Our Governors

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 7610. This team includes the District Governor, Governor-Elect, and District Governor Nominee. These leaders along, with past and future leaders that include assistant governors, district committee chairs, and past governors help our district thrive.

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Patricia Borowski, District Governor 2021-22

Pat is a retired (2021) national trade association senior executive in financial services with both domestic and international experience during which Pat testified regularly before US and foreign governmental and regulatory bodies, served on several special and ongoing governmental and industry commissions, was a regular industry speaker, instructor (in-person and virtual), host for panels and telecasted programs, widely published, and engaged in groundbreaking research efforts. She continues to consult in business/organizational areas in the profit and nonprofit sectors.

She joined Rotary in 2011. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Bailey’s Crossroads where she served in several officer positions and headed her club’s major fundraiser (2015), before becoming Club President (2015/2016). And after which she served as Fundraiser Venue Chair (2015-2019). At the district level, Pat has served on District Past Presidents’ Council (2016 & 2017), NewGen area, in several different capacities for District Conferences (2015-2019), manager of District Awards & Installation Event (2016-2019), District Awards Chair (2016-2019); Area 9 Foundation Advisor (2016-2019), Area 9 Assistant Governor (2018-2020), member of the District Financial Review Committee (2 years), member of the District Finance Committee, and Manager for District Peace Conferences (2016 & 2017). She has received Rotary Foundation Distinguished Service Award 2017, Rotary Club Builder Award 2019, and Outstanding Service Award 2020.

Pat is also co-host of District 7610 Rotary Times TV program. She is a PHF, PHS – Sustaining Member, TRF Benefactor, Major Donor level 2, Triple Crown, & RLI graduate.

Pat and her husband, Dave, are active in their respective alumni associations (for Pat: Indiana University & Trinity University, DC).

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Sheila Brennan, District Governor Elect 2022-2023

Sheila is the past-president of Vienna Rotary Club and currently serves as Assistant Governor – Area 11 (Northwest Fairfax County). Sheila is married to another past president of Vienna Rotary Club, Matt Brennan, Esquire. Current Vienna president, James Cudney, called Sheila, “the backbone” of the club.

A little bit about Sheila’s background:

She is the oldest of ten siblings who grew up in the Chicago area. She has had a distinguished 40 year career in the federal government primarily with the DOD and DEA. She was a GS-15 up until her retirement (the equivalent of a full Colonel or Navy Captain). She was the lowest graded civilian employee in the Defense Logistics Agency to ever receive the DLA Civilian Employee of the Year. First time it was ever awarded to an employee at the GS-7 level. She received more than 30 outstanding performance ratings over her years of service.

Most importantly, Sheila embodies the true spirit of being a Rotarian, Service above Self. She has been an amazing teammate at the district level, has shown creativity, positive energy, and leadership and will be an excellent district governor.

Rene’ Laws, District Governor Nominee 2023-2024

Rene’ joined Rotary in 2013 and is currently serving as the Area Four Governor for District 7610. She served as her Club’s President for the 2018-2019 and as the Chair for the District’s ‘Diversity and Inclusion Committee’ the following year. She is an RLI graduate and future facilitator, taught ‘Diversity & Inclusion’ and ‘Membership’ classes at 2019 CPETS, and has been identified as an ‘Emerging Leader’ in the district, able to expand her own knowledge and understanding of Rotary at the 2020 Zone 33/34 Leadership Summit in Pittsburgh PA last month (virtually). Rene’ believes Rotary is a game-changer and wants to be part of that CHANGE!

Rene’ is the President of NorthWind Logistics, which she owns with her husband Bill. She is the mother of six children, a military (retired veteran) spouse, and a military mom.

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Amelia Stansell, District Governor Nominee-Designate 2024-2025

Amelia joined the Gainesville-Haymarket Rotary Club in 2006 where she served as President in 2011-12 before transferring to the Warrenton Club in 2013. Amelia currently serves as President Elect and will be President in 2022-23. Additionally, she is the District 7610 Major Service Project Support Director and is the District Governor Nominee Designee and will serve as District Governor in 2024-25. Amelia is a Paul Harris Society Member, level PHF+8.

Amelia is passionate about ending human trafficking and modern slavery. She is the co-chair of the Fauquier Anti Sex Trafficking Alliance, a service project of the Rotary Club of Warrenton. FASTA’s mission is to safeguard their community though education and prevention by building strategic partnerships. Amelia was honored to represent her club and District at the 2019 Rotary International Convention in Hamburg, serving on a panel of speakers from the Netherlands, Nigeria, and the USA to share about how local clubs can tackle human trafficking prevention in their own communities through building partnerships, using her club and county as the model for Rotary’s local efforts worldwide. After attending she joined the Rotary Action Group Against Slavery (RAGAS) where she now serves as the RAGAS Virginia State Coordinator working with the three Rotary districts in Virginia. In 2021 Amelia facilitated a focus group of subject matter experts from three continents over several months to create the RAGAS Community Awareness & Prevention Education (CAPE) strategic action plan and continues to present it to Rotarians and RAGAS members around the world to help everyone be a super-hero in their own community!

Amelia uses her vocation to serve her community as a commercial lender with UVA Community Credit Union in Warrenton and is an adjunct instructor with Lord Fairfax Community College in their Leadership Institute. She has a small consulting company, Unstoppable Futures, where she facilitates strategic plans for businesses, agencies, municipalities and NGOs.

Outside of work and Rotary, Amelia is active in her community currently serving on the Fauquier County Chamber of Commerce Board, Mason Enterprise Center Advisory Board and the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s Virginia Leadership Council. Her hobbies include travel, cooking and gardening. Additionally, she is active in her church, which she attends with her husband, Troy, and daughters Amelia Grace and Bitsy. They live in Warrenton with their crazy orange tabby cat, Butchie.