Meet the Leadership Team

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. 

Kevin Markl, IP4, MS4, ACG, ALB
District Director

The district director is responsible for administration and overseeing the district’s day-to-day operations, finances, and human resources. The district director does this with the help of a strong team of more than 70 District leaders. As a team, the District leadership works toward the district mission, to build new clubs and help more than 150 clubs and their 3000+ members achieve excellence, while supporting each other in their leadership development. 

If we work together as a community, recognize each others’ successes and have fun, we can all Experience Excellence and be recognized as a Select Distinguished District.

Kevin first joined Toastmasters in March 2010. You can hear more about his story, his #mywhy here. Since joining he’s served in many club officer and District roles such as Area Director in 2013-2014 (Area Director of the Year), Division Director in 2014-2015 (Distinguished Division), Public Relations Manager and more. Beyond these roles and chairing numerous events, program initiatives, and leadership campaigns, he’s also participated in all speech contests, notably winning 3rd place in the District 57 Table Topics Contest.

Kevin has always been passionate about helping others. Kevin graduated from the prestigious McGill University in Montreal, Canada where he was the UNICEF chapter club president, running Halloween and other campaigns to help children around the world. He was also a ski instructor, helping children learn and have fun on the slopes, just as he has for more than 30 years. During his time in Toastmasters, he always focused on helping others to reach their goals while developing his own communication and leadership skills, propelling his career through sales, sales management and marketing roles. Today he is a Senior Product Marketing Manager for Anaplan, a cloud platform that connects people and data to accelerate their business planning. You can connect with him on LinkedIn here.

Hear Kevin talk about his District 57 goals on Toastmaster Time TV here.


Bett Bollhoefer, DTM
Program Quality Director

The role of the Program Quality Director (PQD) is to increase the quality in the district. This includes the following:

  1. Run quality officer training both TLI and Makeup training
  2. Run the Pathways adoption program
  3. Conference
  4. Contests

Bett has worked in the IT and development space since 1999. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a Computer Science degree. She is a Distinguished Toastmaster, former President of Distinguished Division Director in Toastmasters, and winner of the Division Director of the Year award. She used to be a shy software developer but Toastmasters gave her the communication, organization and leadership skills to get promoted to a Solutions Architect at Verizon. Today, Bett is the CTO of and a Product Manager at GE Digital focused on creating the Industrial Internet of Things. To round out her technical expertise, Bett speaks and writes on software design and is the author of two books, You Can Be a Software Architect and the sci-fi novel Engineer Your Perfect Child. Bett cohosted the popular Software Architecture Concepts podcast for two years. And for fun, Bett does, yoga, improv actor, swing dancing, and playing the cello in the Oakland based band Breaking Waves.

Hear Bett talk about her D57 goals on Toastmasters TV

Ashley Ching, MS4, SR4
Club Growth Director