District 109 Leadership Team

The District Executive Committee, also known as DEC, is a group of leaders within the Toastmasters organization. They are responsible for overseeing and managing the day-to-day operations of the district. The DEC comprises the District Director, Program Quality Director, Club Growth Director, Public Relations Manager, Administration Manager, Finance Manager, and Area Directors.

Furthermore, the DEC is responsible for various tasks such as reviewing and approving the District Success Plan, approving the budget, managing the District’s financial operations, realigning clubs’ assignments to Areas and Divisions, and reviewing recommendations or reports from district committees, including the audit committee. In particular, the DEC plays a crucial role in ensuring the smooth functioning of the district by providing leadership and guidance to its members.

Moreover, a smaller group within the DEC is known as the Core Team. Therefore, they are responsible for supporting and assisting the District Director in fulfilling their responsibilities. Finally, the Core Team includes the District Director, Program Quality Director, Club Growth Director, and Administration Manager.

District 109 Board 2023-2024 (Core Team)

Margherita Brodbeck Roth, DTM, District Director

Margherita holds an MSc UZH in geography, political sciences and history and an MBA. She works as a data quality program manager and is fluent in five languages. A Toastmaster since 2016, she has served as Area Director, Club President, VPE, VPM, VPPR, Secretary and SAA, and as a mentor and trainer. In conclusion, Margherita loves travelling around the world virtually and, time permitting, in person to experience the many vibrant and diverse Toastmasters communities.

Elena Grammenou – Program Quality Director

Elena Grammenou is a strategy & marketing consultant with strong experience across marketing, communications, strategy, project management, property management and audit. Elena is an Economist and holds a Postgraduate Degree in Marketing, an MBA and an MSc in Banking. She has served in NGO’s more than 25 years and loves to contribute her time and skills to good causes. Elena loves hiking/trekking in nature and meeting people and experiencing new cultures. ​She is a proud Toastmaster, enjoys every moment of it and promotes Toastmasters, at any chance.

Francesca Gammicchia, DTM – Club Growth Director

Francesca Gammicchia, DTM has been a dedicated Toastmaster for nearly a decade. She has served the organization as Division Director, Area Director and all the Club roles, multiple times. She has lived in Germany for 10 years and has a family spread between Romania and Italy. Moreover, Francesca knows the importance of diversity and inclusion in personal growth. In conclusion, she has received tremendous support, training, & inspiration from this community, and she believes she can give back this support, training, and love to help our district become a lighthouse for clubs in the stormy sea.

Tarek Desir – Public Relations Manager

Tarek Desir has had a long journey with Toastmasters in Greece, after coming to us from Miami, FL, known as the Magic City. Having lived in Greece for over 10 years, he uses the skills he learned in Toastmasters to represent his multinational construction company, lead teams, and explain complex systems in an open and understandable manner. As a long-time Toastmaster, he has held various positions, including Club Secretary, Sergeant at Arms, VP of PR, and President of the HAU Toastmasters Club. He also served as an Area Director and is now the 2-time Public Relations Manager for District 109. Finally, Tarek goal for the District is to promote and collaborate with different areas to showcase the incredible talent it offers.

Bill Vardas – Finance Manager

Bill Vardas has been a Toastmaster since 2016 and has enjoyed every single minute of his Toastmaster experience! The positions he held are Club President and Area Director. Additional Toastmasters experiences include co-chairing the International President’s Virtual Visit to Greece in 2021 and frequently chairing speech contests at the Division and Area levels. His experiences outside of Toastmasters include Secretary General of the Canadian Hellenic Congress 2008-09. He knows how to draft annual budgets, developing procedures, and implementing strategic plans for non-profit organizations. Bill enjoys music, movies, public speaking, current affairs, yoga, and traveling.

Burcu Ünal Erdoğan – Administration Manager

Burcu Ünal Erdoğan is from Istanbul, Türkiye. She is mother of a teenage boy, and has a dog. Burcu loves running and participating in charity runs, supporting several NGOs. Professionally, she has worked for Shell since 2003 and currently is Finance Manager. She studied Economics & Human Resources Management. She joined Toastmasters in 2019, as Treasurer of My Shell Turkey Toastmasters. Since then, she has served as President of My Shell, Area Director of H3 and now as Administration Manager for 2023-2024. Besides her native language Turkish, she speaks English and German.

Turan Tanin – Immediate Past District Director

Turan is not only an engineer by training, but also a passionate public speaker. Since 2017, he has been actively involved with Toastmasters, holding various leadership positions such as Club President, Division Project Manager, Area Director, Division Director, and Club Growth Director. Currently, Turan holds the position of District Director for District 109 for the term 2022-2023. Throughout his journey with Toastmasters, he has discovered a wonderful world filled with diverse people who come together to improve themselves and the world around them.

Additional District Roles

The District Alignment Committee plays a crucial role in ensuring that the clubs, Areas, and Divisions within the District are well-coordinated and organized. To achieve this, the committee is composed of District members appointed by the District Director, with the alignment chair serving as the leader. In particular, the alignment chair is tasked with overseeing the committee’s efforts to develop an alignment proposal and present it to the District Executive Committee ahead of the District Council meeting. This ensures that the alignment process is efficient and effective.


Division A

First NameLast NamePositionAreaEmail
CristinaFrancoliniDivision DirectorDivision Adivd.a@district109.org
ChiaraRuggeriArea DirectorArea A1ad.a1@district109.org
DarineAboulezzArea DirectorArea A2ad.a2@district109.org
JosephGaleaArea DirectorArea A3ad.a3@district109.org
MarcoAmbrogioArea DirectorArea A4ad.a4@district109.org
DavidCrosbyArea DirectorArea A5ad.a5@district109.org
LauraFilippiArea DirectorArea A6ad.a6@district109.org

Division C

First NameLast NamePositionAreaEmail
GodelaBittcherDivision DirectorDivision Cdivd.c@district109.org
ChristineHueberArea DirectorArea C1ad.c1@district109.org
SydneSacconeArea DirectorArea C2ad.c2@district109.org
IuliaDraganArea DirectorArea C3ad.c3@district109.org

Division D

First NameLast NamePositionAreaEmail
NigelThewDivision DirectorDivision Ddivd.d@district109.org
PietroFerrarioArea DirectorArea D1ad.d1@district109.org
DamienGautierArea DirectorArea D2ad.d2@district109.org
Néstor A.BartolomeiArea DirectorArea D3ad.d3@district109.org

Division E

First NameLast NamePositionAreaEmail
ChristophAublingerDivision DirectorDivision Edivd.e@district109.org
AlineSchilligArea DirectorArea E1ad.e1@district109.org
AllisonTurnerArea DirectorArea E2ad.e2@district109.org
ChristianEggenbergerArea DirectorArea E3ad.e3@district109.org
SanthiagoAlves VieiraArea DirectorArea E4ad.e4@district109.org
HarryLootsArea DirectorArea E5ad.e5@district109.org

Division F

First NameLast NamePositionAreaEmail
SylvicleyFigueira da SilvaDivision DirectorDivision Fdivd.f@district109.org
PetraSalmutterArea DirectorArea F1ad.f1@district109.org
MonikaGradlArea DirectorArea F2ad.f2@district109.org
MatejaLumpertArea DirectorArea F3ad.f3@district109.org

Division G

First NameLast NamePositionAreaEmail
PanagiotisKaranikasDivision DirectorDivision Gdivd.g@district109.org
AnastasiaSalichouArea DirectorArea G1ad.g1@district109.org
VasilikiXyfteriArea DirectorArea G2ad.g2@district109.org
VacantArea DirectorArea G3ad.g3@district109.org
YafitGabaiArea DirectorArea G4ad.g4@district109.org

Division H

First NameLast NamePositionAreaEmail
DenizŞenelt KalelioğluDivision DirectorDivision Hdivd.h@district109.org
Banu SaraAkkaşArea DirectorArea H1ad.h1@district109.org
NurbanuŞahanArea DirectorArea H2ad.h2@district109.org
NeslihanÖzerArea DirectorArea H3ad.h3@district109.org