ExpertHub™

Rotary and Rotaract members who have expertise in a variety of areas are ready to advise and assist clubs and districts with their Rotary efforts and projects. Areas of expertise include membership, public image, The Rotary Foundation, fundraising, youth service programs, and more. Connect directly with a specialist of your choice below.

Ann Appel

Monterey Pacific
District 5230

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Specialties:

  • DACdb Utilization
  • The Rotary FoundationData Research
  • TRF Grants
Ann has great experience in Dacdb, TRF Grants, and TRF data research. Ann is the charter president of Monterey Pacific Rotary which she helped establish in 2005. Over the last 17 years she has served many different positions within the district, such as district conference chair, district grants chair, district secretary, assistant governor and Lt. Governor. For the last 11 years she has served as Chief of Staff for District 5230. Her Rotary experience has allowed her to develop knowledge and expertise in the use of DACdb and in generating The Rotary Foundation data reports and grant development. She has been honored twice by her club as Rotarian of the year in 2008 and 2013 as well as the District Rotarian of the Year in 2010. Ann has served as the Registrar for the Rotary Zone 26/27 Institutes from2017 to 2021 and Far West PETS since 2018, both using DACdb. In 2014 Ann was presented with The Rotary Foundations Citation for Meritorious Service for her work as District Grants chair. In April 2022 Ann was awarded Rotary International’s highest honor for an individual Rotarian, the Service Above Self award.

Luanne Arredondo

Greater San Gabriel Valley
District 5300

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Specialties:

  • Public Image: Plan Development, Media Relations
  • Community Assessments: Enhancing Community Engagement
  • Rotary Citation: Assistingclubs in earning this annual RI award

Luanne is a 4th generation Rotarian who has served in various Zone, District, and Club positions including Public Image, Communications, Treasurer, Community Assessments, and Membership. She has been successful in assisting clubs with Rotary International resources, Club goals setting and reporting, increasing attendance at events, increasing community relations through community assessments, and increasing partnerships between clubs. Luanne has a B.S. degree in Psychology/Biology and an MBA in Business Administration and Finance. Luanne worked in Fortune 500 companies for the fist 18 years of her career, then spent the next 19 years owning and operating an Umbrella Corporation with three divisions in Film/Media, Technology, and Change Management.

Arturo Barrio

Camino Real Rotary Club      District 5520

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Specialties:

  • Global Grant Connections
  • Translator for Mexico and South America

Arturo has assisted clubs and districts in working with the proper authorities in Mexico and South American countries for district and global grants. Arturo served the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs in different capacities for 12 years. He worked closely with governments and institutions from North, Central and South America. Through his professional career at the Ministry his area of focus was international cooperation. Arturo currently serves as Assistant Vice-President for International Relations at The University of Texas at El Paso. Arturo is a bicultural and bilingual professional who is passionate about building bridges of collaboration between countries and institutions. He served as club president (2019-2020),District 5520 Public Image Chair (2020 –2022) and is currently an Assistant Governor. Arturo graduated from UTEP with a degree in Business Administration and has Masters in Applied Public Policy from the International and Ibero-American Foundation for Public Policies in Madrid, Spain.

Savi Bhim

Simi Sunrise
District 5240

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Specialties:

  • Telling Your Rotary Story
  • Foundation Newsletter/Writing

Savi has been a public speaker ever since a child, having been fortunate that the education system encouraged and provided excellent training in perfecting this skill. As Club President, she used this skill to tell stories about the good work of Rotary and the Foundation. As a 2019-2020 District Governor, Savi not only told the story of Rotary and the Foundation but also told the clubs’ stories and encouraged them to share their achievements proudly. She developed monthly video messages distributed to all the Rotarians in the district, as well as written messages for her club and district. In 2021, Savi started a monthly foundation newsletter for Rotarians in 3 districts to inspire, motivate and provide information about the Rotary Foundation and to encourage Rotarians to share their stories.

Anabella Bonfa

Irvine
District 5320

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Specialties:

  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Marketing

Anabella has been a presenter on LinkedIn, Facebook and Marketing for many years for continuing education legal seminars. She is an experienced Public Image and Social Media Chair for her Rotary District and club, the Rotary Club of Irvine, which has won the District Public Image award multiple years and been featured in the Zone 26/27 and RI membership publications.  As a member of the Zone 26/27 Rotary Zone Public Image team, Anabella has presented on both the use of LinkedIn and Facebook both online and live and she regularly trains area Rotary clubs how to use social media to market and brand their club and raise funds for Rotary projects.

Susan Brints

Metropolitan Lubbock
District 5730

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Specialties:

  • District and Global Grants
  • Development and Training
Susan has provided grant training and development in Mexico, Dominican Republic, Australia, Thailand, Africa and in many Rotary districts in the U.S. Susan has served her club and district in many areas including, grants chair, vocational training team leader, exchange student host and parent, and member of a Polio Immunization team in India. Other Rotary involvement includes serving as Assistant Governor, Vice Governor, District Visioning Facilitator, Lone Star PETS trainer, and ARRFC for Zone 26. Susan was honored with the District 5730 Outstanding Rotarian of the Year 2011-2012 and Rotary International’s Service Above Self Award in 2020. Susan’s professional background includes the establishment and development of a multi-faceted, destination based, agricultural business and a specialized textile manufacturing plant. She completed post graduate work in accounting and learned to look at alternatives and compromise, and to think outside the box.

Marge Cole

Mission Valley Evening
District 5340

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Specialties:

  • Rotaract
  • Foundation Giving and Grants
  • Major Gifts / Bequest

Marge spent her professional career as a secondary level teacher and administrator in the San Diego area for 34 years. She joined Rotary in 1996 and has served in many positions at the club and district level, including District Governor, GSE team leader, District Rotary Foundation Chair, international project leader, and PETS Chair. She served as the Zone 26 Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator from 2016 to 2019. Marge has served as Rotaract Club advisor and she established a District 5340 Rotaract Council in 2011.

Jo Crenshaw

Oregon City
District 5100

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Specialties:

  • Empowering Girls

Jo has been a member of the Rotary Club of Oregon City since 1994.She served as President of the club in 2000-01. She is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow. She served on her club’s major fundraising team, chairing the Texas Hold’em Fundraiser for several years. She also served on the International Services team. She has traveled as part of a Friendship Study Exchange to South Africa, with D5100.

Born in Tennessee, she grew up in Chicago, has lived in Northern California, Washington, DC, Evanston, Illinois and now in the Portland, Oregon area. Jo obtained her BS in Business and Marketing from California State University. She has worked in both industries and started her own business in 1991.

Jo is married to John and they live in the east county area of Oregon City, OR. She has two sons and five grandchildren. She is working on her bucket list, which includes visiting all continents of the world.

Robert Deering

East Sacramento
District 5180

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Specialties:

  • Foundation Statistics and Reports
  • Foundation Rules and Regulations

Bob is a CPA by profession with years of training in statistics and reports, including creating reports that are easy to understand and utilize.  Bob has been active in his District’s Foundation Committee for over 15 years, including running the Group Study Exchange Program for 4 years, and Legacy Giving Chair for 3 years.  He served as District Governor during in 2012-13 followed by 3 years as District Rotary Foundation Chair. During many of those years he also served as his club’s Foundation Chair and led the club to several recognitions for Foundation giving. Bob was also the co-author of Rotary’s largest global grant in the United States developed to combat human trafficking in the Greater Sacramento area.

Scott Florence

Washington City
District 5420

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Specialties:

  • Membership Leads
  • New Clubs
  • General Membership

Scott has experience serving as a District Membership Chair, New Club Advocate, and Membership Lead Coordinator since 2020.In 2015-2016, Scott served as president of the Red Rock, St. George Rotary club and was an Assistant Governor from 2016-2019. In 2019-2020, Scott served as a District foundation specialist. Scott has a B.S. in Range Science with a minor in Wildlife Management and worked for 38years with the Bureau of Land Management.

Rodney Gullatte

Colorado Springs
District 5470

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Specialties:

  • Social Media Marketing
  • Cybersecurity
Rodney has created social media marketing strategies for several Rotary clubs, leveraging social media marketing to increase fundraising. He has established YouTube channels and is proficient with Adobe Premier. Rodney is a Certified Ethical Hacker and holds 15other IT/Cybersecurity Industry Standard certifications. He is a cybersecurity consultant for the Colorado Small Business Development Center network and he is currently the President/CEO of the Colorado Springs Black Chamber of Commerce. Rodney has achieved many professional and Rotary honors, including 2022 District 5470 Rotarian of the Year for 2022. He is a graduate of the Colorado Springs Leadership Institute Class of 2019and was a 2019 Colorado Springs Mayor’s Civic Leaders Fellow.

Steven Lingenbrink

Bellevue Breakfast
District 5030

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Specialties:

  • Club visioning
  • Council on Legislation
  • Membership retention

Steve is a certified club visioning trainer. He is available upon request to work with your district’s Visioning Chair. If your district does not have one, he will work with your Governor line to provide information about the Club Visioning program. Steve has served three times as a District Council on Legislation(COL) representative and has expertise in proposing legislation and answering questions about COL. Steve served for three years as the Zone 27 Rotary Coordinator (2018-2021) and possesses extensive expertise on membership retention issues.

Corey Lopardi

Hawks Prairie
District 5020

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Specialties:

  • Starting New Clubs
  • Satellite Clubs

As a member of the Zone 26/27 New Club Task Force, Corey helped create a New Club Training Video in 2020and assisted Districts in starting new clubs and satellite clubs. Corey created and presented a series of Membership Training sessions both online and in person and recently created a training for starting Satellite Clubs. Corey created the Expanding Our Reach video & podcast series highlighting the new clubs of Zones 26 & 27andthis series is continuing into the 2022-23 Rotary year. Corey has served as a District Membership Chair, helping to start five new Rotary clubs in his District. Professionally, Corey has worked in Media and Marketing for over 20 years and is the owner of Pardiman Productions, a media production company in Olympia, Washington

Elizabeth Mahoney

Sun City
District 5495

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Specialties:

  • Empowering Girls

Elizabeth is currently service as the Zone 26 Empowering Girls Ambassador. She is a Past District Governor of District 5495and has served her District and Club in various positions, including Club President, District 5490 Chief of Staff, Foundation Chair, Leadership Development and Education Chair, Nurturing New Clubs Task Force Co-Chair, and Rotary Youth Exchange committee. Elizabeth helped to launch District 5495’s first statewide Rotaract District Council and she led two Interact teams to Kenya with Crutches 4 Africa. She led her club’s participation as the international partner for a Global Grant project focusing on Peace in Mexico.

Chris Miller

Los Gatos Morning
District 5170

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Specialties:

  • Youth Services
  • Interact
  • RYLA

Chris has been involved in youth programs at the club and district levels and he is currently the Chair of the Zones26 & 27Rotary Youth Services Task Force. Chris has served as a club and district Youth Service chair, Interact Club advisor, Youth Protection Task Force member, and RYLA counselor. Chris was a founding member of the Silicon Valley Rotaract Club, serving as an officer for 2 years before leaving to attend graduate school. Chris joined the Los Gatos Morning Rotary in 2009 and quickly became involved with youth programs at the club, district, and zone levels. Chris graduated from the University of San Francisco with a doctoral degree in education, having studied transformational learning theory. Chris’ career field is education/youth ministry/youth development, and he has extensive helping creating and implementing youth programs.

LeAnn Mobley

Bear Creek Valley
District 5110

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Specialties:

  • The Rotary Foundation
  • District and Global Grants

LeAnn has over 10 years of extensive experience training club and district leaders on all aspects of The Rotary Foundation, with special emphasis on grant programs. LeAnn has written four global grants and participated in twelve international projects since 2000 (Mexico, Uganda, The Dominican Republic, Philippines, Vietnam, and Thailand).She has additional experience writing grants for other non-profit organizations that resulted in approximately $1 million in funding since 2013. LeAnn has served in various Zone and District positions, including Assistant Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator, GETS and GNATS faculty, PETS Curriculum Development Team, Grants Sub-committee Chair, and Fund Development Chair.

Randy Rascati

Sparks
District 5190

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Specialties:

  • Club Runner
  • Website Development
  • Graphic Arts/Printing

 

Randy assists clubs by utilizing computers to help members represent their clubs and/or projects in a professional and effective manner. He has served as a District webmaster and has expertise utilizing the Club Runner software platform. Randy’s love of photography starting at an early age and turned in to a lifelong career in the Packaging/Printing industry. He graduated with Honors from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a BS in Packaging and Graphic Arts. Randy has worked for over 35 years in Sales, Sales Management, and General Management for an international paper company during which he worked closely with graphic artists, packaging engineers, and customers to ensure the customer’s image was portrayed properly. Randy has served as District webmaster and has experience with the ClubRunner software platform.

Bob Rogers

Sebastopol
District 5130

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Specialties:

  • Polio Eradication
  • PolioPlus Society

Bob is a Polio survivor, having contracted the disease at the age of 5. After he joined Rotary in 2007, Polio Eradication became a main focus for him at the Club and District levels. Bob served as Co-Chair of District 5130’s PolioPlus Committee and later Chair of the committee, before being selected to serve as the Zone 27 End Polio Now Coordinator in 2020.  Bob publishes a weekly PolioPlus Newsletter for Zones 26 & 27 and has expanded the PolioPlus Society fundraising program throughout the Zones. To date, there are now over 4,000 Rotary members in Zones 26 & 27 that have collectively committed to donating over $519,000 annually to PolioPlus until WHO declares polio eradicated.

Luna Vaesen

Portland Rotaract
District 5100

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Specialties:

  • Rotaract

Luna has been a member of the Rotary family for over 10 years, beginning her Rotary journey as an Interactor in Oregon. She has been a Rotaract Club President of the Rotaract club at OSU and later Portland Rotaract, helping grow and bring organization to both clubs, and served as the District 5110 Rotaract Representative. In 2019, Luna joined the Big West Rotaract board of Directors which provides resources, support, and events for Rotaractors in Western North America. She chaired BWR’s Institute twice and helped pivot the event to a virtual setting in 2020. Luna is passionate about Rotaract and providing support to Rotaract clubs in an empathetic but effective way, and helping provide connection between all types of Rotary membership. Professionally, Luna works in social media for a remote software company and has a degree in marketing.

Tom Walker

Albuquerque
District 5520

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Specialties:

  • Endowment / Major Gifts
  • The Rotary Foundation

Since 2005, Tom has held numerous District and Zone positions, including three terms as the District 5520 Rotary Foundation Committee Chair, District Endowment Chair, Zone 26 Assistant Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator, and Zone 26 Endowment/Major Gifts Adviser. Tom serviced four terms as the District 5520 Vice Governor where he frequently advised the Governor line on Rotary Foundation matters. Tom Attended the 2021 and2022 Global Regional Leadership training and numerous regional leader training events. Tom has received Rotary’s Service Above Self Award, the Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service, and the Rotary Club of Albuquerque’s Lifetime Service Award. Tom has been a presenter in Foundation giving topics at Zone Institutes, Presidents-Elect Training Seminars, and District Conferences. Tom spent 23 years as nuclear-trained submarine officer including commander of USS Casimir Pulaski. Tom is a 1971 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a B.S. in Naval Architecture, and 1988 graduate of the Naval War College with a M.A. in National Security & Strategic Studies.

Sandra Witt

Dumas Rotary Club
District 5730

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Specialties:

  • Member Leads Management

Sandra has done extensive studies on the best practices for managing RI Member Leads using proven methods to develop an effective leads management system. She has assisted many Rotary clubs in developing working action plans that were instrumental in growing and strengthening those clubs. Sandra began her focus on membership when she served as Assistant Governor in 2014. She served as District Membership Chair in 2016-2019and her district experienced membership growth. Many clubs Sandra has assisted have been able to attract and retain diverse members who have later become leaders in their clubs and district. Sandra is enthusiastic about working with District Membership Chairs and membership teams to develop working action plans for membership growth

Pearl Wright

Millcreek
District 5420

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Specialties:

  • Marketing Rotary: How to better attract people to membership, fundraisers, social media engagement.
  • Branding: How to properly use Rotary Logo guidelines

Pearl is currently serving as her district’s Public Image Director and on her club’s membership committee. She has assisted clubs in developing their Rotary messaging and marketing to increase membership, social media engagement, and fundraising. In her professional career, Pearl served as the director of marketing at a global international development organization and has held a dual role as a Foundation Executive Director and Vice President of Corporate Community Relations for an international energy company. Her duties included planning and overseeing all marketing and communications initiatives, authoring media materials, and social media strategy and implementation. Pearl has also worked at the Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism teaching volunteer management classes to nonprofit organizations and she holds a certificate in volunteer management, as well as a bachelor’s degree in mass communication and master’s degree in professional communication with an emphasis in technical writing