District Governor   

Rob Dansereau


Rob is the 2024-2025 District Governor for Rotary District 6780. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Knoxville Volunteer where he was Club President for two consecutive terms (2017-2019) and served on several club level committees.

Rob is a graduate of the District Leadership Academy and Rotary Leadership Institute I, II, III, and IV. He served as Area 4 Assistant Governor (2019-2022) and Assistant Governor Coordinator (2022-2023). Rob chaired the 2023 District Conference and will chair the 2026 District Conference. Rob has been a facilitator for RLI and Mid-South PETS as well as a District 6780 preliminary grants reviewer. Rob is a Major Donor to the Rotary Foundation.

Rob is a graduate of The University of Tennessee, Knoxville and works for Alliance Sotheby’s International Realty.

Rob is married to Christa Owen-Dansereau, and they have 3 children. Kate is a Fulbright Scholar at The University of Southeast Asia in Siem Reap, Cambodia, Robin is a Chemistry and MBA Candidate at The University of Alabama, and Lilly is a Pre-law Major at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.


The Governor's Team

 District Governor-elect

David Carroll



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.  

In District 6780, he is a graduate of the District Leadership Academy and served on the DLA faculty. David has also served as Assistant Governor, District Secretary, and District Foundation Chair. He is the recipient of The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service and District 6780 Interact Eagle Award. As a supporter of The Rotary Foundation, David is a Major Donor and member of the Bequest Society.

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.


District Governor-nominee

Deb Birdsall


Deb Birdsall, her husband Phil, and their adopted granddaughter Lili, live in the lovely small town of Crossville, Tennessee. Between them, Deb and Phil have four children and seven grandchildren.


A Rotarian since March of 2015, Deb has had the privilege of serving the Rotary Club of Fairfield Glade as Secretary, Public Image Chair and President. Her involvement with District 6780 includes serving as Assistant Governor for 3 years, Rotary Leadership Institute Facilitator, District Visioning Coordinator, and member of the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) and Membership Committees.


In 2017, Deb and her family had the privilege of hosting Franny, a Rotary Youth Exchange Student from Taiwan. During that time, the Rotary motto of Service Above Self was demonstrated as she and Franny, along with a multitude of other Rotarians, spent many hours helping those affected by the Great Smoky Mountains Wildfire.


As a massage therapist of 30+ years, Deb has always had a passion for helping people heal themselves. Then, due to addiction in the family, she found herself in the position of protecting and raising three of her grandchildren. Because of this, Deb’s passion evolved to a focus of helping children who have experienced adverse childhood experiences. In 2021 she wrote and self-published the book, “Overcoming My Mother’s Addictions” which quickly became an international bestseller. This book is designed to share the story of the trauma her granddaughter experienced, along with the life lessons she is learning in order to move through that trauma into a place of healing and creating a successful future.


Deb views her life as a continuous opportunity to learn and grow. She feels that Rotary offers her many opportunities to do exactly that, while serving the needs of others in ways that are both profound and measurable.






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