Meet the Leadership Team
The Toastmasters Trio includes the District Director, Program Quality Director and Club Growth Director. These individuals work together to ensure that the District, Clubs, and Members continue to grow, that club officers are trained and supported in their roles, that members and clubs meet their goals, and that District leaders receive the resources needed to properly lead and succeed.
Bett Bollhoefer, DTM
George Marshall, DTM
Program Quality Director
The Program Quality Director is responsible for training events such as club officer training, additional educational programs, the annual conference and contests in the district. The PQD is part of the district leadership team, working closely with the district director and the club growth director.
George joined Toastmasters in 2003, when he was between companies. He found he was improving so much, he made Toastmasters his main interest. He has held multiple club officer roles, has been district webmaster five times, Area Director (twice), Public Relations Manager (twice), Division Director, and Toastmasters Brand Ambassador. He was Chief Pathways Guide for D57 and the worldwide undistricted clubs, and received the International Presidents Citation for his leadership in Pathways.
He also co-produces Toastmaster Time, the district’s television show (https://www.youtube.com/ToastmasterTimeTV), and created the Tools for Toastmasters website (http://www.marshalls.org/tmtools/), providing useful summaries of Toastmasters data to members worldwide.
Club Growth Director
I am originally from Southern California where I grew up and developed my fear of public speaking. I had a speech impediment that made it difficult to understand me, this really affected both my communication skills and my leadership ability. I finally overcame the impediment in high school, but the damage was already done and while I was able to “manage” I was not a successful leader due to my communication issues.
I joined Toastmasters in 2014 after completing a Speechcraft course. I knew I had a problem with my presentations, mostly I spoke as fast as I could so that I could get off the “stage”. My boss encouraged me to take the Speechcraft coarse to help with our weekly revenue meetings. During Speechcraft I realized I needed to continue my path on communication, but I also found that my leadership skills could use a boost, so I joined the Napa Toastmasters and jumped right into the Vice President Education role.
My favorite Toastmasters saying is “A Toastmaster wears many hats” and because of that practice when Covid hit, the hotel I work at was closed and everyone furloughed. When we were finally allowed to reopen only a few people wear brought back on, and because of my ability to “wear many hats” I was one of those brought back.