Speaker Date Topic
Bill Neuendorf Jan 22, 2019
Economic Development in Edina – Update of New Projects
Economic Development in Edina – Update of New Projects

Bill has served as the City of Edina’s “Economic Development Manager” for five years.  In this role, Bill works on several business-related projects. His current focus is on commercial development projects and public improvements that bring long term value to the community.

With degrees in engineering and urban planning, Bill brings experience in both the private and public sectors to the City’s staff.

For the first ten-years of his career, Bill assisted real estate developers and architects to build exceptional projects throughout the U. S. Highlights include Triangle Town Center and Streets of Southpoint (North Carolina), Country Music Hall of Fame, Peabody Place, Detroit Orchestra Hall, City Place (West Palm Beach), Miami International Airport, and Four Seasons Hotel.

After obtaining his Master’s degree from the University of Illinois-Chicago, Bill focused on economic development strategies and revitalization of established neighborhoods and first-tier suburbs. His work with the City of Chicago yielded strong experience in the use of tax increment funding and other business incentives. Later as Director of Community & Economic Development for a first-ring suburb of Chicago, he completed a Development Framework Plan to guide the redevelopment of a 78-acre mixed use neighborhood and helped broker partnerships to secure growth commitments from local businesses.

Bill and his family moved to Edina in 2010.

Kathleen Motzenbecker Jan 29, 2019

Kathleen Motzenbecker is Senior Vice President of The Medical Alley Association (MAA).  By elevating Minnesota’s Medical Alley as the global epicenter of health innovation and care, her organization champions the most densely concentrated health technology cluster in the world, including industry leaders such as 3M, Medtronic and the Mayo Clinic.  Today, Medical Alley is home to biotechnology, pharmaceutical, diagnostics and digital health leaders. 

In 2015, the Minnesota Business Journal named Kathleen one of its “Top 50 Women in Business” when she was served as Executive Director of the Minnesota Trade Office.  She also previously served as the Asia Pacific Trade Director in Illinois.  In Washington, DC, Kathleen held senior positions with the UN Development Program and the Council on Foreign Relations.  She has monitored nearly 20 elections overseas, primarily in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.  She lives in south Minneapolis with her husband David, a landscape architect, and their six year old daughter.

Club Assembly Feb 05, 2019
Steffen Hovard, President & SVP of Interventional Feb 12, 2019
Why Coloplast Chose Minneapolis
Why Coloplast Chose Minneapolis

As President and Senior Vice President at Coloplast, Steffen Hovard is responsible for the global Urology Care business, managing a broad portfolio of products in the urology field – implantable and single use devices. In addition to this, Mr. Hovard manages sales organizations in 19 countries, global research & development, manufacturing, and marketing functions in both the U.S. and France. Since 1999 he has held various positions within Coloplast that have led to this current role. He began his tenure at Coloplast’s headquarters in Denmark eventually becoming Vice President of Research & Development. He then moved to their Paris location to head the European region of the Urology Care business. Finally, in 2011 he moved to US headquarters in Minneapolis to fulfill his current role. He currently serves on the AdvaMed Board and various AdvaMed Board Committees. Locally, he is the Chairman of Medical Alley Association. Apart from his professional endeavors, he also dedicates hands-on time supporting philanthropy and giving back to the local community.

Bart Sneary Feb 19, 2019
Microsoft - Rotary Site Visit

Microsoft Technology Center Site Visit

February 19th, 2019

Location: Centennial Lakes Plaza, 3601 West 76th St, Suite 600, Edina, MN 55435


7:30-8:30 a.m. Bagels and Coffee, Tour and Microsoft Applications/Technology

This program requires pre-registration by 1/19/19 to attend. Sign up will be at our weekly meeting starting in December.

Bio: Bart Sneary

Bart Sneary is a Business Applications Architect at the Microsoft Technology Center in Edina.  He’s a veteran of this space, having worked professionally with CRM and ERP solutions for 25 years and the Microsoft one for the last 11.  As a technical architect, although he specializes in the business applications space, he enjoys working with a robust breadth of technologies that all play a part in helping ease business challenges.

Nick Legeros Feb 26, 2019
Sculpting a Life
Sculpting a Life

Nicholas Legeros has a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Minnesota.  For over twenty years he was an Artist-in-residence and instructor at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts.  He also taught for Metropolitan State University, Breck Schools and the Edina Art Center.  Sixteen years ago Mr. Legeros left teaching to pursue a full-time career as a sculptor.  His recent large commissions include a statues that honor Donald Nyrop and the women and men of Northwest Airline at Centennial Lakes Park in Edina, MN, of Goldy Gopher for Coffman Union, Sid Hartman for the Target Center and a 17’ high statue of St. Joseph for St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul, MN.  Mr. Legeros served on the board of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA) for seven years (three as President) and five years on the board of the Northeast Community Development Corporation.

Terry Moore Mar 12, 2019
Turning the Tables: How to Prosper & Profit in Crisis

Business success is about making the right moves in times of upheaval, opportunity, or threat to the organization. Will your leaders know what to do in their next high stakes situation? Terry Moore shows decision makers how to lead their teams to not just survive, but to profit from crisis. His proven Strategic Prediction method takes strategic leadership to the next level, so that your audience will discover opportunities where others see only danger. In this talk, audiences will learn the methods and tactics to turn their next crisis into gold.

They will:

• Know how to predict what everyone else will do in any crisis situation

• Understand advanced levels of strategic thinking and leadership

• Seal their success with new and winning end-game tactics

Stela Center Mar 19, 2019
Challlenges in higher education and workforce and how Wallin Education Partners is responding.
Challlenges in higher education and workforce and how Wallin Education Partners is responding.

Stela Center is the Director of Development with Wallin Education Partners. As a former Wallin Education Partners scholar, Stela brings a student perspective to the team and is able to speak to the impact of the program. Stela was a recipient of the Rotary Ambassador for Peace Scholarship in 2006. With this support from Rotary, she completed her Masters degree in International Peace Studies from the United Nations Mandated University for Peace, in Costa Rica. Stela is originally from Bosnia, but her family left Bosnia during the war that took place in the 1990s. After living in refugee camps for about a year and a half, Stela moved to Minnesota with her family. Because of the support of these two programs, Stela was able to pursue a career working in the non-profit sector in Minnesota. Through her work, she has supported organizations such as Global Volunteers, American Refugee Committee, and American Red Cross before joining the Wallin Education Partners team in December of 2015. Stela recently joined the University of Minnesota Rotary Club as a member. 

John Hinderaker Apr 09, 2019
Is Minnesota’s Economy Really As Strong As We Think?
Is Minnesota’s Economy Really As Strong As We Think?

John Hinderaker spent 41 years as a litigator with Faegre & Benson and its successor Faegre Baker Daniels, during which time he tried 100 jury cases and appeared in courts in 19 states. Upon his retirement from the legal profession at the end of 2015, he became President of the Center of the American Experiment.

In addition to his legal career, John is a long-time commentator and activist. He founded the web site Power Line in 2002 and has been a prominent voice on the internet and elsewhere since that time. He has appeared as a commentator on NBC, CBS, Fox News, CNN and CNBC and is a frequent guest and guest host on national radio programs. John has lectured at Dartmouth College, Harvard Law School, Carleton College, St. Olaf College, Macalester College and the University of Minnesota.

John recently testified before the Joint Economic Committee of Congress on the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on Minnesota’s economy.


            • AB Dartmouth College 1971

            • JD Harvard Law School 1974

Honors and Awards:

            • Top 40 commercial litigators in Minnesota

            • Top 100 lawyers in Minnesota

            • 100 Minnesota lawyers most respected by their peers

            • Minnesota’s “Super Lawyer of the Year” in 2006

            • Listed in Best Lawyers In America

            • Named one of top 25 celebrities on the internet by Forbes magazine in 2005

            • Named one of 50 most influential people on the internet by Yahoo in 2005

            • Honored by Time magazine as one of the most influential people of 2004

            • Named one of 100 most influential people in the Twin Cities, 2008

Dave Becker Apr 16, 2019
Angel Foundation
Angel Foundation

Angel Foundation’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Dave Becker as the organization’s new President and CEO. Dave has spent more than 18 years working in the nonprofit sector, most recently having served as vice president of the central territory for the American Diabetes Association where he was promoted from vice president of the Midwest region and Executive Director for MN, ND and WI. Dave joined Angel Foundation’s staff on August 20, 2018 and is excited to begin his new role, “I am elated about the opportunity to lead Angel Foundation. The Foundation provides amazing resources and services to those when they need them most. I am humbled to have the opportunity to serve in this manner and to bring the essential work of the Foundation to the communities we serve.” “We are excited to have Dave’s proven leadership experience to help grow and guide the organization into the future,” said Margie Sborov, Angel Foundation Founder and Board Member. “He brings extensive experience in strategic planning, operations, development and community relations as well as a passion for our mission to help families facing cancer to live in the now and celebrate everyday moments of joy.”

About Angel Foundation: Angel Foundation was founded in 2001 by Margie Sborov, a patient navigator who saw firsthand the issues that cancer patients face. Margie felt compelled to start a non-profit organization that would meet the needs of adults with cancer and their families. When cancer strikes, Angel Foundation offers two programs – Emergency Financial Assistance and Facing Cancer Together. The Emergency Financial Assistance program helps adults in active treatment for cancer, living or treated in the seven-county metro area with non-medical, basic living expenses such as food, housing, utilities and fuel. The Facing Cancer Together program provides free education and support programs to adults with cancer and their families. Through these services, Angel Foundation is able to help cancer patients reduce their stress and live in the now so they’re able to celebrate the everyday moments of joy in their life. Since its founding, Angel Foundation has provided more than $8 million in emergency financial assistance and 25,000 services to individuals in the community. 

Lisa Ovsak Apr 23, 2019
Breanna's Gift
Breanna's Gift

Lisa Ovsak is blessed to be the mom of Sydney and Michael.  Sydney was born in February of 1999 and diagnosed with cancer when she was just 10 months old.  Lisa is currently the Vice President of Breanna’s Gift Board, an organization dedicated to bringing art programs to kids with cancer and other serious illnesses. 

 Previously, Lisa spent 16 years volunteering in many capacities within the Children’s Cancer Research Fund, the last six of which were spent serving on the Board.  Lisa lives in Bloomington, MN; she is the office manager for an IT consulting and cyber security company in downtown Minneapolis and considers it an honor to have been able to share her story with others for so many years. 

Mike Seeger Apr 30, 2019
Current Drug Trends
Current Drug Trends

Officer Mike Seeger began his police career with the City of Edina in October 2000. Over the last 18 years, he has held a variety of roles with the department – most notably he was a K9 Officer with his partner K9 Diesel from 2006-2014.  Officer Seeger and K9 Diesel received multiple awards for their work together and K9 Diesel nationally certified numerous times in both Narcotics Detection and the Police Dog 1 Trials.  In the years since K9 Diesel retired, Officer Seeger has been a Commercial Crimes Investigator and is currently a Drug Task Force Detective.  Officer Seeger received the 2015 “Mike Siitari” Officer of the Year award.  In addition, he was the Junior Police Coordinator from 2000-2017 and was awarded with the 2017 Connecting with Kids Leadership Award for his dedication to the program.

In his spare time, he is an Edina Paid on Call Firefighter, volunteers with Secondhand Hounds animal rescue and is an active leader in his children’s local Boy Scout troop. 

C. Phifer Nicholson, MD May 07, 2019
Vascular Surgeon

C. Phifer Nicholson, MD, Vascular Surgeon



Vascular Surgery

Board Certifications


Vascular Surgery


Medical School

University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham, AL

Mayo Clinic, Rochester,   MN

General Surgery

Site of Fellowship

Mayo Clinic, Rochester,   MN

General and Vascular Surgery

Philosophy of Care

“I realized I wanted to be a surgeon at five years of age while watching my father suture wounds in the emergency room. Now I know my job not only involves physical healing but emotional and spiritual healing as well. Surgery is my life's calling."  


Charles E. Bradshaw Scholarship Award 1982

Pancreatic Transplant Research Fellow, Mayo Clinic 1989

Lizzie Gelderman May 14, 2019
The American Red Cross: An Overview + How You Can Help

Lizzie was born and raised in St. Paul MN. She holds her ungraduate degree in Biology from the U of M, Morris and her MBA from Augsburg University. Her professional career started with AmeriCorps and then in Healthcare. She now has been with the American Red Cross in Volunteer Services for about 1 ½ years.

Hazel Reinhardt May 21, 2019
Cancer: An African Epidemic

Hazel Reinhardt, President and CEO Foundation for Cancer Care in Tanzania

Driven to bridge the gap between have and have not, Hazel Reinhardt leads the Foundation for Cancer Care in Tanzania [FCCT] with passion and resolve. As President and CEO, Reinhardt is advancing the efforts of FCCT and its mission to bring quality cancer care to the citizens of Tanzania. Working successfully with donors and partners to build a comprehensive, sustainable cancer care system, FCCT serves cancer patients and families across the northern health care zone of Tanzania. Reinhardt’s determination and visionary leadership includes supporting the launch of a nursing school associated with the Arusha Lutheran Medical Center in Arusha, Tanzania and building systems for aligning donors and sponsorship programs to educate young girls in the region. Understanding the bare essential available to the citizens of this country, Reinhardt leads FCCT with compassion and determination to fulfill critical needs. Earlier in her career Hazel was on the faculty at the University of WisconsinMadison and served as the first Minnesota State Demographer. Her expertise in demographic research evolved into a worldwide consulting practice where she spent many years educating and advising print media managers in appropriately sizing markets for advertising and readership circulation. Reinhardt resides in Edina and today has an active consulting practice focusing primarily on school enrollment projections.