District Governors-elect 2023-2024
Jeanean Yanish Jones
District 5750 Governor 2023-24
With more than 25 years of professional, visionary, enthusiastic, relational and results-oriented nonprofit leadership, Jeanean leads the Health Alliance for the Uninsured with a passion for helping those in need providing more than 3,000 physician specialist services, multiple specials, healthcare services navigation and $3.5 million of medication assistance annually for more than 17 free and charitable clinics in Central Oklahoma. Through her doctorate work, she is the founder of the Live Love Laugh Leadership Curriculum and Podcast program focused on whole person – mind, body and spirit health and leadership integration.
Her past expertise in leadership, fundraising and strategic planning as a non-profit professional includes the Green Shoe Foundation, Oklahoma Christian School and The Salvation Army. Jeanean was selected as the Journal Record’s 2020 & 2022 Healthcare Hero, Edmond Chamber’s 2017 Woman of the Year finalist and the Journal Record’s 2018 & 2021 Woman of the Year’s Woman Making a Difference recipient. Jeanean has deep expertise in turning visions into successes by serving people and giving back to her community. Jeanean served on the boards with the Oklahoma Charitable Clinic Association statewide chairman, MyHealth Board of Directors and as an agency director with the United Way of Central Oklahoma.
Jeanean is a member of the Rotary Club of Oklahoma City and her Rotary background includes serving as President at the Rotary Club of Edmond in 2016-2017, past secretary of Rotary Club of Edmond and Community Service Chair. She is a Paul Harris Fellow and has served Rotary District 5750 as its District Membership Co-chair and currently serves as an Assistant District Governor. Jeanean will serve at the Rotary District 5750 District Governor in 2023-24.
District 6110 Governor 2023-25
Pam joined Rotary at the urging of her husband in 2015. She was President of Bartlesville (OK) Daybreak in 2019-2020. During that year, Bartlesville Daybreak Rotary continued their tradition of receiving the Rotary Citation Award every year since their inception in 1992; Pam’s year was a Gold Level Award.
Pam is a Paul Harris Fellow + 8 and a member of the Paul Harris Society. She and her husband are Major Donors and TRF Benefactors. Pam graduated from the District Leadership Academy in 2019 in a class of all women. Pam and Paul attended their first International Convention in Atlanta in 2017 (which is where Pam had her Rotary moment!). Their first international mission trip was the American Wheelchair Mission to Jamaica in March 2020. And Pam took a daughter and granddaughter with her to Mexico to deliver wheelchairs in March 2022.
Pam retired from Phillips 66 Company (Phillips Petroleum Company, ConocoPhillips) in May 2018. Most of the years were in Information Technology as she has 2 degrees in Mathematics (plus an MBA). Her career highlight is that she spent a little over 2 years in Venezuela managing IT in the ConocoPhillips joint venture. The last 7 years for Phillips 66 were in Project Management.
Pam is currently on the board of the Bartlesville Regional United Way; Pam is a life member of the Girl Scouts and helps on her local fund raiser committee. She also has served the Session of Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church off and on during her 40 years in Bartlesville and is a Commission Lay Pastor in Eastern Oklahoma Presbytery.
Pam has been married to Paul since 1993. They have 3 adult daughters; Pam says, “the day I got married I was blessed to become ‘mom’ to 3 teenage girls”. Pam and Paul have 6 grandchildren. They currently share their home with two shelties (the “Broadway Boys” – ask what that means!) and a cat that they brought home from Venezuela. Pam tries to stay healthy by constantly prepping to walk/jog 5ks. She enjoys reading, music, attempting to garden, and trying to paint with acrylics.
District 6150 Governor 2023-24
Sydney O’Quin Gilbert joined her father in his investment practice in 2005. Being a young person in that business, Sydney was looking for a way to meet more professionals whose focus was on service and ethics. Since her father, Roger O’Quin, was a member of Rotary, she joined too. Sydney joined the North Little Rock – Riverside Rotary Club. Throughout her membership, it was always a “small club” but quite mighty. She served the club as President in 2008-09, earning Club of the Year that year, and again in 2014-15. She most enjoyed the service projects with Glenview Elementary School where the club did a project for each grade, pre-k through 5th grade.
In 2019 Sydney got the opportunity to lead in a new innovative club. She is a charter member of the Little Rock Afterhours Rotary Club. Their club meets once a month after hours and does at least one service project a month. She served as a Director from 2019-2022.
Sydney has served District 6150 in many capacities: Assistant Governor (2009-12), District Registrar for Mid-America PETs (2009-2020), Chair or Co-Chair of the Foundation Banquet (2009-2022) and District Administrator (2017-2021). Outside the District she served as the North American Youth Exchange Network (NAYEN) Registrar in 2009 and Mid-America PETs Registrar (2017-2020).
Outside of Rotary, Sydney wears many hats. Professionally, she is a Financial Advisor and Certified Financial Planner. She and her father opened The O’Quin Group, Inc., an independent investment practice in partnership with Wells Fargo Advisors, in 2022. She is active in her church supporting both her husband, Luke Gilbert’s, ministry and leading a small women’s group. Most importantly, Sydney is a wife to Luke and a mom to Andrew (13). In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her family, listening to books, knitting and cross stitch.
District 6170 Governor 2023-24
Emil grew up in Waverly, Tennessee and earned a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1986. Upon graduation, he built a 19 year career in the paper industry for International Paper in Pine Bluff, Arkansas in a variety of engineering and manufacturing positions. In 2005, Emil left this career to pursue a more personal passion by attending Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In 2009, he graduated seminary with a masters of divinity, and was ordained as a pastor in the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, and received his first call to Friends in Christ Lutheran Church in Bryant, Arkansas, where he remains to the present.
Emil joined Rotary in 2011 in the Rotary Club of Bryant, and has held the positions of club president (2015-16), service projects chair, and foundation chair. He has been instrumental in the construction (2012) and expansion (2020) of The Kids Closet (501c3), the primary service project for Bryant Rotary. In addition, he started the Bryant Rotary Rubber Duck Derby Dash 5K in 2018 and has served as its race director every year. On the district level, Emil served as Assistant Governor (2017-20) and was awarded Assistant Governor of the year in 2018-19. He is also a 2016 graduate of the Jeff Farris Leadership Academy and has served as MAPETS facilitator and evaluator. Emil is an avid runner, having completed 14 full marathons, and numerous other racing distances over the past 21 years. He has two grown children: Emil Jr. and Addie.