Kevin Padilla | Rotary Regional Foundation Coordinator | Email

Kevin became a Rotarian in 2003 when he joined the Rotary Club of Placentia, and he served as the Club President in 2009-2010 Rotary Year.

At the District level, Kevin has served as:

  • Assistant Governor 2010-2012
  • Chair of the Angels’ End Polio Now Game in 2012
  • District Conference Chair 2014
  • Member of the RI District 5320 Charitable Foundation Board 2011-2014
  • District Governor 2015-2016
  • District Foundation Chair 2016-2019
  • Assistant Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator 2018-2021
  • Rotary Zone 25/26 Institute General Sessions Coordinator 2017-2018
  • Rotary Zone 25/26 International Convention Fellowship Party 2017-2018

Kevin is a State Farm Insurance agent, and his office is located in Placentia. Kevin and his wife Lorraine have resided in Orange since 1991. They are both very active with the Donate Life Run/Walk that takes place the last weekend in April to raise awareness and educate people about organ and tissue donation. Kevin enjoys woodworking and golf, and he and Lorraine enjoy spending time with their dogs, traveling, skiing, and wine tasting.

Ken Howell | Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator | Email

Ken served as President of the Rotary Club of Boise, Inc., in 2008-2009. He was selected as District Governor for Rotary District 5400 (all of southern Idaho from McCall to Utah) and served in 2015-2016. Ken served as the Zone Institute Service Coordinator in 2016, and as the Training Chair in 2017 for the Houston Zone Institute, which was canceled by Hurricane Harvey – training of DGE’s and DGN’s occurred in Evanston, IL, at Rotary International headquarters later that year. Ken served as Chair of the Host Committee for the 2018 Zone Institute in Boise, ID. He currently serves as Co-chair of the Special Sessions division of the 2019 Zone Institute to be held in Denver, CO. Ken is a senior partner in the law firm of Hawley Troxell Ennis & Hawley, LLP, and lives in Boise, ID with his wife Bernadine Marconi.

Marianne Barker | Assistant Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator | Email

A third-generation Rotarian, Marianne is a member of the Boise EastRotary Club.

She worked for 28 years in building construction and building code enforcement prior to retiring in May 2007 to devote more time to Rotary (among other less-important things).

Prior to that, a career that began in journalism branched into public information when she took a job with the Washington State Migrant Education Program. The cultural diversity there taught her that generosity and richness of character have no relation to socioeconomic status. This may have been the experience that later led her to Rotary.

Marianne joined Rotary in 2001. She was District 5400 Governor in 2013-14 and served four years from 2015 to 2019 as District Rotary Foundation Committee Chair. She is now serving as the district’s Global Grant Subcommittee Chair. Her favorite task inRotary is helping a Rotarian or a club with all things Rotary Foundation!

She is proud to be a major donor to The Rotary Foundation& a member of the Bequest Society, as well as a charter member of District 5400’s Paul Harris Society. She received The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service in 2012.

Marianne is a graduate of the University of Washington, Seattle. She currently lives in Boise, Idaho.

Assigned Districts: 5100, 5390, 5400, 5440

Savi Bhim | Assistant Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator | Email

Savi joined Rotary in 2004 and has been a member of the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise ever since. In 2013-14 she served as the club’s president It was a fun year and the members were outstanding. The club was recognized for the highest giving to the RI Foundation and the District’s best overall club.

At the District level, Savi served in many capacities including membership advisor, assistant governor, chief of staff, district training assembly chair and district trainer. She was also a PETS facilitator.
In 2019-2020 she served as the District Governor.

She has emceed several district conferences and has been the keynote speaker at Foundation celebrations and special events.

Savi has traveled to many countries and has participated in various projects. In South Africa, her club supported her in a project to assist an AIDS clinic, In a span of seven years the clinic treated 70,000 children and mothers infected with the HIV/AIDS virus.

In Guyana, South America she spearheaded a wheel chair project and In Mexico she supported water and medical projects.

Savi is a business owner and lives in Simi Valley.

Savi believes in the Rotary Foundation as a powerful force for transforming lives. It provides us with the opportunity to live beyond ourselves as we focus on a shared goal that is for the good of all and in our pursuit to magnify the lives of others, we cannot help but magnify ours also.

Assigned Districts: 5240, 5300, 5330

Susan Brints | Assistant Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator | Email

Susan served D5730 as District Governor during the 2016-2017 year. Developing international and local projects, and building relationships with communities have been a primary focus since joining Metropolitan Lubbock Club in 1998 serving as Club President 2006-2007.

Rotary has provided the privilege and opportunity to serve and enjoy Rotary Youth Exchange, hosting students for 30 years; traveling to India in 2014 to aid in Polio Immunization Days; team leader for three Rotary Vocational Training Teams to Malawi, Africa, in agriculture, textile development, teacher and medical training; projects and grant training in Mexico, Dominican Republic, Australia and Thailand; and developing a global Outdoor Learning Center in Lubbock.

Susan served as Assistant Governor 2013-2016, Vice Governor 2019-21, Chair of Rotary Friendship Exchange program and team leader to Thailand, a District Visioning Facilitator, Lone Star PETS trainer, and PETS Administrative Co-chair 2023. Susan served as Co-chair of Special Sessions for the 2020 virtual Zone 26/27 Institute and currently serves D5730 as Grants Chair and ARRFC for Zone 26.

Two special honors include District 5730 Outstanding Rotarian of the Year 2011-2012 and Rotary International’s Service Above Self Award in 2020.

Susan is retired from Textile Manufacturing and from Apple Country Orchards, a family apple orchard destination. Currently Susan and husband Cal operate Texas Produce.

Susan and Cal, a D5730 Assistant Governor, are Major Donors, PHS and Bequest Society Members. They enjoy three married children, seven teenage grandchildren, travel, and reading.

Assigned Districts: 5520, 5730

Areas of Expertise: Global and District Grant Development, Training, Facilitation

Karl Diekman | Assistant Rotary Foundation Coordinator | Email

A Past District Governor (2010-11) and two-time District Rotary Foundation Committee Chair for District 5160, (six years as DRFCC),  Karl Diekman began his Rotary experience in 1982 when he joined the Rotary Club of Belleair Bluffs, FL.  Karl has been President of three Rotary Clubs and is currently a member of the Rotary Club of Woodland, CA.  As a Major Donor and an active Paul Harris Society member, Karl enjoys the privilege of supporting the many good projects of Rotarians around the world.  The greatest benefit Karl has received from his Rotary experience could be the Polio vaccine drops he gave a child in India, the dictionary he handed to a child in Zambia, the water reservoir project in the tsunami area of Thailand he evaluated on behalf of TRF, teaching children in Burma and Kenya about oral health, or perhaps it was a cervical cancer prevention project in Nicaragua that he organized.

As a retired Fire Chief, Karl has received many accolades for his service to his community, his Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service is his most cherished recognition because it speaks to his service to humanity.  Today, Karl’s Rotary experience is enhanced by being a Board Member of the Health Education and Wellness Rotarian Action Group and his service to the various Districts within Zone 27 as an ARRFC.

Assigned Districts: 5130, 5150, 5160, 5180

Areas of Expertise: All aspects of grants, community needs assessment and stewardship.

Michael Drake | Assistant Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator | Email

Michael is a charter member of the Rotary Club of Tucson Sunset, Rotary District 5500, southern Arizona, chartered in 1983.  He has served D5500 in many positions, including District Governor in 2011-12 and Chair of the District Rotary Foundation Committee in 2016-19.

Michael has been fortunate to travel widely over the years with Rotary.  He was a member of D5500’s all Rotarian GSE team to the Russian Far East in 1998 and was the team leader for the GSE team to Japan in 2007. He has participated in four Rotary Friendship Exchanges and traveled to India in 2005 to participate in a Polio National Immunization Day. He has participated in many Rotary Foundation humanitarian projects abroad and spoke at the D2450 District Conference in 2012 in Aqaba, Jordan.  He has developed a particular interest in Rotary in Palestine and has visited clubs there on two occasions.

Michael is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, member of Paul Harris Society, Major Donor, and Member of the Bequest Society.  He recently received Rotary’s Service Above Self Award.

Michael graduated from Stanford University and the University of Arizona College of Law. He has served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Tucson;  Assistant Federal Public Defender in the U.S Virgin Islands; and as a United States Magistrate in the District of Arizona.  He is past-president of the Pima County, Arizona Bar Association and served 12 years as a Hearing Officer for the Arizona Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Commission. He currently has a solo civil litigation law practice in Tucson.

Assigned Districts: 5495, 5500

Areas of Expertise: Fundraising (Annual Fund, Endowment Fund, Recognition, SHARE);  Grants (Global Grants, District Grants);  PolioPlus and reports.

Ayman El-Dakhakhni | Assistant Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator | Email

Ayman joined Rotary in 1992 and became President of Honolulu Sunset Club in 1997-1998.

Ayman served in the following:

  • Created the first evening club in District 5000 in 1995
  • District Membership Chair for several years
  • District Foundation Chairs for numerous years
  • District 5000 Governor on 2008-09
  • Chairman D5000 for the White Hat Society
  • Rotary International President Representative in several occasions around the World
  • Chairman Far West PETS
  • Program Chair at 2 Zone Institutes
  • Recipient of the Service Above Self award

Currently lives in Honolulu, HI, Ayman is the CEO of a transportation company, CEO of a network of medical clinics

Assigned District: 5000

Scott A. Leckman | Assistant Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator | Email

Scott is a general surgeon in private practice in Salt Lake City. He was the District Governor 2018-2019 for Rotary District 5420. He is the current District 5420 Foundation Chair. He is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Salt Lake City. He has been the District’s PolioPlus Chairman from 2008-2017. He regularly organizes trips for Utah Rotarians to India where they participate in Rotary greatest project, the eradication of polio.

In 2020, the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation presented him with the Regional Service Award for a Polio-free World. He was Utah’s 2005 Doctor of the Year. He is a past President of the Utah Medical Association.

In 2001, Dr. Leckman helped initiate the Health Access Project, a program with the mission to improve access and coordinate comprehensive health care for low-income uninsured individuals in Salt Lake County. In 2014, in recognition of this effort, he received the Surgical Volunteerism Domestic Award from the American College of Surgeons. The University of Utah, School of Medicine Alumni Association has named him their 2016 Distinguish Humanitarian. He is a Paul Harris Society member, a Major Donor, a Bequest Society member and a Benefactor. He is a member of the Cadre of Technical Advisers.

Scott loves The Rotary Foundation. He has been involved in many global grants. As a long-time activist on poverty issues and the climate, he is excited by the areas of focus, including the newest, protecting the environment.

Assigned Districts: 5110, 5190, 5420

Jeff Orth | Assistant Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator | Email

Jeff became a Rotarian in 1999 joining the Rotary Club of Gilroy, serving as the Club President in 2005-2006.

Jeff is a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and a Certified Advisor for Senior Living (CASL) serving clients in over a dozen states. His wealth management business, Integrated Financial Benefits is located in Gilroy California.

Jeff and his wife, Barbara moved to Gilroy in 1986 where they raised their family that includes 3 children and 5 grandchildren. They have been active in the close-knit community of Gilroy from the beginning, including annual leadership/volunteer involvement with the Gilroy Garlic Festival. Jeff enjoys woodworking, golf, good wine and anything that has to do being on or near the water.

District service:

  • Functional Area Representative (FAR) for TRF for Area 6
  • Assistant Governor for Area 6
  • Youth Service Chair
  • Started JumpStart – providing computers for at-risk children
  • District Conference Chair
  • Lt Governor District Governor
  • District Legacy Giving Chair

Zone service:

  • General Chair of Far West PETS (9 Districts)

Assigned Districts: 5170, 5220, 5230

Bev Reed | Assistant Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator | Email

Bev is proud to have been selected to serve as an Assistant Rotary Foundation Coordinator.

Servant Leader is a term that well describes PDG Bev Reed.  In 2018 Bev retired from a 38-year career with the YMCA.  Whether a Program Director or a CEO of an Association, Bev has embraced the need to serve in her community.  One key accomplishment was being part of an Executive Team in a $40 Million fundraising and construction project of two new facilities in Spokane, Washington.  In addition, Bev continues to be a National YMCA Faculty trainer in the areas of Volunteerism, Fundraising, and Leading & Coaching Others.

Her love for service carried over in her involvement in Rotary. Bev joined the Aurora Northwest Rotary Club in 2004. She provided leadership as club president in 2011-12, Assistant Governor 2012-2014, District Governor 2018-19. Her passion for training continued as a facilitator of RLI since 2009, PETS Instructor, and coach for six years and currently serves as the PETS OPCOM Chair 2020-21. In addition to serving Zone 27 as an ARRFC, Bev was on the 2019 Zone 26/27 GETS/GNATS faculty team and was recently appointed as co-chair for the 2021-2022 Zone Institutes.

Bev feels the success of being a great fundraiser is being a great active listener, asking a potential donor to share their “Why” story, and finding ways to connect the donor to their passion.  It is all about relationships – Yes, it is that simple.

Bev and her husband Bill are Major Donors to The Rotary Foundation and are members of both the Paul Harris Society and the Bequest Society.

Assigned Districts: 5020, 5030, 5080

Areas of Expertise: Trainer & facilitator, fundraising in all aspects of TRF fund development.

 

DJ Sun | Assistant Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator | Email

Dong Jin “DJ” Sun is a managing partner of The Kaufman Group, a commercial and industrial real estate brokerage company in Los Angeles since 1994. In 1996, he formed JKS Investment Group to invest in commercial real estate. He is a founding member of Commonwealth Business Bank, a local bank in Los Angeles. He is also a founding member of Operation Smile Korea, a non-profit organization that specializes in corrective surgeries for children born with cleft lips and cleft palates.

In 1989, DJ joined the Rotary Club of Koreatown in District 5280. Since then he has served as Club President, District Governor, and District Foundation Chair as well as several committees and chair positions. He is a recipient of The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service and Rotary International Service Above Self Award. DJ is serving as an Assistant Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator in 2019-21 and a Chair-Elect in TRF Community Economic Development Major Gifts Initiative 2020-21. DJ will be serving as the Rotary Zone 26/27 Institute Program Chair in 2020-21.

DJ has been married to Ellen since 1986. They have three children together: Leonard (31), Michael (26), and Michelle (19). His hobbies are playing golf, traveling, and reading.

DJ and his wife are members of the Arch Klumph Society. He is also a Bequest Society member and a member of the Paul Harris Society.

Assigned Districts: 5280, 5320, 5340

Areas of Expertise: Global Grants – multi-District, multi-International projects. Organizing a partnership with other NGOs for bigger projects. Developing Major Donors and AKS members.

David Wood | Assistant Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator | Email

David’sRotary experience began in 1988 when he joined the Rotary Club of Beaumont where he was a member for nine years. After his move to Colorado, he was able to reconnect with Rotary joining the Rotary Club of Salida in 2011. As a member of the Salida Club he has served as served on various committees and participated in many of the club’s service projects. David is a past president of the club and is currently serving as the club’s secretary.

Other positions filled over the years include. RYLA coordinator, Youth Exchange Officer, Youth Services Chair, and Rotary Foundation Chair. For District 5470 he served as Assistant Governor for area 6 and as District Governor 2019 –2020 and is currently the District Rotary Foundation Chair. David is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, a Paul Harris Society Member and a major donor to The Rotary Foundation.

David is retired from the Sabine Pilots Association where he served for twenty –seven years piloting ocean going vessels into the Southeast Texas ports of Beaumont, Port Arthur, and Orange. Following retirement David and his wife Cathy made their Colorado vacation home their residence.

Assigned Districts: 5450, 5470