Speaker Date Topic
Turnover Day Jun 27, 2019
Thursday at 5 - Timberland Bank Jul 11, 2019
John Gaines Jul 18, 2019
It Matters
It Matters

John Gaines aka “John PUSH Gaines” is a former at-risk foster kid turned youth advocate.

John has spoken at universities, nonprofit organizations, youth conferences, NBA skill camps, churches, and schools. He has worked with groups of parents, civic groups, educators, coaches & mental health professionals.

His ultimate goal is to inspire young people with his life and to help them realize regardless of the adversity or obstacles they may face; they can still PUSH to be the great human being that they were created to be.

He attended East Central University where he graduated Outstanding Student in Business and won a football championship as captain of the football team! He graduated from Liberty University with a Master degree in Business Leadership, and in 2019 he graduated with his Doctorate in Business Administration.  John currently is working at his dream job as the Community Relations Manager for Tacoma Public Utilities.  In his free time, he spends time mentoring and inspiring youth through the PUSH for Dreams Leadership Academy, a small nonprofit he founded. He lives in Tacoma with his wife Emily, newborn baby Anorah and dog Lola.

Dr. Frank Senecal Jul 25, 2019
What's Happening with Cancer Research and Treatment
What's Happening with Cancer Research and Treatment

Dr. Frank Senecal has practiced oncology in the South Sound for more than 30 years. He is the founder of Northwest Medical Specialties and serves as St. Joseph Hospital’s Director of Oncology. Dr. Senecal is also the Medical Director of Hospice of Tacoma, Chairman of the Department of Medicine and Chief of Staff at St. Francis Hospital, and is a Fellow of American College of Physicians.

Dr. Senecal graduated with high honors from Indiana University for both undergraduate and Medical School and continued his post-graduate medical training at the University of Washington. He completed his fellowship at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle and  is also Board certified in Internal Medicine and Hematology & Oncology.

Passionate about cancer research, Dr. Senecal founded the South Sound Cancer Awareness Research Expansion (CARE) Foundation in 2008 to help bring top research trials to the South Sound and has published several scientific research articles. He firmly believes that research is the path to the cure and making research available locally to advanced stage patients – so that they may receive treatment close to home surrounded by family and friends – is a top priority.