Every successful Rotary district is comprised of strong people that are part of the district leadership team and it is no different in Rotary District 6460. This team includes the District Governor, District Governor Elect, and District Governor Nominee. These leaders along with past and future leaders that include Assistant Governors, District Committee Chairs, and Past District Governors help District 6460 thrive.
District Governor 2020-21, Maura Donnelly
Maura Donnelly, a Rotarian since 2006 is a member of the Rotary Club of Highland where she has served multiple leadership roles. Following her service to the Rotary Club of Highland as President in 2011-2012, she continued to serve locally as well as with District 6460 as Assistant Governor of Area 10 in 2013-2016; District Secretary 2016-2018; and as District Conference Co-Chair in 2017. She is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow and a Paul Harris Society member. She is also proud of assisting with the start of a new Rotary Club in 2015 (Rotary Club of Metro East Community).
Professionally, Maura earned her B.S in Accountancy from S.I.U.E and is currently CFO of Terra Properties, Inc. in Highland which is a commercial and residential property management company in Southern Illinois. Her company is a strong supporter of employees being involved in the community which is how she has ability to actively participate as a PSR coordinator and teacher with St. Gertrude Parish, serve as a Chamber Ambassador and on the Chamber Board of Directors. Prior to those roles, she served as a Jaycee member for 20 years and was treasurer of Grantfork PTO and Brownie Troop 850 Leader and Cookie Chairperson.
While it isn’t why we serve, for her service, Maura has been a recipient of many awards including the Ed Peterka Leader Bell Award from Rotary District 6460 in 2014-2015; Women Mean Business from the Illinois Federation of Business Women – Highland in 2015; and the 2018 Chamber Member of the Year.
Maura and her husband Bob (employed with Boeing) reside in Highland, Illinois along with their three children: Ashley (Steve) Glockner was a Rotarian for a little over two years and has her Doctorate in Pharmacy and a newborn son, Wesley; Amber (Jeremy) Carter who also works at Terra Properties and is continuing college while raising their beautiful daughter, Ava; and finally, their only son, Garrett who is currently finishing school. In Maura’s spare time, she enjoys spending with family, golfing and traveling
District Governor Elect (2021-22), Ryan Byers
Ryan Byers joined Rotary in 2008, when he was inducted into the Rotary Club of Jacksonville, Illinois. He was elected to the Club’s board of directors in 2010 and served as club president in 2013-2014.
Following his term as a club president, Ryan took on several leadership positions in Rotary District 6460, including Club Grant Chair (2014-2017), District Conference Co-Chair (2016), District Trainer (2016-2019), and Assistant Governor (2018-2020). Ryan is also a multiple Paul Harris Fellow and a graduate of the Rotary Leadership Institute.
When not working with Rotary, Ryan is a lawyer with a practice focused on civil litigation. Ryan joined Rammelkamp Bradney, P.C. in Jacksonville as an associate attorney in 2008 and became a partner in the firm in 2014. During his career, Ryan has presented at seminars for the National Business Institute and been published in the Illinois State Bar Journal in addition to receiving the 2016 Joseph R. Bartylak Award for pro bono work from Land of Lincoln Legal Aid and being named “Favorite Lawyer in the Jacksonville Area” by the readers of the Jacksonville Journal-Courier in 2015. Ryan maintains memberships in several professional organizations, including the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the Morgan County Bar Association, where he is a past president.
Outside of Rotary, Ryan has received several honors recognizing his community involvement, as he was named the 2010 Volunteer of the Year by Jacksonville Main Street, received the Jacksonville Kiwanis Club’s A. Wadsworth Applebee Community Service Award in 2013, and was included in the Jacksonville Journal-Courier‘s inaugural class of “20 Under 40” honorees in 2010.
He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2004, graduating with high departmental distinction and then graduated magna cum laude with Juris Doctor degree from the Michigan State University College of Law in 2007.
Ryan lives in Chatham, Illinois with his wife Amy, who is the director of the Chatham Area Public Library District. For the past ten years, Ryan and Amy have collaborated to produce an annual murder mystery dinner theater fundraiser for the library, for which Ryan always writes an original script.
District Governor Nominee (2022-23), William Durall