2018 PETS Instructors

Michael Boyer

Rotary Club of Pismo Beach (Five Cities) Michael Boyer has been working in Technology and Digital Marketing for 22 years.  He is the Chief Operating Officer of Digital West, Inc., a company providing digital products and services to thousands of business across the country. Michael has Rotary in his blood, a fourth generation Rotarian. Michael’s Great Grand Father, Luther Hodges was Rotary International President in 1967-68.  Michael’s Father is Past District Governor in District 5010, his mother is Past President of the Rotary Club of Wasilla and his wife is Past President of the Rotary Club of Pismo Beach/Five Cities.

The Rotary Club of Pismo Beach-Five Cites, 2001-Present Positions Held: President, President-Elect, Treasurer (3 years), Club Service Director (2 years), Public Relations Chair (8 years), Vocational Service Director, International Service Director, Club Foundation Vice President & Club Foundation President.

Current Position: President’s Advisor

Rotary District 5240 Staff, 2002-Present Positions Held: Website Chair (3 years), Public Relations Chair (3 years), Club Service Director, Communications Committee (3 years), Membership Advisor, SOCAL PETS Instructor (5 years – Public Image, #WeAreRotary, Social Media), SOCAL PETS Facilitator (4 years – Promote Rotary, Your Members, Your Leadership, Club Management).

Current Position: Membership Chair, District Conference Promotion Committee

Rotary Zone 25/26 Board of Advisors, 2015-Present Positions Held: Assistant Rotary Public Image Coordinator, Keynote Speaker AZ PETS, AZ PETS Instructor (Rotary Club Central), Speaker at Zone Institute 2015, 2016 & 2017.

Current Position: Rotary Public Image Coordinator Both the San Luis Obispo Tribune and the Pacific Coast Business Times recognized Michael with their “Top 20 Under 40” Award for his professional excellence and profound commitment to the Community. Michael lives in Arroyo Grande, CA with my wife and son.

Friday February 9

Course: Communications, Social Media & Rotary

Time: 9 am, 10am, 11am

Room: Boston

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

Nicole Jones

Nicole Jones is a Manager of Regional Membership Development at Rotary. She supports zone and districts leaders in Zones 25 and 26 (Western US and Canada) with their membership development efforts by focusing on relevant membership attraction, engagement, and retention strategies. Nicole also manages the Regional Membership Officer (RMO) team, which is made up of four membership officers. Together, the team supports Rotary leaders in North America, Central America, and Australia/New Zealand. Utilizing a regional approach, the RMO team works to provide guidance, help train membership volunteers, provide clubs with innovative ideas and resources to encourage club flexibility, foster Rotarian engagement, improve membership diversity, and strengthen clubs. After working for Northwestern University, Nicole joined Rotary in 2011 as a Senior Coordinator working to create and enhance Rotary membership resources. In 2015, she transitioned into a new role as a Senior Regional Membership Officer. In this positon, she worked to build and hire the Regional Membership Officer team, dedicated to utilizing regional membership strategies to help clubs provide positive membership experiences. Nicole was promoted to Manager of Regional Membership Development in November 2017. Nicole received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in International Studies and Political Science, and her M.S. in Public Service Management from DePaul University.

Friday February 9

Course: Membership It’s Priority #1!

Time: 9 am

Room: Imperial D

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

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

The Panel – Attracting Young Professionals

Darlene Fukuji (Moderator)

Darlene Fukuji is a the Associate Director of the Fred Kiesner Center for Entrepreneurship at Loyola Marymount University where she is dedicated to helping students and alumni in their business ventures. She is also an engagement manager at Growthink, a consulting company for entrepreneurs, where she is responsible for project management and has helped over 250 companies with their business plans.

Darlene Fukuji was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and has a passion for start-ups, community service, education, socially responsible businesses and problem-solving to make the world a better place.  Darlene is a founding member of the Westchester Rotary Young Professionals​ ​(YPs) and is an active member of the Rotary Club of Westchester for the past three years serving in positions such as membership chair and youth services chair.

Friday February 9

Course: Attracting Young Professionals – Panel Discussion

Time: 9 am, 10am, 11am

Room: Imperial A & B

Bryson Ishii

Bryson Ishii is a Principal at Growth Factor Ventures, a Los Angeles based venture capital firm specializing in the healthcare and biotechnology investments.  His investment experience ranges from early stage start-ups to going-public transactions for late-stage companies.

Bryson holds a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Entrepreneurship and Accounting from Loyola Marymount University.  He launched his career as an executive for Rigo International, an import manufacturing firm, supervising the strategic direction of the company and managing a portfolio of investments.

Bryson returned to Loyola Marymount University as the Associate Director of the Fred Kiesner Center for Entrepreneurship in 2013 where the program ranked top 25 in the nation according to US World & News.

Friday February 9

Course: Attracting Young Professionals – Panel Discussion

Time: 9 am, 10am, 11am

Room: Imperial A & B

Jenna Nicholas

Originally from Dallas, Jenna graduated from the University of North Texas, where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, with a minor in Business Management. Since joining Career Group in 2010, Jenna has become an integral member of the team. She’s incredibly passionate about people and has an innate ability to connect with others and build lasting relationships.

In her spare time, Jenna serves on the board of the Young Professionals Rotary of Beverly Hills. She also enjoys networking, volunteering for local non-profit organizations, and spending quality time with family.

Friday February 9

Course: Attracting Young Professionals – Panel Discussion

Time: 9 am, 10am, 11am

Room: Imperial A & B

Wissam Takieddine

Wissam Takieddine holds a degree in Construction Management from the College of Engineering at California State University, Northridge. He is currently the Vice President of  The Eden Group, an engineering & construction management firm based out of Los Angeles. In 2014, he was appointed the US ambassador to the Shouf Biosphere Reserve which is currently the largest protected area in the Middle East. In 2015, Wissam started an environmental initiative called BACLEAN in his home town of Baakline, Lebanon to enhance the livelihood of residents by utilizing the power of community effort.

He is currently the President of Los Angeles Cedars Rotary club and the youngest member to serve on the board.

Friday February 9

Course: Attracting Young Professionals – Panel Discussion

Time: 9 am, 10am, 11am

Room: Imperial A & B

DG Cozette Vergari

Cozette Vergari is a member of the State Bar of California and is also admitted to practice law before the United States District Federal Court for the Central District of California. Cozette established her own law firm in 1996 in the areas of Family Law and Trust and Estates.

In September 1995, Cozette joined the Rotary Club of Westchester (Los Angeles). She has served in numerous positions at the club, district and zone levels, including chairing the opening night event for the 2008 RI Convention in Los Angeles, staring Natalie Cole at L.A. Live. She currently serves as District Governor for RI District 5280.

Cozette also serves on the Board of Directors for 1736 Family Crisis Center and the U.S. Selective Service System, while developing the RI District 5280 Human Trafficking Initiative.

Cozette and her husband Richard Moon met in Rotary and have a blended family of four children, two daughters-in-law, two grandchildren, with another due in March.

Friday February 9

Course: Attracting Young Professionals – Panel Discussion

Time: 9 am, 10am, 11am

Room: Imperial A & B