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Senior Management

The senior management team manages and oversees operations at Rotary International World Headquarters, including member services and programs, finances, technology, development, strategy, legal services, and communications.

  • Victor Barnes

    Director of Programs and Grants

    Victor Barnes joined Rotary in September 2013 as the director of programs and grants. He manages The Rotary Foundation’s grant-making and associated partnerships, as well as Rotary youth programs, service and project partnerships, member engagement tools, Rotary Fellowships, and Rotarian Action Groups. 

  • Richard Barrett

    Director of Treasury

    Richard Barrett is the director of treasury and oversees Rotary’s accounts payable, accounts receivable, and cash management teams. He is a CFA charter holder and a Certified Treasury Professional. He joined Rotary in 2005 and has been a member of the Rotary E-Club of the Southwest USA since 2008.

  • Michelle Cangelosi

    Director of Corporate Engagement — Partnerships

    Michelle Cangelosi is the director of corporate engagement at Rotary, managing corporate philanthropic gifts, partnerships, cause marketing campaigns, and sponsorships. 

  • Jomarie Fredericks

    Deputy General Counsel

    Jomarie Fredericks is deputy general counsel of Rotary, overseeing the global protection of all of Rotary’s intellectual property. She joined Rotary in 1995.

  • Armando Huerta

    Director of International Operations

    Armando Huerta is responsible for Rotary’s international offices and staff. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Chicago Lakeview. 

  • Eric Jones

    Chief Investment Officer

    Eric Jones provides leadership, vision, and oversight for the management and strategic asset investment growth for The Rotary Foundation. 

  • Brian King

    Director of Membership Development

    Brian King and his team develop and implement targeted efforts at the club, district, zone, and organizational level that strengthen each club’s capacity to attract and engage a vibrant and diverse member base.  Brian King is a proud member of the Rotary Club of Evanston, a Rotary Foundation benefactor, and a multiple Paul Harris Fellow.

  • Bernadette Knight

    Senior Director of Finance

    As the senior director of finance, Bernadette Knight manages U.S. and international operations, external and internal reporting, and budgeting and forecasting for Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation.

  • Mark Lowry

    Director, Operations & Administration

    Mark Lowry oversees a variety of operational support functions at Rotary, including One Rotary Center, data services, travel services, and procurement and fulfillment. He joined Rotary in 2014 and is a member of the Rotary Club of Evanston.

  • Laurie McCarthy

    Director of Member Support

    Laurie McCarthy leads delivery of world-class customer service to Rotary leaders and Rotarians via the staff team in Rotary’s Support Center, Club and District Support, and Regional Leader Support.  

  • Andrew McDonald

    Deputy General Counsel

    Andrew McDonald is the Deputy General Counsel of Rotary International. Among other duties, he oversees the corporate governance function of Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation. 

  • Kristopher Newbauer

    Director of Global People & Talent

    Kristopher Newbauer is responsible for all human resources activities for Rotary’s staff around the world. He joined Rotary in 2004. 

  • Maureen Ninneman

    Deputy General Counsel

    Maureen Ninneman is an attorney with the Office of the General Counsel. She also oversees the council services and stewardship departments. 

  • Carol Pandak

    Director, PolioPlus

    Carol Pandek is the director of PolioPlus, Rotary’s global effort to eradicate polio, working in partnership with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She has held this position since 2000.

  • Richard Plocinik

    Director of Enterprise Projects

    Richard Plocinik provides high-level management and leadership on complex enterprise-wide projects, business process improvement, and business intelligence initiatives at Rotary International. His teams support project teams to deliver projects that are on time, within budget, and at the highest standard of quality to help Rotary achieve its strategic and operational goals. Plocinik joined Rotary in 2013. 

  • Sarah Remijan

    Director of Learning & Development

    Sarah Remijan manages the resources for incoming officer training for all levels of Rotary as well as the Rotary Learning Center. She joined the staff team in 2001.

  • Chaunda Roseborough-Smith

    Director of Marketing & Communications

    Chaunda Roseborough-Smith is the director of marketing and communications, overseeing Rotary International’s marketing, public relations, corporate communications, heritage communications, social media and celebrity engagement teams.  She joined Rotary in 2015

  • Shannon M. Watson, CMP, CAE

    Director, Meetings & Events

    Shannon Watson, CMP, CAE, leads a team of meeting professionals to create experiences that stimulate, inspire, and inform all Rotarians. Watson joined Rotary staff in March 2015. 

  • Nora Zei  

    Senior Director, Programs and Member Services 

    Nora Zei serves as the deputy to the chief programs and member services officer, through operational and strategic management. Zei earned an MBA from Chicago Booth and has been with Rotary for 14 years.

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