Speakers 2017-2018

Luncheon Speaker - Thursday - October 19, 2017


Jennifer Schneider, M.D.


Between Scylla and Charybdis: Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

Opioids are the most effective medications for patients with severe chronic pain, but at the same time other people misuse them and many die of drug overdoses.

As a physician certified in Internal Medicine, Addiction Medicine, and Pain management, Jennifer Schneider has treated many chronic pain patients and currently educates physicians nationally in how to do it right. Her talk is outlined below.

  • How I became a pain specialist
  • My current role
  • Pain treatment needs in the U.S. and other countries
  • The problem: undertreated pain versus diversion and addiction
  • Acute versus chronic pain
  • Black-and-white thinking – the ER doctor story
  • Regulators: CDC, FDA, DEA, AMA State Medical Licensing Boards
  • The DEA culture
  • Ineffective Solutions: State limit dose, CDC Guidelines, AMA guidelines

  • The Real Solution: educate patients, the general community, and  prescribers

Living with Chronic Pain, Second Edition: The Complete Health Guide to the Causes and Treatment of Chronic Pain

by Jennifer P. Schneider, M.D., Ph.D.

Up-to-date guide on all aspects of coping with pain: How to choose a pain specialist doctor or treatment program; the truth about opioids and why they are underprescribed; how your personality type affects your ability to cope with chronic pain; the latest non-drug approaches, including massage therapy, acupuncture, brain stimulation, biofeedback, counseling and more. Healthy Living Books, Hatherleigh Press, 2009.

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  • Luncheon Speaker - Thursday - November 16, 2017 -  Arizona Inn

    Topic:  Cyber Criminals and the Potential for Cyber War: What’s at Stake? How do we Protect Ourselves and our Country?

    The global cyberwar is heating up and the stakes are no longer limited to the virtual world of computers. Our nation’s security and well-being relies on a secure and resilient infrastructure - systems and assets whether physical or virtual. In this talk, Sharon O’Neal will explore various forms of threats and vulnerabilities and the countermeasures that are intended to deter, detect, and disrupt those threats in the face of ever-evolving tactics used by cyber criminals and adversaries.


  • Speaker: Sharon O’Neal recently retired as an Engineering Director at Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson. Before retiring, she was the Software Engineering Center Director for more than 500 multi-disciplined engineers.  In 2016, she began preparing for her transition from industry to academia, and has been teaching engineering classes at the University of Arizona, sharing the wealth of her experiences with next generation engineers and help them transition from academia to industry careers. Sharon was the first in her family to earn her college degree, graduating Magna Cum Laude from California State University in 1984 and earned an M.S. in Computer engineering from the University of Southern California in 1991.

Luncheon Speaker - Sunday - December 10, 2017 - Arizona Inn

 We celebrate the End of the Old Year and the Beginning of the New



Professor Sharon B. Megdal

Director, University of Arizona's Water Resources Research Center
And lead editor of the book
Shared Borders, Shared Waters: Israeli-Palestinian
and Colorado River Basin Water Challenges.
From her research and active role in water policy
in the Middle East, comes her proposed talk:
Water as a Bridge and a Barrier to
Resolving Israeli-Palestinian Conflicts