Board Members 2018-2019
Anna Folz, President
After living in Central and South America for several years, Anna moved to the Big Apple to continue her work in the area of Public/Preventive Healthcare. After helping to develop and implement preventive health care programs for communities in Brooklyn, she decided to go back to school to get her RN and NP degrees. Anna is now in school at NYU. While in college, Anna founded The Impulso Project, an organization focused on the construction and distribution of fuel-efficient stoves as well as health education programs, which she initiated and implemented in both Guatemala and Peru. Anna first became involved with Rotary while in college, where she worked with a Rotary Club that was sponsoring the distribution of solar ovens in Nicaragua. She is well aware of all the positive and sustainable project development work done by Rotary.
Upon moving to NYC, she was introduced to the Rotaract Club at the United Nations by a friend. Since then, Rotaract has become an important part of her life. Rotaract has enabled her to meet and work with people who are making positive changes in NY communities and abroad. If you can’t find Anna at a Rotary event, you might find her sprinting down the rugby pitch, enjoying any type of water sport/activity, or eating ice cream quickly before it melts.
Katarina Mejean, Vice President
Katarina was born and raised in New York City and is currently working at Saks Fifth Avenue as an Assistant Buyer for Fine Jewelry. She graduated from the University of Delaware in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. Being a creative and business minded individual, Katarina graduated with a major in Fashion Merchandising and double minors in Business Administration and Fine Arts.
Being of French and German nationalities, Katarina speaks both languages fluently. In 2012, she participated in a study abroad program in Vitré, France for eight months with the American Field Service.
Katarina first became involved with Rotaract in 2018 when she attended a Rotary event. She has been a member since January of 2019 and is passionate about many causes including education, women’s rights and childhood safety and care.
Emilia Guzman, Secretary
Emilia was born in New York City but was raised in The Dominican Republic. She currently works as a Litigation Paralegal in The Law Firm of Youman, Madeo & Fasano, LLP., specializing in immigration court proceedings. Mrs. Guzman graduated from Law School in 2015 at Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre & Maestra in Santiago, DR and immediately started working as a corporate lawyer. She is currently applying for an LL.M. in New York City.
Emilia was first involved in Rotaract in 2011, after an invitation from her brother who was an Interact member. She immediately got involved with the projects of her club and in one year was inducted as Club Service Director. As a member of the Rotaract Club Moca 2 de Mayo in the District 4060 in DR, she served as a board member in different periods and became the president for the period 2016-17; she also served as a member of the Rotaract District Committee as Director of Sub-Committee and as Secretary.
Emilia is proudly dominican! Her passion is community service, one of the main reasons why Rotaract is such an important part of her life.
Interestingly, Emilia met her husband through Rotaract; both share membership in their club.
Leonardo Zambrano, Treasurer
Leo was born in South America but was raised in Long Island, NY. He was first introduced to Rotary at the age of 16, when he showed interest in studying abroad. After contacting his local rotary club and completing the extensive vetting process, Leo was chosen to participate in the Rotary Youth exchange program. He would go on to study abroad in France participating in the Rotary International long term program and Belgium doing the short term program.
Upon his return to the states, he participated in RYLA, Interact, and other Rotary initiatives. Leo attended Binghamton University, where his education focused on economics, finance, and development. Throughout his time at Binghamton University, Leo was a brother at the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, President of the Economics Club, and a member of the Rowing team. Leo is currently a Business Analyst for the Clearing House Payments Company L.L.C. He is a member of the Product Development and Management team, where he specializes in two core products ACH and SVPCO (Image), reporting volume | value and handling forecasts | budgets. Leo speaks fluent Spanish and intermediate-advanced French.
Leo is passionate about gastronomy, culture, travel, economics, economic development, and sports. In his spare time, he enjoys socializing, entertaining, traveling, and reading.
Miller Rogue, Director of Public Relations
Miller Rogue, a dedicated Rotaractor who has been devoted into community service since his college experience leading as the president of Pace Rotaract club and volunteering at Rotary Club of Wall Street (currently it is an E club). Being inspired by the mission of Rotary, currently, he founded his own NPO named Beyond Compassion that aims to help the underprivileged community financially in a compassionate manner. Being proficient in five languages, his intent to have projects internationally drives him to work with Rotary / Rotaract club locally and internationally.
Miller, an ex-stand up comedian committed his career to his dream upon graduation has helped fundraised for RCUN International Women’s Day and for Women Empowerment Society in Cornell University. You can still see him here and there on the comedy stage.
Fun fact, he met his spouse through Rotaract and now they both are board members of the club.
Petra Nelson, Director of Club Services
Originally from Chicago, Petra first learned about Rotary through the Youth Exchange Program, which brought her to St. Brieuc, France for a year. Equipped with a new international network and interest in other cultures, Petra returned to the US to study anthropology and Latin American studies at Brandeis Univeristy.
Petra is currently a Development Manager at Grameen America, a nonprofit micro finance institution dedicated to helping low-income women entrepreneurs. In this position, she managers relationships with different partners and donors and prepares grant proposals about the organization’s programs. She has been a member of the Rotaract Club of New York at the United Nations since 2017.
Petra has led volunteer projects of all different sizes since 2012. From 2012-2014, was one of four student leaders of a service club at her university that held volunteer events centered around food insecurity and homelessness for 10-250 students. In 2014-2015, she became one of two student leaders who oversaw 20 of these service clubs, organizing trainings for 75 leaders and overseeing 1,500 volunteers. She is excited to transfer the skills and knowledge she learned in these two positions to her role as Director of Community Services at Rotaract.
Evan Harris, Director of International Services
Evan Harris, the current director of international events, joined Rotaract at the United Nations in 2018 filling in as interim secretary. He currently works as a Utilities Credit Analyst at S&P Global Ratings.
During his time in Rotaract, Evan has been able to participate in several opportunities including: the coalition for the homeless, volunteering with children at the Association for the Benefit of Children, as well as helping to build a footbridge in Panama with Bridges to Prosperity.
Vincenzo Giordano, Director of Professional Development
Vincenzo has been a Rotaract member since 2015. Born and raised in Italy, he holds a bachelor's degree in economics and a master in international business from the University of Pavia.
Vincenzo moved to New York City in 2011 and currently leads a software company specialized in energy regulatory data. He is a certified fencing teacher and loves soccer, clean tech, history and making an impact.