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Directors

The Board of Directors establishes policy for Rotary International and provides guidance that helps our clubs thrive. Clubs elect the members of the board every year at the international convention with each director serving for two years.

  • Ian H.S. Riseley

    President 2017-18
    Rotary Club of Sandringham
    Victoria, Australia

    Ian Riseley is a chartered accountant and principal of Ian Riseley and Co., a firm he established in 1976. Prior to starting his own firm, he worked in the audit and management consulting divisions of large accounting firms and corporations.

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  • Barry Rassin

    President-elect 2017-18
    Rotary Club of East Nassau
    New Providence, Bahamas

    Barry Rassin earned an MBA in health and hospital administration from the University of Florida, and is the first fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives in the Bahamas. He recently retired after 37 years as president of Doctors Hospital Health System and continues as an adviser.

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  • Dean Rohrs

    Vice-President 2017-18
    Rotary Club of Langley Central 
    British Columbia, Canada 

    Dean Rohrs is an owner and administrator at Rhide Technologies Inc., which supplies soil stabilization products for road construction. Earlier in her professional career, she was a nurse in Cape Town, South Africa, working as part of Dr. Christiaan Barnard’s heart transplant team.

    From 1959 to 1990, she was active in the Red Cross in South Africa. She also has served on the board of the West End Seniors Network, and currently serves on the board of a girls’ school in Malawi.

    Rohrs has been a Rotarian since 1989 and has served as Rotary coordinator, regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, and district governor.

    She is a Rotary Foundation Benefactor, Major Donor, and Bequest Society member. She and her husband, Reinhold, are Paul Harris Fellows.

  • Mikael Ahlberg

    Treasurer 2017-18
    Rotary club of Ölands Södra
    Sweden

    Mikael Ahlberg is president of a business and management consultancy, and a certified ICC coach. He is also active in his community, and is the chair and member of several boards.

    A Rotarian since 1993, Ahlberg has served as RI president’s representative, committee member, assistant Rotary coordinator, RI training leader, and district governor.

    He is a Benefactor of The Rotary Foundation.

  • Gérard Allonneau

    Director 2016-18
    Rotary Club of Parthenay 
    Deux-Sèvres, France

    Gérard Allonneau is a university professor in economics and management, former curriculum director at the Poitiers Business School, and former head of the management and business administration department of the undergraduate program at the University of Poitiers.

    He has been a Rotarian since 1990 and has served as RI training leader, zone coordinator, and district governor.

    Allonneau is a Paul Harris Fellow and a Benefactor of The Rotary Foundation.

  • Jorge Aufranc 

    Director 2016-18
    Rotary Club of Guatemala Sur
    Guatemala 

    Jorge Aufranc, a chemical engineer, has been director of Corporación Instatec SA since 2001. He formerly served as managing director of a chemical crop protection joint venture with DuPont in Central America.

    Aufranc has served as RI president’s representative, committee chair, regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, Council on Legislation representative, Rotary institute chair for Zone 21A, RI training leader, and district governor.

    Aufranc and his wife, Débora, are Major Donors and Benefactors of The Rotary Foundation. He is also a recipient of The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service.

  • Basker Chockalingam

    Director 2017-19
    Rotary Club of Karur
    Tamil Nadu, India

    Basker Chockalingam is a managing partner at the manufacturing firm VNC, the retail distributor of Tata Steel for the state of Tamil Nadu. Recognizing his contribution to the growth of small industry, the state government honored him with the Best Small-Scale Entrepreneur Award in 1986.

    Chockalingam has held high-level positions in several industrial groups and sports associations. He has received honors including the Vijay Shree Award, National Unity Award, Shiromani Vikas Award, and Hindu Gaurav Award for outstanding performance in a chosen field and in service of society.

    A Rotarian since 1988, he has served as Rotary coordinator, committee member, and district governor. Chockalingam is a Benefactor and Major Donor of The Rotary Foundation, and a recipient of the Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service.

  • Corneliu Dincă

    Director 2016-18
    Rotary Club of Craiova
    Romania

    Corneliu Dincă has been a marketing manager at SC Trust Consult SRL since 1994. He has a doctorate in economics/regional development – strategic planning.

    He previously served as a foreign trade counselor to the Ministry of Trade and Tourism of Romania and as an expert in various European integration programs. He also founded the Romanian Marketing Association, Dolj County.

    A Rotarian since 1997, Dincă has served as club president, district committee chair, RI president’s representative, regional coordinator, governors-elect training seminar trainer, and district governor. He also is a member of the board of the Rotarian Action Group for Peace.

    Dincă is a Paul Harris Fellow and recipient of the District 2241 Rotary Foundation award and the Rotary International Vocational Service Leadership Award.

  • James Ronald Ferrill

    Director 2017-18
    Rotary Club of Martinsville
    Virginia, USA

    Ron Ferrill retired after more than 33 years with DuPont, where he held a variety of engineering and management positions. He is involved in several religious, civic, and community service activities.

    A Rotarian since 1967, he has served Rotary as RI president’s representative, Council on Legislation representative, regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, and district governor. He also served as a Group Study Exchange team leader to Korea.

    Ferrill has received The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Award, and the RI Service Above Self Award. He is a member of the Paul Harris Society, Foundation Benefactors, and Major Donors.

  • Peter Iblher

    Director 2017-19
    Rotary Club of Nürnberg-Reichswald
    Germany

    Peter Iblher is a retired independent hospital consultant. He served as managing director of a hospital group in Nuremberg, lecturer at the Bavarian civil servant university, head of business development for the City of Fürth, and CEO of consulting companies in Basle and Munich.

    A Rotarian since 1990, Iblher has served Rotary as RI president’s representative, Rotary coordinator, Council on Legislation representative, RI training leader, district governor, and district vocational service committee chair.

    He is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow and a member of the Paul Harris Society.

  • Keiichi Ishiguro

    Director 2017-19
    Rotary Club of Tsuruoka West
    Yamagata, Japan

    Keiichi Ishiguro is chair of the Ishiguro Dental and Orthodontics Clinic. He has served as vice chair and secretary of the Japan Dental Association, and as board member, chair, and adviser of the Yamagata Dental Association. He is chair of the Tsuruoka Comprehensive Planning Council. In 2014, he received the Order of the Rising Sun for achievement in dental health and hygiene.

    A Rotarian since 1985, Ishiguro has served Rotary as RI president’s representative, committee member and subcommittee chair, Council on Legislation representative, RI training leader, district governor, and district Rotary Foundation committee chair.

    He is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow and a Benefactor of The Rotary Foundation.

  • Robert C. Knuepfer Jr.

    Director 2017-19
    Rotary Club of Chicago
    Illinois, USA

    Robert C. Knuepfer Jr. is retired from his position as senior partner of corporate practice at the global law firm Baker McKenzie. He is a shareholder, secretary of the board, and senior vice president for talent management and general counsel at Hallstar, a privately held specialty chemical company.

    A Rotarian since 1982, Knuepfer has served Rotary as RI president’s representative, committee member, Council on Legislation representative, and district governor. Robb also was a Chesley R. Perry Fellow of the Rotary/One Foundation in 1989 and served as Centennial President of Rotary/One for the 100th Anniversary of Rotary in 2005.

    He and his wife, Nancy, are Paul Harris Fellows, Benefactors of The Rotary Foundation, and Bequest Society members.

  • John C. Matthews

    Director 2017-19
    Rotary Club of Mercer Island
    Washington, USA

    John C. Matthews was senior vice president of Costco Wholesale for 25 years. He also served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years before retiring as a commander in the supply corps.

    Matthews is active on both corporate and community boards, including the Seattle Chamber of Commerce, University of Washington Bothell advisory board, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, Rotary First Harvest, and NW Reinsurance.

    A Rotarian since 1988, Matthews has served Rotary as RI president’s representative, committee member, RI training leader, Rotary institute convener, and district governor.

    He and his wife, Mary Ellen, are Paul Harris Fellows, Major Donors, and members of the Arch Klumph Society and Bequest Society of The Rotary Foundation. Together, they have established the John and Mary Ellen Matthews Endowed Rotary Peace Fellowship.

  • Eunsoo Moon

    Director 2017-19
    Rotary Club of Cheonan-Dosol
    Chungcheongnam, Korea

    Eunsoo Moon is a dentist, chief executive officer of Cheonan Moon Dental Hospital, and chair of HAN-A Medical Foundation. He serves as director and chair of several organizations in Korea.

    Moon has served Rotary as RI president’s representative, RI training leader, Rotary coordinator and assistant coordinator, Rotarian Action Group Committee member, and district governor.

    He and his wife, Hyunjoo Yang, are Arch Klumph Society members. Moon has received the RI Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award and Citation for Meritorious Service.

  • Tadami Saito 

    Director 2016-18
    Rotary Club of Toyota
    Aichi, Japan

    Tadami Saito has been chair of Saito Hospital since 1973 and is past president of the Toyota City Orthopedists Association and past director of the Toyota Medical Association. He is also a board-certificated sports doctor and rheumatism doctor of the Japanese Orthopedic Association. In his community, he served as a councilor of the Social Welfare Juridical Person Hikarinoie for about 20 years.

    Saito has been a Rotarian since 1979 and has served as district governor.

    He is a Rotary Foundation Benefactor and Major Donor, and he and his wife, Masako, are Paul Harris Fellows.

  • Brian A.E. Stoyel

    Director 2017-19
    Rotary Club of Saltash
    Cornwall, England

    Brian Stoyel qualified as a music teacher before he moved to a teaching post in Slough, then to Newbury as an independent school headmaster. He later established an education consultancy, providing guardianship for international students studying throughout the United Kingdom.

    A Rotarian since 1981, Stoyel has served as president of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland. He also has served Rotary as RI president’s representative, committee member and chair, and district governor. He is founder of Rotarians Eliminating Malaria in Tanzania and Rotarians Eliminating Malaria: A Rotarian Action Group, and is a trustee of the Jaipur Limb project.

    As district governor, he coordinated a project to improve facilities at a remote Gambian village school. He has organized Rotaract projects in Romania, Tanzania, Ghana, Bulgaria, Uganda, Malawi, and Benin. Stoyel and his wife, Maxine, are multiple Paul Harris Fellows, Benefactors of The Rotary Foundation, Major Donors, and Bequest Society members.

  • Noel J. Trevaskis

    Director 2016-18
    Rotary Club of Bega 
    New South Wales, Australia 

    Noel Trevaskis recently retired from a long career in the agricultural industry, mainly in sales and marketing. He also served as an adviser to university researchers at the Centre for Mental Health Research at Australian National University. In 2005, he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for his commitment to de-stigmatizing mental illness in Australia.

    A Rotarian since 1996, he has served as Rotary coordinator, regional Rotary membership coordinator committee chair and member, and district governor. Trevaskis also served as chair and member of the board of Australian Rotary Health.

    He is a recipient of the Service Above Self Award. Trevaskis is a Rotary Foundation Major Donor and Paul Harris Fellow.

  • Gregory F. Yank

    Director 2017-19
    Rotary Club of O’Fallon
    Illinois, USA

    Greg Yank serves as coach to six owners of small- to medium-size businesses. He spent 25 years in health care executive management and leadership, serving twice as a hospital CEO and as president and CEO of a Catholic health system. For 11 years, Yank owned a business coaching/peer advisory board franchise called the Alternative Board (TAB). He is the principal of GY Consulting and Facilitation Services, specializing in business coaching, strategy, facilitation, strategic governance, and board development and education.

    Yank is actively involved in his community. He is a commissioner of the Metro East Park and Recreation District, advisory board member for the Nielsen Healthcare Group in St. Louis, and board member of the O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce and chair of its strategic planning committee.

    A Rotarian since 1978, he has served as Rotary institute chair for zones 30 and 31, RI training leader, and district governor. He has traveled to Malawi, Ecuador, India, and Belize on Rotary projects. Yank is a recipient of the RI Service Above Self Award. He and his wife, Catherine, are Rotary Foundation Major Donors and members of the Arch Klumph Society, Paul Harris Society, and Bequest Society.

  • Paulo Augusto Zanardi

    Director 2017-19
    Rotary Club of Curitiba-Cidade Industrial
    Paraná, Brazil

    Paulo Augusto Zanardi has been director of the transportation company Zalog Operadora Logística since 1984. He is also director of a geophysical company called WS do Brasil Inovações Tecnológicas Ltda.

    A Rotarian since 1988, Zanardi has served Rotary as RI president’s representative, zone coordinator, Rotary Foundation alumni coordinator, PolioPlus national adviser for Brazil, regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, Council on Legislation representative, RI training leader, and district governor.

    Zanardi has received the Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Award. He and his wife, Luly, are Benefactors and Major Donors of the Foundation.

  • 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, a U.S. government agency established in 2004 to deliver foreign assistance to the world’s poorest countries.

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