Marge Cole | Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator | Email
Marge Cole is a native Californian who grew up in Pomona. She graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara and earned a Masters at Syracuse University. She returned to California to teach high school and served as a high school Principal and Director of Student Services before retiring in 2004. She joined the Santee/Lakeside Rotary Club in 1996 and was Club President of the Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club in 2002-03. She later joined the Rotary Club of Mission Valley Sunset in San Diego (District 5340)
At the District level she has held the following positions:
- GSE Team Leader & Chair–2002-03
- District Rotary Foundation Chair–2004-07
- District Governor–2009-10
- Ambassadorial Scholar Sponsor –2010-11
- Council on Legislation Representative –2013
- District Youth Service Chair 2012–15
- District Grants Chair for Rotary Foundation Future Vision Pilot District 2010-13
- District Grants Subcommittee Chair for District Rotary Foundation Committee 2013—16
- Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Trainer 2015—current
- Strategic Planning/Visioning Facilitator 2012–current
- Zone Experience:
- Chair of the Southern California/Nevada PETS in 2011
- PETS Committee Education Chair 2012—2015
- PETS Education Committee Member 2015—current
- PETS Facilitator and Instructor 2015—2016
- Zone Institute Positions: Program Committee 2012
- Services Division Manager 2013
- Special Invited Guest Instructor—2014
- Marketing Division Manager—2015
- Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator—2016-19
Pam Russell | Endowment/Major Gifts Adviser | Email
Pam Russell joined the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club in San Diego, California, USA in 1998.In her club, she has served in many capacities including Club President in 2003-2004.Today she continues as the club’s Foundation Treasurer.She was District 5340 Governor in 2008-2009 and was District Rotary Foundation Chair under the Future Vision Pilot Program (2010-13).
Pam has served as a trainer for presidents-elect, district foundation chairs, governors-nominee and governors-elect in zones across the United States. The Rotary Foundation asked her to serve as a Future Vision Trainer for International Assembly (2012, 2013) and for Zones 21B/27 and 25/26 Institutes (2012-13).She was the Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator (2013-16)and is the Endowment/Major Gifts Adviser in Zone 26 (2017-2020).
Pam is a member of the TRF Programs Committee (2015-2018) and the Water & Sanitation Major Gifts Initiative Committee (2016-2019).
Besides training and Rotary Foundation activities, Pam has been deeply involved in multiple Zone and International Institutes and has represented the Rotary International President at multiple District Conferences.Recently she completed two Vocational Training Team Global Grants (Uganda and Central Asia) and served as the team leader. She received The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service.
Outside of Rotary, Pam was a University Regent and member of the Alumni Board of Pacific Lutheran University.
Pam and her husband Alan are Major Donors and members of the Bequest Society. They became charter members of the Paul Harris Society in 1999 and have retained their membership continuously ever since.
Randy Brooks| Assistant Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator for Districts 5500, 5495, 5300 | Email
Randy Brooks is a Past District Governor (2012-13) in District 5500; a past president and member of the Rotary Club of Marana, AZ. He has served as the Rotary Regional Assistant Coordinator for Zone 26 (2014-15); Chair of the Arizona Tri-District PETS committee (2016); District Vice Governor (2015-16) and will be the Vice Governor (2017-18). He has been active in youth activities in his district; he and his wife have hosted six Youth Exchange students in their home. He has served on all the executive committees for the district and has been president of the Rotary District 5500 Foundation (2016). He is a board member of The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona, a foundation that funds scholarships for working poor at trade schools.
Randy is on the Board of Directors for the newly named Southwest PETS in California, and is the Rotary Regional Foundation Assistant Coordinator with Rotary Zone 26, 2017-2020. He has attended a Rotary Peace Conference in Paris, and Rotary Day at the United Nations; as well as Zone Institutes and Rotary conventions. He has worked on Rotary Foundation projects in Brazil, Peru, and several African Countries. He is a facilitator and graduate on the Rotary Leadership Institute. He also is a graduate of the Arizona Rotary Leadership Academy and a facilitator with the “Visioning” process.
Randy and his wife are Major Donors, Paul Harris Society and Bequest Society members. He led a team of non-Rotarians on a Group Study Exchange (GSE) team to South Africa. Randy is Vice President and member of the International Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation (1997-2017).
Miles Petroff | Assistant Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator for Districts 5340, 5330, 5320, 5280 | Email
Miles Petroff joined the Rotary club of Rancho del Chino in Chino, California in 1999. He served as club president in 2003-2004. Following that, he served many roles in District 5300 and was District Governor 2013-2014. Most recently, he served in 2014-15 as the Chair for Budget and Finance. He currently is an Assistant Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator for Zone 26 as well as the Support Services Chair for Southern California Nevada PETS.
During his year as District Governor, he has raised over $517,000 for Polio and the district was #1 in Zone 26 for Total Contributions to The Rotary Foundation.
Retired from Verizon after 33 years, Miles still enjoys working for H&R Block as a senior tax advisor. During his tenure at Verizon and H&R Block he has also served as a Planning Commissioner for the City of Chino for 10 years and a Board Director for the Boys Republic in Chino Hills since 2013.
Miles is a native Californian born in the city of Los Angles. He met his wife Teresa at the age of 17 and has been married for 36 years. They have one daughter Sara. Miles and Teresa have resided in Chino for the last 28 years.
Miles is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow and his wife Teresa is a Paul Harris Fellow. He is also a member of the Bequest Society.
Joe Grebmeier | Assistant Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator for Districts 5240, 5220, 5170, 5000 | Email
Joe was the President of the Greenfield Rotary Club, in 2004-2005, during our Rotary Centennial Year. His club had the honor of Rotary International President Glenn Estes Sr. and District Governor Gloria Clinton participated in the dedication of Rotary Centennial Park in Greenfield. The Greenfield Rotary Club was also recognized during Joe’s year as President for an increase in membership and 100% membership retention.
Joe has held the positions of District Historian, Area Representative, and Assistant Governor for the southern Salinas Valley for seven years. He has attended four International Conventions, five Zone Institutes, and many District Conferences; in addition to chairing the 4-Way Test contest, and working with District Nomination Committee, District Finance Chair, Communications Chair, Major Gifts Chair, Foundation, Youth Exchange, Membership and Resolutions Committees. He has helped with special assignments at many conferences and has worked with his local clubs to implement the DaCdb, Facebook and Twitter accounts, Rotary Leadership Institute trainer and RI President Representative.
Joe also chaired two Foundation Events, raising a total $6.5 million for the Rotary Foundation.
Joe is a member of the Benefactor, Paul Harris Society, White Hat Society, Bequest Society, Major Donor, and Arch Klumph Society for the Rotary Foundation.
Ernie Montagne | End Polio Now Coordinator | Email
Ernie served as District Governor for District 5500 (Southern Arizona) in 2010-11. He served as Future Vision Transition Coordinator for the district in 2011 to 2013 and as District Rotary Foundation Committee Chair for 2013-16. He is currently Chair of the Fundraising Subcommittee on the DRFC, overseeing efforts to promote giving to the Annual Fund and Endowment Fund. He received The Citation for Meritorious Service in 2011. He will serve as 2017-18 End Polio Now Coordinator for Zone 26.
As a member of the Rotary team, Ernie participates in the annual Ride to End Polio / El Tour de Tucson, cycling distances up to 104 miles and helping to raise millions of dollars for PolioPlus. Ernie and his wife Sally participated in a Polio National Immunization Day in West Africa in 2005. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Tucson Sunrise.
Enthusiastic supporters of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, Ernie and Sally are members of the Arch Klumph Society, Bequest Society Members, multiple Paul Harris Fellows, and members of the Paul Harris Society.
Ernie and Sally developed many Rotary projects in West Africa. These projects have provided clean water, sanitation, health care, education support, and income generation for thousands of needy people in 50 communities in Togo and Niger. Aside from matching grants provided by The Rotary Foundation, these projects received support from 88 clubs and 12 Rotary Districts in 7 countries, as well as over 500 individual Rotarians.
Ernie served in the US Army from 1959 to 1981, serving in Germany, Greenland, Vietnam, and Korea, as well as numerous posts in the United States. He subsequently retired from a second career as a defense analyst responsible for test and evaluation of military weapon systems.
Sally, a member of the Rotary Club of Tucson, is also a Past District Governor (2014-15) and is a recipient of Rotary’s highest award, the Service Above Self Award. She is currently Global Grants Chair for D5500 and served as Grants Chair for several years. She is a retired criminal defense attorney, having practiced for many years with the Public Defender Service in Washington, DC.
Beth Garrow | Major Gift Officer | Email
Beth is The Rotary Foundation’s Major Gift Officer for Zone 26. She joined TRF in June 2016 and brings 24 years of major gift experience to her role, having worked in K-12 and higher education as well as healthcare. Beth is delighted to be working again with Rotarians, having been an active member of both the Hawthorne, CA and Joliet, IL Rotary Clubs and is a current member of D5340’s Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club.
Her development career began when she moved to Illinois from Southern California in 1994, serving College of DuPage as Campaign and Major Gifts Officer, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science as Director of Development and Alumni Affairs, and Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center as Vice President of its foundation and volunteer services. Before joining TRF, Beth was the Philanthropic Partnerships Director for MIND Research Institute in Irvine, CA. Prior to 1994, her career included eight years in community redevelopment for the City of Hawthorne, California.
Beth is a Certified Fund Raising Executive who has a successful track record of helping donors realize their charitable goals. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. She enjoys volunteer service and currently serves on the Sociology Board of Visitors for UW Madison. Beth and her husband Tom have two children, a granddaughter, and a big dog, Jack. Beth supports Zone 26 out of her home base in Carlsbad, CA.
Steven Solomon | Annual Giving Officer | Email
Steven Solomon is the Senior Annual Giving Officer for Zones 25 & 26 with The Rotary Foundation based at the world headquarters of Rotary International. Steven is privileged to be an advocate for donors and empower Rotarians in 22 Rotary districts in the western region of North America to raise money for The Rotary Foundation. He enables donors by educating and inspiring them through sharing resources, giving presentations and conducting trainings. He was an Interact Club member and a Rotary Scholar in South Africa. Steven is an honorary Rotarian with two Rotary clubs. He earned a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management with a concentration in Fundraising Management from Spertus College in Chicago, a Certificate in Fund Raising Management through the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and was awarded the Association of Fundraising Professionals Chamberlain Scholarship. Steven is committed and honored to help raise funds for The Rotary Foundation so Rotarians can better their communities, wherever they may be!
Mitch Ashley | Planned Giving Officer | Email
Mitch Ashley is a San Francisco Bay Area native currently living in Alameda. Currently The Rotary Foundation’s only regionally-based Planned Giving Officer, he is responsible for the cultivation and administration of life income and estate gifts from Zones 25 and 26.
His 15 years of professional and volunteer planned giving experience include Consulting with the California State Parks Foundation, five years as Gift Planning Manager with Hospice of the East Bay, five years with the San Francisco Symphony, and three years with The Trust for Public Land. He is also on the Board of the Northern California Planned Giving Council.
Mitch has a Certified Specialist in Planned Giving designation from Cal-State, Long Beach, and certificates in Nonprofit Management and Social Media Marketing from Cal-State, East Bay. He studied classical singing at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, earning Bachelor, and Master of Music degrees. He has sung with many local performing-arts organizations, and served as section leader in a number of church choirs in the Bay Area. In his personal time, Mitch enjoys riding his bicycle in the Bay Area hills, tending a small garden, and cooking and eating delicious food.