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Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that provides a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.

District 57 (D57) began in 1957, splitting off from from our neighbor, District 4. D57 covers the Northern California region, from the East Bay to the North Bay, wine country and up the northern California coast, and supports over 150 clubs. The very first District Governor (now District Director) was Lothar Salin who served 1957-1958. The oldest club in the district still around is San Leandro Toastmasters/452, chartered in 1947 (while they were still part of District 4). For a list of clubs in D57 (in order of charter date), Click Here.

To find a Toastmasters club in your area, Click Here.

-Meet the 2016-2017 Trio-

The Toastmasters Trio includes the District Director, Program Quality Director and Club Growth Director. These individuals work together to ensure the district continues to grow, officers are trained and supported in their roles, members and clubs meet their goals, and district leaders receive the resources needed to properly lead and succeed.

District Director: Steve Taddei, DTM

 13700070_1233794973297290_548674834073669513_nAs the district’s “Chief Executive Officer,” the District Director leads us in a way which fosters strong clubs, produces maximum growth in education completions, and motivates the district to achieve Distinguished recognition. The goal is to achieve the mission of the district in a manner that motivates volunteer leaders and promotes a standard of excellence in all district activities.

Steve Taddei graduated from University of California, San Francisco with a B.S. in Organizational Behavior. A Bay Area native, he resides in Alameda with his wife and works as an Account Executive for Vision Communications, an elite dealer servicing and supplying radio and paging equipment to an array of customers such as government agencies, health care facilities and more.

He has been a member of Toastmasters for over 5 years and his home club is Alameda Tongue Twisters. He has served several leadership roles for the district over the years including Area Governor, Division Governor, Public Relations Officer, and most recently Program Quality Director. An avid sports fan, Steve enjoys supporting his local teams and representing the Bay Area whenever he can!

 Program Quality Director: Randie Ellington, DTM

IMG_2445The PQD strives to have every club and member reap the benefits of Toastmasters and become Distinguished by providing direction and counsel to division/area directors and club officers on the educational opportunities in Toastmasters. This includes designing and conducting successful training programs, conferences, and other district educational events.

Randie Ellington received his B.S. in Computer Science from CSU Fullerton and received his M.B.A. from Pepperdine University. He currently works as an Associate Commercial Real Estate Broker/Property Manager for Commonwealth Companies that builds/renovates housing stock providing high-quality, affordable places for people to live.

Randie is also very active in the community as a volunteer for organizations like GRID Alternatives and Rebuilding Together Oakland. Fun Fact: he is looking to join a nonprofit board! A member of Toastmasters since 1982, I think it is safe to say that Randie is a lifelong Toastmasters member and highly qualified for the role of PQD!

Club Growth Director: Dilek Alkaya, DTM

unnamedThe CGD must accomplish district goals in membership building and retention, club extension, and educational accomplishments. Achieve Distinguished Division Program goals and ensure that areas and clubs within the division achieve Distinguished recognition. 

Dilek Alkaya is a Chemical Engineer with 20+ years diverse experience working both in academia and industry with a PhD in Process Simulation, Control and Optimization within the Petro/Chemical field. Presently, she works at Tesoro’s Refinery in Martinez as a Senior Control Engineer. She also participates in the Society of Women Engineers (Mount Diablo chapter) and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (NorCal chapter).

Dilek Alkaya joined District 57 as her 2010 New Year’s Resolution: To add something new to enhance her professional and personal life. As an active member of Toastmasters, she has served several club officer roles at her home club, Diablo 598, and led the club to President Distinguished status. At District level,  she has taken leadership roles such as Area B6 Governor in 2012, Contest Chair in 2013, Club Mentor Chair in 2014, Co-chair of 2014 Spring Conference, and Division C Director in 2015.