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About Me: C.S. Lewis once said, "Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny". In my 28 years of age, I've survived natural disasters such as earthquakes and Category 5 hurricanes. I've also had the opportunity to travel to China as a volunteer and teach young children to speak English, I've been fortunate enough to see some of our Earth's wonders such as Iguazu Falls in Argentina, and I've been blessed in connecting with people from around the globe that have helped shape me into who I am today. I'm an energetic and adaptable individual that wishes to help and motivate those around me to be better than their previous selves. As such, I strive to help my community move forward towards a better future in the most efficient way possible using my talents as an engineer and as a person. My goal in Toastmaster's Buddies is to sharpen my skills so that I may use my voice to make the world a better place.
VP of Education
Nicole Lopez Torres
VP of Membership
VP of Public Relations
Sgt. at Arms
Immediate Past President
Kannan Sankara (DTM)
About Me: I am living in Baltimore, MD with my wife Janaki Kannan. I love to travel. We have one son who is studying in John Hopkins. Started the Toastmasters journey late 2012 and I would like to improvise my speaking skills. I am giving speeches without any preparation and my goal is to speak without any grammar mistakes.
About Me: Lives in Miami FL joined toastmasters in October 2018
About Me: Originally from Burkina Faso, (West Africa), living in Dakar Senegal. A member of TM 2iE club in my country (2012-2016);By joining back Buddies online Club in June 2020, I hope to improve my leadership and public speaking in english skills to boost my trainings sessions. My pathway goals are mastering online materials, tools and tips to be more efficient in my remote trainings sessions, coaching and mentoring.
Lukas Calafell (IP5)
David F. Carr (DTM)
About Me: Founder of Online Presenters and of the WordPress for Toastmasters project. Past President and member of Club Awesome in Coral Springs, Florida. Also former Area Governor, District Social Media Director. Outside of Toastmasters: writer, editor, and digital marketing consultant. He currently works as a Senior Insights Manager for Similarweb, the digital intelligence platform. Formerly an editor at publications including InformationWeek, Baseline Magazine, Internet World, and WebWeek, and a contributor to VentureBeat and The Enterprisers Project.
David Davis (DTM, SR5)
About Me: I am from Namibia, in Africa. I live in the coastal town of Oranjemund, Karas Region. I love to teach and inspire. My purpose in life is to help my fellow man find the essence of joy to succeed in life. I am a professional success coach. I joined Toastmasters to live out and develop in the art of speaking.
Aleshia Garrett (CC, CL)
About Me: Aleshia Garrett has been a proud Toastmaster since 2013 and is working to complete her DTM. She has served as club VPPR, VPM, VPE and President, as well as District 63’s Public Relations Manager and Area 40 Director. In April of 2019, she rose above 393 contestants to win 2nd place at the District 63 International Speech Competition.
Allecia Harley (DL3, SR2)
About Me: I'm Allecia Harley, a dedicated wife, mother, and daughter. I’ve lived in Chicago, IL for 25 years now after growing up in Gurnee, IL, going to college in Atlanta, GA, then graduate school in Ann Arbor, MI. My husband works in finance, our son is 12 and in 7th grade, and thankfully, my mother lives nearby, just 9 blocks away. I work as a consultant in the medical research area, for Lake Shore Strategy, LLC. I'm here to continue to develop my skills as a speaker, leader, and communicator.
Sarra Idehen (DTM)
About Me: Makeda Joseph is a 24-year veteran Market Support Specialist of the wireless telecommunications industry and retiree of the AT&T Global Business Market unit in Springfield, IL. Originally from Chicago, Makeda received her Bachelor of History Degree from the University of Illinois at Springfield in 2005 and is currently pursuing her Computer Science Degree (with honors) at UIS. Makeda is also an entrepreneur and business owner of Healing Advice Oracle Life Coaching company and The Self-Help Engineer Consulting and Voice-over company. Makeda has been a Toastmaster since February 2020 and is the Vice President of Public Relations for League of Our Own Springfield, IL, and President of Lightworkers Seattle, WA Toastmasters. She has also served as Secretary for League of Our Own and won her Club, Area 10 and Division C International speaking competitions in 2020, during her first year as a Toastmaster, and her first time competing, ever. In her spare time Makeda enjoys traveling, riding her bike, yoga, and dancing to House Music. She is the proud mother of two young adult men and a very hardheaded female Ratcha. Favorite quote: “The best response when others judge you is karma.” - The Self-Help Engineer
Nik Lakhani (DTM)
About Me: Joined Toastmasters in September 2016. Current TM Positions : President of Online Presenters (Advanced Online Club); Mentor for Dovercome Toastmasters Club (Hybrid, District 91); and, Mentor for Shilling Speakers Toastmasters Club (Hybrid, District 91). Awards: ACB ALB and Pathways DTM
Willie Loh (DTM)
About Me: Willie Loh is an organization catalyst of change, a person who can make changes happen and inspiring and influencing others. He had returned to TM in 2018 after leaving TM for 12 years to make a change to the Toastmasters Community in SG. He went on to set up a 1st 100% online Toastmasters club in Nov 2019
Avonelle Lovhaug (CC, CL)
About Me: Avonelle is a founding member of the North Side Toastmasters club, and served as its President previously. She finds club meetings help her practice her listening skills as well as her speaking skills. She is a freelance programmer building custom web applications for tech savvy small businesses.
Tara McCoy-Jones (VC5, DL5, IP5)
About Me: I joined Toastmasters to improve my communication skills and discovered that Toastmasters also builds leaders! I love that you get to hear different perspectives and fantastic stories from a diverse group of people while personally growing and having fun.
Demo Member (ACB)
Elaine Nieberding (VC1)
About Me: Many decades ago, my first job was at an organizational development and training firm. A wise and warm woman became my unofficial mentor, and put the seed of joining Toastmasters (or a Toastmistress group?) into my psyche. Even though I'd found soul-expression in performing, singing, teaching, motivational speaking and video-livestreaming to varied audiences over decades, it wasn't until 2018 that I found my way to Toastmasters (online) in Online Presenters. I'm so grateful. In OP I've grown leadership skills as VPPR and VP-Membership.
My life work has always had a focus on uncovering and developing personal and group potential. Currently a transformation coach expanding from serving entrepreneurs into more executive and team coaching, my roots are in holistic caring. A foundation of skill in integrative health approaches and energy medicine (Reiki) surprisingly flipped into bringing those approaches into caregiving as an RN after turning 50.
Holistic nursing paved the way for my entry into coaching and wellness teaching as an entrepreneur and livestream broadcaster. TLC is a theme I weave into speeches, interviews and workshops, where playful engagement is employed for helpful solutions. Today's Laughter Care has been my most frequent audience-interactive program theme for wellness guidance and perceptual shift. How may I help you? Reach me at LeadWithTLC@gmail.com
About Me: Stephanie Petrosky has enjoyed a diverse and exciting career as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and loves to make nutrition fun. In addition to clinical practice in hospital and outpatient settings, she has held executive operations roles within national healthcare companies and senior living communities. She received her professional training from Florida International University and earned an M.S. in Health Services Administration from Capella University. Stephanie earned an advanced practice doctorate in clinical nutrition from the University of North Florida. With 30 years of teaching experience, she has been active in many leadership roles. She is proud to be a past president of the Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and currently serves as the Chair of the Dietetics and Nutrition Practice Council for Florida, which oversees the licensure in Florida. On a personal note, Stephanie enjoys the beach, reading, long walks, learning new things, and mentoring others.
Stephanie has always wanted to join Toastmasters and is happy to be one of the founding members of SharkTank Toastmasters at NSU.
Mahfuzur Rahman (EC1)
About Me: Mahfuzur is a Global IT Leader, Process Champion, and Change Agent with a passion for inspiring teams, and professionals to stretch the boundaries of purpose, capability, opportunity, and performance to new levels.Working with onshore and offshore technology and non- technology teams at an early age, Mahfuzur learned to ask a very simple question- “How can I help?”. Today, as a leader in delivering multi year enterprise transformation journey, Mahfuzur still ask same question whenever joining conference calls, facilitating volunteer groups or even attending a total stranger. Mahfuzur wins his battels by providing help and addressing issues. Mahfuzur enjoys the opportunity to connect with leaders like you to network and learn from each other
About Me: Residential Real Estate | Commercial Real Estate | Relationship Builder | Public Speaking | Advocate | Toastmasters | Clubhouse | Transformation Table Group
Anusorn Swasdee (DTM)
About Me: I want to improve my ears for multinational accents of English and spread Tinglish around the world. Just kidding!!! Actually, I'd like to survive communication, have a relax chat, and improve inter-person relationship. ? I'm working as a Technical Officer in Space Affairs Center, Defence Information and Space Technology Department, Office of the Permanent Secretary for Defence, Ministry of Defence, Thailand. It's the policy-related brance of Thai Defence. In technical and engineering field, we can't wait for knowledge to be translated into Thai language; we have to read from English sources. ? I'm more of an objective guy. Set targets and use any mean to achieve them. Don't like subjectives much; they can't be measured exactly and tends to interfere with communication. ? After work, I like to swim because it's a good aerobic exercise and has less impact on my hip and knees. I like swimming slowly and using elliptical trainers. Basically, all non-impact exercises are my favourites. I also read Thai and English versions of J light novels and watch Daily Show and Netflix. ? I've finished Traditional DTM in 2019, Presentation Mastery and Dynamic Leadership both in 2018. I'm now doing Engaging Humor with Buddies, Innovative Planning with Bangkok Club and Visionary Communication with Capitol Toastmasters Club.
Anna M Thomas (DTM)
About Me: I've been involved in Toastmasters since 2007. My goal is to speak more and become proficient at speaking about topics that inspire peace and unity. I live in San Angelo, TX. I have two grown children, two grandchildren and have been married to my husband for almost 38 years. I have owned my own Certified Public Accountant practice since 1994.
Antoinette Trim (VC2)
About Me: I'm an AWS Cloud Engineer working at Amazon. I'm fond of sciences, cultures, sports and nature. I spend my free time playing chess, riding horse, watching movies, talking to old friends etc.
Misako Yoke (ACS, ALB)
About Me: Misako Yoke is the Founder of Genki Habits. The word Genki (energetic, enthusiastic, high-spirited in Japanese) perfectly describes her personality. She is a Published Author in Japan, Award-winning speaker, Certified WC Speech Trainer. Love hiking around the Pacific Northwest, U.S.