Facilitators

Laura Ahmed

Year I joined Rotary: July 2004
 
Club duties and positions:
 
Club President207-2008/President Elect 2019-2020
Secretary: 2008-pres.
Rotary Foundation Chair
Membership Chair
Community Service Chair
Youth Service
RYLA Coordinator
 
District positions:
Assistant Governor
Taco Fiesta Chair
RLI Facilitator
District Conference Chair
Assembly Chair
District Foundation Committee
District Finance Committee
Humanitarian Grants Oversight Committee (Future Vision Coordination)
Strategic Planning Committee
Member of the Oduoro Village committee
President’s Advance Co-Chair (2007)
2019 PETS Facilitator
District Donor Advisor (06-07)
 
 
Other Rotary Activities:
Hosted two exchange students
GSE Host
VTT host
Hosted Friendship exchange participants from Belgium and Brazil 
 

Saturday February 9
Course:
Presidents & Membership
Room: Denver
Time: 9 – 10:15 AM

Course: Presidents & Branding
Room: Dallas
Time: 10:15 – 11:50 AM

Course: Building Your Team
Room: Dallas
Time: 2 – 3 PM

Anabella Bonfu

Anabella Bonfa is a business litigation attorney with Wellman & Warren LLP. Anabella is the Past Membership Chair for District 5320 and is the current Public Image/Social Media Chair. She was the “Rotarian of the Year” award recipient for District 5320 in 2015-2016 for her work increasing membership and promoting club public image throughout the district. Anabella is the 2013-14 recipient of the Rotary International Vocational Service Leadership Award for her work mentoring new lawyers and young professionals. Anabella is a proud member of Irvine Rotary, a club which has won 4 Best Club awards from District 5320 in recent years and which has increased its membership every year for the last 5 years

Saturday February 9
Course:
Presidents & Membership
Room: Imperial D
Time: 9 – 10:15 AM

Course: Presidents & Branding
Room: Imperial D
Time: 10:15 – 11:50 AM

Course: Building Your Team
Room: Imperial D
Time: 2 – 3 PM

DGE Savi Bhim

Ms. Bhim is the owner of BVI Apparel USA, an embroidery and printing company located in Simi Valley, California. She was also a teacher for many years and it remains one of her most rewarding profession Savi has been a member of the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise since 2004 and serves wherever she is needed. In 2013-14 she was the club’s president. Through her club, she traveled to South Africa where she worked with the local club on an AIDS clinic and she was instrumental in a wheel chair distribution project in Guyana, South America Savi has also served her Rotary District 5240 in various areas including membership advisor, assistant governor, chief of staff, district trainer and PETS facilitator. She is currently the District Governor Nominee. Savi’s favorite ‘hang out’ spots include small coffee shops and book stores. She loves reading and is a ‘snob’ when it comes to books as she still prefers turning the real pages of real books. She likes to travel and learn about different peoples and their cultures . However, her consuming passion is all things Rotary.

Sunday February 10
Course:
Strategies For Success
Room: Meridian 1 & 2
Time: 8 – 9 am

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 8
Course: Great Presidents Inspire
Room:
Scottsdale
Time:
2 – 3:30 PM

Saturday February 9
Course:
Presidents & Membership
Room: Scottsdale
Time: 9 – 10:15 AM

Course: Presidents & Branding
Room: Scottsdale
Time: 10:15 – 11:50 AM

Ali Danta

Alice (Ali) Danta was born in California and was raised in both California and Texas. Ali graduated from CSULB with a degree in ….  During her college years she spent a semester and summer in Germany, exploring the German way of life and countryside. She went into Corporate America and enjoyed a successful career in employee training at Xerox and a few competitor companies. Ultimately Ali and husband Randall founded an engineering consulting firm Pro Design Associates (PDA) in 1994, which they still enjoy running today.

Ali and Randy have been happily married 25 years. They have two daughters who thus far show no signs of marriage and families (so no grandchildren yet).

Ali enjoys mountain and road cycling, gourmet cooking and fine wines, hiking, backpacking and investing. They are currently hiking sections of the Pacific Crest Trail. She and Randy have also raised Angus cattle in Tillamook Oregon.  Randy has also conquered Mt. Everest with the New Zealand team Rob Hall and Gary Ball in 1992.

With a wide range of talents and blessed with patience, Ali is a veteran of many club and District Rotary functions.

(Tustin – Santa Ana) Rotary President, 2010-2011

District 5320 Assistant Governor, 2012-2013

District 5320 Assistant Governor, 2013-2014

District 5320 Transition Chair, 2013-2014, 2014-2015

District 5320 Executive Officer ~ Leadership (AGs) 2014-2015

District 5320 ‘Rotarian of the Year’ award, 2014-2015

District 5320 Executive Officer ~ Support 2015-2016

District 5320 Executive Officer ~ Training 2016-2017

District 5320 Executive Officer ~ Training 2017-2018

District 5320 Leadership Team ~ Training 2018-2019

Friday February 8

Course: Great Presidents Inspire
Room:
Imperial C
Time:
2 – 3:30 PM

Saturday February 9
Course:
Presidents & Membership
Room: Imperial C
Time: 9 – 10:15 AM

Course: Presidents & Branding
Room: Imperial C
Time: 10:15 – 11:50 AM

PDG Michael Drake

 

 Michael is a charter member of the Rotary Club of Tucson Sunset,  chartered in 1983.  He has served his club and Rotary District 5500 in many positions, including District Governor in 2011-12.  He currently is Chair of the District Rotary Foundation Committee.

Michael recently received the Service Above Self Award, Rotary International’s highest honor.  Fewer than 150 Awards are presented worldwide each year.

Michael graduated from Stanford University and the University of Arizona College of Law. He is past-president of the Pima County Bar Association and served 12 years as a Hearing Officer for the Arizona Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Commission. He currently practices personal injury law and civil litigation in Tucson.

Saturday February 9
Course:
Presidents & Membership
Room: Atlanta
Time: 9 – 10:15 AM

Course: Presidents & Branding
Room: Atlanta
Time: 10:15 – 11:50 AM

Course: Building Your Team
Room:  Atlanta
Time: 2 – 3 PM

PDG Nick Frankle

Nick Frankle joined the Rotary Club of Westlake Village Sunrise in 2003.  He was club president in Rotary Year 2006-07.  During his year as president, the club was selected the best medium club in District 5240 and the best large service organization in his home community of Thousand Oaks.  He also served his club as Club Service Chair, International Service Chair and Foundation Chair.

Nick served as District Governor of Rotary District 5240 in 2016-17.  Prior to that, Nick served District 5240 as an Assistant Governor and Executive Assistant Governor, Membership Chair, International Service Chair and Communications Chair. He was a member of the Zone 26 team implementing the Ignite Membership Initiative. In Rotary Year 2014-15, Nick and his wife Heather, served the District as Co-Chief Operating Officers.

Nick is a Major Donor, Benefactor, member of the Bequest Society and of the Paul Harris Society. He is a graduate of the District 5240 PRLS and Master PRLS leadership training programs. For RY 2012-13, Nick was the recipient of the District 5240 Samuel L. Greene Service Above Self award.

Nick is the President-Elect of the Rotarian Action Group for Microfinance and Community Development.  Nick has participated in international projects in Mexico, Honduras and South Africa.  He helped establish the District 5240 Rotary Safari program which encourages Rotarians to participate in international projects.  He has seen how Rotarians change the world “one life at a time” while understanding that the people most changed by humanitarian projects are the Rotarians themselves.

Saturday February
Course: Presidents & Membership
Room: Imperial B
Time: 9 – 10:15 AM

Course: Presidents & Branding
Room:  Imperial B
Time: 10:15  – 11:50 AM

DGD Dan Goodrich

Dan Goodrich Rotary Career started in 2011 when he was elected president, then again elected in 2012 as a member of the Hemet Sunset Rotary Club in District 5330.  Dan then served as the District Rotary Foundation Chair for the years 2014-17.  Dan has held many positions within the District but has now been honored by being selected as the District Governor Nominee Designate in 2018 and will serve as Governor in the 2021-2022 years for District 5330.

Daniel Goodrich was born in Sarnia Ontario Canada and was naturalized as a citizen in 1982.  He grew up in Michigan where is childhood was full of sports.  Dan received a scholarship in baseball from Central Michigan University and graduated with bachelor’s degree in Managerial Information Systems with a Minor in Accounting and Finance.

Daniel Goodrich has been a resident of Hemet California since 2003.

Dan is currently a Property Manager of a 55+ community (1474 homes) over 31 Million in Assets.  Dan holds designations of Certified Community Association Manager (CCAM) from the State of California.  Dan also holds a Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM) designation from Community Association Institute at the National Level.

His favorite sports are Baseball and he enjoys Golf when he can.  He and his wife Ruth have been married for (11) years and have two dogs Charlie and Daisy.

Dan has been recognized by the City of Hemet, Riverside County Board of Supervisors and Various Community Organizations for his Volunteer work in the City of Hemet.  Dan currently sits on the Boards of the Hemet San Jacinto Community Health Foundation and the Ramona Humane Society.

Dan is a Paul Harris Society Member, Benefactor, Bequest Society Member.

Friday February 8
Course: Great Presidents Inspire
Room:
Dallas
Time:
2 – 3:30 PM

Saturday February 9
Course:
Presidents & Membership
Room: Dallas
Time: 9 – 10:15 AM

Course: Presidents & Branding
Room: Dallas
Time: 10:15 – 11:50 AM

Roger Gutierrez

Roger  first joined Rotary in 1984 by invitation. Roger has been a Past President twice 1989—1990, and 2000-2001. He was honored in receiving Rotarian of the year by his respective clubs on three separate occasions. Has had the unique experience of having to close two clubs during his Rotary tenure (Irwindale & Foothills Sunrise). Roger has held several positions in District 5300 which include Assistant Governor 2010—2013. Executive Assistant Governor 2013—2015 and then took on the positions of Club Extension Chair 2015—2016 and Membership Chair 2016—2017.
Roger currently serves as Executive Assistant Governor 2017—2018 and will continue next year during John Chase’s year as Executive Assistant Governor all in Ca. East Region. Additionally Roger is consummating his Paul Harris Major Donner status this year.

Saturday February 9
Course:
Presidents & Membership
Room: Imperial E
Time: 9 – 10:15 AM

Course: Presidents & Branding
Room: Imperial E
Time: 10:15 – 11:50 AM

Bette Hall

A member of District 5280’s Calabasas Rotary Club, Bette Hall has held various positions. both in her Club and the District including Club President, Assistant Governor, District Trainer for several years, and is currently serving Senior Assistant Governor, Youth Services for District 5280.  She has also served on several committees, both in Rotary and other organizations, and has been very involved in developing and providing training for the Youth Protection Program and other Rotary workshops and seminars.

Originally from England, Bette is a long time resident of the West San Fernando Valley, and retired two years ago from a long and varied career in Human Resources, holding positions such as Director and Vice President of Human Resources for large, multi-state companies,  prior to running her own consulting company.

What Bette enjoys most about retirement is having more time to volunteer with Rotary, and other organizations, with one of the biggest bonuses – spending more time with her family, especially the grandchildren, being there to cheer them on in their sports and music activities.

Friday February 8
Course:
Great Presidents Inspire
Room: Imperial A
Time: 2 – 3;30 PM

Saturday February 9
Course: Building your Team
Room: Imperial A
Time: 2 – 3 PM

Joe Hentges

Born and raised in Minnesota, Joe spent 20 years in Illinois before moving to Arizona in 2010.  A Rotarian for 35 years, he is currently a member of the Marana-Dove Mountain Rotary Club, AZ.  Previously, he was a member of the Cannon Falls, MN, and the Woodstock, IL, Rotary Clubs.  Joe is serving as the District 5500 Governor during 2017-2018

A professional musician and teacher for many years, Joe was also a high school administrator and served as K-12 Superintendent of Schools from 1982 until his retirement in 2002.  In 1984, Joe earned his Ph. D. in Educational Administration at The Ohio State University.   Following retirement, he taught graduate classes for Northern Illinois University and Webster University.

Joe and Brigitte have been married for 51 years and have two children (boys) and four grandchildren (3 girls, 1 boy).  Their favorite pastimes are traveling and spoiling grandchildren.

Friday February 8
Course:
Great Presidents Inspire
Room: Boston
Time: 2 – 3:30 PM

Saturday February 9
Course: Building your Team
Room: Miami
Time: 2 – 3 PM 

IPDG Raghada Khouri

Raghada Khoury, is a member of the Rotary Club of Apple Valley since 2003.  She served as Club President, member of the Board of Directors for 13 years and Youth Services Chair for 10 years.  At the District level, Raghada served in various capacities including AG, Exec-AG, District Grants Chair, 4 Way Test Speech Contest Chair, Governors Aide 2013-2014 and many other District Committees. She is now District 5300 Governor Nominee 2017-18.

 Raghada has a BS from University of Phoenix and an MAM from University of Redlands in 2001.  She has been in Real Estate Investment for the last 16 years and is currently a Certified Predicative Index Practitioner.  Raghada served numerous community positions to include being President of the Domestic Violence Agency in Victor Valley for over 5 years, Commission on the Status of Women for 6 years.  She served on the Apple Valley Parks and Rec Commission and served on the Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for 4 years. She also serves as an advocate for Law Enforcement on the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Exchange Committee   

Raghada has a 30 year old son.  She is a multiple PHF. Traveled many years for the Super Build project and enjoys developing and building relationships with Rotarians all over the globe.

 

Friday February 8
Course:
Great Presidents Inspire
Room: Imperial F
Time: 2 – 3:30 PM

Saturday February 9
Course: Presidents & Memberhsip
Room: Imperial F
Time: 2 – 3 PM 

DGE Marta Knight

Marta has been a member of Chula Vista Sunrise Rotary for 15 years.  She held many offices including Club President.  She chaired Membership, International Service and Peace Committees.  She has assisted and participated in Club Fundraisers and work projects.

She has served District 5340 in many roles.  She was GSE Team Leader to Ecuador, RYLA facilitator, District International Service Chair, District Strategic Planning Team, Thousand Smiles volunteer, Mobilizing Rotary for Micro Credit Committee, Friends of Ecuador Committee, Pathway to Peace Committee and Zone Institute Foundation and Emerging Leader training.  She is currently serving as Assistant Governor and District Grants Sub-Committee Chair.

Marta was born and raised in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.  She is a 3rd generation Rotarian with her Grandfather being a founding member of the Rotary Club of Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico.  Her Father was a member of the Tijuana Rotary for 47 years.  Marta is proud to follow in his footsteps as he was District Governor twice.

Marta retired from her 30 year career as a Mortgage Loan Officer.  She helped many families achieve the Dream of Homeownership.  This included non-English speaking families as she is Bilingual, Biliterate and Bicultural in Spanish.  She served as President of the San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Marta is married to Bill Knight.  They have 4 children and 2 grandchildren.

Sunday February 10
Course:
Strategies For Success
Room: Imperial D
Time: 8 – 9 am

Heidi Larkin-Reed

Heidi Larkin-Reed’s career has been in the non-profit management industry.

She currently works as the Program Associate for the Orange County/Long Beach Chapter of the California Society of CPA (CalCPA), with a chapter membership of 4000 members as part of the 40,000 State association membership.

While working in the chamber industry, she achieved the U.S Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organizational Management (IOM) certification and the Accredited Chamber Exec designation from the California Chamber of Commerce five years in a row. 

She has served as the President/CEO of the Orange Chamber of Commerce for seven years, the Governmental Affairs Consultant for the South Orange County Regional Chambers of Commerce and the President/CEO of the Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce.  She also worked as a reporter/editor for a community newspaper.

Larkin-Reed is a past president of the Southern California Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (SCACCE) and has served on the Board of Western Association of Chamber Execs (W.A.C.E.).

She has been involved in several areas of community service including working on the Incorporation of the Town of Apple Valley, which resulted in the formation of the city in 1988. She was elected to the first Town Council and served as the first woman Mayor of the city.  

She has also served the first President of the League of California Cities Desert/Mountain Division and was a member of the Board for the Local Formation Commission (LAFCO).  She also served as a community member for the Victor Valley Regional Economic Development Association.

Heidi has been a member of Rotary International since 1988.  She was the first woman President of the Rotary Club of Apple Valley (1998-99); the past Rotary District 5300 Awards Chair, and membership chair for four clubs.

Heidi is also the past president of the Rotary Club of Orange (2013-14) and a Board member for the Rotary Club of Mission Viejo.  She served as an Assistant Governor for two years. (2014-16).  She has served as the District 5320 Executive Officer for Events, Foundation Gala Chair, and District Conference Chair.

Heidi holds a BA from California State University, Northridge and is married to Rusty Reed and has two children, Shannon and Brandon.  She has one grandchild.   Her hobbies include yoga, gardening and genealogy.  Her hobby recently led to the discovery that she is a descendent from a Mayflower passenger, John Tilley.

Friday February 8
Course:
Great Presidents Inspire
Room: Imperial D
Time: 2 – 3:30 PM

Saturday February 9
Course: Building your Team
Room: Imperial D
Time: 2 – 3 PM 

Sunday February 10
Course: Strategies For Success
Room: Imperial C
Time: 8 – 9 am

Deb Linden

Deborah Linden is a native Californian, raised in Sunnyvale. She began her law enforcement career with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department as a Deputy Sheriff at the age of 22.  During her 18 year tenure at the Sheriff’s Department, Chief Linden served in a variety of assignments including Patrol, Narcotics Detective, Major Crimes Investigations, Lieutenant, and Commander. She was hired by the City of San Luis Obispo as Chief of Police on January 1, 2003 and retired in December 2011 after serving nine years as Chief.

Deb holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from UC Santa Barbara and a Master of Arts degree in Leadership from St. Mary’s College in Moraga. She has been an instructor for the Allan Hancock Law Enforcement Academy and the St. Mary’s College Graduate Leadership Program. Deb is now an instructor and training coordinator for various organizations, including the California Police Chiefs Association and the Centre for Organization Effectiveness.

Deb joined the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo in 2003. She served as Club President (2012-13), District Conference Coordinator (2013-14), Assistant Governor (2015-16), Chef Operating Officer (2017-18) and coordinator of various Club and District events and trainings. She was named District 5240 Rotarian of the Year in 2013-14. She is married with two adult step-sons who live in California.

Friday February 8
Course:
Great Presidents Inspire
Room: Atlanta
Time: 2 – 3:30 PM

IPDG Manzoor Massey

Immediate Past District Governor, Dr. Manzoor Massey (DG 2017-2018), joined the Rotary Club of Coachella Valley, California in 1975. Currently he and his wife Evelyn are members of San Bernardino Crossroads Rotary. He has served Rotary as Club President, Secretary, International Program Chair, Community Service Chair, Assistant Governor, Donor Advisor, Membership Chair, Grants Coordinator, and has held many other positions. He has recruited over 103 members to Rotary.  He served on the Rotary World Peace Conference planning committee in 2015, District 5330 Foundation Board, Finance and others committees.

Dr. Massey was in public health service with the government for 25 years. Currently, he is the Founder and President of Mind Realignment Leadership Training Institute and President of Massey Life, Health & Financial Planning Services.

He has authored six books; written numerous professional papers, and has made over 11,000 presentations on leadership. He also serves as the volunteer director with a non-profit organization and oversees the work of 400 workers in 1200 villages in southern India. Dr. Massey has adopted three schools in India to promote better educational opportunities for                                                                                                                                                                             disadvantaged children. His international Rotary efforts provided safe-drinking water and tailoring centers to many communities in India.

During his Governorship, 2017-2018, he collaborated with 37 Rotary Districts around the globe, developed 40 global grant projects, of which 23 are already funded. In partnership with D3000 and 3020, Governor Massey establish adult-literacy and tailoring centers in 20 villages for poor girls. His passion is to establish permanent housing known as Wellness Villages for Homeless. On December 20, 2019, in partnership with nearly 150 agencies, the first such Wellness Village was inaugurated in Riverside, California.

Dr. Massey grew up at a farm in a small village in the northern province of India and moved to the city of Pune, India to complete his Bachelor’s degree. At the age of 23 he migrated to the United States.  He has a Master’s from Michigan, Master’s in Public Health from Loma Linda University and a Ph.D. from the University California. Dr. Massey and his wife Dr. Evelyn have two children Myron and Mistina. They are both dentists.

Dr. Massey’s philosophy of life is summed up as follows: We travel on the wings of our thoughts. We have maps in our head. In order to arrive at a more rewarding destination, become a possibility thinker, think without the box and acquire new maps. He specializes in mind-mapping for excellence.

 

Saturday February 9
Course:
Building Your Team
Room: Imerial B
Time: 2 – 3 PM

Anita McDonald

Anita McDonald has spent her entire career in Education.  She is Chancellor Emerita of the DuBois campus of the Pennsylvania State University and served in that role for 10 years prior to her retirement in December 2012.  McDonald has held senior academic administration positions at the University of Arizona and the University of Missouri – St. Louis.   She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in mathematics and mathematics education respectively from Wayne State University and her Ph.D. in Education from St. Louis University.  McDonald now serves on the Walden University Board of Directors and is co-chair of the Academic Affairs Committee and Chair of the Student Affairs Committee.  She also serves on the Board of Columbia College Hollywood and is chair of the Academic Affairs Committee.

Anita has been a Rotarian for 20 years.  She is the Immediate Past-President of the Catalina Rotary Club of Tucson and continues to serve on its Board of Directors and leads the Public Relations Team.  In District 5500, she chaired the inaugural District Awards Committee, served on the Global Grants subcommittee, is Leadership Development Co-chair for 2018-19 and a member of the 2019-20 Training Team.  In her community, Anita serves on the ALS Association, Arizona Chapter Board of Directors and leads Team McDonald for the Tucson Walk to Defeat ALS – raising $73K over the past five years. In her spare time Dr. McDonald enjoys, travel, music, the Arts, and walks because it is good for you.  She loves spending as much time as possible with her children and six grandchildren who live in Denver and Washington, D.C.

Friday February 8
Course:
Great Presidents Inspire
Room: Denver
Time: 2 – 3:30 PM

Saturday February 9
Course: Presidents & Membership
Room: Boston
Time: 9 – 10:15 AM 

Course: Presidents & Branding
Room:
Boston
Time:
10:15 – 11:50 AM

Athenea Luciano

Athenea Luciano is currently the CEO and founder of Immigration Solutions San Diego, a family-based immigration corporation. She is currently Assistant Governor for District 5340 and a member of the Route 78 Rotary Club where she served as president during the 2017-2018 term.

Between 2001 – 2014, Mrs. Luciano served as an immigration officer, and later an intelligence officer for the Department of Homeland Security in Washington, D.C.  She graduated at the top of her class from the only Federal Law Enforcement Training Academy in Immigration Law.  After earning a foreign medal of honor for the contributions as a CBP representative in Peru, Mrs. Luciano stepped down from her career to return to her home in San Diego.

Her professional affiliations include: American Immigration Lawyers Association; Federal Court Subject Matter Expert in Immigration; Route 78 Rotary Club – Member, Board of Directors, Past-President; 2016 InBiz Latino – Member, Board of Directors; Hispanic Chamber of Commerce — Member; Team Referral Network (TEAM) member and founder of the Vista, CA chapter.

Recognitions: 2015 Business Women of the Year – InBiz Latino; awarded Customs Medal of Honor for Honesty and Sacrifice from the country of Peru 2014.

Volunteer/Community Activities: Conducts free Immigration seminars for the community and community based organizations and conducts reduced-fee seminars for professionals working with the immigration issues.  Seminar presentations: San Ysidro Parents, MANA North County San Diego, San Diego Sheriff’s RESPECT Project, CSUSM, SDSU, Palomar College, and SMUSD students as well as others.  Mrs. Luciano has participated in Katrina Relief Efforts, New Orleans, August 2005; Children’s Home, San Juan Bosco, Tecate, Mexico; Motivational Speaking, Alternatives Pregnancy Care Clinic, Escondido, CA; Parent Volunteer, Woodland Park Middle School, San Marcos.

Mrs. Luciano is the author of US Immigration, Ultimate Guide (to be released in 2019).

Friday February 8
Course:
Great Presidents Inspire
Room: Chicago
Time: 2 – 3:30 PM

Saturday February 9
Course: Presidents & Branding
Room:
Imperial F
Time:
10:15 – 11:50 AM

Course: Building your Team
Room: Chicago
Time: 2 – 3 PM 

Cheryl Minshew

Served 3 times as Club President
District Assistant Governor 3 yrs
District Interact Chair 3 years
RYLA Facilitator 4 years
5 International Humanitarian Projects
Particpant in India, Guatamala, Ecuador, and Honduras
Attended 10 International conventions.

Saturday February 9
Course: Presidents & Branding
Room: Denver
Time: 10:15 – 11:50 AM

Course: Building Your Team
Room:
Imperial A
Time: 2 – 3 PM 

PDG David Moyers

David is a charter member and past president of the Palos Verdes Sunset Rotary Club, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA. He has served in numerous leadership positions for Rotary International District 5280 & Rotary International Zones 25/26 (AZ, CA, NV, OR & Washington), David served as District Governor in District 5280 during the Rotary year 2007-08. He has been a member of the Faculty of Zones 25/26 Governor Elect Training Seminar during the period from 2008 to 2011. David served for District 5280, as the District Rotary Foundation Chair, a three-year appointment during 2012-2015. David is a member of RI District 5280’s “Hall of Fame”. He also has received from The Rotary Foundation the Citation for Meritorious Service Award and the Distinguished Service Award. David and his wife Rita are Major Donors, Paul Harris Fellows, and David is an annual Paul Harris Society member.

Rita and David live in Rancho Palos Verdes where David is a real estate Broker. David is the broker owner of Moyers & Associates and the Executive Manager at the Silver Spur office of RE/MAX Palos Verdes Realty. They have two children and four grandchildren, who call Rita and David Grand-mere and Grand-pere.

Friday February 8
Course:
Great Presidents Inspire
Room: Imperial B
Time: 2 – 3:30 PM

Saturday February 9
Course: Presidents & Membership
Room: Imperial A
Time: 9 – 10:15 AM 

Course: Presidents & Branding
Room:
Imperial A
Time:
10:15 – 11:50 AM

Gianna Richards

Gianna joined the Anaheim Hills Rotary Club in 2009.  She has held several positions since joining the club, including President for the 2012-2013 Rotary year.  Gianna has also served the District in a variety of positions such as Executive Officer, Assistant Governor. District Conference Chair, District Secretary and a member of the District’s Charitable Foundation.  Gianna is a Paul Harris Fellow, Society Member and Bequest Society Member. Her husband Reece is also a Paul Harris Fellow. Gianna and her sister Tressa are second generation Rotarians.

In 1993 Gianna joined Solari Enterprises, Inc. and since has worked in all aspects of the property management industry, including becoming the company’s second president in 2015.  Having served on the Affordable Housing Management Association Pacific Southwest (AHMA-PSW) Board of Directors since 1997, Gianna became a Director of Emeritus in 2005. In May 2006 she was awarded AHMA-PSW’s highest honor, the Clive Graham Memorial Award for her contributions to the affordable housing industry.  She is a Past President of the National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA). NAHMA is the leading voice for affordable housing management, advocating on behalf of multifamily owners and agents whose mission is to provide quality affordable housing across the country.

Gianna and Reece enjoy traveling, spending time with their families, and volunteering to help others.

Saturday February 9
Course: Building your Team
Room: Scottsdale
Time: 2 – 3 PM 

DGE Ellie Patterson

Ms Patterson is a Past President of the largest club in Arizona, with a membership of 240. She joined Tucson Rotary in June of 2010 and immediately became an active member, serving as Club Secretary for three years. At the District level, Ellie served as the Global Grants Subcommittee chair for three years, was a PETS facilitator for one year and was the Co-Chair of the Ride To End Polio in El Tour de Tucson for one year. Ellie is a Bequest Society Member at Level 7, a Major Donor, a multiple Paul Harris Fellow and Paul Harris Society Member. She is a past committee member of the RI Major Gifts Initiative for the Rotary Peace Centers.

In her professional life, Ellie is Co-Owner of The Temp Connection, a locally owned and managed staffing service that she and her business partner started 25 years ago. Ellie’s company has been ranked as one of the top women-owned businesses in Tucson over the past several years and is well known for their commitment and involvement in the local community.

Ellie is an avid cyclist, hiker, skier, and community volunteer. She and her husband Tom have three children and six grandchildren living in Tucson and Chandler. She is a former high school teacher and guidance counselor. Ellie completed her undergraduate work at the University of Washington and her graduate work at Eastern Washington University, earning a M. Ed. She decided to move to Tucson in 1982 and she and two other friends biked from Canada to Mexico before arriving in Tucson. She welcomes all Rotarians and friends to ride with her, support a rider or volunteer in our Ride To End Polio this year. It’s fun and helps bring us closer to eradicating polio worldwide.

Sunday February 10
Course:
Strategies For Success
Room: Atlanta and Scottsdale
Time: 8 – 9 am pm

DGE Melanie Rice

Melanie Rice earned a BA in English and an MS in School Administration from CSUF. In 1985 she left Rialto Jr High as the Principal and began a career as a State Farm Insurance Agent opening her own office in Norco, CA. Tom Chapman invited her to join Rotary in 1987 but when the day came to bring her to the meeting; she was asked not to attend. She served as a Board member of Inlanders for Olive Crest, a Foster Family Agency, and also as a Board member for Alannah Foster Family Agency until 2010. Currently, she is a Board member for Plan-It Life, a residential treatment center.

In 2002 she was again invited to join Rotary and was President of the Rotary Club of Norco 2005-2006. Her District positions include the District Four Way Test Speech Chair, Assistant Governor 2011-2014, Vocational Chair 2014-2015 and District Secretary 2015-17. She has served on every District Conference since 2013 and District Gala since 2015. She is a Board member for the Oduworo Village Project which began as a Global Grant in 2007 funding water wells and is currently educating 28 students in the Village. The commitment is to support these students until they graduate or drop out of the program. The Rotary Club of Corona asked her to join their club in 2013. She currently severs on the Advisory Committee for the 2019 Rotary Rose Parade Float. In 2014 she chaired a committee which collected and distributed over 2000 pairs of jeans to the Galilee Center in Mecca,CA; an orphanage in Tijuana Mexico and a High School in the Inland Empire.

Her and her husband, Larry, live in Corona CA. He is a member of the Lake Elsinore Rotary and both also serves as RYLA staff members.

Sunday February 10
Course:
Strategies For Success
Room: Dallas and Chicago
Time: 8 – 9 am

DGE Melody St. John

Melody St. John has been involved with Rotary throughout her entire life, from her days as the daughter of a Rotarian in South Dakota when women were not accepted as members. Today she utilizes her passion for youth programs and has been involved with Rotary youth exchange for over 20 years. She and her husband Paul are currently hosting their 21st exchange student from Turin, Poland.

A member and Past President of the Rotary Club of Hollywood, St. John is involved in a number of  Rotary District 5280 initiatives. She and her husband have been on 9 International Humanitarian trips. Beyond the District, she is the Chair of the multi-district high school youth exchange program (SCANEX) and works with over 100 students each year, placing them in the best situations here in the U.S. and abroad. She and her husband, Rotarian Paul St. John (LA5), are co-founders of the Rotary USA Train Tour going in its 21th year, having taken over 900 students on a 30-day year-end journey around the USA. St. John is currently serving on the board of NAYEN (North American Youth Exchange Network).

In her professional life, St. John’s founded Video Tape Library, a stock footage image library, in 1984.  The library has over a million images compiled from over 250 cameramen form around the world.  Fun fact:  Her library was used in beta testing for a fledgling website called “YouTube.”

Sunday February 10
Course:
Strategies For Success
Room: Imperial A & B
Time: 8 – 9 am

Dave Thorson

David is currently the Center Director for the USO in Las Vegas where he is responsible for three USO Centers, development activities and a Pathfinder team that assists active duty military transition to civilian employment. He serves on the board of directors for Nevada Trust Company and Trustar Corporation. His career includes 25 years of diverse senior management, marketing, finance and business development experience. He held management and executive roles at Ford Motor Company and Hewlett-Packard, respectively, as well as executive roles at three technology start-up companies in operations, finance, marketing and sales. Throughout his career he has lived or worked in 7 different countries.

 MBA from Escuela Superior de Administración y Dirección de Empresas (Barcelona, Spain); Master of International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management (Glendale, AZ); Bachelor of Science in Finance and Economics, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ).

David is a Past President of the Las Vegas Rotary Club and a past Assistant District Governor for District 5300.

Saturday February 9
Course:
Presidents & Membership
Room: Miami
Time: 9 – 10:15 AM

Course: Presidents & Branding
Room: Miami
Time: 10:15 – 11:50 AM

Course: Building Your Team
Room: Miami
Time: 2 – 3 PM

Sunday February 10
Course:
Strategies For Success
Room: Imperial E & F
Time: 8 – 9 am

PDG John Weiss

Joined the Rotary Club of Morro Bay in 2001.

Past District Governor 2017-2018 District 5240.

Club President in 2009-2010; 2011-2012.

John is currently District Governor’s representative for human Trafficking – working towards a Safe House and leads the district’s Peace Building Club program for San Luis Obispo County (Region 4).

Relating to Membership, has created and presented district Membership seminars since 2010; PETS Instructor on “Engaging Members” for the past 4 years; Personally sponsored 60 new members; and helped charter the Morro Bay Sunset (Eco) Rotary Club  Morro Bay (Charter Club President), Morro Bay High School Interact Club, and the San Luis Obispo Rotaract Club.

John’s wife Christine is a great partner who is a Charter and current member of the  Rotary Club of Morro Bay – Eco. Together they have 5 adult children Paul, Melissa, Sophia, Stuart, and Jessica. Grandchildren Calvin, Jack, and Brandt.

John was a working Governor with retail and professional electronics stores in Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo, and Paso Robles. Fortunately he has a staff that has been with the company (founded with father in 1978) and industry largely 20 – 30 years.

During his Governor year John was diagnosed with Stage 4 Adrenal cancer with two major operations. His staff and district Rotarians and District Governor classmates rallied in support of John who is forever grateful. He continues with daily Chemo treatment and is doing well.

John is active and plays basketball, golfs, and walks in between Rotary functions and club visits, church, family, and work.

Friday February 8
Course:
Great Presidents Inspire
Room: Miami
Time: 2 – 3:30 PM

Saturday February 9
Course: Building Your Team
Room: Boston
Time: 2 – 3 PM

PDG Sylvia Whitlock

Sylvia Whitlock, member of the Rotary Club of Claremont in District 5300, served as Governor of that District in 2012-13.  Sylvia Whitlock was born in New York City and educated through high school, in Kingston, Jamaica.  She earned an international baccalaureate degree from Cambridge University, England, has a B.A. in Psychology, M.A. in Education, and PhD in education from Claremont Graduate School.  She additionally has a M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy.  Having spent many years as an educator and administrator, she began a second career as a therapist, licensed by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. In 1982, while an elementary school Principal in Duarte, California, she was invited to join the history-making Ex-Rotary Club of Duarte.  

Sylvia became President of that club in 1987, the year the United States Supreme Court ruled that the club be reinstated, making her the first woman in the Rotary World to head a club as President. She served as President twice along with holding every position in the club.  She served in numerous District level positions and was awarded the Rotary Foundation District Service Award.  She participated in National Immunization Days, established an AIDS clinic in Jamaica, supported an orphanage in Mexico, sank wells in Nigeria and raised almost $90,000 for Education for Girls in India.  Sylvia is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, Benefactor and Member of the Bequest Society of The Rotary Foundation.  Sylvia has three adult children and considers raising her children the most satisfying and enjoyable job she has ever had – until her first grandchild, Dante Luigi, arrived three years ago.  She likes tennis, the Stanford Cardinals football team and the Los Angeles baseball Angels.  She is also a world traveler and has visited Rotary clubs throughout the US and in many foreign countries. She is proud of having had the opportunity to address the 530 Rotary world’s Governor Elects in San Diego in 2013.

Friday February 8
Course:
Great Presidents Inspire
Room: Imperial E
Time: 2 – 3:30 PM

Saturday February 9
Course: Building Your Team
Room: Imperial E
Time: 2 – 3 PM