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.
Gary C.K. Huang
Rotary Club of Taipei
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.
Rotary Club of Colombo
K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran is a third-generation Rotarian, joining Rotary at age 21. As RI president in 2015-16, he introduced the Rotary Global Rewards program and led a delegation of about 9,000 Rotarians to the Vatican for an audience with Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square.
Ravindran was the first president of the Sri Lanka Anti-Narcotics Association, which today is the leading agency fighting drug addiction in Sri Lanka. He headed a national committee consisting of Rotary, his country’s health ministry, and UNICEF for the eradication of polio, and worked closely with UNICEF to negotiate a cease-fire in the ongoing civil war with the northern militants to facilitate National Immunization Days. Sri Lanka became the first country in South Asia to become polio-free. He also headed a Rotary project to build 25 modern schools across the country to replace those destroyed by the 2004 tsunami at a cost of over $12 million.
Ravindran is the CEO and founder of a publicly listed company engaged in the print and packaging industry with worldwide clientele. His company, Printcare Plc, is a winner of national and international awards of excellence. He is the recipient of The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service, Distinguished Service Award, and Service Award for a Polio-Free World. His country conferred on him the title of “Jewel of Sri Lanka” and released a postage stamp in his honor.
Kenneth M. Schuppert Jr.
Vice Chair 2019-20
Rotary Club of Decatur
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.
Rotary Club of Guatemala Sur
Jorge Aufranc is a chemical engineer and director of Corporación Instatec, which designs and builds networking telecom systems. He first saw the power of The Rotary Foundation in 1995, when he led a project to bring clean drinking water to an orphanage using matching grants. Today, he is the primary contact for the $600,000 WASH in Schools competitive grant program in Guatemala, which is bringing water, sanitation, and hygiene to 48 schools in the country.
Aufranc has served Rotary in many roles, including as RI director; founder and president of Rotary en el Corazón de las Americas, the Rotary regional magazine for Central America; and director of the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group. He and his wife, Débora, participated in a National Immunization Day in Moradabad, India, in 2009.
He is a Rotary Foundation Benefactor, Major Donor, and Bequest Society Member, and is a recipient of the Citation for Meritorious Service.
Rotary Club of Paso Robles
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.
Hipólito S. Ferreira
Rotary Club of Contagem-Cidade Industrial
Hipólito Ferreira is an engineer and the president of a group of engineering and mining companies led by Paineira Engenharia. He is the director of SICEPOT, the State of Minas Gerais Heavy Construction Industry Association.
A Rotarian since 1970, Ferreira has served Rotary in many capacities, including as RI director, training leader, regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, member of the Operations Review Committee, and chair of the Literacy Task Force for Latin America. During his term as president of ABTRF (the Brazilian Association of The Rotary Foundation), donations doubled over the previous year.
Ferreira is a recipient of the Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Award. His three sons participated in Interact, Rotaract, and Rotary Youth Exchange, and two of them are Rotarians. Ferreira and his wife, Marilene, are Benefactors and Major Donors.
John F. Germ
Rotary Club of Chattanooga
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.
Rotary Club of Aarup
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.
Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland,
Jennifer Jones is the president and CEO of Media Street Productions Inc., an award-winning television production company in Windsor. Jones has served Rotary in many roles, including as RI vice president in 2016-17. She is co-chair of the End Polio Now: Make History Today campaign to raise $150 million. She has been a leader in cultivating experiential fundraising opportunities such as Rotary’s Polio Golf Day with Jack Nicklaus in Jupiter, Florida, which raised over $5.25 million for polio eradication.
Jones has been recognized with many awards and recognitions, including the Service Above Self Award and the Citation for Meritorious Service, the YMCA Peace Medallion, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and she was the first Canadian to receive Wayne State University’s Peacemaker of the Year Award.
Jones and her husband, Nick Krayacich, are members of the Arch Klumph Society and the Paul Harris Society, and are charter members of the Bequest Society.
Rotary Club of Urawa East
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.
Rotary Club of Amesbury
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.
Ian H.S. Riseley
Rotary Club of Sandringham
While RI president in 2017-18, Ian H.S. Riseley challenged every Rotary club to plant one tree per member as a way to increase Rotarian involvement in environmental issues. He estimates at least three times that many were planted, likely upwards of 3 million trees. “I was really thrilled at the way at which the Rotary world embraced my request,” he says. “Everywhere we went, they were planting trees.”
Riseley is a chartered accountant and principal of Ian Riseley and Co., a firm he established in 1976. His honors include the AusAID Peacebuilder Award from the Australian government in recognition of his work in East Timor, the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to the Australian community, and the Distinguished Service Award and the Regional Service Award for a Polio-Free World from The Rotary Foundation.
Riseley and his wife, Juliet, a past district governor, are Rotary Foundation Major Donors and Bequest Society members. They live on 7 hectares at Moorooduc, where they practice their personal philosophy of sustainable and organic living.
Gulam A. Vahanvaty
Rotary Club of Bombay
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
Rotary Club of Mendip
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.
Rotary Club of Sae Hanyang
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.
Rotary Club of Kyiv
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.