District Officers

Thelma Batilo, District Governor

“Give and Grow”

Thelma Batilo, District Governor (Lion Christopher Heiny)

District Governor Thelma attended Concordia College before obtaining a BS in Chemical Engineering at the University of Philippines and an MBA at the University of San Francisco. 

Thelma joined the Milpitas Executive Lions Club in 2008 and participates in many 4-C6 Lions projects as well as service activities in California and around the world. She serves as a Community Advisory Commissioner for the City of Milpitas and is the current Commission Chairperson.

Thelma is a Melvin Jones Fellow and Dwight E. Stanford Fellow. As Club President, she received the District Achievement Award and Club Excellence Award. She was District Region Chair of the Year. She received LCI Certificate of Accomplishment as District Environment Chair. She is a re-Certified Guiding Lion, graduate of MD4 Leadership Institute at Harris Ranch, Advanced Lions Leadership Institute ALLI in Denver and USA-Canada Leadership Forum in Portland.

Thelma’s spouse, Christopher Heiny, is also a long time member of the Milpitas Executive Lions Club, and along with their dog Mercalli, is a regular presence at MELC community and charitable activities.

Well, she got the answer – as International President Gudrun Yngvadottir said: “Service beyond the horizon”! To serve beyond the horizon, Thelma believes Lions must no longer be the best kept secret – we must be visible in the community. Invite the public, non-Lions, family and friends to any Lions event. Empower Lions!

Richard E. “Rick” Silveria (Lion Char)
First Vice District Governor


Linda Pugliese (PDG Joe)
Second Vice District Governor

  • Allen King, Global Leadership Team Coordinator
  • MariCris Benitez, Global Membership Team Coordinator
  • Becki Stewart, Global Service Team Coordinator