Wild About New England
Greg Mertz, DVM, CEO New England Wildlife Center
Dr. Greg Mertz serves as the CEO of the New England Wildlife Center, an informal hands-on science education organization that uses the activities of veterinary medical care and rehabilitation of wildlife as a vehicle for learning. He also serves as the Odd Pet Vet, the New England Wildlife Center’s fee-for-service commercial veterinary practice, and treats over 100 species of animals.
Dr. Mertz was designated the “Best of Boston 2004” for exotic pet medicine by Boston Magazine, writes a monthly column for the Pet Gazette as “The Cold Blooded Vet,” recently completed a novel entitled A Field Guide to Wildflowers, and hosted over 150 episodes of New England’s Wild Legacy, a cable access television program. As the primary veterinary provider for the Center since 1990, Dr. Merz has treated or presided over the care of nearly 80,000 wild animals.
September 27, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
An Abbreviated History of Games
Jeff Anderson, Senior Vice President, Social and Mobile, Majesco Entertainment
Jeff Anderson brings a strong background in game design, product management, and business development. Jeff recently joined Majesco Entertainment after it acquired Quickhit, a developer and operator of the online free-to-play NFL-licensed football game Quickhit NFL Football, which utilizes the virtual goods revenue model.
Prior to starting Quickhit, he was president and CEO of Turbine, Inc., where he rebuilt that company into a global publisher of massively multiplayer online role-playing games with hits like Dungeons & Dragons Online and The Lord of the Rings Online. Jeff has also served as the vice president and executive in charge of production at Origin/Electronic Arts, executive director for the consumer products division of Viacom, Inc.,and the vice president of operation at Mission Studios Corporation.
October 5, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
A Night with the Massachusetts State Police
Colonel Marian McGovern
Colonel Marian McGovern’s three-decade career with the Massachusetts State Police began as a road trooper in 1979, when she was one of just a dozen women on the force. In January 2010, she was sworn in as the first female head of the Massachusetts State Police and oversees the 2,250-member force, 170 of whom are women.
Colonel McGovern oversaw the implementation in Massachusetts of the AMBER Alert Program, a tool that has proven successful in finding abducted children. She was also instrumental in the arrest of organized crime figure Howie Winter. As a lieutenant colonel, she served as commander of the Division of Standards and Training, which oversees internal investigations and the State Police Academy. As a major, she helped develop the unit that enters evidence into the Combined DNA Index System, a national database that seeks to match DNA collected from crime scenes to profiles of known offenders.
November 29, 2011, 7:00 p.m.