Plenary Speakers

We are proud to announce the following plenary speakers for the WisconZONE Leadership Conference for September 2014. These are wonderful speakers who will make your travel here worth it!

Tom Thibodeau is the Chair of the
Master’s Program in Servant Leadership at
Viterbo University, where he teaches
courses such as: Leading by Serving, Servant
Leadership, Homelessness, and Religious
Diversity. A former student, in evaluating Thibodeau said, “if he was to
teach a course in the manufacture and sale of cardboard boxes the line
to get into the class would extend down the hallway”.
A multiple Honorary Paul Harris Fellow. Tom is the founder of Place of
Grace, a Catholic worker house and free meal site that serves hundreds
of needy persons each month. A graduate of St. John’s University,
Collegeville, Minnesota he is a candidate for the Dr. of Ministry from
the consortium of seminaries at St. Paul, Minnesota.

A polio survivor, Ann Lee Hussey
is a member of the Rotary Club of
Portland Sunrise, Maine and a Past
District Governor of Rotary District
7780. She is the Chair of the Polio
Survivors Rotarian Action Group. Since 2001, when her husband
introduced Ann Lee to Rotary, she has participated in over twenty
National Immunization Days in some of the most remote, and
dangerous, parts of the world, from India to Nigeria to Chad and
Mali. In April of 2013 Ann Lee Hussey was honored in a White
House ceremony as a Champion of Change.

Dr. Stuart Robertshaw, a professor
Emeritus of Psychology and Education
at the UW-La Crosse and founder of
the National Association of the Humor
Impaired in 1990 and serves as its
President and CEO. A nationally known speaker and humorist,
Robertshaw has presented to over 700 business, healthcare and
education organizations. His research on the subject
of humor led him to conclude that “15% of Americans are humor
impaired, another 15% are at risk and it’s no laughing matter.”
Dr. Humor will guide us to a discovery of the healing powers of humor,
teach us the benefits of therapeutic laughter, will demonstrate how to
increase joy and fun in the work place

Director of the D.B. Reinhart
Institute for Ethics in Leadership,
Rick Kyte teaches philosophy at
Viterbo University in LaCrosse, Wis.
He earned a Ph.D in Philosophy
from Johns Hopkins University in 1994. Prior to coming to
Viterbo he taught at Christian Brothers University in Memphis
and at Calvin College in Grand Rapids. He is the author of the
book, An Ethical life: A Practical Guide to Ethical Reasoning.
In the preface to his book Kyte explains, “Why study ethics…the
answer is to become a better person, a better citizen, neighbor,
parent, leader, co-worker, teacher or friend.” And, to become a
better Rotarian. Kyte will challenge us to new levels of thinking as
we consider the ethics of our roles as leaders of Rotary. He’s a
member of the Rotary Club of La Crosse and a multiple
Honorary Paul Harris Fellow.

Dr. Bill McDade has been a Rotarian since
1973. He speaks about his years in Rotary
as a journey, one that began with being a
quiet member, a Rotarian that came for
the meetings, but not involved in much
more. Then he became “engaged” in Rotary and its missions. He began
to live life as a true Rotarian. He is a past District Governor of District
5340, a multiple Paul Harris Fellow and a member of the Bequest
Society. Over the last 30 years, he has taken his gift of orthopedic
surgery to hundreds in need through many trips to countries such as
Mexico and Malawi. Bill is the perfect example of the great things that
can happen when members are asked to become involved.

Fary Moini is a member of the Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle, California. Born in Iran, she graduated from Tehran University and worked as a nurse and director of nursing in Iran, the UAE and in the U.S. In 1983 she immigrated to the U.S. and became a citizen. Fary has been working with refugees in Pakistan and Afghanistan since 2002. In collaboration with fellow Rotarian Steve Brown, they raised funds to build the Rotary School of Jalalabad, providing education for thousands of boys and girls. Her efforts for children, in the furtherance of world         understanding, goodwill and peace has resulted in her being honored in a White House ceremony as a Champion of Change.