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2017-2018 District Leadership Committee Nomination Report

The District Leadership Committee (formerly District Nominating Committee) met with candidates beginning February 4th and conducted interviews to nominate the 2017-2018 District Leadership Team.

The nominees are as follows:

District Director

 

Chim Francisco - Biography

Chim Francisco
 

Program Quality Director

 

 

Lydia Harris - Biography

Lydia Harris

Michael Thorn - Biography

Michael Thorn

Club Growth Director

 

Leonardo Burrows - Biography

Leonardo Burrows

David Esposito - Biography

David Esposito

Division Directors

 

Division A - Maurice Fuller - Biography

Maurice Fuller

Division B - Shakira Taylor - Biography

Shakira Taylor
 

Division C - Yulimar Trumbo - Biography

Yulimar Trumbo

Division D - Kathy Frazier - Biography

Kathy Frazier
 

Division E - Sandra Jackson - Biography

Sandra Jackson

Division F - Andre Kelly - Biography

Andre Kelly
 

Division I - Ivan Thompson - Biography

Ivan Thompson
 

Interviews for appointed positions including Area Directors, Public Relations Manager, Finance Manager, Administration Manager, Logistics Manager, Audit Committee Chair and Webmaster will be conducted by the DLC over the next several weeks.  A final report with recommendations will be presented to the incoming District Director after the Elections.  If you are interested in serving in any of these roles, you may still submit an application for consideration by completing the paperwork found HERE.

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Respectfully submitted,
Jeanine Kinsey, DTM, IPDD
District Leadership Committee Chair 2016-2017

 

Candidate Biographies:

Chim FranciscoChim Francisco, DTM - Nominated for District Director

Toastmasters member since: 2011

Education

Associate of Science (Major:  Travel & Tourism)
Bachelor of Science (Major:  Business Management & Marketing)
Master of Business Administration (In Progress)

Toastmasters offices held and terms of service: I have delivered outstanding results in various Leadership Roles held in Toastmasters since joining as a Member in 2011.

• District 47 - Treasurer (JUL 2012 to JUN 2013)
• Division C - Governor in District 47 (JUL 2013 to JUN 2014)
• District 47 - Ambassador, Revitalized Education Program (NOV 2013 to Current)
• District 47 - Club Growth Director (JUL 2015 to JUN 2016)
• District 47 - Program Quality Director (JUL 2016 to Current)
• Various Club Officer Roles (Date Range:  JUL 2012 - Current) (Club President, VP of Education, VP of Membership,  VP of Public Relations and Treasurer)

Toastmasters honors and recognition: 

Distinguished Toastmaster (AUG 2013)
President's Distinguished Division as Division C - Governor (FY 2013 - 2014)
Division Governor of the Year for District 47 (FY 2013 - 2014)
Excellence in Club Growth Awardee as District 47 - Club Growth Director (FY 2015 - 2016)

Relevant work experience and how it relates to Toastmasters and your role as a District officer: I bring a unique, multi-faceted skill set as a Candidate for District 47 – Director, through my professional endeavors in the Health & Wellness, Banking & Finance, and Travel & Tourism sectors, as well as, through my civic and community leadership.  My professional career has provided me with the necessary experience to be highly effective in the role of District Director, where I would be responsible for directly overseeing and managing the district’s day-to-day operations, finances, and human resources.

What experience do you have in strategic planning? My professional expertise includes business strategy formulation, process and system implementation, financial data analysis, integration of planning and real-time alignment, accountability coaching, and development of successful teams in both corporate and non-profit settings.

What experience do you have in the area of finance? What experience do you have in I began my career as the Accounting Manager for Shore Operations with Holland America Line Westours, where I was responsible for managing Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, and banking account reconciliation; controlling operations costs, and coordinating shore operations and ground transportation services for various ship calls at Port Everglades and other domestic ports.  I am a former Banking Center Manager and Associate Vice President with Bank of America, where I was the recipient of the Customer Experience Leadership Award in 2002, the President’s Award of Excellence in 2003, and the Most Improved Banking Center Award in 2004.  I was also a Series 6 and Series 63 Licensed Associate at this financial institution.  I am also a former Store Manager and Assistant Vice President with Commerce Bank.  In this capacity, I was responsible for business development, with a primary focus on building relationships with target referral sources and creating strategic alliances with business partners.   

What experience do you have in developing procedures? As an avid Volunteer, I have applied my business acumen in developing various procedures to support Capacity Building, Sustainability and Collaborative Impact in the non-profit sector.  As Chair of the Community Support Fund for the Junior League of Boca Raton, I established procedures for the review, approval  and funding of incoming grant applications.  As Chair of the Non-Profit Training Committee for the Junior League of Boca Raton, I created a Quick Reference Guide on the Curriculum Design, Identification / Selection of Speakers and Event Set-Up / Break-Down for year-round Education and Training Workshop Sessions attended by 50+ local non-profit organizations.  As Program Quality Director in District 47, I am currently spearheading an initiative to build a Central Repository of Resources relating to Event Planning, Preparation & Execution of District Events (Speech Contests, TLIs & District Conferences).

What lessons did you learn from previous leadership positions? In my previous leadership experience, there has always been tremendous value in first finding out someone’s WHY.  Providing support to help others (Team Members) in achieving their individual goals is critical to the performance of any team.  In addition, other vital ingredients include:  Leading by Example, Appreciation / Recognition of Contributions and Celebrating Shared Successes.

Why do you want to serve as a district officer? The Toastmasters Program has significantly contributed to my professional and personal development.  It has enriched my life in a multitude of ways.  I am called to serve, to give back and to “Pay It Forward” as a District Leader.

In your opinion, what are the district mission's major objectives and how would you work to achieve them? Per Toastmasters International, the District Mission is to build new clubs and to support all clubs in achieving excellence.  The District Director empowers the district leadership team to work together toward the district mission, while supporting each one in his or her development as a leader.  As a District Officer, I am committed to Enhancing the Member Experience, Improving the Overall Quality of Clubs and Developing Trained Leaders.

Additional information about yourself: With over 20 years as an active Business Leader in the global market, I have an extensive network of contacts plus well-established relationships in the corporate, non-profit and public sectors providing me the dexterity to build a solid pipeline of New Club Prospects, the proficiency to secure Donations / Sponsorships / Venues for District Events and the ability to tap various resources for the purposes of District Marketing / Public Relations.

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Lydia HarrisLydia Harris, DTM - Nominated for Program Quality Director

Toastmasters member since: 2010

Education: Registered Nurse diploma, Bachelors and Masters of Science in Metaphysics, Doctoral Candidate (Holistic Life

Toastmasters offices held and terms of service: 

VPPR: July - December 2010 
Area Governor: July 2011 - June 2012   
Division Governor: July 2012 - June 2013 
President: July 2013 - June 2014 
Revitalized Education Program (Pathways) Chief Ambassador (CA): July 2013 - present 
VPE: July 2015 - June 2016 ~ VPPR: July 2016 - present

Toastmasters honors and recognition: 

Select Distinguished Area Governor, 2012 
President's Distinguished Division Governor, 2013 
President's Distinguished Club President, 2014 
Spring Conference Chair, 2015 and 2016

Relevant work experience and how it relates to Toastmasters and your role as a District officer: As a RN for 40 years, I am a professional assessor, listener, nurturer, educator, learner and problem solver. As an author, I am comfortable with the use of the written word for inspiration, publication and education. As an entrepreneur and CEO of The Entrepreneurs Garden, LLC, I am well versed in a variety of business administration, customer service, marketing and management practices. I coach medical professsionals on strategies to better leverage their expertise through several of my books and programs. I am currently working on a medical software project that I will be writing the "end user" training program and guides for.

What experience do you have in strategic planning? As the owner of a consulting and coaching practice, strategic planning is the life blood of my business. The skills I have and hone in assessment, training, educational program design and marketing guide the development of strategic plans to best serve the needs of my clients. Serving as District conference chair, TLI chair, Division Governor and Pathways CA, contributed as well.

What experience do you have in the area of finance? I have briefly served and been trained as club treasurer on 2 occasions. I have created, adhered to and submitted event budgets within the confines dictated by the District leadership team. I manage my corporate finances including taxes with legal and financial consultants as part of my ongoing business planning strategy. I will have a past District Treasurer (or 2) serve as my financial mentor to advise me as needed.

What experience do you have in developing procedures? For my business, volunteer service and professional employment, I have developed and enhanced procedures for myself, my teams and clients throughout my career. I write educational programs, business documents and books that record and/or train on a variety of procedures and processes.

What lessons did you learn from previous leadership positions? 1. The importance of building a team where each member reaches their individual goals and the impact it has on others. 2. The necessity of having Plans B, C and D in the event Plan A tanks. 3. Be open to opportunities to do great things, then prepare with study and mentors. 4. People don't have to love you to respect and honor what you do (though it sure feels better when they do).

Why do you want to serve as a district officer? I want to support the purposeful creation of better member experiences in our clubs through more effective training. I have been most motivated by and also wrote in a TI sanctioned publication, "Heart of a Toastmaster", about IIIF, IIT (If It Isn't Fun, It Isn't Toastmasters). I want to promote the joy of learning in our program. I believe this will help us to build stronger clubs, loyal members and brand awareness enhancing sustainability efforts.

In your opinion, what are the district mission's major objectives and how would you work to achieve them? 1. Facilitate a successful transition into the Pathways program for our current and future members. Through work with the new CA, we will create a team of Ambassadors and Guides that support members and relieve fears. 2. Provide officer and member training that supports the development of more effective and efficient communication and leadership district wide. Strategies will be created with the DEC and PQD team to role model and train members at conferences TLI, webinars, visits, meetings with evaluation tools to measure success and needs for reinforcement and review.

Additional information about yourself: I am an enthusiastic, compassionate, infectiously energetic, nurturing, "out of the box" thinker that loves to inspire others to expand and reach for greater growth beyond previously conceived limits and dreams. I believe in helping others create visions for themselves that make them happy (WII.FM), see things positively (even when learning from life's challenges) and inspire action to move toward it all in an enjoyable manner (IIIF,IIT). I am simply Lydia (me).

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Michael ThornMichael Thorn - Nominated for Program Quality Director

Toastmasters member since: 2008

Education

Project Management Institute >>> Project Management Professional (PMP)
Six Sigma Partnering >>> Six Sigma Black Belt
Toastmasters International >>> Distinguished Toastmaster (2)
University of Southern California >>> MS, Systems Management
Air University >>> Diplomas, Organization and Systems Management + Professional Comptroller School
Pennsylvania State University >>> MBA, Management and Quantitative Analysis ... BA, Economics and Mathematics

Toastmasters offices held and terms of service: 

Club President (3) ... VP Membership (2) ... VP Public Relations ... Secretary ... Sergeant at Arms
Area Governor
Division Governor
District Club Extension Chair
District Club Growth Director

Toastmasters honors and recognition: 

Division Toastmaster of the Year 
Select Distinguished Area Governor 
Distinguished Toastmaster (2)
Multiple CC + CL Designations

Relevant work experience and how it relates to Toastmasters and your role as a District officer: Military Commander and Project Manager responsible and accountable for mission development, execution, and success in terms of performance, quality, and budget.  Directly supervised and guided teams of up to 50 people with oversight of many more on a world-wide basis.  Demonstrated ability to lead and succeed through example and both written and oral presentations.  College level adjunct professor for over 30 years in the areas of Project Management, Information Systems, Organizational Strategy, and Management Behavior.  Organizer of major activities such as TEDx events.

What experience do you have in strategic planning? Extensive experience over a span of 40 years in the development of organizational objectives and the means by which to measure progress and success at all levels of an organization, both military and civilian.  Established overall mission objectives, including the identification of the resources, both financial and human, to achieve them.  Teach this topic at the graduate level for multiple universities.

What experience do you have in the area of finance? Development, prioritization, and management of budgets and actual expenditures and accounting for same at all organizational levels, military and civilian, for amounts ranging from $50K to $3.5M.

What experience do you have in developing procedures? See previous remarks re relevant Work Experience, Strategic Planning, and Financial Management.
See attached resume.

What lessons did you learn from previous leadership positions? 

> If you wish to go fast ... go alone.  If you wish to go far ... work as a team.
> Understanding of motivation is critical at all levels of an organization.  Melding of differing motivations and goals into a single focus is a fundamental role of leadership.
> Nothing replaces project/organizational knowledge and desire to excel.
> Performance, Quality, and Integrity are inseparable and must be supported by Responsiveness, Accountability, and Transparency.

Why do you want to serve as a district officer? Directly contribute to both individual and organizational levels of excellence and success.

In your opinion, what are the district mission's major objectives and how would you work to achieve them? Develop individual and organizational levels of excellence, performance, and success through an understanding of motivation and rewards at all levels.  Recognize, plan, and maintain realistic financial objectives and constraints.

Additional information about yourself: 

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Leonardo BurrowsLeonardo Burrows - Nominated for Club Growth Director

Toastmasters member since: 2000

Education: Certification in Commercial Skills from the Bahamas Technical & Vocational Institute 
Certified Trainer College of the Bahamas

Toastmasters offices held and terms of service: 

Area Director July 1, 2010- June 30, 2011
Revitalized Ambassador Education Ambassador November 4 2013  
Division Director July 1,2015 to June 30, 2016 
President Mayaguana Southern Pearls Club 5869898 October 2016- 

Toastmasters honors and recognition: 

Received 2 Distinguished Toastmasters Awards 
Received an Outstanding Toastmasters Award 2016

Relevant work experience and how it relates to Toastmasters and your role as a District officer: My journey in toastmasters sponsoring and mentoring clubs over the past 16years have prepared me for the role of Club Growth Director. I started my first club Destined for Success Club 3956 at age 18 in 1999. 
In September of 2016 I founded and started the Mayaguana Southern Pearls Club 5869898. In between that time frame I have never stopped working as a Toastmaster. 

What experience do you have in strategic planning? I am the Executive Director of a Non- Profit Organization Generation H.O.P.E. Bahamas which is provides training and development programs for children, teens and young adults. Strategic Planning, good organizational skills and essential for program delivery. 

What experience do you have in the area of finance? Although my finance background is limited as Executive Director for Generation H.O.P.E. I have to prepare budgets and expenditures. 

What experience do you have in developing procedures? I had to develop policies and procedures for my non profit organization. 
Being a Police Officer. I have to do the same thing at work also. 

What lessons did you learn from previous leadership positions? I have learned that if the leader lacks focus and drive so will the members of their team. I have also learned that leaders lead people and manage things. Hence I believe that we can never take anyone for granted or underestimate anyone. 

Why do you want to serve as a district officer? I desire to serve as a district officer because I of my desire to serve, track record of proven success weather as a club officer, Area Director, or Division Director are testaments of my drive passion. I have served in every role at the club level moving on to the district level now I feel this is a perfect opportunity to take my level of leadership further as a district officer. 

In your opinion, what are the district mission's major objectives and how would you work to achieve them? The District's major objectives are to ensure the Divisions and Areas have sufficient support that will enable club leaders and their members to achieve their goals. Once this happens membership growth and retention will not be an issue. Members will do more to achieve educational goals hence the ripple effect. 

Additional information about yourself: I am an individual who is committed to whatever role I take on and possess the discipline and tenacity to get the job done. I have extraordinary people skills and work well with mixed personalities no matter how challenging they might be. At the end of the day I believe in results.   

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David EspositoDavid Esposito, DTM - Nominated for Club Growth Director

Toastmasters member since: 1976

Education: Bachelor of Business Administration Degree, University of Miami, Industry trainings classes for Licensure in Insurance, Mortgages, Real Estate, Construction, Mold Remediation, Auctioneering

Toastmasters offices held and terms of service: Gt. FT. Lauerdale Club 2004, SAA, sect, Evp , President 1977-1980, Sawgrass Toastmasters Club, One of the founding members and sponsors 2003, President Multiple terms, EVP, VPmembership from 2003-2017. Dist. 47 Youth Leadership Chairman, Community Outreach Chair, Area Governor 1980-81, Lt. GOV. Southern Division 1981-82

Toastmasters honors and recognition: Outstanding Area Governor Award Dist. 47, Outstanding Lt. Governor of the Southern Division, Dist. 47. The year I was president of the Great Ft. Lauderdale Toastmasters Club WE received the Presidents Distinguished Club Designation.

Relevant work experience and how it relates to Toastmasters and your role as a District officer: I am the owner of my own Construction Company for the past 41 years. In addition, I am a professional Master of Ceremonies, Roast master and Auctioneer. I have been an Adjunct Professor at Florida Atlantic University at multiple campuses throughout Broward and Palm Beach Campuses. Teaching Public Speaking and Construction related courses. taught regular youth leadership classes in Broward County Public Schools for 4 years through, DECA FBLA organizations, and was a Trainer and speaker at DECA STATE CONFERENCE. I have spent 25 years running and organizing Chamber of Commerce organization as well as organized and was a member of many networking organizations. I co-founded a Chamber of Commerce and built that organization up to 600 plus members. The Broward County Council of Chambers selected me as Vice president of their Council. I was Appointed the Broward County Housing Finance Authority and served 8 years and one year as Chairman.

What experience do you have in strategic planning? I have strategic planning experience through all aspect of my career as owner of a business for the past 41 years, organizing and developing Chambers and Networking organizations, 8 years on the Housing, Finance Authority and a member of the Fla. and National Associations of Local Housing Finance Authorities.

What experience do you have in the area of finance? I have served Broward County on the Housing Finance Authority, The City of Coral Springs on the Affordable Housing Committee, and The Coral Springs Construction Review Committee for many years.

What experience do you have in developing procedures? Owning my own business requires me to develope procedures to be followed by those working on related construction projects. While serving as President, and a board memberr of Organizations, I was part of the board, whose responsibility it was to develope procedures and policies necessary to for membership and  conducting Chamber business. While serving on the County Housing Finance Authority it was our function to develope and implement programs and procedures on helping finance the construction of developer run, affordable housing. The Coral Springs Construction Review Committee set policy on how City Owned projects would be developed, funded and built for the benefits of the residences of Coral Springs. The Affordable Housing Committee set requirements for funding individual residences through various federal and state programs directed for Affordable Housing.

What lessons did you learn from previous leadership positions? I have learned that any organization, requires the leadership and cooperation of the members of that team, who is charged with leading that organization, committee or board. No one person within that structure can fulfil all the roles and that requires everyone, to work as a team, to build the organization, create a structure to be followed by its members, and work towards a mutually defined goal. Leadership requires, delegation, follow-up, and making team members accountable for their roles, duties and responsibilities, to the team, for the good of any organization.

Why do you want to serve as a district officer? I have been an Advocate of the Toastmasters Organization for 41 years. I have seen what it has done for me and outhers who make the commitment to themselves and the organization to make it great. I have always given of my time, energy, financial resources, and contacts to Toastmasters and want to continue giving back to this organization. I want to show everyone the benefits we have to offer for personal development and growth. I want to be an example of what Toastmasters can do for everyone to developed ski's, developed leaders, network and make lifelong friendships, and have fun while participating in the program.

In your opinion, what are the district mission's major objectives and how would you work to achieve them? The District mission is to promote Toastmasters throughout the District to help developed new Clubs, increase membership in our Clubs and to continually support and assist our existing clubs to grow and developed into a strong club. District 47 has too much talent, loosing a club should not be an option. The District's mission needs to harness this talent, and convince those who are sitting back after they have plateaued Toastmasters that there is another route you should take to continue the work of the program to others to benefit.

Additional information about yourself: I promise that if you allow me the opportunity to serve the District as your Club Growth Director, I will show you ways to make being a Toastmasters more fun than you ever dreamed possible, and convince you to make an even bigger commitment to Dist. 47 to make us recognized not only within Toastmasters International but within the communities we serve.

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Maurice FullerMaurice Michael Fuller - Nominated for Division A Director

Toastmasters member since: 2008

Education

June 2015          Certificate Inter-Spiritual Counseling ;    One Spirit Learning Alliance, New York
June 2013          Inter-Spiritual Minister;                            One Spirit Inter Interfaith Seminary, New York
May 2004           Doctor of Pharmacy,                               University of Colorado, Denver, Colorado 
May 1994           Master of Public Health (Epidemiology)  Florida International University, Miami Florida

Toastmasters offices held and terms of service: 

Vice President of Education    - 2016-17, 2015-16, 2014-15 & 2011-13
Treasurer    - 2016-17,2014-15, 2008-09 & 2007-08
President -  2010- 11 &  2009-10
Vice President Public Relations  2010-11
District 47 Area Governor 2010-11
Revitalization Education Committee Learning Master 2013- 0001

Toastmasters honors and recognition: 

Membership Building  Sponsor:  10 members - 2 times , 5 members  - 7 times & 3 members - 9 times
Distinguished Area 51 Governor 2010-11
Distinguished Toastmaster - 2013

Relevant work experience and how it relates to Toastmasters and your role as a District officer: Currently work as a Clinical Pharmacist at community hospital where I provide Clinical Pharmacy services to the Medical and Nursing staff. I supervise technicians and provide feedback for their evaluations. I work with interdisciplinary teams to optimize medication therapy management. As it relates to Toastmasters I have excellent work ethics, am orderly and am good with time management and experience with team management  and team building.

What experience do you have in strategic planning? I work with management teams at work with implementation of the Pyxsis 2000 dispensing Machines assisting in areas of implementation, training and quality feedback . Served on the Board of the Universal Truth center for 6 years where I was involved with strategic planning related to growing church ministries and membership building. Currently serve as a Board Member of the Jonathan Spikes Foundation and am involved with strategic planning of the Affirming Youth Inc as it seeks to open a mental health clinic to provide services to school and the community with its Let's Talk It Out Program.

What experience do you have in the area of finance? I served as Treasurer of the Universal Truth Center for 4 years where oversaw and managed the church finances of $1.2 million. Assisted with implementing yearly capital campaigns. Negotiated  with banks to secure  refinancing  and mortgage for the church. Currently serve as Board  Treasurer for the Jonathan Spikes Foundation overseeing the finances and assist with budgeting for grant applications.

What experience do you have in developing procedures? Have written Pharmacy policies and procedures as a consultant for Innovative Pharmacy in Doral, Miami. Updated the policy and procedures for the Universal Truth Center church handbook and wrote new financial policy in keeping with Not for Profit guidelines for the Universal Truth Center. As the treasurer of the Jonathan Spikes foundation I am in the process of writing financial policies and procedures for that organization.

What lessons did you learn from previous leadership positions? 

1. To be patient 
2. Deep listening skills
3. To be a team player
4. To be supportive in times of uncertainty and change in an organization

Why do you want to serve as a district officer? I would like to serve as a district officer to be an ambassador of Toastmasters Mission and Vision and to support the members of the clubs to embody those values as they begin to implement and or continue to build their communication and leadership skills. I have experience with mentorship and coaching which will assist  me with building a team to support our members.
 

In your opinion, what are the district mission's major objectives and how would you work to achieve them? The Districts major objective appears to me to be the building of new clubs and increasing membership. Currently membership renewals are down and my focus will be to work with the area Directors and especially the Vice Presidents of membership and education to come up with ways to implement strategies to engage members.

Additional information about yourself: I love to cook for people. Good food brings people together. It is the fun, camaraderie  and a genuine interest in seeing people become their best selves that keep me excited and motivated  and going forward working towards a planet with a spirit of oneness.

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Shakira TaylorShakira Taylor, DTM - Nominated for Division B Director

Toastmasters member since: 2010

Education: Shakira holds a Master Degree in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelor of Business Education with a double major in Marketing and International Business from Florida International University. She also holds a Master Certificate in Metaphysical Studies from the Johnnie Colemon Theological Seminary, where is currently enrolled to become a Licensed Spiritual Teacher. She is a certified Integrative Coach Professional and Mentor with The Ford Institute. 

Toastmasters offices held and terms of service: 

Universal Toastmasters:
President: 2011-2012, Vice President of Education 2012-2013, Secretary 2010 - 2011
Secretary 2013 - 2014, 
Universal Advanced: VP Membership: 2013 - 2017
District: Area Governor 2012 - 2013, TLI Manager South Florida 2015-2016, Conference Registration Chair 2016-2017

Toastmasters honors and recognition: I am a Distinguished Toastmaster. On a club level I have been awarded the following awards: President Award, Happy Camper Award, Ambassador Award and numerous Speaker Awards for placements in club and area contest. I was also awarded the President Distinguished Area Governor designation.

Relevant work experience and how it relates to Toastmasters and your role as a District officer: My work experience and training has prepared me for the role of District Officer. 

What experience do you have in strategic planning? As an Entrepreneur, I am engaged in the ongoing strategic plans for my company. I also sit on the strategic planning committee for a Non-profit organization. I have also trained small-size non-profits on strategic plan development and implementation. 

What experience do you have in the area of finance? I have some experience in the area of finance to include budget development and management.

What experience do you have in developing procedures? My employment history includes a significant amount of Administrative duties including the development,implementation and training on policies and procedures. I am highly organized and efficient with a keen sense for details and how the whole functions as a unit. I have also successfully created and implemented a mentorship program in my home club Universal Toastmasters. 

What lessons did you learn from previous leadership positions? Some of the lessons I have learned from previous leadership positions are:
1) It is not about me but us. 2) To lead is to serve and 3) Equip your team with the resources and allow them to soar.

Why do you want to serve as a district officer? People join Toastmasters to improve their communication and leadership skills. Some people join for the fun and fellowship. My desire to serve as a district officer is simply to serve and give back to an organization that has enriched my life. One of the greatest satisfaction is to be a part of another's journey through personal and professional development. I am have acquired the skill set necessary to serve and look forward to serving.  

In your opinion, what are the district mission's major objectives and how would you work to achieve them? The district's mission is to build new clubs and support all clubs in achieving excellence. I will work to contribute to this achievement through the appropriate and healthy support of my Area Directors. Ensuring that the team and clubs have the tools and resources required for success is paramount to the growth and success of the district. Mentoring is also a practice I am very passionate about and will share information as deemed necessary. 

Additional information about yourself: I am married to Distinguished Toastmaster Charles M. Taylor.

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Yulimar TrumboYulimar Alexandra Quintero-Trumbo - Nominated for Division C Director

Toastmasters member since: 2013

Education: Systems Engineer, Class of 2002. Universidad Metropolitana, Caracas Venezuela

Toastmasters offices held and terms of service: 

VPPR - West Boca Toastmasters 2014-2015
Club Mentor - Toastmasters at Palm Beach
VPE - West Boca Toastmasters 2015-2016 State College
VPE - Boca Raton Advanced Toastmasters 2016-2017
TLI Chair - Hosted by Div C Winter 2016
Area C32 Director 2016-2017

Toastmasters honors and recognition: ACS, ALB

Relevant work experience and how it relates to Toastmasters and your role as a District officer: I have worked on International Business Development, dealing with multicultural organizations and multifunctional teams, bringing everybody on the same page; understanding/mapping business processes to improve the synergy within the organization; getting answers from all stakeholders and
educating all stakeholders to enhance the changes required. I definitely can use much of this experience into helping the clubs within my division to better implement the Toastmaster

What experience do you have in strategic planning? The average sales cycle was 3-5 years and the multitude of stakeholders involved in one deal in only one country, required indeed fine and detailed tuning on managing financial resources, team members, infrastructure and equipment.

What experience do you have in the area of finance? Related to structuring Sales and Services of specific technology contracts for government and Electoral Entities around the world.
Experience related to the elaboration of business cases. Experience with financial scenarios to consider on a business plan for SME

What experience do you have in developing procedures? Little. We solved the problem and helped creating the pathway. Another team would deploy accordingly

What lessons did you learn from previous leadership positions? 

1. People align to the principles and values; they cannot be imposed to no one
2. Communication is truly the key to teambuilding
3. Get the people on board to really achieve the goal
4. Integrity, Integrity, Integrity.

Why do you want to serve as a district officer? This is a Service of high impact. Anybody that has gone through the "Toastmasters experience" can understand and sense the importance of Talking good, Doing Excellent and Listening Very Carefully. I want to help allow this experience to the biggest amount of people possible. Also, a whole room full of like-minded individuals taking care of improving themselves and helping others improve is kind of hard to find elsewhere.

In your opinion, what are the district mission's major objectives and how would you work to achieve them? Making sure we all become proper Toastmasters Ambassador, helping everyone to understand the value of the Educational Program; also, Retain the members as much as possible. I will work with my team to keep the passion ignited and help remove any hindrance to the members' path so they can achieve their goals

Additional information about yourself: Educator. Multicultural. French-speaker. English-speaker. Spanish-speaker. Toastmasters Ambassador. Spiritual cultivator. Mom. Homeschooler. Born-and-trained communicator. Entrepreneur. Team-working junkie. Way-out-of-the-box thinker. Systems-approach problem-solver. Family-lover. Beach-lover. Vegetarian. world traveler. Careful listener. Eager reader.

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Kathy FrazierKathy Ruth Frazier - Nominated for Division D Director

Toastmasters member since: 2000-2003, 2013-current

Education

BS in Biology and Chemistry, Augusta State College
MS in Healthcare Administration, Central Michigan University

Toastmasters offices held and terms of service: 

SAA 2015-2016 Goldcoast Toastmasters #2727
VPM 2016-2017 Goldcoast Toastmasters #2727
VPE 2014-2015 Palm Beach Advanced Toastmasters 1510120 
President 2015-2016 Palm Beach Advanced Toastmasters 1510120
Immediate Past President 2016-2017 Palm Beach Advanced Toastmasters

Toastmasters honors and recognition: 

Toastmaster of the Year, Palm Beach Advanced Toastmasters 2014-2015
Toastmaster of the Year, Palm Beach Advanced Toastmasters 2015-2016
President's Award, Palm Beach Advanced Toastmasters 2015-2016

Relevant work experience and how it relates to Toastmasters and your role as a District officer: I serve the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, West Palm Beach, as the Occupational Safety and Health Manager. In this leadership position, I am responsible for 6 major programs, their budgets, design and implementation, policies and procedures, compliance with multiple accreditation standards and regulations. Success is based on effective communication with all levels of staff, leadership and collaborative relationships. My work experience will serve the Division as I ensure we meet District goals, Division goals, develop new strategies for marketing Toastmasters and ensure quality communication to the District and Division membership.

What experience do you have in strategic planning? For the past 28 years my job has been to develop and continuously improve occupational health/safety programs in support of VA goals, leadership priorities, facility needs and risks. Each initiative required solid, thoroughly researched proposals and projections of staffing needs, costs, performance monitors and time lines. My job requires constantly thinking ahead while maintaining today's priorities.

What experience do you have in the area of finance? I am responsible for an annual operating budget of $100,000+. Financial planning requires critical analyses to identify priorities, timing of expenditures and creativity within financial constraints. I manage the budgets for environmental compliance, radiation safety, fire protection equipment, personal protective equipment, monitoring equipment, regulatory permitting and construction safety. Funds are allocated by Congress through leadership and accountability is to senior leadership and ultimately the taxpayer. My responsibility is to meet or exceed my mission within budget.

What experience do you have in developing procedures? I write and publish Medical Center policy and procedures for 2700 staff for the programs under my purview. Each policy includes a clearly stated purpose and policy statement, defined procedures/processes, assigned responsibilities for all levels of staff, and appropriate references. The policies and procedures must comply with multiple regulatory agencies and be clearly understood by all levels of Medical Center staff.

What lessons did you learn from previous leadership positions? 

*To lead effectively with team buy-in, I must possess and be able to clearly communicate the team's goals and their value.
*To encourage and foster team work and facilitate/lead the team members to share talents and responsibilities. It's all about 'we'.
* Praise!  Give appropriate feedback.
* Launch on beta and learn from it. Forget perfect, the time lost is too costly.
* It's all about the people.

Why do you want to serve as a district officer? Being a Toastmaster has brought me a great deal of joy and satisfaction. I've made dear friends and have been positively impacted by members I've met. I've enjoyed immensely watching fellow members grow more confident and try new roles, new projects. TM is a fabulous, unique organization. I want to find new ways, new roles for giving back.

In your opinion, what are the district mission's major objectives and how would you work to achieve them? In my opinion, the major objectives are to retain members, recruit new members, retain clubs, and grow new clubs. We must strive to raise the quality of our 'product', its relevancy, and the priceless value of the leadership and communication programs. People are busy and distracted. Toastmasters is in competition with many other personal priorities. We must ensure our valuable product reaches the widest possible consumer market with the most engaging, relevant advertising.  

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Sandra JacksonSandra L. Jackson - Nominated for Division E Director

Toastmasters member since: 2014

Education: My education includes a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Science and Computer Information Systems from University of Miami in December 1985 and a Masters of Science in Human Resources Administration and Development from Barry University in May 1991.

Toastmasters offices held and terms of service: The Toastmasters offices held include 2014-2015 President (MIA Tarmac Speakers), January 2015-June 2015 Vice-President of Membership (MIA Tarmac Speakers), 2015-2016 President (MIA Tarmac Speakers), and 2016-2017 Area 50 Director (Division E)

Toastmasters honors and recognition: The Toastmasters honors and recognition include Area Director of the Quarter, Competent Communicator 2015, Competent Leader 2015, and Advanced Communicator Bronze 2016.  As President with excellent Club members, MIA Tarmac Speakers received President Distinguished Club for 2014-2015 and Distinguished Club for 2015-2016.  Other recognitions include Club Humorous Speech 2015 First Place Winner and Area 50 Humorous Speech 2015 First Place Winner.  As Area E50 Director, I initiated and recruited individuals, coordinated meetings, and submitted chartering documents in February 2017 for proposed 305 Speaks Toastmasters Club.

Relevant work experience and how it relates to Toastmasters and your role as a District officer: As a Human Resources Manager with the Miami-Dade Aviation Department, my relevant experience includes internships, mentoring, trainings, fund raising events, budget, employee suggestions, and newsletter articles. My talents can be used in motivating members to earn educational awards, recruiting new members, and increasing participation in contests, Toastmasters Leadership Institutes, and District conference. Other areas include coordinating division contests and TLIs, preparing and finalizing contest budgets, embracing new ideas, mentoring existing members, creating clubs, and writing Division E newsletter articles.       

What experience do you have in strategic planning? As a Leadership Development committee chair with Gamma Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the committee will participate in a 2017-2021 strategic plan. One goal is to maintain an efficient and effective governance structure and corresponding operations in support of an active volunteer membership. In collaboration with other committees to complete three specific tasks under this goal, the Leadership Development committee's tactical objective is to implement and maintain an effective process to train officers and committee chairmen to understand and execute their duties efficiently and effectively.  

What experience do you have in the area of finance? My current work experience includes approving invoices, creating financial reports, and coordinating/monitoring a divisional budget. Toastmasters experience includes preparing and finalizing Area Contest budgets. WISH Foundation, Inc. experience as Board Treasurer includes preparing and monitoring budgets, authorizing checks, reconciling bank accounts, presenting financial reports, ensuring documents (SunBiz, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, bonding insurance, etc.) are current, coordinating annual tax preparation, and utilizing QuickBooks/MicroSoft Excel for reporting and record keeping. 

What experience do you have in developing procedures? My work experience includes revising and/or communicating human resources related policies and procedures (e.g. Administrative Orders, departmental rules and/or procedures). Board experience includes creating, updating, and recommending financial-related policies (e.g. whistle blower, conflict of interest), procedures (e.g. retention schedule), and bylaws. Sorority experience includes reviewing and recommending bylaws and standing rules.  

What lessons did you learn from previous leadership positions? Lessons learned includes but are not limited to thinking out of the box, delegating, working effectively as a team, learning from each other, talking less and listening more, focusing on a few things, keep trying, identifying strengths and weaknesses of myself and others, embracing change, taking a minute to breathe, listing advantages and disadvantages, recognizing others, and knowing when to say "no" and when to "stop". 

Why do you want to serve as a district officer? I would like to continue sharing my Toastmasters International, professional, and personal experience to enhance the communication and leadership skills of others and to elevate our Clubs, Areas, Division E, District 47, and ultimately Toastmasters International.

In your opinion, what are the district mission's major objectives and how would you work to achieve them? The District Mission is "We build new clubs and support all clubs in achieving excellence". The major objectives are building new clubs and support all clubs, establish clear and measurable goals, develop and execute a plan, train, budget resources (time, money, materials and people), and recognize/reward achievement. During this one-year term, my role is to share Toastmasters information in a motivational manner with Area Directors and/or club members to obtain educational awards, club officers and members to attend trainings, recruit new members, clubs earn distinguished level or higher, recognize and reward successes, and create new clubs.  

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Andre KellyAndre Kelly - Nominated for Division F Director

Toastmasters member since: 2013

Education: Currently pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Hospitality Management

Toastmasters offices held and terms of service: Served as Club Treasurer 2013, Club Public Relations Officer 2014, Club President 2015, Area Director 2016.

Toastmasters honors and recognition: Distinguished Toastmaster Award, Select Distinguished Area Director, Division I Table Topics Winner 2015 & Division F Evaluations Contest Winner 2016

Relevant work experience and how it relates to Toastmasters and your role as a District officer: TM Kelly is a training and development consultant with special focus on customer service, public relations and branding. His career path has afforded him the opportunity to work in the banking, aviation and hospitality sectors within The Bahamas. The Toastmasters program developed my leadership and communication skills that I have been able to utilize effectively in the market place.

What experience do you have in strategic planning? Every opportunity I have been afforded as a national youth ambassador of my country, as a leader in the toastmasters program and in my professional endeavors have provided me with opportunities to strategically plan.

What experience do you have in the area of finance? I worked in Banking for five years with four of those years being contractually.

What experience do you have in developing procedures? As a customer service manager for a major airline in the Bahamas I successfully developed training manuals for team players and also introduced policies and procedures that ensured the successful and efficient day to day operations.

What lessons did you learn from previous leadership positions? The lesson I have learned are that leaders although they ought to lead are never to boss. They are to empower even the weakess amongst them to produce the results needed to achieve goals and success.

Why do you want to serve as a district officer? A few years ago I accepted the call to serve as President of my club because I realized that my club had need of me. Today I realize that my division has need of me, they require innovative thinking, goal oriented and result driven leadership and leadership that unifies its members.

In your opinion, what are the district mission's major objectives and how would you work to achieve them? The districts mission's major objectives are to ensure that our members attain and achieve personal development in the areas of leadership and communication. When our members are empowered to achieve their goals then our district will achieve its goals.

Additional information about yourself: If one word can be used to describe DTM Andre Kelly that word would be versatility as he aims daily to be a young man committed to maximizing his full potential beyond past and present limitations.
 

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Ivan ThompsonIvan Clayton Thompson - Nominated for Division I Director

Toastmasters member since: 1998

Education: Bachelor of Arts Degree (Hons)

Toastmasters offices held and terms of service: 

Club President (Healing Communicators 7178) 2003-2004
Area Governor (Area 44) 2005-2006
Assistant Division Governor (Division F) 2012-2013
Assistant Division Director (Division I) 2016 - Present

Toastmasters honors and recognition: 

Gold Toppers Award 2004
Distinguished Toastmaster – August 13 2007
Served as Co-Chairman of the Youth Synposium Committee (Club 7178)
Currently serving as advisor to 2 Presidents and over 25 Past Presidents for 5 clubs

Relevant work experience and how it relates to Toastmasters and your role as a District officer: 

Current work responsibilities include:

Prepare Annual Budget for the Unit
Prepare Annual Reports
Special Projects (i.e. All Events)
Administrate the day to day operations of the Technical Cadet Corps (TCCP) (Ministry of Education Bahamas)
Administrate the overall operation of the Office
Student Relations
Student Recruitment from 33 High Schools across New Providence
Liaise with Sponsoring Corporations

What experience do you have in strategic planning? As an Administrator for the Ministry of Education in the Bahamas, a part of my responsibilities is to ensure Government and Ministry policies and procedures are carried out either through training or direct implementation. Additionally I serve with the Executive Committee (TCCP) to develop new strategies and policies for the program.

What experience do you have in the area of finance? 

What experience do you have in developing procedures? 

What lessons did you learn from previous leadership positions? 

Put Service above self, you are a Servant of the People.
Be Inclusive, because I do not have the answer/solution to every problem
Team work, will definitely make the dream work
Respect for others and their opinions
Have a Plan and set deadline to achieve goals

Why do you want to serve as a district officer? To assist in  strengthen the weaker clubs of the Division, Establish incentivized programs, Assist in creating new clubs and market the Toastmasters brand,   To FULLY support the District and ensure that we meet and fulfill our obligations by becoming President’s Distinguished.

In your opinion, what are the district mission's major objectives and how would you work to achieve them? 

The mission of the district is to enhance the performance and extend the network of clubs, thereby offering greater numbers of people the opportunity to benefit from the Toastmasters educational program by:

Focusing on the critical success factors as specified by the district educational and membership goals.
Ensuring that each club effectively fulfills its responsibilities to its members.
Providing effective training and leadership development opportunities for club and district officers.

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