Directors

K.R. Ravindran

President 2015-16

Rotary Club of Colombo

Sri Lanka

K.R. 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.

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John F. Germ

President-elect 2015-16

Rotary Club of Chattanooga

Tennessee, USA

John F. Germ is board chair and chief executive officer of Campbell and 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 Public Education Foundation, Orange Grove Center Inc., and Blood Assurance Inc.

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Greg E. Podd

Vice President 2015-16

Rotary Club of Evergreen

Colorado, USA

Greg E. Podd is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) and has operated his own practice since 1979. He is a past president and owner of a metal fabrication firm for the telecommunication industry and an international health care software development firm.

A Rotarian since 1982, Podd has served Rotary as RI president's representative, major gifts adviser, member of the Finance and Investment committees, regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, regional RI membership zone coordinator, Council on Legislation representative, training leader, Rotary Foundation Future Vision training leader, district governor, and assistant chief sergeant-at-arms at the International Assembly.

Podd is a recipient of RI's Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation's Citation for Meritorious Service. He and his wife, Pam, are members of the Arch Klumph Society.


Per Høyen

Treasurer 2015-16

Rotary Club of Aarup

Denmark

Per Høyen retired in 2001 from Nordgraf A/S, where he had been production manager since 1999. Educated and trained in printing and graphics, he held technical and production management positions at several companies during his career.

A Rotarian since 1999, Høyen has served Rotary as RI president’s representative, district Rotary Foundation committee chair, district polio coordinator, and district governor. He also served as Council on Legislation representative and chair of the board of directors of Rotary Norden, Rotary’s official Nordic magazine.

Høyen is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, Benefactor, and Major Donor of The Rotary Foundation. He has received The Rotary Foundation’s Regional Service Award for a Polio-Free World and the Citation for Meritorious Service.


Safak Alpay

Director 2014-16

Rotary Club of Istanbul-Sisli

Turkey

Safak Alpay is a shareholder and chair of the executive committee of Interpromedya A.S., an ICT media company, and executive board member and shareholder of INTERPRO Holding, which serves the ICT sector in Turkey.

A Rotarian since 1974, Alpay has served Rotary as RI president's representative, committee member and chair, National PolioPlus committee chair, PolioPlus national advocacy adviser, regional Rotary membership coordinator, regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, International Assembly discussion leader and training leader, and district governor. He also has served as a Council on Legislation representative.

Alpay is a Paul Harris Fellow and Benefactor of The Rotary Foundation. He is a recipient of RI's Service Above Self Award and the Foundation's Citation for Meritorious Service and the Regional Service Award for a Polio-Free World.


Manoj D. Desai

Director 2015-17

Rotary Club of Baroda Metro

India

Manoj Desai is a spinal surgeon at his own medical facility, Arpan Spine & Fracture Clinic. He is a life member of the Indian Medical Association, Spine Surgeons Association of India, and the Indian Orthopedic Association.

A Rotarian since 1986, Desai has served Rotary as regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, regional Rotary membership coordinator, task force and committee member, RI training leader, Annual Programs Fund strategic adviser, regional RI membership coordinator, and district governor.

Desai and his wife, Sharmishtha, are Major Donors, Benefactors, Paul Harris Fellows, and members of the Bequest Society of The Rotary Foundation.


Robert L. Hall

Director 2014-16

Rotary Club of Dunwoody

Georgia, USA

Robert L. Hall began his career in sales and general management with IBM and now owns an executive and professional recruiting firm, HRHRecruiting, which specializes in nonprofit search.

A Rotarian since 1971, Hall has served Rotary as RI president's representative, Council on Legislation representative, End Polio Now zone coordinator, committee member and chair, district Rotary Foundation chair, and district governor. In 2006, Hall led a team on a National Immunization Day in Uttar Pradesh, India.

Hall and his wife, Charlene, are Major Donors and Bequest Society members. He also has received RI's Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation's Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Award, as well as the Regional Polio Eradication and International Polio Eradication awards.


Bradford R. Howard

Director 2015-17

Rotary Club of Oakland Sunrise

California, USA

Bradford R. Howard is president of Howard Tours and managing director of Howard Properties. He is past president of the Haas School of Business Alumni Association (University of California, Berkeley), past board member and committee chair of the Cal Alumni Association, and trustee of the University of California, Berkeley Foundation.

A Rotarian since 1985, Howard is a charter member of the Rotary Club of Oakland-Sunrise. He has served Rotary as RI president’s representative, zone coordinator, Council on Legislation representative, committee and task force member, RI training leader, leaders’ seminar trainer, and district governor. He also served as Rotary’s US$200 Million Challenge Coordinator for Zone 26 and was general chair of Zones 25 and 26 2010 Institute.

Howard is a recipient of The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service, Distinguished Service Award, and International Service Award for a Polio-Free World and RI’s Service Above Self Award. Howard is a Paul Harris Fellow and Major Donor.


Jennifer E. Jones

Director 2015-17

Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland

Ontario, Canada

Jennifer E. Jones is president and CEO of Media Street Productions Inc. She actively participates on many boards in her community, including as chair of the Board of Governors of the University of Windsor.

Jones has served Rotary as RI president’s representative; RI training leader; committee adviser, member, and vice chair; Rotary public image area and zone coordinator; leaders’ seminar trainer; moderator; and district governor.

Jones is a recipient of RI’s Service Above Self Award. She and her husband, Nicholas Krayacich, are members of the Arch Klumph Society, Paul Harris Society, and Bequest Society of The Rotary Foundation.


Hsiu-Ming “Frederick” Lin

Director 2015-17

Rotary Club of Taipei Tungteh

Taiwan

Frederick Lin is managing director of Continental Worldwide Ent. Co. Ltd., a firm specializing in system design and integration for satellite communication. He is director of the Taipei Lifeline Association and executive director of the Association of Protection for the Criminal on Probation. He also has been active on the Ta-An District Committee KMT.

A Rotarian since 1988, Lin has served Rotary as a regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, Rotary coordinator, RI president’s representative, and committee member and chair. He and his wife, Chen-Yi, are members of the Arch Klumph Society. Lin is also a Benefactor and Paul Harris Fellow.


Peter L. Offer

Director 2015-17

Rotary Club of Coventry Jubilee

England

Peter L. Offer is retired from his position as managing director of a furnishings fabrics manufacturing company.

A founding member of the Rotary Club of Coventry Jubilee, Offer has been a Rotarian since 1977.

He has served RIBI as president and committee member and chair, and Rotary as committee and task force member, zone institute chair, and district governor.

Offer received RI’s Service Above Self Award for, among other things, his work with the English Disabled Sports Team Championship, which he founded during his year as club president. He is a Paul Harris Fellow and a Benefactor of The Rotary Foundation.


Julia Phelps

Director 2014-16

Rotary Club of Malden

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 Rotary as Rotary Foundation alumni coordinator and district governor.

She is a Major Donor, Benefactor, multiple Paul Harris Fellow, and a member of the Bequest Society. Phelps is a recipient of The Rotary Foundation's Citation for Meritorious Service.


Saowalak Rattanavich

Director 2015-17

Rotary Club of Bangrak

Thailand

Saowalak Rattanavich is an associate professor in the Curriculum and Instruction Department, Faculty of Education, and a special expert of the graduate school board at Srinakharinwirot University in Bangkok, Thailand.

A Rotarian since 1990, Rattanavich has served Rotary as RI president’s representative, Rotary coordinator for Zone 6B, committee and task force member, RI training leader, and district governor. She also has served as host area coordinator of the Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University and vice chair of the Literacy Rotarian Action Group.

Rattanavich is a recipient of RI’s Service Above Self Award and the Presidential Citation, and The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service and its Distinguished Service Award. She is a Paul Harris Fellow.


Eduardo San Martín Carreño

Director 2015-17

Rotary Club of Majadahonda

Spain

Eduardo San Martín Carreño is a finance consultant with Grupo Bancario Santander (a branch of Santander Consumer Finance). A past vice president of Asociación Española de Asesores Financieros, to which he has belonged since 1992, he also is a member of the Asociación Española de Entidades Financieras. He is vice president of Asociación 2001 and a member of Mundo Cooperante – Niños de Papel.

San Martín Carreño has been a Rotarian since 1990. He has served Rotary as a committee liaison, chair, and member; assistant regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, RI training leader, and RI president’s representative.

San Martín Carreño is a Major Donor and Benefactor. He and his wife, Carmen, are Paul Harris Fellows.


José Ubiracy “Bira” Silva

Director 2015-17

Rotary Club of Recife

Pernambuco, Brazil

Bira Silva is CEO of a group of 10 companies managed by EBGE (Brazilian Special Guides Publishing). He previously was general manager of Burroughs Eletronica do Brasil for 15 years, marketing director for Pitney Bowes, marketing coordinator for Fiat Lux, and superintendent for Telephone Books of Brazil.

A Rotarian since 1970, Silva has served Rotary as RI training leader, RI president’s representative, regional RI membership coordinator, Major Gifts adviser, RI training leader, resource group zone coordinator, zone public image coordinator, Permanent Fund national adviser for South America, and district governor. During his year as district governor, he worked to expand the Youth Exchange program in his district and partnered with District 7500 (New Jersey, USA) on a grant project to purchase a mobile eye surgery unit worth $250,000.

Silva is a Paul Harris Fellow and Major Donor of The Rotary Foundation.


Takanori Sugitani

Director 2014-16

Rotary Club of Tamana

Japan

Takanori Sugitani is president of Ariake Nursing Home and the social welfare organization Tenkeikai. He has been president and vice president of the Party of Kumamoto Nursing Home and is director of the Kyushu University of Nursing and Social Welfare.

Sugitani has been a Rotarian since 1973 and has served Rotary as regional Rotary membership coordinator, Rotary coordinator, training leader, committee member, and district governor.

He is a Benefactor, Major Donor, multiple Paul Harris Fellow, and member of the Bequest Society and Paul Harris Society.


Guiller E. Tumangan

Director 2014-16

Rotary Club of Makati West

Philippines

Guiller E. Tumangan, a chartered accountant, is executive vice president of Solid Mills Inc. He has been director of the Textile Millers Association of the Philippines and served as executive vice president of the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Tumangan has been a Rotarian since 1988 and has served Rotary as RI president's representative, International Assembly training leader, Council on Legislation representative, committee member, RI training leader, zone coordinator, and district governor.

Tumangan is a Major Donor, Benefactor, and member of the Paul Harris Society of The Rotary Foundation. He also is a recipient of RI's Service Above Self Award and the Presidential Citation and The Rotary Foundation's Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Award.


Giuseppe Viale

Director 2014-16

Rotary Club of Genova

Italy

Giuseppe Viale is professor emeritus of neurosurgery and chair of the neurosurgery department at the Universities of Sassari and Genova (Italy).

A Rotarian since 1988, Viale has served Rotary as Council on Legislation representative and district governor.

He is the author of "A Glance at a Forgotten Rotary" and the editor of a series of historical studies ("Collana Storica Rotariana") written in Italian and English, consisting of 11 volumes as of 2013. Viale is a Paul Harris Fellow, Benefactor, and Major Donor to The Rotary Foundation.


Karen Wentz

Director 2015-17

Rotary Club of Maryville-Alcoa

Tennessee, USA

Karen Wentz is retired from a career in higher education administration, where she worked in fund development, strategic planning, grants, and project management. She has been active in the United Way, Habitat for Humanity, Humane Society of Tennessee Valley, AARP Driver Safety Program, and the American Cancer Society.

A Rotarian since 1990, Wentz has served Rotary as RI training leader, Rotary coordinator for Zone 30, general coordinator for Rotary Foundation alumni coordinators, and district governor. She and her husband, Ronald, are Benefactors, Paul Harris Fellows, and members of the Arch Klumph Society and Bequest Society of The Rotary 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 (MCC), a U.S. government agency established in 2004 to deliver foreign assistance to the world’s poorest countries.

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