OUR CURRENT AND UPCOMING DISTRICT GOVERNORS

Kam Chandan, Rotary 7680 District Governor 2022-2023

Rotary Club of Lake Norman-Huntersville

Kam was inspired to join Rotary by his father-in-law PDG Pratap Gokuldas, PDG Tom Overbaugh and PRID Bill Cadawallader. Kam was a member of Rotary Club of New York in 2001. In 2013, he was reinvigorated to join the Rotary Club of Lake Norman-Huntersville.  Since then he has been an active and engaged member of the club.

Kam received his bachelors in Computer Engineering from Pune Institute of Computer Technology, Pune. He earned his master’s degree in computer science and business minor in entrepreneurship from University of Southern California, Los Angeles. 

Kam served as the Club President in 2016-17. That year, the club was awarded Best Small Club Award of Excellence, International Service Award and Club of Distinction in District 7680. Kam is a Major Donor, Benefactor and an RLI graduate. He is a recipient of the Club’s Distinguished Rotarian Award and Most Engaged New Member Award.

He is a passionate Rotarian involved in service projects and grants benefiting our community, both locally and globally. He has participated in district grants and global grants leveraging the Rotary Foundation.

Kam was a speaker at Zone 33/34, Rotaract Turns 50 and several Rotary clubs.

At the District level, Kam completed his third year in 2019-2020 serving as Assistant Governor for 4 clubs in the North Mecklenburg area. He had the opportunity to lead the first inbound and outbound Friendship Exchange program for District 7680 with District 3201.  Kam served as chair for the District Foundation Banquet, Rotary Global Swimarathon and Ambassador for World’s Greatest Meal (WGM) to End Polio Now. He has served as a mentor and facilitator for Seminar for Tomorrow’s Leaders (SFTL) and mentor for NewGen Peacebuilders. Kam’s family had the privilege of hosting four youth exchange students and building lifelong memories.

Kam is an entrepreneur and technology geek. He founded three startups – Chandan Computers, Media Touch and DLoop. After his graduate studies, he pursued his career as technology practitioner in Investment Banking and Capital Markets at Goldman Sachs in New York and Wachovia/Wells Fargo in North Carolina. He worked as an innovative technology executive at Ally Financial, a leading digital financial services company. Currently, he is working as Principal Product Manager at a SaaS startup – Blueshift.

Kam is inspired to serve with Rotarians around the globe and do good in the world.

Debra (Debb) Corbett, Rotary 7680 District Governor 2023-2024 

Rotary Club of Mecklenburg County-South

Debra (Debb) Corbett was born in Pasadena, TX on August 14, 1969. She attended Texas A&M University where she earned her BS degree in Psychology followed by an MS in Counseling from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.  Debb married her high school sweetheart, Bailey Corbett, in 1992 and they have three adult sons, Bailey, Kendon, and Chase. She and her family moved to the Charlotte area in 1999 and made North Carolina their home.

Debb is a second generation Rotarian following in the footsteps of her father. She began her Rotary journey in 2004 as a member of the Union West Rotary Club where she served as club president from 2007-2008 earning the award and honors of top small club in the district under her presidential tenure. She later joined the Mecklenburg County-South Rotary club in 2009.  She received the award of Distinguished Rotarian in both Union West and Mecklenburg County-South Rotary Clubs. She is a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow, Paul Harris Society Member, Benefactor, and RLI graduate. In 2012, Debb joined the inaugural group of District 7680 Mt. Kilimanjaro climbers raising awareness and funds for ending polio worldwide. Debb actively supported the Youth Exchange Program serving as a counselor for students and hosting YE students.

On the district level, Debb served as District Membership Chair, District Secretary, District Conference Co-Chair, District Governor Aide, and RYLA/SFTL Chair. Debb was recognized with awards for outstanding leadership in district membership in 2009 and youth services in 2016. Her primary focus, a role she began in 2010, is with the Rotary District 7680 RYLA initiative, Seminar For Tomorrow’s Leaders (SFTL), where she serves as chair and lead facilitator. Debb sees the future of Rotary growing through the seeds of youth services and Rotaract.

Currently, Debb is a leadership development consultant and mental health professional. She is a Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator helping organizations and teams achieve their leadership growth goals. Additionally, she works as an adjunct trainer with the Center for Creative Leadership. Prior to expanding her career into leadership training, Debb spent several years working as a professional mental health counselor in private practice.

Debb enjoys traveling, hiking, fine wine, spending time at their beach house, cheering for her favorite baseball player (aka, youngest son), and singing. Fun fact, Debb sang with a cover band for two years. She is a lifetime member of the Rotarian Wine Appreciation Fellowship.

 

Kevin Kendrick, Rotary 7680 District Governor 2024-2025

Rotary Club of Charlotte Dilworth Southend

Kevin Kendrick was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1956, the son of working-class parents and the fifth of five children. The value of education was instilled early on and Kevin, always a voracious reader, was reading on his own by the age of three.

After graduating from college in 1978, Kevin began a career in law enforcement starting with the Wayne State University Police Department, the Detroit Police Department and culminating with 25 years in the Federal Bureau of Investigation. His last assignment was as the Special Agent in Charge of the Charlotte Division of the FBI where he spent two years and developed a love for North Carolina. He and his wife, Jenny, relocated to Midland, Michigan when he was hired to become the Vice President of Global Security for the Dow Corning Corporation, a position he held for eleven years.

Kevin joined Rotary in 2007 because of being asked by a co-worker at Dow Corning. He joined the Board of Directors at the Midland Noon Rotary Club in 2011 and began his formal journey in learning about Rotary’s capabilities. He served as President of the Midland Rotary Club for 18 months beginning in 2015. Always a fan of collaboration, he Initiated a partnership with other service clubs to raise almost 100,000 diapers for a non-profit providing diapers to about 20-day care providers for working parents and senior centers. While President, he also initiated a “Pies for Polio” partnership campaign with a local restaurant specializing in pies, that resulted in a tradition for the club that continues to this day. During his time in the Midland Club, Kevin, and his wife Jenny, hosted three Rotary Youth Exchange students and participated with a dozen others in various outings.

In addition to Rotary, Kevin was involved in several community organizations and initiatives, aimed at improving outcomes for citizens and the community. This included being a member of the Midland Area Community Foundation’s Cultural Awareness Committee where he helped to organize cultural events for the city of Midland; participating as a Board Member of The Legacy Center for Community Success of Midland for seven years, focusing on literacy services and youth development; being a co-founder of the an organization called “The Big Give”, a group of 125 men supporting various non-profits in the community three times each year. Since inception, this group has contributed more than $300,000 to deserving organizations. Kevin served as a Trustee with the Midland Area Community Foundation, working on its Cultural Awareness Committee promoting diversity and serving on the Grants Committee. Kevin was recognized for his service on multiple occasions including being named the 2015 United Way “Heart of the Community” recipient for volunteerism as well as two Martin Luther King awards in 2016 for outstanding community service by both Saginaw Valley State University and Northwood University.

After retiring for good in 2017, Kevin and Jenny relocated to Charlotte and after visiting several clubs, elected to join the Charlotte Dilworth South End Rotary Club. Since joining the Club, Kevin served as President from 2019-2020 and has been involved with the Board in numerous capacities. A huge proponent of service, Kevin organized numerous food packing events and other volunteer opportunities in safe conditions during COVID.

On a District level, Kevin began serving as the Paul Harris Society Coordinator in 2019 and increased membership from 99 to 151. He also continues to serve on the District Grants Committee where he began in 2019. In addition, he served as PDG Nico Iannelli’s Chief of Staff and Assistant Governor for Area 8.

Kevin is a Paul Harris Fellow +8, a member of the Paul Harris Society, a Level 3 Bequest Society member and a Major Donor. His wife Jenny is also a member of the Charlotte Dilworth South End Rotary Club and will be serving as Club President in 2022-2023. Together, Kevin and Jenny have two adult children and five beautiful grandchildren. Outside of Rotary, Kevin serves on the Board of Pineville Neighbors Place, a crisis assistance organization for the town of Pineville and he is also a member of the Mecklenburg County COVID Renewal Task Force. In their spare time, Kevin and Jenny enjoy rescuing animals of every kind and looking for new opportunities to serve.