2019 PETS Instructors

PDG Randy Brooks

Randy is a Past District Governor (2012-13) Rotary D-5500, a past president and member of the Rotary Club of Marana, AZ. He was the Rotary Regional Assistant Coordinator, Chair of the Arizona Tri-District PETS committee (2016), served as the District Vice Governor (2015-18). Randy is president of the Rotary District 5500 Foundation (2017-2018) and  a board member of The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona (2016-19). He is on the steering committee for the newly named Southwest PETS (2017-2020) and is an Assistant Rotary Regional Foundation Coordinator Zone 26, (2017-2020). He has attended a Rotary Peace Conference in Paris, and the Rotary Day at the United Nations. Randy attends Zone Institutes and Rotary conventions. He has worked  on many community and international projects and a facilitator and graduate on the Rotary Leadership Institute. Randy is a graduate of the Arizona Rotary Leadership Academy and a facilitator with the Visioning” process in Arizona. He’s also is a facilitator for the Rotary Leadership Institute. He Randy is a major donor, Paul Harris Society and Bequest Society member. Randy is Vice President  of the International Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation (1997-2018).

Friday February 9

Course:  Conflict Resolution

Time: 9 am, 10 am, 11am

Room: Atlanta

PP Ray Bushnell

Ray is a member of the Arcadia Rotary Club, District 5300. Served as President in 1997-98. Ray has worked with the Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee for over 20 years raising awareness for Rotary on a global scale. He was Chair for the 2008 parade. Ray has served on non-profit boards and fundraising councils including Red Cross and Methodist Hospital. Ray owns and operates RBI Systems, currently focused on helping organizations with marketing and fundraising. The firms focus is on better communications to increase market share and fundraising potential. He lives in Glendale California with his wife, Barbara and their two chocolate labs. Between them they have two grown children. Ray and Barbra are Paul Harris Fellows.

Friday February 9

Course:  Fundraising

Time: 9 am, 10 am, 11am

Room: Scottsdale

PDG Steve Lingenbrink

Steve Lingenbrink served as Rotary International District Governor (D5030) in 2012-13. Previously he served as the President of the Bellevue Breakfast Club (2005-06), Assistant District Governor (2006-08), Executive District Governor (2008-09). While Steve was serving as District Trainer in 2009, he was selected as the District Governor Designate. More recently Steve has been appointed an Assistant Rotary Coordinator for Zone 25 (2013-15), and currently serves as the Zone 25/26 Membership Chair. On the Education side, Steve serves on the faculty for GNATS/GETS, Rotary Institute (Z25/26) and the 2017 International Assembly.  In April of 2016, Steve served as the District 5030 Council on Legislation Representative in Chicago. Steve is frequently featured as a presenter and keynote speaker in all 23 districts. He and his wife Terri, along with their grown children Sarah-Grace (21) and Rachel (20), have both led and served on many international projects all over the world, including an NID in Ethiopia, water projects in Kenya and Guatemala, Computers for the World in Antigua-Barbuda and medical dental clinics in Romania and Russia. Steve is an attorney with 35 years of experience.  He has his own law firm, and his wife Terri is the HR Director/Bookkeeper for the firm. (www.lingenbrink.com). When not serving Rotary International, Steve and Terri love to travel, collect wine, and ride his Harley Davidson. Terri was a member of the Seattle 4 Rotary Club, and now enjoys the job of Education Chair for Zone 25/26 Partners Program supporting GNATS and GETS partners. Steve and Terri are Major Donors, Bequest and Paul Harris Society Members.

Friday February 9

Course: Membership It’s Priority #1!

Time: 9 am

Room: Imperial D

Geoff Laforteza

Bio coming soon

Friday February 8

Course: Maximizing ClubRunner

Time: 9 am, 10am, 11am

Room: TBA

Wade Nomura

Wade has attended 12 consecutive PETS and is a charter member (2002) of the Rotary Club of Carpinteria Morning. He served as the District Governor in 2011-2012. He is a Level 2 Bequest Society member, Major Donor and recipient of the Rotary International “Service Above Self” Award. Wade has been on 31 international trips for Rotary, including an NID to India, where he has a special passion, having had polio as a child. Wade serves/served as a GNATS Instructor, Zone Trainer, Zone Institute Marketing and Registration Manager, Zone Training Cadre Administrative Chair, Rotary Foundation Cadre for Water and Sanitation, and Community and Economic Development in English and Spanish speaking countries, 2015-2017 Rotary International Director Nominating Committee, Rotary International President’s Representative for Presidents Tanaka and Burton, the 2013-2014 Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee Chair, 2016 Rotary International Council on Legislation delegate, and the 2017 So. Cal/Nevada PETS Chair

Friday February 9

Course: Club Culture

Time: 9 am, 10am, 11am

Room: Chicago

PDG Joe Ramos

Joe joined the Rotary Club of Lake Arrowhead in Southern California in 2004 after retiring in 2001 as Associate Director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards AFB, California. During his 34 year service he also held senior positions at the Pentagon, Air Force Flight Test Center, and an Adjunct Professor for 10 years at 3 Universities teaching graduate and undergraduate Engineering and Management courses.

Joe became Club President in 2007-08 and was awarded “Best Club in the District.” As District Governor in 2013-14 he was awarded a trophy for the greatest percentage membership growth in Zones 25/26. This was after years of declining membership and being last place in both zones in membership growth. He also led both Zones in Every Rotarian Every Year, and numerous other records and many “firsts” within his district.

He is currently on the Chair of Administration of Zone 25/26 Governor Elect Training (GETS)/Governor Nominee Training Seminar (GNATS), Southern California/Nevada PETS, Chair of the Rotary Rose Parade Float, 2018 Zone 26 Assistant Rotary Coordinator, and other positions. He has been married to his wife Jeanne for 49 years. They have 2 children and 6 grandchildren. Joe and Jeanne are Major Donors, Multiple Paul Harris Fellows, Members of the Paul Harris Society and Benefactors.

Joe has a BS in Physics from the University of San Francisco, MS in Electronic Engineering from University of Southern California, and an MS in Management from Stanford University as a Sloan Fellow.

Friday February 9

Course: Membership It’s Priority #1!

Time: 9 am

Room: Imperial D

PP Michael Soden

Michael first joined Rotary in 2003 by invitation and is currently a member of the Rotary Club of Green Valley, Henderson Nevada,  He is a two time President.   First time was in Central Virginia, District 7600, Brandermill (Midlothian), 2008-2009. The second time was for his current club Green Valley, District 5300, 2013-2014. During his year as President of Green Valley, the club was named the #1 medium size club in District 5300, received the RI Presidential Citation with Distinction and the club became a 100% Paul Harris Fellow club. Michael was honored in receiving Rotarian of the year by his respective clubs on three separate occasions.

Michael currently serves as one of the Assistant RPICs for Zone 26,  District Communication Officer (DCO) for District 7600 and District 5300. Is the District 5300 Grants chair 2017-2020. He has been serving on the SWR PETS committee since 2015 as committee chair for the Website/Social Media/USummit Event App.

Additionally Michael is a Paul Harris Fellow +7.

Friday February 8

Course: Maximizing DACdb

Time: 9 am, 10am, 11am

Room: TBA