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Trustees

The board of trustees manages the business of the Foundation, the charitable arm of our organization that funds service activities. The RI president-elect nominates the trustees, who are elected by the RI Board to four-year terms.

  • Paul A. Netzel

    Chair 2017-18
    Rotary Club of Los Angeles
    California, USA

    Paul A. Netzel is founder and chair of Netzel Grigsby Associates Inc., a leading management consulting firm specializing in work with nonprofit organizations and institutions throughout the western United States. He served as mayor of Culver City, California, and president of Culver City's Board of Education. He has held leadership positions in numerous local and national professional societies and not-for-profit boards, including the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Boy Scouts, Goodwill Industries, United Way, YMCA, and the Auto Club of Southern California Advisory Board.

    A Rotarian since 1968, Netzel has served as director, task force zone coordinator, committee chair, zone institute chair and convener, International Assembly moderator and chair, training leader, and district governor.

    Netzel has received The Rotary Foundation's Citation for Meritorious Service. Both Paul and his wife, Diane, are charter members of the Arch Klumph Society, Major Donors, and members of the Paul Harris Society and Bequest Society of The Rotary Foundation.

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  • Ron D. Burton

    Chair-elect 2017-18
    Rotary Club of Norman
    Oklahoma, USA

    Ron Burton retired as president of the University of Oklahoma Foundation Inc. in 2007. He is a member of the Cleveland County, Oklahoma, and American Bar Associations and is admitted to practice in Oklahoma and before the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a founder and past president of the Norman Public School Foundation and founder and past board member of the Norman Community Foundation.

    Burton has been a Rotarian since 1979 and has served as RI president; RI director; Foundation trustee and vice chair; RI Board Executive Committee member; RI president’s aide; committee vice chair and chair; task force member; International Assembly group discussion leader, assistant moderator, and moderator; and district governor.

    A recipient of RI’s Service Above Self Award, Burton also has received The Rotary Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award and International Service Award for a Polio-Free World. He and his wife, Jetta, are Paul Harris Fellows, Benefactors, and members of the Arch Klumph Society and Bequest Society of The Rotary Foundation.

  • Kenneth M. Schuppert Jr.

    Vice-chair 2017-18 
    Trustee 2016-2020
    Rotary Club of Decatur
    Alabama, USA

    Ken Schuppert is a partner in the law firm Blackburn, Maloney & Schuppert LLC, practicing in the areas of corporate, real estate, and probate law. He is a member of the American and Alabama Bar Associations and has served as president of the Morgan County Young Lawyers Bar Association.

    A Rotarian since 1983, he has served as vice president, RI president’s representative, committee member and chair, regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, Rotary coordinator, Council on Legislation representative, task force zone coordinator, RI training leader, and district governor.

    Schuppert is a recipient of The Rotary Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award. He and his wife, Lynn, are Benefactors, Bequest Society members, and Major Donors of The Rotary Foundation.

  • Örscelik Balkan

    Trustee 2015-19
    Rotary Club of Istanbul-Karaköy
    Turkey

    Örsçelik Balkan is the executive senior board director of the EAE Elektrik Company, a manufacturer of electrical products in Turkey and Russia. He is a developer in the field of renewable energy implementation in Turkey. He also teaches strategic planning, effective communication, and project planning for an MBA program at Kültür University in Istanbul.

    A Rotarian since 1973, Balkan has served as director; chair of the RI Board Executive Committee; committee member, liaison, adviser, vice chair, and chair; task force zone coordinator; RI president’s representative; RI training leader; and district governor. He led disaster relief services in Turkey following an earthquake in 1999, helped to bring Rotary services to Bosnia-Herzegovina, and initiated a heart surgery project for Iraqi children. In 2007, he convened Rotary Presidential Peace Forums in Sofia, Bulgaria; Istanbul; and Nairobi, Kenya.

    Balkan has been recognized with the Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation's Citation for Meritorious Service. He is a Rotary Foundation Major Donor and Benefactor.

  • William B. Boyd

    Trustee 2016-18
    Rotary Club of Pakuranga
    Auckland, New Zealand

    Bill Boyd retired in 1995 as general manager of Gordon and Gotch Magazines Ltd., New Zealand’s largest magazine distributor. He is trustee of New Zealand’s Trees for Survival trust and the June Gray Trust. He was awarded the Queen’s Service Order for Community Service in the 2007 New Year Honours list and became a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2013.

    A Rotarian since 1971, he has served as president, treasurer, director, Foundation trustee and chair, regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, Rotary information counselor, committee member and chair, International Assembly moderator, RI training leader, and district governor.

    Boyd is a recipient of The Rotary Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award. He also received a Distinguished Service Award from Rotary Down Under magazine. He is a Benefactor, Major Donor, Paul Harris Fellow, and member of the Bequest Society.

  • Mário César Martins de Camargo

    Trustee 2015-19
    Rotary Club of Santo André
    São Paulo, Brazil

    Mário César Martins de Camargo was president of Grafica Bandeirantes and is now a consultant to the print industry in Brazil. He served as director and president of ABIGRAF Brazil for eight years, president of Sindigraf São Paulo for six years, vice president of Fiesp for 11 years, and vice president of Conlatingraf. He also has been an adviser for the Patrol Boys Group and serves on the board of Casa da Esperança (House of Hope), a project for disabled children sponsored by his Rotary club since 1953.

    A Rotarian since 1980, de Camargo has served as RI president’s representative, RI training leader, leaders’ seminar trainer, committee member and chair, convention co-chair, task force member, and district governor.

    De Camargo and his wife, Denise, are Major Donors and Paul Harris Fellows. He also is a Benefactor of The Rotary Foundation.

  • Brenda Cressey

    Trustee 2017-2021
    Rotary Club of Paso Robles
    Paso Robles, Calif., USA

    Brenda Marie Cressey is president and CEO of Office Support Systems, a telecommunications business in Maine. She has served in many volunteer capacities with civic organizations such as the American Cancer Society. A Rotarian since 1989, Cressey has served as a regional membership and Foundation coordinator and RRFC training institute moderator, an Endowment Major Gift adviser, Council on Legislation representative, RI president’s representative, 2012 International Assembly executive committee and partner moderator, RI training leader, and district governor. Cressey is a recipient of Rotary’s Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Award. Brenda and her husband, Dick, are Major Donors, Bequest and Paul Harris society members, and recent inductees of the Arch Klumph Society.

  • Mary Beth Growney Selene

    Trustee 2016-19
    Rotary Club Of Madison West Towne-Middleton
    Wisconsin, USA

    Mary Beth is founder and president of Ryan Signs Inc. A non-lawyer fee arbitrator, she is a member of the Fee Arbitration Committee and the Client Security Fund for the State Bar of Wisconsin. She is a past member of the Board of Directors and active participant with the What If? Foundation, which provides daily meals and education for children in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

    A Rotarian since 1987, Mary Beth has served RI as RI president’s representative, Permanent Fund national adviser, Annual Programs Fund strategic adviser, task force and committee member, regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, zone coordinator, RI training leader, and district governor.

    Mary Beth is a recipient of RI’s Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service. She and her husband, Alan, are Major Donors to The Rotary Foundation, sustaining members of its Annual Programs Fund, and Bequest Society members of its Permanent Fund.

  • Sushil Gupta

    Trustee 2014-18
    Rotary Club of Delhi Midwest
    Delhi, India

    Sushil Gupta is chair and managing director of Asian Hotels (West) Ltd., chair of Edenpark Hotels (Qutab-Clarion), and owner of Hyatt Regency Mumbai and JW Marriott New Delhi Aerocity. He also chairs the Gangotri Conservation Project and is a trustee of the Himalayan Environment Trust and member of the Indian Mountaineering Foundation. He received the prestigious national award of Padma Shri from the president of India for Distinguished Service to the Tourism Industry and Social Work.

    A Rotarian since 1977, Gupta has served as director; resource group adviser; committee member, vice chair, and chair; RI training leader; and district governor.

    Gupta and his wife, Vinita, are Major Donors, Paul Harris Fellows, and Benefactors of The Rotary Foundation.

  • Gary C.K. Huang

    Trustee 2016-20
    Rotary Club of Taipei
    Taipei, Taiwan

    Gary Huang is an adviser for Wah Lee Industrial Corp. and Bank of Panhsin, and a director of Federal Corporation and Sunty Development Co. Ltd. He previously was president of Malayan Overseas Insurance Co. and chair of Taiwan Sogo Shinkong Security Co. Ltd. He received the Civic Service Award of the Federation of Non-Profit Associations and the Outstanding Community Service Award from Taiwan’s Ministry of the Interior.

    A Rotarian since 1976, he has served as vice -president, director, Foundation trustee, International Assembly group discussion leader, regional session leader, task force member and coordinator, committee member and chair, and district governor.

    Huang is a recipient of the Rotary International Service Above Self Award and Presidential Citation and The Rotary Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award. He is a Benefactor, Major Donor, and Paul Harris Fellow.

  • Julia Phelps

    Trustee 2017-20
    Rotary Club of Amesbury
    Massachusetts, USA

    Julia Phelps, who began her career in education in 1976, is the associate commissioner for the Center for Curriculum and Instruction for the state of Massachusetts. She served on the board of the Amesbury Educational Foundation Inc. and the John Ashford Link House Inc.

    A Rotarian since 1997, Phelps has served as director, vice chair of RI’s Audit Committee, Rotary Foundation alumni coordinator, and district governor. She is a member of the Operations Review Committee.

    Phelps is a Major Donor, Benefactor, multiple Paul Harris Fellow, and a member of the Bequest Society. She is a recipient of The Rotary Foundation's Citation for Meritorious Service.

  • K.R. Ravindran

    Trustee 2017-2021
    Rotary Club of Colombo
    Sri Lanka

    K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran is CEO and founder of a publicly listed company with a worldwide clientele in the tea packaging industry. His company, Printcare Plc, is the winner of national and international awards of excellence. He also serves on the board of several other companies and charitable trusts. He is the founding president of the Sri Lanka Anti-Narcotics Association.

    A Rotarian since 1974, Ravindran has served RI as president, treasurer; director; Foundation trustee; committee member, vice chair, and chair; task force member; RI training leader; and district governor.

    As his country's national PolioPlus chair, Ravindran headed a task force consisting of the government, UNICEF, and Rotary and worked closely with UNICEF to successfully negotiate a ceasefire with the northern militants during National Immunization Days. He also chaired the Schools Reawakening project, sponsored by Rotary clubs and districts in Sri Lanka, to rebuild 25 tsunami-devastated schools to benefit 15,000 children.

  • Seiji Kita

    Trustee 2016-20
    Rotary Club of Urawa East
    Saitama, Japan

    Seiji Kita is chair of a construction company. He also runs affiliated companies that operate nursing and children’s homes as well as office rental space. Kita is a chair of Saitama Athletic Association, an adviser of the Organizing Committee for Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, and a trustee of the Saitama Chamber of Commerce.

    A Rotarian since 1982, Kita has served as RI director, RI Executive Committee member, regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, district training leader, International Institute vice chair, and district governor. He also was a member of the Great East Japan Earthquake Disaster Recovery Fund Committee.

    He is a recipient of the Presidential Citation and The Rotary Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award. He and his wife, Nobuko, established the Seiji and Nobuko Kita Endowed Fund for the Rotary Peace Centers. Kita is a Major Donor and a member of the Foundation’s Bequest Society, Paul Harris Society, and Arch Klumph Society.

  • Michael F. Webb

    Trustee 2017-2021
    Rotary Club of Mendip
    Mendip, England

    Mike Webb is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and senior partner in an accounting practice in the City of Wells, in southwest England. Mike is also involved locally and nationally as treasurer and trustee of a number of charitable and sports organizations.

    A Rotarian since 1976, Webb has served Rotary International as director, RI President’s representative, committee member and chair, vice chair for the 2016 Council on Legislation and the Council on Resolutions, RI training leader and district governor. He has served Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland as treasurer and president. Webb and his wife, Alison, are major donors and Paul Harris Fellows, he is also a member of the Bequest Society.

  • Young Suk "Y.S." Yoon

    Trustee 2014-18
    Rotary Club of Seoul Hoehyon
    Seoul, Korea

    Y.S. Yoon has held the positions of chair and CEO at Daewoo Corporation, Daewoo Heavy Industries & Machinery Ltd., Korea Heavy Industries & Machinery, and Doosan Heavy Industries & Machinery. Founder of Heam Management Consulting, he currently serves as its chair. He has received various awards recognizing his outstanding leadership and contributions to the global trade industry, including the Order of the Knight Officer from the Italian government, the Order of Industrial Service Merit Gold Tower, the Award for International Trade, and the Grand Award for Ethical International Trade.

    A Rotarian since 1990, Yoon has served as committee member, RI training leader, district Rotary Foundation committee chair, and district governor. He also served as a member of the Rotary Peace Centers Major Gifts Initiative.

    Yoon and his wife, Seung Ja, are Major Donors and Benefactors of The Rotary Foundation and Paul Harris Society members.

  • John Hewko

    General Secretary
    Rotary Club of Kyiv
    Ukraine

    John Hewko is the general secretary of Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation. From 2004 to 2009, Hewko was vice president for operations and compact development for the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a U.S. government agency established in 2004 to deliver foreign assistance to the world’s poorest countries.

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