Meet your future District Leaders

Thursday, May 12

6:00 pm Alaska Time

7:00 pm Pacific.

Districtwide Candidates

Roberta Craig

Roberta Craig

District Director Candidate

As a district leader I have strived to extend opportunities for members to expand their Toastmaster experience outside their clubs. Through member development days and club officer training, to speech contests and other district educational events, members can enhance their networking skills and self-confidence that may lead them on a path of district leadership. During the 2020 hunker down, I work with fellow Division, Area and Club Officers to assist clubs meeting virtually.

Serving as Club Growth Director and Program Quality Director during a pandemic has been a challenge and inspiration. While we all look forward to the day we can meet again in person, online meetings will be a part of our new corporate reality. As District Director I will continue to work with Division & Area directors to facilitate workshops that assist our members to grow as inspirational speakers and leaders in this new hybrid era. I will work with current and prospective Distinguished Toastmasters to market the benefits of district leadership as members Reconnect, Recommit and RISE to share their message with the world.

-Roberta Craig, DTM

 

 

Debbie Baker

Debbie Baker

Program Quality Director Candidate

I am running for the Program Quality Director position for the 22/23 Toastmaster year. While serving in this role I will commit to attending my training providing training to the area and division directors and assisting them as they provide training to the officers throughout our district. I will do my best to communicate and connect with our clubs and to recognize those things that are going well and encourage others to grow and grow into leadership roles themselves. I will establish committees and ask each person to support the respective roles and the development of each other as leaders.  I am responsible for education and training and therefore that will be my primary focus. Additionally I will work with others to promote, plan, organize, and execute our district conference. I have the skills necessary. I look forward to bringing my skills and utilizing your skills as we deliver Excellence and distinguish clubs this next year.

-Debbie Baker, DTM

 

 

 

Melissa Jean

Melissa Jean

Club Growth Director Candidate

What a privilege, honor, and dang scary proposition to be asked to serve District 32 as Club Growth Director.  I once heard someone say, if you’re feeling nausea at the thought of doing something new, you must be on the right path.  Fellow Toastmasters, I’m definitely on the right path then!  My Toastmasters journey began in 2014 with a desire to become a better impromptu speaker. Being an active Toastmaster, I’ve had plenty of occasions to practice speaking impromptu while filling club president, VPE, and VPM Officer roles.  Serving as Area and Division Director, I have been able to help many fellow members along their personal Toastmasters journey.  It is a wonderful gift to observe someone blossom into the person they are destined to be. I intend to use competencies gained thus far to enhance District 32’s comradery and connections, empower our members’ personal advancements, and facilitate club growth. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you and District 32.

-Melissa Jean

 

Division-Level Candidates

Troy Stevens

Troy Stevens

Division A Director Candidate

Toastmasters has been a dream come true! Why did I join? It was a classic “Chicken-and-the egg” problem – how could I get the public speaking and management experience before I needed it for work or interviews? A mentor suggested Toastmasters. I wasn’t sure at first; but, it has been a wonderful journey these last five years. My club members are family to me, which has been especially valuable these last two years during Covid. During these times, having the community has been a critical social lifeline.

One might ask, “why do you stay a Toastmaster?” Well, the answer is easy. It’s several things, really. I love helping other people, mentoring and coaching others, and watching people blossom. If you haven’t seen someone grow into a confident leader and speaker, it really is something to witness! Also, Toastmasters, the organization and its educational system, Pathways, works like magic; it seems to know what I need before I do. Every year, being a member just gets more and more fun!

Being a Division Director is going to be an excellent challenge. These are tough times for clubs. Covid has caused people to re-evaluate their priorities; and, for some, that has meant leaving their club. For me, Toastmasters is a passion. Whenever I think of leaving the organization, I ask where else would I have a chance to interact and learn from so many cool people? Toastmasters are my people. I hope to inspire others to commit to Toastmasters as I have and help them find their “why?”

-Troy Stevens

Vanessa Fadeff-Henderson

Vanessa Fadeff-Henderson

Division B Director Candidate

I believe in this program. It is through Toastmasters I have grown. I started by serving my club in leadership then later serving my Area. Now I want to contribute on a larger scale at the Division level. Serving as Division Director will allow me to continue my learning journey by offering new challenges and growth opportunities. By modeling our District’s values and caring for our members I intend to offer guidance, support, and inspiration. I am fully committed to serve as your next Division B Director for District 32.

Vanessa Fadeff-Henderson

Michael Miller

Michael Miller

Division C Director Candidate

I am excited to have been nominated to represent District 32 as the Division C Director. I first joined Toastmasters in 2014 when a friend offered to pay for my membership but didn’t come with me to the first meeting. I knew this was a club for me when my mentor dressed as a piece of toast for Halloween as Toastmaster. Since that time I have been privileged to serve as club secretary, treasurer, vice president of membership, education, public relations and club president. 

 This past year I have served as an Area Director and learned a lot about leadership and helping clubs achieve their goals, and look forward to helping any way I can this coming year.

– Michael Miller

 

Division D Director Candidate

There is no candidate for this position. If you are interested in serving in as Division D Director, please submit an application to dd@d32toastmasters.org.

 

Division E Director Candidate

There is no candidate for this position. If you are interested in serving in as Division D Director, please submit an application to dd@d32toastmasters.org.

 

Eric Downey

Eric Downey

Division F Director Candidate

I joined Toastmasters in 2008 to receive focused training when I was hired to deliver training programs and consulting with Alaska manufacturing companies. I was invited to be a guest as a couple of theme meetings, then a persistent Toastmaster talked me into joining. 

 I renewed my membership year after year because Toastmasters offers the most cost-effective professional development program available to aspiring professionals. I remain in Toastmasters because not only does it feed my needs as a lifelong learner, the people in Toastmasters create a stream of positive energy that sustains me through the rest of my otherwise hectic and pressure-filled week. I have served as a Club Officer, Area Director and Division Director as a way of thanking all of you for enriching my daily routine.

 If I am elected to serve as District Director in 2022-23 I will focus my time and energy on strengthening the quality of meetings at the Club level, increasing the level of District support for those meetings, and rebuilding membership levels that were impacted by recent events.

-Eric Downey