District Leaders 

District Board 2022-2023 (or Core Team)

The following leaders were elected by District 109 Toastmasters members at the Virtual Spring District Conference in May 2022.

The executive committee will be active from 1st July 2022 until 30th June 2023.

Turan Tanin - ACB ALB
Turan Tanin - ACB ALBDistrict Director D109

Turan has been a Toastmaster since 2017, covering roles of Club President, Division Project Manager, Area Director, Division Director, Club Growth Director and is currently the District Director for District 109 for 2022/2023. He is an engineer by training and a public speaking enthusiast by passion. In Toastmasters he discovered a wonderful world of diverse people who come together because they want to improve themselves and the world we live in.

Margherita Brodbeck Roth - DTM
Margherita Brodbeck Roth - DTMProgram Quality Director D109

Margherita is a Toastmasters member since 2016. She currently serves as the D109 Program Quality Director, has experience with the roles of Club President, VPE, VPM, VPPr, Secretary and SAA, and as a mentor and trainer. Amongst others, she holds a degree in geography, political science and history, and loves traveling virtually around the world to experience the many vibrant and diverse Toastmasters communities.

Natalia Liaropoulou - DTM
Natalia Liaropoulou - DTMClub Growth Director D109
Natalia Liaropoulou, DTM, has been a Toastmaster since June 1, 2015. Since then, her life has changed for the better. She served 21 Clubs in Switzerland as the Division E Director 2021-2022 and 19 Clubs in Bulgaria, Cyprus and Greece, as the Division B Director 2020-2021. She was also elected as Club President, Club Vice President of Education, Treasurer and appointed as Club Coach. She is a Supreme Court Attorney at Law running her own Law Office in Athens, Greece, for 17 years. As a professional, she pays special attention to details and to deadlines. Running a Law Office is similar to running a company: not only must we be excellent professionals, but also we must find new clients, get paid and promote our reputation. The duties of the CGD are similar to the duties of an Attorney at Law running their own Law Office: Excellence, promotion, growth, good standing.
Laura Filippi
Laura FilippiPublic Relations Manager D109

Laura has been a Toastmaster since 2019, she covers roles of SAA, VPE, and in 2021 decided for a dualmembership and a dual officer role as VPPR in one club and Club President in the other club. Laura is currently the enthusiastic Public Relations Manager for District 109 for 2022/2023.

She is an agronomist, passionate about reading and leadership. In Toastmasters discovered the perfect world of sharing experiences to learn each days something new and to meet diverse people willing to improve themselves.

Giannis Kanlis
Giannis KanlisFinance Manager D109

Giannis Kanlis is a Finance and Supply Navy Officer. He holds a MBA in Financial Management and a M.Sc in Economics, both with suma cum laude. He joined Toastmasters in October 2020 and immediately felt immersed with the communication and leadership aspects of the organization. He was the the VP of Education in Piraeus Toastmasters Club during the previous year. He is an avid reader, a passionate communicator (obviously !!!), a stoic practicioner, and a travel aficionado.

Meltem Altinay
Meltem AltinayAdministration Manager

Meltem Altinay has been a Toastmasters since 2014 and has served in the roles of Club SAA, VP Education, and President. She is the 2020-2021 Area H2 Director and 2021-2022 Division H Director and currently the Administration Manager for District 109. She holds Environmental Engineering, Executive MBA, and Law degrees. She is a Business Development Manager. Meltem is passionate about Toastmasters and loves that each member has a unique story about his/her learning and personal development. Her hobbies are trekking and photography.

Lilian Shaftacola - DTM
Lilian Shaftacola - DTMImmediate Past District Director D109
Lilian first joined Toastmasters in 2000 out of a desire for self-development and she has remained an enthusiastic member over these last 22 years because of her sincere belief in this organization and all the core values it stands for. All these years she has never missed a chance to acknowledge the advantages of being part of this special community and to find opportunities to use her experience to support her fellow members. This is why she has served in a number of District roles to date, noting that she has just completed her year as our District Director. During that year, she focused on being relatable, open-minded, and present. She worked hard to foster an inclusive environment throughout our expanding District and to find ways to encourage everyone to believe in their abilities regardless of their age, gender, or nationality.
During this new year she plans to use her experience to continue supporting our District in as many ways as possible.

Additional District Roles:

The task of aligning the clubs, Areas, and Divisions within the District is the responsibility of the District Alignment Committee. The District Alignment Committee is a group of District members appointed by the District Director and led by the alignment chair. The alignment chair ensures the committee prepares an alignment proposal and submits it to the District Executive Committee prior to the District Council meeting.

Alignment Chair 2022-23

Joseph Galea is a passionate Software engineer, a technology enthusiast, and a tinkerer who enjoys solving problems and simplifying life using technology. Toastmasters has helped him to learn more about team dynamics and servant leadership skills.
It’s a pleasure to join you all in your work to help our fellow toastmasters in the district thrive. I am excited to kick off the work in the role of District Alignment Chair and to work with all of you so that we can provide a healthy environment for future toastmasters to grow.” Joseph Galea

Division A

First NameLast NamePositionAreaEmail
ElsaNegriDivision DirectorDivision Adivd.a@district109.org
AntonioGianfredaArea DirectorArea A1ad.a1@district109.org
DanielNeamtuArea DirectorArea A2ad.a2@district109.org
FrancescaGammicchiaArea DirectorArea A3ad.a3@district109.org
GretaCattaniArea DirectorArea A4ad.a4@district109.org
CristinaFrancoliniArea DirectorArea A5ad.a5@district109.org
CamilleAsmarArea DirectorArea A6ad.a6@district109.org

Division B

First NameLast NamePositionAreaEmail
GitelHesselbergDivision DirectorDivision Bdivd.b@district109.org
AlexisPetridesArea DirectorArea B1ad.b1@district109.org
IvanMirchevArea DirectorArea B2ad.b2@district109.org
LaorGluchovskyArea DirectorArea B3ad.b3@district109.org

Division C

First NameLast NamePositionAreaEmail
GodelaBittcherDivision DirectorDivision Cdivd.c@district109.org
ChristineHueberArea DirectorArea C1ad.c1@district109.org
Louis-EdgarImhofArea DirectorArea C2ad.c2@district109.org
GloriaTeoArea DirectorArea C3ad.c3@district109.org

Division D

First NameLast NamePositionAreaEmail
EricFingerhutDivision DirectorDivision Ddivd.d@district109.org
YokoOwatariArea DirectorArea D1ad.d1@district109.org
RichardSpitzArea DirectorArea D2ad.d2@district109.org
KatherineQuinnArea DirectorArea D3ad.d3@district109.org
ThorstenArndtArea DirectorArea D4ad.d4@district109.org

Division E

First NameLast NamePositionAreaEmail
KarinaCastellaDivision DirectorDivision Edivd.e@district109.org
ChristophAublingerArea DirectorArea E1ad.e1@district109.org
SonjaBoninArea DirectorArea E2ad.e2@district109.org
StefanBlattiArea DirectorArea E3ad.e3@district109.org
CristinaGómez RoblesArea DirectorArea E4ad.e4@district109.org
AlexanderFirlusArea DirectorArea E5ad.e5@district109.org

Division F

First NameLast NamePositionAreaEmail
BrigitaTomasDivision DirectorDivision Fdivd.f@district109.org
DanjaBauerArea DirectorArea F1ad.f1@district109.org
XiaoChenArea DirectorArea F2ad.f2@district109.org
MarikaDubielArea DirectorArea F3ad.f3@district109.org
SylvicleyFigueira da SilvaArea DirectorArea F4ad.f4@district109.org

Division G

First NameLast NamePositionAreaEmail
ElenaGrammenouDivision DirectorDivision Gdivd.g@district109.org
MinasGadallaArea DirectorArea G1ad.g1@district109.org
GeorgiaPanagiotopoulouArea DirectorArea G2ad.g2@district109.org
PanagiotisKaranikasArea DirectorArea G3ad.g3@district109.org

Division H

First NameLast NamePositionAreaEmail
TuanaArıkboğaDivision DirectorDivision Hdivd.h@district109.org
Mustafa KutluhanOlcayArea DirectorArea H1ad.h1@district109.org
PerçinİmrekArea DirectorArea H2ad.h2@district109.org
BurcuÜnal ErdoganArea DirectorArea H3ad.h3@district109.org