Keynote Speakers

Vicki Puliz
RI Director Elect, Zones 26-27

General Session: Friday - Lunch
Aide: DG Marta Knight
Area of Focus: Saving Mothers & Children
DGE: Diane Ventura-Goodyear, D5500

Vicki Puliz is honored to serve as Rotary Public Image Coordinator for Zone 25 starting July 2016 and working with a team of incredibly talented public image professionals. Vicki enjoyed a successful career as one of the owners of a large commercial electrical contractor in Northern Nevada. She is a graduate of the University of Utah with a B.S. in Marketing and a Master’s of Business Administration.

She joined the Rotary Club of Sparks in 1992, was Club President in 2004-2005, District Governor of Rotary District 5190 in 2013-2014, and has served her District in a number of roles such as Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) co-chair, Youth Service Chair, and District Trainer. Vicki loves being involved with rising Club Presidents and District Governors as part of the faculty for President-Elect Training at Far West PETS and Governor-Elect Training and continuing to support these amazing leaders in their Rotary journeys.

Vicki and her husband, Tim, are Major Donors to The Rotary Foundation and active members of the International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians.

Vicki and Tim are blessed with a blended family of 7 adult children and 8 grandchildren.
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Brenda Cressey
The Rotary Foundation Trustee – 2017-2021

General Session: Friday - Dinner
Aide: DG Melanie Rice
Area of Focus: Promoting Peace
DGE: Gianna Richards, D5320

Brenda joined Rotary in 1989 and is currently a proud member of the Rotary Club of Paso Robles, CA. USA in District 5240. She is retired as the CEO of Office Support Systems, a telecommunications business in Maine.

Brenda served in several key roles for Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation over the years including District Governor in 2001-02, a Regional Membership and Foundation Coordinator, an Endowment Major Gift Advisor. In 2018-19 she was honored to serve as the first female Vice Chair and later Chair of The Rotary Foundation. She will continue her term as Trustee through 2021.

Most of Brenda’s assignments have focused on successful Fund Development for The Rotary Foundation, specifically in the areas of Peace and Polio Eradication. However, she shares the importance of supporting the Annual Fund, Endowments and Major Gifts. She has enjoyed witnessing several successful outcomes with Clubs and Districts with their own Rotary Foundation fundraising efforts as well as the full engagement of many passionate Rotarians who successfully implement foundation projects in each of the six Areas of Focus.

Her passion is and has always been to see the end of Polio and is her mission and the very reason she joined Rotary. Having participated in several Rotary humanitarian projects around the world, she is a proud Rotary Foundation Alumnus. Brenda has seen and experienced, first-hand, how our gifts to the Rotary Foundation greatly impact the lives of others and will someday bring peace and understanding around the world.

She and her husband Dick are members of the prestigious Arch Klumph Society, Major Donors, members of the Paul Harris and new Legacy Societies and have established the Brenda and Richard Cressey Endowment for Peace.

She is the recipient of the RI “Service Above Self Award” and The Rotary Foundation’s “Citation for Meritorious Service,” and the Foundations highest recognition, The Distinguished Service Award.

Brenda resides in Templeton, California, USA with her husband Richard, who is retired from a long career as a Vice President in manufacturing. They both enjoy spending good times with their three grandchildren and family.
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Craig Needham
Polio and Its Effect on Families

General Session: Saturday - Breakfast
Aide: DG Marc Aarons
Area of Focus: Growing Local Economies
DGE: Deborah Linden, D5240

Craig Needham is a founding partner with the firm Needham Kepner & Fish LLP. Born in Palo Alto, Craig graduated from Bellarmine College Prep, Santa Clara University, and Hastings College of the Law. After serving in the military, he worked for a plaintiff’s trial law firm in San Francisco for three years, before starting his own firm there, eventually moving his practice to San Jose.

Along the way, he has gathered numerous honors including induction into the American Board of Trial Advocates and being named Lawyer of the Year by an impressive number of organizations. He has been active in, and has often led, trial lawyers associations. He also has an active mediation practice.

Craig has shared his knowledge of the law in the classrooms at Hastings, Stanford, Golden Gate, USF, Santa Clara, and Lincoln Law Schools; and in lecture halls for continuing education programs all around the state.

A cycling enthusiast, Craig’s biking adventures have included a 4,200-mile ride across North America, a trek through the French and Italian Alps, and a 2,500-mile ride from El Paso, Texas to Jasper, Alberta, Canada; raising money in each for the Children’s Skin Disease Foundation. He also has completed 12 marathons and over 40 triathlons, five of which have been “iron-man,” and has participated in 50 consecutive Bay to Breakers in San Francisco.

Craig and his wife, Stephanie, have been married for 51 years; they have three children and six grandchildren.

Craig has spoken to numerous Rotary Clubs to thank the organization for its tremendous efforts to rid the world of polio. The mission is personal for Craig, as he shares the amazing and inspirational story of his mother, Jane Boyle Needham, who was diagnosed with polio at the age of 29 and who lived in an iron lung for 13 years.
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LaShonda Delivuk
ARPIC, Zone 33

General Session: Saturday - Lunch
Aide: DG Luanne Arrendondo
Area of Focus: Fighting Disease
DGE: Steve Weitzen, D5340

LaShonda Delivuk is a Corporate Film Producer and serial entrepreneur from Dinwiddie, VA who has successfully launched five organizations since the age of 18. Her first brand, Transformation Theatre Company, raised over $25k for charity with three theatrical productions during her freshman and sophomore year of college. In 2017, she received the "Millennials on the Move" award from Lynchburg Business Magazine and in 2018, LaShonda was recognized nationally by Honeybook, Rising Tide Society, Peerspace & Gusto as one of the 20 on the Rise Image Makers for her African American stock photo company Eye for Ebony. LaShonda has also been nominated for the prestigious ATHENA award and Best Civic Leader by Lynchburg Living Magazine.

Currently, LaShonda serves an Assistant Rotary Public Image Coordinator for Zone 33 and the Area 5 Foundation Advocate for District 7570. She has sponsored numerous members to her club and served as a General Session speaker at the 2018 Rotary International Assembly in San Diego. LaShonda is a Rotary Leadership Institute graduate, Immediate Past President of the Rotary Club of Lynchburg-Morning, a Paul Harris Fellow +4 and a Paul Harris Society member since the age of 27. In 2018, LaShonda was awarded the Douglas A. Newton Excellence in Communications & the 110% Award for her Public Image efforts during the 2017-2018 Rotary year. Her thoughts on membership were also featured in the August 2018 issue of The Rotarian magazine. She is happily married to Josh, her business partner & husband of seven years and currently resides in Forest, VA.
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Holger Knaack
RI President, 2020-2021

General Session: Saturday - Dinner
Aide: DG Melody St. John
Area of Focus: Supporting Education
DGEs: Greg Jones, D5300 & Barry Valdez, D5330

Holger Knaack holds a degree in business administration from the University of Applied Sciences Kiel. Since 1995, Holger has been CEO of the real estate company Knaack KG. Previously, he was a partner and general manager of bakery Knaack Enterprises, a 125-year old family business.

Holger is chairman and founder of Karl-Adam-Stiftung (Karl Adam Foundation). He served for six years as chairman of Rotary Jugenddienst Deutschland e.V. (Rotary Youth Exchange Germany). He is a founding member of the “Studentenhilfe Viadrina e.V.,” and the Foundation “Der Rotarier.”

In his community, Holger is a founding member of the Civic Foundation of the City of Ratzeburg and served as president of the Golf-Club Gut Grambek for several years.

A Rotarian since 1991, Holger is a member of the Rotary Club of Herzogtum Lauenburg-Mölln. He was treasurer of RI and was a member of the Executive Committee of the Board.

Holger has served RI as president’s representative, Council on Legislation representative, resource group zone coordinator, GETS trainer and RI training leader. He has been a member and chair of numerous RI committees.

Currently, Holger is Moderator of the 2019 Rotary International Assembly, Endowment/Major Gifts Adviser and Co-Chair of the 2019 Hamburg Convention HOC.

Holger is a Major Donor to The Rotary Foundation, a member of the Paul-Harris Society and the Bequest Society. Married to Susanne for 42 years, the couple has hosted more than 40 Rotary Youth Exchange students. In his leisure time, Holger enjoys sailing and playing golf.

Treasurer, Rotary International, 2014-15
Director, Rotary International, 2013-14

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Johrita Solari
RI Director, Zones 26-27

General Session: Sunday - Brunch
Aide: DG Ellie Patterson
Area of Focus: Supporting Education
DGE: Bette Hall, D5280

Johrita became a Rotarian in 1993 and is currently a proud member of the Rotary Club of Anaheim, California.  She served as District Governor for District 5320 in 2010-11 and has been selected to serve as the Rotary International Director for Zones 25/26 for the years 2019-21.

As District Governor, Johrita held the first District 5320 Million Dollar dinner for The Rotary Foundation. Under Johrita’s leadership District 5320 became the second district in the world to become a 100% Paul Harris Club District.

Johrita is the co-founder and Chief Visionary Officer of Solari Enterprises, Inc., a full-service property management company employing 300 team members specializing in the management of more than $1B of affordable multifamily housing. She works together with her husband and daughters to create a working environment where a high level of ethics and integrity is maintained.

Rotary plays an important role in the Solaris’ lives. Johrita, her husband Bruce, and their two daughters, Gianna and Tressa, are all past club presidents and active supporters of The Rotary Foundation. Johrita’s son-in-law, Reece is a Paul Harris Fellow and active supporter of all things Rotary.

Johrita and Bruce are Paul Harris Fellows, Major Donors, members of the “White Hat Society” and the Arch Klumph Society.

They currently live in Villa Park, California U.S.A.
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