Upcoming Speakers

Upcoming NCMC Speakers

NCMC Meetings are held at 10:00 a.m. in Morrill Hall at St. Mark’s Church, 111 Oenoke Ridge (CT Route 124), New Canaan, CT

January 19 – John Santa is Vice Chairman of the Sentencing Commission of Connecticut & Founder of Malta Justice Initiative. The subject of his talk is “Opportunities for Us All in Criminal Justice Reform”. John has been recognized as a prophetic voice in the modern Criminal Justice Reform movement . In 2002, he founded the Malta Justice initiative which now conducts Prison Ministry activities in 37 states and Canada. His record as a community activist as well as his ongoing commitment to social justice and community service is substantial.

January 26 – Les de Villiers, the NCMC’s one and only “Sultan of Safaris” is President of Ultimate Safaris. His presentation is titled “African Creatures Great and Small.” Les has authored more than a dozen books ranging from novels, politics and economics to wildlife and conservation. His latest, African Animal Alphabet is an illustrated book of rhymes about animals ranging from Aardvark to Zebra. For 12 years he’s been arranging safaris. A self-confessed safari addict, he insists “that the day we start behaving like animals, the world will be a better place”.


February 2 – Chris Bruhl is President & CEO of Fairfield County Business Council. He will address the basic economic and business environment on both Fairfield County and the State of Connecticut. The Council is the principal lobbying organization for regional and state business basics such a s transportation, power grids, leadership education and general business environment and has been recognized many times for effectiveness in government and business both nationally and in CT. The title of his talk is: “Connecticut Business Trends in 2018”.


February 9 – Arthur Gottleib, History Instructor at Sacred Heart University, is a well known historian on the subjects of politics and military history. He was formerly a professional Curator of Naval History and the Director of Exhibits at the intrepid Air & Space Museum in NYC. For the past 13 years, he has focused his attention on the growing needs of aging veterans and their families. In keeping with the recent movie, The Darkest Hour, he will be addressing the topic of The Battle of Britain.


February 16 – Kevin Moynihan, newly elected 1st Selectman of New Canaan, will speak on The State of the Town 2018. He assumes his new post as no stranger to New Canaan’s programs and needs. He most recently has spent the past four years on the Town Council, including being part of the creation of the Audit Committee and Ethics Board. He served as a catalyst for the Waveny Park Conservancy and opened the door to EverSource to undertake a major expansion of natural gas for the town. Before his political life he was a corporate attorney.


February 23 – David Levinson is President of Norwalk College and will be speaking on The Roles of Community Colleges. He has been President of Norwalk Community College since 2004, overseeing a major campus and academic growth in both size and impact on the region. NCC is one of the 15 national colleges to receive the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation award for development educational projects. With the restructuring of higher education in the state, he was appointed the VP for the CT State Colleges and Universities Board of Regents.