George Conklin

George Conklin


Vice President


George H. Conklin is professor emeritus of sociology at North Carolina Central University. He joined Torch 20 years ago and was president of the Durham/Chapel Hill Torch Club twice and a regional representative for Region 8 for four years. He is also a member of the High Country Torch Club, which he helped found. George did his undergraduate at Colgate University and graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania following a Fulbright to India, where he met his wife Verna, a retired public health nurse. George has been active in community activities including chairperson of the Board of Adjustment in Durham, NC, member of the airport authority for RDU and member of the planning advisory committee in Durham, NC. George is also the past president of the North Carolina Sociological Association. He collects Edison phonograph cylinders, new and old, as a hobby. He is a bluegrass music fan. George is listed in Who’s Who in America.  George received the Torch Gold Award in 2016 and was elected Vice President of IATC in 2017.

Diana Hinchcliff

Diana Hinchcliff

Region 1 Director


Diana Hinchcliff’s professional career has been focused on organizational management, government relations and public and community outreach. She began her career as a community affairs representative for Con Edison, the utility, in New York City. Following a short term at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, she joined the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation, eventually becoming executive director, then served as president and government relations director of a statewide industry trade association, established government relations practices at a business consulting firm and the Albany office of an international law firm, was director of federal and state government relations at the New York State Education Department and is currently special projects manager at the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and does education consulting for clients. She also owned a small business. Diana has been a board president or board member of a number of nonprofit community organizations. She was president of the Albany, NY Torch Club from 2011-2013, currently is regional director for region 1 and received the Silver Torch Award in 2013.

Meredith Rousseau

Meredith Rousseau

Region 2 Director


At the invitation of Torch member Mary Alice Butkofski, Meredith joined the Lancaster Torch Club in 1998. Just a few years later, as the club annually rotates officers, she took her turn as president.

She says, “Believing that we needed more communication within the Lancaster club, I initiated a Newsletter that has continued since 2001.”   The primary purpose of the monthly Newsletter is to spotlight the up-coming  speaker in a Question and Answer format. The Newsletter also serves as a vehicle to communicate business conducted at the regular meetings.

In 2008, Meredith chaired the committee to host the International Torch Convention in Lancaster and was subsequently awarded the Gold Award in 2009. She has attended more than six IATC conventions over the years and became Regional Director for Region 2 in 2013.

Anne Thomas

Anne Thomas

Region 3 Director


A member of the Lehigh Valley Torch Club in the 1990’s, she joined the Frederick, MD club in 2000, was a founding member, 2005, and past president of the Blue Ridge Leesburg, VA, club, and Director, IATC Region 3, since 2014.
Anne is a graduate of Oberlin College, BA, and Lehigh University, MA. She is a retired high school social studies teacher, recipient of Fulbright teaching awards to China and India, and retired Director of the Office of International Education, Lehigh University.

Flynn Warren

Region 4 Director


Flynn Warren is a native of North Carolina. He attended Belmont Abbey College and received a BS in Pharmacy from the Univ of South Carolina and an MS in Hospital Pharmacy from the Univ of Georgia. Flynn practiced both retail and hospital pharmacy in NC, GA, SC and Saudi Arabia. As a faculty member at the Univ of Georgia from 1967 to 1977 and 1985 to retirement in 2007, Flynn taught a myriad of courses and retired as Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Clinical Professor. Flynn served as President of the Georgia Pharmacy Association in 2003-2004 and has received numerous recognitions. Flynn joined the Athens (GA) Torch Club in 2002 and is currently President of that club as well as Director for Region 4.

Dorothy Driskell

Dorothy Driskell

Region 5 Director


Dorothy received an R.N. from Diploma School of Nursing  Mansfield General Hospital, Mansfield, Ohio, Bachelor of Science in Nursing,  Bob Jones University, Greenville, South Carolina, Master of Science,  Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. She joined The Columbus Torch Club in 2008. In 2009 became the Membership Chair, a position she still holds,  inducting an annual average of 10-11 new members per year. In 2012-2013 she became President-Elect and was responsible for securing the speakers for 2013-2014. In 2013-2014 she was President and then Past President in 2014-2015 and responsible for Chairing the Nominating Committee. She served as Past President again in 2015-2016 (due to the immediate Past President being unable to serve and moving out of state).  She also received the Silver Torch Award at the 2015 Torch Convention held at Lincoln, Nebraska.

Richard Fink

Richard Fink

Region 6 Director


Dick has been a member of the Kalamazoo Torch Club for more than thirty-five years. Dick is in his first term as the Director of Region 6 and recently agreed to be the interim vice-president of IATC.
Dick received his Masters of Social Work in 1964, and has been a social worker for more than fifty 50 years. He worked in the areas of education, mental health and gerontology. Currently he is providing support for foreign exchange students through a program called FLAG.

Mark Dahmke

Mark Dahmke

Region 7 Director


Mark has been a member of the Lincoln Torch Club since 1986. For 20 years he was Vice President and Co-owner of Information Analytics, Inc, a software development company in Lincoln. In a previous life (the early 1980s) he was a Consulting Editor at BYTE Magazine and wrote several books on computer operating systems for McGraw-Hill.

Walter Van Eck

Walter Van Eck

Region 8 Director


Bio pending

Roger Kramer

Region 9 Director


Roger Kramer attended Rochester Institute of Technology and earned an AAS, BS, and MS in the chemistry and physics of imaging science and later employed by Eastman Kodak labs and Calumet Scientific. He was a commissioned Air Force officer (colonel) and pilot and served a variety of staff and command positions.

Retiring from the military, Roger received a BA degree in history and secondary education from University of Texas at San Antonio. He taught high school honors and AP chemistry and physics, and physical science, and astronomy. He later received a Masters in Educational Management and served as an elementary school principal, academic dean, and district curriculum director. He then joined the faculty of the Texas Military Institute as science department co-chair and taught AP chemistry and astronomy. Now fully retired, Roger and his wife travel the world. He has been a member of the San Antonio Torch Club for ten years and serves as club president.

Tim Spaeder

Tim Spaeder

Region 10 Director


Tim joined the Erie Torch Club in 2010. Soon thereafter, he was appointed Membership Director and he was elected Club President in 2014. At the 2015 IATC Convention, the Erie Torch Club received the Presidential Award for Outstanding Membership Growth and was named the IATC Outstanding Club of the Year. The Erie Torch Club will host the 2018 IATC Convention.
Tim earned a BA from the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. He enjoyed a fulfilling 40-year career before retiring as a partner in the Wm. T. Spaeder Company, a mechanical contracting firm established by his grandfather over 100 years ago.
Tim is a Founding Member and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Jefferson Educational Society of Erie, a non-profit organization founded to promote civic enlightenment and community progress for the Erie Region. He resides in Erie, Pennsylvania with his wife, Marlene.

Jim McNeely

Jim McNeely

Membership Director


Jim has been active in Torch for over 30 years in a variety of positions (including President, Secretary-Treasurer) of the Torch Club of Delaware. He was Co-Chairman IATC Convention in Delaware 1997. IATC Silver Award 2001 at St. Catharine’s (Ontario, Canada) Convention. Membership team (with Alan Powell, George Conklin) that created the High Country Torch Club in Boone, NC in 2011. Jim has chemical engineering degrees from Purdue (B.S. Chem Eng ’55) and MIT (S.M. Chem Eng ’57), and a physical chemistry degree from Washington University (M.A. Chemistry ’68). He served as President of the MIT Club of the Delaware Valley, with over 3,000 alumnae in SE PA, DE, & southern NJ. He has enjoyed a productive career in the fields of semiconductor materials, solar energy, and photonics technology with start-up companies in Silicon Valley and Delaware. Jim is an active Presbyterian church elder and is currently Chair of his church’s Human Resources Committee. He continues to work part-time in writing R&D contract applications for a Delaware small business commercializing industrial chemical separations. He is a member of the engineering honorary society, Tau Beta Pi.

Edward Latimer

Ed Latimer

Director-at-Large Emeritus


Edward Brandt Latimer (Ed) of Columbia, S.C., received his Bachelors of Science degree from the College of Charleston, SC. in 1948  and his Juris Doctor (law) degree from the University of SC in 1951.

He retired as the Assistant Attorney General of South Carolina in 1980 and continues the private practice of law.

He was Colonel (Ret.) Judge Advocate General of the S. C. State Guard.

He served in the U. S. Army Air Corps/Force during World War II.

He joined the Columbia, SC, Torch Club in 1950 and has served as a Regional Director and past  President of  the IATC.

Anne Sterling

Anne Sterling

Member, Ex-Officio
President, The Torch Foundation


Anne was President of IATC from 2006 to 2008. She served earlier as Director of Region 3. Her region grew to 16 Torch Clubs, so was split in half– into the current Region 3 and Region 8. The Torch Foundation has been of particular interest to her since its reorganization in 2009. Elected President of the Foundation in June, 2017, Anne currently serves ex officio on the IATC Board, as a full voting member. She has also served as President of the American Library Trustees Association; President of the School Board of Harford County MD, and State President of the League of Women Voters of VA.

Scott Stanfiled

Scott Stanfield

Editor, The Torch


Paul Scott Stanfield was educated at Grinnell College and Northwestern University and is now Professor of English at Nebraska Wesleyan University. He is the author of “Yeats and Politics in the 1930s.”

He is the son of Paul and Salee Stanfield, both of whom were members of Des Moines Torch Club, Paul serving as president of the IATC from 1984 to 1986.

He lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, with his wife, Barbara Straus. They have two adult daughters. He has belonged to the Lincoln Club since 1986.

He is currently editor of The Torch.

Amy Higgins

Executive Secretary


Amy has eight years of experience in marketing and sales. As the association executive for a professional trade association, she has worked effectively with volunteer leaders. She has extensive experience with communications and managing databases. She served as marketing coordinator for a real estate company, the Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society, and other non-profits. She is an active volunteer with Accomack County Public Schools having served multiple terms as a Board member on the Pungoteague Elementary School PTA as President, Vice President and Treasurer.