Special Guest: Nick Mangold
Sinclair Conference Center
April 29, 2015
Reception: 5:30 p.m.
Dinner: 7 p.m.
Recognized as one of the National Football League’s best offensive lineman, Nick Mangold first established himself during his days as a three-sport athlete at Archbishop Alter High School. Having grown up in Centerville, Ohio, Nick played both offense and defense for the Knights and was named first-team All-Ohio his senior year. After graduation, he was selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
He continued his career at The Ohio State University, where he was a three-year starter and co-captain his senior season. In 2006, he was drafted in the first round (29th overall) by the New York Jets and was the first player ever to start the entire season at center for the organization.
April 23, 2014
Special guest: J.R. Martinez
Long before J.R. Martinez won legions of fans as the winner of Dancing with the Stars in 2011, he was inspiring audiences of all kinds with his remarkable story.
Born to a single mother from El Salvador, his dream was to become a professional football player. His plans were derailed by a sports injury. So he enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he was assigned to the 502nd Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division. Martinez saw it as a way to give back to a country that already had given so much to him and his family.
In March 2003, J.R. was deployed to Iraq. Less than a month later, the Humvee he was driving hit a land mine. Three other soldiers were ejected from the burning vehicle, but Martinez was trapped inside. Suffering from smoke inhalation and severe burns to 34 percent of his body, Martinez spent the next 34 months in recovery, undergoing 33 different surgeries, including skin grafts and cosmetic surgery.
Martinez has spoken at events nationwide. His message of resilience and optimism has inspired a wide variety of organizations, including corporations, veterans groups and schools. In 2008, Martinez joined the cast of ABC’s Emmy Award-winning daytime drama All My Children as combat veteran Brot Monroe. The show incorporated portions of Martinez’s real life into its fictional storylines.
Dr. Abraham Verghese
Geography is destiny. This simple phrase is woven like a thread through the tapestry of physician and best-selling author Abraham Verghese’s life and his work. Verghese was the keynote speaker at the 2013 Annual Dinner.
A professor for the theory and practice of medicine and senior associate chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Verghese is the author of My Own Country: A Doctor’s Story, chosen as a Best Book of the Year by Time magazine, and The Tennis Partner: A Story of Friendship and Loss.
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Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen
For 2009 the Academy was privileged to host Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D., a renowned pioneer in the mind/body holistic health movement, best-selling author and nationally recognized medical reformer and educator.
Dr. Antonia C. Novello
The 2005 dinner featured speaker Antonia C. Novello, M.D., M.P.H., Dr.P.H. Dr. Novello is a former Surgeon General of the United States, and former New York State Health Commissioner.
The 2007 dinner featured speaker Cokie Roberts. Ms. Roberts is an American Emmy Award-winning journalist and bestselling author.
The 2006 dinner featured speaker Naomi Judd. Ms. Judd is an American country music singer, songwriter, author, and former nurse.
The 2005 dinner featured speaker Tom D. Crouch, Ph.D., Curator for the Aeronautics Divison of the National Air and Space Museum. Dr. Crouch discussed the history of the Wright Brothers and their pioneering efforts here in Dayton.
Dr. Mauro Ferrari
The 2004 dinner featured speaker Mauro Ferrari, Ph.D., Associate Vice-President for Health Science Technology & Commercialization at The Ohio State University. The event was held on April 28, 2004 at the Dayton Art Institute.
The 2003 dinner featured Keith Lockhart, Conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra, and was held on Wednesday, April 30, 2003. Guests were treated to an elegant dinner on the main stage of the Schuster Performing Arts Center in Downtown Dayton.
The 2002 dinner featured Geraldine Ferraro, the first female candidate for vice-president, former congresswoman and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Commission. The dinner was held on Wednesday, April 24, 2002 at the Dayton Marriott Hotel.
The 2001 dinner was held on Wednesday, April 25th at the Dayton Marriott. The Academy proudly presented guest lecturer Paula Zahn, national award-winning journalist and host of Fox Network's The Edge with Paula Zahn.
The Academy of Medicine's Guest Speaker for the 2000 Spring Dinner was comedy legend Carl Reiner. The Emmy-Award winning actor and director entertained and amused our audience of distinguished members. The event was held on April 18, 2000 at the Five Seasons Country Club.
Dr. Michael Levitt
Excellent food, fine entertainment, and an enjoyable lecture were presented April 28 at the 1999 Annual Dinner. The event featured Michael Levitt, M.D., gastroenterologist and associate chief of staff for research at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center. His presentation, "The Status of Flatus," educated and entertained those in attendance.