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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.

  • Barry Rassin

    President 2018-19
    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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  • Mark Daniel Maloney

    President-elect 2018-19
    Rotary Club of Decatur
    Alabama, USA

    Mark Daniel Maloney is a principal in the law firm of Blackburn, Maloney, and Schuppert LLC, with a focus on taxation, estate planning, and agricultural law. He represents large farming operations in the Southeastern and Midwestern United States, and has chaired the American Bar Association’s Committee on Agriculture in the section of taxation. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Alabama State Bar Association, and the Alabama Law Institute.

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  • John C. Matthews

    Vice President 2018-19
    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.

  • Peter Iblher

    Treasurer 2018-19
    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.

  • Francesco Arezzo

    Director 2018-20
    Rotary Club of Ragusa
    Ragusa, Italy

    Francesco Arezzo is an orthodontist who has worked in his own practice since 1980. He has taught courses in the subject and belongs to numerous professional societies. Arezzo owns a farm that produces extra-virgin olive oil.

    A Rotarian since 1988, Arezzo has served RI as training leader, president’s representative, assistant Rotary coordinator, and committee member and chair. He was president of the editorial board of Rotary Italia in 2009-10. Arezzo is a Benefactor and Major Donor to The Rotary Foundation.

  • Olayinka Hakeem Babalola

    Director 2018-20
    Rotary Club of Trans Amadi
    Port Harcourt, Nigeria

    Olayinka Hakeem Babalola is regional safety manager responsible for Shell Petroleum’s upstream oil and gas activities in sub-Saharan Africa and chair of the board of directors of Riviera Nigeria Ltd., an oil and gas engineering consortium.

    Babalola has served RI as endowment/major gifts adviser, RI training leader, member of the Rotary Foundation Cadre of Technical Advisers, committee member, and president’s representative.

    Babalola is a recipient of RI’s Service Above Self Award, The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service, and the Rotary regional Service Award for a Polio-Free World. He and his wife, Precy, are Foundation Benefactors and Major Donors. They support the Foundation through a named endowment fund and as members of the Arch Klumph Society.

  • Jeffry Cadorette

    Director 2018-20
    Rotary Club of Media
    Pennsylvania, USA

    Jeffry Cadorette had a 25-year career as a physical therapist in private practice as president and CEO of Physical Therapy Associates of Delaware County in Pennsylvania until merging his practice with Riddle Memorial Hospital to form the Riddle Rehabilitation Institute and Riddle Sports Medicine. He is now associate broker and executive vice president at Media Real Estate Co., where he is active in all phases of commercial real estate sales and leasing, tenant representation, and new project development.

    A Rotarian since 1977, Cadorette has served RI as a committee member, Council on Legislation delegate, international training leader, seminar trainer, and president’s representative. He was worldwide coordinator of Rotary Foundation alumni coordinators from 2010-11.

    Cadorette is a Foundation Benefactor and Major Donor and has received the Citation for Meritorious Service, the Distinguished Service Award, and RI’s Service Above Self Award.

  • 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.

  • Lawrence A. Dimmitt

    Director 2018-20
    Rotary Club of Topeka
    Kansas, USA

    Lawrence A. Dimmitt is retired from AT&T, where he was general attorney. He then was an adjunct professor at Washburn University School of Law, his alma mater. He is a member of several professional associations.

    A Rotarian since 1983, Dimmitt has served RI as committee member, regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, and president’s representative. He personally raised $200,000 for a Million Dollar Dinner in District 6040 (Missouri) in 2010 and co-chaired a similar event in District 5710 (Kansas) in 2014.

    Dimmitt has received the Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Award. He and his wife, Lois, are Benefactors and Major Donors to the Foundation, and members of the Arch Klumph Society and Bequest Society.

  • Rafael M. Garcia III

    Director 2018-20
    Rotary Club of Pasig
    Pasig, Philippines

    Rafael “Raffy” Garcia III is the chairman and CEO of Mega Group of Computer Companies, a multinational conglomerate of 44 companies that specialize in high-tech systems. The company is based in the Philippines and has offices in the United States, Shanghai, Buenos Aires, Singapore, and Germany.

    Garcia joined Rotary in 1971. He has served RI as endowment/major gifts adviser, training leader, committee member, president’s representative, and a member of The Rotary Foundation’s Cadre of Technical Advisers. He was chair of the Philippine Rotary Magazine Foundation in 2016-17.

    Garcia received the Four Avenues of Service Award from Rotary International for his work on the Pasig Rotary GK Housing Village, a 159-unit housing project in Pasig City. He and his wife, Minda, are Benefactors and Major Donors of The Rotary Foundation, and members of the Arch Klumph 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.

  • Akira Miki

    Director 2018-20
    Rotary Club of Himeji
    Heimeji, Japan

    Akira Miki, a dentist with his own practice, dedicated himself to disaster recovery projects after the January 1995 Hanshin-Awaji earthquake, one of the worst earthquakes to hit Japan in the 20th century. Miki worked on building the a children’s home and supported children who needed emotional care.

    Miki has served RI as president’s representative, RI training leader, GETS trainer, committee member, assistant Rotary coordinator, Council on Legislation representative, and sergeant-at-arms for international conventions and assemblies. He is director of the RI Japan Youth Exchange Committee.

    Miki is a former Interactor and a recipient of The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service. He and his wife, Chiharu, are Benefactors and Major Donors to the Foundation.

  • 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.

  • David D. Stovall

    Director 2018-20
    Rotary Club of Hall County
    Georgia, USA

    David D. Stovall retired from commercial banking in 2011 after a 32-year career, 22 years of which were served as president and CEO of a national market NASD bank holding company. He then launched a career as a commercial real estate broker.

    Stovall has served RI as committee member, regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, training leader, president’s representative, endowment/major gifts adviser, and Council on Legislation delegate. In 1994-95 he hosted a Rotary Peace Forum in Senegal that led to the formation of what is now the Rotarian Action Group for Population & Development.

    Stovall has received the Avenues of Service Citation and The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Award. He and his wife, Kim Waters, a past Rotary district governor, are Foundation Benefactors, Major Donors, and Bequest Society members.

  • 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.

  • Piotr Wygnańczuk

    Director, 2018-20
    Rotary Club of Gdynia
    Poland

    Piotr Wygnańczuk graduated from the Faculty of Shipbuilding at Gdańsk University of Technology. During the first half of his career, he supervised ship construction in various shipyards for Polish Ocean Lines. Later, he worked for the Swedish industrial company Alfa Laval, spending his last five years there as general manager of Alfa Laval Polska. He founded the packaging company Izipak, now run by his son Pawel.

    Wygnańczuk became a Rotarian in 1997. He has served RI as Council on Legislation delegate, committee member, president’s representative, and assistant Rotary coordinator, co-founding many Rotary clubs as special representative of the district governor.

  • 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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