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RAGM Board of Directors
Nathan Frankle
President 2019 - 2020
Nick Frankle joined the Rotary Club of Westlake Village Sunrise in 2002.  He was club president in Rotary Year 2006-07.  During that year, the club was selected the best medium club in District 5240 and the best large service organization in his home community of Thousand Oaks, California USA.

In Rotary Year 2016-17, Nick served as District Governor of District 5240 - Central California Coast , USA..  He previously served as District Membership Chair, International Service Chair, Assistant Governor and Chief Operating Officer.  He has worked on membership initiatives at the Zone and is currently a member of the Zone 26-27 Education Week team engaged in training future District Governors.

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 recently retired from a career in information technology and international telecommunications.  He has managed information technology projects for the US government and Fortune 500 companies.  He was the operations executive of a seamless international business data communications network - a position that took him around the world and introduced him to the cultural differences of doing business in thirty countries.   He is currently serving as a member of Advisory Board for the Pepperdine University Master's Program in Social Entrepreneurship and Change.

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.
James Louttit
President 2018 - 2019
Jim Louttit became a Rotarian in early 2005 as a founding member and Second Vice-President of the Rotary Club of Lima Sunrise in District 4450.  After leaving Peru in 2007 to return to Canada, he joined Toronto Sunrise in District 7070 serving as President in 2010-11 and is currently the Club's Foundation Director.  He is also a member of the Paul Harris Society and a Major Donor.

Jim is also active at the District 7070 level serving as District Governor in 2016-17, a past Chair of the Membership Committee, past Chair of the Microfinance Committee, and a member of both the Governance Committee and Long-Range Planning Committee.  At the international level, Jim is the Vice-Chair of the Rotarian Action Group Chairs Committee, past Chair and President of the Rotarian Action Group for Microfinance and Community Development in 2013-14, a member of the Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group and a member of the International Fellowship of Motorcycling Rotarians.
Jim is the President of JVL Global Corp, a financial services consulting company specializing in microfinance after previously working for Scotiabank in their International Banking Division.  His work with Scotiabank took him to Latin America for seven years where he had executive roles with the bank in El Salvador and Peru.

He is also active in several other organizations serving as President of the Toronto International Microfinance Summit, and past President of the Peruvian-Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

Jim's passions are his six grandchildren, two children, golf and microfinance.
Carmen Villalta
Incoming President of RAGM 2020 - 2021
Carmen was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras and attended the American School in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. She studied at Purdue University, Indiana, where she obtained a degree in Medical Technology. She is the supervisor of a medical laboratory in Tegucigalpa. Carmen joined the Rotary Club of Nueva Tegucigalpa in 1994 and was club President in 1996 - 97. This was the first club in Honduras to admit women. She then became a charter member of the Rotary Club of Tegucigalpa Real de Minas and was President in 2006 - 2007. She has held multiple district positions and is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow. She was the first woman to serve as District Governor, in District 4250 and was featured in the Rotary Video Magazine "Women in Rotary", which celebrated the 20th anniversary of women in Rotary.
Karen Somerville
Experience: Volunteer on 2009/2010/2011 Toronto Microfinance Conferences.

Toronto International Microfinance Summit ( May 2015)
September 2009 to Present (5 years 9 months)

Director of Sponsorship
East York Soccer Club
1996 to  August 2013 (17 years)

Toronto East Rotary Club
July 2010 to June 2013 (3 years)
Wilf Wilkinson
LIaison with Rotary International
Wilf Wilkinson has been a member of Rotary for Fifty years during which time he has held all the Rotary offices including International President 2007-08 and Chairman The Rotary Foundation 2012-13.  He was a practicing Public Accountant and specialized in forensic accounting in the latter years of practice.  When President of Rotary International, he created an RI committee on Micro Finance.
Summer Lewis
Secretary RAGM
Summer brings the skills of being a Rotary Peace Fellow, professor at Kansas State University, and Director of True Roots International, a nonprofit organization supporting social impact and community development initiatives in Latin America. Summer has worked with numerous grassroots community development organizations around the world, many implementing microfinance projects - applying her skills in project design, management, and monitoring and evaluation and learning about development from the ground-up. She's excited to apply her expertise in organizing information, ideas, and people to the benefit of the mission of RAGM.
Lawrence Wright
Past President
Business owner for 41 years and Rotary member for 34 years; BS degree from Eastern Michigan University; District Governor 1995-96; Major Donor & Bequest Society; Past CEO/President of regional trade association; past RI Training Leader; GETS Training Leader; Zone Institute Chair (2x); Chairman of  Nominating Committee for Zone Director (2x); RRFC & RC for Zone 29; COL Rep; Past Chairman of 'LaunchDETROIT' Micro-lending (domestic lending project).
Safina Rahman
Strategic Partnerships Director
Rotary has been a major component of Rtn. Safina Rahman's life since October 2002, when she joined the RC Dhaka Midtown. Dedicating herself to Rotary she was soon made the club secretary the next year and became the president of her club in 2005-06. Due to her very active role in Rotary in Bangladesh she soon after joining the Organization became the Chair District Family of Rotary Committee, in 2003 -04, and went on in succession to become the President of the Presidents' Forum, Chair District Cultural Committee in 2006-07, Assistant Governor in 2007-08 and Deputy Governor in in 2010-11. She Chaired the District Conference and Major Gift Committee in 2008-09, Gift of Life Committee and the high profile Gold Medal Award Committee & Ceremony in 2010-11. Playing a very prominent role in her Club and the formation of the Rotary Club of Dhaka Midtown Foundation she became the Founder Member Secretary. Before her election to the position of DG, she also was the Chair of the District Fellowship Committee, Assistant Trainer and Member Secretary National PolioPlus Committee. Beyond our District RI 3280 she has been the Zone Coordinator for Literacy, Assigned to Zone 6A (Eastern India, Bangladesh and Nepal).  She moved up the Rotary ladder quickly and served as DG during RY 2014-`5.

Awarded for her dedication to Rotary, she has received the Service Above Self Award (the highest individual Rotary award) in 2009-10.  Before that in 2003-04 she also received the Four Avenues Citation.  In the RI District 3280 she was the Rotarian of the Year I 2006-07 and the Best President in 2005-06. She is a PHF, Benefactor and Major Donor of The Rotary Foundation. She is also a Paul Harris Society Member as she pledged to donate at least $1000.00 to TRF each year.

Attended RI Zonal Institutes in Manila (2009), Bangkok (2010), and had the distinction of being panelists both the Institutes. Also attended Bali Institute (2011) and RI South Asia Conference on cooperation and development held in Colombo, Sri Lanka (2011). She has attended the RI Convention in Montreal (2010) and Bangkok (2012).

Born in 1964, she is married to Mr. Sajjad Ahmed, a business man, and is a mother of two lovely daughters. The elder Ariqa Satar is an Actuary and pursuing her Phd in the U.S. the younger Ariba is obtaining her Bachelor's degree from Monash University in Malaysia. 

Education wise Safina is a graduate in Nutrition from the College of Home Economics, Dhaka University. Following the graduation she earned Diplomas in SMC Management, Human Resource, Child Psychology, Child Development & Nutrition. She has attended numerous symposiums and seminars at home and abroad.

Professional career revolves around Lakhsma Sweaters Ltd. as Chairman of the 100% export oriented company which is known for its excellent quality exports of readymade sweaters to countries in North America, Europe and Australia.  She worked as Program Manager (1991-95) - Marie Stopes Clinic Society Worked in the field of reproductive health. Early job experiences were as Volunteer - Salvation Army, Melbourne, Australia Raised funds and mobilized volunteers for humanitarian service and as a Teacher in Scholastica School, teaching in elementary level.

Also Involved in many other business, community, social and cultural forums she is the First woman Director to the Board of Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industries as Convener SME Development & Product Diversification, Member of SME Foundation, France Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry, BGMEA and Zonta Club, Chair, Future Leaders Forum, National Commissioner Bangladesh Scout Foundation Fund Raising, Past National President Junior Chamber International (JCI) Bangladesh (2005). She was also actively involved in the Gulshan Society and served as Vice President. She is the recipient of Best Female Entrepreneurship award- Rokeya Podok received from Nari Kontho Foundation (2006).
Cassandra Bradley
Community Development Director
My name is Cassandra Bradley and I live in Center Harbor, NH with my three children.  I have been in involved with Rotary since the mid 90's and held a host of positions both within my clubs and for the Districts including Past President, Assistant Governor, District Governor and District Group Study Exchange selection committees, Amigos de Honduras - humanitarian trips to Honduras 10 years, District Conference planning committee and District Chair for Matching Grants and District Simplified Grants committee.

My current position with Community Development Finance Authority enables me to put funding together to participate in both community and economic development projects throughout the state.  I am also the project manager / commercial lender for three revolving loan funds, which are all funded with federal and state funding.  Prior to this position, I was in banking for 20+ years as VP Commercial Loan Officer.  I am finishing up my Masters Degree (June 13') in Community Economic Development with an emphasis in International at Southern New Hampshire University.  This degree has helped me develop my understanding of the processes needed to initiate, develop and implement community development project in order for them to be successful, viable, and sustainable.

This knowledge, coupled with my hands on knowledge from my job, provides me with the experience and understanding of what is involved and necessary in pulling together a successful project.  This awareness will enable me to provide guidance needed to other Rotary clubs looking to do community development projects in their towns, cities, or abroad.  Community development projects bring a community together to achieve a common goal or objective while helping to build a stronger more viable community for the future.             
Yves Fecteau
Francophone Outreach Director
Yves Fecteau was born in Quebec City on January 14, 1947. He is married to Claire Veilleux since September 1971 and they have two children: Charles born in July 1972 and Annick in April 1974. They are very proud of their seven grandchildren.

Yves is now retired from Place Laurier Shopping Center where he worked since 1984 as Operations manager.

A member of the Club Rotary de Quebec from 1977 to 1978, he joined again in 1995. He is actively involved in most of the club activities. He was President in 2001-2002 and he was President of the Board of Directors of La Society Grand Village in St. Nicolas for almost ten years, a summer camp for handicapped people owned by Club Rotary de Quebec. He also served as Assistant Governor for the District, Governor in 2008-2009. Responsible for the center of peace and conflict for the district and district trainer In 2003, 2010and 2012 Club Rotary de Quebec recognized him with three  Paul Harris followed by the Nanterre Rotary Club (France) in 2005.

Claire and Yves love to travel, to visit and take care of their grandchildren. They spend most of their free time at their summer house in Charlevoix.

Yves has always been involved in the community mostly with organizations helping the deaf persons, the Red Cross Society as well as leisure activities.

He is very proud to follow his father's footsteps who was District Governor in 1981-1982.
Jane Otima Mung'oma
Regional Outreach to Sub-Saharan Africa Director
Jane Otima Mung'oma is a Development Consultant specialising in Market, Value chain and Enterprise Development. She has over 20 years working experience in the African Region. 

Jane is a Senior Consultant for Legacy Consulting Ltd; a company that focuses on enabling transformation in the private, public and social sectors for inclusive growth and lasting legacies. Jane, a Multiple PHF, is Past President of the Rotary Club of Muthaiga where she currently serves as Club Services Director. 

She is the incoming District 9212 Water Resources Chair for the Rotary Year 2016-17. Jane also serves on the RI Cadre of Technical Advisors for Community Economic Development and Micro Finance. 

Above all Jane is passionate about making Africa and the World a better place for the New Generation
Wally Gardiner
RAGM Communications Director
Wally Gardiner is the now retired CEO of Gardiner Computer Consulting  Inc, located in High River.  He was involved in technical education for many years before returning to University to finish his second degree- BA in Spanish literature with a minor in Latin American  Studies -i  He is active in the community where he is Past President of the Rotary Club of High River, former Vice-President of the Foothills Amateur Radio Society and Past Chair of the Rotary District 5360 Microcredit Task Force.   

He is the former Chair of International Service for Rotary High River and  promotes Rotary projects between Canadian Rotarians and other countries.   He also serves as Communications Director of RAGM.  He is a 4 time Paul Harris holder and has done extensive work and travel in Latin America as a Cadre of Technical Advisors on behalf of the Rotary Foundation.
Stephanie Emond
Speakers Bureau Director
Stephanie Emond is Director of Development at FINCA Canada. She has been spearheading FINCA's activities in Canada since 2010, building partnerships with Canadian entities and individuals who wish to support financial inclusion and lend a hand to entrepreneurs in the developing world. 

Before joining FINCA, she worked as a management consultant with Grant Thornton, on business and strategic planning, market analysis and marketing strategies, and for the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA - now DFATD Canada) as an economic advisor focusing on private sector development and financial inclusion. 

Previous to that, Stephanie worked with FINCA Peru, a Peruvian microfinance institution. 

She holds a MBA from HEC Montreal.
Quentin Wodon
Director of Membership
Quentin Wodon is a Lead Economist at the World Bank. Previously, he managed the World Bank unit on values and development, served as Lead Poverty Specialist for West and Central Africa, and as Economist/Senior Economist in the Latin America region. Before joining the World Bank, he worked among others as Assistant Brand Manager with Procter & Gamble, volunteer corps member with the International Movement ATD Fourth World, and (tenured) Assistant Professor of Economics with the University of Namur. He has also taught at American University and Georgetown University. A lifelong learner, he has more than 500 publications and holds PhDs in Economics, Environmental Science, Health Sciences, and Theology and Religious Studies.

Quentin has served on several advisory boards for non-profit organizations and university programs, and as Associate Editor for academic journals. A past President of the Society of Government Economists, he is currently President of the Association for Social Economics. He is actively involved in Rotary with his club (serving as President), District (former Evaluation Adviser and Interact Chair, among others), and Rotary International (committee member for the Rotary Foundation and other roles). Quentin launched the Rotarian Economist blog in 2014 and the Rotarian Economist Short Books series in 2017.

See also a publication on membership by Quentin entitled:

Double Your Membership In Six Months: 10 Lessons from a Rotary Club Pilot
Narayan Murarka
Global Grants, Major Programs & TRF Coordinator
Murarka is the Past & Current President of Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club, D-6440. He has served as Assistant Governor and in multiple positions at the club and district level in such areas as membership, foundation, club service, international service and fundraising.  He has been a frequent speaker at District Conferences.

He has chaired an ongoing club program on Micro-Finance for over six years.  The program addresses the needs of local businesses and has been successfully implemented in our own community. 

He has also been responsible for sponsoring two micro-finance projects in Guatemala.  One relates to helping women to carry out weaving business.  Thirty women have already been provided financing.  Another project relates to preparation and sale of okara blended food products.  Okara is a byproduct when soy milk is made processing soy beans with water and steam in a pressure cooker type machine called mechanical cow. 

Murarka has been the Global Grants Chair of D-6440 District Foundation Committee for the last five years.  During this time, over 35 global grants have been sponsored by clubs within his district.  He organized and conducted the Grant Management Seminars for four years.  Murarka is well versed in the Global Grants policies, procedures and processes having helped multiple Rotarians to navigate through the challenges.  Some of these grants have micro-finance component.

Murarka is also the Primary Rotarian for four major Global Grants related to Water & Sanitation, Nutrition, Health and Literacy in Guatemala.  These projects are the result of multi-country, multi-district and multi-club partnership in pooling financial resources.
Murarka is the recipient of "The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service".

Murarka is also the Primary Rotarian for a new competitive challenge grant on WASH in Schools (WinS).  This project is in partnership with Club Rotario Guatemala Sur and involves integration of WASH activities with health, hygiene and education for 48 schools with over 16,000 students.

Murarka is Cadre of Technical Advisors of the Rotary Foundation.  He is also a member of Water and Sanitation Rotary Action Group (WASRAG) serving as WASRAG Ambassador and Professional Team Member.
Candace Bangura
Regional Outreach to Oceania Director
Candace Bangura was born in the U.S., grew up in Saudi Arabia, and studied economics at University.  After graduation, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer where she became interested in economic and community development while working at a savings and loan cooperative in Yaguaron, Paraguay.  Upon returning to the U.S., Candace received her master's degree with a specialization in community and economic development.  As the Executive Director of World Relief - Chicago, Candace oversaw wrap-around social services for refugees and immigrants. 

Candace's involvement with Rotary began in 1999 when she joined staff as a 3-H Grant Coordinator. Prior to the Future Vision Pilot, she worked in a variety of positions including the Program Officer for District Simplified Grants/Americas Department Manager.  During the Future Vision Pilot and Launch, Candace served as the Area of Focus Manager for Economic and Community Development, working closely with RAGM on a number of initiatives related to microfinance. 

Upon moving to New Zealand in 2015, Candace became the Director of Southland Youth One Stop Shop, which provides medical and social services to youth aged 10-24 years.  In 2016, Candace joined the Rotary Club of Gore.  She currently serves as the President-elect of the Gore club as well as the Grants Subcommittee Chair for District 9800.
Howard Weinstein
Social Business Director
I have over 25 years  of for profit and non-profit experience. I have gone from driving a truck, to marketing a manager at Gillette and General Foods to becoming CEO of a large international plumbing construction business, to co-founding a very successful global NGO selling packaged healthcare goods. I have worked in Canada, USA, South Korea, New Zealand, Botswana, India, China and Brazil where I have finished a contract as a consultant in May 2016. I have raised funds  from venture capital firms, Foundations and Development Banks. I have also written the fund raising  strategy for may NGO's as well as was the keynote Speaker to UBS Global Family Foundation Congress in St Moritz and spoke to 150 of their wealthiest clients.

I also teach leadership, part time, globally as part of Duke University and INSEAD University corporate Executive education program. I have been and am the Keynote speaker at many international congresses.

I have recived numerous Technology, Economic Empowerment, Entrepreneur and Humanitarian awards I have won as well as winning an award at UN last years as Global Social Entrepreneur of the Year by WTN. My work has been written up in National Geographic, Newsweek, Brazil Business Week , Don ( Quebec)  and 20 other magazines. Products I have invented but did not patent appeared in Smithsonian, Alexander Graham Bell Museum and others. I have successfully raised over five ( 5) million dollars from national and international foundations and US government agencies as well as helped other NGO's raise over 2 million dollars.  The many on the ground projects I help start both in for-profit and NGO field globally. I acquired a working knowledge and understanding of all aspects of a business as well as the deep understanding and appreciation of the goals , dreams  and respect of local community groups as well as all employees from a truck driver up to CEO of an organization.

Matthew Kane
Developed World Microfinance Director
Experience: Matthew and his wife Sonia live in Raleigh, North Carolina and have been actively involved as a Rotary family. Two of their children were Rotary Youth Exchange students and spent a year living in Santiago, Chile. Ryan, their oldest son, was a recent President of the Raleigh Midtown Rotary Club.

Matthew is the founder of Cutting Edge Engraving and operated this business successfully for twenty eight years selling plaques, awards and industrial engraving before selling his business in June 2017. 

Recognizing a need for building entrepreneurship in an underserved area of Raleigh, he worked with North Raleigh Rotary Club and a group of community partners to create LaunchRALEIGH. The program offers ten weeks of business training, microloans, mentors and networking opportunities.  In three years the program has hosted five classes and boasts nearly one hundred graduates. 

Other cities are now invited to replicate this successful model using this template:  www. LaunchMyCity.org. 

He was honored to serve as the 2014-15 District Governor for District 7710. 
Jose Cifra
Regional Outreach to East Asia Director
PDG Jose Francisco "Jess" Q. Cifra

Past district governor Jess Cifra joined the Rotary Club of Loyola Heights, Quezon City, RI District 3780 in 2001. After serving as club president in 2003, he held various major district positions until he served as district governor in 2011. After his year of service as district governor until the present, PDG Jess continued to serve the district in various positions, currently, district Rotary foundation coordinator for three years from 2015 to 2018, chairman of the international service committee also for three years from 2017 to 2020, and chairman of the Rotary Leadership Institute also for three years from 2015 to 2018. PDG Jess is a Paul Harris Fellow, Major Donor and a member of the Paul Harris Society of RI district 3780.

He has been president and vice-chairman of the Rotary Village Corps Foundation Inc., the umbrella organization of more than 1,800 Rotary Community Corps (RCCs) in the Philippines since 2012 until the present. He serves as Treasurer of Help & Assistance for Rotary Philippine Districts, Inc. (HARPDI), a non-profit, non-stock corporation established soon after typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) struck southern Philippines in November 2013 to rebuild school buildings that were heavily damaged by said typhoon. PDG Jess served as the vice chairman of the Philippine College of Rotary Governors (PCRG) in 2013.

He has served as organizer, speaker and facilitator in various district training seminars and other Rotary events around the country. In the international level, he served as panel discussant in the Manila Presidential Celebration and a rapporteur in a number of Zone Institutes around Asia. In 2017, Jess was a trainer in the Governors-Nominee Training Seminar (GNTS) held immediately prior to the 2017 Taipei Institute. He also served as aide to visiting and home-based Rotary dignitaries, such as, past RI president Gary C. K. Huang and past RI directors Rafael Hechanova and Guiller Tumangan. In 2015, Jess was appointed RI president's representative (RIPR) to the district conference of RI district 9700, NSW, Australia. He is also Vice Chair of The One Philippines, a humanitarian award-giving body organized and run by RI D3450.

Jess anchors a weekly TV program and a radio program, both titled Rotary in Action which feature Rotary events, activities and projects in all ten Rotary districts in the Philippines.

Outside Rotary, he is Sector Representative to the Couples for Christ Migrants Program that promotes the welfare and well-being of overseas Filipino workers and their families. 
Jess, a Filipino citizen, took up Bachelor of Arts, major in Economics; Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; and Masters of Business Administration at De La Salle University, Manila. He recently retired from full-time employment at China Banking Corporation where he was Vice President. He is married, with three children and two grandchildren.
Khalid Hasan
Social and Market Research - Director
Dr. Khalid Hasan is the Chief Operating Officer of ResInt Canada, an international research company. He is passionate about microfinance and poverty alleviation. Worked in research projects for Grameen and Brac. He is in the Executive Committee of Toronto International Microfinance Summit (TIMS). He is a senior project management and research expert of 25+ years of a unique blend of experiences spanning social and community development, media and market research, impact evaluations and business focusing North America and emerging markets in Asia. He worked as Senior Advisor South Asia for Nielsen and also led Business Process Improvement unit at Nielsen Canada. He is an experienced Six Sigma Black Belt, capable of solving problems using tools and methods of Business Process Improvement. 

To his credit, there are two books on marketing: Strategic Marketing Management in Asia, co-authored with Professor Saad Andaleeb, published by Emerald UK, and Marketing Practices in Developing Economy: Cases from South Asia. He wrote forty-five articles which were published in local and international journals/ magazines and he presented papers in twenty-two international conferences. He is a frequent public speaker in international seminars. He has also teaching experience in different universities and colleges in Canada and South Asia.

He is an active member of Rotary International in Canada, a Paul Harris Fellow, recipient of medallions, awards, and accolades for outstanding research and social activities from a number of organizations in South Asia and Canada. Khalid holds a PhD and an MBA and research diplomas from different universities and institutions in Asia, USA and Canada.

Khalid Hasan Ph.D.
Director RAGM (Research and Training)
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