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Toastmasters International Board of Directors

Each member of Toastmasters International's Board of Directors has accepted the mission of the organization and makes certain that the mission is reflected in the decisions that they make.

In carrying out its responsibilities, the Board of Directors functions in the following major areas:

  • Upholding the mission, vision and values of
    Toastmasters International
  • Setting strategic direction for the organization
  • Policy development
  • Hiring the Executive Director
  • Budget and financial oversight

Click on the names of individual Board members below to learn more about them. This information is provided in the event of a visit to your company or district by this Board member. The resources are available for use when contacting corporate leaders and members of the news media. The full biography goes into more detail on the Board member’s qualifications for office.


Mohammed Murad, DTM
International President
Jim Kokocki, DTM
Int'l President-elect
Mike Storkey, DTM
First Vice President
Balraj Arunasalam, DTM
Second Vice President
George Yen, DTM
Immediate Past Intl. Pres.
Tom Jones, DTM
International Director, Region 1
Gloria Shishido, DTM
International Director, Region 2
Karen Blake, DTM
International Director, Region 3
Joan Watson, DTM
International Director, Region 4
Alan Shaner, DTM
International Director, Region 5
Ross Mackay, DTM
International Director, Region 6
Sharon Anita Hill, DTM
International Director, Region 7
Dennis Wooldridge, DTM
International Director, Region 8
Richard Peck, DTM
International Director, Region 9
Ede Ferrari D'Angelo, DTM
International Director, Region 10
Khaled Matlagaitu, DTM
International Director, Region 11
Charlie Starrett, DTM
International Director, Region 12
Deepak Menon, DTM
International Director, Region 13
Patrick Oei, DTM
International Director, Region 14

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Mohammed Murad, DTM,
of Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), is an entrepreneur and Managing Director of three companies. He holds an MBA and a Master of Quality Management degree from the University of Wollongong in New South Wales, Australia. He is also a graduate of the City of Dubai’s Leadership Development Program, and has received training at Harvard, London Business School and the Singapore School of Government.

A dedicated Toastmaster since 1996, Murad is a member of Toastmasters Dubai Chapter club in Dubai. He has held a number of high-profile leadership positions within the organization, and has attained the Distinguished Toastmaster designation—the highest level of educational achievement in the organization.

Murad says Toastmasters will always be important in his life. “I am excited by the opportunity to give back to the organization that has given me so much.”

As International President, Murad is a “working ambassador” for the organization. He works with the Board to develop, support and modify the policies and procedures that guide the organization in fulfilling its mission.

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International President
Term of Office: 2014-2015








Jim Kokocki, DTM,
is an entrepreneur and business consultant residing in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. As a volunteer with the Saint John Board of Trade, he co-chairs the organization’s Business Education Committee. Kokocki previously worked for 30 years at telecommunications provider Bell Aliant and its related companies. He is currently completing a graduate degree at the University of New Brunswick, Saint John, where he previously earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

A dedicated Toastmaster for 26 years, Kokocki’s home club is Saint John Toastmasters in Saint John. He served on the Board of Directors from 2002 to 2004. In addition to having held a number of high-profile leadership positions within the organization, Kokocki also attained the Distinguished Toastmaster designation — the highest level of achievement in Toastmasters.

“Toastmasters helped me understand the value in communicating widely, clearly and frequently about a team's objectives,” he says.

As Int'l President-elect, Kokocki is a “working ambassador” for the organization. Serving on the Board, he develops and supports the policies and procedures that guide Toastmasters International in fulfilling its mission.

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Int'l President-elect
Term of Office: 2014-2015








Mike Storkey, DTM,
of Townsville, Queensland, Australia, is a business trainer and coach at Storkeys' Team, a business he cofounded in 2005. He helps small business owners develop strategic business plans and trains members of local government bodies throughout the Queensland region. He also hosts seminars in change management, team building and leadership for Queensland regional councils. He is a licensed auctioneer and real estate agent and holds a Certificate 4 in Training and Assessment.

A dedicated Toastmaster for 23 years, Storkey has been a member of his home club, Whitsunday, in Cannonvale, since 1990. He served on the Toastmasters Board of Directors from 2010 to 2012, and has held a number of high-profile leadership positions within Toastmasters. Storkey has also attained the Distinguished Toastmaster designation—the highest level of educational achievement in the organization.

He says, “The skills I developed in Toastmasters—from helping others, working as a team and developing a vision in order to reach a common goal—have made me better-equipped to tackle leadership opportunities both in my private and professional life.”

As First Vice President, Storkey is a “working ambassador” for the organization. He works with the Board to develop, support and modify the policies and procedures that guide Toastmasters International in fulfilling its mission.

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First Vice President
Term of Office: 2014-2015








Balraj Arunasalam, DTM,
of Colombo, Western Province, Sri Lanka, is founder and chief executive of Gemtrans Engineering Company, a maker of industrial belts. He also serves as President of the Iyyappan Temple management board and as Vice President of the Aarunadu Velalar Society of Sri Lanka. He also belongs to the local Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club.

A dedicated Toastmaster for 25 years, Arunasalam is a member of three clubs, including the Colombo Toastmasters club. He served on the Toastmasters Board of Directors from 2011 to 2013. He has held a number of distinguished leadership positions within the organization and has attained the Distinguished Toastmaster designation—the highest level of achievement in Toastmasters.

"Toastmasters is a way of life,” he says. “It helped me understand the philosophy of leadership, to give and receive respect, and to be humble.”

As Second Vice President, Arunasalam is a “working ambassador” for the organization. He works with the Board to develop, support and modify the policies and procedures that guide Toastmasters International in fulfilling its mission.

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Second Vice President
Term of Office: 2014-2015








George Yen, DTM,
of Taipei, Taiwan, is Chairman of the Board of Great Sequoia Corporation, an international management and trading company based in Taipei, Taiwan. He also serves as the chief executive officer of five international joint ventures. He speaks four languages and holds a master’s degree in international relations from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

A dedicated Toastmaster for 24 years, Yen is a member of four Toastmasters clubs. He has held a number of distinguished leadership positions within the organization and has attained the Distinguished Toastmaster designation — the highest level of achievement in Toastmasters.

Yen credits much of his success to Toastmasters. “My Toastmasters training gave me the confidence to stretch my comfort zone,” he says. “It has sharpened my clarity and power in thinking, speaking and writing.” As for his international career, he says Toastmasters “has expanded my network of friends worldwide and has provided me with a sense of empowerment.”

As Immediate Past International President, Yen is a “working ambassador” for the organization. He works with the Board to develop, support and modify the policies and procedures that guide the organization in fulfilling its mission.

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Immediate Past International President
Term of Office: 2014-2015








Tom Jones, DTM,
is a management and communication consultant living in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Specializing in general business management and real estate for 25 years, his services include business-concept reviews, strategic business-plan development, market-plan development, project management and strategic action planning for corporate leaders. As a communication consultant, Jones helps strengthen clients’ presentation and communication skills. Private investors and first-time investment homebuyers also consult him when purchasing investment properties.

Besides earning a master’s degree in public administration from the Governors State University in Chicago, Illinois, Jones also obtained a master’s degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix in Burnaby, British Columbia. He founded a Strategic Business Resource company and served on the board for the Harvey 100 Club.

A dedicated Toastmaster for eight years, Jones has been a member of his home club, Marpole Community Toastmasters in Vancouver, since 2011. He has held a number of high-profile leadership positions within Toastmasters, and has attained the Distinguished Toastmaster designation—the highest level of educational achievement in the organization.

He says, “Toastmasters has inspired me to become a more compassionate human being and leader.”

As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Jones is a “working ambassador” for the organization. He works with the Board to develop, support and modify the policies and procedures that guide Toastmasters International in fulfilling its mission.

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International Director
Region 1
Term of Office: 2013-2015








Gloria Shishido, DTM,
of Kailua, Hawaii, retired from Queen’s Medical Center after 38 years in clinical laboratory and human resource management. She now works as a project coordinator for the Hawaii State Center for Nursing in Honolulu, Hawaii. In this role, she coordinates two state-wide collaborative programs, the Hawaii Nurse Residency Program and the Centralized Clinical Placement System. Shishido holds a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.

A Toastmaster for 16 years, Shishido is a member of several clubs, including the Queen’s Medical Center club in Honolulu, Hawaii. She has held a number of high-profile leadership positions within Toastmasters, and has attained the Distinguished Toastmaster designation—the highest level of educational achievement in the organization.

“Leading volunteers in a collaborative, consensus-building team without any monetary incentives or the ability to discipline, I’ve learned to be courageous in dealing with difficult situations,” she says.

As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Shishido is a “working ambassador” for the organization. Serving on the Board, she develops and supports the policies and procedures that guide Toastmasters International in fulfilling its mission.

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International Director
Region 2

Term of Office: 2014-2016








Karen Blake, DTM,
of Spring, Texas, is a director at Deloitte in Houston, Texas, where she has worked since 2002. Her team provides tax consulting services and specializes in U.S. tax matters as they relate to foreign investments. She chaired the United Way campaign for the Houston tax department, whose employees voted her 2010 Coach of the Year.

Blake holds a master’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant, and a member of the American Institute of Public Accountants and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.

A dedicated Toastmaster since 2000, Blake is a charter member of her home club, Heritage Plaza Toastmasters, in Houston. She has held a number of high-profile leadership positions within Toastmasters, and has attained the Distinguished Toastmaster designation—the highest level of educational achievement in the organization.

“Toastmasters taught me how to plan for success, communicate my vision, overcome obstacles, inspire and encourage others and lead a team,” she says.

As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Blake is a “working ambassador” for the organization. She works with the Board to develop, support and modify the policies and procedures that guide Toastmasters International in fulfilling its mission.

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International Director
Region 3
Term of Office: 2013-2015








Joan Watson, DTM,
of Stacy, Minnesota, is a principal consultant at Avaap, Inc., a supply chain management company for the healthcare industry. In her role, she led a diverse team of employees to increase the customer satisfaction rate from 20% to 90% within one year, an accomplishment that was recognized by the company’s CEO. Watson is a board member of Haven Center and has served as its secretary since 2013. She is also a certified master gardener through the University of Minnesota.

A dedicated Toastmaster for 14 years, she is a member of two clubs, including the St. Paul Speakers in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She has held a number of high-profile leadership positions within Toastmasters, and has attained the Distinguished Toastmaster designation—the highest level of educational achievement in the organization.

“The opportunity to receive focused and specific feedback with the opportunity to improve is a key benefit of my Toastmasters experience,” she says.

As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Watson is a “working ambassador” for the organization. Serving on the Board, she develops and supports the policies and procedures that guide Toastmasters International in fulfilling its mission.

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International Director
Region 4
Term of Office: 2014-2016








Alan Shaner, DTM,
a building and remodeling contractor in Greenwood, Indiana, is the owner of Shaner Interior Contractors. He also cofounded the custom home-building company, Building Dreams, and served on the board for the Walnut Hills Homeowners Association.

After earning three master’s degrees—in strategy and tactics, arson and investigation, and hazardous materials—from the Indiana State Fire Marshalls Office in Indianapolis, Shaner continually updated his education for more than 10 years. A Haz-Mat instructor and a fire battalion chief, Shaner maintained a record of no injuries sustained by members of his fire service team. He served as vice president on the board for Hendricks County Emergency Medical Services Council, and retired as a Fire Emergency Medical Services specialist.

A dedicated Toastmaster for 12 years, Shaner has been a member of his home club, Vineyard Toastmasters in Indianapolis, since 2009. He has held a number of high-profile leadership positions within Toastmasters, and has attained the Distinguished Toastmaster designation—the highest level of educational achievement in the organization.

“Toastmasters gives me a chance to share, teach and mentor others,” he says.

As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Shaner is a “working ambassador” for the organization. He works with the Board to develop, support and modify the policies and procedures that guide Toastmasters International in fulfilling its mission.

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International Director
Region 5
Term of Office: 2013-2015








Ross Mackay, DTM,
of Aurora, Ontario, Canada, is a professional speaker, trainer and consultant. As President of Ross Mackay Associates Ltd., he is an acknowledged international expert in the pump engineering field. He has served four terms on the board of directors of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers. He was also president of the organization’s Toronto chapter and currently serves on the Toronto board of directors.

A dedicated Toastmaster for 23 years, Mackay is a member of three clubs and has held a number of high-profile leadership positions within Toastmasters. He is the recipient of the prestigious Accredited Speaker award and has attained the Distinguished Toastmaster designation—the highest level of educational achievement in the organization.

He says, “Toastmasters is the finest personal development program in the world. Nowhere else can you find a group of people who come together with the express intention of helping each other grow and develop.”

As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Mackay is a “working ambassador” for the organization. Serving on the Board, he develops and supports the policies and procedures that guide Toastmasters International in fulfilling its mission.

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International Director
Region 6

Term of Office: 2014-2016








Sharon Anita Hill, DTM,
of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is a professional speaker and president of Sharon Hill International. She speaks for professional organizations and trains clients in the area of etiquette. A retired Junior Executive at IBM, Hill is a past president of the Greater Raleigh Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners. She serves as an Officer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle.

Hill earned an MBA in organizational behavior from Kennedy-Western University. Past president of the International Society for Performance Improvement, she holds a certification in communications from Duke University and is a Certified Etiquette Trainer.

A dedicated Toastmaster for nine years, Hill has been a member of her home club, Chapel Hill Toastmasters in Chapel Hill, since 2004. She has held a number of high-profile leadership positions within the organization and has attained the Distinguished Toastmaster designation—the highest level of educational achievement in Toastmasters.

Hill says, “I have been able to transfer my leadership skills from the corporate world to Toastmasters.”

As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Hill is a “working ambassador” for the organization. She works with the Board to develop, support and modify the policies and procedures that guide Toastmasters International in fulfilling its mission.

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International Director
Region 7

Term of Office: 2013-2015








Dennis Wooldridge, DTM,
of Deltona, Florida, is the CEO of NovelQuest Productions, a leadership training and coaching company he founded in 2010. He chaired the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life for West Volusia, and served as entertainment chair and construction co-chair for the Imagination Playground, a handicap-accessible play area for children in Deltona, Florida.

A dedicated Toastmaster since 2006, Wooldridge is a member of three clubs, including the OMNI Toastmasters in Heathrow, Florida. He has held a number of distinguished leadership positions within the organization and has attained the Distinguished Toastmaster designation—the highest level of achievement in Toastmasters.

“The thing that continues to energize me about Toastmasters is the dramatic, positive transformations I see it bring into people’s lives,” whe says. “I have experienced this transformation in others and in myself.”

As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Wooldridge is a “working ambassador” for the organization. Serving on the Board, he develops and supports the policies and procedures that guide Toastmasters International in fulfilling its mission.

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International Director
Region 8
Term of Office: 2014-2016








Richard Peck, DTM,
of Seymour, Connecticut, is a senior member of the Network Support division at AT&T, where he has worked for 27 years. As a manager, he coordinates corporate summits and leads cross-functional teams in their work on technology projects. After earning an MBA in International Business at the University of Texas in Dallas, Peck was certified as a Project Management Professional by the Project Management Institute. He served as club president for the Norwalk Kiwanis Club and as Division 25 Lieutenant Governor for Kiwanis International. He also enjoys traveling, photography and studying world cultures.

A dedicated Toastmaster for 7 years, Peck has been a member of his home club, Nutmeg in Woodbridge, Connecticut, since 2006. He has held a number of high-profile leadership positions within Toastmasters, and has attained the Distinguished Toastmaster designation—the highest level of educational achievement in the organization.

He says, “In Toastmasters, helping an individual achieve a goal in turn helps you achieve yours. As members, we have the ability to change the world one person at a time.”

As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Peck is a “working ambassador” for the organization. He works with the Board to develop, support and modify the policies and procedures that guide Toastmasters International in fulfilling its mission.

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International Director
Region 9

Term of Office: 2013-2015








Ede Ferrari D'Angelo, DTM,
of Orange, California, is a senior manager in the retail industry, responsible for human resource development and marketing and sales. She holds a bachelor’s degree in speech communication with an emphasis on intercultural communication from California State University Fullerton in Fullerton, California.

A dedicated Toastmaster for 27 years, Ferrari-D’Angelo is a member of two clubs, including the Anaheim Breakfast club in Anaheim, California. She has held a number of distinguished leadership positions within the organization and has attained the Distinguished Toastmaster designation—the highest level of achievement in Toastmasters.

She says, “I have learned that what people want most from a leader is fairness, honesty and forthrightness. They want a leader who will create an environment where they can take risks, grow and contribute.”

As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, D'Angelo is a “working ambassador” for the organization. Serving on the Board, she develops and supports the policies and procedures that guide Toastmasters International in fulfilling its mission.

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International Director
Region 10

Term of Office: 2014-2016








Khaled Matlagaitu, DTM,
of Jubail, Saudi Arabia, is a chemical engineer and an advisor for Saudi European Petrochemical Company. Founder of the K Mat-IT information technology services group, he is in the development phase of the company K MAT-IS for industrial services. Matlagaitu worked to establish the Ahadeyat Al-Ferdous cultural forum for Saudi Arabian lecturers. He also is an active member the Charitable Society for Special Needs children.

Matlagaitu earned a degree in chemical engineering at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, and worked as general manager of production for the Saudi European Petrochemical Company. In 2008, he led a team that organized the 8th SABIC Technical Meeting.

A dedicated Toastmaster for six years, Matlagaitu has been a member of his home club, IBN Zahr, in Jubail Industrial City, since 2007. He has held a number of high-profile leadership positions within Toastmasters, and has attained the Distinguished Toastmaster designation—the highest level of educational achievement in the organization.

“My passion is in supporting members and reaching out to all people,” he says. “Toastmasters is the most effective program for changing the world.”

As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Matlagaitu is a “working ambassador” for the organization. He works with the Board to develop, support and modify the policies and procedures that guide Toastmasters International in fulfilling its mission.

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International Director
Region 11

Term of Office: 2013-2015








Charlie Starrett, DTM,
of Rosebank, New South Wales, Australia, is a horticulturalist for Coates Horticulture in Lismore, New South Wales. He helped develop the first macadamia farm in Australia to receive Best Farms Accreditation for sustainability in production and environmental conservation. In 2009, he received the Best Practice Environmental Award from the Byron Shire Council for his energy-efficient design and construction of a post-harvest facility.

A dedicated Toastmaster for eight years, Starrett is a member of two clubs, including the Byron Cavanbah club in Bryon Bay, New South Wales, Australia. He has held a number of prominent leadership positions within the organization and has attained the Distinguished Toastmaster designation—the highest level of achievement in Toastmasters. “Toastmasters has given me the opportunity to experience, understand and continually refine my leadership skills in a wide variety of settings and across cultures,” he says.

“Toastmasters has given me the opportunity to experience, understand and continually refine my leadership skills in a wide variety of settings and across cultures,” he says.

As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Starrett is a “working ambassador” for the organization. Serving on the Board, he develops and supports the policies and procedures that guide Toastmasters International in fulfilling its mission.

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International Director
Region 12
Term of Office: 2014-2016








Deepak Menon, DTM,
of New Delhi, India, is a certified public accountant at J.P., Kapur & Uberai, in New Delhi, where he is one of nine partners. He oversees management and operations, and serves as chair of the Chandra Charitable Trust, a nonprofit organization. Menon is a Fellow Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, where he also earned a diploma in Information Systems Auditing.

While working with the American Center in New Delhi, Menon served as a coach for Toastmasters’ Youth Leadership Program. He also served a three-year term as secretary of St. Columba School’s alumni society Old Columbans’ Association. In 2006, he co-founded the publishing house Ambi Knowledge Resources Private Limited.

A dedicated Toastmaster since 2002, Menon’s home club is Central Delhi Toastmasters. He has held a number of high-profile leadership positions within Toastmasters, and has attained the Distinguished Toastmaster designation—the highest level of educational achievement in the organization.

“Toastmasters has provided me immense insight into effective interpersonal communication,” he says. “I have learned the art of handling problems and conflicts.”

As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Menon is a “working ambassador” for the organization. He works with the Board to develop, support and modify the policies and procedures that guide Toastmasters International in fulfilling its mission.

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International Director
Region 13
Term of Office: 2013-2015








Patrick Oei, DTM,
of Singapore, is a realtor and Group Director of Mindlink Groups Pte. Ltd. in Singapore. He also founded Paragon Dynamics, which offers training, coaching and consultancy services for real estate professionals. Oei holds a master’s degree with honors, with a focus on international business and finance, from Oklahoma City University in Oklahoma.

A dedicated Toastmaster since 1994, Oei is a member of two clubs, including the Leng Kee Advance club. He has held a number of high-profile leadership positions within Toastmasters, and has attained the Distinguished Toastmaster designation—the highest level of educational achievement in the organization.

He says, “Toastmasters has brought out the best in me, and is still continuing to do so. As a result, I am a more effective leader.”

As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Oei is a “working ambassador” for the organization. Serving on the Board, he develops and supports the policies and procedures that guide Toastmasters International in fulfilling its mission.

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International Director
Region 14
Term of Office: 2014-2016



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