecan Grove Gators Football and Cheer Teams, as a volleyball coach for the YMCA, as chairman of the Class of 2017 Project Graduation and as the Lamar Consolidated High School Band Booster President.  She currently serves on the Fort Bend PIO Steering Committee, the Richmond Pecan Harvest Festival Committee and spends countless hours volunteering for organizations within the schools her children attend. 

 

Shannan is a Lamar Consolidated High School Alumni and holds a BBA in Management from the University of Houston-Downtown. She currently calls Pecan Grove home with her husband, Stephen and their three children Teddy, Jimmy and Evelyn.

 

Shannan is a 2007 graduate of Leadership Fort Bend through the Central Fort Bend Chamber, a 2017 graduate of the Fort Bend Leadership Forum through the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce and a 2018 graduate of the Excellence for Nonprofit Leadership through Fort Bend Forward and the George Foundation.

Todd Brenton Nov 13, 2018
Germania Insurance
Germania Insurance

Todd Breton was born and raised in western Massachusetts. In his adult years, he got to Texas as quick as he could. He is a graduate of the University of Houston, GoCoogs. Todd is married to Cindy Breton, celebrating 31 years this December. He has two grown children, Jenny (26) and Michael Breton (22).

Todd has spent a majority of his career in insurance claims, beginning in 1991. He has worked for three insurance companies; Liberty Mutual, GEICO and his current employer, Germania Insurance in Brenham Texas. Before he joined Germania, he owned his own insurance claims consulting business, Inspire Consulting Firm. He has held several leadership roles throughout his career. His current position is Project Manager.

In his spare, he loves traveling with his wife Cindy. He is a travel bloggers and has his own blog website, Bretontravels.com. Todd is an avid runner. He runs two marathons a year as well as several half marathons. His next marathon is the Marine Corp, October 28, 2018. Lastly, Todd loves being involved in Rotary and given back in the community. He has been a member of the Sugar Land club for two years. He is the current Treasurer and past Vocational Chair. Todd is also the person responsible for all the social media for district 5890.