2022 Candidates Corner


Be prepared to vote on the following candidates at the Business Meeting on May 21, 2022.


More information: Election Central 2022: Call for Candidate Declarations for District Leadership – Toastmasters District 57 (d57tm.org)   

Apply here: District leadership Submission Form 2022-2023 (google.com)

Qualified candidates who want to learn more about any role should notify the District Leadership Committee Chair, Bett Bollhoefer, at least seven (7) days prior to the business meeting on May 21st of their intent to run from the floor so they can be interviewed by the District Leadership Committee.

We are looking to fill 

  • All 33 Area Directors
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Admin Manager
  • Finance Manager

Thank you,

Bett Bollhoefer

Carolyn Douglas

Carolyn Jolly Douglas is a public/inspirational speaker, coach, workshop facilitator, trainer and program development consultant working with nonprofit organizations. Since 2012 she has served Toastmasters in numerous roles including a club officer trainer, club coach, club mentor, area director, division director, and now District Program Quality Director. She was awarded her DTM in June 2020. She is currently a member of Toastmasters Leadership Club and Leaders World Wide Toastmasters where she is also a charter member. As the current Program Quality Director she is responsible for our District’s Toastmasters Leadership Institute and Club Officer Trainings, Spring Conference and other events and workshops.

PQD Ed Cullen

Ed Cullen

I have been a Toastmaster since April 2011. During that time, I have held six of the seven club offices, in various clubs, some offices as many as six times. I became an Area Governor in the 2013-2014 Toastmasters year, Division Governor in the 2014-2015 year, Public Relations Manager in 2015-2016 and 2020-2021 years. Some of my greatest personal growth and opportunities to be of service have been in roles like TLI Dean, Speechcraft Chair, Club Extension Chair, Club Coach, Pathways Guide/Ambassador. My current District role of Club Growth Director has been extremely rewarding in terms of team building and given me a new vantage point. I would be honored if you would elect me as Program Quality Director for the 2022-2023 Toastmaster year. I would be pleased if you start thinking about what role you would like to have during the 2022-2023 Toastmaster year. Together we can have the best possible year in which to share the benefits we have gained from Toastmasters.

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Sally Philbin
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmSNY_jc8TE


  • Toastmasters Life: Club Offices: President, EVP, Secretary, and S@A.
  • Co-chair D57 Conference (Fall 1994 & Spring 2017); twice AG (D26)/Once AD (A2) (2019-20).
  • Division D Director (2018-19).
  • Triple Crown (2013, 2014, 2020), OATM (2020). Successful Club Coach (2019-20).
  • Club Mentor (2011-12). Completed DTM, 2014. Conference committees.
  • D 57 Open House Chair (2020-21), D 57 Club Extension Chair (2021-2022).
  • Aspire to Club Growth Director 2022-23.Outside Toastmasters: Married. One Son: Musician, Composer, Director. One Daughter: Veterinarian. 4-H Leader, Board of Directors Hayward La Honda Music Camp, member Fairview Municipal Advisory Council, member DAR, member Mayflower Society. Retired UCOP-Manager Systemwide HR Compliance.
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Bill Holsey

Bill has been a passionate Toastmaster since 2016. During that time, he has been a steward of the Mission of Toastmasters through personal achievement and serving others in a variety of leadership roles:
• Distinguished Toastmaster (2019)
• President’s Distinguished Club President (2018) – Pleasanton Community Club
• President’s Distinguished Club President (2020) – Speakers Forum Club
• Previous Club Officer positions held (VPE, VPM, VPP, VPPR)
• Triple Crown Recipient (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)
• Open House Chair (2019)
• Club Mentor (2019)
• Mentored 5 people to get their DTMs
• Club Ambassador Chair (2021, 2022) – created this new D57 Role
• OATM Recipient (2018, 2019, 2020)
• Distinguished Area H19 Director (2017)
• Select Distinguished Division H Director (2018)
• D57 Growth/Open House Award (2020)
• D57 Inspirational Leader Award (2021)
• Build two clubs from inception – ReMax and Oracle Pleasant Speakers
• Served in Demo Team to launch interest in 4 clubs
• Served on TLI (twice), Yearly Conference (twice),Train-the-Trainer Committees
• Presented Master Classes and provided technical assistance on Toastmasters Free Toast Host (FTH) website system administration to 6 clubs
• BS Mechanical Engineering, UC Berkeley – graduated with Pi Tau Sigma honors)
• Master of Business Administration (MBA), St. Mary’s College of California – graduated with honors
• I would be honored and humbled to serve D57 as the Club Growth Director

• Director, Process Management and Business Systems at Air Protein (startup)
• Married to Tiffany for 15 years (independent consultant)
• Serve in three non-profit organizations which support scholarships, mentoring and life skills for youth in the community
• Hobbies include fitness, reading, fishing, sporting events, travelling, spending quality time with family/friends

A Jubilee Hardwick

Duane Leem

Duane is an experienced Software Engineer, Certified Project Management Professional, and Area Director for B27. Driven by his passion in Software Engineering, he takes pride in providing the best technology engineering solutions to his business partners and customers. As a professional Software Engineer, his goals include delivering stable software and leading Software Engineers towards technology project completions.

In addition to his primary job functions, Duane has completed his professional training in Artificial Intelligence for Trading, completed his training as a Cloud and DevOps Engineer at MIT, and finished two Toastmasters Pathways in Innovative Planning and Persuasive Influence.

C Debbie Wiener

Robert Crosbie

Soon after graduating with his law degree, Robert became a Toastmaster by joining Clyde Communicators club in Glasgow, UK in 2017. Since then, he has developed proficient communication skills, but his leadership journey would ultimately commence upon transferring to Rockridge Toastmasters club when he moved to Northern California in 2018. Robert has gained invaluable leadership experience within Toastmasters. He first served as Sergeant at Arms and gradually climbed the leadership ladder by acting as Club President and serving as an Area Director within District 57. Outside of Toastmasters, he enjoys playing piano and reads books on finance and psychology.

E Clayton Crowe
F Sharon Brown

Aniruth Narayanan

Aniruth joined Toastmasters District 57 as a member in 2020 but has been involved since 2009 with District 48 in Tampa, Florida. He participated in the Youth Leadership Program, started a Gavel Club, coordinated YLPs, gave speeches at district conferences, and has been featured on the news for his leadership and communication presentations. He has been an Area Director, Club President, and Youth Leadership Ambassador. He is currently a Business and Computer Science dual-degree student at UC Berkeley’s Management, Entrepreneurship, and Technology Program.

H Cynthia DeLeon







Venkat Raman

Venkat Raman has been a member of City Speech Toastmasters since 2014. He has served in almost all club officer roles and has been the Club Newsletter Editor in 2018.

At the district, Venkat has served as Area I-33 Director (2017-2018) and District 57 Newsletter Editor (Jan 2019-Jun 2021). He has served as YLP Coordinator, taught a master class on club newsletters, trained Treasurers at the TLI, and has volunteered regularly.

Venkat earned his DTM in 2020; OATM in 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021; Triple-Crown in 2019, 2020.

Venkat understands and wishes to practice Service Leadership as Division I Director.

  Thank you DLC Members! 

❖Robin Crawford

❖Diane Pleuss

❖Abe Mazliach

❖Randie Ellington

❖Dawn Benson

❖Hans Thoma

❖Donica Hopkins

❖Kevin Markl

❖Sherry Hsu