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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.

  • Ron D. Burton

    Chair 2018-19
    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.

  • Gary C.K. Huang

    Chair-elect 2018-19
    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.

  • Brenda Cressey

    Vice-chair 2018-19
    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • John F. Germ

    Trustee 2018-22
    Rotary Club of Chattanooga
    Tennessee, USA

    John F. Germ is the retired board chair and CEO of Campbell & Associates Inc., consulting engineers. He joined the firm as an engineer in 1965 after four years in the U.S. Air Force. He serves on the boards of several organizations, including the board and executive committee of the Public Education Foundation and Orange Grove Center Inc., and as board chair of Blood Assurance Inc. He also is founder and treasurer of the Chattanooga State Technical Community College Foundation and president of the Tennessee Jaycee Foundation. He has received many awards for his volunteer work.

    Germ joined Rotary in 1976 and has served RI as president in 2016-17, vice president, director, Foundation trustee and vice chair, aide to the Foundation trustee chair, chair of Rotary’s $200 Million Challenge, RI Board Executive Committee member, chair of numerous committees, area coordinator, and RI training leader. In 2013, the White House recognized him as a Champion of Change.

    Germ has received RI’s Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Award. He and his wife, Judy, are Foundation Benefactors and members 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.

  • Per Høyen

    Trustee 2018-22
    Rotary Club of Aarup
    Aarup, Denmark

    Per Høyen holds a bachelor’s degree in media production and management from the Danish School of Media and Journalism. He has held technical, production, and management positions at several companies in the graphics industry, retiring in 2001 from Nordgraf A/S. He was national president of Round Table Denmark in 1995-96.

    A Rotarian since 1999, Høyen has served RI as treasurer, director, president’s representative, committee member and chair, Council on Legislation representative, district Rotary Foundation committee chair, and district polio coordinator. For six years, including two as chair, Per has represented the five Danish districts on the board of Rotary Norden, the official Rotary magazine that serves Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, and chaired the committee for the publication’s digital development.

    Høyen has received The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service and its regional Service Award for a Polio-Free World. He and his wife, Annette (a member of the Rotary Club of Assens who was district governor in 2012-13), are Foundation Major Donors, Bequest Society members, and Benefactors.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Kenneth M. Schuppert Jr.

    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.

  • Gulam A. Vahanvaty

    Trustee 2018-22
    Rotary Club of Bombay
    Maharashtra, India

    Gulam Vahanvaty joined his family’s scrap processing and ship-breaking business, and later diversified into other enterprises. In 1978, Vahanvaty traveled to Indiana (then District 656) as a member of a Group Study Exchange, which he describes as “a life-enhancing experience” that made him want to join Rotary.

    A Rotarian since 1979, he oversaw a record contribution to The Rotary Foundation of $654,000 as district governor, the largest in Indian Rotary districts until 2006–07. He has served RI as Rotary Regional Foundation Coordinator, committee chair and member, and training leader.

    Vahanvaty is a recipient of RI’s Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Award. He and his late wife, Haseena, are Benefactors and Major Donors to the Foundation.

  • 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.

  • SangKoo Yun

    Trustee 2018-22
    Rotary Club of Sae Hanyang
    Seoul, Korea

    SangKoo Yun is a graduate of the School of Architecture at Syracuse University in New York and is president of Dongsuh Corp., an architectural materials trading and engineering firm. He is involved in many civic organizations with a special interest in preservation of cultural heritage.

    A Rotarian since 1987 when he was a charter member of the Rotary Club of Sae Hanyang, Yun has served RI as a director, convention Host Organization Committee chair, Future Vision trainer, Rotary coordinator trainer, committee member and chair, resource group zone coordinator, assistant moderator, and training leader. He has led the Keep Mongolia Green project since he was district governor in the RI centennial year.

    He and his wife, Eunsun, are Benefactors and Major Donors to The Rotary Foundation, and members of the Arch Klumph Society and Bequest Society.

  • 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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