Susie Cantrell is the District 6780 Governor for 2023-2024.
Susie is a charter member of the Rotary Club of Cookeville Sunset, was the club's president in 2016-2017, and currently serves as the District Governor. She also serves on multiple District committees. She served the District as Assistant Governor for the Cookeville, Cookeville Breakfast, Cookeville Sunset, Jamestown, and Livingston clubs from 2019-2021. Susie was selected as a Districts Rotarian of the Year in 2020. She is a trained facilitator for the Rotary Leadership Institute and Club Visioning and is a graduate of the District Leadership Academy.
Susie was raised in East Tennessee. She came to Cookeville at the age of 18 and attended Tennessee Tech University and graduated from the International Dermal Institute. She has attained many certifications and licenses to further her career as a local business owner.
Connoisseur of music, Susie has played the piano since the age of 8 and has a tremendous love for the arts, theatre, and Broadway. Five Sundays of the year, you can find her at the Bryan Symphony Orchestra concerts where she is a season ticket holder. She enjoys event planning and spending time with her family and friends.
In addition to Rotary, she served two terms as Board Chair for Cityscape, a downtown revitalization organization, and is the Board Chair for TTU Friends of the Library. She has served as a volunteer aquatic instructor for the YMCA as well as serving on the board of directors. As a charter member of the Cookeville chapter of Business Networking International, she received the Regional All-Star Award in 2016. Susie is a graduate of Leadership Putnam class of 2008 and served as group project leader. A volunteer for the TSSAA Blue Cross championship games where she served as media tent host for many years.
She is also a supporter of the local PBS station as well as a lead program facilitator for the American Cancer Society. A member/volunteer of the Tennessee chapter Alzheimer’s Association and Habitat for Humanity. Susie also holds several positions on local advisory boards.
Susie married to Nolan has a son, Chad, who is going to marry Stephanie in October.
The Governor's Team
Rob first joined the Rotary Club of Knoxville Volunteer in 2004, took a break from Rotary in 2011, and rejoined the Knoxville club in 2016. Rob served as Club President for two consecutive terms from 2017-2019 and has served on several club level committees.
Rob is a graduate of Rotary Leadership Institute I, II and III, as well as the District Leadership Academy. He has served as Area 4 Assistant Governor since 2019 and served as the Assistant Governor Coordinator for 2022-2023. Rob chaired the 2022-2023 District Conference and will begin facilitating RLI in the winter of 2022. Additional Rotary engagement includes Mid-South PETS Facilitator and District 6780 preliminary grants reviewer.
A multiple graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Rob has studied Business, Comparative Public Policy, Medieval and Renaissance History, and Chemistry. Rob owned a chain of retail stores from 1995-2015 and became a Residential Realtor with Coldwell Banker Wallace in 2015. Rob is a community builder and believes that helping individuals and their families find their perfect home furthers the success of the overall community.
Rob is passionate about his family and has been married to his wife Christa for 21 years.
Christa has a passion for early childhood education and has served as a kindergarten and Pre-K teacher. Christa and Rob have three children (Kate 20, Henry 18, and Lilly 16). Kate is a Blount Scholar in Public Health at the University of Alabama as well as an alum of Rotary Youth Exchange (India). Henry is a senior at West High School in Knoxville and will graduate as valedictorian in 2022. Lilly is a junior at West High School and an International Baccalaureate candidate for 2023.
When Rob finds spare time, he loves to explore his community as well as travel to new places. Rob is a lifelong learner and enjoys studying several different topics including science, history, art, music, and current events. Food and mixology are other areas of interest to Rob, and he feels blessed to live in the budding Knoxville food scene.
David is a member of the Rotary Club of Cleveland, Tennessee. He currently serves as District Grant and Club Certification Chair. Joining Rotary in 1989, David led his home as club president in 2001-2002.
A native of Bradley County, David is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and works in the real estate and auction profession. David’s son, Jerome, attends Lee University in Cleveland.