TOPIC: Learn about Wilmington’s first brewery tour bus, discover local craft breweries, and help promote local small business!
Speaker: Jeremy Tomlinson
Owner, Port City Brew Bus
Jeremy Tomlinson and his business partner run Wilmington’s first and very own brewery tour bus. Jeremy is a military veteran and long time Wilmington resident that has a passion for both quality crafted beer and promoting locally owned small businesses. Jeremy is a UNCW graduate who owns a local IT business. He and his business partner have combined experience in restaurants/bars, local government, small business and marketing and, (oh yeah) beer! Five breweries are open in Wilmington. With several more on the horizon, Jeremy thought it would be great to have a brewery tour bus to encourage locals and tourists to discover these breweries, meet the brewers, and support local business.
TOPIC: “The Joys of Learning: At any age!”
The Feature Speakers are from the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) and Brunswick Community College. The OLLI representative will talk about the various ways we learn throughout our lives and explain the key areas in our “third stage” of life that we should focus to maintain our mental and physical health and well-being.
The Brunswick Community College representatives will be speaking about the Continuing Education programs they offer for personal enrichment, ecotourism, emergency training, the trades, healthcare, and many more.
Speaker: Shelley Morse
Director, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)
Shelley L. Morse is the Director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW). She relocated from Annapolis, MD to assume the position in August of 2011. As Director, she provides executive oversight of all programming, finances, strategic planning, fund-raising, volunteer involvement and community outreach. OLLI at UNCW received its first endowment in 2007 and the second endowment in 2011.
Shelley has over 30 years experience managing and directing the development and implementation of credit, noncredit and professional development adult education programs using various learning platforms such as web-based, computer-based, lecture, and print for the public, private, healthcare and non-profit sectors. She is a cyclist, kayaker and loves many other outdoor activities. She has embraced her re-location 5 years ago to Southeastern North Carolina and the many opportunities Wilmington has to offer in her continued journey as a lifelong learner.
Speaker: Marilyn Graham, MBA, LEED-GA
Sustainability and Innovation Programs
Brunswick Community College (BCC)
Marilyn is responsible for the Sustainability and Innovation programs at Brunswick Community College (BCC) and provides training and information on sustainability programs, and innovation trends. In addition, she has responsibility for identifying community training needs, listening sessions, advisory groups, and informational events. Ms. Graham has worked at BCC for 12 years and has been a Brunswick County resident for over 20 years. She serves on various boards and committees: Keep Brunswick County Beautiful Board, Cape Fear Resource, Conservation, and Development, Brunswick County Toastmasters, Brunswick Intercultural Festival Chair, and Chair of the BCC Annual Sustainability Symposium and Expo . She is responsible for the ecotourism programs at BCC.
Speaker: Greg Bland
Dean of Continuing Education and Workforce Development
Brunswick Community College
Greg is the dean of continuing education and workforce development at Brunswick Community College, and includes all non-credit trades education pathways, community and personal service education, health education, emergency management training, fire/rescue, in-service law enforcement for officers, and foundational studies. Greg’s team of program directors serve the citizens of Brunswick County through affordable and accelerated pathways that lead to family sustaining employment. Greg has served on the Brunswick Transit System Board of Directors, State Employees Credit Union Advisory Board, Cape Fear Workforce Development Board of Directors, and chairs the county’s strategic planning committee for education and workforce development. Greg is a Brunswick County native and is completing his doctorate in higher education leadership at UNCW.