Karen J. Murphy, International President
Beenleigh, Queensland, Australia
“Together we aim to refocus on the core reason for our existence – service – and in doing so, unite our membership. We have a unique opportunity to be trailblazers in service, as we head towards our 100th birthday in 2019.” - Karen J. Murphy
Karen J. Murphy was elected to serve on the 2014-16 International Board as Quota International Inc.’s International President in July 2014. Murphy has been a dedicated and passionate member of Quota International of Beenleigh, Queensland, Australia since 1996, and has been an integral force in launching a number of innovative international service programs including QuoCKa Reading program connecting Quota, Cops, kids, and reading, the Service-on-Sound project providing musical instruments to disadvantaged children, and the youth mentoring and "Ambassador of the Year" programs.
Murphy has served as a District Governor, South Pacific Area Director (2009-11), International Treasurer (2011-12), President-elect (2012-13), and as President-elect/Treasurer (2013-14).
Murphy was awarded the Forde Community Champion Award in 2006, and has actively supported the Brisbane City Council’s community initiatives. Murphy has a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from Sydney University, and has owned/managed Murphy’s Health Care Pharmacy since 1990.
Murphy currently resides with her husband Brian, in Beenleigh, Queensland, Australia. She has two daughters: Belinda, an Emergency and Accident Medicine Physician; and Nicole, a composer.
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Marie Dobson-Dunlop, President-elect/Treasurer
Huronia, Ontario, Canada
Marie Dobson-Dunlop serves on the 2014-16 International Board as President-elect/Treasurer. Elected at the 2014 International Convention, Dobson-Dunlop’s career in finance started 30 years ago, and she currently acts as Co-Owner, Branch Manager and Compliance Officer of Dunlop Financial Services.
Dobson-Dunlop began volunteering with Quota International of Huronia in 1992, and has become an influential leader, holding various positions including: District Governor (2004), Canada Area Director (2010-12), International Treasurer (2012-13).
Dobson-Dunlop received a diploma in Business Administration from Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. She is a member of the Southern Georgian Bay Chamber of Commerce, the Catholic Women’s League and is a past board member of the Midland Y’s Men’s Music Festival and Midland unit of the Boys and Girls Club of North Simcoe, Ontario, Canada.
In 2010, Dobson-Dunlop received the Business Women’s Award for Heart and Soul of the Community in Midland, Ontario, Canada, where she currently resides. Dobson-Dunlop has three sons, one daughter and three beautiful grandchildren.
Dobson-Dunlop will become the International President of Quota International Inc. at the International Convention, held in July 2016 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
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Jeanette Gray, Vice President
Whitsunday, Queensland, Australia
Jeanette Gray was elected as one of the 2014-16 International Board’s Vice Presidents. Gray has been a loyal member of Quota International of Whitsunday in Queensland, Australia since the charter was founded in 1990.
As a leader, Gray served as District Governor (2008-10) and has chaired a number of committees: 2010 Elections Committee, 2011 District Conference Committee, 2011-13 International Women and Children Committee, 2013 South Pacific Area Meeting Committee.
Gray studied to become a radiation therapy technologist at the Queensland Radium Institute in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. She later earned a certificate in Radiation Dosimetry from the University of Texas, and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from James Cook University.
Gray serves on the community boards of the Forest Industries Training Advisory Body (2009-present), and the Forest Industries Training and Education Consortium (1999-present). Gray was also heavily involved with the School Parents and Citizens Associations, serving as treasurer (seven years) and as president (two years).
For the past 25 years, Gray has managed Gray’s Sawmill Pty Ltd, located in Whitsunday, Queensland, Australia, where she currently resides. She has two twin daughters, aged 27.
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Cindy Hurd, Vice President
Coral Springs/Parkland, Florida, United States
Cindy Hurd serves on the 2014-16 International Board as a Vice President, and continues her 20+ year career as an advocate for Deaf children. Hurd is a charter member of Quota International of Coral Springs/Parkland, founded in 2002, after joining Quota International of Fort Lauderdale in 2001.
Hurd has served as a District Governor (2009-11) for Quota International while also participating as a speaker, and panelist at several Quota International events, meetings, and International Conventions.
For 15 years, Hurd has served as a board member for a non-profit organization that supports Deaf children and their families. She has supported and worked on behalf of the Florida School for the Deaf since 2004.
While studying management and marketing at Western Michigan University, Hurd earned her Bachelor’s of Business Administration. For the past 35 years, Hurd has owned and operated a successful small business with a strong local presence in South Florida, where she currently resides. Hurd has two children, both of whom were born Deaf.
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Emilie Simon, Vice President
Manila South, Philippines
Emilie Simon is a Vice President on the 2014-16 International Board and has been a passionately active leader, supporting Quota International of Manila South since it was chartered in 1992.
Simon has held a number of leadership positions, serving as a District Governor (2011-13) and a member of the Hearing and Speech Committee (2010-12). At the 2014 International Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States, Simon received the Volunteer of the Year award.
Simon has a Bachelor of Music degree, specialising in Music Education and Marimba. She also has a Masters Degree in Music Education. Simon currently resides in Manila, Philippines. She has son, and an 8-year-old granddaughter.