Michael Osur


Candidate's Office: Second Vice President

Region Number: 2

Toastmasters member since: 2008

Education: BA Philosophy, Masters in Business Administration (MBA)

Employer and/or position: Riverside County, California, Department of Public Health, Assistant Director/Chief Health Strategist; Assistant Clinic Professor, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, Calif; Adjunct Professor, Claremont Graduate University and University of La Verne

Served as district governor of district number: 12

Term of service: 2013-2014

In term as district governor, district achieved: Distinguished

Website: http://Michaelfor2VP.org

Toastmasters offices held and terms of service (international and regional level):

  • 2012-2013 Lt. Governor Education
  • 2011-2012 Lt. Governor of Marketing

Toastmasters honors and recognition (international level):

  • 2013-2014 Region 10 Spirit Award
  • 2010-2011 Division Governor of the Year, District 12

Relevant work experience and how it relates to Toastmasters and your role as a Board Member:

As the Assistant Director for Public Health, I oversee a staff of more than 400 and I am responsible for managing the department's $100 million (US) budget. I have fiduciary responsibilities in every part of my work to ensure everything we do is in the best interest of the County's 2.4 million residents, the taxpayers and our funders. I work with the Fiscal Manager to ensure that the department's 15 branches meet their program requirements while staying within their budgets, project expenses and revenues and make the necessary adjustments to meet budget targets. I am a mentor for many leaders both in and out of my agency and identify future leaders to help them chart their path to success. I work with many non-profit organizations and community groups and make sure their voices are heard in the decisions and programs we develop to improve the health of the County. In my teaching roles as a professor at three universities, I help train the next generation of leaders in public health and health services. My work experience has a direct correlation to my role and responsibilities as a Board member: Fiduciary responsibilities, mentoring, policy development and setting the stage to discover future leaders.

What experience do you have in strategic planning?

I lead the Public Health Department’s strategic planning process to set the vision, mission, big over-arching goals, develop the action plans, monitor progress towards the goals and ensure completion of annual updates to the plan. I have been involved with five series of 3-5 year strategic planning processes for the department. In addition, I was a key member of the team that developed strategic plans for the two non-profits where I was on the Board of Directors.

What experience do you have in the area of finance?

As Assistant Director, I over see a budget of $100 million (US) and work with the Fiscal Manager and the Sr. Accountants to ensure we meet our budget targets. I have 25 years of experience in conducting monthly reviews and making course corrections as needed. I am responsible for ensuring we make judicious use of our state, federal, foundation and tax monies. As a Board member of the local YMCA I was the chair of the Finance Committee for two years.

What experience do you have in developing policies?

I led the team that completely re-wrote the multi-hundred page County Emergency Medical Services policy and procedure manual. The manual guides the hundreds of paramedics, thousands of Emergency Medical Technicians, 15 hospitals and four trauma centers on how to assess and treat patients with emergency medical conditions. As the Assistant Director for Public Health, I regularly review our department’s policies, update them and create new policies as needed. As part of our policy review, I ensure that those affected by the policies provide input into and evaluate the policies to ensure they meet the organization’s goals. I am a member of the Legislation Committee for the California Health Executives Association. In that role, we review proposed and newly adopted laws and create policies that translate that legislation into policies that can be used locally.

What lessons did you learn from previous leadership positions?

I have learned that leadership is working with others to achieve a common goal. As a leader, I have learned that I often need others to fill in my knowledge and experience gaps. I do not need to know everything but I do need to find those who do know what I need to know. I need a team of those who have varied experiences and skills. I have learned to listen more and talk less. While as a leader, I have the responsibility, that means that I do not need to do everything. Helping others on the team to reach their own aligned goals is the key to achieving our mutual success.

What experience and key strengths would you bring to the Board of Directors?

I have more than 30 years experience as a leader in County government. I have led groups of five to more than 400. I have participated on and led many Strategic Planning Processes and have experience working up, down and across multiple organizations and groups to ensure we all reach our mutual goals. I am always willing to listen to all sides and will modify or change my position on an issues when new information is presented. I have mentored many people who have gone on to leadership positions in organizations both in and out of government. I can “argue” all sides of an issue to be sure I understand it, never hold a grudge with those with whom I disagree. I understand the importance of perseverance as many goals can take years to achieve. We must always begin with the end in mind. I received the Planning Advocate from the American Planning Association largely due to my abilities to work with multi-disciplinary teams across multiple sectors. In addition, I received the Public Health Professional of the Year from the Southern California Public Health Association for my work in creating healthy communities in Southern California

Why do you want to serve as an international officer/director?

I want to ensure that Toastmasters can meet is Envisioned Future to be the first choice provider of dynamic, high value, experiential communication and leader skills development; I want to ensure that Toastmasters is successful not just for the next 10 years but for the next 95 years. I want to ensure that we continue to meet our Brand Promise of “Empowering individuals through personal and professional development” I believe in the Mission, Vision and Values of Toastmasters. Through Toastmasters we help our members to find their voice and share their stories. As they share their stories, our members become better communicators and leaders and as a result they can make positive changes in their own lives, in the lives of others and in their communities. My energy, enthusiasm, drive, tenacity and strengths can help me a positive voice on our Board of Directors.

What volunteer experience do you have outside of Toastmasters?

I have worked on numerous fundraising campaigns for the United Way, American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society. I have served on the Board of Directors of two local non-profit organizations.

Have you worked with other Boards of Directors outside of Toastmasters?

I was a Board member of the Riverside Area Alternatives for Domestic Violence (8 years) and the YMCA of Riverside County (6 years) and served as the Chair of the YMCA Finance Committee. I served as the president of the Emergency Medical Services Administrators Association of California. I also served on the Hospital Building Safety Commission of the California Office of Health Planning and Development. I serve the Riverside County Board of Supervisors and ensure Board members and staff have the information, supporting documents and reasons to help them make policy and funding decisions regarding the public’s health and medical needs.

In your opinion, what are Toastmasters International’s major objectives and how would you work to achieve them?

The major objectives of Toastmasters are to bring about our Envisioned Future to be the first choice provider of dynamic, high value, experiential communication and leader skills development. To do that we must ensure that our clubs fully understand and live the club mission to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every individual has the opportunity to develop oral communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth. We can achieve our goals and objectives by ensuring our club officers and district leaders have the knowledge, skills, abilities and tools to make our club mission a reality for every club in every district regardless of where they are in the world or the languages they speak.

Additional information about candidate:

I believe we must be Mission Focused as we make a difference in the lives of others. We must see ourselves as more than “volunteers.” Our “calling” is find our voice and tell our stories and help others to find their voice and tell their story. In this way we can guide our members to become the communicators and leaders they were meant to be and bring positive change to our communities.