SuviaBio
Kathy Suvia, Governor-Elect, District 5160
 
 
Recently retired from a long career in community development and nonprofit service, Kathy draws upon her experience in various aspects of organizational development in all she does. Highlights of her career include participating on the California Economic Revitalization Team for rural timber counties, being a founding member of a women’s micro-enterprise organization and developing the Leadership Siskiyou program. A lifelong learner, Kathy returned to school in her mid-50’s to earn an MBA in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. She also has a BA in Human Resource Management.
 
Kathy’s Rotary career includes serving as President of the Rotary Club of Mt. Shasta, Assistant Governor, District Trainer and Chief of Staff prior to being selected as 5160’s District Governor for 2021-22.
 
She is proud of the 8 years she served as a counselor at District 5160’s Camp Venture, a business leadership camp for high school students.  A highlight of her Rotary adventures was a trip to Nigeria with 30 other Rotarians from North America in late 2016.  Being able to immunize babies reconfirmed her dedication to Rotary’s efforts in eradicating polio.
 
Kathy was born and lived the first few years of her life in Scotland before immigrating to far Northern California with her family. Kathy maintains close ties to her family in Scotland and has been able to visit Rotary Clubs there on family vacations. She and her husband Bill, also a Rotarian, live in Anderson, California with their black Labrador, Rosie.  They have two grown sons and four grandchildren. They enjoy alpine skiing and hiking around the many trails and lakes in the area, especially when joined by their family.