Anna Kaufman joined Toastmasters in 2012 at the office where she worked. An hour away from her desk weekly and an opportunity to build presentation skills was appealing enough that she kept coming back. Even after she left the company, she has stayed a member of the Sun Life Toastmasters Club – her forever home club.
In 2015, three years after joining, Anna earned the Distinguished Toastmaster award, the highest distinction in the Toastmasters educational program. During her time serving as a District Trio member, Anna has enjoyed the challenges and opportunities along the journey. She is excited to continue supporting the team and District 31 members, as well as encouraging others to move forward on their paths in Toastmasters and beyond.
In her life outside Toastmasters, Anna is a comedy student, a motorcycle rider, and a shoe addict.
Stefano McGhee has been a member of Toastmasters since 2005. In 2005, Stefano’s wife insisted that he attend a membership night at her local club, Network Voice Toastmasters. While he would have preferred to stay at home, he finally gave in to his wife and attended the meeting and has been a member of Toastmasters ever since.
In the Fall of 2011, he earned the Distinguished Toastmaster award along with his wife. The Distinguished Toastmaster Award is the highest award in Toastmasters, awarded for successful completion of many leadership and speaking projects. Stefano is a past District Governor/Director of District 31 Toastmasters and is one of only two people in the District to hold the role twice.
Stefano works in Information Technology and is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the Rhode Island Air National Guard.
Toastmasters has helped him achieve many of the great things he enjoys in his professional and military careers. A fun fact that most don’t know about Stefano is that he is currently taking flight lessons and considering a career change into the aviation industry. He enjoys, motorcycling, boating and flying every day he can.