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Gareth Willis

Gareth is a Branch Chair for The Australian Information Security Association and a Senior Cybersecurity Architect with One Dot Zero which has offices in both Hobart and Western Australia. He has been working in Cyber Security & technology for almost 20 years.

Gareth holds an MBA from the University of Western Australia and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP); a GIAC Certified Incident Responder (GCIH); and a GIAC Certified Penetration Tester(GPEN).

He lives in Hobart with his wife (a doctor) and 2 young boys. He is an avid reader, cyclist, and lifelong learner. He also volunteers and is a vocal advocate for Not-For-Profit and volunteer organisations.


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Mary Beth Growney Selene - The Rotary Foundation Trustee, 2016-2019

Rotary International Director, 2013-2015

Mary Beth is the founder and President of Ryan Signs, Inc., in Madison.  She is a non-lawyer Fee Arbitrator and a (past) non-lawyer member of the Client Security Fund of the State Bar of Wisconsin.  Mary Beth is a supporter of the What If? Foundation, which works to feed and educate children in Haiti.  

Personal time is shared with her husband Alan Selene (PDG, District 5970) and daughter Bridget and son-in-law Sean Hart.  

Mary Beth Growney Selene has been a member of the Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton, WI, USA since 1987 and she served her club as President in 1993-1994.  She has been a host parent to four Rotary Youth Exchange students.  

In her District 6250 she served as Governor in 2000-2001; District Membership Chair and District Rotary Foundation Chair.  

Mary Beth served as a Training Leader at the International Assembly in San Diego and was the District 6250 Representative to the Council on Legislation in 2004, 2007 and 2010.  

She served as the General Chair for a 2005 Zone Institute, a Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator, Public Image Resource Coordinator, and Rotary Coordinator.   Mary Beth is serving as a Rotary Foundation Trustee in 2016-2019, and served as Rotary International Director in 2013-2015.  She is currently serving on the Finance, Program and Stewardship Committees of The Rotary Foundation, RI-USAID Partnership Committee and the PolioPlus Advocacy Committee.  She is also a member of the Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (WASRAG) Operations Team.

She has received Rotary International’s Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service.

Mary Beth and Alan are Major Donors and Bequest Society members to The Rotary Foundation’s Endowment Fund and they are both Sustaining members to the Annual Fund.

Marga Hewko

Marga grew up in Argentina and is married to John Hewko, the General Secretary of Rotary International. Marga and John have lived in Russia, Ukraine and the Czech Republic.

Following are some of Marga’s key appointments and achievements:

 - Board member of the International Women’s Club of Moscow.

 - Worked for the Spanish news agency EFE in the Ukraine.

 - Charter member of the International Women's Club of Kyiv.

 - Served as Executive Director of the Project on the Oral History of Independent Ukraine, a 200-hour video archive  that chronicles the process of independence of Ukraine after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

- Served on the Board of Operation Canasta, a non-profit organisation focused on development projects in    Argentina that   protect disadvantaged children.

- Member of Rotary Club Chicago and has overseen, implemented and raised funds for a number of humani- tarian    projects in   Burkina  Faso, Argentina, Bolivia, Haiti and other countries in the areas of water and sanitation,    economic development and   health.

- Member of WASRAG (Water and Sanitation Rotary Action Group) and has been a member of the organising    committee of the annual  World Water Summit.

- Guest speaker at several Rotary District Conferences, the 2017 Rotary Institute in Darwin, Australia, and the    2018 Rotary  International Assembly.

- Participated five times in the “Ride to End Polio” in Tucson, Arizona, an initiative that so far has raised over US$47 million for  polio eradication. Margas passion is to raise funds for Rotary Global Grants and to continue biking to rid the world of polio.

Stephanie Woollard - Peace Fellow

Stephanie hails from Melbourne, Australia and graduated from the Uppsala Peace Centre program in 2013.

In 2006, on a visit to Nepal when she was just 22 years old, she met up with seven disabled women making soaps and candles in a tin shed. Disturbed by the injustice and isolation these women were facing, she spent her last $200 of travel money to pay two trainers to help up-skill the women and sell their products abroad. Since then Stephanie has devoted the past decade to changing the lives of disabled and marginalized women in Nepal. The organization that she created has trained and employed over 1,000 disadvantaged women and has helped more than 5,000  women in remote villages offering shelter, medical assistance and education.

“Our approach is to give a hand up, not a hand out,” said Stephanie. “All it takes is one generation to learn how to break the cycle of poverty and pass their learning down to the next to transform a village forever.”

Stephanie has received numerous awards for her work as Founder and CEO of the Seven Women project including one at the UN in October 2016 where she was one of eight business entrepreneurs selected from all over the world to receive the prestigious Rotary Responsible Business Award from RI President John Germ. The inaugural Rotary Responsible Business Awards recognised the commitment of the winning individuals (six) and organisations (two) to using their time, material resources and hands-on assistance to address social and economic challenges locally and internationally.

As well, she received the Moral Fairground’s National ‘Most Ethical Enterprise Award 2014’, was a nominee for Australian of the Year 2016, and was recognised with a La Trobe University Young Achiever Alumni of the Year Award in 2016.

A member of the Rotary Club of Melbourne, Stephanie is dedicated to education and empowerment, believing a realistic understanding of the causes of poverty is a crucial ingredient for bringing peace and tolerance to our globalised world.

“My key to a better world is as simple as finding your passion and dedicating your life to using that passion to bring hope to the lives of others.”  

Courtbey Greisbach - Sunday Morning’s Master of Ceremonies

Editor of Fairfax Media’s The Examiner, Courtney Greisbach has worked in newspapers for nearly 10 years in a variety of roles including court reporting.  In June 2017 she became the 16th editor in The Examiner’s 175-year history.

Having started her career at The Advocate, Courtney was named in 2015 as the first female editor in the newspaper’s 125 year history.

 At The Examiner, Courtney oversees a newsroom of about 25 staff, including journalists, photographers, and administrative assistants. As an engaging leader, she sets goals and challenges her team to improve on a daily basis, and the results speak for themselves: increasing The Examiner's readership and brand recognition, building stronger community engagement, and growing and mentoring award winning staff.

Her dedicated work saw Courtney acknowledged in the Fairfax Women of Influence Awards as the company's Emerging Leader of 2017.

 Over the past 12 months Courtney has driven several agenda setting editorial campaigns in The Examiner and across Fairfax Tasmania that have led to genuine change and legislative reform in Tasmania.

In 2011 Courtney participated in the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards and credits this experience for escalating her career development and success.  Adding to Courtney’s development was a trip to Italy in 2013 as part of Group Study Exchange, representing Tasmania and the media industry.

Courtney is a member of the Rotary Club of Central Launceston and a facilitator/committee member for RYLA Tasmania.

Tony Heyward

Tony has a strong sales and marketing background, and strongly believes Rotary Clubs in New Zealand need to modernise to ensure they are delivering a relevant and sustainable Rotary experience for existing members, and that they are communicating the huge benefits available within Rotary to potential new Rotarians.

Tony will be a guest speaker at the Conference and will be sharing how he believes Rotary Clubs can regenerate their membership.

As the Principal of Transit Lounge Recruitment Ltd, a professional services recruitment company based in Wellington, Tony has an extensive client base extending across New Zealand and Australia.  He commenced his recruitment career with Morgan & Banks in 2001, but prior to this he worked for Air New Zealand as Manager Central NZ based in Wellington.

Tony and wife Shona have tw daughters, Anna 23yrs and Alice 21yrs. Shona has been involved within the District Youth Committee and was an inbound student mentor.  Anna recently completed RYLA, an experience she totally enjoyed.  Alice and Tony completed an 8 day Outward Bound course in 2011.

Tony joined the Rotary Club of Tawa in January 2000, and has held many roles within the club before becoming its  President in 2010/11.  That year the club was awarded a Presidential Citation with Distinction.  In 2016 Tony received a Paul Harris Fellow, followed soon after by a 1st Sapphire Pin Citation for his efforts in influencing clubs to acknowledge and action strategic plans using the Rotary Visioning Program.

 Over the past few years Tony has been actively involved in the D9940 Club Development and Membership team, and is the Club Development and Membership Chair for District D9940. He is also actively involved with the District  Leadership Team.

Tony is passionate and totally committed to helping Rotary Clubs take the journey of change and to develop new ideas so that Rotary becomes top of mind as a service organisation that gets things done. He firmly believes we have the  experience and vast commercial knowledge sitting within Rotary Clubs that we need to share within our communities,

which in turn will assist the growth of Rotary in Australia and New Zealand.

Amanda Wendt

Amanda helps entrepreneurs and leaders to matter by creating a brand that is relevant, recognized and sought after. With over 15 years’ experience in brand, marketing and communication, she has worked internationally across diverse industries including financial and professional services, health, not-for-profit and the public sector.

Amanda is a proud Rotarian and in 2016 was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow from Rotary District 9800. She has travelled internationally with Rotary and has spoken at several events on how to activate members, in particular millennials. Amanda is a member of the Rotary International Communications Committee (2018-2021), District 9800 Assistant Governor (Stonnington), Rotary Club of Melbourne’s Membership Director and Past President of the Rotary Club of Melbourne Park.

Her favourite experiences with Rotary include attending Rotary International Conventions in Seoul, Atlanta and Toronto where she has led and facilitated breakout sessions; establishing Net Positive, an initiative helping to connect family violence victims with practical and urgent resources such as storage, clothing and personal items; and broadcasting the fantastic and innovative ways Rotarians around the world are making a difference through her Rotary Passion Projects YouTube channel.