DG Bio 2015-16

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District Governor Douglas & Mary Cook of the Rotary Club of Collegeville 
Doug was raised in southern N.J. and attended Rutgers University earning a BA degree in Accounting.  In 1996 he graduated Beta Gamma Sigma from the Executive MBA program at the University of New Hampshire.  Doug secured his CPA licenses in 1986 and became a Certified Insurance Counselor in 2006.
            Doug’s professional career began in Philadelphia as a CPA.  He has worked for nearly three decades in the insurance industry in both finance and sales.  Today he is a Territory Manager with Patriot National Insurance in Conshohocken PA. Recently he has been hired as an Adjunct Professor at Eastern University in their Master of Business Administration program and Cabrini College in the Department of Finance.  He teaches finance, accounting, risk management and insurance for these schools.
            Doug had the unique experience of joining Rotary as the Charter President of the Rotary Club of Kennebunk Portside in Kennebunkport, Maine.  He also served as president of the Rotary Club of Collegeville in our District. 
            One of his most rewarding experiences was chairing a matching grant team that sent physical therapy equipment to Assis du Vale Brazil for kids with cerebral palsy.  He was also a team leader for a group of Rotarians that went to Assis du Vale to investigate other matching grant projects. 
            A member of the Youth Exchange Committee, he served in D7780 and again here in D7430 with Exchange Students.  He served as a Foundation Area Coordinator starting in 2010. Currently he is the Annual Program Fund Chair for our District, and is asking everyone in the District to enroll in Rotary Direct.
            Doug met his best friend and wife, Mary, in High School.  Mary is the Advanced Aquatic Director for one of the USA’s premier YMCA Associations.  Mary is a Rotarian, past RC President, PHF and was the D7430 GSE team leader to Brazil in 2008.  Mary and Doug have three daughters – Ashleigh 26, Brittany 24, and Courtney 22, one Son-In-Law Michael and a granddaughter Lillian.  They also count as family the nineteen exchange students they hosted in their home along with countless others who have been guests in their home over the years.