District Governors Elect

Our 20/21 class of District Governors Elect are:

  • 7600: Judy Cocherell
  • 7610″ Harry Henderson
  • 7620: Jimmie Gorski
  • 7630: Stephen Capelli

Their photos and bios are below.

Judy Cocherell, DGE District 7600

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Judy is a member of Rotary Club of Cape Henry (Virginia Beach VA).  She joined the Rotary Club of Cape Henry in 1994. She served the club as  president in 2004-2005 as well as 2015-2016. She served as Area Governor both in 2005-2007 and from 2016-2018. She has been Cape Henry Social Chairman for 20 years.

Judy has been involved in District events for many years. She served as District Conference Co-Chair in 2008 and as 2018 Conference Chair. She was the 2010 District Assembly Chair. She has participated in two District Friendship Exchanges both to England (2008) and to Germany (2011). She is a Paul Harris Fellow Plus 8 and a Major Donor. She has received the Rotary International Avenues of Service Award in 2006. She was Cape Henry Rotarian of the Year in 2000 and 2011.

Judy was born in Portsmouth, Virginia and moved to Birmingham, Alabama for high school and college. She attended Auburn University where she graduated with honor. She taught school for a number of years in the elementary school and received a MA in Elementary Education in Reading from University of Alabama in Birmingham. She was both a Title 1 Reading Teacher and a Reading Resource Teacher.

She spent the next 7 years in Pharmaceutical Sales calling on Physicians and Hospitals in the Tidewater Area. Her parents owned a Real Estate Company so she decided to use her sales abilities in Real Estate. Judy has been in the Real Estate Industry over 30 years both as a Broker Associate and as a Managing Broker. In 1992 she received an Executive MBA from William and Mary College where she became a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honorary. She is presently an Associate Broker for Howard Hanna William E. Wood in Virginia Beach.

Judy has served three terms as a Director of the Hampton Roads Realtor Association, one year as Director of Virginia Association of Realtors, and four years on the Sales Manager’s Advisory Board for the MLS, including two as the Chair. She is a Past Member of the Bays Edge Condominium Board and served as Vice President. She is a Past Board Member of the William and Mary Southside Alumni Association.

Judy has two grown daughters (who are both Paul Harris Fellows), and two grandchildren. She enjoys reading, traveling, cooking, and spending time with her family and her Bichon, Louis Vuitton. She enjoys Rotary activities and is active in a local book club.

Harry Henderson, DGE District 7610

 Harry is a member of the Rotary Club of Bailey’s Crossroads (VA.). He has been a Rotarian since 2010. He was asked to join the Bailey’s Crossroads Club by a friend, Juanita Ballenger, who thought that he would be a good fit. He has served the club as President (2014-2015), Vice President (2013-2014), Vocational Service Director (2012-2013), Sargent at Arms (2011-2012), and Public Relations Chair (2010-2011). For the past three years, he has served as a Member of the Club’s nominating committee identifying emerging leaders within the club.

During his term as President of his Club, Harry established a vibrant and innovative path for Club Membership growth. In total, Bailey’s Crossroads Rotary Club grew by more than 20 members during his term and received more than 18 club and individual awards that year. Currently, nearly half of the current Club Board is made up Rotarians from that class. For his efforts, Harry was given the District 7610 Club Builder Award. Read full bio >

Jimmie Gorski, DGE District 7620

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Jimmie is a member of Rotary Club of Upper Marlboro MD.

For 20 years, Jimmie has been a member of the Rotary Club of Upper Marlboro, MD, where she has held numerous leadership positions.  As club president in 2004-2005, she received the Donal Lee Chamberlin Award for Outstanding President in District 7620, and her club received the District 7620 Centennial Award for Best Small Club.

Jimmie has been an Area Governor in four areas and also served as both The Rotary Foundation Scholarship Chair and programs coordinator for the Rotary Leadership Institute in District 7620. Her special interest in programs for youth and young professionals led her to serve on the District 7620 RYLA Committee from 2014-2017 and to act as facilitator for youth programs.

Jimmie has been a professional in the field of secondary and higher education for over 30 years with expertise in such areas as curriculum development and language acquisition and development. She also worked extensively in the area of standardized testing and supervised university master’s degree candidates before moving fulltime into educational administration to direct departments in institutional development and financial support.

Born in Winston-Salem NC, Jimmie grew up with her family in the Moravian community of Salem.. She began her affiliation with Duke University during a joint federally and privately funded pilot program that became the Governor’s School. After earning her undergraduate degree, she was awarded graduate degrees at the University of North Carolina and the University of Maryland before completing post-doctoral studies at three universities. 

For over 30 years, Jimmie and husband Sigmund lived in Huntingtown MD, where they enjoyed the serenity of rural Calvert County while remaining close to the cultural opportunities of metropolitan areas. In nearby Prince Frederick, they achieved a long-time dream of establishing a space museum and science center where they shared their passion for the study of space exploration with those in their community. 

Jimmie and her late husband have one son, Albert (Al), who lives in Durham NC, where he recently completed a PhD in computer science with a specialty in systems security. The members of the Gorski family have been long-time members of Jesus the Divine Word Church in Huntingtown, where Jimmie currently serves on the Parish Council..

Stephen Capelli, DGE District 7630

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Stephen is a member of Rotary Club of Salisbury MD.

Stephen L. Capelli (Steve) is a native of Pleasantville NJ and a graduate of the College of New Jersey, formerly Trenton State College. He earned both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degree at Trenton State College during the 1960s. He earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Missouri in 1973. Steve spent 51 years as an educator and administrator, starting as a high school technology teacher and assistant football coach in Trenton NJ. He served as an instructor at the University of Missouri-Columbia and as a Dean at Missouri Western State College, now Missouri Western State University. He was the chief academic officer at Wor-Wic Tech Community College, now Wor-Wic Community College starting in 1984. He retired in 2017, after 51 years of service, 33 at Wor-Wic Community College, as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. He was granted Emeritus status upon his retirement.

Steve has been a dedicated community servant over the years. He has been an active Rotarian for more than 43 years in Missouri and Maryland. He served as President of the Rotary Club of St. Joseph-East (MO) in 1978-79 and President of the Rotary Club of Salisbury in 2000-2001. Capelli served as Rotary District 603 Secretary-Treasurer in 1982-83 and was a Show Me Rotary Planning Council member from 1982 to 1984. He has served as President of the Rotary Club of Salisbury Foundation and was elected to the board of Directors for the Salisbury Rotary Club on numerous occasions. Steve was selected as the District 7630 District Governor Nominee Designate for 2020-21 in early 2018.

Steve has also served his community on numerous boards including the Mid-Delmarva Family YMCA, serving as President in 1993 & 1994, the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore and the Wicomico County Career Technology Education Advisory Committee. He also was a Little League manager and football coach in youth sports.

 

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