Governor Teams

District Governor Teams

André Marria
District Governor | D6900 | 2023-24
Andre’ Hadley Marria graduated from The Fort Valley State University in 1973 with a B. S degree in Music, and in 1975 with a M.S. degree in Mental Health Counseling. Mrs. Marria spent thirty–four years of public service with the Georgia Department of Human Resources, retiring as the Director of the Thomas County Department of Family & Children Services (DFCS) November 2008. Prior to her retirement, Mrs. Marria lent her leadership skills to Southwestern State Hospital as a Unit Director and Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, assisting in the initial licensure of Rose Haven ICF/MR/SNF, a 110-bed facility. Mrs. Marria went on to work as the Assistant Director for Southwest Georgia Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Addictive Diseases Regional board and was instrumental in establishing the first substance abuse prevention programs in fourteen rural counties and revitalized community based mental health services in those same counties. She is a Consultant and serves as Fidelity Manager/Trainer of Trainers for The Morehouse School of Medicine Health Promotion unit, overseeing a research-based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative Scales Grant in Thomas, Grady, and Dougherty Counties. This is a five-year Scales Grant Initiative being implemented in five other north Georgia counties. As a Licensed Professional Counselor and past president of the Licensed Professional Counselor Association of Georgia, Inc. (2004), Mrs. Marria continues to serve as an independent contractor and is listed as an EAP Counselor for the City of Thomasville. She is also a Certified Clinical Supervisor of B. S. and Maters level Child and Adolescent counselors who are seeking state licensure. A dedicated member of the Thomasville Community, Mrs. Marria is a fifteen-year member of the Rotary Club of Thomasville, Georgia. She is a Distinguished Will Watt Fellow, Paul Harris Fellow, Hue Thomas Fellow, a member of the Paul Harris Society, 2018-2019 Sheffield Presidential Leadership Society inductee, and a Major Donor. Mrs. Marria serves as one of Southwest Georgia’s Assistant District Governors for Rotary International, District 6900 and the 2018-2019 Past President of The Rotary Club of Thomasville. Currently, she serves as the Youth Services Director for her home club and is the recent graduate of Rotary Zone 33-34 Emerging Leaders 2020 Summit of Champions. She is a member of the International Fellowship of Rotarian Musicians and is a Rotary Leadership Institute Discussion Leader. Mrs. Marria is a member, in good standing, of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (Thomasville Alumnae Chapter), an international service organization headquartered in Washington D.C. founded on the principles of economic development, educational development, international awareness, physical and mental health, and political awareness involvement. She was appointed by the Thomas County Board of Commissioners to serve as the county representative of the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Addictive Diseases Region Four Advisory Council 2019-2021 and also serves on the board of The Gathering Place, a faith based non-profit youth service organization. Mrs. Marria is a Trustee of the Thomasville Entertainment Foundation Board of Trustees 2016-2021 and was the 2015-2017 Board Chair of Vashti Mental Health Center, Inc. Thomasville Georgia. Mrs. Marria has received the 2016 John C. Burns III Licensed Professional Counselors Association, Lifetime Achievement Award for her 39 years of service and endorsement of the Profession of Counseling. She is a Trustee of the Thomasville Thomas County Chamber of Commerce. A Two-time Distinguished Toastmaster of Toastmasters International (Toastmasters’ highest educational award) she previously serviced as Division G Director overseeing twenty-one clubs. She is the 2020 Division H Club, and Area Toastmasters Table Topic contest winner and came in 2nd in the division. Her proudest accomplishment was to serve as a 911 Ground Zero Red Cross Disaster Mental Health First Respondent, NYC -2001 Andre has been married to Evangelist Walter Marria, Jr. for forty-seven years and they have two birth children, two given by God and eight grandchildren.
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Brandy Lynn Swanson
District Governor | D6910 | 2023-24
Curious puzzle strategist best describes me. I take great pride in overcoming obstacles, sticking with something until WE figure it out and get the "win". Always learning and improving. Connecting people, ideas and resources gives me great pleasure. So, it is no surprise that my StrengthFinder results are Achiever, Activator, Arranger, Relator and Responsibility. Two of the best lessons that guide my everyday actions are seeking to understand others first and living by Rotary's 4-way test. I have been an active Rotarian for over 25 years and served in many different roles. Most currently have served as Area Governor, District Governor Nominee, District Public Image Chair, and DEI committee. I am a Rotary Leadership Institute Graduate, Pets Facilitator, Paul Harris Society Member, Benefactor, Will Watt Fellow, and Paul Harris Plus. Thankful to be married to my high school sweetheart and best friend for over 30 years. Grateful for & proud of my 2 grown children. I value my quiet time; family time, enjoy games, scuba diving, reading, traveling, serving and gardening.
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Felix Smith
District Governor | D6920 | 2023-24
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Stephanie Windham
Learning Facilitator | D6900
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Tina Fischlin
Learning Facilitator | D6910
Tina is member of the Rotary Club of Greene & Putnam and served as District Governor in 2020-2021 and Club President in 2011-12. She was recognized by her club as Rookie of the Year, Rotarian of the Year and serves as her club’s International Service Chair. Active at the District Level, Tina received Rotary’s highest honor, the “Service Above Self” award which recognizes up to 150 Rotarians annually who demonstrates their commitment to helping others. In addition, she has served on the finance committee, an Assistant Governor and is currently the District’s International Service Chair. She is a graduate of the Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI). Tina is a Level 1 Major Donor, a GRSP Will Watt Fellow, a Benefactor, a member of the Bequest Society and Paul Harris Society. She is passionate about Rotary and serving others in the community and around the world. She volunteers for her clubs Shoes for Kids and Second Harvest projects to name a few. Outside Rotary, Tina’s community involvement includes volunteering for Greene County Food Pantry, Lake Oconee Church, Circle of Love, Victory Train and Atlas. Internationally, she volunteers with Alliance for Smiles providing free cleft lip and palate surgery to children in underserved parts of the world. A native of Reidsville, Georgia. She attended Georgia Southern University and Georgia State University She owns Hollcroft & Associates, Inc. a real estate and property management company that serves the Lake Oconee area. In addition, she owns and operates Barefoot Mountain Farms located in the mountains of North Carolina providing Fraser fir trees and greenery to schools and civic clubs throughout the Southeast. An advocate for reforestation she has established the Davis-Hollcroft Family Forestry Scholarship at the University of Georgia. This scholarship is presented annually to a student studying at UGA’s Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources. Tina is married to Mike Fischlin, a former Major League baseball player who continues to live his passion as a sports agent with the Boras Corporation. In her spare time, she enjoys running, golf, spending time with family and friends and serving in her community and around the world. Tina, Mike and their dog, Sophia Loren, reside in Reynolds Lake Oconee located in Greensboro, Georgia.
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Amy Maley
Learning Facilitator | D6920
Amy H. Maley is a CFP and Vice President/Wealth Management Advisor at Merrill Lynch. She is a proud member of the Rotary Club of Downtown Macon, which she served as Club President from 2013-2014 and Assistant Governor from 2014-2017. She currently serves on the PETS Committee and as District Trainer For Felix Smith. She also served as District Trainer for Mike Muldowney in 2019-20. Amy is a Paul Harris Fellow and a Will Watt Fellow..
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Joie Hain
Learning Facilitator | D6910
Joie Hain, DBA is a Rotarian with 20+ years perfect attendance. She started her Rotary journey in Rotary District 6900 as charter president of the Rotary Club of Milton-Windward with the club earning Club of the Year. She progressed to Assistant Governor and then moved into various roles in support of Rotary District 6900 including the Service and New Generations District Chair and District Conference support roles. In 2018, Joie relocated to Gwinnett County and Rotary District 6910, joining the Rotary Club of Gwinnett County. She is a current GRSP Trustee and will be co-District 6910 Trainer in 2023-2024. She is a major donor, and Bequest Society member. As a lifetime member of the Girls Scouts of USA and having earned the Gold Award, Joie is an executive committee member of the Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians, representing the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. Having retired from industry, Joie is an award-winning Assistant Professor of Marketing at Clayton State University and teaches both MBA students and undergraduate students Digital Marketing and Social Media Marketing as well as Professional Selling to undergraduates. She lives in the Lawrenceville, GA area and loves to spend time with her two daughters, her son-in-law and her grandson.
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District Governor Elect Teams

Gordon Owens
District Governor | D6900 | 2024-25
Gordon grew up visiting the Newport Beach Rotary Club with his Grandfather during visits to southern California. Tagging along while his Grandfather delivered Meals on Wheels as one of his club's service projects left a lasting impression on Gordon. When he started his own digital marketing agency, he sought out Rotary as a way to get involved in the community. Early in 2011 he joined the Roswell Rotary Club and jumped right in. This large and active club was a perfect fit for Gordon's fun loving personality. He was asked to join the board in 2013. Gordon served as club President during the 2019-20 Rotary year and led his club to Club of the Year for Category 4. He was also inducted into the Sheffield Leadership Society. Gordon's wife, Ashley, also grew up with Rotary, as her father, George Stewart is a long time member of the Rotary Club of Dunwoody. She loves being a Rotary spouse as she and Gordon have made many life long friends through Rotary.
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Bobby Hildreth
District Governor | D6910 | 2024-25
Bobby Hildreth joined the Morgan County Rotary Club in 2018 after transferring from the 75-member Rotary Club of Thomson where he served twelve years. He served as 2015-2016 president of the Thomson club where his accomplishments include: achieved 100% Paul Harris Club, achieved district Gold Level club award, and was awarded the District 6910 R.L. Panyik Leadership Award for Large Clubs. At the district level, Hildreth served as Area IX Assistant Governor from 2016 through 2018. As assistant governor, Hildreth was awarded the 2016-2107 District Governor’s Excellence Award for Assistant Governors by DG Kim Waters. As Area IX Assistant Governor, he coordinated an inaugural area club collaborative project through the Farm to Family food distribution program. The Morgan, Greene-Putnam, and Washington clubs hosted six food distributions delivering thousands of meals to underserved citizens in their communities. His district leadership experience also includes two years as district membership co-chair providing leadership in club growth and retention. Also at the district level, Hildreth served on the district conference planning committee in 2015-2016, and 2019-2020. He currently serves on the 2020-2021, and 2021-2022, district conference planning committees. In his home club, Hildreth currently serves as club foundation chair. He coordinates and leads the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) program, including the candidate interview process. Hildreth is also serving as club sponsor/coordinator for the club’s inaugural Interact Club at Morgan County High School. He is a graduate of the Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI), including discussion leader training. Hildreth is a Paul Harris Fellow as well as a Rotary foundation sustaining member. He is also a Will Watt Fellow and has served as a host family for the GRSP program.
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Todd Freesemann
District Governor | D6920 | 2024-25
Todd Freesemann graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and continued with a thirty year military career that spanned both Army and Air Force service. He retired as an Air Force Colonel in 2013, and currently serves in law enforcement as Commander, Chatham County Sheriff’s Office. Todd joined the Rotary Club of West Chatham –Pooler in 2004, serving as its President in 2008-2009 and as an Assistant Governor under six different District Governors. He is an avid supporter of the Rotary Foundation, and is a Paul Harris Fellow +8, Paul Harris Society Member, and a Major Donor. Todd is a GRSP Trustee, a Will Watt Fellow, and has welcomed many GRSP students to Savannah, serving as a Host family to one and a local “second parent” to many others. He has also been actively engaged in the Group Study Exchange and Friendship Exchange, including spending a month in 2016 in Rotary District 1800, Germany, later welcoming their delegation in their visit to Georgia. Todd was born and raised in South Dakota, leaving for college. His subsequent military career took him all over the world, including Korea, Honduras, Turkey, Germany, Iraq, and Israel. Todd and his wife Penny reside in Savannah, Georgia. They have a grown daughter, Katherine, a graduate of Georgia Tech.
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Mary Ligon
Learning Facilitator | D6900
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Don Martin
Learning Facilitator | D6910
Don Martin joined the Rotary Club of Jasper in January of 2007 and served as President for the 2011-2012 Rotary Year. At the District Level, Don served on the Technology Team from 2012 to 2017 and as the AV Chair from 2013-2017. He served on the Board of Directors from 2014-2016 and as the Assistant Governor for Area 16 from 2016 -2018. Don has been a Rotary Leadership Institute Discussion Leader since 2011, served as the District Faculty Chair, and then District Director in 2017-18. Don served as District Governor for 6910 in 2019-2020. Since his term as DG, Don has served as Webmaster for Peach State PETS since 2020 and as the initial Online Technology Chair for the RLI Sunshine Division. He is currently serving as the 6910 District Trainer in 2022-2023 and as the 6910 representative on the RLI Sunshine Board of Directors from 2022-2023. Don’s wife, Regina, is also a Rotarian, Past President of the Rotary Club of Jasper, Assistant Governor and RLI Graduate. Both Don and Regina are GRSP Will Watt Fellows, Paul Harris Fellows, Paul Harris Society Members and Major Donors of the Rotary Foundation.
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Amy Maley
Learning Facilitator | D6920
Amy H. Maley is a CFP and Vice President/Wealth Management Advisor at Merrill Lynch. She is a proud member of the Rotary Club of Downtown Macon, which she served as Club President from 2013-2014 and Assistant Governor from 2014-2017. She currently serves on the PETS Committee and as District Trainer For Felix Smith. She also served as District Trainer for Mike Muldowney in 2019-20. Amy is a Paul Harris Fellow and a Will Watt Fellow.
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Lisa Birch
Co-Learning Facilitator | D6920
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District Governor Nominee Teams

Steve Ivory
District Governor | D6900 | 2025-26
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Jessica Fleetwood
District Governor | D6910 | 2025-26
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Terry Adkins
District Governor | D6920 | 2025-26
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Stephanie Windham
Learning Facilitator | D6900
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Jennifer Hendrickson
Learning Facilitator | D6910
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Eric Nesteruk
Learning Facilitator | D6920
Erik joined Rotary immediately after retiring from the Navy in 2015. Within his club, he has led the Public Image and Administration Committees, served as the Treasurer for the last few years and served as club president for the 2019-2020 year. He now works for General Dynamics and is active in community theater and band.
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Jennifer Hibbard
Learning Facilitator | D6910
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District Governor Nominee Designate Teams

Cynthia Edwards
District Governor | D6900 | 2026-27
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Paul Matthews
District Governor | D6910 | 2026-27
Dr. Paul Matthews has been a Rotarian with the Rotary Club of the Classic City of Athens since 1997, serving as President in 2003-04. In District 6910, Paul was Assistant Governor from 2006-09, and was district chair for Group Study Exchange, International Services, Foundation Alumni, Interact, Foundation Global Grants, Global Grants Scholarships, and most recently the Foundation’s overall Grants chair. Paul also led a Group Study Exchange team to Argentina in 1999 and a Friendship Exchange with Turkey in 2005. Paul has had various faculty roles at the University of Georgia since 1994, including teaching Spanish, training teachers statewide in the College of Education, and as an administrator with UGA’s Office of Service-Learning, focusing on campus-community engagement. In addition to Rotary, both Paul and his wife Michele are long-time Scout leaders for different Boy Scout troops in the Athens area. He also plays pennywhistle with Irish music groups in Athens. He is a past Commissioner on the Georgia Commission for Service and Volunteerism, was named to the National Hall of Leadership in the Boy Scouts of America in 2010, and was presented the key to the City of Athens by then-Mayor Nancy Denson in 2018. Paul received the Cliff Dochterman Award from the International Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians and has been recognized with The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service and the Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award. Paul is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, Paul Harris Society and Bequest Society member, and Michele is a Paul Harris Fellow. They have two adult sons.
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Beverly Trainor
District Governor | D6920 | 2026-27
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Trainer, 6900
Trainer, 6910
Erik Nesteruk
Trainer, 6920
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