05/23/2018 MN State Senator Melisa Franzen: "Review and Discussion of the 2017 Legislative Session". Host: Mike Casserly.
Senator Franzen is a small business owner and is the Co-Founder and President of NewPublica, a public relations and strategic communications firm based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Senator Franzen was previously an attorney at Target Corporation for eight years where she held various positions in Government Affairs and Community Relations. She earned her Master of Public Policy with a concentration in Economic and Community Development from the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota and her J.D. at Hamline University School of Law.
She has been a lifelong volunteer in her community and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys and Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (CLUES). She is a former President of the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association and Regional Vice President of the Hispanic National Bar Association.
Senator Franzen’s legislative proposals reflect her strong advocacy for quality early childhood education, ensuring a well-trained educated workforce, and closing the achievement gap. She also understands the value of making sustainable investments in transportation infrastructure. Her key policy interest remains her work in health care policy and believes access to health care should be affordable, transparent and accountable to the patient. She is leading efforts to reform the prior authorization process for medications.
Senator Franzen grew up in Puerto Rico where she was active in Girl Scouts and 4H. She resides in Edina with her husband, Nathan, and son, Philip. They enjoy traveling and going up north to their cabin in Finland, Minnesota.
05/30/2018 Sean Lanterman, Director of Incident Response at Computer Forensic Services in Minnetonka: "The Wild West: Understanding Disruptive Blockchain technologies". Host: Terry Bonertz. the Dark Side". Host: Terry Bonertz.
Sean Lanterman is the Director of Incident Response at Computer Forensic Services in Minnetonka. He has participated in over 1,000 cases involving digital evidence, including high-profile civil and criminal litigation and data breaches. Sean is currently pursuing his Juris Doctor from the University of St. Thomas School of Law, where he has researched and presented on blockchain legal solutions.
Title: "The Wild West: Understanding Disruptive Blockchain Technologies". This session will explore the basics of blockchain, cryptocurrency, and the future of blockchain solutions.
06/06/2018 Reverend Warren Jorenby, Retired: "Reflections on Fifty Years of Working to Beat the Devil". Host: Cliff Erickson.
Born in South Dakota.
Moved to Duluth, MN at age 9.
Graduated Duluth Denfeld High School.
B.A. University of Minnesota Duluth
M.Div Luther Seminary
A varied work history including:
stock boy at grocery store
funeral home jack of all trades
optician for several years
aircraft mechanic/crew chief (Staff Sgt. with 148th Fighter Group)
lay campus minister
Campus minister - St. Cloud State University
Campus minister - University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse
Campus pastor - University of South Dakota
Senior campus pastor - University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Pastor - St. Olaf Lutheran, Austin, MN
Senior pastor - First Lutheran, Albert Lea, Mn
Recipient of Distinguished Service Award from National Lutheran Campus Ministry. This award included a summer of study at Uppsala University in Sweden and travel throughout Scandinavia.
Nine interim ministries in parishes in the metro area.
Having ‘failed’ retirement four times, actually retired at 72.
06/27/2018 John Gordon, Executive Director of the Minnesota ACLU: "Civil Liberties and Civil Discourse: Friends or Enemies?". Host: Mark Stageberg.
John Gordon graduated from Princeton and Harvard Law School. His career was with Faegre and Benson as a civil trial lawyer, and involved in many bar association activities. He is in his first year as Executive Director of ACLU Minnesota.
Before becoming Executive Director of the ACLU of Minnesota, John tried to conclusion as first-chair or lead lawyer well in excess of 100 jury cases, and has also argued many appeals. John has been active in many law-related and community organizations, and has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Minnesota Law School and the University of St. Thomas Law School. John and his wife Joanne live in Edina, where they raised their three children, now a lawyer, a nurse, and a digital-finance entrepreneur.