International Leadership

2013-2014 Optimist International Board of Directors
The 2013-2014 Board of Directors is a dedicated group of volunteers aimed at "Bringing Out the Best in Kids." Elected at the Optimist International Convention by Optimist volunteers from around the globe, the Board is charged with leading the organization into the future. The JOOI President and Executive Director serve as non-voting members.

To contact an International leader by e-mail, use their firstname.lastname followed by

    J.C. St-Onge  

Ron Huxley
International President

Optimist Clubs of Ausable-Port Franks, ON and Jeffersonville, IN


Ken Garner
International President-Elect

Optimist Club of Fort Worth-Breakfast East, TX


Jean Claude "J.C."

Immediate Past President

Club Optimiste de St-Pierre, St-Jerome, Quebec

  Stéphanie Thériault
JOOI President

      Paul Lucas
Benny Ellerbe
Executive Director

Optimist Club of Shreveport-Breakfast, Louisiana
  Michael "Mike" Goldman
Member at Large

Optimist Clubs of Bonita Springs and Miramar, Florida

  Marc Katz
Member at Large

Optimist Clubs of West Branch, Royal Oak and Kalamazoo-Breakfast, MI
  Paul Lucas
Member at Large

Optimist Clubs of Midland and Odessa, TX
  Rick Quinlan   Rick Quinlan    

Jim Oliver
Member at Large

Optimist Clubs of Van Nuys-Airport, Westwood-UCLA and PSWD Builders of Excellence, CA

  Marlene Phillips
Member at Large

Optimist Clubs of Essex, Essex Youth Centre, Windsor-Riverside, Roseville-Fontainebleu and Kiss'n Ride Injury Prevention, ON

  Rick Quinlan
Member at Large

Optimist Clubs of Bellevue, NE and Dubuque, IA


2013-2014 International Vice Presidents
The eight Vice Presidents serve one-year terms.

Harry Margo
Northeast & Great Lakes Region
Optimist Clubs of Grand Rapids and Grand Rapids-Kent, MI
  James "Jim" Boyd
Great Plains Region
Optimist Club of Urbandale, IA
Lois Philbrick
Southeast Region
Optimist Clubs of Ocala, Tri-County & Leesburg, FL and Optimist Club of Humble, TX
  Ruth Nelson
Southwest Region
Optimist Clubs of Olathe and Olathe-Evening, KS
Willie Lee, Jr.
Mid Atlantic Region
Optimist Club of Radcliff, KY
  William "Bill" Meyers
West Coast Region
Optimist Clubs of Bonita and S.U.C.C.E.S.S. of San Diego, CA
Carl Westenbarger
Middle America Region
Optimist Club of Brentwood, MO
  Pierre Beaulieu
St. Lawrence Region
Optimist Club of Trois Pistoles, QC

2013-2014 International Committees
The International Committee Chairs and Members are appointed by the International President each year.

Miroslaw Kuderewko, Chair
Jann Van Dreser
Brian Clements
Bob Buss
Adrien Tremblay

Audit and Finance
Robert McFayden, Chair
Adrian Elcock
Ron Graves
Tom Lloyd
Guy Templin

Mike Allen, Chair
Charles "CW" Woodland

Dave Bruns, Chair
Lyle Bender
Bill French
Ginny Fowler
Robert Doyle

JOOI Clubs
Don Brose, Chair
Dave Pudles
Jean-Denis Brisson
Sandy Cyphers
Mark Claussen

Junior Golf
Patsy Garner, Chair
Wes Norris
Steve Feinstein
Raymonde Michaud
Hugh Cranford, Committee Member Emeritus

Leadership Development
Paula Reyling, Chair
H. Nick Prillaman Jr
Judy Boyd
Mark Weinsoff
André Therrien

Marketing and Communications
Ron Whitaker, Chair
Dee Rushforth
Mike Woodward
Dave Jordan
Susan Fix

Debbie Hill, Chair
Bruce Cox
Rose Kohler
Geraldine Barnett
Anne Donkers
Larry Pelzer
Ray Finocchio

New Club Building (Traditional)
Sandy Larivee, Chair
Judy Evans
Esthermarie Hillman
Bob Floyd
Pierrette Richard

New Club Building (Non-Traditional)
Dwight Phillips, Chair
Charles Pease
Dennis Lane
Sandy Wooten
Richard Bloom

Pension Trustees
James "Jim" Kondrasuk, Chair
Don Hand
Steve Dubin
Benny Ellerbe

Convention Committees

Candidate Qualifications
Theo Golding, Chair
Don Sievers
Mark O Shriver IV
Danny Rodgers
Rebecca "Becky" Butler Mona
Claire Labreche
Barb Scirto-Sullivan

Clarence Gamble, Chair
Mike Cheves
Dennis Desmond
Mike Weston
Christian Bourassa
Robert Perron


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