Our Governors

District Governor 2020-21 

Jimmie Gorski 

For twenty years, District Governor Jimmie Gorski has been a member of the Rotary Club of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, where she has held numerous leadership positions.  As club president in 2004-2005, she received the Donal Lee Chamberlin Award for Outstanding President in District 7620, and her club received the District 7620 Centennial Award for Best Small Club. DG Jimmie has been an Area Governor in four areas and also served as both The Rotary Foundation Scholarship Chair and programs coordinator for the Rotary Leadership Institute in District 7620. Her special interest in programs for youth and young professionals led her to serve on the District 7620 RYLA Committee from 2014-2017 and to act as facilitator for youth programs.

Jimmie has been a professional in the field of secondary and higher education for over thirty years with expertise in such areas as curriculum development and language acquisition and development. She also worked extensively in the area of standardized testing and supervised university master’s degree candidates before moving full time into educational administration to direct departments in institutional development and financial support.

Born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Jimmie grew up with her family in the Moravian community of Salem, North Carolina. She began her affiliation with Duke University during a joint federally and privately funded pilot program that became the Governor’s School. After earning her undergraduate degree, she was awarded graduate degrees at the University of North Carolina and the University of Maryland before completing post-doctoral studies at three universities.

For over thirty years, Jimmie and husband Sigmund lived in Huntingtown, Maryland, where they enjoyed the serenity of rural Calvert County while remaining close to the cultural opportunities of metropolitan areas. In nearby Prince Frederick, they achieved a long-time dream of establishing a space museum and science center where they shared their passion for the study of space exploration with those in their community.

Jimmie and her late husband have one son, Albert (Al), who lives in Durham, North Carolina, where he recently completed a Ph. D. in computer science with a specialty in systems security.

The members of the Gorski family have been long-time members of Jesus the Divine Word Church in Huntingtown, where DG Jimmie currently serves on the Parish Council.

 

Geetha Jayaram | District Governor Elect (2021-2022)

A past Rotaractor and recipient of a 2005-06 Rotary Grant for University Teachers, Dr. Jayaram is a Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine, Public Health and Nursing. In 1997, from the the Rotary Clubs of Columbia, and Howard West, Dr. Jayaram founded the Maanasi Clinic in Mugalur, Karnataka, India. She has volunteered for National Immunization Days for eradicating polio in India.

She started 2 Rotaract clubs & her current Rotary club of Howard West; increased membership in Rotary; taught as facilitator for the Rotary Leadership institute; lectured at many Rotary District Conferences and Zone institutes throughout North America, Asia and Europe.

She has procured at least 14 grants for domestic and international work.

Rotary Honors:

  • Charter member Rotaract Club of Bangalore, 1968
  • President of The Columbia Rotary Club, Chair of several committees 1997
  • Best President with 7 awards for District 7620
  • District Conference Emcee 2010
  • Service Above Self Award 2012
  • Honored by the WHO in 2013 for a low cost model for psychiatric care in low and middle income countries
  • Global Alumnus Service to Humanity Award for Zone 33 in 2012, 2013, and winner for Rotary International 2014
  • Honored by the World Bank in 2018 at the International Women’s Day celebration
  • Major Donor and Paul Harris Fellow x5

Her major sustained humanitarian project for 22 years: MAANASI can be viewed at www.ProjectMaanasi.org

She has hosted GSE students from 12 countries

She has the following honors as well:

  • Invited keynote speaker to the Rotary International Convention meeting in Brazil in 2015
  • Invited keynote speaker at 5 district conferences
  • Invited main speaker at the Zone conference in Lithuania in 2015
  • Invited keynote speaker at the Zone 33 & 34 Institute in 2016
  • Invited keynote speaker at the Zone 32 meeting in Winnipeg, Canada 2016
  • Invited to give the State of the State address to the Rotarians and the Health Department in Denver 2016
Sean McAllister | District Governor Nominee (2022-2023)

Dr. Sean McAlister is the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Chief Learning Officer for the U.S. Foreign Service and manages the training and professional development programs for more than 2,300 federal employees working in 128 U.S. cities and 119 countries. He earned a PhD in adult education from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, and both a master’s and undergraduate degrees from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN.

Sean joined Rotary in 1992 as a member of the Virginia Tech Rotaract Club, and later the Capitol Hill Rotary Club in 2004. Sean served as the Capitol Hill Rotary Club’s President, and various District 7620 leadership roles including Area Governor, District Trainer; District Conference Chair; and the Executive Trainer for Chesapeake PETS which includes District 7600, 7610, 7620 and 7630. Presently Sean is serving as District 7620’s Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Chair (2018- 2022), the Bylaws Committee Chair (2020-2022), and the Digital Marketing Chair (2020-2021). He is also serving on the Executive Board for the Mid-Atlantic Rotary Leadership Institute (2020-2023) that oversees the RLI programs in nine states.

He is a Rotary Major Donor, and is a member of the Rotary Bequest Society, Paul Harris Society, and Rotary Bourbon-Whiskey Society.  He is a resident of Alexandria, VA, but tries to spend as much time as he can fishing on Smith Mountain Lake in Central Virginia.

Delores Edwards | District Governor Nominee Designee (2023-2024)

Bio coming soon!

OUR ASSISTANT GOVERNORS

Assistant Governor Area 1
Suzanne Green
Club: Southern Harford County
Area 1 Clubs: Aberdeen, Bel Air, Havre de Grace, Middle River, Perry Hall High School Interact , Southern Harford County

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Assistant Governor Area 2
Delores E. Edwards Harding
Club: Baltimore
Area 2 Clubs: Baltimore, Baltimore Evening Satellite, Baltimore Sunset, Catonsville, Hunt Valley, National Academy Foundation IC, Pikesville - Owings Mills, Rotaract:UM School of Dentistry, Towsontowne, UMBC Rotaract Club

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Assistant Governor Area 3
Temrah Okonski
Club: Ellicott City
Area 3 Clubs: Centennial HS Interact Club, Columbia, Columbia Town Center, Columbia-Patuxent, Elkridge, Ellicott City, Ellicott City Sunrise, Hammond HS Interact Club, Howard County Rotaract Club, Howard West, Interact Club of Howard County, Johns Hopkins Univ. Rotaract Clu, Mount Hebron HS Interact Club

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Assistant Governor Area 4
Dawn M. Wittfelt
Club: Sykesville - South Carroll
Area 4 Clubs: Bonds Meadow, Mt. Airy, Sykesville - South Carroll, Westminster

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Assistant Governor Area 5
Tiffany C. Ahalt
Club: Carroll Creek (Frederick)
Area 5 Clubs: Carroll Creek, Frederick, Frederick HS Interact Club, Fredericktowne, Hood College Rotaract Club, Interact Club of Brunswick, Interact Club of Brunswick, Interact Club of Brunswick, New Market, Oaksdale HS Interact Club, Rotaract: Frederick Community , Saint John's Catholic Prep Inter, Smoketown Brunswick, Southern Frederick County, Thomas Johnson HS Interact Club, Urbana HS Interact Club

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Assistant Governor Area 6
Frank E. Senk Jr.
Club: Gaithersburg
Area 6 Clubs: Gaithersburg, Gaithersburg HS Interact Club, Historic Emory Grove, Montgomery Village, Olney Rotary, Potomac, Quince Orchard HS Interact Club, Richard Montgomery HS Interact C, Rockville, Winston Churchhill HS Interact, Wootton HS Interact Club

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Assistant Governor Area 7
Mandy Warfield
Club: Dupont Circle
Area 7 Clubs: American U Rotaract Club, Capitol Hill, CHEC HS Interact Club, Dupont Circle, George Washington Univ. Rotaract, Georgetown Univ. Rotaract Club, Howard Univ. Rotaract Club, Richard Wright PCS Interact Club, Washington DC, Washington DC Rotaract Club, Washington Global

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Assistant Governor Area 8
Heidi Webb
Club: Bethesda-Chevy Chase
Area 8 Clubs: Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Downtown Silver Spring, Metro Bethesda, Metro Bethesda Interact Club, North Bethesda, Potomac-Bethesda, RC of International Friendship

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Assistant Governor Area 9
William DuBoyce Dr.
Club: Prince Georges County
Area 9 Clubs: Interact Club of College Park, College Park, Greenbelt, Laurel, Prince Georges County, Rotaract Club of UMCP, Upper Marlboro

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Assistant Governor Area 10
Sue Weber
Club: Annapolis
Area 10 Clubs: Annapolis, Annapolis Evening Satellite, Annapolis HS Interact Club, Broadneck HS Interact Club, Parole, Rockbridge Academy HS Interact , S. Anne Arundel Co., Saint Mary's HS Interact Club, South River HS Interact Club, Southern HS Interact Club

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Assistant Governor Area 12
Barbara R. Thompson
Club: Leonardtown (St. Mary's County)
Area 12 Clubs: Charles Co La Plata, Charlotte Hall, Leonardtown, Leonardtown HS Interact Club, Lexington Park, Prince Frederick, Saint Mary's Ryken HS Interact

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