Meet our 2022-2023 Leaders

District Leaderships are all volunteer opportunities to get hands on leadership training and practice.  Some positions are voted for by the district toastmaster members, and others are appointed by a District Leader.  It is an honor to serve and lead our District.


Mark Mandel, DTM

Why Toastmasters?

I joined toastmasters in 2001 while having seen how this program has benefited myself and others. I am “living the dream” through my club Vineyard Toastmasters and District 11.  I’m learning and watching others grow.

English born and living in Indianapolis with my long suffering wife Mindy and two college bound children (Alex and Heather). I am a safety leader by day in addition to my toastmaster addiction.

My goal for this year is to have fun and learn along the way.

Program Quality Director

Club Growth Director

Rick Holtmeier, DTM

Why Toastmasters?

I joined Toastmasters in 1988 in New Jersey with an objective to be more comfortable speaking in public. Shortly thereafter, a leadership path was added. That in itself was unexpected. However, the biggest unexpected benefit for me was the joy that I get when Toastmasters I have advised, formally or informally, succeed!

What are your hobbies and passions?

There are two main hobbies I enjoy: The first is genealogy, having traced parts of my family back to the 15th century.  The second is antique vehicles and in the furtherance of that hobby, I am a Senior Master Judge for the Antique Automobile Club of America.

The #1 thing I want to tell everyone is: “When you get overwhelmed, seek help. Help can always be found from fellow Toastmasters.”

Carol Crouse, DTM

Why Toastmasters?

As a seasoned Toastmaster for over 20 years, I have taken several leadership positions in the clubs I’ve belonged to: Vice President Membership, Vice President Public Relations. My organizational and people skills are a good fit for my most recent office, Vice President Education.

I was singled out by a highly respected, longtime Toastmaster Marlene Purdy to reluctantly filling in as Area 11 Director in 2014 and over the next few years as Area Director for Area 12.

During my tenure several areas earned Distinguished and President’s Distinguished status.

I have served as Division Director, Web Master and on the Realignment Committee.

What are your hobbies and passions?

My philosophy is that it is easier to rebuild a club than to start a new one, though I have helped to start several new clubs.

Pickle-ball is my passion!  I love to play!  I have an old coin collection and collect horse statures from the past. Three or 4 day road trips are always in my view!

Public Relations Manager
Administration Manager
Finance Manager
Zoom Manager
Immediate Past District Director
David Klopfenstein, DTM

Why Toastmasters?

I joined Toastmasters in 1996 while in Florida on the recommendation of a friend, and absolutely loved the camaraderie of the environment. Now a member of two clubs, one in Indiana and one in Florida, I feel Toastmasters is my family who helps others along the journey of life. Together, we do make a difference.

What are your hobbies and passions?

Gardening when the weather permits, working on, designing, and setting up a pond in my backyard. Another passion is Karaoke. Did you know that Karaoke is another form of communication that helps with presenting oneself?

Find your purpose, your passion, your unique place in the world…and fight for it.

Do you have skills in writing articles for newsletters: promoting people, clubs, or events?  Why not use those skills to help others in our Toastmaster community.  We need your ideas and talent to promote the members and clubs in our district.

Come and be a part of our public relations team. Contact me via email.

Melinda Mandel, PM1

Why Toastmasters?

I joined to…


Lou Begnel, DTM

Why Toastmasters?

I first joined Toastmasters to help with giving presentations while getting my MBA degree. As a scientist, I felt I had some public speaking catching up to do compared to the other students in my class. I think the real benefit of Toastmasters is not simply practicing public speaking but giving and receiving feedback in a constructive way. In a business setting, being able to artfully facilitate meetings is a plus as well.

What are your hobbies and passion?

I am an avid reader of self improvement and leadership books – Brene Brown and Simon Sinek are two of my favorite authors. I enjoy watching baseball – the St. Louis Cardinals are my favorite but my favorite sport to play when I get the chance to is tennis. When I am not “Toast-mastering”, I enjoy spending time with my wife, Ilona, and two daughters Emma and Nora.

I plan to learn from a diverse group of speakers and leaders to learn to better appreciate a broad set of backgrounds and experiences as they contribute and strengthen a team.  I would like to build back up interest in first time district officers within my division. 

The #1 thing I want to tell everyone is: “Toastmasters is about growing personally and professionally. It is also about giving back once you have achieved your goals. For every SMART goal, have a HEART goal too.”


Rickea Bacon, LD1

Why Toastmasters?

I joined to…


Scott Brown, DTM

Why Toastmasters?

When I first walked into the Altamonte Articulators in May 2012, I had no idea what to expect. In the past 9+ years, Toastmasters has helped me find my voice by giving me a platform to help others find their voice. I never expected to find a tribe, or build a family, let alone learn to love speaking from a stage, but that’s exactly what I found.

I don’t believe Toastmasters was ever intended to be a solo pursuit. It is always best when experienced as a community.  I have learned this year how the distance between members can impact not just the health of clubs, but more importantly, the health of individuals.

Division Directors

Division A

Kathryn Denzine, DTM

Division C

Donna Casebourn, DTM

Division E

Christina Owens, IP5

Division F

Subramani Swaminadhan, EC5, EH5

Division H

Patty Pick-Franke, EH5, VC5, PI3