Making a Difference in Bethesda and Chevy Chase
St. John’s has a vision: to make a difference in Bethesda and Chevy Chase, the community where we live, work and worship.
We are reaching out to make our community a better place by building relationships that are healthy and holistic, that bring generations together, and that cross the socio-economic spectrum. To do this, St. John’s convened a series of community forums in fall 2016 — workshops, conversations, and film screenings — with some of the region’s top leaders and thinkers. Check out the videos and sermons below to learn more about the needs and opportunities in our area, and St. John’s mission to help.
Sunday, September 18, 2016, 10am
Policing in the 21st Century
J. Thomas Manger, Chief of Police, Montgomery County
The recent violence in our country involving police officers calls for healing and understanding. Police Chief Manger is a leading voice of law enforcement both locally and nationally, responding to the tragic events in Ferguson, Baltimore, New York and Cleveland. This summer Chief Manger was one of five police representatives to consult with President Obama and Vice President Biden following the killing of 5 officers in Dallas. Chief Manger will discuss approaches to policing in this era of polarization, and explain how his department exemplifies the effort to build strong community relations. Chief Manger will be joined by local police officer (and St. John’s parishioner) Sergeant Tony Galladora. There will be an opportunity for Q&A.
More about Chief MangerChief J. Thomas Manger has been the Chief of Police in Montgomery County, Maryland, since February 2004. He began his law enforcement career in 1977 with the Fairfax County (Virginia) Police Department, and rose through the ranks to become Chief of Police in 1998. During his tenure in Fairfax County, Chief Manger received numerous awards including the Silver Medal of Valor. He is credited with reorganizing and expanding the Police Department’s Community Policing efforts.
His commitment to the highest ethical standards for policing and his enactment of new policies to increase departmental accountability earned significant recognition from the community, including the Fairfax County Human Rights Commission Award for outstanding contributions, and the N.A.A.C.P.’s Community Service Leadership Award. Chief Manger is the recipient of the James S. Brady Law Enforcement Award (2007), the Community Champion Award from the Youth Leadership Foundation (2012), and the Montgomery County Victims’ Rights Foundation Public Safety Award (2014). In 2012, Chief Manger was inducted into the Montgomery County Human Rights Hall of Fame.
Chief Manger is the President of the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA), representing the largest law enforcement agencies in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. He also serves as the Vice President of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). Chief Manger is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy, the National Executive Institute, the Police Executive Leadership School at the University of Richmond, and the Senior Executive Institute at the University of Virginia, and he has also completed Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School’s Program for State and Local Government.
Sunday, September 25, 2016, 10 am and 1-3 pm
Work-life balance and healthy relationships
Jim Bird, Founder and CEO of WorkLifeBalance.com
Attend one or both: Forum at 10 am and follow-up workshop 1-3 pm
Through highly interactive learning, participants master easy-to-use work-life balance tools and skills to better manage projects and relationships. By applying these work-life balance solutions, the individual obtains more control, value and balance both professionally and personally. The outcome is higher performance, with increased skill, accountability, and commitment.
More about Jim BirdJim started his first company at 18 and knows from decades of experience both the organizational and individual challenges to success. Jim has over 15 years of successful experience speaking on the topics of leadership, work-life balance, time and change management. He is a dynamic and entertaining speaker who engages audiences in multiple ways to ensure that they understand and retain key concepts.
Sunday, October 2, 2016, 10 am
Reasons of Our Discontent: Building Community One Leader at a Time
Steve Hull, Editor/Publisher, Bethesda Magazine
C. Marie Taylor, Executive Director of the Montgomery County office, The Community Foundation
Leslie Adelman, President and Co-Founder, MentorPrize, Inc.
Three dynamic community leaders will discuss challenges facing Montgomery County and, in particular, the BCC area, including issues addressed in the Bethesda Magazine article, “The Reasons of Our Discontent.” Panelists will highlight the transforming power of community as they describe the organizations they lead.
More about Steve HullSteve Hull, Editor/Publisher, Bethesda Magazine – Steve Hull has been in the magazine publishing business for more than 30 years. Before starting Bethesda Magazine in 2004, he spent 14 years as a senior executive with Atlantic Media Company (formerly National Journal Group), which publishes The Atlantic and National Journal. Steve is also co-owner of Arlington Magazine, which covers the Northern Virginia communities of Arlington, McLean and Falls Church.
Steve serves on the board of directors of the Community Foundation for Montgomery County and is vice president of the advisory boards at the Universities at Shady Grove. He is a member of the board of directors of The Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce and a member of the board of advisers of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Connecticut. He is co-founder of MentorPrize with Leslie Adelman. He is also the co-founder of Community Profits Montgomery, an initiative that promotes companies which are giving back in Montgomery County. He lives in Chevy Chase with his wife Susan Hull (the associate publisher of the magazine). They have four children.
More about C. Marie TaylorC. Marie Taylor, Executive Director of the Montgomery County office, The Community Foundation – Marie has dedicated her life’s work to social services. For more than 20 years, she has worked in direct service, holding vital leadership positions within the Washington metropolitan area. Before joining The Community Foundation, she was the executive director of Interfaith Works. In that role, she made an immediate impact on the organization, creating their signature event, Fables & Tables. She also worked to expand the organization’s housing and vocational services and staffing.
Prior to joining Interfaith Works, Marie worked at Food & Friends, a local nonprofit providing meals and nutrition education to individuals living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, or other life-challenging illnesses. She held several key positions during her 13 years with the agency, the last being director of programs. She has been a member of many prominent community groups, including the Ryan White Planning Council and the DC Cancer Consortium.
She continues to advocate for our neighbors living in the margins in Montgomery County—and remains active in the community. She received the Outstanding Diversity Leader Award (2012) from the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Washington DC Metro Area Chapter. She is a Leadership Montgomery graduate, a member of the Nonprofit Montgomery Steering Committee, and a member of The Montgomery County Workforce Investment Board. Marie, a native Washingtonian, currently lives in Silver Spring with her husband and stepdaughter. She earned a BA in human relations and an MBA in nonprofit management from Trinity University.
More about Leslie AdelmanLeslie Adelman, President and Co-Founder, MentorPrize, Inc. – Leslie is an attorney who has worked both in law firm settings and in-house for large corporations. Leslie started her career at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York, where she worked primarily on the derivative product offerings of Morgan Stanley. When she moved to the Washington, D.C. area, she continued her corporate transactional practice at two technology companies, Hughes Network Systems and then Spacenet Inc. Leslie also served as the Pre-Law Advisor at Georgetown University and spent a few years working as a trusts & estates lawyer at the law offices now known as Krame and Biggin.
Leslie is currently a mentor for a young woman through the Future Link mentoring program, serves as a Trustee for Tikkun Olam Women’s Foundation of Greater Washington, and recently served on the Board of Directors of Joy of Motion Dance Center. Leslie holds a B.A. in political science from Tulane University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law. Leslie lives in the Washington, D.C. area with her husband and two daughters.
October 2, 4, 6 – Book discussion offered at 3 times
Sunday, October 2nd, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 4th, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 6th, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt
Three opportunities (Oct 2, 4, 6) to discuss Haidt’s 2012 bestseller and explore how how “us versus them” divisions impede healthy, holistic relationships. Attend one, two, or all three. The book addresses how polarization blocks communication within families, communities, our nation, and the world. Ten copies are available to check out from St. John’s library, and the book is also available in local public libraries, book stores, and online. Please join us in reading and discussing the issues. Discussion Facilitator: Gary Dean, parishioner
About the Author – Jonathan HaidtJonathan Haidt is a social psychologist and Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business. His academic specialization is psychology of morality and the moral emotion. Haitdt is the author of two books: The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth of Ancient Wisdom (2004) and The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion (2012), which became a New York Times’ bestseller. He was named one of the “top global thinkers” by Foreign Policy magazine, and one of the “top world thinkers” by Prospect Magazine.
Sunday, October 9, 2016, 10 am
Mindfulness that transforms: How mindfulness practices can lead to healthier relationships for individuals and communities
Dr. Deborah Norris, President and Founder, The Mindfulness Center
Join us for an interactive/experiential session with Dr. Norris on mindfulness, neuro-psychology and interpersonal relationships.
Dr. Norris is the Founder and President of The Mindfulness Center. She is a health scientist and pioneer in the field of Mindfulness with over 40 years of experience in education, research and programming. Also an innovative businesswoman, Dr. Norris leads a team of over 100 therapists, health care providers, faculty members, researchers, business and development personnel, board members and volunteers toward a new healthcare paradigm.
The community health programs led by Dr. Norris and conducted in collaboration between The Mindfulness Center and area hospitals, government agencies, schools and other non-profits, represent the forefront of integrative healthcare, empowering community members to live healthier, more mindful and fulfilling lives.
More about Dr. Deborah NorrisDr. Norris has a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in psychology/psychopharmacology. She is the Founder and Director of the Psychobiology of Healing program and Psychologist-in-Residence in the Department of Psychology at American University. Dr. Norris teaches and conducts research in behavioral medicine, and other complementary and integrative approaches to wellbeing.
Sunday, October 9, 2016, 6-8 pm
Film – Screenagers (1hr. 10 minutes followed by discussion)
Discussion panel: Dr Alexander Dent and Dr. Joel Kuipers, George Washington University; and Dr. Joshua Bell, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
Screenagers probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director’s own, and depicts messy struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Surprising insights from authors and brain scientist solutions reveal solutions for empowering kids to best navigate the digital world.
Following the movie, the discussion will be moderated by Dr. Alexander Dent and Dr. Joel Kuipers of GWU and Dr. Joshua Bell of the Smithsonian, who will share aspects of their research concerning phone use among teens. They are investigating how teens respond to “trouble” with phone use and cope when cellular communication does not go as planned.
Sunday, October 16, 2016, 10am
Millennial Voices: Values and Expectations
Shirley Sagawa, CEO, Service Year Alliance
Shirley will discuss the values and expectations of the millennial generation.Shirley is the founding CEO of Service Year Alliance, whose mission is to make a year of service a common expectation and opportunity for all young Americans. She is an architect of AmeriCorps, has advised presidents and senators on youth and national service policies, and organized the first-ever White House Conference on Teenagers while serving as Deputy Chief of Staff for First Lady Hillary Clinton.
A St. John’s parishioner for more than ten years, Shirley has taught Sunday school at every grade level from 4th through 12th. She and her husband, Greg Baer, are parents of two millennials (Jack, 23, and Matt, 21) and Thomas, age 16.
Sunday, October 23, 2016, 10am
Understanding the Lives of Teens
Dr. Donna Jones, B-CC High School Principal
Dr. Jones shines a spotlight on the challenges facing teens, as well as celebrating their strengths and potential. At the helm of the nearly 2,000-student school in Bethesda, Jones says she is just where she wants to be — in the hallways and in the classrooms talking to students and staff. “Helping people develop a passion about a subject, helping them discover their talents and interests, that’s very appealing to me,” she says. “That’s the fun part about teaching.”
More about Dr. Donna JonesDr. Donna Jones believes in pursuing opportunities that present themselves to you, and sometimes making your own luck.
She relocated to the D.C. area for graduate school at the University of Maryland. In 2001, she read a story about Phil Gainous, who, at the time, was principal at Montgomery Blair High School and had recently won an award from The Washington Post. She called him and introduced herself, and in 2002, while Jones was a full-time doctoral student, she did an administrative internship at Montgomery Blair High School.
Her first full-time job with MCPS was as a staff development teacher. At the time, she had just three years of experience as a classroom teacher. Wayne Whigham, then principal at Seneca Valley High School, hired her.
After stints as assistant principal at Benjamin Banneker and Rosa Parks middle schools, she was named principal at Rosa Parks. She was there for six years, before being appointed principal at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in May 2015.
So now, at the helm of the nearly 2,000-student school in Bethesda, Jones says she is just where she wants to be—in the hallways and in the classrooms talking to students and staff.
“Helping people develop a passion about a subject, helping them discover their talents and interests, that’s very appealing to me,” she says. “That’s the fun part about teaching.”
Sunday, October 30, 2016, 10am
Aging in Place: An Intergenerational Opportunity
Constance Row, Executive Director, American Academy of Home Care Medicine
This forum explores how changing family dynamics affect seniors who want to “age in place.” A retired hospital and health systems CEO, Constance Row became involved in the aging field while serving as the long-time Executive Director of a good-cause national nonprofit working to bring medical house calls to the frail elderly. This organization, the American Academy of Home Care Medicine, is at the forefront of widening options for seniors to age in place at home. A relatively recent resident of Friendship Heights, “Connie” remains involved in the Academy’s push for Medicare legislation. She is also involved in trying to bring a “Villages” project to her neighborhood to allow residents to age in place through the support of other neighbors.
Sunday, October 30, 2016, 5:45-7:30 pm
Family Game Night
Intergenerational fun! Board, card, and trivia games for all ages. Pizza and prizes.
Are you between the ages of 1 and 100? Did you grow up playing classic board games or card games? Do you like learning fun new games? Then Game Night is for you!
We’ve teamed up with Labyrinth Games and Puzzles to throw an epic party featuring Quickfire games, Trivia games, Social games, and Bluffing games… as well as Classic board and Card games. Also featuring a Giant Jenga and Puzzle area for the younger kids.
Prizes will be awarded and pizza will be served! Don’t miss out on the fun!
Sunday, November 6, 2016, 10am
County resources to help generations engage
Hans Riemer, Montgomery County Councilmember
Councilmember Hans Riemer will discuss dividends that come when different generations engage with each other. He was first elected to the County Council in 2010, represents one million Montgomery County residents as an At-Large Member. Hans has dedicated his public service career to creating opportunity for all people to achieve their potential. As a Councilmember, he works towards this vision by advocating to fund public education and public transportation, early childhood programs, libraries, recreation, human services, housing and economic development. A dedicated environmentalist, Hans works hard to strengthen Montgomery County’s superb rural, suburban and urban areas by placing walkability, public transportation and sustainability at the center of our planning goals.
More about Councilmember RiemerHans Riemer entered public office during difficult economic times, and he has worked with his colleagues to address some of the toughest challenges that local governments face. While restoring fiscal health to the county budget and advocating on behalf of Montgomery County before state policymakers, Hans has demonstrated balance, creativity, and leadership.
Before serving on the County Council, Hans established a record as an innovator in political engagement. He served as National Youth Vote Director for the historic Obama for America campaign in 2007, and previously as political director for Rock the Vote, where he helped register nearly a million voters. Hans also served as a senior advisor at AARP and, since his earliest work in Washington, has been a national leader on protecting Social Security from Republican efforts to privatize the program.
Hans serves as the Council’s Lead for Digital Government, where he is working to make county government smarter and services more efficient, and he serves on the Planning, Housing, and Economic Development (PHED) Committee as well as the Government Operations & Fiscal Policy (GO) Committee.
Hans and his wife Angela have two young boys. They are members of the MCCPTA.
Sunday, Nov 13, 2016, 10am
Relationships Across Faiths
Rev. Mansfield “Kasey” Kaseman, Montgomery County’s Interfaith Community Liaison
Rev. Kaseman will explore how interfaith discussions can build relationships across the divides.
The Rev. Mansfield “Kasey” Kaseman serves as the Interfaith Community Liaison in the Office of Community Partnerships for Montgomery County. He has identified over 600 faith communities who are invited to become acquainted with one another and work together in creating the beloved community.
More about Rev. KasemanRev. Kaseman has been engaged in ecumenical and interfaith ministries since his student days at Andover Newton Theological School and Yale Divinity School. He came to Montgomery County in 1979 to serve as Pastor of Rockville United Church and Executive Director of Community Ministries of Rockville. The church grew and expanded as did community ministries threw creating the Caregiver’s Coalition of Rockville, Emergency Assistance, Elderly Homecare, Latino Outreach, Manna, Habitat for Humanity and the Kaseman Clinic.
Since 2006, Rev. Kaseman has served as Senior Vice President of CTIS (philanthropy, community service and health disparities), and Vice President of Van Eperen & Company (strategic planning and corporate social responsibility). Currently he serves on the boards of the Primary Care Coalition, Low Vision Center and the Civilizations Exchange and Cooperation Foundation.
“I consider it an honor and privilege to be to be part of a team committed to making Montgomery County the beloved community. I know the resources of our community are more than adequate for meeting the needs and aspirations of our deserving residents. I also believe our faith communities are exceptionally well positioned to help us become a more compassionate and welcoming community.”
Wednesday, Nov 16, 2016, 7pm
Engaging with a Diverse Workforce
Lindolfo Carballo, CASA de Maryland
Lindolfo will help us reimagine our interactions with BCC’s multi-ethnic and socio-economically diverse workforce in ways that could lead to a stronger community for all.
Passionate about socioeconomic justice, Mr. Carballo has worked as a labor organizer, an advocate for affordable housing, and an executive at CASA creating a more just society by building power and improving the quality of life in low-income immigrant communities.
More about Lindolfo CarballoLindolfo Carballo is originally from El Salvador. He received his Bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of El Salvador and also worked as a professor in chemistry, biology and natural sciences at the Canadian Institute in El Salvador. During his time in academia, he was active in both student and political movements that arose in response to the civil war in his home country in the 1980s. By 1990, Mr. Carballo moved to the Washington DC area.
Passionate about socioeconomic justice, Mr. Carballo worked as a labor organizer with the Service Employees International Union and UNITE! (The Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees) for several years in the regions of Washington D.C, California and Massachusetts. In addition, he worked as an affordable housing advocate in Lowell, Massachusetts for many years.
In 2010 Mr. Carballo graduated with a Masters’ degree in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University and moved back to Maryland to work with CASA. In 2014 he founded CASA in VA and now is the Director of the Department of the Community Economic Development at CASA in Maryland. Mr. Carballo lives in Silver Spring with his beautiful wife Carla, his wonderful children; Raynel Ivan (age 13) and Reina de la Paz (age 3).
Sunday, Nov 20, 2016, 10am
Food Scarcity in Montgomery County
Montgomery County Councilmember Roger Berliner and Bethesda Cares’ Susan Kirk
Two leaders share their concerns and solutions for the very real issue of food scarcity in our community. Roger Berliner is a member of Montgomery County Council’s Health and Human Services Committee and lead sponsor of Bill 19-16 that requires a strategic plan to end food insecurity in Montgomery County. Susan Kirk heads efforts to end homelessness in our community through her leadership at Bethesda Cares. Together, they will shed light on a significant problem that deeply affects many in our community.
More about Roger BerlinerRoger Berliner, Vice President of Montgomery County Council, has been a member of the Montgomery County Council since 2006. He represents District 1, which includes Bethesda, and Chevy Chase. Berliner earned his bachelor of arts degree from Dartmouth College and a juris doctorate from the McGeorge School of Law of the University of the Pacific. Berliner has served as legislative director, senior policy advisor, and director of Congressional liaison for the Carter administration. Berliner is the president of Berliner Law PLLC.
Berliner is a member of the Health and Human Services Committee and lead sponsor of Bill 19-16 that requires a strategic plan to end food insecurity in Montgomery County. He said “Currently, 77,780 individuals in our County are food insecure, meaning that at any given point in time, they do not know where their next meal will come from. In a County as wealthy as ours, that is simply unacceptable…while our County has an array of programming to address food insecurity, administered by various government departments and nonprofit organizations, what we are lacking to the detriment of those individuals is a strategic plan for our County to follow as we seek to address and ultimately eliminate food insecurity in our County.” The bill was enacted in July of 2016.
More about Susan KirkSue is Bethesda Cares’ Executive Director. She works tirelessly to help the most vulnerable in our community, always willing to do whatever it takes to support Bethesda Cares’ clients, and invariably with good cheer. She is deeply involved in all policy and advocacy matters affecting our clients, all of whom she knows by name. Sue’s undergraduate degree is in psychology and social work; she also holds an MBA in Organizational Development.
Bethesda Cares is dedicated to ending homelessness in our community, and helps to place people living unsheltered into permanent, supportive housing; ease life for those on the street; and keep low-income tenants from eviction. Bethesda Cares, along with four partner churches, provides daily meals for the homeless and working poor in Bethesda/Chevy Chase.
Sunday, Dec 4, 2016, 10am
Health and Wellness in BCC
Monique Sanfuentes, Suburban Hospital
Monique will highlight how local partnerships are improving health and building a better community. As Director of Community Health and Wellness, Monique leads Suburban Hospital’s health transformation and improvement commitment to the community. Improving quality of life, keeping our community safe and out of the hospital is at the center of day to day operations. Aligning hospital and community assets as well as focusing on unaddressed identified needs, Monique links health partnerships, community initiatives, strategic affiliations and collaboration with health coalitions, outreach activities, wellness programs and corporate projects to address established health barriers, disparities and inequities.
More about Monique Sanfuentes
Monique serves on the Advisory Council Board for the Board of the B-CC YMCA, the Archdiocesan Health Care Network, the Healthy Montgomery Steering Committee and the Nexus Montgomery Board. Monique is a graduate of the American Hospital Association and the Health Forum’s Leadership Creating Healthier Communities Fellowship. She is a 2013 graduate of Leadership Montgomery and a fifteen year member of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rotary Club where she has served for multiple years on the Board of Directors. Monique is a return volunteer of the United States Peace Corps, serving in Ecuador. Monique completed her undergraduate degree at Washington College, received her Master’s degree from Middlebury College and is currently an MBA candidate at Johns Hopkins University’s Carey Business School.
Monique lives in Kensington with her husband, John, daughter, Lucienne, Bernese mountain dog, Bruno and goldfish, Louie.
Sunday, Dec 4, 2016, afternoon
Field Trip – Family Housing Units
Montgomery Housing Partnership
Montgomery Housing Partnership will lead a tour of subsidized housing units in Silver Spring. Carpools will be arranged; Sign-ups will be posted in the West Avenue lobby. MHP serves more than 1,400 families in Montgomery County, working to preserve and expand quality affordable housing in Montgomery County. The group houses people, empowers families, and strengthens neighborhoods through programs that increase the vitality of our community.
Sunday, Dec 11, 2016, 10am
Education and Diversity in Our Schools
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jack Smith
Through the lens of his current work as Superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools, Dr. Jack Smith will conclude our month-long exploration of how the St. John’s community can facilitate more meaningful interactions across the socioeconomic spectrum in Bethesda – Chevy Chase.
Dr. Smith’s steadfast goal has always been to provide all students, regardless of their learning needs, race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status, with options and choices upon graduation. As a dedicated, lifelong educator, Dr. Smith has been a teacher, principal, curriculum director, and a local superintendent of schools. He is well positioned to help us understand how focusing on education can enhance relationships across the economic spectrum.
These events are part of St. John’s 20-event “Make A Difference” series which ran from Oct to Dec 2016.