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 Rotary International Convention, and each director serves for two years.
Rotary Club of Herzogtum Lauenburg-Mölln
Knaack is the CEO of Knaack KG, a real estate company. He was previously a partner and general manager of Knaack Enterprises, a 125-year-old family business.
He is a founding member of the Civic Foundation of the City of Ratzeburg and served as president of the Golf-Club Gut Grambek. Knaack is also the founder and chair of the Karl Adam Foundation.
Rotary Club of Calcutta-Mahanagar
West Bengal, India
Mehta, an accountant, is chair of the Skyline Group, a real estate development company he founded. He is also a director of Operation Eyesight Universal (India), a Canada-based organization.
Mehta pioneered a program that has performed more than 1,500 life-changing heart surgeries in South Asia. He is also the architect of the TEACH Program, which promotes literacy throughout India and has reached thousands of schools.
Vice President 2020-21
Rotary Club of Anaheim
Johrita Solari is board chair and chief visionary officer of Solari Enterprises Inc., a property management company with 300 team members specializing in affordable rental housing. The company, which she co-founded with her husband, Bruce, was inspired by Rotary’s guiding ethical principles. “The Four-Way Test hangs in our lobby, and every team member sees it as they come into work,” Solari says.
Solari joined Rotary in 1993. As governor of District 5320, she organized the district’s first million-dollar dinner fundraiser for The Rotary Foundation and helped it become the second known district consisting of 100% Paul Harris Fellow clubs. She has served on the committee for the Foundation’s Peace Major Gifts Initiative.
The Solaris are members of the same Rotary club and support the Foundation as Paul Harris Fellows, Major Donors, and members of the Arch Klumph Society. During Solari’s second year as director, her daughter Gianna will serve as a district governor, making it the first time in Rotary history that a mother and daughter have served in these two leadership roles simultaneously.
Bharat S. Pandya
Rotary Club of Borivli
Bharat Pandya is a practicing general and laparoscopic surgeon. He and his wife, Madhavi, a gynecologist, own a private hospital in Mumbai. He is a fellow of the International College of Surgeons and has served on the board of the Jan Shikshan Sansthan vocational training institute, sponsored by the Indian government.
Pandya joined Rotary in 1989 as a charter member of his club. During his year as governor of District 3140, his district contributed over $2 million to The Rotary Foundation, making it the top contributor worldwide for 2006-07. He has led numerous projects, including water and sanitation projects funded by Foundation grants that installed check dams so that villagers no longer needed to walk up to four miles per day to collect water.
Pandya has held many roles in Rotary, including regional RI membership coordinator, training leader, and member of RI’s Membership and Convention Promotion committees and of the India PolioPlus Committee.
He has received the Service Above Self Award, the Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service, and the Rotary Foundation Distinguished Service Award. He and Madhavi are Level 2 Major Donors to the Foundation.
James Anthony Black
Rotary Club of Dunoon
James Anthony “Tony” Black is a veterinary surgeon who ran his own practice covering western Scotland’s Cowal peninsula before retiring in 2008. He served on the boards of numerous sporting organizations, including the Cowal Rugby Football Club and the Dunoon Swimming Club.
Since joining Rotary in 1982, Black has been active in youth programs, with appointments as youth activities chair with Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland and as chair of RI's Youth Exchange Committee. Black volunteered during a National Immunization Day in India in 2012. He has served Rotary in many capacities including as Public Image Resource Group coordinator, vice chair of the Council on Legislation Review Committee, and training leader, which he says was one of his most memorable experiences in the organization. “You’ve got people from all over the world,” he says. “It was phenomenal having them all talking to each other — it gave me such a buzz.”
Black and his wife, Elspeth, who is also a Rotarian, support The Rotary Foundation as Bequest Society members.
Mário César Martins de Camargo
Rotary Club of Santo André
São Paulo, Brazil
Mário César Martins de Camargo was president of Gráfica Bandeirantes and is now a consultant to the print industry in Brazil. He serves on the board of Casa da Esperança (House of Hope), a hospital that has been sponsored by his Rotary club since 1953. It provides services for 150,000 children with disabilities every year.
A Rotarian since 1980, de Camargo was a trustee of The Rotary Foundation in 2015-19, during which time he served on committees including the Foundation’s Finance and Strategic Planning committees, where he helped analyze the Foundation’s grant model and consider future corporate programs and partnerships. As a director, he looks forward to growing a bigger, more diverse Rotary.
De Camargo and his wife, Denise, are Major Donors and Benefactors of The Rotary Foundation.
Rotary Club of Raahe
Virpi Honkala worked as head of surgery at Raahe Hospital until her retirement in 2014 and was the hospital’s medical director from 1989 to 2010. A founding member of the Finnish network within the World Health Organization’s International Network of Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services, she served as the group’s chair and national coordinator, and as an international board member. For her service as a doctor, she was conferred an honorary title by the president of Finland in 2015.
Honkala joined Rotary in 2001, shortly after attending the International Assembly with her husband, Matti, who was a 2001-02 district governor. One of her proudest achievements as a Rotarian occurred during a return visit to a community near Pune, India, that uses rainwater harvesting systems made possible by a long-term, multidistrict global grant. The system had helped lift residents out of poverty. “When we went back five years later, it was such an amazing transformation that I didn’t recognize the village anymore,” she says.
Honkala has served Rotary as a Council on Legislation representative, RI president’s representative, RI training leader, regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, and Leadership Development and Training Committee member. She has received The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service and The Rotary Foundation Distinguished Service Award. She and Matti are Major Donors and members of the Bequest Society and Paul Harris Society.
Susan C. Howe
Rotary Club of Space Center (Houston)
Susan “Suzi” C. Howe dedicated her career to education after graduating from the University of Kansas. She owned and operated South Shore Montessori, a private school, until her retirement in 2019. It was during the construction of that school that she learned about Rotary through her broker, architect, and others involved, all of whom were Rotarians. She joined Rotary in 1992, and within six months was serving on her club’s board.
Passionate about sharing her skills in training and education, she has served Rotary as an RI training leader and as a member of the Leadership Development and Training Committee. She has also been a regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, host committee adviser for the 2022 Rotary International Convention, and vice chair of the End Polio Now Countdown to History Campaign Committee. In 2005, Howe received the Dome City Award on behalf of all Houston-area Rotarians after coordinating logistics for 650 Rotarian volunteers at the Houston Astrodome after Hurricane Katrina. The group helped hundreds of thousands of evacuees from New Orleans over three weeks.
A talented fundraiser, Howe has served on three Million Dollar Dinner committees and chaired a recent dinner event that raised $3.8 million for The Rotary Foundation. “If you make eye contact with me, I will be asking you to make a contribution,” she says. Howe has received the Service Above Self Award, The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service, and The Rotary Foundation Distinguished Service Award. She and her husband, Bill, are Arch Klumph Society and Bequest Society members
Jan Lucas Ket
Rotary Club of Purmerend
Jan Lucas Ket retired in 2011 from Waterland Hospital in Purmerend, where he had been a pediatrician for 30 years — treating 20,000 children and one baby gorilla — and served as chair of the hospital’s medical staff. Ket has participated in national and regional teams and networks for pediatrics and public health. He is now vice president of the Waterland School for Music.
Ket coordinated logistics for a packaged grant scholarship awarded to an Indian sanitation official to study at the IHE Delft Institute for Water Education in the Netherlands. “As Rotarians, we are lucky because we have had opportunities,” Ket says. “I think the point of Rotary is to bring chances to others.”
A Rotarian since 1988, Ket has been a member of The Rotary Foundation Cadre of Technical Advisers and a lecturer on Rotary’s role in preventive health care for mothers and children at various international conferences. During his year as club president, he co-founded the Rotary Club of Jihlava, Czech Republic.
Ket and his wife, Milou, have hosted Rotary Youth Exchange students and Group Study Exchange members. They are Major Donors, Benefactors, and Bequest Society members.
Rotary Club of Pendeli
Aikaterini “Katerina” Kotsali-Papadimitriou earned her architecture degree from the School of Architecture No. 1, École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, and holds a doctorate in human geography. Since 1980, she has worked as an independent architect in Athens, planning houses, offices, and public buildings. She served as a consultant during the historic preservation of 18th- and 19th-century architecture in Mithymna, on Lesbos.
Kotsali-Papadimitriou, whose father was a district governor, says she grew up surrounded by Rotary. “It’s in my veins,” she says. “Rotary is not only a philosophy but also a way of life, a way of living with honesty.” She joined her first Rotaract club at age 19. In 1993, she was inducted into the Rotary Club of Pendeli, making it the first mixed-gender club in Greece.
She has served Rotary in many roles, including as a member of The Rotary Foundation Cadre of Technical Advisers, Rotary public image coordinator, and RI president’s representative. In 2009, she led Greece’s first Rotary National Immunization Day team in Moradabad, India, where she went door to door administering polio vaccine to children.
Kotsali-Papadimitriou has received several recognitions, including the Avenues of Service Citation, The Rotary Foundation’s regional Service Award for a Polio-Free World, and The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service. She and her husband, George, are Major Donors to The Rotary Foundation.
Peter R. Kyle
Rotary Club of Capitol Hill (Washington, D.C.)
District of Columbia, USA
Peter R. Kyle was born and raised in New Zealand. After graduating with honors degrees in law and economics from Victoria University of Wellington, he clerked for the chief justice of New Zealand before pursuing postgraduate studies in law at the University of Virginia on a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship.
In 1992, after a career in private legal practice in New Zealand and a senior role with the Asian Development Bank in the Philippines, Kyle returned to the United States to work as a senior international attorney with the World Bank, based in Washington, D.C. Two weeks after accepting the position, his first assignment took him to Moscow to advise on the transition of the former Soviet Union from a socialist system to one based on market principles. He retired in 2009 but continues to serve as a consultant to the World Bank.
A Rotarian since 1976, Kyle has served Rotary in many capacities, including as an RI training leader, Council on Legislation representative, RI president’s representative, and dean of the Rotary Representative Network. In addition to serving on the board of the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group, he has chaired Rotary’s Alumni Relations and Rotary Peace Centers committees. Besides Rotary, his other great love has been Outward Bound International, which he has served as founding chairman. In 2010, Kyle received the Rotary Foundation Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award, which he considers one of his proudest moments in Rotary. He has also received the Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service. He is a Major Donor, Paul Harris Society member, and — like all his family members — a Paul Harris Fellow.
Rotary Club of Anthony Wayne (Fort Wayne)
Floyd Lancia began his professional life in education, first as a secondary school teacher and band director, and later as a school superintendent. He spent the second part of his career on his real estate development and construction business, which he has since sold. He has served on the boards of several organizations, including the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne and the Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society.
Lancia joined Rotary in 1970 and has been a member of his current club since 1992. He has spearheaded Rotary Foundation grant projects that have provided free eye surgeries in Nicaragua and clean water for communities in Mexico, among many others. He has served as president’s representative five times and as a training leader at the International Assembly.
Lancia has received the Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service, the Rotary Foundation Distinguished Service Award, and the Service Above Self Award. He and his wife, Betty Lou, are members of the Arch Klumph Society and the Bequest Society and sponsors of Rotary Peace Fellows.
Rotary Club of Pont-Audemer
Roger Lhors retired in 2011 as director of manufacturing at a wellhead parts supplier to the offshore oil industry. Lhors graduated with an engineering degree from École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers, Lille, and volunteered for two years as a mathematics teacher in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo, before embarking on a 38-year career in industrial plant management.
He has served Rotary as a Rotary coordinator and as secretary of the Membership Task Force. Lhors is also active in several local organizations, including a program that helps local youth find employment and Saint-Germain-Village, a home for children whose parents have lost their right to raise them.
Lhors says his proudest achievement in Rotary was making his club stronger during his second term as president. He advocates for the creation of new clubs, noting that support from district governors and outreach to young leaders and potential members are critical. “The future of Rotary will be excellent, and to achieve it we must adapt so that clubs are more receptive to younger generations. Rotary must meet their expectations without denying the fundamental principles that are shared by all.”
Lhors is a Paul Harris Fellow and Benefactor of The Rotary Foundation
Surgeon Chi-Tien Liu
Rotary Club of Yangmei
With his nickname derived from his profession (a Rotary tradition in Taiwan), Surgeon Chi-Tien Liu has spent more than 45 years in the medical field. He is a senior adviser and former president of Yee Zen General Hospital, which he established in 1996 after serving as president of his own clinics since 1978. Liu has chaired the boards of numerous organizations, including the Taoyuan Medical Association, SOS Children’s Villages International-Taiwan, and four schools in Yangmei District.
A Rotarian since 1987, Liu has served Rotary as an RI training leader, Rotary coordinator, and governors-elect training seminar team leader. He was also a member of the RYLA Committee and member and vice chair of the Permanent Fund Committee for Taiwan, Macau, and Hong Kong.
Liu has received The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Award. He and his wife, Grace, are Paul Harris Fellows, Benefactors, Major Donors, and members of the Paul Harris Society and the Arch Klumph Society.
Rotary Club of Dhanbad
A graduate of Kasturba Medical College in Manipal, India, with a degree in pharmaceutical sciences, Kamal Sanghvi is managing director of a family-owned banking, financing, and construction conglomerate.
Sanghvi joined Rotary in 1991 and has served as a training leader, committee member, president’s representative, and in numerous other capacities. He helped establish 28 vocational training centers for women and coordinated 11 polio corrective surgery camps that treated thousands of patients. Sanghvi says one of his proudest achievements was leading a Rotary initiative that helped 200 Pakistani children get heart surgeries in India.
Sanghvi has received the Service Above Self Award, the Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service, and the Rotary Foundation Distinguished Service Award. He and his wife, Sonal, who is also a Rotarian, are Major Donors and Bequest Society members.
Rotary Club of Tokyo-West
Katsuhiko Tatsuno is president of Tatsuno Corp. , a role he assumed in 1991. He joined the company, which was founded by his father, in 1964, after he completed his law degree at Tokyo University. Tatsuno helped the company grow from its core business in textiles into new sectors, including real estate and construction materials.
Since joining the Rotary Club of Tokyo-West in 1982, he has served Rotary as an RI training leader, RI Membership Committee member, and Council on Legislation representative. He also was a member of a Rotary Foundation committee dedicated to supporting recovery efforts in eastern Japan after the earthquake and tsunami of 2011.
Outside of Rotary, Tatsuno served on the executive committee of Junior Chamber (JC) International Tokyo. During his term, he chaired a youth sumo wrestling program, which spread to other JCs throughout the country.
Tatsuno supports The Rotary Foundation as a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, Benefactor, and Major Donor.
Stephanie A. Urchick
Rotary Club of McMurray
Stephanie A. Urchick is partner and chief operating officer of Doctors at Work LLC, a consulting and training company. She holds a doctorate in leadership studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is active on numerous community boards and committees, and has been honored by organizations including Zonta International and the Sons of the American Revolution.
A Rotarian since 1991, Urchick first joined the club of Past RI President Chuck Keller, who served as her mentor. Her service to Rotary has taken her to Vietnam to help build an elementary school and to the Dominican Republic to install water filters. A student of several Slavic languages, she has mentored new Rotarians in Ukraine and coordinated a Rotary Foundation grant project in Poland.
Urchick has served Rotary in many roles, including as a Foundation trustee and as chair of the RI Strategic Planning Committee and the Foundation’s Centennial Celebration Committee. She is a Major Donor and a member of the Bequest Society of The Rotary Foundation.
Valarie K. Wafer
Rotary Club of Collingwood-South Georgian Bay
Valarie K. Wafer retired in 2017 after a 27-year career at Tim Hortons, one of Canada’s iconic restaurant brands. In addition to owning six franchises in Toronto, Wafer worked at the corporate office as a financial accountant. Wafer’s restaurant operations were widely recognized for their inclusive hiring practices, particularly the employment of people with disabilities. “Rotary clubs are like our franchises in the community — innovation happens at the grassroots level,” Wafer says. “When you are inclusive and innovate, people come, and when they identify with you, they are likely to stay.”
Wafer joined Rotary in 2005. She has served as an RI training leader (“the best assignment you can have in Rotary”), 2018 Toronto Convention Host Organization Committee member, assistant regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, and RI president’s representative. She has led a vocational training team focused on youth suicide and depression, audited Rotary Foundation grant projects in Tanzania and Kenya, and volunteered during a 2012 National Immunization Day in India.
Wafer and her husband, Mark — who became a Rotarian after Wafer recruited him during her year as club president — are Paul Harris Fellows, Bequest Society members, and Major Donors to The Rotary Foundation. In 2012, Wafer received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, in recognition of her leadership with the Economic Case for Inclusion in Canada, an inclusive hiring initiative that was adopted by provincial and federal governments.
Rotary Club of Daegu West
Chang-Gon Yim is former vice president of the Korea Fashion Association and former chair of the Korea Fashion Center. He was also chair of the 2002 Daegu International Textile Fair.
A Rotarian since 1973, Yim has served Rotary as member and adviser of several RI and Foundation committees, president’s representative, and district governor. He was chair of Korea Rotary Day in 2008 and the 2016 Rotary Institute in Daegu.
Yim is a Major Donor, member of the Arch Klumph Society, the Bequest Society, and a Benefactor of The Rotary Foundation.
General Secretary and Chief Executive Officer
Rotary Club of Kyiv
John Hewko is the general secretary and chief executive officer 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.
2020-21 RI Board Committees
Considers and responds to petitions to the Board, evaluates the performance of the general secretary, serves as the personnel committee of the Board, and acts on behalf of the Board as outlined in the terms of reference set forth in the Rotary Code of Policies.
Stephanie A. Urchick
Bharat S. Pandya
Peter R. Kyle
Shall consider such matters of an administrative or legal nature as are referred to the committee by the president or the Board.
James Anthony “Tony” Black
Susan C. Howe
Floyd A. Lancia
Shall consider such matters involving RI programs, international meetings, and membership issues as are referred to the committee by the president or the Board.
Jan Lucas Ket
Mário César Martins de Camargo
Valarie K. Wafer
Board Council Legislation Advisory Committee
Advise the Board on Council matters, including proposed legislation and resolutions, roles and responsibilities at the at the Council on Legislation and the Council on Resolutions, and, in the year of the Council on Legislation, statements of support and opposition for consideration by the Board.
Peter R. Kyle
James Anthony “Tony” Black
Stephanie A. Urchick