The Toastmasters Trio includes the District Director, Program Quality Director and Club Growth Director. These individuals work together to ensure the district continues to grow, officers are trained and supported in their roles, members and clubs meet their goals, and district leaders receive the resources needed to properly lead and succeed.
Randie Ellington, DTM
The district director is responsible for administration and overseeing the district’s day-t-day operations, finances, and human resources. The district director does this with the help of a strong team district leaders. As a team the District leadership works toward the district mission while supporting each other in their development in leadership.
Randie Ellington, DTM, is the 2017 – 2018 District 57 Director. He received his B.S. in Computer Science from CSU Fullerton and received his M.B.A. from Pepperdine University. He is a certified Project Manager and licensed Commercial Real Estate Broker. Randie is an Oakland/Berkeley native. He loves to travel and has lived in several cities domestically and abroad. Randie has been a Toastmaster for over 35 years but did not achieve his DTM until 2017. He says he took the “scenic route”. His first club was in Toastmaster’s Founders District, in Southern California
Randie is also very active in the community as a volunteer for organizations like GRID Alternatives and Rebuilding Together Oakland. He is currently a board member of FormatAIDE, a non-profit providing sustainable skills to Haitian small businesses.
Dilek Alkaya, DTM
Program Quality Director
The PQD strives to have every club and member reap the benefits of Toastmasters and become Distinguished by providing direction and counsel to division/area directors and club officers on the educational opportunities in Toastmasters. This includes designing and conducting successful training programs, conferences, and other district educational events.
Dilek Alkaya is a Chemical Engineer with 20+ years diverse experience working both in academia and industry with a PhD in Process Simulation, Control and Optimization within the Petro/Chemical field. Presently, she works at Tesoro’s Refinery in Martinez as a Senior Control Engineer. She also participates in the Society of Women Engineers (Mount Diablo chapter) and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (NorCal chapter).
Dilek Alkaya joined District 57 as her 2010 New Year’s Resolution: To add something new to enhance her professional and personal life. As an active member of Toastmasters, she has served several club officer roles at her home club, Diablo 598, and led the club to President Distinguished status. At District level, she has taken leadership roles such as Area B6 Governor in 2012, Contest Chair in 2013, Club Mentor Chair in 2014, Co-chair of 2014 Spring Conference, and Division C Director in 2015.
Karen Moirao, ACS, ALS
Club Growth Director
The role of the Club Growth Director (CGD) is to lead club growth in the district. This requires a two-pronged approach: help all existing clubs be successful and grow new clubs. The CGD works to put incentives and initiatives in place that encourage active membership building and assist challenged clubs regain strength. The CGD recruits and works with teams of club coaches, new club mentors and sponsors and the club extension chair to drive efforts to ensure our district has strong, thriving clubs and continually looks for opportunities to start new clubs.
Karen Moirao earned an AS in Physical Therapy from Ohlone College and a BS in Kinesiology from Cal State East Bay. Karen has worked for over 30 years in the fields of exercise science and human performance. She began her career with the YMCA, as a fitness specialist and fitness center director. Her path led her to work in employee health and wellness with Chevron Corporation. She retired from Chevron in 2015.
Karen has been an active Toastmaster since 2006. She was a charter member of one of Chevron’s corporate clubs ChevMasters. Although her initial reasons for becoming a Toastmaster were job-related, Karen discovered that there is so much more to learn than just giving better presentations at work. She has been an Area Director and Division Director, and this year has taken another step in leadership to serve the district as Club Growth Director.