2023 - 2024 Board of Directors

Morag Mathieson, DTM

International President

Morag Mathieson, DTM

Morag Mathieson, DTM, of Moehrendorf, Germany, is a self-employed professional development consultant and chair of the Board of the child sponsorship charity Living Water Germany e.V. 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. At Alliance Pharmacy, she created new business concepts including continuing professional development for pharmacy professionals.

Mathieson holds a 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 lives.”

As an officer 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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Radhi Spear, DTM

International President-Elect

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 the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, New Jersey. She participates in employee resource groups at AT&T, including Women of AT&T and InspirASIAN, which fosters development and leadership opportunities for its members. 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 Toastmasters in Middletown. She has held several high-profile leadership positions within Toastmasters and has attained the Distinguished Toastmaster designation—the highest level of educational achievement in the organization.

She says, “Toastmasters is an investment in yourself. The skills you learn in Toastmasters can be used in all aspects of your life.”

As an officer 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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Aletta Rochat, DTM

First Vice President

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. She is co-founder of Interview Survival Guide, founded in 2020.

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 is also a certified world class speaking coach. During her time as a student, Rochat was a part of the Rotary exchange program. As a young professional, she was selected for the Rotary Group Study Exchange program. 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 has attained the Distinguished Toastmaster designation—the highest level of educational achievement in the organization.

She says, “Speaking and leadership skills are catalysts for opportunity. Toastmasters provides the environment that allows you to build self-belief and confidence, which are essential for career development. An investment of time and energy into our program delivers results in all areas of your life.”

As an officer 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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Stefano McGhee, DTM

Second Vice President

Stefano McGhee, DTM

Stefano S. McGhee, DTM, of Weymouth, Massachusetts, works as the Director of DevOps and Infrastructure for Harvard Business Publishing. He leads a 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 Aircraft 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 an officer 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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Matt Kinsey, DTM

Immediate Past International President

Matt Kinsey, DTM

Matt Kinsey, DTM, of Coral Springs, Florida, is the Chief Information Security Officer and Managing Director of IT Fusion, LLC in Southeastern Florida, USA, which was formed as a result of a joint venture between his previous company, MK Tech Group, and two other IT companies in Southeast Florida. Kinsey oversees all aspects of his IT and cybersecurity 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 and a Bachelor's in Business Administration from Trinity International University. 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 nearly 30 years, he has held numerous positions within the organization, including Scoutmaster, district chairman, event chairman, and 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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Sondra Nunez, DTM

International Director, Region 1

Sondra Nunez, DTM

Sondra Nunez, DTM, of Roseville, California, is the second-generation owner and chief financial officer of Mountain Valley Petroleum. In her role, she creates visionary and strategic planning for the company, identifies new product and service opportunities, and ensures the sound fiscal management of corporate finances.

Nunez earned a certificate of business administration from the University of Phoenix in Sacramento, California. She is an active member of the National Federation of Business and Professional Women Clubs (NFBPWC), a non-profit that advocates for and allies with working women. Nunez was a 2014-2015 inductee into the NFBPWC's VIP Woman of the Year Circle, and she has been appointed to the 2022-2024 Executive Committee of the organization. She also serves on the NFBPWC's Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee.

A Toastmaster since 2010, Nunez is a member of her home club, Statement Makers Toastmasters, in Cameron Park, California. She has held several high-profile leadership positions within Toastmasters and has attained the Distinguished Toastmaster designation—the highest level of educational achievement in the organization.

She says, “Living a meaningful, purposeful life requires self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and self-discipline. These skills, and more, are available to everyone through Toastmasters communication and leadership training.”

As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Nunez 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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Jesse Oakley III, DTM

International Director, Region 2

Jesse Oakley III, DTM

Jesse Oakley III, DTM, of Las Vegas, Nevada, is an associate engineer at the Nevada Department of Transportation, where he has worked for 22 years. In his role, he supervises associate engineers and engineering technicians, prioritizes daily workloads, delegates and directs activities to assigned staff, leads trainings, evaluates employees, and performs field inspections for all staff and employees.

Oakley earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He was a part of the first graduating class of the State of Nevada Management Academy, and he also received the Six-Sigma Green Belt Certification from the Management and Strategy Institute. Oakley has been recognized with the Bronze Achievement in Customer Excellence Service Award from the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce and Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. He is currently involved with the American Red Cross of Nevada in a variety of volunteer leadership positions with the Communication Department.

A Toastmaster since 2002, Oakley is a member of two home clubs, Starmasters Toastmasters Club and the Past District Governors/Directors 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, “Joining Toastmasters is a great investment. This organization can be seen as a ladder that will help people find employment, make new friends, and improve their personal growth with communication and leadership skills. When one joins Toastmasters, everybody wins!”

As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Oakley 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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Violetta Rios, DTM

International Director, Region 3

Violetta Rios, DTM

Violetta Rios, DTM, of Monterrey, Mexico, is a human resource manager working in the retail industry. In her role, she optimizes human resource processes for onboarding/offboarding, performance management, feedback, and coaching. She also designs and coordinates team-building and integration activities.

Rios earned a master's degree in Human Talent Development from the Universidad Regiomontana in Monterrey, Mexico. In 2020, Rios proudly supported Mujer Emprende, an organization that empowers women to create their own businesses. As a coach for the facilitators, she helped create dynamic training sessions that fostered growth and development. In 2021, she completed training in resilient thanatology, enabling her to provide support for individuals navigating the grieving process as a result of the pandemic and everyday life.

A Toastmaster since 2005, Rios is a member of her home club, Comunicacion y Participacion, in Monterrey. She has held several high-profile leadership positions within Toastmasters and has attained the Distinguished Toastmaster designation—the highest level of educational achievement in the organization.

She says, “Toastmasters can help individuals discover abilities and talents they didn't know they had, while expanding their network and gaining experience in activities transferable to any field.”

As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Rios 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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Kimberly Lynne Myers, DTM

International Director, Region 4

Kimberly Lynne Myers, DTM

Kimberly Lynne Myers, DTM, of Kansas City, Missouri, is a senior business analyst at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), where she has worked for seven years. In her role, she is the product owner for the applications her team supports, presents demonstrations to the executive team, serves on the UI/UX team, and serves as a Guiding Coalition member for development teams as NAIC transitions to the agile method of software development.

Myers earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. She is a certified Agile Team Facilitator and a certified Agile Coach. Myers implemented the NAIC Life Policy Locater that has provided beneficiaries the ability to find lost life insurance and annuity policies. This paid out over 1 billion USD to beneficiaries from its implementation in December 2016 to September 2020. She works with the Reagan Foundation's Great Communicator Debate Series as a judge and has judged for the National Speech and Debate Association since she graduated from high school. She has also been involved in a local nonprofit that supports women leaders in the Kansas City area.

A Toastmaster since 2004, Myers is a member of her home club, Masters Toastmasters, in Lenexa, Kansas. 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.

Myers reflects that Toastmasters has provided her with the skills needed to work successfully in an agile team. She says, “Whether professionally or personally, anyone can benefit from a Toastmasters membership. The organization provides the skills to grow as a speaker and leader. From the beginner speaker to an advanced one, Toastmasters provides the arena and support to grow as a person and leader.”

As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Myers 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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Farzana Chohan, DTM

International Director, Region 5

Farzana Chohan, DTM

Farzana Chohan, DTM, of Chesterfield, Missouri, is a leadership human-excellence strategist for Optimize Excellence, and has worked in the design thinking industry for over 20 years. In her current role, she leads and tracks the impact of strategic initiatives focused on community engagements, education, equity, inclusion, and culture of belonging.

Chohan earned a doctorate degree in management from Webster University in Webster Groves, Missouri. She additionally holds a master's of architecture degree and has completed certification in project management and cognitive behavioral therapy. Chohan has served on the board of Women in Healthcare and the board of the Human Development Foundation (North America). She is a TEDx speaker, and the author of SUBTLE: Phenomenon of “Social Unconscious Biases, Terminating Larger Equity” and Leadership IN Women.

A Toastmaster since 2010, Chohan is a member of her home club, Aspiring Speakers in St. Louis. She has held several high-profile leadership positions within Toastmasters and has attained the Distinguished Toastmaster designation—the highest level of educational achievement in the organization.

“Everyone around the world can benefit personally and professionally in articulating convincing thoughts and growing as a leader,” she says.

As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Chohan 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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Dawn Frail, DTM

International Director, Region 6

Dawn Frail, DTM

Dawn Frail, DTM, of Toronto, Ontario, is the owner and president of Athena Executive Education, a leadership development and consulting firm, where she has worked for 17 years. Through consulting and coaching projects, she works with senior leaders and leadership teams to help them become more cohesive and less dysfunctional, resulting in an organizational culture that drives competitive advantage. She also facilitates a senior executive peer advisory group with Canadian business leaders.

Frail earned a master's degree in leadership from the University of Guelph. She also holds certifications in several methodologies, including Myers-Briggs Master Practitioner, Organizational Transition Management, and Balanced Scorecard. In 1983 she established and led a support organization for military women and wives on a Canadian Air Force Base, and in 2010 the Calgary Foundation recognized her with the Kathryn Huget Leadership Award. Frail is a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers.

A Toastmaster since 1991, Frail is a member of her home club, Speaking From Experience Advanced Toastmasters. 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.

Frail reflects that Toastmasters has significantly impacted her career because it has helped her find her voice and develop the confidence to express it. She says, “Toastmasters can help people gain clarity of thought around messages they wish to convey and build the skills they need to become a confident communicator. For business professionals, the ability to listen, think, and speak more effectively can give a major boost to a career, especially for a leader.”

As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Frail 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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Dana G. Richard, DTM

International Director, Region 7

Dana G. Richard, DTM

Dana G. Richard, DTM, of Nokesville, Virginia, was Deputy Chief of Mission Assurance for the Defense and Counterintelligence Agency in Quantico and served in the military for over 30 years. His role included strategic planning, policy development, and resource and contract management.

Richard earned a master's of science in strategic intelligence from the National Intelligence University in Washington, D.C. He is also a graduate of the US Air Force Air War College and the US Air Force Air Command and Staff College. He has served on the Board of Regents for the Association of Certified Knowledge Management Professionals, as a leader of his Homeowners Association, and enjoys performing with groups like the Prince William Community Band. Richard has been recognized with two Defense Meritorious Service Medals and one Air Force Meritorious Service Medal and was additionally awarded the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Service Distinguished Service Award, the agency's highest award.

A Toastmaster since 2013, Richard is a member of his home club, Leaders Circle, in Nokesville. 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 Toastmasters experiential learning model is an extremely powerful and effective model for developing critical soft skills. Members can, and do, become better communicators through developing public speaking and interpersonal communication skills.”

As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Richard 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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Anwesha Banerjee, DTM

International Director, Region 8

Anwesha Banerjee, DTM

Anwesha Banerjee, DTM, of Brisbane, California, is a neuroscientist for Annexon Bioscience. In her role, she leads preclinical programs with the mission to develop therapeutic strategies and interventions for neurological disorders, including Huntington's Disease, Alzheimer's Disease, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

Banerjee holds a doctorate degree in neuroscience from the University of Texas at Dallas. While earning her doctorate, she was awarded the Women in Bio Behavioral Scholarship, and in 2017 she became a Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation Fellow to advance knowledge in the field of Myotonic Dystrophy. She is the Executive Director of the educational nonprofit, iStart Valley, where she helps expand the Human Capital Accelerator programs, geared toward helping individuals transition their careers to new and emerging industries. Her leadership helped start several new educational programs that are now delivered to hundreds of middle and high school children across North America in a virtual setting.

A Toastmaster since 2013, Banerjee is a member of her home club, the Dogwood Club, in Atlanta, Georgia. 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.

According to Banerjee, Toastmasters can be incorporated as a part of a healthy lifestyle. She says, “The program encourages, motivates, and shows us the way to become better a version of ourselves every day. Overcoming fear, building self-confidence, networking effectively, managing time, and managing relationships are a few of the many benefits one can reap from Toastmasters, both personally and professionally.”

As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Banerjee 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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Kimberly Dueck, DTM

International Director, Region 9

Kimberly Dueck, DTM

Kimberly Dueck, DTM, of Wakefield, Canada, is the director of finance transformation at Canada Post, and she has worked in the logistics industry for over 20 years. Her team is responsible for defining business requirements, re-engineering of business processes, and managing the implementation and related change management requirements. Her team additionally leads the company's “Learning Journey” with trainings, communications, coaching, and developing best practices for hiring and talent development.

Dueck earned a masters of business administration degree with a specialty in supply chain management from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. She is additionally a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA). In 2018, Canada Post recognized her as the Best Operations Enabler as a finance leader for the company.

A Toastmaster since 2008, Dueck is a member of her home club, Management Development for Women, in Ottawa. She has held several high-profile leadership positions within Toastmasters and has attained the Distinguished Toastmaster designation—the highest level of educational achievement in the organization.

She says, “The amazing community of true friends around the world who want to see each other succeed is the true essence of this organization and why I am a Toastmaster for life.”

As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Dueck 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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Jean Gamester, DTM

International Director, Region 10

Jean Gamester, DTM

Jean Gamester, DTM, of Cardiff, Wales, is a business school lecturer at The Open University in the United Kingdom. In her role, she educates on leadership, strategy, change, creativity, and innovation. This work builds on her international, multi-cultural, and multi-sector corporate change and leadership experience that includes company-wide strategy development, consulting, and implementation.

Gamester earned master's degrees in Human Resource Management and Economics, the former from the University of Bedfordshire in the UK, the latter from University College Dublin, Ireland. She additionally has an ACCA certified diploma in accounting and finance, and certification in the fields of program management, project management, information technology, coaching, psychology, literature, creative writing, and yoga. She is currently pursuing a professional doctorate in organizational change. She is a past Interim CEO of Charity Speakers Trust and Founding Director of Semaphora Consulting in the United Kingdom.

A Toastmaster since 2006, Gamester is a member of her home club, Cardiff Toastmasters. 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 reflects that Toastmasters has helped her gain communication and leadership skills that have empowered her to lead complex strategic change in organizations and helps her inspire as a speaker and university lecturer. She says, “People tend to join Toastmasters because they want to become more confident and capable speakers. We tend to stay for a variety of reasons—because we connect with the creative joy of speaking in public, we develop the skill of leadership, we build great friendships. Subtly over time, we become better versions of ourselves—we communicate, listen, care, and contribute more richly to our families and communities.”

As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Gamester 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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Frank Tsuro, DTM

International Director, Region 11

Frank Tsuro, DTM

Frank Tsuro, DTM, of Harare, Zimbabwe, is the founder of FranklySpeaking, where he works as a leadership team coach. He has been working in the professional services industry for 10 years. FranklySpeaking empowers leadership teams to achieve alignment and drive organizational success by facilitating crucial conversations, breaking down siloed thinking, improving communication, and fostering synergy.

Tsuro studied accounting science at the University of South Africa, and is a certified Team Coach and Global Leadership Assessment provider. He proudly earned honors in the prestigious Eisteddfod, in the Senior Boys and Mixed Choir categories for exceptional musical performances from the National Institute of Allied Arts Zimbabwe.

He reflects that, “Toastmasters International has a proven track record in growing our members' self-confidence through a supportive and positive learning environment, and empowers individuals to achieve their full potential and make a meaningful impact on the world.”

As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Tsuro 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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Benjamin McCormick, DTM

International Director, Region 12

Benjamin McCormick, DTM

Benjamin McCormick, DTM, of Springfield, Australia, is a home lending retention advisor at Suncorp Group Limited, where he has worked for over eight years. In his role, McCormick leads work across the bank to improve the home lending portfolio retention rate. His work involves balancing between customer outcomes, shareholder returns, regulatory compliance, development and application of government frameworks, and oversight of funded retention projects.

McCormick holds a Master of Business degree. In his professional life, he has forged an efficient working relationship between retail and business banking channels, resulting in a greatly enhanced turnaround time for his business' customers. As a result of McCormick spearheading this collaboration, he and his team achieved quarterly results of over 300% of the relevant financial target.

A Toastmaster since 2010, McCormick is a member of his home club, Ipswich Toastmasters, in Ipswich, Australia. 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.

Reflecting on his involvement in Toastmasters, McCormick says, “Improving your ability to provide feedback in a helpful, practical manner can benefit someone regardless of where they are in life. To have a space where you can grow and develop how, when, and where you give feedback is applicable to anyone, and valuable to everyone.”

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Pawas Chandra, DTM

International Director, Region 13

Pawas Chandra, DTM

Pawas Chandra, DTM, of Bengaluru, India, is a general manager for Jio Platforms, and has worked in the internet industry for over 10 years. In his role, he works on strategy development and execution of open internet and blockchain solutions. He also manages the profits and losses of the JioPages business unit. Chandra earned a master's of business administration from the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad, India.

A Toastmaster since 2008, Chandra is a member of his home club, Spoken Word, in Bengaluru, India. He has held several high-profile leadership positions within Toastmasters and has attained the Distinguished Toastmaster designation—the highest level of educational achievement in the organization.

Chandra reflects that, “Toastmasters helps you understand, nurture, and amplify the power of human connection. It is the only platform that allows you to experience growth at your own pace, building self-confidence and collaboration skills.”

As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Chandra 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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Helen He, DTM

International Director, Region 14

Helen He, DTM

Helen He, DTM, of Shanghai, China, is the co-founder of Shanghai Alie Business Consulting Co. In her role, she plans and discusses the company's vision and performance with the management team and works with the team to decide on the company's direction and operative guidelines. She leads coaches to build high-performance teams that give their clients the systems and capabilities they need to succeed.

Helen has a bachelor's degree in statistics from Fudan University. She is a Professional Certified Coach by International Coaching Federation, and throughout her career she has completed many training programs, including Evolutionary Coaching Training, Team Coaching Training, CSA Facilitation Training, and CEIBS Executive Education. She served as the project leader and head coach of Shanghai Hujiang Education Group's “Teacher as Coach,” an online education program for 800 middle school teachers in rural areas of China, and as the project leader of the 2022 U.lab 2x Innovation Project, “Build Team Dynamics in Commercial Organizations.” Helen was the co-chair of the 6th Asia Pacific Coaching Conference in Shanghai, and she is currently an MBA mentor for the Shanghai International Studies University MBA program, providing career and life guidance to participating MBA students.

A Toastmaster since 2015, Helen is a member of her home club, Shanghai Talent Discovery Bilingual TMC. 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.

Helen credits Toastmasters with teaching her how to handle difficult conversations, how to inject hope, and how to boost energy in others to enable them to blossom in challenging times. She tells current and prospective members that: “You will increase your self-awareness. You will become someone you desire to be by immersing yourself in Toastmasters learning programs. When you embark on a journey of becoming a better self, your well-being and happiness, your career, and your relationship will change amazingly!”

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