Speaker Date Topic
Dr. Todd Jenkins aka Dr. Bow Tie Jan 26, 2021
"Moving from Diversity to Inclusive Opportunities"
"Moving from Diversity to Inclusive Opportunities"
Amy Luckiewicz Feb 02, 2021
Adventures of Shark Diving

In 2000 while studying in Australia, Amy Luckiewicz took a break to Fiji to get SCUBA certified. That trip triggered an amazement and love for sharks, big and small. She has traveled the globe to experience these creatures up close and personal, in and out of cages. In 2006, Amy returned to Australia for a great white expedition and met shark advocate Rod Fox. Through her experience with Rod, his family, and hearing about their time spent with author Peter Benchley, Amy saw opportunities to educate people about sharks and more, importantly, participate in conservation.

Amy is a member and past president of the Wakefield, Mass., Rotary Club. Currently, she is a Zone 32 Public Image Zone Assistant Director. and Assistant Governor to four clubs.

Jim Hummel from The Hummel Report Feb 09, 2021
His career in investigative reporting
His career in investigative reporting

Jim Hummel - Recipient of Radio Television Digital News Association’s Edward R. Murrow Award and two Associated Press Awards, all for investigative reporting; he is also a five-time nominee in the regional Emmy Awards.

​Jim Hummel left the traditional news because he saw where the industry was going. After 13 years at the Providence Journal, then 13 years at ABC Channel 6 News, Jim founded The Hummel Report in 2009. Now he is on the cutting edge of the New Media news outlets. With an exclusive partnership with WPRO 630 AM and 99.7 FM, Rhode Island PBS Television, and the Providence Journal newspaper, Jim can now provide on multiple media outlets the hard nosed investigative journalism he did while creating the "You Paid for It" segment on ABC 6.
The Hummel Report is a non-profit organization with an IRS approved 501(c)3 status.  Donations to the Hummel Report are 100% tax deductible to the full extent of the law.
 The mission of the Hummel Report is to expose waste and corruption in government to the people of Rhode Island and become the go-to source for news outlets of any medium across the state. And through the Rhode Island Spotlight, we strive to highlight and celebrate community heroes, both individuals and organizations that are making a significant, positive difference for fellow Rhode Islanders.

The Hummel Report is funded by individual and corporate donors and foundation grants. The Hummel Report is a non-partisan, non-profit with an IRS 501(c)3 designation and donations to the organization are 100% tax deductible to the full extent of the law.  WE DO NOT ACCEPT DONATIONS FROM POLITICIANS OR POLITICAL ORGANIZATION - NOR DO WE ACCEPT TAX-FUNDED GRANTS

Bob Alley and Zoe Alley Feb 16, 2021
Bob is Paddington Bear Illustrator and Zoe is Author of "Wolf at the Door"
Bob is Paddington Bear Illustrator and Zoe is Author of "Wolf at the Door"

R.W. Alley has illustrated over one hundred books for children. His books have received many awards and have appeared on numerous best-seller lists. For the past twenty years he’s illustrated Michael Bond’s Paddington Bear books in all their formats. Mr. Alley also writes his picture books, most recently four books about the fantastical adventures of four siblings, Gretchen, Clark, Mitchell and Annabelle. For many years he has illustrated both the adult and the kids Elf-Help series of self-help books that are available world- wide.

In his own words, “My parents saved everything, so I know that I began drawing sometime around age two. I have gotten slightly better at hands, but horses remain a problem. For an only child, growing up in New York, Texas, South Carolina and finally for most of the time in Annapolis, Maryland, drawing was fine self-entertainment. Then, as now, I have always enjoyed most making pictures that illustrate a story rather than might hang on a wall. I make my pictures in a studio that has a rolling ladder, more books than I can count and many tubes of half-used, rock-hard paint. I started illustrating books right out of college in 1979. I didn’t go to art school, but received a BA in Art History from Haverford College and then spent four years as a staff artist at several greeting card companies.”

Zoë B. Alley is the author of two multi-starred books of re-invented fairy tales, There’s a Wolf at the Door, a Washington Post Best Book of the Year and its companion book There’s a Princess in the Palace, both presented in an over-sized graphic panel format and illustrated by R.W. Alley.

In her own words, “Having grown-up in a family of “literary grammarians”, I have always been interested in words, recited and written. From an early age in Natick, Massachusetts, I participated in both theatre and music-related events, finishing up a whirlwind career in my early teens as a perpetual chorus member! I have, however, learned to deal with this fateful blow. I rallied, and am at long last thrilled to call myself an “Author” and see my words in print with the publication of “There’s a Wolf at the Door”!  

Matthew "Marcello" Haynes Feb 23, 2021
La Gondola-Providence
La Gondola-Providence

Marcello is the most seasoned member of La Gondola Providence's talented group of gondoliers, as well as the company's owner, president, and spokesperson. He started rowing gondolas in 1999, while still in college at Lehigh University. A career in teaching allowed him to keep his his summer job as a gondolier while still working full time. After eight seasons of working for his former employers, he purchased the company and two gondolas, and La Gondola Providence was born. Marcello has been a mainstay on the river ever since, training an excellent crew of gondoliers, singing at every opportunity, and both marveling at and showing off the amazing Renaissance City of Providence to locals and tourists alike.  He lives in Foster at the international headquarters of La Gondola Providence with First Gondolady Bryna and their children, Aine and Aelyn, affectionately nicknamed Moonbeam and Little Star. 

Michael Delaney, Director of Photography at Projo Mar 02, 2021