Making Democracy Work

Lunch with a Leader

General Information

Lunch with a Leader is a monthly program featuring Los Alamos County leaders. The programs are normally scheduled at 11:40 a.m. on the third Tuesday of the month, on the top floor of Mesa Public Library, with catered lunch. The public is cordially invited to attend. It is not necessary to order lunch. (Note that the December 2017 Lunch with a Leader will be held a week earlier - on December 12th. But sure to put your lunch order in by December 9th)

The catered lunch must be pre-ordered. The total cost is $10, including tax and gratuity. Download the menu and send your order to Karyl Ann Armbruster or call her at 661-6605 by the Sunday evening preceding the lunch date. You can just write out what you want to order rather than trying to fill out the form. (EXAMPLE: salad, 1/2 turkey with cheddar on sourdough with avocado.) If you do not hear back from Karyl Ann that she got your order, please send it again or call.

December 12, 2017 Lunch with a Leader @ 11:40 a.m.

Our speakers for the December Lunch with a Leader are Becky Oertel, Cristina Olds, and Anagha Dandekar. All three are representatives from "Voices of Los Alamos," a progressive, local group that meets monthly and is focused on making positive changes at the state and federal level.

Becky Oertel grew up in Los Alamos and is the daughter of Jay and Carol Wechsler, who were active volunteers and founding members of the Los Alamos Community. After obtaining a degree in Biochemistry from University of Wyoming, Becky enjoyed thirty years of working with people from all walks of life - from remote valleys and mountains of eastern Kentucky to the white sterile halls of biomedical research facilities. These work experiences and Becky's parents' influence inspired her to seek out and learn about people's perspectives, to hear their personal stories, and to seek fair treatment for all.Becky has been a Volunteer Fire Department officer and a PEEC board member. She is currently a board member for Living Treasures of Los Alamos and a founding member of Voices of Los Alamos.

Cristina OIds works at the Lab as the associate editor, writer instructor of Compa. For six months she worked with the nuclear nonproliferation and security group to develop and produce a new exhibit for the Bradbury Science Museum. Her BA from the University of California Santa Cruz is in Spanish Literature. In addition, has more than 20 years of diverse communications, journalism, graphic design, project management, and teaching experience in the printing, publishing, and health care industries.

Anagha came to Los Alamos in 1996 when she married her husband who works at the Lab. Last year's election and the results propelled her to action. I couldn't just cry and complain! So she and some friends got together to brainstorm about their worries, their hopes, and what could be done in our community. She is president and co-founder of Hardware Renaissance, a manufacturer of high end, hand crafted door hardware and accessories. Her BA and MBA are from the University of South Carolina. Not only has she worked in NM, but also in West Virginia and Mumbai, India. She has been responsible for for the financial management and oversight of millions of dollars.