ri president representative
Suzi Howe graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Elementary Education. She recently retired this fall, after operating South Shore Montessori, where she was named Frisbee Queen at her Montessori School. Suzi and her husband Bill have been married for 44 years and live in Friendswood, Texas. When asked how he would support Suzi in her role as District Governor, he said, “I will go wherever she sends me - to play golf!” Suzy has received a host of prestigious awards including: The Rotary Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award, the Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service. Mrs. Howe also received the Dome City Award on behalf of all Houston-area Rotarians after Hurricane Katrina.
She is a member of the Rotary Club of Space Center is currently the Rotary International Director Nominee for Zones 25 and 29, from Michigan to Colombia, South America and has served as Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator and Rotary District Governor 2006-2007. Her passion for training has led her to serve as an International Assembly Training Leader, Presenter at International Convention breakout sessions and a Lead trainer for the Rotary Leadership Institute. She is a Major Donor and Bequest Society Member and spends her abundant free time growing heirloom tomatoes and squashing Tomato Hornworms.
David D. Stovall
Rotary Club of Hall County
David D. Stovall retired from commercial banking in 2011 after a 32-year career, 22 years of which were served as president and CEO of a national market NASD bank holding company. He then launched a career as a commercial real estate broker.
Stovall has served RI as committee member, regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, training leader, president’s representative, endowment/major gifts adviser, and Council on Legislation delegate. In 1994-95 he hosted a Rotary Peace Forum in Senegal that led to the formation of what is now the Rotarian Action Group for Population & Development.
Stovall has received the Avenues of Service Citation and The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Award. He and his wife, Kim Waters, a past Rotary district governor, are Foundation Benefactors, Major Donors, and Bequest Society members.
Sylvia Whitlock, PhD
Past District Governor,
Sylvia Whitlock was born in New York City, but educated through high school in Kingston, Jamaica. She earned an international baccalaureate from Cambridge University in England and a bachelor’s of psychology from Hunter College of the City University of New York. She holds master’s degrees in education (Cal Poly, Pomona) and marriage and family therapy (Azusa Pacific University). She earned her PhD in education from Claremont Graduate School. Whitlock holds California State teaching and administrative credentials and is licensed in marriage and family therapy in California.
Dr. Whitlock joined the Ex-Rotary Club of Duarte, California, in 1982. At that time, women were not allowed membership in Rotary, and Duarte had been removed as an official Rotary club because it had admitted women as members. Dr. Whitlock became the club’s president in 1987, the year the US Supreme Court ruled that the Duarte club be reinstated, thus making her the first female club president in Rotary history. She served as District 5330’s District governor in 2012-2013.
Dr. Whitlock is a recipient of the Rotary Foundation District Service Award. She was honored with the Sylvia Whitlock Leadership Award, established and presented at the 2017 International Convention to recognize individuals who have contributed to the success of women in Rotary. She has participated in Rotary’s National Immunization Days and established an AIDS clinic in Jamaica. She has supported an orphanage in Mexico, sank wells in Nigeria and raised almost $90,000 to educate girls in India. She has spoken at more than 75 district conferences and numerous clubs, institutes and Zone events. She addressed all 530 incoming DGs at the 2013 International Assembly.
Currently a member of the Rotary Club of Claremont, California, Dr. Whitlock has been the NAACP Woman of the Year and a Distinguished Alumna at Cal Poly I Pomona. She received the Global Citizen Award from the United Nations Association in October 2013.
Evan Burrell is a past president and member of the Rotary Club of Turramurra in District 9685 in Sydney, Australia. He works as a digital media consultant and is also a professional public speaker, promotional marketer and social medial specialist.
In Rotary, Evan gets around. At the 2014 Rotary convention in Sydney, Australia, you may have seen him walking around holding a long stick with his phone attached, taking hundreds of “Service Above Selfies” with Rotaractors, Rotarians, and convention entertainers. Or you may have run into him immunizing children against polio in India, or mingling with Rotary leaders in Evanston as a member of the Rotaract and Interact Committee, or teaching 2013-14 RI President Ron Burton how to dance to Korean singer Psy’s “Gangnam Style” at a Rotary Foundation dinner. In whatever way Evan proves that Rotary isn’t all business, his message is “Let’s have fun in Rotary,” and with that message he is engaged in telling Rotary’s digital story.
President - Rotary club of lynchburg-morning
LaShonda Delivuk represented District 7570 in January 2019 as a General Session speaker at International Assembly in San Diego, CA at just 28 years old.
LaShonda is the President of the Rotary Club of Lynchburg-Morning, a member of the Paul Harris Society and has achieved her PHF+2. In 2018, she received the 110% Award, the Douglas A. Newton Excellence in Communications Award and helped her club achieve a first place Governor’s Award for Public Image which later accompanied the club’s first Rotary Citation.
On the district level she serves as District 7570 Public Image Vice Chair and her insights on membership were featured in the August 2018 issue of The Rotarian, Rotary’s magazine. She is happily married to her husband Josh and the two own and operate three marketing companies based in Forest, VA.
PRESIDENT, freedom 4/24
Since 2006, Joy Cover has worked in the non-profit field, providing her with experience in identifying priority needs within a community; developing organizational strategy and education initiatives; program implementation and management; and international staff management. Joy received her master’s degree in Public Health from Florida International University and her bachelor’s degree in communications (photojournalism) from Gardner-Webb University.
Joy joined Freedom 4/24 in 2015 as National Race Director, a role that enabled her to combine her passions of advocating for those with no voice, training individuals and teams for the purpose of excellent event facilitation, and implementing practical, community-based programming, all toward the end goal of eliminating human trafficking. In 2017, her role expanded beyond facilitating and managing Freedom 4/24’s Run 4 Their Lives race series to encompass any project and program designed to raise funds and awareness toward ending human trafficking. She now serves the organization as President of Freedom 4/24.
Aside from advocating for justice and having fun with her co-workers, Joy enjoys good music, strong coffee, hot sunshine, and most of all, hanging out with her husband, Michael.
Ifeoma D. Ozodiegwu
Ms. Ozodiegwu is a Doctor of Public Health in Epidemiology Candidate at East Tennessee University (ETSU). As a Skelton scholar, her research focuses on maternal and child health, specifically on the distribution, determinants and consequences of female overweight and obesity in Sub-Saharan Africa. Besides the District 7570 Skelton/Jones Scholarship, her research work has won a number of awards including a Delta Omega Poster Award at the 2018 American Public Health Association Conference and the 2017 Inaugural ETSU Sherrod Graduate Student Scholarship Award for Excellence in Research.
Prior to joining to the Doctor of Public Health program at ETSU, Ms. Ozodiegwu served as a Consultant with RTI International and the public sector to strengthen public health and education infrastructure in Nigeria. Notably, she collaborated with local stakeholders to win a state government grant used to build up mini-science labs in public primary schools. Additionally, she led a needs assessment of monitoring and evaluation infrastructure for Neglected Tropical Diseases in five Nigerian states and developed a staff training program that generated measurable improvements in staff productivity and skills.
Ms. Ozodiegwu also possesses a Masters of Public Health degree and a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Biochemistry. In her spare time, she likes to play tennis and cook for friends and family.
Allison “Ally” Sinclair Fisher
D7570 rotaract representative
Ally Fisher is a James Madison University Rotaractor and senior studying economics and French. She has been involved with Rotary since age 13 and has been in Interact, Rotaract, and Rotary at various times and in various locations. At JMU, she is the current liaison between Rotary and Rotaract, and she recently filled the position of District Rotaract Representative for District 7570. She is passionate about ensuring the long-term success and growth of Rotary and is particularly looking forward to sharing her thoughts about the vital transition from Rotaract to Rotary.
Rotary peace fellow
Melanie Moore received the Rotary Peace Fellowship in 2010-2012 in Japan and Australia. Her background includes working in conflict and post-conflict areas in Latin America, Africa and Asia in community and diplomatic processes. She spent four years in war-torn South Sudan focusing on the protection of civilians and human rights with the UN peacekeeping mission UNMISS and IGAD (Intergovernmental Authority on Development). She most recently served as a ceasefire monitor covering South Sudan's various peace agreements.