Speaker Date Topic
Dan Huff, Assistant Commissioner, MDH Jun 16, 2021 7:30 AM
COVID-19 Updates
COVID-19 Updates

Dan Huff was appointed assistant commissioner for the Health Protection Bureau in 2019 by Commissioner Jan Malcolm. As assistant commissioner, Huff is responsible for overseeing the Environmental Health Division, Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention and Control Division, and the Public Health Laboratory.

Prior to his current position at MDH, Huff served multiple roles at the City of Minneapolis, including six years as the director of Environmental Health and coordinator of its Sustainability Initiative. During his time with the University of Minnesota Extension Service, Huff worked with local governments and residents in promoting best practices to protect surface and drinking water. This work continued in his role as watershed protection director at the Friends of the Mississippi River. Huff started his career as a high school science teacher where he received many teaching awards for his energy and creativity in the classroom.

Prior to his current position at MDH, Huff served multiple roles at the City of Minneapolis, including six years as the director of Environmental Health and coordinator of its Sustainability Initiative. During his time with the University of Minnesota Extension Service, Huff worked with local governments and residents in promoting best practices to protect surface and drinking water. This work continued in his role as watershed protection director at the Friends of the Mississippi River. Huff started his career as a high school science teacher where he received many teaching awards for his energy and creativity in the classroom.

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Jamie Coughlin & Gabe Silverman, filmmakers Jun 23, 2021 7:30 AM
The Fight to Serve: The making of award-winning documentary TransMilitary
The Fight to Serve: The making of award-winning documentary TransMilitary

In 2015, a group of service members went into the Pentagon to reveal to top brass that they are transgender, hoping to overturn a decades-long ban on their service. That day sparked a years-long battle within the military and across the country as transgender rights were thrust into the political landscape of the 2016 election. Documentarian and Minnesota native Jamie Coughlin along with her partner Gabriel Silverman, chronicled the saga with intimate access to four decorated transgender troops on the forefront of the fight. TransMilitary has been screened on Capitol Hill, and used as an educational tool at military bases. Coughlin and Silverman will discuss how the project came to be, the behind-the-scenes challenges of making the documentary, as well as the state of affairs for transgender rights since the film launched in 2018. 

Film viewing options:  Free on Amazon Prime, but available wherever you purchase movies (iTunes, Youtube, Vimeo, Vudu).

Jamie Coughlin and Gabe Silverman are award-winning journalists turned documentary filmmakers. Their first feature, TransMilitary, won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at SXSW 2018 and received critical acclaim. It premiered on Logo TV/Viacom and Amazon Prime. The film played at more than 100 film festivals worldwide. Coughlin and Silverman were named to the 2018 Top 10 Filmmakers to Watch list by The Independent

Prior to starting their production company SideXSide Studios in 2015, Coughlin and Silverman worked in leading newsrooms. Silverman was a video journalist at The Washington Post where his work was recognized with more than a dozen awards, including an Edward R. Murrow Award for his investigative work, a White House News Photographers Award for Best Documentary, and two Emmy nominations. Coughlin was the supervising producer for USA Today Sports, where she led editorial and branded video content strategy. SideXSide’s first project was their 2016 Emmy-nominated New York Times Op-Doc, Transgender, at War and in Love.

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Outstallation of Club President Carol Russell Jun 30, 2021 7:30 AM

Join us for our traditional roast of the outgoing City of Lakes Rotary Club president. We will mercilessly tease Carol Russell about her year in office and celebrate all of the great work she has done!

Anne Doepner, Director of Inclusion, MN Vikings Aug 11, 2021 7:30 AM
Equity and Inclusion

Anne Doepner is the Director of Inclusion & Employee Investment for the Minnesota Vikings, where she works every day to create a culture where everyone feels a sense of belonging. She is the first full-time person dedicated to Diversity & Inclusion working for an NFL team.

In her previous role as the Director of Football Administration for the Minnesota Vikings, Anne negotiated NFL player contracts and was responsible for matters of salary cap compliance. At the time of her transition into D&I she was one of only two women across the NFL working as a contract negotiator.

She has received many honors for her work and has been featured on NBC Sports in an “On Her Turf” segment. Anne founded the Minneapolis-St. Paul chapter of Women In Sports & Events (WISE) in 2017 and continues to serve on the Board of Directors. Anne lives in St. Paul, MN with her husband, Aaron, and her children Alice (9) and James (7).

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