Meet our outstanding group of officers who do their best to ensure Club 7 is one of the best Toastmasters Club in San Diego! Not only does Toastmaster help you to become an effective communicator, it also sets you up to be a better leader.
Shadi joined San Diego Toastmasters 7 in August 2015, and ever since then the rest of the club members have been trying to think of ways to get him to leave (unsuccessfully, to their detriment, so far). Shadi is serving his second term as President.
In his occupation as a business analyst, he was recommended from his place of work (some stagecoach company called Wells Fargo) to join Toastmasters because he has a tendency to ramble and isn’t an accomplished speaker. Both of those points are still true, but now he’s just a bit more loquacious (also to the rest of the club’s detriment).
When Shadi isn’t at Toastmasters he can mostly be found at home with his wonderful girlfriend and silly dog (separate entities of course), at a brewery debating his three favorite “B words” (burritos, baseball, beer) or planning his next vacation (maybe Portugal). Shadi welcomes and encourages you to come visit San Diego Toastmasters 7 and see how it can help improve your life in ways you didn’t anticipate.
Vice President Education
Corinna Koehler, Competent Communicator
Corinna joined San Diego Toastmasters 7 in November 2017 because she felt the need to get rid of all her “so’s”,“uhm’s”, “ah’s” and all the other weird noises she makes when she is speaking. Plus, she is trying hard to properly speak her second language, English. All of that and the amazing members of San Diego Toastmasters 7, were the reasons she joined. Last term, she was the Club Secretary and continuing on as this term’s VP Education.
She is currently enrolled in an MBA program with a specialization in organizational leadership and international business, basically a perfect fit for toastmasters, wouldn’t you agree?!
In her free time, Corinna loves to spend as much time as possible with her friends but usually she is off traveling and exploring the world to see the many opportunities out there.
For Corinna, San Diego Toastmasters 7 is more than just a club. It is a place to laugh, learn, make new friends, experience the unexpected, develop skills you didn’t know you have and so much more. She highly recommends for you to visit San Diego Toastmasters 7 and experience what this amazing club can do for you.
Vice President Membership
Lynette Benitez, Competent Communicator
Lynette is a salon owner (Parlor Bourgeoisie) and a color educator for a company called Alfaparf Milano.
She decided to join San Diego Toastmasters 7 in October 2017 to build her confidence and have better time management when it comes to public speaking. Her goal is to do platform stage educational events. This is Lynette’s 2nd term as VP of Membership.
On her free time, she enjoys salsa dancing and boxing for fitness with her 9 year old son.
Vice President, Public Relations
Elaine Dusetzina, Effective Coaching L3
Elaine first stepped into a Toastmasters meeting at a San Diego Toastmaster 7’s Open House back in September 2017. Immediately, she was hooked after experiencing so much positive energy from everyone.
Normally, she’s not the type of person to step outside of her box. However, she realized she needed to get out of her safe haven after an 11-yr stint with the Navy and becoming a stay-at-home mom for the past 7 years. Being a part of Toastmasters is exactly what she needed to hone her speaking and leadership skills. This is Elaine’s 2nd term as VPPR.
Elaine is working on her second master’s degree this time with something she’s passionate about – Exercise Science and Health Promotion with a Wellness Coaching concentration as she aspires to become a wellness coach and empower others towards a sustainable healthy lifestyle.
Her other passion is distance running and would love to run all of the World Marathon Majors (So far she’s ran Boston, NYC and Chicago with only 3 more to go! – Tokyo, London, and Berlin). When she’s not running, you can find her outdoors hanging out with her 2 daughters, husband and dog.
Salam is one of our newest members, who joined the club in September of 2018.
Salam was born in Baghdad in 1988 and immigrated to the US in 1993. His passion in life is to study and understand the nature of our existence, both individually and collectively. When ready, he will apply what he has learned for the betterment of his family, peers, and environment.
“As above, so below, as within, so without, as the universe, so the soul…” – Hermes Trismegistus
Joyce Persichilli, Distinguished Toastmaster
Joyce Persichilli (Per-sick-kelly) is a Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) x two and a member of three Toastmasters clubs in California—San Diego Toastmasters 7 & Toast of the Coast in District 5 and Past District Governors Club 407 in District 100. She joined Toastmasters in July 1996.
Joyce served as District Director in 2002-2003 and again in 2016-2017. Since leaving office in 2003 she continues to support our district and region. In 2010, Joyce was the first recipient of the Helen M. Blanchard “Trail Blazer” Award, presented to her by Helen M. Blanchard the first woman president of Toastmasters International. She has been named District 5 Toastmaster of the Year not once but three times. The most recent as the 2018 Toastmaster of the Year for District 5 Toastmasters.
In 2010 she was appointed the first Region Advisor by then Toastmaster International President – Pat Johnson. Joyce served two terms as Region Advisor. During her second term as region advisor our region was the number one region in north america.
In 2018 Joyce received a Presidential Citation from Balraj Arunasalam, Toastmasters International President for outstanding and continued contributions to Toastmasters International’s organizational growth and excellence.
She continues to serve as a club officer, the District Finance Manager, District Judging Chair and mentor for district leaders.
When not involved in Toastmasters she volunteers as an advocate for senior citizen rights for the San Diego County Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program. She especially enjoys spending time with her grandchildren.
Louis… actually only his mom calls him Louis… you can call him Lou. Lou came to San Diego to join friends and family and ditch the brutal winters of New England in 2011 and never looked back.
Lou loves story telling, ask his friends… and he also talks a lot in his business life, working for Eastridge Workforce Solutions, as a staffing sales person. It was the desire to be a more concise, confident, and intelligent… well, at least sounding intelligent speaker, were the reasons Lou joined Toastmasters 7 in November 2017. As Sergeant-At-Arms, he looks forward to being one of the first people guests see as they try out our club. Anything he can do to help someone overcome that initial fear of joining, like past members did for him, Lou will be right at the front door to help guests with any questions and/or concerns.
When not at Toastmasters, Lou likes to go to the latest Comic Book (mostly Marvel, but I guess DC, too) Super Hero Movies with his big brother, Jon. Lou is also an ex-hockey player / HUGE ice hockey fan. In fact, during the hockey season from November till about April, as a local professional hockey San Diego Gulls season ticket holder, you’ll find him at the Valley View Casino Center for every GULLS home game.