Speaker Information

Our May Speaker is Brandon Tachco
Ph.D., World Maritime History
Research and Development Coordinator
San Francisco Maritime National Park Association
San Francisco Maritime Museum and Research Center
Brandon Tachco has a PhD in World History from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Currently, he is working as the Research and Development Coordinator for the San Francisco Maritime National Park Association, where he leads experiential education programs aboard the historic ships, researches California education content standard trends, assists with education and marketing program development, writes grants, manages communications, helps organize fundraising and cultural events, and is the Managing Editor for their membership maritime history publication, the Sea Letter. His research looks at shipping and shipbuilding at the turn of the 20th century. Through the lens of ships and shipbuilding materials, he analyzes the many transnational connections these topics represent, including a seemingly isolate shipbuilding culture and society in Glasgow to complex geo-political developments and business imperial expansion in South and Southeast Asia.  Brandon is also teaching courses at California State University Maritime Academy.
Topic Abstract - the BALCLUTHA
Nineteenth century merchant sailing ships like Balclutha were worlds unto themselves. This maritime world was a uniquely transnational space that was separate from, but still very much connected to, the wider-world of which they were a part. The cargo they carried, the people that lived on them, even the very material from which they were built were all integral to the complex, inter-dependent, ever-globalizing, nineteenth century world of growing state power, multi-national business, interregional migrations, and European imperialism. During Balclutha’s careers, it carried cargo all over the world and was an essential part in connecting the lives and stories of people from many different classes, races, nationalities and creeds. While this is true of Balclutha’s life, it is equally true of its birth. Even the smallest piece of material used for its construction represents a complex, inter-connected nineteenth century world, and tells the stories of the countless individuals whose lives were in some way connected to, and dependent on, nineteenth-century ships.
June Speaker will be Coach Justin Alumbaugh
The De La Salle football program finished 12-2 last season and was ranked 13th nationally. They are one of the nation's most renowned programs and once won a still national record 151 straight games from 1992-2004. Our speaker for June 17th luncheon is the coach of De La Salle Football, Justin Alumbaugh. Coach “Baugh as he is referred to replaced the legendary Bob Ladouceur the winningest high school football coach in California . He is taking over one of the most storied prep programs in American sports. The Spartans of De La Salle have won every North Coast Section Division I title since 1992. They are the only program to play in a state bowl game every year. A former inside linebacker and tight end for De La Salle in his high school years Alumbaugh never lost a game as a three year starter for the Spartans. While barely out of UCLA Ladouceur already wanted the former Spartan standout to be his eventual replacement. According to Ladouceur in referring to Alumbaugh “He’s his own guy.” But I think the area of what we want for the kids—our concept of team, our philosophy of coaching, even our knowledge of coaching—is pretty close.”
The De La Salle football team posted a 49-7 victory
over Pittsburg High School on Friday, November 29, 2019
to capture the school’s 28th straight North Coast Section Football Championship. 
Expectations for the players are always high at De La Salle as stated by Coach Alumbaugh “ I think great coaches are great educators and there’s a lot of commonality in what they all do-- -getting kids to reassess what their limits and abilities are, and getting them to work and achieve what they can as best they can. No matter where you are, science class or out on the field, it’s pretty much the same thing.”
Our July Speaker is Edward “Ted” Sortwell Clement, Jr.
Save Mount Diablo Executive Director
Ted has been studying and working in the conservation field for over 30 years.  He was an environmental studies major at the University of Vermont where he received his Bachelor of Science degree.  Ted later received his Juris Doctor degree from Vermont Law School where he focused on land conservation law.  
He is a licensed attorney.  After graduating from college, Ted was an instructor and environmental educator for the Outward Bound School in Maine.  He then worked and completed his service as a Peace Corps national park volunteer in Thailand.  After the Peace Corps, Ted worked in the stewardship and legal departments at Vermont Land Trust while in law school.  After receiving his Juris Doctor degree, Ted was hired by the Aquidneck Land Trust in Rhode Island.  He served as the Land Protection Director for 5 years and then as the Executive Director for over 7 years until he accepted a position in Hawaii. 
In January 2013, he began working as the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust's Executive Director and he served in that role until he was offered a job as Save Mount Diablo's Executive Director in California near the end of 2015 – a job that would bring the Clement family together again as their oldest son was at college in California.  Ted is a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Specialist Group on Cultural and Spiritual Values of Protected Areas. 
Ted has served on the Boards of various environmental non-profit organizations, and he has also received a number of awards and a Center for Whole Communities fellowship for his conservation work.  He is passionate about his family, time outdoors and working with others to create lasting public good by protecting, and connecting people to, the land which sustains us.
Our August 2020 Luncheon Speaker will be
Attorneys Jennifer Wallis and Joan Grimes
Estate Planning Specialists
Estate planning is more than just creating a will or living trust. It is a plan…a plan for your family. Having a will or living trust is a gift you give yourself and your beneficiaries. Not only does a well-crafted estate plan avoid probate and the high costs associated with the probate process, but it also reduces stress on your loved ones by providing them with a plan for when you are gone. With your estate plan, there will be no guessing about what family members need to do – we will create a clear plan that they can follow. Here, at the Law Offices of Joan Grimes, our team is ready to help you create your family's plan. Our speakers will focus on Incapacity Planning as part of the overall planning process. This is a new and evolving area of law. We are living longer than ever before (Doctors can keep your body alive longer than ever before…but your mind may fail before your body). While you cannot predict your future needs, you can create a plan that will protect you no matter what happens.
Joan Grimes, Attorney
Ms. Grimes has over 30 years experience in the industry. Ms. Grimes has served as the President of the Northern California Bankruptcy Forum and served as the Chair of the Contra Costa Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section. Ms. Grimes received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley and was awarded her Juris Doctor from California Western University in San Diego, California. Ms. Grimes is a member of the State Bar of California.
Jennifer Wallis (Grimes), Attorney
Ms. Wallis joined the Law Office of Joan Grimes when she was in high school and began her legal career as a legal receptionist and then continued on as a law clerk.  After graduating from the University of San Francisco School JD/MBA program with honors, Ms. Wallis returned to the Law Office of Joan Grimes to work with her mom.  Ms. Wallis is thrilled to be working with her mom again and loves assisting families with their estate planning needs.  Ms. Wallis received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Davis and was awarded her Juris Doctor from the University of San Francisco. Ms. Wallis is a member of the State Bar of California. 
Our September 2020 Luncheon Speaker will be Paige Meyer
Chief, San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District
Chief Meyer joined the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District (SRVFPD) on March 18, 2013.  He currently serves as a Board Member for the East Bay Regional Communications System Authority, an honorary board member of the San Ramon Chamber of Commerce, a board member and secretary for Leadership San Ramon Valley, on the Police and Fire Fallen Heroes scholarship committee, a Honorary Airforce Commander with Travis Airforce Base and is an active member of the Contra Costa County Executive Fire Chiefs, serving as current President of both the Executive Chiefs and County chiefs.
Prior to being hired by the SRVFPD, Chief Meyer began his career over 25 years ago, as a volunteer Firefighter and later as a Public Safety Officer, with the city of Sunnyvale, he then served at the City of Vallejo Fire Department, holding the positions of Firefighter, Engineer, Captain, Battalion Chief and Fire Chief.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Administration from California State University at Chico as well as a Fire Science degree.  He lives in Danville with his wife, Molly, and 3 children Ellie, Kailey and Lincoln.