Education & Training Committee

The Education and Training Committees are responsible for all aspects of education and training within the district.

Responsibilities include:

  • Promote and support club quality and member retention
  • Promote the Toastmasters’ education program: Pathways

  • Provide and promote training for all club officers

  • Supervise and coordinate district-wide speech contests
  • Plan, organize, and direct the annual District Conference

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Distinguished Club Program

The Distinguished Club Program (DCP) committee promotes the Distinguished Club Program and assists club leadership with understanding how to develop and execute a Club Success Plan.

The DCP Chair oversees this process and serves as a resource for club officers.

Your 2019-2020 DCP Chair is Cheri Foschi, DTM. She has been a Toastmaster since 2009. Her goal was to be comfortable with impromptu speaking while working as a corporate trainer. She did and since then has served as a Club Secretary, VPPR, VPM, VPE, Area Director, and TLI committee member. Cheri is excited to assist District 3 Clubs in their pursuit of Distinguished status.

DCP Chair
Cheri Foschi

Toastmasters Leadership Institute

Toastmasters Leadership Institute’s (TLI) main purpose and goal is to ensure club officers are well trained and equipped to lead their respective clubs. With proper training, each club officer develops leadership skills and is empowered with the tools to help them carryout the Toastmasters mission. These trainings which focus on and promote the Pathways education system and the Distinguished Club Program will ensure each club is successful.

The TLI Chair oversees the work of the committees and sub-committees and coordinates efforts that lead to a fun and enriching club officer experience.

Your 2019-2020 TLI Chair is DJ Reed, DTM. DJ has been a Toastmaster since 2009. She received her DTM in July 2015 and has held most club officer positions. DJ has also served as the assistant TLI Curriculum Chair and Registration Chair. Her main goal is to reach and train as many club officers and non-club officer members about the operations in the club and beyond the club. She wants members to learn as much as possible so they can have the tools to make informed decisions about their clubs and their own Toastmasters leadership path.

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TLI Chair
DJ Reed


The annual District Conference is an exciting educational and networking event for District members. It is held annually in the month of May. The purpose of the District Conference is to:

  • Provide a venue for the District Business Meeting
  • Provide a venue for District Speech Contests
  • Provide communication and leadership training opportunities that support the district mission
  • Provide opportunities for networking and the exchange of ideas
  • Recognize and celebrate member, club, and District accomplishments

The Conference Chair oversees the work of the committees and sub-committees and coordinates efforts that lead to a fun and enriching conference experience.

Your 2019-2020 Conference Chair is Wendy Durfee. She has been a Toastmaster since 2013. Recently earning her DTM, Wendy is fully engaged in supporting our District Conference. Wendy and the team are enthusiastic about conference and supporting the District 3 mission. It will take a village to deliver an amazing conference experience; all volunteers are welcome.

Conference Chair
Wendy Durfee

District Contest Manager

The District Contest Manager provides training and resources for all speech contests; and is charged with managing the District speech contests.

The District Contest Manager serves as the District expert on speech contest management, the first line of contact for members with questions on speech contest processes, agendas, and contest non-judging forms/documents.

Your 2019-2020 District Contest Manager is Bettie Covington, DTM. She has been a Toastmaster since 2008 and is working on her third DTM. This one will be completed in Pathways. Bettie has served in a variety of District leadership roles, 10 of the last 11 years.

Contest Management Chair
Bettie Covington

District Chief Judge

The District Chief Judge provides training, resources and oversight for all speech contests. The District Chief Judge:

  • Serves as the District expert on speech contests, the first line of contact for members with questions on speech contest rules and judging procedures
  • Assists members with finding speech contest rules, ballots, and other judging forms/documents
  • Maintains the District judges/chief judges list. Members who complete judges/chief judges training will have their name included on the District list for up to three years
  • Serves as the Chief Judge for District speech contests at our annual Conference

Your 2019-2020 District Chief Judge is Sandee Brogan, DTM. She has been a Toastmaster since 2002. She has been an active member and officer of nine clubs, up to five at a time. She has served as an Area Governor and as Speechcraft Chair, Pathways Ambassador, and TLI Facilitator, and many other committees. She has judged more than a hundred contests and served as Chief Judge at the Club, Area, Division, and District levels.

Speechcraft Chair
Sandee Brogan

High Performance Leadership

The purpose of the High Performance Leadership (HPL) is to apply your leadership and planning knowledge to develop a project plan, organize a guidance committee, lead others, and implement your plan with the help of a team. The HPL project can be any project chosen by the leader.

The HPL Chair trains and serves as a resource for Toastmasters seeking to complete a HPL Project. The HPL project is required for: Effective Coaching, Innovative Planning, Persuasive Influence, and as an elective for other Level 5 projects.

Your 2019-2020 HPL Chair is Randi Friedman, DTM. She has been a Toastmaster since 2012, starting with a Toastmasters club in the Los Angeles area before moving to Tucson in 2014 and now makes District 3 Toastmasters her home. She is a former club president, area director and division director and received her DTM in July, 2017. Randi brings a wealth of project management experience to the position, having served as a Project Manager for an enterprise software company for the last 13 years. She hopes to integrate her professional and Toastmaster experience to make the HPL experience rewarding for you.

HPL Chair
Randi Friedman


The Speechcraft program is an extended workshop that allows experienced Toastmasters to present the fundamentals of public speaking to non-members. Participants learn about communication and leadership in a club meeting setting supported by a team of Toastmasters. It is a great way to promote membership and to introduce prospective new members to Toastmasters.

The Speechcraft Chair trains and serves as a resource for Toastmasters seeking to complete a Speechcraft Project.

Your 2019-2020 Speechcraft Chair is Monica Hess. She has been a Toastmaster since 2013. She joined Toastmasters in Taiwan, and has been a member of 10 clubs in 3 different countries. Wherever her travels take her, she practices “Toastmasters Tourism”. She believes strongly in the Toastmasters mission and is honored to serve District 3 in this capacity.

Speechcraft Committee Chair
Monica Hess

Youth Leadership

The Youth Leadership program is an extended workshop that enables young people under the age of 18 to develop their communication and leadership skills through practical experience. Programs are led by experienced Toastmasters and sponsored by a Toastmasters club or outside organization. Meetings follow a similar format of a Toastmasters club meeting with an agenda, prepared speeches, and impromptu speaking opportunities.

The Youth Leadership Chair trains and serves as a resource for Toastmasters seeking to complete a Youth Leadership Program.

Your 2019-2020 Youth Leadership Chair is Lucinda McNeil, DTM. She has been a Toastmaster since 2002 and earned her DTM in 2008. She is passionate about the benefits that a Youth Leadership program brings.

Youth Leadership Chair
Lucinda McNeil

Speakers Bureau

The purpose of the Speakers Bureau is to connect Toastmasters with speaking opportunities that add value to the community, promotes Toastmasters, and advances the speaker’s career. Speakers Bureau responds to speaking opportunity requests from the community and promotes experienced Toastmasters.

The Speakers Bureau Chair matches qualified speakers with speaking opportunities. The Chair also provides resources and training that advance presentation skills and promotes a speaker’s career. There are minimum attendance and training requirements to join and be actively listed in District 3’s Speakers Bureau.

Your 2019-2020 Speakers Bureau Chair is Hannellie Mendoza. She has been a Toastmaster since 2012. She currently also holds officer roles in a leadership club and a competitive speaking club; and has previous experience as an Area Director. Hannellie is excited to bring the best of Toastmasters to the community through Speakers Bureau and encourages all who are passionate about sharing their ideas/message to join.

Speakers Bureau Chair
Hannellie Mendoza