2018-2019: Whitney Shephard
Whitney Shepherd was so good at being President that we asked her to do the job for 18 months instead of the traditional year, and then convinced her to graduate to Assistant District Governor at the end of her term. She ran Metro like a business, charting progress, developing clear and measurable goals, accounting for every penny, and instilling a sense of value and purpose to everything we did. Whitney put a laser focus on Rotary Foundation giving, making Metro the fourth most generous club in District 6920 during her tenure. She also got the Club to support service projects at both the global and local level. And she made it her mission to get the club to eat healthier, and drink better cocktails.
 
In her real life, Whitney is principal and co-founder of Transport Studio, LLC. She provides transportation planning and engineering services including multimodal project management, geographic information systems applications, strategic planning, and solutions for sustainability. She and her husband also co-own Green Truck Pub, one of the most popular restaurants in Savannah. Whitney holds degrees in architecture and civil engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is a native of DeLand, Florida and is a proud ninth-generation Floridian.

2017-2018: Leigh Acevedo

Leigh's job is to help companies thrive in Savannah, so it's no wonder she approached her Metro presidency like she was running a business. Leigh guided the club with a deft combination of strong organization, meeting efficiency and sly humor. Leigh left Metro with healthy finances, a new membership program, and an active service program.  

In her real life, Leigh is the director of Business Retention & Expansion at the Savannah Economic Development Authority (SEDA). Prior to joining the staff at SEDA, Leigh worked in a similar capacity for The Creative Coast, with a focus on creative and technical companies. Leigh holds a Master of Public Administration and has a bachelor's degree in communications. She has served as secretary of the board for Leadership Southeast Georgia; president of the board for Quantum, Inc., an arm of Coastal Center for Developmental Services; and is a member of the Coastal Workforce Investment Board. A native of Dalton, GA, Leigh has lived in Savannah since 2001. 

2016-2017: Patton Dugas
The Sultan of Spreadsheets, the President of Powerpoints, the Master of Metrics: Patton Dugas brought a new level of accountability and systems improvement to Metro Rotary. He paired this rigor with a generous shot of humor, fun and appreciation for the absurd. President Dugas utilized his banking background to strengthen Club finances, and implemented strong processes to ensure Metro forever earns Gold Club status. Proudly, he finally dethroned President McCorkle for the title of "Best Hair.
 
In his real life, Patton  is a commercial banker with SunTrust Bank. He has served other institutions in SBA, special assets, construction & development, and disaster assistance lending. An entrepreneur at heart, he began in business by co-founding an audiovisual contracting firm while attending college. Raised in Macon, Patton earned a B.B.A. in Finance from UGA. He has serveed in board positions with Chatham County Resource Protection Commission, Savannah Community Foundation, Savannah CFO Council, March of Dimes, and Clean Coast. He was named a Generation Next Rising Star by Savannah Magazine, and is a graduate of Leadership Savannah and Leadership Southeast Georgia.  He resides in Savannah with his wife, Mary, and two daughters.
 
2015-2016: Suzanne Robida Kirk
Suzanne's Presidency will be remembered for her strong leadership, and utilization of superior organizational and personnel development skills to tap the many resources within Metro. She infused her tenure with biting wit and tight agendas. Meetings ran like clockwork.
She left her successor a new Presidential garment: The Robary.   
 
In her real life, Suzanne is the President and Executive HR Consultant of Employee Development Strategies, Inc., helping businesses focus on the people side of business. She serves as President of Susan G. Komen Coastal Georgia.Suzanne holds a Master of Science degree in Human Resources Management and Development and a BBA in Business Management from Georgia State University. She is SPHR certified by the Human Resources Certification Institute, and is a qualified administrator of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and the Leadership Versatility Index 360 feedback tool. 
 
2014-2015: Robert L. McCorkle III
Robert McCorkle brought a tremendous sense of purpose to his Presidency, imploring members to embrace Rotary International's larger mission by supporting the Rotary Foundation. A Paul Harris Fellow several times over, Robert offered up his own points to encourage Foundation giving in the Club. He implemented a new Club website, a new Club logo, and oversaw the Club's move to a new home.
He had an admirable beard and was smooth as butter in front of a crowd. 
 
In his real life, McCorkle is a partner in the law firm of McCorkle & Johnson, LLP. He is licensed to practice law in Georgia and South Carolina. His practice focuses in the areas of real estate, small business and association law. Robert is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia, Terry College of Business. He obtained his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Georgia School of Law.
 
In addition to Rotary, Robert is a member of the Emerging Leaders Committee of the Savannah Community Foundation, serving as President in 2010-2011. Robert is a member of the Savannah Chamber of Commerce, the Realtors Commercial Alliance and the Home Builders Association of Greater Savannah. He serves on the Board of the Downtown Business Association, and is former member of the Board of Trustees for St. Andrew's School. Robert and his family are members of Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church where he serves on the Finance Committee.
 
2013-2014: Julie Mickle Wade
Julie's Presidency was truly inspirational, battling breast cancer through much of her tenure while barely missing a meeting. We watched her kick cancer's butt with fierce grace, and look damn good doing it. Julie implemented Metro's first Annual Service Partner Program (Greenbriar Children's Home under Julie's tenure), which became a Club model for sustained community service and financial commitment.
She implemented a new Presidential tradition, presenting the framed cat Harris to her successor.    
 
In her real life, Julie is the executive director of Park Place Outreach, an emergency shelter for at-risk youth.  She was formerly a practicing attorney at The Wade Law Firm, specializing in federal criminal defense. Julie previously worked as an Assistant United States Attorney and at Hunter Maclean. Before returning to Georgia, she practiced law at Goodwin Procter in Boston and at Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing in Honolulu, Hawaii. Julie clerked for the Honorable J.L. Edmondson on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Julie graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2000. She was the Managing Editor of the Georgia Law Review and competed on the Hulsey Kimbrell Moot Court Team and twice on the Jessup International Moot Court Team.
 
Julie also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Georgia, where she was selected for membership in Phi Beta Kappa. Julie represents District One on the Savannah Chatham County Board of Education. She also serves on the boards of Historic Savannah Foundation and Girls on the Run, and  was recognized by the University of Georgia Alumni Association’s 40 Under 40 and Savannah Magazine’s Next Generation. She is a member of Wesley Monumental Methodist Church, and has three young children and one great husband, Drew Wade.
 
2012-2013: Jordan Neely Chase
Jordan implemented much of the look and feel of what we now call the Metro Savannah Rotary Club. She helped guide the process that led to our Charter from Rotary International, and implemented many of our current traditions. She brought strong organization, superior communications, and was a confident presence that helped keep the Club together during our tenuous early days. 
 
In her personal life, Jordan served as Manager of Internal Marketing at Memorial University Medical Center, where she was responsible for marketing efforts directed to Team Members, and is dedicated to improving organizational effectiveness and business results. Previously, she was a senior consultant in the Organizational Development Department at Memorial. She has been in the leadership and organizational development field for over 16 years and has consulted in industries such as healthcare, financial services, manufacturing and business services.
 
Jordan holds a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University in Organizational Counseling, a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the College of Charleston, and is certified through the International Coaching Federation an Associate Certified Coach. Jordan is a third-generation Rotarian, has served as President of the Metropolitan Savannah Rotary Club (2012-2013), as well as a Ruling Elder of First Presbyterian Church. Jordan and her husband have two sons and a daughter.
 
2011-2012: Clint Murphy
Clint was the Founding President of the Metropolitan Savannah Rotary Club. He and a few other forward-thinking individuals recognized that there was no Rotary Club in Savannah focused on young professionals, so they decided to do something about it. Their careful recruitment of the 50 Charter members, combined with hard work and a clear vision of a Club with a focus on service and new ideas, laid Metro's rock solid foundation.
 
Clint was born and raised in Savannah and Richmond Hill. He attended Calvary Baptist Day School and Richmond Hill High School and graduated from Georgia Southern University with a degree in Political Science. After college, Clint worked for the late U.S. Senator Paul D. Coverdell and proceeded to work in politics and government at the local, state, and federal level for 9 years in Washington, DC, Atlanta, GA, Sioux City, IA, and Tallahassee, FL. In between working in politics, Clint worked in the family real estate development business.
 
Clint now makes his living full time as a residential Realtor with Keller Williams Realty Coastal Area Partners as lead agent for the Clint Murphy Real Estate Group. Clint is a cancer survivor and has served as the chairman of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life in Savannah and Richmond Hill. He is also the Georgia Lead Advocate for the National Brain Tumor Society and a cancer patient and caregiver mentor with Imerman Angels.