Speaker Date Topic
Jeff Ragusa, USAF (Ret), Hurricane Hunter Dec 01, 2020 11:45 AM
“Hurricane Hunting - How and Why the USAF Does It”
“Hurricane Hunting - How and Why the USAF Does It”

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Jeff Ragusa retired this year from the US Air Force after 34 years of military service.  He spent his entire career actively flying and accumulated over 6500 hours of military flight time.  

His primary aircraft included the T-43 navigator trainer as an instructor pilot, the T-38 supersonic jet trainer as an evaluator pilot, and several variants of the C-130 airlifter as an evaluator pilot.  He also has 11 years of airline experience as both a first officer and captain on Boeing-737 aircraft.  As a C-130 combat pilot, Lt Col Ragusa has flown in Operations Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, Inherent Resolve, and Freedom’s Sentinel.  

His final assignment was as a full-time USAF Reserve Officer in the 403rd Wing at Keesler AFB, MS where he served as the Chief Pilot for the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, also known as the "Hurricane Hunters”.  As a Hurricane Hunter, Lt Col Ragusa amassed over 110 hurricane eye wall penetrations providing life-saving data to the National Hurricane Center during the 2002 and 2006-2019 storm seasons.  

In retirement, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Susan, children, and grandchildren while still flying small civilian airplanes as an FAA Certified Instructor Pilot.

Honorable Keisha Lance Bottoms Dec 08, 2020 12:00 PM
Mayor, City of Atlanta
Mayor, City of Atlanta

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Keisha Lance Bottoms is the 60thMayor of Atlanta.  A daughter of Atlanta, Mayor Bottoms is committed to realizing her vision of One Atlanta – an affordable, resilient and equitable Atlanta – which stands as a model city for both commerce and compassion.

A lifelong public servant, Mayor Bottoms is the only Mayor in Atlanta’s history to have served in all three branches of government, serving as a judge and City Councilmember before being sworn in as Mayor.   Leading with a progressive agenda focused on equity and affordable housing, Mayor Bottoms serves as Chair of the Community Development and Housing Committee and the Census Task Force for the United States Conference of Mayors.

Georgia Trend magazine named Mayor Bottoms the 2020 Georgian of the Year. Among Mayor Bottoms’ notable accomplishments to date include the establishment of the City’s first fully-staffed Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, the appointments of a LGBTQ Affairs Coordinator and a Human Trafficking Fellow, the citywide elimination of cash bail bond, the closure of the Atlanta City Detention Center to ICE detainees, and the rollout of the most far-reaching financial transparency platform in the City’s history – Atlanta’s Open Checkbook.

In 2020, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights (LCCR) Under Law awarded Mayor Bottoms the Distinguished Civil Rights Advocate Award in recognition of her equity-driven leadership to help guide and protect marginalized communities.

Under Mayor Bottoms’ leadership, the City of Atlanta led the historically successful staging of Super Bowl LIII, which included unprecedented community benefits – a $2.4 million renovation of John F. Kennedy Park on Atlanta’s Westside, more than 20,000 trees planted throughout the community and the seamless coordination of 40 federal, state and local public safety agencies. 

A product of Atlanta Public Schools, Mayor Bottoms graduated from Frederick Douglass High School and received her undergraduate degree from Florida A&M University. She earned her Juris Doctorate from Georgia State University College of Law. 

An active member of the community, Mayor Bottoms is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, Jack and Jill of America, The Links, Incorporated, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. She has also served on the board of Families First and shares her personal story of adoption and advocates on behalf of adoption and foster care.   She resides in historic Southwest Atlanta with her husband, Derek, their four children- Lance, Langston, Lennox and Lincoln, and their family dogs Ace and Zeus.

Annual Holiday Meeting Dec 15, 2020 11:45 AM
Holiday Program and 2020 Grant Distribution

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Join us for our annual holiday meeting for some lively sounds of the holidays and distribution of the 2020 KIwanis Foundation of Atlanta Grants!

PRESENTATION BY: KFA Chair Gene Pearce and KCA Grants Committee Chair Marbury Rainer.
Christopher Nunn, Commissioner Jan 05, 2021 11:45 AM
Georgia Department of Community Affairs
Georgia Department of Community Affairs

Christopher Nunn was appointed Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) in 2017.  He leads the State’s community development efforts to support local leaders in their efforts to build strong, vibrant communities.  DCA has a broad reach that includes comprehensive planning, safe and affordable housing, downtown development, community infrastructure, and economic development finance.

Prior to DCA, Commissioner Nunn led a regional professional services firm as Chief Operating Officer.  In this role, he was responsible for all business aspects of the 150-person firm, including strategic planning and growth.  Previously, he spent 15 years as a business consultant with two global firms, Arthur Andersen and Russell Reynolds Associates, focused on strategic planning, operational improvement, leadership development, and executive recruiting.

A native of Perry, Georgia, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Emory University with a B.A. in Political Science.  He earned his Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.  Commissioner Nunn serves on the Boards of Advisors for the Robert T. Jones, Jr. Scholarship Trust at Emory University and the Center for Family Business at Kennesaw State University.  He and his family are also active members of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church.   

Commissioner Nunn and his wife, Nancy, have two children and live in Atlanta.

INTRODUCTION: Norris Broyles
Nancy Conrad, Founding Chairman Jan 12, 2021 11:45 AM
Conrad Challenge
Conrad Challenge

A former teacher, Nancy Conrad has become a recognized leader in transformative education and named one of the top 100 leaders in STEM education, serving as a featured speaker at national and international conferences.

Her presentations include TED,  MIT, and, the Global Competitiveness Forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She also presented at the Global Diversity Leadership Conference at Harvard University and the National Modeling and Simulation Coalition conference in Washington, D.C.

Nancy has also testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology detailing how the Conrad Foundation exemplifies the use of partnership to improve STEM education.

She is the wife of late astronaut Pete Conrad, who during the Apollo 12 mission became the third man to walk on the Moon.

Dr. Ray Kotwicki, Chief Medical Officer Jan 19, 2021 11:45 AM
Skyland Trail
Skyland Trail

Raymond J. Kotwicki, MD, MPH is the Charles B. West Chief Medical Officer at Skyland Trail, a nationally acclaimed private, non-profit residential and day treatment facility for adolescents and adults with mental illnesses in Atlanta, Georgia.  In this role, Kotwicki oversees all the clinical, educational, quality, and research activities within the organization.

Kotwicki trained as a Department of Energy Fellow, and was a Medical Scholar at the University of Wisconsin Medical School.  He had post-graduate training at Harvard Medical School, the Boston University School of Medicine, and Emory University, where he earned a Master in Public Health degree in Health Policy and Management.  He remains an adjunct associate professor at the Emory University School of Medicine. 

Over his career, Kotwicki has presented over 250 invited lectures, symposia, and seminars to tens of thousands of attendees.  He regularly appears on television, radio and in newspaper articles discussing issues related to mental health and integrated medical care.

Kotwicki is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association as well as a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.  He was a member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2011 and served as President of the Board of Directors of Positive Impact, the Southeast’s premiere HIV mental health program, for three years.  Kotwicki is a Trustee of the Lovett School, and he is Past President of the Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association. He was elected a member of the American College of Psychiatrists in 2020.

Throughout his career, Kotwicki has received numerous distinctions, including Emory University’s most prestigious Dean’s “Golden Apple” Teaching Award, Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, Mental Health America and Eli Lily’s “Heroes in the Fight” Clinical Team Award, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness’ Exemplary Psychiatrist Award.  Kotwicki received the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University’s “Distinguished Achievement Alumnus Award” in 2017, and was named Georgia’s “Psychiatrist of the Year” in 2020.

Jim Reed, CEO Jan 26, 2021 11:45 AM
YKK America


Michelle Nunn, Pres & CEO Feb 02, 2021 11:45 AM

Since July 2015, Michelle Nunn has been president and CEO of CARE USA, a leading humanitarian organization that fights global poverty and provides lifesaving  assistance in emergencies. In the last fiscal year, CARE worked in 100 countries and directly reached nearly 70 million people.

Nunn took the helm of CARE in 2015 and is spearheading an ambitious strategy to support 200 million of the world’s most vulnerable people to overcome poverty and social injustice by 2030. Under Nunn’s leadership, CARE has invested in innovative new programs and partnerships with private corporations and other nonprofits to increase its impact. Since assuming leadership of CARE, Nunn has set a goal of increasing CARE’s micro-savings program from 7 million participants to 60 million participants by 2028.

Before joining CARE, Nunn had built an illustrious career of civic and public service as a social entrepreneur, a nonprofit CEO, and a candidate for the U.S. Senate. She co-founded the volunteer-mobilization organization Hands On Atlanta, and expanded it from a single entity to a national network of more than 50 affiliates. Nunn oversaw that group’s merger with Points of Light, creating the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, with affiliates across the globe engaging more than 70,000 corporations and nonprofit organizations. Nunn served as Points of Light CEO from 2007 to 2013.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Virginia, Nunn majored in history with a minor in religion and earned her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She also received a Kellogg Fellowship to study faith and social justice in more than a dozen countries, from Peru to Namibia to Jordan.

Nunn currently lives in Atlanta with her husband, Ron Martin, and their two children, Vinson and Elizabeth.

MODERATOR: Mary Pat Crouch