Congratulations to the Toastmasters International 2017-2018 Region Advisor team. These volunteers are appointed by the Board of Directors and will serve a 15-month term from April 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. Region advisors serve as mentors to guide and support the districts while helping increase their capacity to build membership and new clubs. They are also an essential link between the districts and World Headquarters. We look forward to a successful year ahead with our new region advisors.

The following 2017–2018 Region Advisors are:

Region 1 – Natalie Palmer, DTM
Region 2 – Charley Patton, DTM
Region 3 – Rob Christeson, DTM
Region 4 – Pat Hannan, DTM, PID
Region 5 – Michelle Kabele, DTM; Supporting Districts: 8, 30, 35, 54, 103
Region 5 – Parren Shannon, DTM; Supporting Districts: 11, 40, 43, 63
Region 6 – Heather Lane, DTM
Region 7 – Melissa McGavick, DTM
Region 8 – Essie Gardner, DTM; Supporting Districts: 47, 48, 81, 84
Region 8 – Roy Ganga, DTM; Supporting Districts: 14, 44, 58, 68, 77
Region 9 – Raisa Serebrenik, DTM
Region 10 – Rosalyn Carter, DTM
Region 11 – Aletta Rochat, DTM; Supporting Districts: 59, 71, 74, 91, 95
Region 11 – Beth Thomas, DTM, PID; Supporting Districts: 20, 79, 94, 104, 105
Region 12 – Robert Cockburn, DTM, PID
Region 13 – Ligo Wang, DTM; Supporting Districts: 67, 85, 88, 89, 93
Region 13 – Kumaran Pethi, DTM; Supporting Districts: 41, 76, 82, 92, 98
Region 14 – Sue Chan, DTM

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Sue Chan, DTM

Location: Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia
Member Since: 1999
Region Number: 14
Home District: 51

Toastmasters offices held and terms of service (international, region and district level):

  • 2016-2017 District Parliamentarian
  • 2016-2017 District Chief Ambassador
  • 2011-2012 District Governor
  • 2010-2011 Lieutenant Governor Education and Training
  • 2006-2007 Division Governor
  • 2005-2006 Area Governor

Toastmasters honors and recognition (including international level you have received):

  • 2012 Distinguished District
  • 2011 Excellence in Education and Training
  • 2008 Distinguished Toastmaster
  • 2007 President’s Distinguished Division
  • 2006 President’s Distinguished Area

Relevant work experience and how it relates to Toastmasters and your role as a region advisor:

I have been in corporate management in a publicly listed company for 35 years and have worked with teams in organizational performance involving administration and people management. I have worked on a global platform in the corporate sector with teams from South East Asian countries, and have currently ventured into the field of education and training. With my exposure in people management and teamwork as well as leadership skills in Toastmasters, I am ready to serve in the role as region advisor.

What key strengths do you bring to the district leaders?

I have been in Toastmasters for 18 years, during which I have been involved in training members and officers at all levels in topics relating to membership recruitment, building new clubs and district success plans. I am eager to share with district leaders and support them in their leadership journey. My involvement with another volunteer organization, Junior Chamber International, for 29 years gives me the extra edge in coaching servant leaders in a volunteer organization.

Why are you interested in serving as region advisor?

I have met so many amazing people in Toastmasters who have helped me in my leadership. I have gained so much and it is now time for me to give back by helping others in their leadership aspirations. It is my sincere intention to tap into my past experiences and knowledge to help district leaders succeed in their district goals. It has always been my passion to serve Toastmasters on a different platform. I look forward to working with all the districts in Region 14.