Category Archive for: TEDxSpokane Speakers

Ammi Midstokke

AMMI MIDSTOKKE Ammi Midstokke is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and regular contributor to several publications. During office hours, she tries to save the world with vegetables in her medical clinic, specializing in autoimmune disease and gastrointestinal disorders. Though as a child she had the more standard ambition of ‘ballerina,’ she was thwarted by an impressive…

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Natasha Miserendino

NATASHA MISERENDINO Natasha Miserendino is passionate about food, teaching, and the community. Originally from Chandler, Arizona, she moved here to Spokane from San Diego, CA. After working in restaurant management for almost 10 years, life has taken a different path and Natasha is now working at Umpqua Bank as a Lending Production Specialist. In the…

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Matthew Mitchell

MATTHEW MITCHELL Matthew Mitchell has researched the future for nearly 20 years helping organizations, governments, institutions, and individuals invent better futures through policy, investment, and planning. He is currently developing an online service to expand access to strategic visioning research. Matthew is driven by the thrill of helping people discover and develop new ideas about…

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Dave Paunesku

DAVE PAUNESKU Dave Paunesku studies the motivation to learn — and how learning contexts can stifle or energize that motivation. His center at Stanford University, PERTS, helps educators leverage behavioral sciences research to cultivate students’ passion and persistence for learning. He asks: what must our schools do differently to prepare students for a rapidly changing…

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John Tomkowiak

JOHN TOMKOWIAK John Tomkowiak, MD, MOL, is the founding dean of the Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. A professor of psychiatry and board certified in general psychiatry, as well as a master degree holder in organizational leadership, Dr. Tomkowiak has expertise in the areas of innovation in medical education, accreditation, and…

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Chris Wood

CHRIS WOOD Chris Wood’s broad business experiences and skills in the methodology of the Toyota’s Business Model, also known as Lean Thinking, has helped shape many of his future-forward views of the world. He is educated as a mechanical engineer and has provided engineering, operations, sales and marketing leadership roles in industries varying from dirt…

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Rhonda Young

RHONDA YOUNG Rhonda Young is a professor of civil engineering at Gonzaga University specializing in transportation systems.  She studies the role of transportation on safety, mobility, and efficiency of communities and regions and is excited about creating more livable and economically healthy communities. Rhonda’s talk looks at future transportation technology and it’s likely impacts on our…

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Brady Cass

BRADY CASS Brady Cass is a healthcare industry veteran with over twenty five years of experience in serving complex market segments within the health insurance field. He has been with Cambia Health Solutions for over a decade where he serves as the President of the Spokane based Asuris Northwest Health. Prior to joining Asuris, he was…

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Michael Ebinger

MICHAEL EBINGER Michael Ebinger, a WSU professor, is currently the Director of the WSU Center for Innovation. His efforts and interests include commercializing technical research and evaluating the economic feasibility of new ideas and products through marketing research, business strategies, and operations. Michael helped to develop a novel spectroscopic analysis of soil elements that employed…

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Salvatore Lorenzen

SALVATORE LORENZEN Salvatore Lorenzen has been in the classroom going on 15 years. In the past he’s earned a living repairing office equipment, working on classified communications systems for the US Navy, working on IT networks, personal computers, mini-computers, and has also worked on rollercoasters and amusement park rides. He has directed and coached robotics and technology teams,…

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