Heidi Hertel - Founder of FitzFrames
Heidi is a government and political affairs professional turned entrepreneur who started her company Fitz Frames to revolutionize the eyeglass experience. She started her career on Capitol Hill in a variety of Congressional staff roles and then in the private sector, at Clear Channel Communications. In Los Angeles, Heidi worked as a political consultant where she raised funds and organized events for local, state, and federal campaigns and candidates, as well as non-profit organizations. Heidi also represented private donors, serving as a liaison and advisor on the allocation of their time and political dollars.
Heidi was inspired to start Fitz as a mother who spent many years looking for eyeglasses for her family. Fitz uses an app in combination with facial mapping and 3D printing to make tailor-fit eyeglasses, unique for each face, from their facility in Youngstown, Ohio.
Heidi holds a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. She serves on the California Advisory Board of Vision to Learn, a non-profit organization that gives free eye exams and glasses to children in need, as well as the Children's Eye Foundation Advisory Board of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, whose mission is to end preventable vision loss in children.
Craig Pierce - Executive Director/CEO American Nuclear Society
Craig serves as the CEO of the American Nuclear Society, a position he has held since November 2019. Prior to taking the helm at ANS, Craig was managing director of the Washington Office of the Bose Public Affairs Group where, in addition to serving as the Society’s Washington representative, he built and oversaw a 20 person, 60 client, $5 million a year government affairs and policy consultancy specializing in energy, science and education.
As ANS Washington Representative, Craig played a central role in several high-profile nuclear policy victories, including the creation of the Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP) and Integrated University Program (IUP), as well as defeating legislation that would have banned the commercial use of 14 radioisotopes.
Prior to entering private practice, Craig worked on Capitol Hill for 8 years, including service as Chief of Staff for Congressman Joe Knollenberg (R-MI) and Associate Staff of the House Appropriations Committee. During his time on the Hill, Craig led efforts to preserve federal nuclear R&D funding and the accelerate cleanup of DOE defense nuclear sites.
Craig has a bachelor’s degree in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park and is a graduate of the Public Affairs Institute. He lives in Bethesda, MD with his wife Clare and their two children and is an avid skier, canoeist, and Formula One fan.
Diane McKee has been a volunteer with the Brighton Band Boosters for 12 years, and served as Treasurer since 2014. The Brighton Band Boosters is a 501c(4) non-profit association with an annual budget of at least $100,000 per year. The Band Boosters is a sophisticated non-profit association with multiple income sources and dedicated funds to be managed.
Diane was the second full-time employee when she was hired by the Howell Carnegie District Library in 1986 and has assisted in its growth from a city department to an independent taxing authority. Diane has held multiple roles at the library and she is presently the head of the Human Resources, Purchasing and Budgeting departments.
Diane completed her Scientific and Technical Communication degree at Michigan Technological University. She has served on the Library of Michigan’s Michigan Notable Books Committee from 2011-16.