2018-2019 Board of Directors

Lark Doley, DTM

International President

Lark Doley, DTM

Lark Doley, DTM , of Jonestown, Texas, is a senior training coordinator for MAXIMUS, where she has worked since 2007. She manages the professional development strategy for the MAXIMUS Texas Project, which includes webinars, computer-based training and instructor-led workshops. As chief executive of Second Wave, Inc., a company she founded in 1987, Doley led a team that manufactured hardware peripheral devices for Apple Macintosh products.

A lighthouse homeowner, Doley served as secretary of the Lighthouse Estates Homeowners Association. She also served as president of the Metropolitan Breakfast Club, an Austin business group that meets weekly and features business and government speakers presenting topical issues of importance to the city and state.

Doley graduated with honors from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and German. She continued her education studying business management at St. Edward’s University in Austin, and mathematics at the University of Houston–Clear Lake, in Houston, Texas.

A Toastmaster for 25 years, Doley is a member of two clubs, including her home club in Pflugerville, Texas, the Arthur Storer club that was chartered in honor of her father-in-law after his death in 1997. Doley has held a number of high-profile leadership positions within Toastmasters and has attained the Distinguished Toastmaster designation—the highest level of achievement in the organization.

Doley says, “I have used my improved communication and leadership skills to found and lead a successful company. I now have the privilege to work for a company where I use my skills daily to teach others.”

As an officer of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Doley 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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Deepak Menon, DTM

International President-Elect

Deepak Menon, DTM

Deepak Menon, DTM , of New Delhi, India, is a chartered accountant at J.P., Kapur & Uberai in New Delhi, where he is one of nine partners. He oversees management and operations, and specializes in international taxation, cross-border taxation, transfer pricing and direct taxes. Menon also 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 and helped build communication and leadership skills for approximately 700 underprivileged children. He also served as secretary of St. Columba School’s alumni society Old Columbans’ Association, and in 2006, co-founded the publishing house Ambi Knowledge Resources Private Limited.

A 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 taught me skills that no school, college or university can teach,” he says. “It has helped me evolve from a being a lone-player to a being a team-player; from being led to being a leader; from the problem to being the solution."

As an officer 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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Richard E. Peck, DTM

First Vice President

Richard E. Peck, DTM

Richard Peck, DTM, of Seymour, Connecticut, is a senior member of the Network Support division at AT&T, where he has worked for over 30 years. As a project manager, he leads cross-functional teams on several multi-million dollar technology projects throughout the year. His responsibilities also include updating technical and training documents and providing project analysis and solutions.

He earned an MBA in international business at the University of Texas at Dallas. Peck is a certified project management professional by the Project Management Institute. His volunteer work includes serving as club president and lieutenant governor for Kiwanis International as well as serving in various capacities with the Catholic War Veterans. He also enjoys traveling, photography and studying world cultures.

A Toastmaster for 11 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, “To me, Toastmasters is about making a positive, life-changing impact on individuals throughout the world.”

As an officer 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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Margaret Page

Second Vice President

Margaret Page, DTM

Margaret Page, DTM, of Delta, British Columbia, Canada, is an entrepreneur and investor. She is the founder and co-founder of several companies, including Westminster Property Management Ltd., Precision Contractors Ltd., Quality Tire and Treading Ltd., Etiquette Page Enterprises and Beyond the Page Coaching and Training Ltd. As a champion for women in politics, Page has been active over the last decade in supporting, developing and delivering campaign schools for women in British Columbia and beyond to provide them with the tools to serve at three levels of government – municipal, provincial and federal.

Page is certified in business management and accounting from Lakeland College, Lloydminster, Alberta. She is also certified in programs such as Parliamentarian, Board Diversity, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Executive Coaching and Cultural Intelligence. As a board member and fund development chair for the Sunshine Coast Community Foundation, Page oversaw an increase in endowments from $400,000 to $1,900,000. Page also served on the Board and Loans Committee of Community Futures of the Sunshine Coast. In addition, she volunteers to support her local air cadet squadron with their effective speaking program.

A Toastmaster since 2003, Page is a member of two clubs – the Advanced Speakers Club of Vancouver, British Columbia and Ambassadors Toastmasters of Tsawwassen, British Columbia. She has held a number of high-profile leadership positions within Toastmasters and has attained the Distinguished Toastmaster designation—the highest level of achievement in the organization.

Page says, “Toastmasters transforms people's lives as we hold each other to a higher standard and lift each other up. It has absolutely opened up doors of opportunity that I wouldn't have even imagined for myself.”

As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Page 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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Balraj Arunasalam

Immediate Past International President

Balraj Arunasalam, DTM

Balraj Arunasalam, DTM, of Colombo, Western Province, Sri Lanka, is chairman/managing director of Gemtrans Engineering Company, a maker of industrial belts. Active in his community, he serves as President of the Iyyappan Temple management board, as Vice President of the Aarunadu Velalar Society of Sri Lanka, and is a member of both the local Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club.

In 2011, Arunasalam helped establish an English course for Rural Voices Unlimited, a project designed to educate youth in rural Sri Lanka. The U.S. Embassy in Colombo recognized him for this ongoing work with youth. Arunasalam holds an advanced level General Certificate of Education from Trinity College in Kandy, Sri Lanka, and is earning a master’s degree through the Australian Institute of Business Administration.

A dedicated Toastmaster for 28 years, Arunasalam is a member of two clubs, including his home club Colombo Toastmasters. A distinguished leader, Arunasalam has held numerous offices from club through international level: He served as International Director 2011 to 2013 and Second Vice President 2014-2015 and First Vice-President 2015-2016, Toastmasters International. He holds the Distinguished Toastmaster designation—the highest level of educational achievement in Toastmasters International.

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

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

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Mary Morrison

International Director, Region 1

Mary Morrison, DTM

Mary Morrison, DTM of Tacoma, Washington, is an Organization Development Manager for the city of Tacoma, Office of Equity and Human Rights, where she has worked for over 23 years. Since 2006, her role includes leadership development for the executive team at the City of Tacoma and managing various change efforts. Most recently, she co-created the Office of Equity and Human Rights, where she oversees policy and program development to help Tacoma be an equitable place to live, work and play.

Morrison holds a master’s degree in organization management from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California. She also holds a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and in 2014, earned a certificate of excellence from ICMA Center for Performance Measurement after leading a performance management team for the city of Tacoma. Since 2016, she has been a steering committee member in the Government Alliance on Race and Equity and a commission chair at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church.

A Toastmaster since 1997, Morrison is a member of her home club, Sound Advice Toastmasters, in Tacoma. 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.

She says, “Whether I'm providing feedback to others, giving a formal presentation or making small talk at a social event, I do so with the confidence I gained as a Toastmaster. I'm a better co-worker, manager, mentor and friend because of Toastmasters.”

As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Morrison 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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Joan T. Lewis

International Director, Region 2

Joan T. Lewis, DTM

Joan T. Lewis, DTM, of Los Angeles, California, has owned and operated her own business for 11 years, Lewis Lien Sales, a professional lien processing company licensed by the California State Department of Motor Vehicles. After gaining market share in what Lewis describes as a “male-dominated industry,” her company won an award for the best customer service in the city of Inglewood. She also garnered 30 years of paralegal experience in the non-profit and corporate environments.

Lewis holds a bachelor of arts degree in sociology at Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York, and a paralegal certificate from El Camino College in Torrance, California. As a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), she served on the Theater Awards committee, acting as both judge and mentor, and was the recipient of the 2016 NAACP Meritorious Woman Award for her years of mentoring youth in communication and leadership skills. Lewis also served as an associate pastor at Los Angeles Shabach Christian Church for 25 years.

A Toastmaster for 17 years, Lewis is a member of her home club: Praisemasters in Los Angeles. She held a number of leadership positions within Toastmasters, including past Region Advisor for two different regions, where she worked with 14 district leaders focusing on strategic planning, marketing, conflict management and training. She has attained the Distinguished Toastmaster designation—the highest level of achievement in the organization.

Lewis says, “Toastmasters taught me valuable skills, such as strategic planning, critical thinking and marketing. The most important benefit I received from being a Toastmasters member is the confidence and courage to pursue and achieve goals I never thought possible.”

As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Lewis 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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Tracy M.Thomason

International Director, Region 3

Tracy M.Thomason, DTM

Tracy M.Thomason, DTM, of Lubbock, Texas, is a development manager for a software package for Tyler Technologies, in Lubbock, Texas, where he has worked for 16 years. He leads a team of fourteen professionals to produce a multi-million dollar software suite used by municipal governments. Along with driving the product forward, a big portion of his responsibilities include developing the company’s next generation of leaders.

Thomason holds a bachelor’s degree of science in computer science from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. He is also a certified Scrum Master. He was inducted into the Texas Tech University Computer Science Academy honor society in April 2017. Before working at Tyler Technologies, he was a board member for The Cotton Network, where he helped develop a plan to align the company with a strategic partner who acquired and grew the company from a small operation to a major industry player. He founded Agile Lubbock, a nonprofit Scrum user group, in 2016.

A Toastmaster since 2005, Thomason is a member of his home club, Toasters Club in Lubbock. 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, “Improving leadership skills can make a profound difference in the personal and professional life of anyone. Toastmasters changed my career through a series of promotions that I never would have had without those skills.”

As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Thomason 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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Larry Marik

International Director, Region 4

Larry Marik, DTM

Larry Marik, DTM, of Plymouth, Minnesota, is a software development lead/assistant vice president of quality assurance with U.S. Bank in Bloomington, Minnesota, where he has worked for 19 years. Currently as a scrum master, he leads a team that provides near-real-time reporting of enterprise programs, projects and financials to technology leaders. Marik has served in a variety of leadership roles, including as project manager and expert for large projects, as well as the lead in European financial reporting. Within U.S. Bank, he has also worked in risk management, policy and control management, technology, information security, and wealth management.

Marik holds a bachelor’s of science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He also received continuing education in the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe). During his career, he was honored with a shield award for his technical skills, increased business acumen, creativity and teamwork for a reporting portal that “greatly improved visibility and insight for senior leaders,” according to Marik. Recently, he completed his term as treasurer on a non-profit board of directors for Promenade Lake Condominium Association, where he is currently serving as president.

A Toastmaster since 2007, Marik is a member of his home club, Money Talks Toastmasters, in Bloomington. Marik 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.

Marik says, “While everyone joins Toastmasters at a different starting point in their lives, the flexible education program gives members the opportunity to build skills and confidence at their own pace. As you put the time and effort into working each project, you begin to advance your skills a bit at a time.”

As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Marik 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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Donald F. Bittick

International Director, Region 5

Donald F. Bittick, DTM

Donald F. Bittick, DTM, of Franklin, Tennessee, is a project manager and business analyst for HCA Healthcare, in Nashville, Tennessee, where he has worked for 31 years. He has led and served on many diverse teams made up of people with varying skill sets, backgrounds, cultures and ages at one of the largest healthcare companies in the world.

Bittick holds a bachelor’s degree of science in computer technology from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He received the Caring for the Community award, the highest award for community service at HCA, because of his work with local nonprofit agencies. Don also served on the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County in Tennessee. He was responsible for organizing the second largest fundraising event —and annual 5K Thanksgiving Day race.

A Toastmaster since 2001, Bittick is a member of his home club, HCA Creative Articulators, in Nashville. He has held a number of high-profile leadership positions within Toastmasters and attained the Distinguished Toastmaster designation—the highest level of educational achievement in the organization.

He believes that everyone has a story to tell, but says “they don't always have the confidence to share it with others. I’ve witnessed many members develop the confidence to share their stories, make lifelong friends and improve their lives as personal and professional opportunities became available.”

As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Bittick 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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Carol Prahinski

International Director, Region 6

Carol Prahinski, DTM

Carol Prahinski, DTM, of East Lansing, Michigan, is in her 11th year as an assistant professor at Michigan State University. “I lead and teach supply chain management and negotiations to undergraduate juniors and seniors to prepare them for their profession,” she says. In 2018, the graduating seniors selected Prahinski for the Faculty Appreciate Award, as the professor who had the most positive impact on them during their tenure at the Eli Broad College of Business. Prahinski is the immediate past president of the Michigan chapter of the National Speakers Association. Prahinski also served two years as the Chair of the University Committee for the Libraries and is a member of the Negotiations Committee, Union for Nontenure-Track Faculty.

Prahinski holds a Ph.D. and master’s of science in operations management from Ohio State University. She also earned her master’s of business administration from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. She earned her Dissertation Grant from the National Association of Purchasing Management in 2000. Her non-profit work also includes a role with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

A Toastmaster since 2008, Prahinski is a member of four clubs, including her home club, C Division Advanced Speakers, in Grand Ledge. 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.

She says, “With initially below-average student evaluations of my teaching, I needed help. Toastmasters transformed my presentations, evaluations, leadership and relationships. Today, my students' evaluations of my performance have soared.”

As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Prahinski 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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David Templeman

International Director, Region 7

Regie Ford, DTM

Regie Ford, DTM, of Richmond, Virginia, is a mortgage consultant for SunTrust Mortgage in Richmond, Virginia, where he has worked for eight years. He teaches educational classes on homeownership and first-time buying and conducts training on financial awareness and budgeting, fraud, consumer banking and marketing, compliance and consumer credit.

Ford holds a bachelor’s of applied science degree in professional banking operations and leadership from Bellevue University in Bellevue, Nebraska. He is the past president of the Richmond Crusade for Voters and a member of the Richmond Democratic Party. He was recognized by SunTrust Mortgage, his employer, for his dedication to community volunteerism.

A Toastmaster since 2008, Ford is a charter member and sponsor of Main Street Motivators club in Richmond. 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 taught me to listen, which has made me a better connector. I ran for the House of Delegates in Virginia. Had it not been for Toastmasters, I would not have made that leap.”

As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Ford 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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Anthony J. Longley

International Director, Region 8

Anthony J. Longley, DTM

Anthony J. Longley, DTM, of Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, is an executive financial services representative at Colina Insurance Limited, where he has worked for the past 27 years. Longley has extensive experience involving personal finance planning, selling individual life and health insurances and employee benefits planning. Additionally, he performs confidential financial needs analyses to determine risks and vulnerabilities for his clients.

Longley was appointed to the management committee of the Million Dollar Round Table, where he headed the International Membership Communications Committee. Working remotely, he led a multi-national network consisting of hundreds of members, where he promoted the organization’s intrinsic value. He also served as a former board member and is a current member of the Communications Committee for the Saint Mathew’s Anglican Church.

A Toastmaster since 1987, Longley is a member of his home club, First Bahamas Branch Toastmasters in Nassau. 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, “I often share my journey and my stories of challenges and triumphs with prospective members. I let them know that they too can reap the same rewards once they commit to the investment of time and effort as I had to do.”

As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Longley 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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Radhi Spear

International Director, Region 9

Radhi Spear, DTM

Radhi Spear, DTM, of Piscataway, New Jersey, is a software engineer for AT&T in Middletown, New Jersey and has worked in the telecommunications industry for over 30 years. She has expertise in software development, systems administration and acceptance testing. She troubleshoots problems and develops software for projects that impact millions of people.

Spear holds a master’s degree of science in electrical engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, New Jersey. She participates in employee resource groups at AT&T including Women of AT&T and APCA (Asian Pacific Islanders for Professional and Community Advancement). She was also an assistant Girl Scout troop leader for five years.

A Toastmaster since 2000, Spear is a charter member of her home club, AT&T Middletown Toast in Middletown. 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.

She says, “In Toastmasters, you learn skills that you can use in all aspects of your life, and as you help others, you learn and grow at the same time. I now have the ability and the confidence to speak up.”

As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Spear 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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Tuire Vuolasvirta

International Director, Region 10

Tuire Vuolasvirta, DTM

Tuire Vuolasvirta, DTM, of Helsinki, Finland, is a project manager for Visma Consulting Oy, where she has worked for 11 years. Her responsibilities include setting up a technical support team, as well as creating tools and implementing strategies for customer training and support. Previously, she has worked in marketing, where she was tasked with penetrating new markets, strengthening current positions and repositioning a product or service. Additionally, she created a preliminary study to re-engineer finance management processes for Finland’s customs office.

Vuolasvirta holds a degree in management and engineering of information systems from the Toulouse Business School in Toulouse, France. She won an award for Best SME e-Commerce project at the Master of Web in 1998. Her volunteer work includes cleaning up public green areas, as well as planting flowers and trimming trees in her local community. She was also the founder of the first Toastmasters club in Finland.

A Toastmaster for 16 years, Vuolasvirta is a member of her home club, Northern Stars Toastmasters in Helsinki. 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.

She says, “Through Toastmasters, I’ve gained the confidence I needed for handling any situation. The skill I value most is evaluation – it has benefitted me greatly in my career and relationships.”

As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Vuolasvirta 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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Morag Mathieson

International Director, Region 11

Morag Mathieson, DTM

Morag Mathieson, DTM, of Moehrendorf, Germany, is a professional development consultant at Morag Mathieson, which she founded in 2005. Previously, she was the general manager and superintendent pharmacist for Belfast Co-operative Chemists, where she had full professional and business responsibility for a group of pharmacies in Northern Ireland. Her responsibilities included all aspects of strategy, service development and delivery. Additionally, at Alliance Pharmacy, she helped create new business concepts including continuing professional development for pharmacy professionals.

Mathieson holds master’s degree in business administration from The Open University in Milton Keynes, England. She served on pharmacy services boards of government departments in both Scotland and in Northern Ireland. She also served on the board of USA Girl Scouts Overseas in Southern Germany, where she was responsible for finance.

A Toastmaster since 2006, Mathieson is a member of her home club, Erlangen Toastmasters in Erlangen, Bavaria 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.

She says, “Growth in confidence is the biggest single benefit to be gained from Toastmasters. By establishing and extending their competence in all forms of communication and leadership, members are able to make a positive impact throughout all aspects of their life.”

As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Mathieson 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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David Templeman

International Director, Region 12

David Templeman, DTM

David Templeman, DTM, of Christchurch, New Zealand, is the owner and managing of D&C Templeman Ltd., a horticulture business that he founded in 1987. Over the last 30 years, Templeman has grown his company from a small start-up into a limited liability company with three diversified divisions, ranging from production to end-product sales. “I am known as an industry leader in New Zealand, one who frequently initiates innovative cultivation methods and product trends,” he says. His responsibilities include setting forth the vision and strategy for the company, as well as overseeing day-to-day operations.

Templeman holds diplomas in sales, sales management, marketing, international marketing, and business studies. He is a past board member of the sales and marketing panel of the New Zealand Institute of Management. He has an extensive background in volunteer work, including volunteering at the Canterbury Working Dog Association, the New Zealand Flower Growers Association and the National Speakers Association.

A Toastmaster since 1995, Templeman is a member of his home club, the Bay Harbour Toastmasters Club, in Christchurch. 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, “The communication and leadership skills I have developed at Toastmasters have given me the interpersonal skills and confidence to take my business to heights I never dreamed were possible.”

As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Templeman 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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Derek Wong

International Director, Region 13

Derek Wong, DTM

Derek Wong, DTM, of Hong Kong, China, is the Senior Executive for United Asia Consultancy (China) Group. He is responsible for corporate reformation and restructuring projects. He is in charge of financial controls and compliance; information technology development, liaising with banks and government officials.

Wong holds a master’s degree in business administration from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong, China. He is a fellow member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA) and also a fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), as well as an associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). He was also a board member of Hong Kong Friends of Scouting in 2011-2012, where he was responsible for financial strategies and social activities.

A Toastmaster since 2007, Wong is a charter member of his home club, Oasis Toastmasters, in Hong Kong. He has held a number of high-profile leadership positions within Toastmasters and attained the Distinguished Toastmaster designation—the highest level of educational achievement in the organization.

He says, “The values and benefits of the program are fundamental and applicable to the modern world, and what one learns in Toastmasters is seldom taught in school. If you follow the program carefully and apply what you learn in your daily life, it will become a powerful tool to transform you.”

As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Wong 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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Susan Y. Zhou

International Director, Region 14

Susan Y. Zhou, DTM

Susan Y. Zhou, DTM, of Shanghai, the People’s Republic of China (PRC), is a certified leadership coach with Leadership Management International (LMI), dedicated to helping leaders achieve higher motivation and engagement. Previously, she developed a learning and development system for the marketing and distribution division of Shanghai General Motors. While working at 51job.com, a leading provider of human resources services in China, she set up and implemented the training and development system. Zhou also published a book on personal and organizational development: Transforming—Breakthrough and Win from Co-creating.

Zhou holds a master’s in business administration from the University of Houston in Houston, Texas. She is also a Certified International Professional Trainer (CIPT), received from the International Professional Managers Association in the U.K., and a Professional Certified Coach (PCC), attained from the International Coach Federation (ICF). She was national President of the How to Family Club, a non-governmental organization with over 400 members nationwide; she was also one of the initiators and board members of the Evolutionary Coach Association in China.

A Toastmaster for 12 years, Zhou is a member of her home club, BBMM Bilingual Toastmasters Club, in Shanghai, P.R. China. Zhou attained the Distinguished Toastmaster designation—the highest level of educational achievement in the organization.

Zhou says, “Toastmasters has been fulfilling my personal mission: to help individuals and organizations realize their best potential. It has opened my mind, opened my heart and opened my will to become the one that I want to be.”

As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Zhou 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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