Board of Directors 2016-18

Marie Dobson-Dunlop, President

Huronia, Ontario, Canada

Emilie Simon, President-elect/Treasurer
Manila, Philippines 
LuAnne Bonanno, Vice President
Lawrence, Massachusetts, United States  

Shelly Brown, Vice President
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Carol Patin, Vice President
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
Board of Directors 2016-2018

From left: Vice Presidents Carol Patin, Shelly Brown, and LuAnne Bonanno;
President-elect/Treasurer Emilie Simon, and President Marie Dobson-Dunlop.

Board Member Bios

Marie Dobson-DunlopMarie Dobson-Dunlop, International President
Quota International of Huronia, Ontario, Canada

Marie Dobson-Dunlop served on the 2014-16 International Board as President Elect/Treasurer. Elected at the 2014 International Convention, Marie’s career in finance started 30 years ago, and she currently acts as Co-Owner, Branch Manager and Compliance Officer of Dunlop Financial Services.

Marie 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), and International President-Elect/Treasurer (2014-16). 

Marie 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, Marie received the Business Women’s Award for Heart and Soul of the Community in Midland, Ontario, Canada, where she currently resides. Marie has three sons, one daughter and three beautiful grandchildren.

Marie became the International President of Quota International Inc. at the International Convention, held in July 2016 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.   

Emilie SimonEmilie Simon, International President-elect/Treasurer
Quota International Manila South, Philippines

Emilie Simon is the President-elect/Treasurer on the 2016-18 International Board and has been a passionately active leader, supporting Quota International of Manila South since it was chartered in 1993 as well as Development and Growth in the Philippines.

Emilie has held a number of leadership positions, serving as a District 41 Governor (2011-13) and a member of the Hearing and Speech Committee (2010-12).  At the 2014 International Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States, Emilie received the Volunteer of the Year award.

Emilie has a Bachelor of Music degree, specializing in Music Education and Marimba.  She also has a Master’s Degree in Music Education.  Emilie currently resides in Manila, Philippines and is a Board Member of some business companies and associations.  She is an only child and the administrator of her family-owned commercial and residential properties.  Emilie has an active 86-year old mother who still goes ballroom dancing twice a week, a son who is a marketing/sales executive in a top 5 corporation in the Philippines and a 9-year old granddaughter.

LuAnne BonannoLuAnne Bonanno, Vice President
Quota International of Lawrence, Massachusetts, United States

A member of Quota International of Lawrence, Massachusetts, United States, for 16 years, LuAnne Bonanno has served as Club Secretary, Club President twice, and is currently a member of the Executive Board of her club.  She was Lieutenant Governor, then Governor of District 29, which was made up of clubs from Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

She is the co-owner and operator of Pleasant Valley Gardens, a fresh market vegetable farm in Methuen, MA.  They grow a wide variety of vegetables, and have one acre of greenhouses where they grow a variety of vegetable and flowering plants.  She began the campaign that donates the “ugly” produce to 3 homeless shelters in her town.  Last summer, under her direction, over 50,000 lbs. of fresh vegetables were distributed.

LuAnne manages the farm’s 150 member Community Supported Agriculture program, which allows customers to buy a share of the farm for one season, ensuring them fresh vegetables from mid-June to mid-October.

LuAnne was chosen Mrs. Essex County in October of 2008.  During her reign, she travelled her county promoting the local fair, the Topsfield Fair, and supporting local farms.

One of 15 farm women from around the country, she was fortunate to participate in the American Farm Bureau Women’s Committee Communications Boot Camp in Washington DC.  She received intensive training in public speaking, and was given the chance to experience mock interviews with newspapers, radio and television.  She was also given the opportunity to testify at a mock Congressional hearing.

She is the mother of three grown daughters, and “Nana” to three perfect grandsons.  In her spare time, she belongs to a book club, volunteers at a local nursing home, mentors a domestic violence survivor, and donates platelets that help cancer patients.

Shelly BrownShelly Brown, Vice President
Quota International of Gold Coast, Australia

Shelly Brown was elected as a Vice President on the 2016 - 2018 International Board at Convention in Brisbane in July 2016. During her 18 years as a member of Quota International of Gold Coast, Shelly has been a dynamic Club leader and strong financial advisor to her Club.  At district level, she chaired the Hearing & Speech Committee and was 30th District Governor 2011-2012. During her term as Governor, Shelly initiated a District Project to collect and provide shoes to a remote indigenous community.

Shelly has worked in the financial area for the past 40 years, is a certified trainer in communication and on completion of her Business Degree majoring in Human Resource Management, was awarded the Dean's Commendation for her results. Since 1998 she has worked for a Development Company and as Property Manager, managed eight (8) shopping centers covering all aspects of customer and tenant liaison, marketing and financial control and reporting.  Her next role with the company was Financial Controller and Administration Manager.

As a founding member of the Somerset College Foundation, for a number of years Shelly was the Chair of the Headmaster's Black Tie Dinner Committee, organizing annual dinners to acknowledge Foundation Benefactors.  In addition to this role, Shelly was very involved in the inaugural steering committee of the very popular Somerset Celebration of Literature Festival.  Under her leadership as President of Quota International of Gold Coast, the Club sponsored the transport, accommodation and attendance of the students of Hebel State School, twenty-three in total, to participate in the festival.

Some of Shelly's interests include travel, photography, knitting, Sudoku and researching family history. Married to Peter for 39 years and a resident of the Gold Coast where her son Adam and his wife Natasha also reside, Shelly feels that she is blessed with a very supportive family.

Carol PatinCarol M. Patin, Vice President
Quota International of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States

The wellbeing of women and children is at the heart of Carol's professional and volunteer work. Others would have witnessed this have recognized her efforts in many ways.

Carol Patin is a vibrant Quota International member who has participated in many different roles and activities through the years. She has been a District Lieutenant Governor, Regional Director, Club board president, club vice president and has served on the Hospitality, Fundraising, Membership and Service committees. She also has presented at the international conventions on the topics of Membership and Fellowship. Her service has been acknowledged by the Quota community by awarding her with several awards (Club-Volunteer of the Year, Wanda Frey Joiner Leadership Award, Louise Cloud Fellowship Award, Frances Landry Service Award and the District- District Star Award).

As a practicing Obstetrician and Gynecologist for 20 years, the practice’s corporate structure was so successful that her participation was requested in a teaching video for physicians on how to run the business of medicine. She then started a practice management company, helping physicians start and run successful businesses. As the fourth female and first African American president of the Capital Area Medical Society (founded in 1876), she initiated programs that increase physician access in the community.

Other accomplishments and acknowledgements are from the APGO, American Academy of Family Physicians (Recognition for Excellence in Teaching), Louisiana Area Health Education Centers (acknowledgement for the support of the training of physicians for medical shortage areas), Louisiana State University Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Student Teaching Award), and the Baton Rouge General Family Medicine Residency (Community Physician of the Year).

Carol has received many honors as a volunteer from her community. Some these works and honors include: YMCA Board of Directors, Consumers Research Council of America (Top Physician), United States Federal Court of Louisiana (Excellence in Medicine) and Volunteer Activist 2015.

Board of Directors 2014-16
2016 Board Nominees included:  Emilie SimonJeanette Gray, and 
LuAnne BonannoRobbie BrookerShelly BrownValerie Hall and Carol Patin.
Board of Directors 2016-2018 photo, courtesy of Stan Kumiega III.