International Officers 2020-2021

International President

Art Brassard

Western Canada Federation - Prince Albert Club - Prince Albert, SK Canada
 
I joined the Prince Albert Club in October 1988. Since then I have held every office position in the club except secretary. This year (2019) I will be the president of the club, the third time that I have held this position. I was treasurer of the WCF for five years, 2001-2006, on the WCF board for five years and was the governor in 2016-2017.
 
In the Prince Albert Club, I have worked on all their projects and have looked after the club annual fishing trip for the past 25 years.  in 2016, with the suggestion from fellow Cosmo member Morris Hesje, that we look at doing a football pool to see if we could raise money for the club’s charity donation account. So, I developed this pool lottery using our CFL Saskatchewan Roughrider’s season games and the three CFL play-off games. This project is now in it’s third year and we have raised over $32,000 each year, with a profit of over $16,000.00 going into our charity donation account.
 
I was married to my wife Debbie for 42 ½ years, and have three children; Joeleene, Joey, and Corey. We have seven grandkids; Joshua, Brandon, Katie, Abbigale, Edward, Genevieve, Donald.  I lost my wife December 1, 2018 after a two-week illness.  I have been a professional drive all my working life. 33 years as Driver Instructor and now drive for a tour bus company in Prince Albert. This year I will reach the 3-million-kilometer mark of accident free driving.

 

President Elect

Darin Hartman

Cornbelt Federation, Council Bluffs Club - Council Bluffs, IA
 
Darin joined Cosmopolitan International in May of 2015.  He saw a flyer for a upcoming Cosmo Fundraising evert and saw that is was a Diabetic Fundraising Club.  Darin has been a Type 1 Diabetic since he was a young child.  Since joining Cosmopolitan International, Darin has held the positions of Vice-President  and President at the club level and Governor –Elect and Governor at the Federation level.  With his new position as Vice-President of Marketing and Fundraising, Darin is afforded the opportunity to do what he likes best.  Spreading the word about Cosmo, and helping fight s disease that has hit very close to home for him.
 
Darin has been a Type 1 Diabetic since kindergarten, and has seen many advancements in resources available to Diabetics.  Beside himself, Darin’s dad, niece, grandmother and cousin have all fought Diabetes.  His mother has often told him that being the parent of a T1D is the hardest job she has ever had.
 
Darin’s professional career has led him through careers that have coincided with Diabetes.  From retail pharmacy, insurance agent, and a recruiter/trainer for Senior Sales in the Medicare field, Darin has never lost touch with the effects of Diabetes through all ages and types of Diabetes.  Darin has a wealth of knowledge in Healthcare, Marketing, Fundraising, and networking.  He seems to know someone in every field.

 

Vice President of Finance

Keith Shepherd

Western Canada Federation - Wascana Club - Regina, SK
 
Keith Shepherd joined Cosmopolitan International as a member of the Regina Capital Cosmopolitan Club on September 18, 1983 and is also a charter member of the Wascana Cosmopolitan Club April 18, 1995.  He has served Cosmopolitan actively since joining the organization by holding various positions at the club, federation and the Cosmopolitan Diabetes Foundation of Canada Inc. (CFC) and now at the International level, having been elected as Vice President for Finance at the 100th Annual Cosmopolitan International Convention in Kansas City, MO. July 28, 2018.
 
Keith has worked for Dudley & Company LLP, Chartered Professional Accountants since October 1975.  His work load varies during the year providing public tax and accounting services to individuals, corporations and not-for-profit organizations.  With Keith’s background it is no surprise that he has held positions as club, federation and CFC treasurer.  He has been club president on several occasions (international distinguished club president 2013/2014) and was WCF Governor 2014/2015.
 
He has attended most all WCF conventions and numerous International Conventions over this time.  He enjoys golfing, curling, fishing and hiking. He has attended approximately 17 annual Cosmopolitan fishing trips to northern Saskatchewan where they have had Cosmopolitan attendees from as far away as Austin, Texas.
 
Keith has been married to fellow Cosmo Karen Shepherd, current secretary of WCF, for 40 years and has three children; Christine (current WCF Governor Elect), Ryan and Raymond (Nicole) and two grandchildren (Cali and Lincoln).

 

Vice President of Marketing and Fundraising

Amy Berendzen

MoKan Federation - Jefferson City Club - Jefferson City, MO
 
Amy proudly became a JC Cosmo in August 2017.  As Jefferson City, Missouri is her hometown, she was well-aware of the greatness the Jefferson City Cosmopolitan Club shared with the community, and the philanthropic difference they’ve made for many years.  Following the type 1 diabetes diagnosis of her then 13 year-old son, William, in December 2016, she decided it was time to join her friends and members of the club that fights diabetes.  Since that very first meeting, she went right to work being an advocate for her fellow T1D families in Jefferson City – and beyond.
 
Currently, Amy is her Club’s Vice President of Membership, an office she has held since 2019.  She was recognized as the Jefferson City Cosmopolitan Club’s 2018-2019 Rookie of the Year, and also as Cosmopolitan International’s 2018-2019 Rookie of the Year.  These are more than “just awards to her.”  She’s making it her life’s work to change the way kids and families see, hear and feel about a T1D diagnosis.  Together, with her family, they organized a Beat T1D in JC dodgeball tournament, sponsored by her JC Cosmos Club, by which all proceeds go to Jefferson City School District nurses offices to assist them in providing care and supplies for students with T1D.  Amy also served on Cosmopolitan International’s 2020 Marketing Task Force.
 
Communications, marketing and public relations have been Amy’s career focus for over 25 years.  She’s directed communications, marketing and public relations for Capital Region Medical Center (a University of Missouri Health Care affiliate), the Jefferson City School District and presently serves Missouri’s Lieutenant Governor, Mike Kehoe and staff, as their Communications Director.  In Amy’s book, PR is more than Public Relations.  It also equates to Performance + Recognition.  PR is much more than fluff and spin.  PR professionals take their roles as reputation managers, mindful marketers, smart strategists, networking professionals and credible communicators to heart.  Both professionally, and personally, purpose defines her.  Passion fuels her.  Pride drives her.  
 
Married to her husband, Ron, for 25 years, they are the proud parents of Brooke Elizabeth, who is pursuing a career in the field of medicine, and William Ramsey, who is now a junior in high school.  William is a three sport student athlete who enjoys playing baseball, football and wrestling, and is showing the world that kids with T1D can do anything they set their minds to. The Berendzen family is committed to advocating for and supporting T1D families like theirs.  Although a cure for T1D won’t change their family’s story or trajectory, they remain optimistic of a future free of T1D.
 

Vice President of Membership

Lanny Auringer

North Central Federation - Sioux Falls Club - Sioux Falls, SD
 
Lanny has been an active member of the Sioux Falls Noon Club since October of 2006. He joined the Club at the encouragement of his father-in-law as a way to continue his involvement within the Sioux Falls Community and to help make a positive impact upon the lives of others. Lanny quickly became involved in the Sioux Falls Noon Cosmopolitan Club activities and leadership.  He has served on the local Board of Directors numerous times. He has served as the Club President on two separate occasions and has served as the North Central Federation Governor in 2018-2019.
 
Lanny currently serves on the 2021 Cosmopolitan International Convention Planning Committee, The Sioux Falls Noon Cosmopolitan Sweetest Day of Golf Fundraising Committee, is an editor for the weekly Cosmopolitan Club newsletter, “The Pollywog”, Serves on the Club Social Committee and participates in many volunteer opportunities with the Club throughout the year. Lanny was awarded the International Cosmopolitan of the Year Award in 2015 and the Governor of the Year Award in 2019.
 
Lanny is an architect and operates his own design firm, Innovative Design & Management Services, LLC since 2004. Lanny and his wife operate a property management company overseeing commercial buildings that they own and lease.  Lanny also recently became a licensed commercial real estate agent to allow him to better serve his clients and tenants.
Lanny has been married to his wife, Tammy, for 17 years. Together they have 2 sons and 2 daughters and have the pleasure of spoiling two very young grandchildren. ( Eevie is 2 1/2 and Theo is 10 months.) Lanny and Tammy enjoy spending time with friends and family, camping and sprint car racing, traveling to races throughout the region each summer to cheer on their favorite drivers.

 

Judge Advocate

Jeremy Bridge

Midstates Federation - Rockford Club - Rockford, IL
 
Jeremy has been a Cosmopolitan since 2011 as a member of the Rockford Club.  Shortly after being diagnosed with Diabetes himself, Jeremy was approached to consider taking over as Judge Advocate. Jeremy decided that this was the time to become more involved with Cosmopolitan.
 
Jeremy R. Bridge is a shareholder and registered patent attorney in Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren’s Intellectual Property Practice where he provides legal services to business clients ranging from individuals to Fortune 100 companies. His background in mechanical engineering allows him to understand the special intellectual needs and challenges of his clients who are involved in the production of consumer and industrial products.
With over a decade of legal experience, Jeremy possesses the knowledge and skill to assist clients as they navigate the complexities associated with intellectual property matters. His background in mechanical engineering allows Jeremy to understand the technical aspects of complex products and methods in order to offer legal counsel that appreciates both the technical side as well as the legal sides of any issue. Clients appreciate his two-sided perspective, approachable nature, and practical approach to negotiations, but most of all: they appreciate his unwavering commitment to understanding and focusing on his client’s goals.
 
Jeremy’s practice as a patent attorney has him assisting his clients in understanding and navigating the often confusing and convoluted rules related to obtaining and enforcing patents.  It is his ability to interpret and explain these confusing and convoluted rules that will assist him in fulfilling his duties as Judge Advocate.  
 
Jeremy was a prior board member for the Winnebago County Bar Association as well as a prior board member for Habitat for Humanity of Boone County.
 
Bar/Court Admissions:
Illinois
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office