Our speaker for the August breakfast is Carmen Evelyn Cuneo!
Carmen Evelyn Cuneo served as the district governor (2018-2019) for Rotary International District
5890, a one-year volunteer leadership position. District 5890 includes 62 Rotary Clubs and 2,500 members in the Greater Houston Area. Rotary International is a volunteer service organization with 32,000 clubs and 1.2 million members worldwide. Cuneo is a member of the Rotary Club of the Houston International. Prior services to District 5890 include two years as district secretary, two years as district treasurer and three years as treasurer of the district’s youth exchange program.
Cuneo is a level two major donor to the Rotary Foundation and has traveled with Rotary for a National Immunization Day to India in an effort to eradicate polio, the Rotary Foundation’s signature goal. She led an Inbound and Outbound Friendship Exchange with Russia in 2015 and 2016, respectively. She created life-changing opportunities, through Rotary, for business and cultural internships in partnership with the University of Irkutsk in Russia. She will serve as chair of the US Section of the Rotary International Russia United States Intercountry Committee 2019-2020.
In November 2018, Cuneo traveled with a Rotary Foundation Vocation Training Team of seven Firefighters to Columbia where the team trained 90 firefighters from 32 communities. The trainees consisted of male and female firefighters who learned life-saving techniques that will benefit their respective communities. During the past 100 years, the Rotary Foundation has spent $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects and, for the 10th consecutive year, The Rotary Foundation has received the highest rating — four stars — from Charity Navigator.
During Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, Cuneo worked with Disaster Aid USA, a Rotary Club Project, to lead and assist teams in the clean-up efforts. Under the
District 5890 leadership, over 250 homes were completed, per homeowner requests, with over $1 million in monetary and in-kind contributions delivered.
Cuneo had a 23-year career in construction that took her to Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. She worked as a laborer, became a master electrician and, later, served as a project manager on major construction projects, including a strategic alliance for telecommunications facilities, a joint venture for a hotel reconstruction and new construction for hospitals and outpatient surgery centers.
During her construction career, Cuneo established an Industry Partnership Apprenticeship Training Program for electrical apprentices. She was a master craft trainer for the National Center for Construction Education and Research and taught electrical theory for electrical apprentices.
Cuneo grew up in Northbrook, IL. She moved to Houston in 2003 and currently lives in Houston’s Historic Third Ward. In 2014, Cuneo was licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and currently works in private practice.
Cuneo has two daughters and seven grandchildren. She is a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Houston.