2019-2020 Board of Directors

Deepak Menon, DTM

International President

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 is also a trustee of the Columban Endowment 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.

Menon served as the Chief Coordinator for the Toastmasters’ Youth Leadership program in collaboration with the American Center in New Delhi and helped build communication and leadership skills for approximately 700 underprivileged children in six cities in India. He also served as secretary of St. Columba’s 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

International President-Elect

Richard E. Peck, DTM

Richard E. Peck, DTM, of Seymour, Connecticut, was a senior member of the Network Support division at AT&T, where he had worked for over 30 years. During his tenure as a project manager, he led cross-functional teams to successfully deliver several million-dollar high-tech projects throughout the year. His responsibilities also included updating technical and training documents, as well as providing project analysis and solutions. He was also responsible for streamlining processes through the use of Robotic Process Automation.

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, serving with Lions Club International, as well as serving in various capacities with the Catholic War Veterans. He also enjoys traveling, studying world cultures, and helping others achieve more than they believe they can. Peck was a recipient of the 2018 Presidential Award for Volunteerism.

A Toastmaster for 13 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. Through Toastmasters we have the ability to change the world one member at a time!”

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

First 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 three clubs – the Advanced Speakers Club of Vancouver, British Columbia, Ambassadors Toastmasters of Tsawwassen, British Columbia, and Spotlight Speakers of Richmond, 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 educational 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 an officer 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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Matt Kinsey, DTM

Second Vice President

Matt A. Kinsey

Matt Kinsey, DTM, of Coral Springs, Florida, is the CEO of MK Tech Group in Coral Springs, Florida, which he started in 2007. Kinsey oversees all aspects of his IT consulting firm that services small and medium-sized businesses in the South Florida area.

Kinsey holds a master’s degree in computer information systems from the University of Phoenix, Arizona. He has a certificate in strategic management and was recognized with the Silver Beaver and Vigil Honor awards for his work with the Boy Scouts of America. As a Boy Scout volunteer for 23 years, he has held numerous positions within the organization including district chairman, event chairman, and currently serves as the council’s camping chairman.

A Toastmaster since 2003, Kinsey is a charter member of his home club, Outspoken Toastmasters, in Coral Springs. 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.

“I have learned that to be most successful, you need to lead with your heart and not your head,” he says. “There is no finer program than Toastmasters for helping people build their self-confidence, communication and leadership skills.”

As an officer of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Kinsey 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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Lark Doley, DTM

Immediate Past 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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Naomi Takeuchi, DTM

International Director, Region 1

Naomi Takeuchi, DTM

Naomi Takeuchi, DTM, of Petaluma, California, works as a consultant for 1000 Cranes Studios, where she has worked for the last 15 years. She specializes in strategic planning and board development services, primarily for nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations. In the past, Takeuchi worked as an instructor at Duke University in their certificate program for nonprofit management. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a master’s degree in business administration.

Takeuchi’s company, 1000 Cranes, was chosen to participate in the National Trademark Expo for its leadership in brand development. Through her consulting work, she has worked with several nonprofit organizations, including the Southeast Association of Rail Shippers, Wilson Community Improvement Association, and The Freedom Center for Social Justice.

A Toastmaster since 2005, Takeuchi’s home club is Next Level Toastmasters in Santa Rosa, California. 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.

Not only does Toastmasters provide skills to gain confidence and poise in public speaking, the partnerships and friendships built through being part of this organization last for a lifetime,” she said. As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Takeuchi 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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TK O’Geary

International Director, Region 3

TK O’Geary, DTM

TK O’Geary, DTM, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, works as a program manager for BAE Systems. Her responsibilities include leading a team of engineers in support of a global $10 billion USD government program, collaborating to develop a complex, integrated multi-agency schedule, and leading risk, issue, and opportunity management. Additionally, she owns and operates the TKO Performance Group, performing services such as facilitating strategic planning, consulting on performance excellence, and conducting data analysis. She earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix.

O’Geary was honored with a state traveler award for her work developing a business continuity and contingency plan for a state department of human services. The YMCA recognized her with the Woman on the Move award for volunteer contributions, including her work helping middle and high school students increase their STEM knowledge. Currently, she is a board member in New Mexico MESA, a youth educational organization focused on math, engineering, and science achievement, as well as leadership skill development. She also participates in Tech Trek, an organization that teaches young women technical and social skills.

A Toastmaster since 1987, O’Geary’s home club is Albuquerque Challenge. 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 provides the valuable experiences to challenge yourself and grow, not only as a strong communicator, but also as a leader,” she said. “These communication and leadership skills help enable your voice to be heard, for doors to open, and for you to make a bigger difference in the world.”

As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, O’Geary 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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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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Mohamad A. Qayoom

International Director, Region 5

Mohamad A. Qayoom,DTM

Mohamad A. Qayoom, DTM, of Kenner, Louisiana, is an information technology network security consultant for Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – New Orleans. He provides a flexible portfolio of information systems management and services developed through hands-on architectural expertise. Qayoom holds master’s degrees in computer science and engineering management from the University of New Orleans.

Continuing his education, Qayoom has become a certified information systems security professional and a project management professional. His extensive nonprofit experience includes serving as a board member for the University of New Orleans international alumni association and a member on the information technology advisory committee for Herzing University.

A Toastmaster since 2013, Qayoom’s home club is Naturally N’awlins Toastmasters in Metairie, Louisiana. 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.

“Whether it is a college student preparing for a professional life, a professional striving to succeed in their career, or an inmate trying to turn their life around, Toastmasters can benefit everyone,” he said. As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Qayoom 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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John Lesko

International Director, Region 7

John Lesko, DTM

John Lesko, DTM, of Front Royal, Virginia, is the president and head coach of JohnLesko.Biz. As a self-employed leadership coach and entrepreneur, he works with c-suite corporate officers, senior executives in the federal civil service, new admirals and generals in the armed services, and rising stars in several global non-profit organizations. Lesko earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy and a Master of Science degree from Boston University.

After 20 years in the U.S. Army, Lesko retired with the Legion of Merit medal. He was designated a distinguished member of the West Point society of Washington, D.C. for providing career advice to U.S. Army soldiers as they left the uniformed service and transitioning to civilian employment. His past nonprofit experience includes serving as a board member for the Lake Ridge Parks and Recreation Association and the Technology Transfer Society. He is a current steering committee member for the George Mason University coaching community.

A Toastmaster since 1998, Lesko’s home clubs are the Front Royal Community Toastmasters and Traveling TasteMasters Club. 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.

“When you first join Toastmasters, you choose a path in the educational program that fits your needs. After you've built up your confidence, you might choose to enter a speech contest or volunteer to serve as an officer in your club,” he said. “The Toastmasters experience is transformational in that you'll initially be focused on self-improvement and eventually you'll broaden your outlook and influence to lead and assist other in reaching their goals.”

As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Lesko 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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Stefano S. McGhee

International Director, Region 9

Stefano S. McGhee, DTM

Stefano S. McGhee, DTM, of Weymouth, Massachusetts, works as the senior manager of DevOps for Harvard Business Publishing. He leads a small team of engineers in ensuring the availability and stability of the organization’s most critical applications, including Harvard Business Review. McGhee earned a master’s degree in military operational arts and sciences from the United States Air Force’s higher education organization.

During his time in school, McGhee earned the International Security Studies Research Award for his work that was of interest to national security. He is a member of the airplane owners and pilots association, where he shares the wonder of flying with children and young adults.

A Toastmaster since 2005, McGhee’s home club is Network Voice Toastmasters in Weymouth. 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 those willing to put the time in the critical skills to be a better version of themselves,” he said. “From there, you can confidently take on more challenges at work and life and become the sought-after leader needed in today's world.”

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

International Director, Region 10

Tuire Vuolasvirta, DTM

Tuire Vuolasvirta, DTM, of Helsinki, Finland, is a product owner at Finnish Population Center, where her responsibilities include supervising the technical support team and remote development teams. Vuolasvirta has worked as project manager for more than 20 years and she has overseen setting up a technical support team, as well as creating tools and implementing strategies for customer training and support. Before transitioning into Information Technology, she 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

Aletta Rochat, DTM

Aletta Rochat, DTM, of Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa, is a professional speaker, trainer, and author. She owns Voicing your Potential, a company she founded in 2010.

Rochat has a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Witwatersrand and a diploma in marketing management from the University of South Africa. She also is a certified world class speaking coach. During her time as a student, Rochat was a part of the Rotary exchange program and the Rotary group study exchange. Xtraordinary Women honored her with the woman of the month award in April 2018. Outside of Toastmasters, Rochat serves as a trustee of both the Allegro Trust and The Eden, where she manages funds for both nonprofit organizations.

A Toastmaster since 2008, Rochat is a member of her home club, Cape Town Toastmasters Club in Cape Town. She 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.

She says, “Your speaking and leadership skills are catalysts for opportunity. Toastmasters provides the environment in which you can learn and grow. You are able to use those skills to positively impact your family, career and community.”

As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Rochat 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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Sudha Balajee

International Director, Region 13

Sudha Balajee, DTM

Sudha Balajee, DTM, of Bengaluru, Karnataka, India, works as a chartered accountant, partner, and branch head for S.V Shetty and Associates. She is a professor, teaching accounting and financing at business schools. In 2013, Sudha founded her own company, Golden Inspiration. She earned an accounting degree from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and a master’s degree in education. She has been trained in forensic accounting, fraud prevention, forex, and treasury management. Sudha is an alumnus of IIM Bengaluru and has completed the women’s entrepreneurship program.

Sudha has volunteered her time working as a coordinator for waste management, supporting a non-governmental organization that employs underprivileged women, and educated impoverished children. A Toastmaster since 2010, Sudha’s home club is IIMB Orators Club in Bengaluru. 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 experience instills a sense of direction and self-worth amongst new members,” she said. “The more the member puts into the learning process, the benefits grow exponentially.”

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