Matthew Lohmeier is a former U.S. Space Force Commander who led the 11th Space Warning Squadron. He has two master’s degrees and served in the U.S. Air Force as a pilot and instructor pilot. Matthew is a consultant, keynote speaker, and author of the bestselling book, “Irresistible Revolution: Marxisms’s Goal of Conquest & the Unmaking of the American Military.” He discussed his experience with the Space Force, his perspective on the military, and his concerns about our country’s future.

Rich Handel is a Test Project Leader at Consumer Reports who oversees the ratings of laundry products among other areas for the magazine and website. He’ll discussed the products he’s tested over the last two decades and described the extensive testing procedures that are performed in CR’s labs.

Edward Jiménez is the Director of Gynecologic Oncology at NYU Langone Hospital-Long Island. He uses the latest advances in surgery and treatments to help women with gynecological cancers live long, productive lives. Eddie discussed his work and how advances in DNA based treatments and robotic assisted surgeries are improving outcomes for cancer patients. He also talked about how the pandemic has impacted the medical profession.

Jim Maisano is the Director of the Westchester County Consumer Protection Department. He is also an attorney in New Rochelle and has served as a Westchester Country Legislator for over 20 years. Jim also served in the U.S. Marine Corp. Jim discussed his work with Consumer Protection and how it affects all of us.

David McKay Wilson is a freelance journalist who has written for newspapers and magazines since 1977. He was a staff writer for The Journal News, a regular contributor to The New York Times and the Boston Globe, and has written for 130 university and college magazines. David is currently the Tax Watchdog for the Journal News, writing the weekly Tax Watch column. He discussed his work as an investigative journalist and shared stories of his research and the many interesting discoveries he’s reported on.

Matt Young is an ornithologist and educator who founded the Finch Research Network. He’s currently working on the Stokes Field Guide: A Complete Guide to North America’s Finches. Watching nature and birds are incredibly therapeutic hobbies as we navigate COVID and life. Matt discussed the science of birding and gave tips on setting up a feeder garden in our backyards. 

CJ Calo is Vice President of Ace Banner Flag & Graphics based in Manhattan. He discussed his family business and how various types of flags and banners are made. CJ shares stories about the most unusual flags his company has produced and some interesting customers he’s worked with. He brought sample flags and generously gave some to the Barn.

Ed Cardillo is an amateur Trap Shooter. He’ll discussed the history of the sport, how he got into it, and why he’s passionate about it. Ed brought his trap shooting equipment and did a show and tell with the various items.

Sean McIntyre describes himself as a “recreational musician”. He plays a number of instruments including the mandolin, banjo, dobro, dulcimer, and bodran. Sean talked about his musical journey and demonstrated several instruments from his vast collection.

Brian Higbie is an attorney whose law practice is focused primarily on estate planning for families with young children. He handles other legal matters as well and does pro-bono work with Environmental Law. Brian is very knowledgeable and passionate about the legalization of marijuana. He shared his insight with us and lead a lively discussion on this topic.