Speaker Date Topic
Club Assembly Apr 07, 2020
Dr. Laura Niederhofer Apr 14, 2020
10,000 people turn 65 every day in America. By 2030, the number of individuals aged 65 and older will exceed those under 20. This is the greatest biomedical challenge we are facing today given that old age is the greatest risk factor for most chronic diseases. Bold and new approaches are needed. Those at the University of Minnesota are taking the lead by developing therapeutics to treat aging in Dr. Laura Niederhofer's program.


Dr. Niederhofer joined the University of Minnesota in 2018 to direct the new Institute on the Biology of Aging & Metabolism, one of the four Medical Discovery Teams at the University of Minnesota. She is a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics. Dr. Niedernhofer’s expertise is in DNA damage and repair, progeroid syndromes, cellular senescence and aging. Prior to moving to Minneapolis, Laura was at The Scripps Research Institute in Florida, where she spearheaded identification of an entire new class of drugs. Previously, Laura studied chemistry at Duke University and completed the medical scientist training program at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Laura has been recognized for her research achievements regarding aging, cancer and environmental health science and was the 2018 recipient of the Vincent Cristafolo Rising Star in Aging Research awarded by the American Federation of Aging Research.

Lew Anderson Apr 21, 2020
Destiny Rescue
Destiny Rescue

About Destiny Rescue: 
Destiny Rescue (Destinyrescue.org) is an international organization which rescues children from human trafficking in 7 nations. They have rescued over 5,000 - mostly young girls. Their agents put their lives on the line each time they work to get these children out.

Destiny Rescue is an international faith-based nonprofit organization dedicated to rescuing and restoring children who have been enslaved in the sex-trade. Their mission is to end child sexual slavery worldwide. Destiny Rescue was founded in 2001 and has since grown into a global team with 220 staff in 10 countries. Since 2011, they have rescued over 5,000, including 1,400 in 2019!  Destinyrescue.org

Lew Anderson:
Lew Anderson has an MA in Intercultural Studies, is a licensed minister, having recently pastored in Northfield, MN. He spent 5 years working in China with remote ethnic groups while teaching university English. He is now the MN Director of Advancement for Destiny Rescue USA, working to raise awareness and volunteers to help bring an end to the trafficking of children. He is also the author of the Lorian Stones Trilogy and other fiction works.


HUMAN TRAFFICKING is one of the greatest social injustices of our time and the fastest growing illegal enterprise in our world today. Sadly, 1.2 million children are trafficked each year – the majority of them ending up in the sex trade.

Destiny Rescue is an international, faith-based non-profit dedicated to rescuing children from sexual slavery and exploitation. We help rescue and restore those being exploited, protecting and empowering them, while being their voice to the world.  We currently operate our programs in seven nations: Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines, Dominican Republic, and three undisclosed countries.

Mostly teen girls from brothels & bars—over 5,000 to date. 1,400 rescues in 2019!

Approximately 300 girls currently in our care.  Case-workers and counselors help the girls work through the trauma, enabling them to heal and experience growth.

Teachers and vocational trainers help the girls learn life skills to re-enter society and thrive. Last year we saw an 80% success rate, which is exceptional for this kind of work.

Steve Schmidt Apr 28, 2020
Health issues facing our community

Steve is a development officer with Regions Hospital Foundation

Laurie Berlin May 12, 2020
Northeast Youth & Family Services

Laurie Berlin is a licensed LMFT and has over ten years of experience providing mental health services within the school-based setting, in-home, and within the outpatient clinic working with adolescents, young adults, families, and groups. Laurie has expertise in grief and loss, trauma, depression, suicidal and self-harming youth, anxiety, and academic challenges and she specializes in working with at-risk, underserved, and multicultural youth within the school setting. She is passionate about reducing stigma around mental health and removing barriers to increase access to mental health services for all people. Laurie currently works as a school-based therapist for NYFS serving students at Roseville Area High School and she is the Manager of School-Based Programs for NYFS.

Lisa Baker May 19, 2020
Ralph Reeder Food Shelf

Lisa Baker is the Program Manager for the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf, a Community Education Program of the Mounds View Public School District.

Lisa will talk about their services which are primarily available to low income families and individuals living in the Moundsview School  district who may find themselves in need of food and additional resources. Specific to your services, besides food, Ralph Reeder providers school nutrition demonstrations and workshops, a Good Neighbor Back to School Project (school supplies), Operation Joy (holiday toy and gift program) and clothing referrals