CLEVELAND, OHIO, August 28, 2015 — The world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to developing public speaking and leadership skills, Toastmasters International, announced new top leadership for Toastmasters International District 10. District 10 comprises much of Northeastern Ohio and boasts approximately 2,000 members. The three newly elected leaders are District Director Jenilee Grabenhorst Taylor, Program Quality Director Dave Wiley, and Club Growth Director Tim Juda.
Ms. Taylor, Mr. Wiley and Mr. Juda are no strangers to senior leadership in Toastmasters District 10. Each has previously served in the group of top three District leadership positions, known as the Trio. The senior-most position had been held by Mr. Wiley from 2011 to 2012, and by Mr. Juda from 2007 to 2008.
All three Trio members have earned the highest educational award status in Toastmasters International, the Distinguished Toastmasters (DTM) award. According to Toastmasters International, less than 2% of Toastmasters worldwide attain this elite status. Ms. Taylor has earned her DTM twice.
Ms. Taylor joined Toastmasters International in 2005. “My boss urged me to join Toastmasters. He knew it would help me grow professionally because it develops public speaking and leadership skills,” recalls Ms. Taylor, who took his advice. In addition to holding the highest leadership position in District 10, Ms. Taylor is the general manager of the Fairlawn Homewood Suites, a member of MENSA, and active in the greater Cleveland theater community.
Mr. Wiley, an IT professional at Mayfran International in Highland Heights, joined Toastmasters in 2007. “Toastmasters empowers me and enriches my life on a daily basis,” he says, adding that he aspires to an even higher leadership role in Toastmasters International. “I’d like to be president of Toastmasters International someday.”
Mr. Juda has been a Toastmaster since 1998. “I was voted shyest student in my senior class,” he admits. “Through Toastmasters, I gained the courage and confidence to make drastic improvements to my communication and leadership skills.” Mr. Juda is a technical analyst at Parker Hannifin, a best-selling author, and a certified speaking coach.
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About District 10
District 10 comprises more than 100 corporate and community clubs in Northeastern Ohio, boasts approximately 2,000 members, and is one of 96 districts world-wide. To learn more about District 10, please visit: www.district10.org.
About Toastmasters International
Toastmasters International is a worldwide nonprofit educational organization that empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, the organization’s membership exceeds 313,000 in more than 14,650 clubs in 126 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators and leaders. For information about local Toastmasters clubs, please visit www.toastmasters.org. Follow @Toastmasters on Twitter.