The Bay Area Review June 26, 2019

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South Valley Review

VOL. 3, NO. 10

June 26, 2019

Better at knowing what matters to you Bay Area Strong

San Jose Native Supports Next Generation of Naval Aviators

A 2016 Santa Teresa High School graduate

and San Jose, California, native supports the training of naval aviation personnel and air operations. Ensign Kyle Johnson (pictured left) is serving

with Training Air Wing 4 at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas. Training Air Wing 4 oversees Primary flight training in T-6B Texan II aircraft and Advanced multi-engine flight training in T-44C Pegasus aircraft at four squadrons on base. Currently, Training Air Wing 4 produces approximately 600 newly qualified aviators each year. At Training Air Wing 4, Johnson is the student control lead Ensign for all student pilots. He is responsible for taking care of all the flight students administratively while they wait to class up for primary flight school. “I enjoy seeing every future pilots and getting to know them,” Johnson said. Johnson credits success in the Navy to many of the lessons learned growing

up in San Jose. “I learned to appreciate different cultures and races because San Jose is so ethnically diverse,” Johnson said.

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Note 2 Self To Thine Own Self, Be True Dear Tessie (Younger Me), I am about to tell you about your future. You Tessie who started from humble beginnings in rural MS born into a family of civil rights activists is about to embark on an amazing journey. Your great love right now young Tessie is playing the role of teacher when you play school with your siblings and neighbors. Also building things. Remember when you rounded up your siblings and neighborhood kids to build a community pool, something you felt was most needed in your rural MS community. While other little girls loved playing with dolls, you didn’t have much time for dolls, they couldn’t do anything. Later in life you will wish you had played with dolls a little more specifically in the area of caring for dolls needs because you would be blessed with an instant family, triplet daughters. Your great love in high school will be being your own boss, working as an entrepreneur as you establish your piano lessons business teaching kids in the community. You also enjoyed sewing, which is basically another form of building something, but with cloth. You would sew items for clients, at a cost. Later in life you will continue your 3 early loves of teaching, building, and entrepreneurship by building companies whose main focus is on teaching, companies such as MCEConsulting where your role was to teach enterprise level software applications to highest of high tech employees in Silicon Valley, to colleges where you served as Technical Faculty Member teaching learners from college to doctoral level candidates, to Intellifunda LLC where you design learning apps for grade schoolers accompanied by an IoT doll that CAN do something, to now your nonprofit, MePower Inc, where you offer complimentary high tech earning opportunities for underrepresented, under-resourced populations. You gave credibility to your loves by earning relevant degrees including a bachelors and masters in engineering, and a doctorate in education.”

Image of Maria, CEO, assembling the IoT Toy device breadboard

Maria “Tessie” Earle, PhD CEO|Founder IntelliFunda, LLC

Image of Jessie, our resident artist, helping a student create their personalized Avatar

One of our nonprofit goals is to offer technical training to students 3-8th grade. This image shows Shaina, a board member, teaching students how to assemble an electrical circuit that creates and “LED-eyed” laser cut wooden This is an image of John, our IOT employee, programming mascot. the IoT Toy Device Prototype


Local Heroes Bay Area Strong

There are more than 40 tenant commands and activities located on NAS Corpus Christi. The Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA), headquartered here, oversees the training operation throughout the Southeast Region, from Texas to Florida. Under CNATRA’s command are five training air wings, 17 training squadrons, more than 14,000 Navy and civilian personnel, the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, the Naval Aviation Schools Command and the National Museum of Naval Aviation. The air training

program is approximately 18 months long and focuses on the increased complexity of today’s aircraft. Students must complete multiple phases of flight training in order to graduate, including aviation pre-flight indoctrination, primary flight training, and advanced flight training. After successfully completing the rigorous program, naval aviators earn their coveted “Wings of Gold.” A key element of the Navy the nation needs is tied to the fact that America is a maritime nation, and that the nation’s prosperity is tied to the ability to operate

freely on the world’s oceans. More than 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by water; 80 percent of the world’s population lives close to a coast; and 90 percent of all global trade by volume travels by sea. Johnson plays an important role in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of National Defense Strategy. “Our priorities center on people, capabilities and processes, and will be achieved by our focus on speed, value, results and partnerships,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “Readiness, lethality and modernization are the requirements driving these priorities.” Though there are many ways for sailors to earn distinction in their command, community and career, Johnson is most proud of receiving a letter of accommodation from the Chief of Naval Air Training, a Navy admiral, for volunteering at the Special Olympics. “I loved seeing the smiling faces of parents and Special Olympics athletes as they competed against each other with the obstacles they were born with,” Johnson said. Serving in the Navy is a continuing tradition


of military service for Johnson, who has military ties with family members who have previously served. Johnson is honored to carry on the family tradition. “Both my father and brother served in the Navy,” Johnson said. “Being able to experience what they have seen has brought me closer to them.” As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied-upon assets, Johnson and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes providing the Navy the nation needs. “Serving in the Navy

means having a purpose in moving forward,” Johnson said. “I see my friends back home stuck in time and the Navy has given me an opportunity to grow as an individual.”

Gilroy native participates in multinational exercise in Baltic Sea Region

Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Maddox (pictured right), a native of Gilroy, California, is participating in the Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) exercise with 18 other nations. “I’m helping to develop the intelligence picture for the commanders and

Local Heroes Vice Admiral Lewis, who is commander of the 2nd Fleet,” said Maddox. “I’m looking forward to the experience and gaining some professional knowledge.” BALTOPS 2019, scheduled for June 08-21, includes sea, air and land assets. The multi-national exercise provides a unique training opportunity that fosters cooperative relationships critical to ensuring safety at sea and security on the world’s interconnected oceans. According to U.S. Navy officials, it is designed to improve training value for participants, enhance flexibility and interoperability, and demonstrate resolve among allied and partner forces in defending the Baltic Sea region. Maddox is an intelligence specialist attached to Commander, 2nd Fleet based in Norfolk, Virginia. Maddox credits success in the Navy to many of the lessons learned growing

up in Gilroy. “I grew up in a Navy family. I’ve lived all around, but Gilroy is the garlic capital of the world. It’s the best,” said Maddox. BALTOPS 2019 was planned and is being led by U.S. 2nd Fleet (C2F), as directed by U.S. Naval Forces Europe. C2F was re-established last summer as a response to the changing security environment, and BALTOPS 2019 marks the first time the renewed fleet will be operating in Europe. Commander, C2F, Vice Adm. Andrew “Woody” Lewis, will lead the exercise on behalf of U.S. Naval Forces Europe. “As you all are aware, U.S. 2nd Fleet will be leading the exercise, but make no mistake, it will be founded on NATO and partner principles,” said Lewis. “Through BALTOPS 2019 and exercises like it, we strengthen our relationships and improve

overall coordination and interoperability between allies and partners during both peace and times of conflict.” The exercise will begin in Kiel, Germany, with the pre-sail conference. At-sea training will occur throughout the Baltic Sea, including events scheduled near Putlos, Germany; Saaremaa Island, Estonia; Riga, Latvia; Klaipeda, Lithuania; and Ravlunda, Sweden. At the end of the exercise, most participating ships will sail to Kiel, Germany, to participate in the Kielerwochen Festival (Kiel Week). Allied nations with ships and forces participating in BALTOPS 2019 include Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States. NATO partner nations Finland


and Sweden will also participate in the exercise. Serving in the Navy means Maddox is part of a world that is taking on new importance in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of the National Defense Strategy. A key element of the Navy the nation needs is tied to the fact that America is a maritime nation, and that the nation’s prosperity is tied to the ability to operate freely on the world’s oceans. More than 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by water; 80 percent of the world’s population lives close to a coast; and 90 percent of all global trade by volume travels by sea. “Our priorities center on people, capabilities and processes, and will be achieved by our focus on speed, value, results and partnerships,” said Secretary of the Navy

Richard V. Spencer. “Readiness, lethality and modernization are the requirements driving these priorities.” Though there are many ways for sailors to earn distinction in their command, community, and career, Maddox is most proud of being a part of reactivating the Navy’s 2nd Fleet. “We just reached initial operational capability and fully operational capability,” Maddox said. “I’ve had a very busy year.” As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied upon assets, Maddox and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes contributing to the Navy the nation needs. “My service in the Navy is part of my family tradition, and tradition is big in the Navy,” said Maddox. “My dad was in the Navy, and my mom was as well. It’s a source of pride.”

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Empowerment WITI, Women in Technology Special Assignment Brigitte Jones

WITI, Women in Technology brought their Innovation, Inspiration and Inclusion to San Jose earlier this month. Founded 25 years ago by the visionary Carolyn Leighton, CEO of WITI, as a way for women “in all sectors of technology” to network and support each other. Thus today WITI is the premier global organization empowering women in business and technology to achieve unimagined possibilities.

Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson’s Tips to Women in Technology Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson spoke at WITI’s (Women in Technology International) 25th Women in Technology Summit in San Jose. She is the author of the senate bill 826 to promote gender diversity on corporate boards in California. As an advocate for women and equal pay, among other issues, Senator Jackson encouraged women to stand up and take charge, while urging

men to help with the movement. “We’ve got to be the change makers of corporate America as well as make life better for the next generation,” said Jackson. Additional words of wisdom include: Having women on boards is good business as it helps companies grow and is better for stakeholders. Women are the leaders of the future. As leaders, give other women opportunities.

Together let’s help change the culture of corporate America. WITI launched the summit when there were no conferences geared towards supporting women in technology and business. Today, the Women in Technology summit is a premiere,

global tech conference, where professionals come to learn about trends, develop new skills and grow their business network. More than 2,200 attendees were at this year’s conference. Parna Sarkar-Basu, CEO, Brand and Buzz.





For our July luncheon, we are excited to feature as our main speaker - Donna Ruff - VP, Supplier Diversity & Development, Union Bank

Donna Ruff joined the Corporate Social Responsibility team, managing Supplier Diversity at MUFG, Union Bank N.A. in late 2018. The MUFG Union Bank, N.A. Office of Supplier Diversity and Development is committed to promoting economic vitality in the communities they serve. Their goal is to increase the number of diverse business enterprises from which they purchase goods and services. Union Bank thrives to help diverse businesses do business with the bank.


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Worship Directory First Congregational Church of San Jose United Church of Christ 1980 Hamilton Ave., San Jose, CA 95125 (At the corner of Hamilton and Leigh) (408) 377-7121

We are a progressive, Open and Affirming, welcoming congregation of faithful people who seek to wrestle with scripture, and live out our faith, in the real world. We are far from perfect, but we try to offer as wide a welcome as possible, and invite you to join us on the community path, wherever it takes us. We offer lively, multi-generational worship on Sunday mornings at 10:00 AM (nursery care provided). We have regular educational programs for all ages, children through adults, and a variety of groups and offerings for spiritual development and service. Come check us out and find a community for the journey.

Santa Teresa Hills Presbyterian Church 5370 Snell Ave, San Jose, CA 95123 (2 blocks north of Blossom Hill Rd on Snell) (408) 629-5906 Email:

We are a friendly, progressive, multicultural church striving to understand and apply the teachings of Jesus Christ. All are welcome!! Come visit us and participate in opportunities for spiritual growth, fellowship, and community outreach. We can pursue our faith journeys together! Sunday services are at 10:00AM with children’s Sunday school and nursery care available on site. Handicapped and hearing impaired services available. Visit our website for sample sermons, photos and a lot more information We look forward to meeting you!!

Hillside Church San Jose 545 Hillsdale Avenue San Jose, CA 95136 (408) 269-4782

At Hillside Church, we take God and His Word seriously. We are a growing congregation of friendly people who are taking the hope of the Gospel to a world that desperately needs it. Join us in our mission to change this world one soul at a time. Our Sunday services are at 9:00 AM (acoustic/quiet) and 10:45 AM (more high energy). Make a difference in the live of people in our community. Help us as we point others to Jesus Christ, teaching them to live for Him. Visit our website, listen online, or join us this Sunday!

Sunrise Valley Baptist Church

5860 Blossom Avenue (at Blossom & Calero) San Jose, CA 95123 (408) 225 - 0200 “Rejoice in the Lord always! And again I say rejoice!” Come join us in a traditional worship service that is steeped in the old hymns of our faith and rooted in expository Bible preaching. A friendly congregation will encourage your heart. Our Wonderful Savior, Jesus Christ, offers peace, love & joy. On Sunday we have Sunday School at 9:30 am; Sunday Morning Worship at 10:45 am; and Sunday Evening Worship at 6:00 pm. On Wednesday Evening we have Awana at 7:00 pm (Children’s Bible Clubs K-6; Sept May) and Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting at 7:00 pm.

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Night Out Live Music at Town Plaza! July 18 - Rusty Rock ‘N Roll August 8 - Country Cougars Grays Lane - DJ Kureteek

Summer Block Parties July 18 & August 8

This summer, come Downtown Los Gatos for some fun nights out on the town! One Thursday of each summer month, the Chamber and our local businesses are throwing a party! We’ll have live music at Town Plaza from 5-7, then starting at 7pm, a DJ will get things rocking on grays Lane with Loma Brewing Company. There will be fun and games for the whole family, the shops will stay open late, and we’ll have wine and beer at Town Plaza Park and Grays Lane. Hope to see you there!

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Breaking Boundaries Power in Numbers Women’s Council of Realtor’s is a proud partner of the Housing Trust of the Silicon Valley. Our mission is to advance women in leadership, in business and the communities we serve. It’s been a great privilege to educate and serve our community while fulfilling our purpose as an organization throughout the year. Our special thanks to our distinguished Women’s Council member, Adria Quinones-Masur| Director of Homebuyer Programs of the Housing Trust Silicon Valley. Successfully, Anna Maria Valenzuela 2019 President Women’s Council of Realtor’s Silicon Valley

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Fun Times in the Valley SILICON VALLEY BBQ EVENT Each year Silicon Valley BBQ Championship is held at Santa Clara’s Central Park. It’s where the music is good, the drinks are cold and the food is SMOKIN’

GREAT! Competitors come from far and wide and are in town to showcase what they do best in; Brisket, Chicken, Ribs, Links and all manner of Pork.

Santa Clara Rotary Club was the featured Sponsor for 2019. What a great start to Summer!


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Contact Partners in Reading to register today! (408) 808-2361 To arrange an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act for library-sponsored events, please call 408-808-2361 at least three business days prior to the event.



Jam Session at Foothill Presbyterian Church

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Save The Dates August 13 - 18, 2019

Sammuel Washington spoke at the recent Tech-a-Thon for youth hosted by the SV Black Chamber. Samm is general Partner at MPSPG, and specializes in Cyber Security for public and private companies. His services and knowledge were invaluable during his tenure with the Obama administration. These are his suggested steps to a more secure world in how we deal with all the technology in our lives - yesterday * today* tomorrow. • • • • • •

Get rid of Apps You Don’t Use. Close Apps You Are Not Using. Turn Idle Devices & Internet Access Off. Disable Your Blue Tooth When Not In Use. Restart Connects To Other Devices & Systems. Clear Your Device Cache, History, App Data, Downloads, Temp Files, & Email Drafts.

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