2018 -2019 – VP Membership, Aspiring Leaders (President’s Distinguished) 2019 -2020 – President, Aspiring Leaders (President’s Distinguished) 2020 -2021 – Area 16 Director, Division A (This area includes corporate clubs)
Relevant work experience and how it relates to Toastmasters and your role as Club Growth Director:
In my nearly 15-year career in educational technology, I have accomplished all the requirements needed to be a Club Growth Director: developed a marketing plan, built and supported new clients, strengthened existing clients, provided resources for struggling clients, and ensured that renewals are paid.
As Senior Product Marketing Manager for an education technology company, I ran successful national marketing campaigns for the math product line. It is well known that math is a topic that has similar anxiety-inducing qualities to public speaking. Through the campaign, we were able to demystify math for many. I look forward to doing the same for public speaking and help individuals take the first step by visiting a club. As Club Growth Director, I will understand how to target different audiences with the right message to help District 2 expand to more areas.
As District Account Executive, I was the first dedicated field sales rep for the northeast region and grew the untouched territory to one of the highest performing territories for the company. I achieved 115% of the sales goal and received the Founders Club Award. As a Club Growth Director, I will know how to grow territory, track leads, demo the product, and close the deal.
As the current Senior Director of Engagement for the West Region at ClassLink, I am responsible for ensuring that the 175+ school districts in my 14-state territory have successful implementations and ultimately renew. I have maintained a renewal rate of 97% for the last two years, even with the support being completely virtual due to the pandemic. As Club Growth Director, I will know what is required to support a similar number of clubs in District 2 and help them achieve success.
As a leader, I have effectively led teams utilizing a shared vision to achieve success as well as harnessed my education background to help others grow and develop their skills. As Director of Education at Sylvan Learning Center, I managed a 22-person team and created a mission-driven culture that resulted in numerous awards for our center and one of the lowest turnover rates in the region.
What experience do you have in strategic planning?
In all my positions, whether in marketing, sales, or customer success, I have had to create strategic plans in order to effectively manage vast territories or achieve marketing goals.
Why do you want to serve as Club Growth Director?
District 2 has a tremendous opportunity for growth this year, especially with individuals impacted by the pandemic. Toastmasters can help them find their voice and build their confidence as leaders, just as Toastmasters has done for me. As a former educator, I am passionate about seeing more individuals grow and improve their lives. My background and experience will bring a fresh perspective to the role and help District 2 build more clubs and strengthen the existing ones. My home club of Aspiring Leaders has been a President’s Distinguished for many years and serves as my model to help guide other clubs to the same status.
Candidates Desired District Office: Club Growth Director for 2021-22
Employer/Position: Unleash the Flow Coaching & Consulting, Owner & Coach
Toastmasters Club Offices held or holding: President, VPE, VPPR, Treasurer
Current Toastmasters Clubs: #4308 Port Gardner Bay Gabbers TM, #935392 Leading Edge Advanced TM, as a sponsor working to launch & be a member of Prism Lightworkers Advance TM
Toastmasters Education Awards: DTM 2015, EC Level at present
Toastmasters District Offices held: Area Director 2017-18, Division Director-Select Distinguished 2018-19
Other District 2 Positions: Club Coach/Mentor/Sponsor 2016-Present, Spring Conference Sponsorship Chair & Facilities Chair 2018, D2 Digital Task Force Co-lead 2020, Advanced Training Chair 2020-21
Toastmasters Honors & Recognition: D2 VPE of the Year 2016-17, D2 Shining Star Award 2020, D2 District Directors Award 2020
What is your experience as a Club Sponsor/Mentor/Coach?
I have had two experiences as a club sponsor. The first was taking over for a sponsor who withdrew. The company then started going through layoffs and downsizing that led to most of those who were interested, leaving the company. This club did not charter. I am now sponsor for an upcoming advanced club that will charter this summer. I have supported other new clubs and sponsors with coaching and speaking. I have served as new club mentor once. That was a learning experience for me and the club. As club coach I had the honor of team coaching, that then led to the club being earning the 2019-20 Phoenix Club and President of the Year.
Why Do you want to be Club Growth Director?
Much of my life has been about supporting others to be and live their highest. When I became a Toastmaster, I learned I would be supported in the same way and that I could continue to support other Toastmasters, even entire clubs, in that same calling. I just feel called to support the world in being and living their highest. I feel called to lead. And leading has been much of my life. Becoming Club Growth Director allows me to combine both callings to benefit all in District 2.
What is your leadership experience outside of Toastmasters?
I served as pastor of two churches with paid and volunteer staff. Each of these taught me a great deal about being a more listening, supportive, inspirational leader. In Kansas City, MO I became plant manager of a startup industrial recycling company working with very different personality types on the job and also working with inner city youth in a summer jobs program with our company. . As a Special Education teacher, I worked with multiple disabilities and all school ages in hand with district and school staff along with volunteers and student interns. I served on both district and school level committees. In my last 5 years as a teacher I was also in paid positions as Special Education Department Lead of a large high school and as the Freshman Class Adviser. It was in these years that I worked in partnership with the school district and campus administration to develop a student intern program that saw interns, through experience in various Special Education Classroom, become doctors, health care workers, teachers, para professionals, care takers, parents, adoptive parents, firefighters, and more.
What is your volunteer experience outside of Toastmasters?
I volunteer at my church starting in the seventh grade in various capacities working with children. During college I volunteered at the Methodist Children’s Home and the Ruston State School in Ruston, LA. This continued with Special Olympics and the Jaycees while in Louisiana. In Kansas City I volunteered in churches, in hospitals as a chaplain, and with the Baptist Children’s home training perspective foster adoptive and adoptive parents. During my time in Washington, I have volunteered in schools as a Watch Dog and other positions in schools. I also volunteered through the Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce. I currently am a volunteer satellite leader with the Washington State Chapter of the International Coaching Federation. The Pandemic has stopped my volunteering in schools unfortunately. I am looking forward to the end of the Pandemic to return to the schools.
What strengths do you bring to Club Growth Director?
I bring 40 years of leadership experience in mistakes and the growth I had from those mistakes. I am a listening supportive leader. I can size up a problem and see possible solutions. My leadership includes churches, schools, professional organizations, volunteer organizations, and family. I know Toastmasters club officer roles and district officer roles. Since becoming Area Director in 2016 I have continually worked on in positions and on projects at the district level with five different Trio Teams. I have spent that time watching and learning what it takes to lead a district.
Additional Information about the candidate:
Married 36 plus years to Tammy. 3 Adult Children – all adopted as older children from foster care, 5 Grandchildren with 2 more due in November. I lived most of my adult life thriving over depression. I am also a PTSD survivor and thriver from being a teacher at MPHS the day of the mass shooting. Having adoptive children brought on dealing with mental health in children and teens. All giving me a unique perspective on mental health. I enjoy travel, hiking, reading, and cooking. I consider myself a life-long learner. I am a National Guard veteran. My sweet spot is a beach and the water.