Speakers

Here’s a list of speakers (in no particular order) who will be presenting during the RG.

Thomas Marlowe, M.D. - Before and After
Dr. Thomas Marlowe is a public speaker on the topics of obesity, weight loss, and weight loss medications. He practices only Obesity Medicine at the Weight Loss Institute. His clinic has the 2nd highest weight loss success rate in the entire nation.

Dr. Marlowe will be presenting Your Questions About Obesity/Weight Loss Answered. Feel free to submit your questions below, so that he has the list ahead of time.

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Mark Mynhier is a member of Central South Carolina Mensa. He brews his own Mead and will be presenting Mead Production. He’s an amateur with a passion for good alcohol.
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Joan Barnes will be discussing the basics of quilting and how quilting isn’t as difficult as people think in her presentation Quilt As You Go. Joan has been quilting since she’s been 18 years old.
Native American Storyteller Ramona Moore Big Eagle is an award winning and internationally renowned motivational speaker, storyteller, cultural educator, consultant, and workshop facilitator. Attendees will experience American Indian culture as Ramona recounts the stories she was told as a child. http://www.ramonamoorebigeagle.com/
Bruce Holland is a member of Central South Carolina Mensa, Intertel, and ISPE. He has been hosting a monthly trivia contest for the past 16 years and is hosting Trivia on Friday night at the RG. In his spare time over a twelve year period, he wrote a book, “The Pavilion”. Be sure to buy your raffle tickets for a chance to win an autographed copy of his book in the Book Basket.
Linda Schrieber is a member of Mensa in Georgia.  She has been an ACE (American Council on Exercise) Certified Group Fitness Instructor for over 30 years and leads choreographed dance exercise, stretch, and senior functional fitness classes. She will be leading the Morning Stretch on Saturday and Sunday mornings and will also be presenting The Flash Mob – Past and Present.

Ernie McLaney and Donna Bolls are Charlotte Wildlife Stewards. In their presentation on Wildlife Habitat and Biodiversity Restoration, they will be discussing Who they are and their connection to the National Wildlife Federation, Creating wildlife habitats in the city and the elements needed, Why urban and suburban habitats are crucial now more than ever, Native plants vs. non-native plants in the landscape, and The need for citizen involvement and the human connection to nature.

Jefferson Fortner is an English professor at Guilford Technical Community College and is a member of Triad Mensa. He wrote his Master’s thesis on the Catawba Indians and will be talking about Native Americans in the Carolinas.

The Mint Museum is located in what was the original branch of the United States Mint and is the first art museum in North Carolina. It is a leading, innovative cultural institution and museum of international art and design. On display are thousands of items, along with a complete collection of all gold coins minted at the Charlotte Mint. Ellen Show is the museums’ archivist and will be presenting A Tour of the Mint Museum’s History.

Paul Owen is a member of Charlote/Blue Ridge Mensa. He is the owner of Slightly Different Nursery (https://www.slightlydifferentnursery.com/) and is one of only a handful of full-time daylily hybridizers in the world. His daylilies have won numerous awards over the years and he even has registered a daylily in honor of Mensa – Herd o’ Nerds. Paul was voted as Mr. Congeniality during the Misster Mensa event during the 2021 World Gathering. He will be presenting Sex in the Garden.
Ryan Treadway
Ryan Treadway is the Nuclear Regulatory Compliance Director with Duke Energy Corporation. He has a background with the government as well as the utility sector and has worked all over the country at various power plants. In his presentation on Electrification of the Carolinas, he will talk about a power plant that shutdown in Southern California that he was at and then transition to the use of advanced nuclear power in the Carolinas and in the U.S.
Tom Ollis is a writer and performer, acting in over 100 stage productions, online, on TV, and in street theater. He started the Queen City Players earlier this year, a production company focusing mainly on comedy. He is also a dancer with the Carolina Classic Cloggers. He will be presenting Shakespeare: A Modern Actor’s Perspective.
The Carolina Classic Cloggers have been a performing group since the ’90s in Charlotte and vicinity. They clog to various types of music and incorporate various styles such as Freestyle, Rise ‘N Shine, Duo/Duet, Precision, and Clogging Line Dance. They are honored to keep this fine tradition alive and kicking in the Charlotte area.
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The Charlotte Folk Society promotes the enjoyment and preservation of traditional and contemporary folk music, dance, crafts, and lore in the Piedmont Carolinas. The Overdue Blue Grass Band is a member of the Charlotte Folk Society and is a bluegrass band that plays a little bit of everything. They’re sure to be entertaining!
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Comedy Hypnotist Gary Conrad has performed in 49 states and 9 countries for the last 25 years. Gary has been on ABC-TV’s “THE VIEW”, on air with Danny Bonaduce; FOX-TV’s Mancow Muller; Opie & Anthony; Crook & Chase; Don & Mike; Dr. Dre & Ed Lover; Rick & Bubba; Big D and Bubba and many more TV and radio stations. He has also shared the stage with Tony Bennett, Cher, Barbara Walters, Lenny Kravitz, Ron White, Bill Engvall, and even the late, great, Tiny Tim! Be sure not to miss this Master Comedy Hypnotist!
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Jon Gruebele is a member of Chicago Area Mensa. He serves as Regional Vice Chair 4 on Mensa’s national Board of Directors, is a Proctor, and has also been a Local Secretary. He will be leading the LDW session Helping Your Local Group Board Succeed: Orientation for New and Existing Officers. Being on a board of directors involves complexities that sometimes aren’t widely understood. This session will discuss topics that can help any Local Group officer succeed, including a board’s overarching responsibilities and duties, your governance hierarchy, the strategy / execution continuum, meeting procedures, and available resources. This presentation is not only a resource for experienced officers but can also help you onboard new officers. We’d love to have you join us!
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TabbyVos is a member of Metropolitan Washington Mensa. As the appointed Marketing Officer, she advises on the marketing and branding strategy for American Mensa. Join the LDW session Local Group Marketing 101 as Tabby discusses the basics of marketing your Local Group. Does your chapter have a website and a publicity plan? Do you leverage the local media? How do you drive members to test? This session will review some best practices and available collateral, while leaving plenty of time to share ideas in a round-table forum.
Dave Cahn is a member of Metropolitan Washington Mensa. He has served as his local group’s Gifted Youth Coordination and Ombudsman. He was American Mensa’s first elected National Ombudsman, serving for six years. He also founded and coordinates the international ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) SIG. He will be presenting the LDW session Dealing with Problem Members.
Robin Crawford
Robin Crawford joined Mensa more than 30 years ago and has since served as a Local Secretary, Editor, and Proctor for Chicago Area Mensa. She is the current AMC Communications Office and has been the Mensa Research Journal Executive Editor and a contributing member or Chair of dozens of committees and task forces. In 2019, she was awarded the Margot Award, American Mensa’s highest honor. She will be hosting the LDW session Mensa Communications, where attendees can ask whatever they want about Mensa communications and she’ll provide the answers and explanations.


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