Meet Your GRSP Leaders
Bert Guy, GRSP Chairman
Hello and welcome to GRSP. I serve as Chair of GRSP. I was a high school Rotary Short Term Ambassadorial Scholar to Southern France. I went to College at the University of Georgia and Law School at Mercer Law School. I studied international law a semester in London at UCL. I practiced law in the past but I am now a full-time Circuit Court Judge in the State Superior Court. I’m also the Owner/Operator of an Historic Hotel, Restaurant, and Bar in Coastal Georgia. I have 3 children, two girls and a boy, and I live in St. Marys, GA.
Mike Sweigart, GRSP Vice Chairman
Mike and Meg’s first GRSP experience was as a host family in 1998 since then he has served as a Trustee, Treasurer and currently as Vice Chair. Mike and Meg estimate their GRSP family to be 24 and growing. Their ultimate goal is travel to all of the homes of the young men and women with whom they shared the GRSP experience. Mike has also served as a Club President and Treasurer, District 6910 Assistant Governor, and District 6910 Grants Auditor. They have two adult children and two grandchildren.
Jim Drake, GRSP Chair Emeritus
James L. Drake, Jr., (Jim), is a member of The Rotary Club of Savannah South. He served as Club President for the 1999-2000 Rotary year. Jim joined GRSP in 2000 as a Trustee. In 2004 he was named Vice Chair of the Program. In 2008, Jim was elected Chairman of GRSP, a position he held from 2008 – 2013. He is a Will Watt Fellow, a Hugh Thomas Jr. Fellow, a Kendall Weisiger Fellow, a Jake Cheatham Fellow and a Ronnie Waller Fellow. Jim was named GRSP Chairman Emeritus in 2013.
Rob Kellner, GRSP District 6920 Chair
Rob Kellner has been a member of Rotary since 1999 and became a Trustee for GRSP in 2003. He currently serves as the District Chair of GRSP for District 6920. He is a member of the Valdosta Rotary Club. He holds a Doctorate in Public Administration and retired after 31 years of service at Valdosta State. Although retired, he still teaches for Valdosta State and serves as a higher education consultant working with colleges and universities throughout the United States.
Steve Harrold, GRSP Assistant Treasurer
Steve is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and a graduate of Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. He is married to Eudora, and has two children: his son, a director in the tax department of Deloitte, lives in in Atlanta; his daughter, a manager at the large technology company NetApp, lives in the Chapel Hill area of North Carolina.
Steve's career was principally in the employee benefits consulting area. He first served as the consulting actuary to several large public and private organizations, and finished his career as one of a group of three who led a significant employee benefits consulting practice for Ernst & Young, one of the four largest public audit and consulting firms.
Steve has been involved with GRSP for more than a decade, following his term as president of his local Rotary Club. His focus has been on encouraging Rotarians and others to give to the GRSP Foundation (formerly known as the GRSP Endowment). Today, he serves as the Assistant Treasurer for GRSP.
Barbara Lariscy, GRSP Administrator
Barbara Lariscy is in her 16th year working for the Georgia Rotary Student Program. She began her journey with GRSP in 2006 as Assistant Administrator to Janis Comer and became Administrator in 2014 when Janis retired. She loves working with students from all over the world and looks forward each year to the Conclave so that she can finally meet everyone she has been corresponding with.
Holly Baker, GRSP Administrative Assistant
Holly Baker began working for the Georgia Rotary Student Program in 2014 and assumed the role of assistant to Barbara. She loves her job and feels very blessed to be a part of GRSP. It is very rewarding and special to be able to work with the International students and help them achieve their dreams of coming to Georgia and being a part of this unique program.
Katheryne Fields, GRSP Marketing & Development Director
Katheryne Fields serves as the inaugural Marketing and Development Director for Georgia Rotary Student Program, a critical position that was identified by GRSP’s strategic plan. In her role at GRSP, Katheryne will be working closely with the GRSP Chair, officers, directors, and trustees as well as Georgia Rotary Clubs and GRSP students promoting the cause of world peace through higher education by speaking to clubs and raising funds for the organization. Katheryne brings more than 20 years of writing, communication, marketing, strategic planning and corporate events experience, with five of those years in higher education and non-profit foundations. Katheryne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Berry College. Katheryne is a member of Daybreak Griffin Rotary Club in Griffin, where she and her husband Dale, an avid golfer, reside.
Loreto Gonzalez, GRSP Class of 1996 / 1997
Loreto González, GRSP student 96-97, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Thomasville.
Host family: Debbie and Wallace Goodman.
Attended Valdosta State University, completed a Master's of Education degree in Instructional Technology.
Upon return to Buin in Santiago, Chile, she began working in the HR Training Department in Bellsouth, Chile. With subsequent employment with Equifax and Saval Laboratories.
Currently, she owns her own training consultancy company specialized in Instructional Design for major clients such as: Banco de Chile, National Railroad Co., METRO, LG Electronics, and many other Chilean as well multinational companies.
Geeth Mahagamage, GRSP Class of 2018 / 2019
Geeth Mahagamage (GRSP '18/19) is currently attending Piedmont University, where he studies mathematics and Business Administration with concentrations in Actuarial Science and Business Analytics.
He was part of the GRSP class of 2018/2019, where he represented his home country of Sri Lanka and was sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Habersham County, Clarkesville, and Toccoa. After his GRSP year, he decided to stay in GA and complete his education at Piedmont University in the face of better education opportunities.
Geeth stays engaged with the GRSP, a member of the newsletter team: a team focused on alumni relations, started and led by the late Sylvia Shortt. He has contributed and coordinated, along with the team, multiple newsletters that spotlight alumni and their achievements in the years since GRSP participation.
Outside of the GRSP, he is active on campus as a student leader with the Student Government Association, Rotaract, and DEI council, and he also serves as a student assistant to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
Lorri Christopher, GRSP Secretary
Lorri has a B. A. degree in mathematics and chemistry education from the State University of New York and a Master's in finance and business administration from Emory University; a Master's in Global Ecommerce from Georgia State University and is pursuing a PhD in Information Systems at Nova Southeastern University and has completed graduate studies in IT at Georgia Tech. A CDP and principal with her husband, Larry W. Christopher, a retired vice president of OKI Telecom, in CAP Associates, a Georgia licensed business involved in human resources consulting. We assist companies in developing job specifications and employment criteria. A former project manager, technology games staffing, for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, she was responsible for coordinating, recruiting, selecting, training, and implementing plans to deliver a trained technology team for the Games, integrating ACOG staff, volunteers, and sponsor personnel. During the Olympic Games in Atlanta, Lorri was selected to carry the Olympic torch as a community hero for her passionate participation in community causes. She received the Marian Goetze 21st Century Award from The International Alliance of Professional and Executive Women in 2005.
She is a Past President and 33 year member of the Rotary Club of Dunwoody, and past Assistant Governor. She led a Group Study Exchange team to Bavaria, and has served as a GRSP Trustee and hosted 4 students over the years. She led her club team in hosting the GRSP leadership weekend for a number of years.