Candidates for District 101 Elected Positions for 2024-25

Candidate for District Director

Raji Bandanapudi, DTM

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raji Bandanapudi, DTM

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Candidate for Program Quality Director

Anna Garcia, DTM

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anna Garcia, DTM

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Candidates for Club Growth Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wendy Fan, PM5, EC3

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I was a shy, introverted scientist focused on tasks, not people. Taking Toastmasters leadership roles helped transform me. As VPE, I came out of my shell to help club members complete Pathways, and achieved President Distinguished. As Area Director, I developed people skills by supporting club officers to succeed. Four clubs achieved Distinguished, and I became AD of the year. As Division Director, I was leader-mentor to ADs. I used speech contests to bring ADs together to collaborate. I was happy they grew into confident leaders and serve in the district.

I am running for CGD because Toastmasters works! I will apply my experiences to help all clubs grow in D101. I’ll use a three-prong approach (1) Increase the network of strong leaders to support clubs. (2) Create tool kits to automate open houses, Speechcraft, and club coaching. (3) Build new clubs with innovative PR.

Let’s grow clubs together!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Priya Shastri, DTM

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As Club Growth Director (CGD) it is my responsibility to make sure all the clubs in D101 are in good status with 8 or more members in them. For D101 with 147 clubs, I will lead with collaboration and cooperation. When we join hands to solve a problem, we accomplish more than what we aim for. I will work with individual clubs and club coach, club mentor chairs in order to streamline the district takeaways to the underlying clubs. My team of club growth enhancers (AKA trio) and I will leave no stone unturned for the district to achieve Distinguished District award. Yes! We can achieve this by complete diligence in meeting attendance and renewal of membership as we add new clubs! “Help thy Neighbor” is my motto in this run.

With your participation, we can push this rolling ball up the mountain in no time! Please support me in this adventure!

 

Candidate for Division A Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daniel Pinto, DTM

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My name is Daniel Pinto.  I am running for Division A Director for the 2024- 2025.

I joined Toastmasters in 2012.  I have been in Toastmasters for 12 years and have earned my DTM award.  I have been a Pathway’s Guide and assisted the district in implementing Pathways for the clubs.  This year I have taken on the Area Director role for A2.   I have been a Club Coach and have facilitated many contests.    I am a member of 4 clubs: Steinbeck Toastmasters, Oratory Otters, Bayview Toastmasters, and Peninsula Pros Advanced Toastmasters.  

I hope to bring stability to Division A and help our clubs grow.  Through my knowledge of Pathways and my 12 years of experience in Toastmasters, especially as a Club Coach, this can happen.  Through my leadership and the hard work of the incoming Area Directors, we will stabilize Division A and help our clubs grow. 



Candidate for Division B Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kishor Kunal, PM4

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My transformative journey with Toastmasters began three years ago out of curiosity, and has since brought phenomenal personal growth. Through my various functionary roles during meetings and leadership positions at club and area levels, I’ve honed the fundamentals of effective speaking and leadership.

As an Area Director, I discovered the profound value of empathy and personalized support for clubs and members. I am driven by a passion to enhance member engagement, improve club experiences, and elevate educational excellence and community outreach within our District.

I aspire to serve our District as a Division Director, dedicated to fostering successful clubs and thriving members. My approach involves sharing strategies and tools to strengthen struggling clubs, ensuring they provide lasting value to their members. Together, let’s build a strong Division fueled by strong clubs and impactful experiences.

Candidate for Division C Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neetish Pathak, IP5, EH1

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I had heard that Toastmasters is the place where magic happens. I did not believe it until I stepped into the realm in 2018, only to find myself captivated ever since. I am thrilled to bring a strong commitment and diverse experience to further the values and spirit of Toastmasters in our district.

Each year presents fresh avenues for growth and impact. Cherished memories, from the first table topic to Pathway completion, everything instills a sense of pride in me. Moreover, the leadership experience that Toastmasters offers is truly exceptional. Having served as Club President, VP of Education, and Area Director for two terms, I’ve learned the power of persistence and community building in transforming lives.

Members are the heartbeat of Toastmasters and serving them is my joy. It would be an honor for me to represent Division C for 2024-25 and be a cheerleader for our members’ success.

Candidates for Division D Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chirag Mapara, PM2

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My Toastmasters journey began with a simple goal of sharpening my presentation skills. What I discovered was that Toastmasters also helps enhance listening, writing, and mentoring skills as well. Witnessing this transformative power, I am motivated to help others to reach their potential through communication and leadership.

As your Division Director, I will foster a thriving Toastmasters community. First, I’ll engage with the community to grow clubs and mentor club officers to gain applicable skills. This will lay a solid foundation for Division D. Second, I’ll create an environment that encourages participation, preparation, and practice. This will allow members to become more confident and effective communicators. Finally, I’ll champion collaboration across D101, ensuring that all areas and clubs in Division D work towards shared goals. By working together, we can unlock the full power of our district.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ilyse Pender, CC, VC5, SR3

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I joined Toastmasters to improve my communication skills. What I didn’t realize is how much that I would grow in my leadership abilities.

Throughout my more than seven years in Toastmasters, I can’t recall a time that I wasn’t involved in club leadership. I’ve held every office and am currently an Area Director, overseeing both corporate and community clubs. I wish to continue my leadership journey to become a Division Director.

During the coming year, I hope to help District 101 grow by establishing a new club. I also will support the Area Directors in my Division to make sure that each club provides a safe and supportive environment so its members can meet their personal and professional goals. I will leverage not only my experience, but also the passion that I have for being part of such a great organization (Toastmasters International) and a stellar team (District 101).

Candidate for Division E Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anushree Ramanath, IP5, SR2

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Since 2018, my Toastmasters journey has been profoundly transformative and immensely fulfilling. Having served in diverse club officer roles including President and VPPR, I’ve honed my leadership skills and deepened my understanding of effective communication. Furthermore, my club coach role has given me an opportunity to pay it forward and empower fellow Toastmasters to excel in their personal and professional growth.

As the current Area G2 Director, I’ve successfully chartered a new club while elevating the quality of existing ones, guiding them toward distinguished status. I fervently believe that the realm of possibility knows no bounds when driven by effective leadership, empowering mentorship, and strategic planning. If entrusted with the role of Division Director, I am dedicated to sustaining this legacy of success, supporting our members to unleash their full potential, and advancing the goals of our vibrant Division E within District 101.

Candidate for Division G Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sach Deo, SR5, DL5 

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My journey as a Toastmaster began in 2018 as a member of a corporate club. Despite the fact that I embarked upon the journey with enthusiasm, my club went online due to Covid and my journey slowed down.

Until… a visit from a district officer changed the way I looked at Toastmasters. It expanded my horizons and within a year, I helped make my club Distinguished as a VPE. I applied for the position of Area Director and went onto charter a club in my area.

Now, my mission as a Division Director is to create a team of passionate Area Directors who can help me foster club growth and create better speakers, better evaluators, and most importantly, the next generation of leaders. My vision is to pay it forward and build an environment where every club can feel supported by the Division and District.

“I am here for you”.