Previous Programs – 2019

January 2019

Our members play some memory games as presented by KIm O’Roark, CTRS, CADDCT, CDP, and Cognitive Theraputics Methods Manager of Home Care Assistance. Ms. O’Roark’s presentation was on “Dementia”

February 2019
Kerry Jones, Meteorologist In Charge, gave a presentation on “The Nuts and Bolts of New Mexico Weather and Weather Forecasts.” Mr. Jones works at the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Albuquerque. If you click on the “download” button, you can see the PowerPoint file of his presentation in Adobe format.


March 2019Dr. Roy Hamil, Senior Technologist & Technical Advisor to the Laser Division of the Air Force Research Labs.

Sandia Retiree Talk_Mar 2019


April 2019Barbara McGuire and Paul Dressendorfer – “Japan:  A Cultural Journey at Cherry Blossom Time”


May 2019Mr. Jerry M. Lovato, Professional Engineer, Executive Engineer, Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority (AMAFCA) – Albuquerque’s flood control coverage, and Albuquerque’s need for water, water sources, water reuse, and more.


June 2019Ms. Kim O’Roark, CTRS, CADDCT, CDP, and Cognitive Theraputics Methods Manager of Home Care Assistance, who spoke to us in January, returned. Ms. O’Roark spoke about definitions of dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease, the biology for the brain and how it is impacted by dementia; communicating with someone with dementia; and not personalizing your interactions; and taking care of yourself as a caretaker.

July 2019“Catastrophes:  Commonalities in Three Examples” – Systems Engineer and author Earl Boebert discusses how changes in corporate governance and culture over the past two decades have made the world a more dangerous place. His talk covers the organizational factors that contributed to the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe, the loss of the steamship El Faro, and the Boeing 737 MAX failures.

Earl Boebert is a retired Senior Scientist at Sandia National Labs. Prior to joining Sandia, he was the technical founder and Chief Scientist of Secure Computing Corporation. Before that, he was a Senior Research Fellow at Honeywell. He has spent over 50 years building and analyzing complex systems. He is a National Associate of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, and he is a co-author of Deepwater Horizon:  A Systems Analysis of the Macondo Disaster, published by the Harvard University Press.

August 2019 – The Annual Picnic

The tables are set, the dishes put out, the fixings are set out, the hamburgers and hot dogs are uncovered, and the members pick and choose a wonderful meal! We had a great time.

September 2019 – The Annual Meeting, 2020 Board of Directors Election, and Ice Cream Social

Program – Joe Abbin, ABQ Blues:  Crime and Policing in Albuquerque, NM

ABQ Blues Presentation – Mid 2019 Update.pdf

October 2019 – Awards Presentation

Program – Bethany Dunn, Albuquerque BioPark & Zoo – Animal Care and Conservation in a Zoo Setting

BioPark Presentation

November 2019

We had a lot of fun when given a demonstration by a group of Square Dancers. They put on a demo, then we had audience participation!