Read more about the club members elected for Club and Foundation Board offices for the 2014-2015 Rotary year.
 
2014-2015 Club President-Elect

ImageJENNIFER HARA

Rotary: Jennifer is an active Rotarian and has been a member of the Washington DC Club for seven years. In the 2008-2009 Rotary year, she was named her club's "Rotarian of the Year" by then President Monica Boner. Jennifer has been actively involved in the past Annual Fundraiser for the Club's international service projects, the Community Service Grants committee, and the Meeting in Review (which she wrote for two years), and she currently chairs the Scholarships committee. She has also acted as the liaison for the Rotaract Club, served on the Rotary Board of Directors and was Secretary from 2010-2012. Jennifer's father is a Rotarian and she was a Rotary Youth Exchange student in Alicante, Spain in 1989-90.

Professional: Jennifer is part of the management team for strategy, business development, and marketing for Taylor-DeJongh, a boutique energy and infrastructure investment bank focused on project finance and mergers and acquisitions globally. She has been with the firm for 13 years.

Personal: Jennifer has an M.A. in International Economics from The George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs and a B.A. in International Politics and Spanish from Seattle University. She grew up in Seattle and moved to Washington in 1997 to attend graduate school. She and her partner Chris live in the Columbia Heights / Petworth neighborhood with their two English Bulldogs, George and Winnie.


2014-2015 Club President-Elect

ImageDAVID TREADWELL

Lieutenant Colonel David O. Treadwell, U.S. Army (Retired), was born in Atlanta, GA and graduated from Decatur (GA) High School.  He graduated from Wheaton (IL) College in 1965 with a B.A. degree in history and was commissioned in the U.S. Army as an Infantry second lieutenant.  His military service included two tours in The Republic of Viet Nam and seven years in the Pentagon on the Army and Joint Staffs.  He received training at the Infantry and Armor Schools, the Armed Forces Staff College and the U.S. Army War College.

From 1987 until 1998 Dave worked with attorneys of the Christian Legal Society and Advocates International assisting them in promoting religious freedom in the US and abroad.
 
Since 1998, Dave has served Washington's Central Union Mission as Executive Director.  The 128-year old mission, Washington’s oldest social service agency, continues to serve the disadvantaged people of the city with shelter, training, food, furniture, clothing and the message of Christ's love as it has throughout its long history. He served as the Association of Gospel Rescue Mission's Mid-east District President and completed service as chair of its national board last December.  Dave is a former chair of the elders at Immanuel Bible Church in Springfield, Virginia, is a member of the advisory board of Fellowship of Christian Athletes (DC), chaired the Ministry to Disabled Persons for Promise Keepers Stand in the Gap and the compassion activities for the 2005 Luis Palau DC Festival, serves on the board Project Bridges, chaired the Board of Assist Pregnancy Center, was founding treasurer of both Christian Service Charities and Oakseed Ministries, has received the Abe Pollin Award for Outstanding Dedication to the Community, and is a White House Champion of Change.

Dave joined our club in 2003, and was sponsored by Wil Rose. He is a Paul Harris Fellow and his favorite Rotary activities are the Dictionary Project and trying to keep Carl Gell out of the hospital.  He also appreciates opportunities for the Mission to give back to Rotary through vehicle and other support.

Dave lives in Burke, Virginia with his wife of forty-seven years, Charlotte, and they have three grown children, a daughter-in-law, two granddaughters and a grandson.

Among Dave's service awards are the Silver Star, two awards of the Legion of Merit, two awards of the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantryman's Badge. 


 

Rotary Club Board of Directors 2014-2017

ImageTONY CUSACK

C. Anthony Cusack is the President and CEO of QSACK & Associates, Inc. a provider of management consulting, information technology, and business support services to government and industry.  He has more than 43 years of government and industry experience in strategic planning, operations, and management of advanced information technology (IT) and telecommunications systems.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Alabama A&M University, a Master’s equivalent degree in Materiel Management from the Army Logistics Management Training Center, and a Master’s degree in Public Financial Management from American University. In addition, he has completed several prestigious executive development management schools including the Daren Executive Development Program at the University of Virginia, Tuck School of Business and Advanced Executive Development program at Dartmouth College, and Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

As a Rotarian, for the past 27 years, he has served in many officer and board positions with the Burke, Virginia (his original club) and the Washington, DC club.  While in the Burke, VA club he served on the Board of Directors and in the positions of club Secretary, President-Elect, and President.   In the Washington, DC club he has been involved with the  Students Career Day, Dictionary Project, Centennial Committee, and for the past two years served on the local Rotary Foundation Board of Directors.   He is a Paul Harris Fellow (plus 8) and a benefactor.

He is actively involved as a member of the Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council, Armed Forces Communications and Electronic Association, Association of Contingency Planners, International Toastmasters, National Small Business Council, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, and National Defense Industrial Association. Also, he serves on several boards and participant in community and local church activities.  Over the past eight (8) years he has contributed his time, talents, and resources to travel and work, as a short-term missionary, in the poorest areas of Ghana, Zimbabwe, and Malawi Africa.   While in Africa he performs evangelism, health, educational, and leadership development services.
 
As a Rotarian, for the past 27 years, I have always focused on “Service Above Self”.   If I am elected to the Washington, DC Rotary Club’s Board of Directors, I will be “Committed” to the vision of the President and club’s local, national and global service goals and objectives.  I will use my many years of management and leadership experience to join forces with the officers and my fellow board and club members to ensure that we remain the Rotary Club of choice globally in all service areas.  As with Africa, I will contribute my time, talents and resources to our club.  If, I am not elected, I will still contribute my time, talents and resources to Rotary.


ImageROSS GRANTHAM

I am very honored to be considered for election as a Board member of the Rotary Club of Washington DC.

I joined the Rotary Club of Wellington North, New Zealand, in 1979 and in the ensuing years I have been an active member of the Brunswick Rotary Club in Melbourne, the Rotary Club of Washington DC, and the Rotary Club of Bangkok. I have served as a Board member of the Brunswick, Washington and the Bangkok clubs.

I first joined the Washington club in 1999. I served on the Club Board and held leadership roles with the international and community service committees. During this period we initiated the first major signature project. I also served as the Executive Director for two years. When I relocated to Kazakhstan in 2005 I became an honorary member of the Washington Club and this was maintained until I returned to D.C. three months ago. I am currently the club’s Ombudsman.

I have a deep commitment to Rotary and being involved has added value to my life. It has enabled me to work with a wide range of people within the club, and internationally,  to improve the lives of others. I currently support a project in Cambodia to provide surgery for young women that are born with a birth defect that shortens their life span, excludes them from normal community life, and frequently results in them being trafficked as beggars in Vietnam.

I have held senior leadership positions in both the private sector and the not-for-profit sector in multiple countries.

I believe that Board members have a responsibility to ensure that their club maintains a sense of tradition while exploring changes that will benefit the club, take actions that ensure sustainability, and develop policies that will achieve growth.



ImageMONICA SMITH

Monica Smith joined the Rotary Club of Washington, DC in August 2012, thanks to the sponsorship of David Klaus. She immediately became an active member of the Membership Committee, working closely with Abraham Helal and spearheading the development of a new-member recruitment video. She participates also on the Fellowship and Program Committees, including bringing in two speakers for early 2014 Rotary meetings. Monica believes strongly in the motto "service above self," and joined the Club particularly for the opportunity to engage more meaningfully in local volunteer activities. She has served many times with the Salvation Army Grate Patrol to help feed homeless people downtown; attended the spring 2013 tree planting to beautify our environment; and volunteered for two DCPS Beautification Days and this fall's Dictionary Project to help local schools. Through committee work, volunteering, attending lunch meetings, and going to social events, Monica relishes getting to know fellow Club members as well as helping others in the community.

Monica is the Exhibition Program Manager at the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, National Museum of American History (NMAH). She has worked at the Smithsonian for over 18 years. Her current primary role is Project Director and Principal Investigator for the Lemelson Center’s NSF-funded Places of Invention exhibition project, which will open in 2015 at NMAH. Previously, Monica was the Project Historian and second Project Director/P.I. for the NSF-funded Invention at Play (IAP) national traveling exhibition. IAP won a 2003 American Association of Museum’s Excellence in Exhibition award. Other NMAH exhibition projects include, but are not limited to, co-curating "From Frying Pan to Flying V: The Rise of the Electric Guitar," which led to her being featured in the Smithsonian Channel’s CINE-award-winning film “Electrified: The Guitar Revolution.” Monica’s related publications include: “Invention at Play: An Award-winning Interactive Traveling Exhibition,” a chapter in Museums at Play: Games, Interaction and Learning; and “The Electric Guitar: How We Got from Andres Segovia to Kurt Cobain,” an article for American Heritage of Invention and Technology that was republished in an anthology. In addition to her Smithsonian tenure, Monica served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Museum Education from 2005 to 2008.

Born in San Diego, California, Monica graduated from Pomona College with a degree in American history in 1992 and moved to Washington, DC in 1994 for a Smithsonian internship that, fortunately, led to a job. She now resides in Silver Spring, MD with her cat Chairman Meow.  Her favorite personal activity is traveling near and far, with vacations to Burma (Myanmar), Maine, and Germany this year.

 


 

 

Rotary Foundation President-Elect

ImageHOWARD DAVIS

Howard Davis has been a Rotarian since 2000 when he joined the Rotary Club of Clearwater, Florida.  He joined the Washington, D.C. Rotary Club shortly after moving to the area in 2003.  Since joining the Club, he has chaired the Grate Patrol Program (2006-2008), chaired the annual Wine Auction (2007 and 2008), participated in the Dictionary Project, served as a Director of the Foundation Board in 2007, 2012 and 2013, served as a Director of the Club Board for two years, served as Vice President and was the 100th Club President during the 2011-2012 Rotary Year.  He is a Paul Harris Fellow and a regular attendee at the weekly lunches.

Prior to moving to Washington, Howard volunteered in Florida with the local SPCA, where he chaired their annual fundraiser and served on the Development Committee and also participated as a tutor (English as a Second Language) for a local Literacy program.  In Washington, Howard has served on the Session of his church, chaired their Administration and Finance Committee, served as President of the church corporation and continues to serve as the Head Usher.  As time allows, Howard vacations in northern Michigan with his family.   

Howard is a native of Louisville, Kentucky, where his father was a Rotarian. He received a B.A. degree in Economics from Hobart College and an M.B.A. from the University of South Florida.  Following college in New York State, Howard has worked in Pennsylvania, Florida, Arizona, North Carolina and the Washington, D.C. area.  He moved to Washington in 2003 to work with the Department of the Treasury implementing the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program. Prior to that time, Howard spent 25 years in operations management in the property and casualty insurance industry, specializing in the start-up and implementation of new programs and operations.

 


 

 

Rotary Foundation Vice President Elect

ImageDAVID KLAUS

Originally from Iowa, David Klaus studied there and in France, Germany, Switzerland, Harvard and Princeton.  He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Brazil.  David worked for the World Bank for almost 30 years.  He worked with developing countries on four continents, in various fields including education, health, agriculture, energy and transportation.

In Rotary David was an Ambassadorial Scholar and is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow. As Club Vice President, he chaired the Club’s Centennial Committee. He has served as Club President (2012-2013), on the Board of Directors, chaired the Scholarships Committee, organized the Russian Rotarian visit, participated in the World Community Service, Group Study Exchange, Wine Auction and Noche Latina committees, participated in three Capital Cities exchanges, distributed dictionaries and played the piano at weekly luncheon meetings.  David lead the District 7620’s GSE team to the Philippines, organized the GSE exchange with Norway and has chaired the District’s Scholarships Committee.  David has made up meetings at Rotary Clubs on five continents.

Rotary Foundation Board of Directors 2014-2017

ImageSTEVE ADKINS

Steve is a trial lawyer specializing in Section 337 intellectual property infringement investigations at the US International Trade Commission.  He is a partner resident in the Washington, D.C. office of Allen & Overy, a global law firm. He joined our Rotary Club in 2004, and was sponsored by Peter Kennedy.
 
Steve has written and lectured extensively on matters relating to federal intellectual property litigation and Section 337 investigations for the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law, and various trade and governmental associations in Europe, India, China, Japan and Korea.
Steve is a member of the Episcopal Church and attends St. John's Lafayette Square where he serves as an usher.  Steve is also a member of the Chevy Chase Club and the Georgetown Club.

Steve is a member of the following groups: The Asia Society; The Barristers; National Committee on U.S.- China Relations; ITC Trial Lawyers Association; The China Institute; The Federal Circuit Bar Association; Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference; The Hong Kong Trade Association; American Bar Association (Intellectual Property Law Section, International Litigation Committee, International Trade Commission Committee and Litigation Section, IP Litigation Subcommittee); World Affairs Council of Washington, D.C.; Customs Lawyers Association; Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller; and The Rose Group for Cross-Cultural Understanding (China/U.S.) (Board Member).

Steve and his wife, Alison, have two children, Ansley (13) and Alden (9) and are restoring an old home near downtown Washington, D.C.  Steve's interests include international travel, studying British, Chinese, and Ottoman history, learning Chinese (Mandarin) as well as Chinese calligraphy, golf, and skiing.


ImageBOB WATSON
Bob Watson has been a Rotarian for 35 years, beginning in 1977 at the Potomac Rotary Club. In Potomac, Bob served in nearly every club office and committee chair, some of them twice. Bob transferred to DC Rotary in 2005 and continues to be active here, including service on the Foundation Grants Selection committee. The highlight of Bob’s time in Rotary was being selected to represent District 7620 as Group Study Exchange leader, taking a team of young professionals to Japan for a full month.
Bob is originally from New York City and is an alumnus of Dickinson College. He has served as Dickinson’s national alumni president and as a member of the Dickinson College Board of Trustees. He was a volunteer for Dickinson’s recently- concluded successful capital campaign, ending just last year.

The early years of Bob’s professional life were in management for the Maryland Casualty Company and Mutual of Omaha. Most of Bob’s subsequent professional career has been spent in higher education administration at Catholic University and Montgomery College from where he retired. At Catholic, he served as Alumni Director, Director of Annual Giving, and Editor of the University magazine. At Montgomery, he served as Director of Business Affairs and then Executive Assistant to the President. While at Montgomery, Bob founded and initiated the Montgomery College Foundation. Today it is the largest and most successful community college foundation in Maryland and a national leader.

Bob and his wife, Pat, a retired educator, have two sons, one an economist at the SEC and the other a State Department foreign service management officer. Bob enjoys sailing, working out, reading, travelling and music. Bob has also served as a volunteer in a number of capacities for his church, Blessed Sacrament, including work on a capital building campaign to raise $13,000,000 in just a few months.

Bob believes his experience in capital and annual giving, together with his long-time experience and devotion in and to Rotary, will enable him to be a valuable member of the Foundation Board