Dr. Linda Venczel
 
Dr. Linda Venczel serves as Director, Global Health Security at PATH, an international nonprofit organization that transforms global health through innovation. They take an entrepreneurial approach to developing and delivering high-impact, low-cost solutions, from lifesaving vaccines and devices to collaborative programs in more than 70 countries.
 
 

 
Scotty Smiley
 
In 2005 while serving in Iraq, Scotty Smiley lost his sight in a suicide bomber attack on his Stryker vehicle. His many accomplishments include being the Army’s first blind active-duty officer, receiving a Bronze Star and Purple Heart, writing the book Hope Unseen, and graduating from the The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Working as an Investment Banker at Drexel Hamilton, he also shares his story to inspire and encourage others to never give up in the face of hardship and to find hope when all seems hopeless.

Susan Ershler
 
Susan Ershler is a Sales Executive, Mountain Climber, International Speaker and Author. As a history-making mountain climber, corporate executive and author, Susan Ershler inspires audiences to challenge their perceived limitations and reach new heights of business and personal success.
 
 
 
 

Nancy Hughes
 
Nancy Hughes is a graduate of Whitman College, the mother of three and the grandmother of two. In 2003 she met Irma, a young woman whose hands had been burned shut after falling into an open cooking fire. Wanting to help, she transformed a small Rotary club project into an effective international charity that has helped develop local factories to produce life-saving, fuel-efficient cook stoves in the developing world.
 
 

Paul Kingsman
 
Paul Kingsman teaches how to be distraction-proof. He equips people to focus on what matters to achieve outstanding results. Paul knows the importance of keeping focused in life’s split seconds first hand: he trained for thirteen years, to swim a two-minute backstroke race at the Olympics, and won a medal by only four one-hundredths of a second. Today, as a speaker, author and executive coach, he teaches the best principles and processes to succeed in highly competitive environments.
 

John Prendergast
Rotary International President's Representative
 
John lives in Invercargill, New Zealand with his wife Donna and they have three daughters – Meg (24), Ella (22), and Grace (16). A chartered accountant, for the past 20 years John was CEO of the Community Trust of Southland, a community-owned philanthropic $225m investment trust, which grants $7m a year for community projects in Southland. John stepped down from this role in mid 2017.
 
John joined the Invercargill South Club in 1994, and has enjoyed a number of Rotary roles since then, including leading a GSE Team to D5220 in California in 2003, leading the Australasian RYLA Team to Gallipoli, Turkey in April 2005 for the 90th anniversary of the Allied landing at ANZAC Cove, and was District Governor in 2012-13. John has been his District Trainer, remains a member of the District Training Team, has been District Membership Chair, District GSE Chair, and is a regular MC and speaker at Rotary Conferences, Institutes, and South Pacific Presidents’ Elect Training events. For the 2015/16 Rotary year John was a member of Rotary International’s Vocational Service Committee.
 
From 1 July 2016 John has been the Rotary Coordinator for New Zealand, and 8 Australian Districts. John was also a training leader at the Rotary International Assembly in San Diego in January 2017, and again in January 2018.
Outside of work, family and Rotary John has been and is involved in the governance of various organisations, including Chair of Camp Quality New Zealand, Chair of Philanthropy New Zealand, Trustee of the Ngai Tahu Fund, Chair of the Catholic Diocese of Dunedin Board of Management, Chair of the Verdon College Board of Trustees, and is a Justice of the Peace.