2019 Speakers shown for illustration purposes only
2020 Speakers to be finalized
PETS Speaker Bios
Ron D. Burton
Ron Burton retired as president of the University of Oklahoma Foundation Inc. in 2007. He is a member of the Cleveland County, Oklahoma, and American Bar Associations and is admitted to practice in Oklahoma and before the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a founder and past president of the Norman Public School Foundation and founder and past board member of the Norman Community Foundation.
Burton has been a Rotarian since 1979 and has served as RI president; RI director; Foundation trustee and vice chair; RI Board Executive Committee member; RI president’s aide; committee vice chair and chair; task force member; International Assembly group discussion leader, assistant moderator, and moderator; and district governor.
A recipient of RI’s Service Above Self Award, Burton also has received The Rotary Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award and International Service Award for a Polio-Free World. He and his wife, Jetta, are Paul Harris Fellows, Benefactors, and members of the Arch Klumph Society and Bequest Society of The Rotary Foundation.
RI Director 2018-20
Jeffry Cadorette, Rotary International Director-elect (RID 2018-20) retired from healthcare in 1999 after a 25-year career as a physical therapist. He had been President and CEO of Physical Therapy Associates of Delaware County in Pennsylvania until merging his practice with Riddle Memorial Hospital to form the Riddle Rehabilitation Institute and Riddle Sports Medicine. He now serves as Associate Broker and Executive Vice President at Media Real Estate Company where he is active in all phases of commercial real estate sales and leasing, tenant representation and new project development.
He received a bachelor’s Degree in Science and a Master’s Degree in Education from Springfield College and a post graduate degree in physical therapy from the University of Pennsylvania.
He is a past Trustee on the Springfield College Board of Trustees and is a member of and Past Co-president of the Springfield College Philadelphia/Wilmington Alumni Association.
He served on the Board of Directors of the Rocky Run YMCA for 14 years, 4 as Chair of that Board. He was Honorary Chair of their Phase 11 and Phase 111 Capital Campaigns for Rocky Run.He is a past Board member of the Philadelphia Freedom Valley Y where he was Chair of its Branch Operations Committee.
He has been named Volunteer of the Year twice by both Rocky Run Y and Springfield College.
He served for 9 years on the Board of Trustees at Tyler Arboretum and was President of that Board for 3 years.
He is currently Advisor to the Building Committee of the Providence Animal Center (formerly the Delaware County SPCA) and also sits on their capital campaign steering committee.
He has received the Benefit Auction Specialist designation from the National Auctioneers Association, one of 350 auctioneers in North America to have received that designation, helping dozens of charities to raise millions of dollars over the past 20 years.
A Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Media, PA since 1977, Jeff served as Governor of District 7450 in 1998-1999. In September of 2016 he was the selection of the Zones 24/32 Nominating Committee for Director to serve on the Rotary International Board of Directors in 2018-2020.
Active in international service projects, he traveled to South America as part of a Rotary Foundation Matching Grant project to set up a Village Bank in Lima, Peru. Operating on the principles of micro-credit, it was a joint project of the Rotary Club of Media and the Rotary Club of El Rimac in Lima.
In October, 1999, he spent 8 days in Madagascar participating in a polio NID which was the culmination of The Philadelphia Challenge, a fundraising effort he initiated during his year as Governor. He accompanied a team of 27 who made the trip from District 7450. The Philadelphia Challenge raised record dollars for The Rotary Foundation and allowed District 7450 to lead Zones 31 & 32 in every category of giving to The Rotary Foundation in 1998-99. In December of 2003 he travelled to Yaroslavl, Russia to assist in fund development initiatives for their YMCA. In 2013 he travelled to Uganda to view the substantially completed Global Grant Project to the benefit of Brain Tree Primary School which was completed in cooperation with the Rotary Clubs of Media, Elkton, Maryland, and Kampala North in Uganda.
He is a past Rotary Foundation Alumni Coordinator for Zone 32 and the past General Coordinator worldwide of Rotary Foundation Alumni Coordinators.
He was a delegate to the Rotary International 2004 and 2007 Council on Legislation in Chicago.
In January, 2010 he was one of forty International Training Leaders selected globally to serve at the Rotary International Assembly in San Diego. He was reappointed to that position in 2011.
He facilitated the training at the Governor-elect Training Seminar for Zone 32 at the Rotary Institute in London, Ontario in 2010 and the Rotary Institute in Boston, MA in 2011.
In 2014 he facilitated the training for the Governors-nominee at the Zones 24 & 32 Rotary Institute in Toronto, Canada.
He was Co-Chair of the Pre-Institute Training at the 2016 Institute in Winnipeg, Canada.
In January 2015 he was appointed as one of two Seminar Leaders worldwide at the International Assembly in San Diego. Seminar Leaders are tasked with training, coaching, and motivating the 40 International Training Leaders who in turn train the 547 incoming District Governors for the upcoming Rotary year. He was reappointed to that position for the 2016 International Assembly.
He has represented the President of Rotary International at District Conferences across the country and in Canada and has been the keynote and motivational speaker at numerous district conferences, Rotary Foundation dinners, Rotary workshops, and seminars around North America.
He is a Rotary Foundation Benefactor, a charter member of the District 7450 Paul Harris Society, a Rotary Foundation Major Donor and a multiple Guy Gundaker Fellow of District 7450’s Gundaker Foundation.
He is a recipient of: The Delaware County Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Small Business Person of the Year Award The Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association Humanitarian Award The Springfield College Distinguished Alumni Award The Rose Tree Media School District Service Award The Rotary International PolioPlus Partners Leadership Award The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service The Media Theatre, Walter M. Strine Advocacy of the Arts Award Boy Scouts of America, Cradle of Liberty Council, Good Scout Award.
He is a recipient of the Rotary International Service Above Self Award, Rotary International’s highest honor for individual Rotarians and a recipient of The Rotary Foundation Distinguished Service Award, the Foundation’s highest distinction.
Julia D. Phelps, Ed.D.
Rotary Foundation Trustee 2017-2020
Julia joined the Rotary Club of Amesbury, MA in 1997 and served as president of the club in 2001-02. She was very active in the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program and hosted several Ambassadorial Scholars. After serving as president, she was asked to train incoming presidents at NE Presidents-elect Training Seminar (PETS). Julia served as a host counselor for a Youth Exchange.
She has served in several positions at the district level. She worked on RYLA, served as Inbound Chair for Ambassadorial Scholars and was District Governor of District 7930 in 2007-2008. She was the District’s Annual Giving Chair and the Chair for NE PETS. Julia became District 7930’s Foundation Chair in July 2009 and led the district through the Future Vision Pilot. She shared Future Vision insights at the New Orleans, Louisiana and Lisbon, Portugal International Conventions.
Julia has served as a Presidents Representative and the Rotary Foundation Alumni Chair (RFAC) for Zone 32. Julia prepared governors-elect on the Foundation’s new grant model at the International Assembly in 2012 and 2013. She served as International Director from 2014 – 2016 and in 2016 – 2017 was a member of the Operations Review Committee. In 2017, Julia was appointed as a Trustee of our Rotary Foundation and is currently serving on the Foundation’s Stewardship Committee and Executive Committee. She’s also a member of RI’s Membership Committee and the Trustee Liaison to the Leadership Development and Training Committee.
Julia is the recipient of the Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service. Steve McKenzie, her husband, and Julia are Majors Donors and charter members of the Bequest Society. She is also a Paul Harris Society member.
She’s retired from the Massachusetts Department of Education where she served as the Associate Commissioner for Curriculum and Instruction. She and Steve, live in Greenland, New Hampshire, USA. Steve is the proud father of two children, Melissa and Stephen. Steve and Julia are also the grandparents to Peyton, Zeth, River, Finn and Nate. All of their family members are Paul Harris Fellows.
Regional Membership Officer
Diana Edwards is the Regional Membership Officer for Zones 24 and 32 on the Membership Development team. She works with zone and district leaders in Alaska, Canada the East Coast of the United States, Saint-Pierre Miquelon and Bermuda to support membership growth through strategic planning, membership engagement and retention initiatives, and promoting membership tools and resources.
Diana joined Rotary in 2012 working as a Development Coordinator with the Rotary Foundation. In this role she supported the gift officers fundraising in North America and she previously served as a Contact Center Agent and also a Coordinator in Club and District Support.
Diana holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Robert Morris University. She is committed to serving her community as the Co-Founder of the Beautiful People Organization, a nonprofit initiative aimed at providing essential needs for the homeless, those in shelters, senior citizens, adults, and children. She has also joined a nonprofit health organization that inspires and supports women and girls to live their healthiest most fulfilled lives called GirlTrek.
Tim Haak has over 20 years of web design and development experience helping businesses successfully execute various Internet strategies. He started dabbling with HTML and web design in 1995. His career began in 1996 when he formed a website design company while still in high school. The company steadily grew throughout his undergraduate studies at Elizabethtown College.
As a sophomore at Elizabethtown College he accepted a full-time graphic design and web development position at Penn State College of Medicine. During his six years on staff at Penn State he worked within a team of developers and data managers responsible for creating data management systems for two multi-million-dollar NIH funded grants with hundreds of users across the country. He also designed websites and developed web-based solutions to automate and streamline workflows for various departments across the Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine.
While employed by Penn State, Tim continued to focus his energies towards his consulting business, now known as Mile 6, and earned his B.S. in Information Systems from Penn State Harrisburg.
In 2005 Tim left Penn State to operate Mile 6 on a full-time basis. As the company’s client base steadily grew, the staff was expanded from the first full-time hire in 2008 to ten full-time and one part-time employee.
To date Mile 6 has successfully launched and developed hundreds of websites and applications. The company’s core services include website design, mobile app development, web programming, e-commerce strategy and development, web-enabled database solutions and online business workflow automation. Mile 6 is also a strategic partner for various advertising, marketing, and creative agencies where they offer web development services to various clients reaching both local and global markets.
Tim currently resides in Elizabethtown with Carrie, his wife of fifteen years, and their two daughters. Adyson is age twelve and Emma is nine years old. He is also an active member of the Elizabethtown Area Chamber of Commerce and a past president of the Elizabethtown Rotary Club.
Assistant Rotary Coordinator
Drew Kessler is a Vice President and Relationship Manager of the Commercial Real Estate division for M&T Bank. He currently is responsible for a portfolio of loan and deposit relationships with major businesses within the metro New York City area; while increasing the bank’s business in established and developing markets. His leadership positions in the industry date back to 2003. Drew has built his career as one of the leading bankers in New York. Drew prides himself on his commitment to client service and his comprehensive knowledge of the real estate and financing industry as well as his dedication to community service.
Drew values the relationships he has built with other professionals in the real estate industry; particularly the Realtors with whom he works hand-in-hand to make sure that their clients have a great experience. In 2008 Drew obtained his Real Estate license and became a Realtor to better serve the Realtor community. He was named President to the Rockland County Board of Realtors for the year of 2010. He most recently served as the 2015 President for the 10,000 member Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors which covers Rockland, Westchester, Orange and Putnam counties in New York. As a sign of his stature in the real estate community, Drew regularly appeared on Fox Business News from 2008-2013 for his expertise on the finance industry and the real estate market.
A Rotarian since 2001 at the age of 20, Kessler has served the North Rockland Rotary club in all levels of leadership and became the youngest president in their 91 year history at the age 25. He has been honored with the Distinguished Service Award and the Paul Harris Fellowship. Drew is a past District Governor of Rotary District 7210 which is made up of 1650 members in 57 clubs serving the 9 counties of the Hudson Valley. Currently he serves as the District’s Rotary Foundation Chair, an Assistant Rotary Coordinator for Zone 32 that encompasses New England and is 1 of 8 members of the Young Past District Governor’s Committee that serves the Rotary International President. Rotary is an organization that fosters and encourages the idea of Service in both the local and worldwide community. He lives by the motto “Service above Self”.
Drew resides in Hopewell Junction, New York with his wife Vicki and their five children Dilynn age 17, Joe age 16, Parker age 13, Jackson age 6 and Brandon age 3.
Speaker and Trainer
Shel Taylor, DTM, an award-winning speaker and trainer, who has traveled the country helping thousand of individuals, and organizations reap the profitable rewards that come with presenting with impact and persuading with ease. She has spoken before National Fortune 500 companies, Women’s Associations and National Youth Organizations where she has brought leadership, business and networking-savvy expertise to standing room only audiences. She has been a popular guest lecturer at colleges and universities.
Shel is one of a handful of certified World Class Speaking Coaches in the Country. As a speaker, Shel has been listed in Who’s Who in Public Speaking and she is a past member of the National Speakers Association and the recipient of certificates of Mastery in Communications, Training, Storytelling (for business application) and Humor.
She counts as her inspiration coaching by Craig Valentine, 1999 World Champion of Public Speaking and author of several ground breaking books on turning presentations and programs into huge profits. Shel is certified to use his incredibly successful tools to teach his proven programs on presenting with impact and persuading with ease that has garnered million dollar gains for his clients.
Shel is a popular presentations methods trainer and a 3X awarded Distinguished Toastmaster from Toastmasters International.
PDG District 7390
In 2007, Una Martone joined Leadership Harrisburg Area as President and CEO. In addition to program development and delivery, Una is responsible for executing LHA’s strategic vision; building and cultivating partnerships; increasing resources; and overseeing all organizational operations. During Una’s tenure, enrollment in all LHA programs has increased, doubled in some cases. A highlight of Una’s role with LHA is the development of Beyond Leadership, a servant leadership curriculum launched in 2015 and presented to hundreds of people since then. Una has elevated Leadership Harrisburg Area’s profile to the extent of reaching over 2,000 people each year through programs, services, and activities.
As an active member of the Rotary Club of Harrisburg since 2006, Una served on the Board of Directors from 2009 to 2015. Una was 2012/13 President of the Rotary Club of Harrisburg and was 2013/14 President of the Rotary Club of Harrisburg Foundation. Through several unique fundraisers, Una has raised thousands of dollars for club projects. In 2015, Una was elected as District Governor for the Rotary District 7390 which serves 7 Central PA Counties, 43 clubs and nearly 2,400 members. At a District Level, Una has served as a Membership Coordinator, Assistant Governor, District Conference Committee Member & Chair, Foundation Dinner Chair, and Grants Committee Member & Chair. Una recently planned the District’s annual training assembly and planned and facilitated training for all incoming Rotary Club Presidents. Una’s term as District Governor was fulfilled from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. During her term, Una was one of 103 women, in the entire world, elected to this position. Through a brand new initiative, Pints for Polio, Una was able to leverage $27,000 toward the worldwide eradication of polio.
In addition, Una serves on the marketing committee of Hospice of Central PA. She serves as an Advisory Board Member for Messiah College’s Graduate Studies program. She represents Leadership Harrisburg Area on the Board of Directors for the Harrisburg Regional Chamber and formerly served the American Heart Association; the Association of Fundraising Professionals; Catholic Charities; and Communities in Schools of PA.
Una earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Central Florida and earned the CFRE distinction, Certified Fund Raising Executive, for a history of successful fund raising. She graduated from Leadership Harrisburg Area’s Community Leadership Series Class of 2007. Una has completed the 3-part Rotary Leadership Institute as well as graduate courses in Diversity, Engaging Volunteers, Ethics, and Public Speaking. She is certified in Organizational Development from the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership and recently became certified as an Interpersonal Skills Trainer for The Color Code ~ which is now offered through Leadership Harrisburg Area.
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