Richard Fink

Region 6 Director
Chair of the Finance Committee


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.

David Hammond

Vice President

A member of the Torch Club of Columbus since 1997, Dave has served as treasurer, president and recently co-chair of the 2016 IATC convention.  He received his BS degree in finance from the Ohio State University and his masters in banking from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University.

During his 47-year career with Bank One/ JPMorgan Chase, he held various key management positions in the branch network, commercial lending, treasury management, large corporate accounts and private banking divisions.  He has served on many community boards in various leadership positions over the years and is currently active with Rotary, Ballet Metropolitan,  Homeless Family Foundation and First Community Church.

He has been married to Sandra for 50+ year’s, they have three daughters, eight grand children and a metal dog named Rusty.

Norine Haas

Past President


A long-time devotee and leader of the Frederick and Westminster, MD Torch Clubs, Norine Haas had a long career in administration. After retiring from a 13 year tenure as CEO of the Frederick County Mental Health Association specializing in the problems of children and families, she agreed to another three years as the founding executive director of a Frederick County, MD Family Foundation. She also spent many years on the Board of Trustees of a corporation that owned continuing care retirement centers, serving several years as Board Chair.

Norine has also been President of the 200 member Frederick Rotary Club, a loyal supporter of the League of Women Voters, interested in the local arts scene, a leader in church activities and served on numerous Human Services and Mental Health Boards, often as chair. After many years of classical piano training, she switched gears and earned a nursing degree from Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. She has been married to Ted, another Torch devotee and leader, for 59 years.

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.

Dick Lynch

Treasurer- IATC
Director-Ex Officio
President-The Torch Foundation


Richard R. “Dick” Lynch is a native of southeastern Massachusetts. After a public high school education, Dick graduated from Providence College with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, and later obtained a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Rockefeller College, SUNY Albany. He began his 32-year career with New York State’s Executive Department, Division of the Budget, and later was the Chief Financial Officer for the Department of Environmental Conservation for 17 years.
Dick has been an active member of the Albany New York Torch Club since 1977 and is a Lifetime member, and was a long-term member of the IATC Board of Directors, and President of the IATC from 1992 to 1994. Dick is also a charter member of the Saratoga New York Torch Club.  Beginning in 2008, Dick served as Secretary and Treasurer of the Torch Foundation, is a Lifetime Member and currently President of the Foundation.
He serves as Treasurer for IATC, and Director-Ex Officio as President of the Torch Foundation. Dick is a licensed, instrument rated private pilot, has been an avid alpine skier for over 50 years, a retired Senior Ski Patrolman, and lives in Clifton Park and Saratoga Lake New York with his wife, Kathy.

Francis Moul

Membership Director


Francis Moul is a member of the Tom Carroll Lincoln Torch Club since 1989 and is currently Torch Membership Director. He has a PhD degree in environmental history from the University of Nebraska, was a Fulbright Scholar to India in 1966, has been in journalism much of his life as reporter, editor, editorial writer and publisher and taught college political science at Wayne State College, Nebraska. He and his wife owned a publishing/printing company in Nebraska that grew from five to 120 employees before being sold. He has started five new Torch clubs in Nebraska and Virginia and is hoping Torch can have 100 clubs and 5,000 members by our 2024 Centennial.

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

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

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

Region 5 Co-Director


Dorothy is a co-Director for Region #5. She 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.

Linda Porter

Region 5 Co-Director


Linda Porter earned her undergraduate and master’s degree at Youngstown State University. Before her retirement, she taught French and Spanish in a suburban high school near Warren, Ohio.

In addition to serving as co-director of Region 5, Miss Porter is secretary of the Youngstown Torch Club. She is an active member of the Akron (Ohio) Torch Club where she has served as president and is currently on that club’s board of directors.

George Conklin

Region 8 Director


George H. Conklin is professor emeritus of sociology at North Carolina Central University. He joined Torch 20 years ago and has been president of the Durham/Chapel Hill Torch Club twice and a regional representative for Region 8 for the past three 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, now a retired public health nurse. George enjoys the wide range of interests among the various members of the clubs. He 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 also listed in Who’s Who in America.  George received the Torch Gold Award in 2016.

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

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.

Scott Stanfield

Torch Editor

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.

Jim Coppinger

Executive Secretary


A member of the Kalamazoo Torch Club since 2003, he has served as club secretary for the past several years. Jim was IATC Director for Region 6 for two terms before taking on the responsibility of IATC Executive Secretary in 2014.

He was advertising director for the local newspaper for more than twenty years before starting his own advertising, marketing and public relations firm in 2000. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Michigan University in printing management and business.

Mark Dahmke

Region 7 Director
and Database, Website and IT Administrator


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.