MEET THE PRESENTERS
A long-term devotee of Jewish humor, Al Kustanowitz, MBA, has been collecting and sharing it even before there was an internet. In 2009, after a 36-year career at IBM managing new technology projects, Kustanowitz founded Jewish Humor Central (jewishhumorcentral.com), an internet blog. Through the blog he brings a daily dose of fun and positive energy to readers who would otherwise start the day reading news that is often drab, dreary, and depressing (subscribing is free). He has published 11 books on Jewish humor based on his more than 3,800 blog postings, each of which includes a video clip and his commentary. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the International Association of Yiddish Clubs. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the City University of New York and taught computer science courses at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University.
Irving Labovitz, J.D., is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and holds a Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law. He is a member of the Massachusetts and Washington, DC Bars and also admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as multiple federal appellate and trial courts. He has authored many scholarly law review articles and has been a lecturer for the American Bar Association and Commercial Law League of America. He has been a military prosecutor, a member of the legal staff at the Federal Trade Commission, and engaged by the FDIC as contract counsel to provide legal assistance in liquidating failed banks. He has previously taught as an adjunct professor at Western New England College of Law, acted as co-chair of an urban law firm, and as general counsel for a large corporation. Since 2003, he remains an adjunct professor at Florida Atlantic University.
Andrew Lawler is author of three books, Under Jerusalem: The Buried History of the World’s Most Contested City, The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke, a national bestseller, and Why Did the Chicken Cross the World?: The Epic Saga of the Bird that Powers Civilization. As a journalist, he has written more than a thousand newspaper and magazine articles from more than two dozen countries. His byline has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Geographic, Smithsonian, and many others. He is contributing writer for Science and contributing editor for Archaeology. Andrew’s work has appeared several times in The Best of Science and Nature Writing.
Terryl Lawrence, Ed.D. earned her doctorate in the Arts from Columbia University. She has had numerous exhibitions of her paintings and photographs in New York and Florida and is the recipient of many awards, including a national grant in the Humanities. She currently teaches Art History at Palm Beach State College and is a published writer.
Michael Levin is a nationally known cyber security professional who spent over twenty-two years in the U.S. Secret Service protecting presidents and Heads of State. After this distinguished career and seeing the need, Levin founded the Center for Information Security Awareness – CFISA.com.
Donna Limerick is the President and Executive Producer of North Star Communications. For 30 years, her specialty is the arts, and cultural programming. She is an award-winning documentary producer, formerly with National Public Radio for 17 years. Since 2009, she has been involved with a permanent exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture featuring her mother, Mae Reeves who was a hat designer and owner of a millinery business for 50 years in Philadelphia. Donna presents lectures and vintage hat shows about how Mae’s talent and entrepreneurial skills helped her become a fashion pioneer and also earn an exhibit at the Smithsonian. Donna worked on a children’s book, "Mae Makes a Way," published by Crown./Random House, about the life of Mae Reeves. Ms. Limerick is also the creator and Executive Producer of “Moments to Remember” a syndicated series of 365 radio segments that highlights the contributions African American men and women made to American History. Hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr., this series airs on Public Radio stations nationwide.