Jo began her Toastmaster’s journey in June 2015. She enjoys bringing the gift of Toastmasters to new members, mentoring, and witnessing all Toastmasters grow into better versions of themselves each day. Jo retired from MD Anderson Cancer Center after 38 years where she worked as a Sr. IT Project Manager.
A Toastmaster since January 2015, Chandra values his journey in Toastmasters. The communication and leadership skills he learned in Toastmasters helped him both personally and professionally. Chandra gained a lot from Toastmasters and wants to help others so they can have a rewarding Toastmasters experience."
Carolyn Charney joined toastmasters in March of 2015 and earned her DTM in October of 2018. She attended her first meeting to satisfy a coworker who was determined to get her interested/involved. A Charter member of Destined for Excellence; She has served District 56 as an Area Director, TLI (Toastmasters Leadership Institute) Co-chair, Trainer, Club officer and Pathways Ambassador. Carolyn currently earns a living as a Software Compliance and IT Asset Manager, a fancy title for a Program Manager at an international insurance company. Now serving as the district Administration Manager, her advice is, “Hang on, and enjoy the ride.”
“Shortly after she joined Toastmasters in 2014, Zenia recognized that her membership was going to enable more than her public speaking skills. She recognized the benefits of leading in a volunteer organization; these inspired her to attain the Distinguished Toastmaster designation in 2018. She has served District 56 as a Club Officer Training Committee Co-Chair and Trainer; she co-presented FreeToastHost training in the Online Leadership Electives Program, and was the District 56 Distinguished Club Program Chairperson. She’s the proud recipient of the 2020 Club VP Public Relations of the Year award. Her Toastmasters’ journey has enriched her personal life and motivated her to support others on their journey. Her goal… to share the Toastmasters benefits with the diverse Southeast Texas community so that they too will be inspired and empowered to become confident speakers and leaders. Zenia is a retiree who enjoys traveling, reading, and time with family and friends.”
In 1999, Rose joined Toastmasters to overcome her fear of public speaking. She conquered her fear, found confidence, and discovered a passion for leadership. As IPDD, Rose maintains her passion for ROTOKO, which is to Reach at least One member, to Teach(mentor) them so they remain, or Keep engaged in Toastmasters. She loves seeing the metamorphosis that occurs as members develop into beautiful butterflies. In 2017, Rose retired from ExxonMobil as a Paralegal after a 40-year career.
Avi joined Toastmasters in 2019, and since then he never looked back. He strongly believes the Toastmasters platform is the only place where you meet the best and the one who wants to be their best. Avi being a certified technical & project management professional with over a decade of experience, strategic planning is his key area. He is a proven leader with a record to bring the best out of teams and enable them to reach their highest potential. Being a creative person, he loves to bring in innovation and out of the box thought process to regular activities. This California Boy, now Texan, considers sports and photography his passion.
I have learned through Toastmasters that I can not do it by myself.
The journey to communication and leadership comes from the help of others.
Daily it is something new to share so others can grow as well.
"Surround yourself with people that have your best interest at heart.
People that push you to do your best, and reach for your goals.
No drama, no mess.
Simply positive energy and good intentions."
Jose Antonio Betancourt started his Toastmaster journey in April 2016. He never thought that he could learn so much about communication and leadership. Best of all, Jose Antonio is still learning and challenging himself with new projects in this great journey of Toastmasters. He works for a Catholic Church Community and is also a Real Estate Investor.
I am honored and excited to return and serve Division O. I first joined the corporate club, Downtown Houston, which brings back wonderful memories. My vision for Division O is to remain strong and viable, building stronger after the past year. I am proud the clubs remained resilient. I envision seeing members visit other clubs and sharing ideas.
Elizabeth joined Toastmasters to polish her public speaking skills. Helping others to learn and grow is why she stays. She is passionate about empowering individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. Elizabeth is working on a dissertation for her PhD in organizational leadership. She is a researcher, speaker, and thought leader in the future of leadership in a digitally connected world.
Roop has been a Toastmaster since 2013 and considers himself a Toastmaster for life. He has served in every club officer role at least once, has been a club sponsor, mentor & coach. He has organized / participated in speech contests, youth leadership program, speechcraft and district conference committees. He has learnt a lot & grown out of his comfort zone thanks to Toastmasters and wants to share the same joy with others.