Governor Teams

District Governor and Trainer

Kirk Driskell
District Governor, district 6900

Kirk is a Georgia Native, Married to Deena since 1999, Proud Father of three ( Cambri 16, Knox 14, Kolton 11), A Serial entrepreneur an outdoor enthusiast that builds, buys, or creates companies that provide opportunities for individuals to align their passions with their purpose. Beyond his family and his faith, his true passion in life is helping men struggling with addiction. Kirk founded Vision Warriors so men could experience lasting recovery like he has since April 24, 1995. Kirk joined the Alpharetta Rotary Club, following in the footsteps of his father, Ken Driskell, who was a past president and charter member. Kirk served as his Club’s President in 2015-2016 and since has been active in the District. Kirk is honored to have been selected to serve as District 6900’s Governor in 2020-2021.

Tina Fischlin
District Governor, district 6910

Tina is member of the Rotary Club of Greene & Putnam and served as 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.
Steve Barnes
District Governor, district 6920

Steve has lived all over the World to include 4 years in Japan and 4 years in Germany where he attended High School.  Steve was selected to participate in a new program focused on all aspects of Art/Design and received an Art Scholarship.  He was active in Boy Scouts, a member of  Civil Air Patrol and the International Order of DeMolay where he served as Master Councilor of Eifel Chapter in Germany. 

After High School he enlisted in the US Air Force, graduated from a joint military Engineering School in Virginia and served active duty.

Steve joined Rotary in 1998 as a Charter Member of Valdosta Sunrise and is currently a member of the Rotary Club of Valdosta. He went on to serve 3 different terms as a Club President, serving as Assistant Governor from 2014-2019. He is active in many Club and District committees and is a Paul Harris Fellow and a Will Watt Fellow. Steve was the first AG in the District to have all his Clubs 100% Paul Harris Fellow Clubs and is working with the Nashville-Berrien Rotary Club starting a new Rotary Club.

Steve has a long history of service with civic, business and professional organizations to include Leadership Lowndes Board of Trustees, member of Moody Air Force Base Chief’s Group, American Red Cross Board of Directors (serving during Hurricane Katrina), Metro Planning Organization (CAC), Habitat for Humanity (2002-2008) and participated in the Jimmy Carter Work Project, Critical Incident Team Leader at Moody AFB, Community Partners in Education, Valdosta Sesquicentennial Planning Committee, VRC Imagination Library Committee, Military Affairs Committee, Moody AFB RAO Executive Committee, Charter Class Member of City Government 101 Program, and Red Carpet of South Georgia Board of Directors to name a few.

After serving active duty in the Air Force Steve went on to pursue a career in Art/Design and worked as an Art Director, Creative Director, Director of Corporate Communications, Marketing Director and CEO of an Ad Agency/Design Firm. His award winning work has included all aspects of print and broadcast advertising, and book illustration to name a few. In 1987 Steve got married and closed his agency and moved to Moody Air Force Base working for the Department of Defense as a Civilian. His primary focus was morale for Airmen and families and he worked as a Liaison between the base and community in coordination with the Judge Advocate General to assure compliance with Department of Defense Guidance. Steve has worked on many Air Shows and had the honor of working to support the NATO Partnership for Peace Initiative. He has served through numerous Mission Changes under Air Force Special Operations Command and Air Combat Command. Steve’s Wife passed away while serving active duty in the Air Force assigned to the 93d Air Ground Operations Wing. Their son Stevie is training to become an Air Force Pararescueman and daughter Katelynn is a Senior at Highland Christian Academy and has been attending her Dad’s Rotary meetings since she was born.
Lauri Young
Trainer, 6900

VP/Marketing at Quantum National Bank headquartered in Suwanee, GA. Prior to entering banking, career was spent in marketing/advertising for Pepsi Beverages & Foods, Cox and Turner. Undergraduate degree is in Communications with an MBA in Marketing.

Member of the Alpharetta Rotary Club since 1998., serving as president in 2002-03. Have served the Rotary district as an Assistant Governor, District Membership Chair, District PR Chair and four times as District Conference Co-Chair. Selected (with husband and fellow Rotarian Rory Young) as District 6900 Rotarian of the Year in 2006.

Rich Panyik
Trainer, 6910

Rich was born in Alton, Illinois but has lived in the Atlanta, Georgia area since 1972. He is a graduate of Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas with a B.S. in Business Administration.

Rich is a charter member of the Rotary Club of South Gwinnett and has served as Club President. He is now a member of The Rotary Club of Greene & Putnam Counties. On the District level, he has served a District 6910 Polioplus Chairman in 1987-88, District Conference Chairman in 1990-91, an Assistant Governor for 3 years and District Trainer in 1996-97. He was District Governor in 1999-2000.

Other activities include District 6910 Foundation Chair 2002-2005, District Trainer 2004-2006 and General Chair of the Zone Institute in 2006. He participated as a Training Leader at the International Assembly in San Diego in 2006 and 2007. Rich served as the Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator (RRFC) in Zone 34 for The Rotary Foundation in 2007-2010. He was Chair of the RI Leadership Development and Training Committee in 2014-2015.

Rich is a recipient of the Rotary International Service Above Self Award, The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Award. He is a Major Donor and Bequest Society Member.

His current hobbies include cycling and Native American culture. Personal accomplishments include running the Atlanta and New York Marathons and the Bike Ride Across Georgia (BRAG). His most recent accomplishment was completing the 107 mile Ride To End Polio event in Tucson, AZ.
Frank Seaton
Trainer, 6920

Frank is a Certified Public Accountant who has retired from practice as a shareholder in the firm Thigpen, Jones, Seaton and Co., PC., Dublin, Georgia. Frank joined the Dublin Rotary Club in 1981. He is Past President of the Dublin Rotary Club, served as D6920 Assistant Governor 2011-2013, District Director 2013-2014 and District Trainer 2014-2016 and 2017-2018. He will be serving as District Trainer again for 2020-2021. He is married to Debra and has two grown sons and two grandsons.

Rory Young
Trainer, 6900

More than 20 years of group insurance industry experience, currently with ERISAPros. Prior experience includes group sales executive and reinsurance broker with including MetLife, United Healthcare, Reliance National and John P. Woods. Undergraduate BA in Political Science and MBA in Marketing Management. Rotarian since 1997 and has served as Club President, Assistant Governor and four time District Conference Co-chair. Selected (with wife and fellow Rotarian Lauri Young) as District 6900 Rotarian of the Year in 2006.

District Governor Elect and Trainer

Mary Ligon
District Governor Elect, district 6900

Mary Ligon joined the Rotary Club of Dougherty County in 2002 serving in several capacities before becoming President in 2009-2010.  At the district level, Mary served as an Assistant Governor for 4 years and as AG Trainer/Coordinator, helping AGs support their clubs and the district.  In June of 2020, she will conclude 5 years as district grants chair,  2019-2020.  Mary enjoys seeing Rotarians work combined with Foundation funds impacting communities throughout the district.

Mary is committed to empowering Rotarians for service as people of action through her support of the Foundation and training. She is a Paul Harris Fellow +5 and was recognized as the District Rotarian of the Year in 2017 and with the Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service in 2018. A graduate of RLI, Mary has been perennial PETS facilitator working with incoming Presidents to plan their year.
Mike Berg
District Governor Elect, district 6910

Mike Berg is a 38 year Rotarian starting with the South Gwinnett Club and President (1992-1993) of the Snellville Club currently the Gwinnett Sunrise Club. He is a Paul Harris fellow +4, a GRSP Will Watt fellow, a benefactor, a Paul Harris Society member, an RLI graduate and currently an Area Four Assistant Governor (2017-2020).

Mike grew up in South Atlanta. He graduated from Sylvan Hills High School and was a multi-sport varsity athlete. His first job was selling vegetables to neighbors at the age of 10. During his High School years, he worked at Rich’s downtown after hours filing transcripts. He Graduated from Georgia State University with a BBA in Management, Served in the Army and retiring as a Manager with the Georgia Power Company. He now is the principal for Mike Berg and Associates, Inc.; a government and business strategic planning company. He is also CFO for Marketing Incentives, his Wife’s company that sells promotional marketing incentives.

In addition to his Rotary life, he is Vice President of the Lake Lanier Association, Vice President of Keep Dawson County Beautiful, Board Member of the Coosa N. Ga. State Water Planning Commission and Board Member of the Civic Foundation for the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia.

Mike is a former President of the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia (2013-2014), Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of Dawson County (2005-2017), District 3 Gwinnett County Commissioner (1985-1989), Institute for Georgia environmental leadership board (IGEL), Chairman of the Georgia State Public Defender Council, Board member of the State Parent Teacher Association (PTA), Founder and past Chairman of the Gwinnett United in Drug Education (GUIDE)

Mike is married to and works for his wife, Jane Berg. They have two adult children and three Grandchildren. They live on Lake Lanier in Dawson County.
Andy Lohn
District Governor Elect, district 6920

Andy joined the Rotary Club of Savannah South in February 2008.  He has served as an officer and board member of the Club and as President for 2013-2014.  Andy has served as an Assistant Governor, member of the Public Image Committee and as Chairman of the District 6920 Group Study Exchange/Friendship Exchange Committee.  In 2016 he was Team Leader for a Friendship Exchange to District 1800 in Germany.  Andy and his family have been host parents to two GRSP students.  He is a Paul Harris Fellow, Sustaining Member and Rotary Foundation Benefactor and a GRSP Will Watt Fellow.

Professionally, Andy is of Counsel to the Savannah, Georgia law firm of Meyer & Sayers, LLP. He has extensive experience in wealth management, business succession planning, asset protection planning and domestic, and international estate planning for high net worth individuals, entrepreneurs, and business owners. He has been in law practice since 1986 and has worked in the Trust & Estates group of a top Atlanta-based law firm and the Corporate Tax and Private Client Advisor Groups of Deloitte where his practice focused on Business Succession Planning for family businesses throughout the Southeast. Andy holds a B.A. from Bob Jones University, a J.D. from Georgia State University College of Law and an LL.M. in Taxation from the University Of Alabama School Of Law. Andy is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education seminars and currently hosts nationally broadcast tax webinars each year.

Andy serves as an Elder at the Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church, a volunteer firefighter with the Skidaway Division of Southside Fire and is a member of the German Friendly Society of Savannah and the German Heritage Society of Savannah. Andy and his wife, Anna-Fay, have two adult daughters.
Anthony Slaughter
Trainer, 6900

President of Engineering at Moon, Meeks, Mason & Vinson, Inc.
Degree: Bachelor of Civil Engineering 1993, Auburn University
Licensed Professional Engineer Georgia & Alabama

Moon Meeks Mason & Vinson, Inc. is a Southwest Georgia Civil Engineering and Land Surveying Firm established in Columbus Georgia in 1946. It has been our pleasure to preparedconstruction plans and surveys for numerous projects throughout the region. Our engineering services range from floodplain studies, storm water hydrology calculations and designs, street patterns, grades and profiles, storm and sanitary sewer designs, parking lots, driveways, intersections, water main extensions, and erosion control plans. Our surveying services include ALTA surveys, property boundary surveys, easement surveys, topographic surveys, legal descriptions, floodplain surveys and construction staking.

Professional Affiliations:
Life Member National Eagle Scout Association,
Alumnus of the Harris County Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Program,
Life Member Auburn Alumni Association

President of the Harris County Club 2004-2005 and miscellaneous club positions
Rotary District 6900 Assistant Governor – 2009-2012 ( 3 years)
Rotary District 6900 Service Project Chair – 2012-2014 (2 years)
Rotary District 6900 Assistant Trainer – 2014-2015
Rotary District 6900 Administration Chair – 2015-2016
Rotary District 6900 Chief of Staff/Assistant Trainer – 2016-2017
Rotary District 6900 Trainer – 2018-2019
P.E.T.S. Training Team Miscellaneous Rolls – 2010 – present

District Assistant Governor of the year
District Rotarian of the Year
Hans Meier
Trainer, 6910

Hans Meier is a member of the Rotary Club of Lainer Forsyth. He is currently on his third year as Assistant Governor in District 6910. He was AG of the Year for 2017-2018 and 2018-2019. He is a Paul Harris Fellow, Foundation Benefactor, Hue Thomas Fellow and Will Watt Fellow. His hobby is woodworking. He is chairman of a Scroll Group and Turning Group and has taught a number of different classes. He also has a number of wood working You Tubes to his credit.


Lisa Birch
Trainer, 6920

Lisa was raised in East Tennessee, went to the University of Georgia where she received her Masters in Landscape Architecture. Soon after moving to Savannah, she opened her own firm, specializing in Landscape Architectural Design and construction.

Lisa has been active in her community, having served as PTA president, school council at the elementary, middle and high school levels, The Marshes Board of Directors, President of the local chapter of Landscape Architects and President of the UGA Alumni Association. She is involved within her church, Skidaway Island United Methodist Church, currently serving as the Administrative Board Chair. She has been a member of the Rotary Club of Savannah South for over 25 years, having served as membership chair, Sargent at Arms, Treasurer, Pres. Elect and was their first female President. During her term as President they became a 100% Paul Harris club and won club of the year. She is currently serving on their speaker committee. Last spring she had the honor of being the team leader of District’s 6920 FRIENDSHIP EXCHANGE team, traveling to the Caribbean.

Lisa has been married to Chip for nearly 37 years, has two sons, one married with 2 small grandchildren and one in his Senior year at the School of Engineering at Jenkins High School.
Joanne Tolleson
Trainer, 6910

District Governor Nominee and Trainer

George Granade
District Governor Nominee, District 6900
George began his Rotary journey in August 2003 with the Rotary Club of Griffin. As a member of that club he served as president for the Rotary year 2012-2013. Before serving as president, he served on the club’s board and as chairman of several different club committees over the years. He is a Paul Harris Fellow and a Georgia Rotary Student Program Will Watt Fellow and Hue Thomas Fellow. On the district level, George served six years on the Georgia Rotary Districts Character Education Program with four of those years as secretary. George currently is an Assistant Governor and is a graduate of Rotary Leadership Institute and has completed three graduate courses.

George resides in Williamson, Ga. with his wife, Jill. They have two sons, George II and Nicholas and are grandparents to three boys. George has been employed by University of Georgia Griffin Campus as the research station superintendent for the Field Research Services unit since April 1990. He is a member and past president of the Research Center Administrators Society. He received the Distinguished Service Award in 2014 from the Research Center Administrator Society in 2014.

George received an Associate Degree from Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College (ABAC) in 1974. He transferred to the University of Georgia where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 1976 and then a Master of Science in Agronomy in 1978. After graduation, George worked for Auburn University for six years. He than moved to Parsons, KS to work for Kansas State University as Agronomist Instructor until March 1990 performing research with soybeans.

George has been active in the community by serving on the Griffin Youth Soccer Association as a board member and president as well as a coach and referee. He served as board member and president of the Griffin High School Soccer Booster Club. He is a 1995 graduate of Leadership Griffin-Spalding County. He served as an assistant scout master for Troop 1. He served on the Pike County Planning Commission. George and Jill are members of the First Methodist Church of Griffin. As an alumnus of ABAC, he has served on the alumni board and as president.
Meet George
Gerry Taylor
District Governor Nominee, District 6910
Gerry Taylor is a retired Vice President of Resource Development, United Way of Northeast Georgia. He has served United Ways for over 30 years beginning in Lexington, KY as Assistant Campaign Director, and then moving to Racine Wisconsin as Campaign Director before relocating to Birmingham Alabama as Senior Vice President of Resource Development. He began his position with United Way of Northeast Georgia in January of 2007. Prior to his career with United Way, he spent over eight years in sales and sales management, primarily with office product companies. He is an alumnus of the University of Minnesota and has completed various campaign and management courses from the National Academy of Volunteerism at United Way of America, including the 4 year Management Course.

Gerry was responsible for United Way of Northeast Georgia’s Annual Campaign and the Planned Giving program. During his United Way career, he has been responsible for raising more than ¼ billion dollars in annual campaigns and over 15 million in Planned Giving assets.

Gerry decided to become a United Way professional to help improve the quality of life for others after experiencing assistance in his young life from a couple of United Way agencies that taught him lifelong lessons and provided him opportunities to succeed.

He is a Past President of the Classic City Rotary Club in Athens Georgia, Past Assistant Governor of District 6910, current District 6910 Training Vice Chair, current District 6910 Awards and Recognition Chair, a member of the District 6910 Conference Committee, past District 6910 Board Member, DGND of Rotary District 6910, Past President of Sales and Marketing Executives of the Birmingham Alabama Chapter and the Past President and founder of Professional Sales Association of Birmingham. He has spent many years coaching youth baseball.

Gerry serves his church-Watkinsville First United Methodist as an Usher, a member of the Nominations Committee and a Collections Processor.

Gerry is married to Lisa Landers Taylor, a retired special education teacher. They have two sons, Christopher (daughter in law Ashley) and Ryan.

His favorite pastimes are outdoor sports, model railroading and spending time with his family, including his Black Labrador Retriever, Hannah.
Meet Gerry
Ed Presnell
District Governor Nominee, District 6920
DGEd Presnell has been a member of The Rotary Club of Augusta since January 13, 2003. He served as the 2017-18 President, is a multiple PHF (+4), and a member of the Paul Harris Bequest Society. He is currently serving as a Trustee for the Georgia Rotary Student Program (GRSP).

Ed has been a Regional Business Executive for Peach State Federal Credit Union since June 18, 2018. He is responsible for business development and MSA market presence in the Augusta, Georgia and Aiken, South Carolina areas. He has been an executive within the credit union industry since 2005, having served as Vice President/Chief Administrative Officer with his previous credit union.

Prior to joining the credit union industry, Ed was the President/CEO with the Augusta Chamber of Commerce for 3 years. That role was preceded by 15 years in the telecommunications industry in the Augusta area, including positions as General Manager with CellularOne of Augusta Regional Vice President with KMC Telecom.

A native of Asheboro, NC, he graduated from Clemson University in 1971 with a B.A. in Economics. As a community servant, including his proudest role as President of the Rotary Club of Augusta, he has held eighteen (18) Chairman/President roles in various civic organizations in Augusta. Among these organizations are The Augusta Sports Council, The Imperial Theatre, The Ronald McDonald House of Augusta, and The Augusta Clemson Club. From 2000-2003, Ed was a member of the Clemson University Board of Visitors.

Among his honors, in 2003 he was an Inaugural Laureate in the Junior Achievement CSRA Business Hall of Fame. He was the recipient of the 17th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 2014 Unity Award from the Alpha Phi Alpha, Augusta Chapter. Receiving his highest professional honor, he was inducted into the African American Credit Union Coalition Hall of Fame (AACUC) on August 7, 2019.

He is married to Deb, and has two daughters, and four grandchildren. An avid golfer, Ed’s hobbies include baseball, football, U.S. history, WWII (his father’s journey), travel, and essentially anything sports related! He is a member of Trinity-on-the-Hill UMC in Augusta (since 1977). He is also a member of Palmetto Golf Club and The Pinnacle Club.
Meet Ed
Margie Kersey
Trainer, District 6900
Margie was born in Flint, Michigan but moved with her family to Southern California when her Father was offered a position in the aircraft industry rather than staying in the auto industry. She grew up in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles and attended school with what are now known as “celebrities” but to me and my sisters, they were just kids whose parents worked in the entertainment field.

Margie has been active serving at the District level, where she served as District Governor in 2011-12 and as the District Rotary Foundation Chair from 2016-2019. Margie has served as District Trainer for two Governors and as the representative to the Council on Legislation 2016-2019. Outside of the district, Margie served as President of The CART Fund (Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust) 2015-17. She is a graduate of Rotary Leadership Institute and serves as a Discussion Leader and is the past Curriculum Director. She is honored to serve as the Chairman of RLI Sunshine Division for 2019-2021.

Margie is self-employed with her husband, Ron Kersey, as financial and estate planners. They specialize in working with owners of timberland. Prior to heading out on her own, she spent 20 years in retail including 10 at Toys R Us as an operations Director. Training was a big part of her job and soon after leaving Toys, she went to work with Dale Carnegie Training traveling most of South Georgia. She has also worked as a trainer for the Calvin Center in Hampton, GA providing leadership and teamwork challenges in an “Outward Bound” type program.

Ron and Margie live in Lawrenceville, Georgia where they attend wine tastings whenever they can.
Meet Margie
Don Martin
Trainer, District 6910
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 is a Rotary Leadership Institute Discussion Leader and has served as the Faculty Chair and District Director.

Don is a native of Memphis, TN and holds degrees from the University of Memphis, Georgia State and Mercer. Don is currently an Associate Broker specializing in residential real estate with 515 Life Real Estate Company, LLC. Don served 28 years of Active & Reserve duty with the United States Army before retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1998. His terminal assignment was as the Chief of the Transportation and Services Division, G-4, Headquarters, United States Army Reserve Command at Fort McPherson. Following his retirement, Don was a Project Manager for the Anteon Corporation until 2006. Don is a longtime member of the National Defense Transportation Association, serving as President of the Atlanta Chapter, State Vice President and Southeastern Vice President. Don is a life member of the Reserve Officer’s Association and the Military Order of World Wars.

In the Jasper area, Don served on the Board of Directors for the Pickens County Chamber and Chair of the Business Council. Don is a past President of the Pickens County Board of Realtors and has served on several local charity Boards including the Hope House, The Tater Patch Players, Jasper Muse, the Jasper Community Action Team of the FERST Foundation and the Bent Tree Foundation.

Don’s wife, Regina, is a retired educator and, seemingly, a full-time long arm quilter. Regina is also a Rotarian and a Past President of the Rotary Club of Jasper. Both Don and Regina are GRSP Will Watt Fellows as well as Paul Harris Fellows, Paul Harris Society Members and Major Donors of the Rotary Foundation.

Don and Regina are both Elders and Choir Members at the Fellowship Presbyterian Church, which is where they first met in 1994. When time permits, they love antiquing, wine tastings, travelling in their motorhome and, of course, all things Rotary.
Meet Don
Trainer, District 6920

District Governor Nominee Designate and Trainer