Directors

Gary C.K. Huang

President 2014-15

Rotary Club of Taipei

Taiwan

Gary C.K. Huang is currently an adviser for Wah Lee Industrial Corp. and Bank of Panhsin. He is also a director of Federal Corporation and Sunty Property Development.

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K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran

President-elect 2014-15

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 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.

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Celia Elena Cruz de Giay

Vice President 2014-15

Rotary Club of Arrecifes

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Celia Elena Cruz de Giay, an educator and freelance journalist, is editor of Vida Rotaria, the official Rotary regional magazine of Argentina. She is also vice president of Giay Agropecuaria SA, a livestock and agriculture business. In her community, she is a member of SADE Arrecifes and the Hope Foundation.

A Rotarian since 1994, Giay has served RI as RI president's representative, Annual Programs Fund strategic adviser, committee member and chair, regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, RI training leader, and district governor.

She and her husband, Luis, are Benefactors and Major Donors of The Rotary Foundation. Giay is also a recipient of the Foundation's Citation for Meritorious Service and RI's Service Above Self Award.


Holger Knaack

Treasurer 2014-15

Rotary Club of Herzogtum Lauenburg-Mölln

Germany

Holger Knaack has been a partner in the real estate company Knaack KG since 1993. Previously, he was partner and manager of the bakery Knaack Enterprises. He is chair of the Foundation Karl Adam.

A Rotarian since 1991, Knaack has served RI as RI president's representative, Council on Legislation representative, resource group zone coordinator, RI training leader, and district governor. He also chaired the Multidistrict Youth Exchange Program for all German districts.


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 RI 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.


Mary Beth Growney Selene

Director 2013-15

Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton

Wisconsin, USA

Mary Beth Growney Selene is founder and president of Ryan Signs Inc. A non-lawyer fee arbitrator, she is a member of the Client Security Fund for the State Bar of Wisconsin. She is active with the What If? Foundation, which supports children living in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

A Rotarian since 1987, Growney Selene has served RI as RI president’s representative, Permanent Fund national adviser, Annual Programs Fund strategic adviser, regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, RI training leader, Council on Legislation representative, and district governor.

Growney Selene 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 and Bequest Society and Rotary Foundation Sustaining Members.


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 RI as RI president's representative, Council on Legislation representative, zone End Polio Now coordinator, committee member and chair, district Rotary Foundation chair, and district governor.  In 2006, Robert led a team on a National Immunization Day to Uttar Pradesh, India.

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


Per Høyen

Director 2014-16

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 throughout his career.

A Rotarian since 1999, Høyen has served RI 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.


Seiji Kita

Director 2013-15

Rotary Club of Urawa East

Japan

Seiji Kita is the CEO of Shinken Company Ltd., and executive director of the Saitama Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Kita has served as director of the city’s construction industry association. He is also vice chair of the Saitama Prefecture Athletics Association and chair of the Saitama Youth Sumo Council. 

A Rotarian since 1982, Kita has served RI as regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, RI president’s representative, committee vice chair, and district governor.

He is a recipient of The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service and its Distinguished Service Award and the founder of the Seiji and Nobuko Kita Endowed Fund. Kita is a Major Donor and a member of the Foundation’s Bequest Society, Paul Harris Society, and Arch Klumph Society.


Larry A. Lunsford

Director 2013-15

Rotary Club of Kansas City-Plaza

Missouri, USA

Larry A. Lunsford is senior vice president and CFO for Bernstein-Rein Advertising Inc. A past president of the Truman State University National Alumni Association, he also was treasurer of the Epilepsy Foundation for the Heart of America.

A Rotarian since 1991, Lunsford has served RI as RI president’s representative, zone institute chair, Rotary public image coordinator, Rotary Foundation alumni coordinator, regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, RI training leader, International Assembly leaders’ seminar trainer, and district governor. In 1982, he was a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar to Australia.

Lunsford is a recipient of The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service and RI’s Service Above Self Award.


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 RI 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.


Greg E. Podd

Director 2014-16

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 healthcare software development firm.

A Rotarian since 1982, Podd has served RI 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.


P.T. Prabhakar

Director 2013-15

Rotary Club of Madras Central

Tamil Nadu, India

P.T. Prabhakar is managing director of P.T. Power Gear (P) Ltd., engaged in systems engineering and marketing of Siemens switch gears, motors, and programmable logic controllers. He is the founder and project chair of a blood bank in Chennai that is supported by Rotarians.

A Rotarian since 1983, Prabhakar has served RI as RI training leader, regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, committee and task force member, RI president’s representative, and district governor.


Steven Snyder

Director 2013-15

Rotary Club of Auburn

California, USA

Steven Snyder has been president of Gold Rush Chevrolet-Subaru since 1986. He is past president of the California New Car Dealers Association and past president of two chambers of commerce and a hospital foundation. He also founded two banks.

A Rotarian since 1980, Snyder has served RI as RI president’s representative, resource group zone coordinator, assistant regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, RI training leader, and district governor.


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 RI 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 RI 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 Level 2 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 its 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 RI 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.


Michael F. Webb

Director 2013-15

Rotary Club of Mendip

Somerset, England

Michael F. Webb is a chartered accountant in private practice. A fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, he also serves as treasurer and trustee of various local and national charitable organizations.

A Rotarian since 1976, Webb has served Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland as president, committee member and chair, and honorary treasurer. He has served RI as committee member and chair, chair of The Rotary Foundation Cadre of Technical Advisers, Council on Legislation representative, RI president’s representative, institute chair and moderator, 3-H Grant auditor, task force zone coordinator, RI training leader, and district governor.


Sangkoo Yun

Director 2013-15

Rotary Club of Sae Hanyang

Korea

Sangkoo Yun has been president of Dongsuh Corporation, an architectural materials trading and engineering firm, since 1985. He is chair of the Korean National Trust Cultural Heritage Committee and its foundation and a steering committee member of the International Organization of National Trusts.

A Rotarian since 1987, Yun has served RI as a Future Vision trainer, member of the Reach Out to Africa Ad Hoc Committee, resource group zone coordinator, RI training leader, and Rotary’s centennial district governor. He cochairs the Keep Mongolia Green Project Committee for Zones 9 and 10A.


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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