International Officer and Director Candidates

The International Leadership Committee has completed its nomination process for the International Director candidates. This page has been updated to reflect their report.

The International Leadership Committee will complete its nomination process for the International Officer candidates at a later date.


International Officer Candidates

The declared International Officer candidates for 2022-2023 are:


Radhi Spear, DTM

Radhi Spear, DTM

Candidate for International President-Elect


Why do you want to serve?

I see the difference Toastmasters makes in people's lives. Now is a critical time as we emerge from this pandemic. I want to be involved in developing creative solutions and innovative approaches to enable more people to benefit from our program during these challenging times.


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Aletta Rochat, DTM

Aletta Rochat, DTM

Candidate for First Vice President


Why do you want to serve?

I am passionate about working with the Board to find solutions that build our future. My vision is that our programs continue to innovate and are relevant globally. We attract members to our programs across all age groups. We offer world-class service and support to our leaders and members.


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Russell Drake, DTM

Russell Drake, DTM

Candidate for Second Vice President


Why do you want to serve?

My skill set matches the following responsibilities of an international officer. FINANCE - review proposed annual budget and submit a final budget to the board. POLICY - review operations and policies carried out by CEO. HR -Supervise the performance and position of CEO. I am ready to serve.


Learn more about Russell

 

Karen Lucas, DTM

Karen Lucas, DTM

Candidate for Second Vice President


Why do you want to serve?

We are traveling together towards an evolving future. Your voice speaks to me on our journey. As your Second Vice President, leading on purpose, with purpose, and focusing on what is critical to our strategic future is both an intellectual adventure and a deed of unwavering courage.


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Melissa McGavick, DTM

Melissa McGavick, DTM

Candidate for Second Vice President


Why do you want to serve?

I want to be a part of leading Toastmasters into the next century with inspiring vision, backed with ambitious strategies and focused governance. As an international officer I'll by bringing creative and innovative solutions, while staying true to the organization's core values and mission.


Learn more about Melissa

 

Stefano McGhee, DTM

Stefano McGhee, DTM

Candidate for Second Vice President


Why do you want to serve?

Including members in leading our organization is pivotal to our success. Our world desperately craves strong leaders. Our core values and leadership development programs are needed to develop these leaders. My belief in our capabilities to meet this need is why I want to be an International Officer.


Learn more about Stefano

 

Lesley Storkey, DTM

Lesley Storkey, DTM

Candidate for Second Vice President


Why do you want to serve?

I believe I can play an integral and meaningful role in the future development of Toastmasters International. Change is inherent and necessary, and I have a deep understanding of the process but most importantly, the acceptance of change. This transition must be understanding of our members' needs.


Learn more about Lesley

 

 

International Director Candidates

The 2022-2023 International Leadership Committee has nominated the following International Director candidates for the 2023-2025 term:

 

George Marshall, DTM

George Marshall, DTM

Candidate for International Director from Region 1


Why do you want to serve?

Toastmasters has had a very positive effect on many lives, including mine. I have improved in both speaking and leadership skills while serving in club and district roles. I want to serve on the board in order to help shape the future of the organization, and provide more opportunities to others.


Learn more about George

 

Sondra Nunez, DTM

Sondra Nunez, DTM

Candidate for International Director from Region 1


Why do you want to serve?

Serving in Toastmasters leadership positions at the club, area, division, district, and region levels has permitted me to enjoy success in my professional and personal life which would have not been possible. I want these same opportunities to be available to everyone for decades to come.


Learn more about Sondra

 

Chris Raneri, DTM

Chris Raneri, DTM

Candidate for International Director from Region 3


Why do you want to serve?

I want to be on the ground floor advocating for our members so they can have the best experience possible. I have provided my opinion to International leaders in the past on areas we excel in and areas we have opportunities in. I want to be on the front line taking action versus just sharing an opinion.


Learn more about Chris

 

Violetta Rios, DTM

Violetta Rios, DTM

Candidate for International Director from Region 3


Why do you want to serve?

Because of Toastmasters, I have learned to speak up for those who don't know where to turn for support. I want to contribute to our organization's growth, promote its benefits, and inspire the next generation of leaders, just like those who have served before me.


Learn more about Violetta

 

Farzana Chohan, DTM

Farzana Chohan, DTM

Candidate for International Director from Region 5


Why do you want to serve?

My aspiration to serve as an international director emanates from my objective in life, which is to “Make this world a thriving place for all humans.” After joining Toastmasters, I realized the life-changing impact of Toastmasters not only on my life, but thousands of others.


Learn more about Farzana

 

DaWane Wanek, DTM

DaWane Wanek, DTM

Candidate for International Director from Region 5


Why do you want to serve?

I want to leverage my professional experience to help shape the future of our organization.




Learn more about DaWane

 

Perry Neal, DTM

Perry Neal, DTM

Candidate for International Director from Region 7


Why do you want to serve?

As cliché as it may sound, I want to give back to the organization that's given me so much. I also wish to continue my leadership journey because I like to challenge myself and I believe I have something to offer as an International Director.


Learn more about Perry

 

Dana Richard, DTM

Dana Richard, DTM

Candidate for International Director from Region 7


Why do you want to serve?

Service as a Board Member is an unparalleled opportunity to grow, to serve, and to apply skills and experience I have gained through a lifetime of service—team collaboration, strategic planning, finance, and policy development--to give back to a community that has given so much to me.


Learn more about Dana

 

Kimberly Dueck, DTM

Kimberly Dueck, DTM

Candidate for International Director from Region 9


Why do you want to serve?

I see a world filled with opportunities for our amazing organization. It would be an honour to collaborate with fellow board members to develop strategies that align with our vision and address our business realities. I look forward to meeting you and broadening our Toastmasters family worldwide.


Learn more about Kimberly

 

Ronald Servant, DTM

Ronald Servant, DTM

Candidate for International Director from Region 9


Why do you want to serve?

I want to help the organization that changed my life thrive and grow so that others may benefit. My expertise in information technology and ability to collaborate globally will help us find solutions to our financial and technical challenges and respond quickly to a changing environment.


Learn more about Ronald

 

Jocelyne Vezina, DTM

Jocelyne Vezina, DTM

Candidate for International Director from Region 9


Why do you want to serve?

I believe in the Toastmaster's program. In the world we live in, we need leaders that can adjust and make decisions quickly. I want to help shape those future leaders.



Learn more about Jocelyne

 

Cyndi Wilson, DTM

Cyndi Wilson, DTM

Candidate for International Director from Region 9


Why do you want to serve?

Toastmasters changed me dramatically by giving me back my voice. I became my authentic self and found my path; I want to help others to do the same, one person at a time. I desire to be part of Toastmasters' mission to determine our future focus for both our new and seasoned members.


Learn more about Cyndi

 

Sujit Sukumaran, DTM

Sujit Sukumaran, DTM

Candidate for International Director from Region 11


Why do you want to serve?

As a Toastmaster for 16 years & a Gavelier, my life has truly changed. As an organization at the cusp of its centennial, we need to transform for relevance in a digital world. I wish to serve on the Board to foster greater member inclusion & representation, engagement and growth opportunities.


Learn more about Sujit

 

Frank Tsuro, DTM

Frank Tsuro, DTM

Candidate for International Director from Region 11


Why do you want to serve?

  • To help grow our relationship with members, staff, and other stakeholders as we work together to achieve our envisioned future.
  • To use my policy experience to enhance policy formulation and evaluation.
  • As a millennial and African I represent demographics that are key to our organisation's future.


Learn more about Frank

 

Pawas Chandra, DTM

Pawas Chandra, DTM

Candidate for International Director from Region 13


Why do you want to serve?

I want to contribute toward building a clear and meaningful strategic direction for our organization - where members and leaders enjoy collaboratively working toward a future of growth, progress, and success at every level.


Learn more about Pawas

 

Sudash Liyanage, DTM

Sudash Liyanage, DTM

Candidate for International Director from Region 13


Why do you want to serve?

It is because servant leadership has become my passion and a gratifying experience. Toastmasters transformed my life over the last 16 years of continuous leadership for which I owe great gratitude. Now, I desire to reciprocate by being a member of the strategic leadership team of our organization.


Learn more about Sudash

 

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