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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
VP of Education
Krishn Ramchurn (DTM)
Louis Brown (DTM)
About Me: I have been in Toastmasters since February 2007. I am a past member of Sensor Toast Club, NCCI Toastmasters and Palm Beach Advanced Toastmasters.
Over the years I've held several district and club leadership roles: Lt. Governor Marketing, Division Governor, Area Governor, Club President, Club Vice President Education, Club Secretary, Sergeant at Arms and Club Webmaster.
I received the Division Governor of the Year Award in 2013 and the Division D Outstanding Toastmaster Award in 2012. I have chaired (or assisted with) numerous events including conferences, contests, workshops, club social events, and Toastmasters Leadership Institutes. I have also presented in several of these settings.
In my spare time I enjoy tai chi, origami, reading (especially personal development books), online courses (I never stop learning!), fitness, travel, and site seeing.
I moved from Jupiter, FL (District 47) to Chicago, IL in June 2015 where I remained a "virtual" member of Sensor Toast until joining Online Presenters as a charter member. I am very excited to be part of this trendsetting club - one which was very well positioned when online became the "normal" - as it allows me to perfect my online presentation and speaking skills.
VP Public Relations
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. Currently I'm Vice President of PR, and immediate past 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
Emily Thompson (EH5)
About Me: I love Pathways and Toastmasters! Whatever skill in communication or leadership I need at any moment, I find I have just learned it in a Pathways program! I push myself to continue learning and to be innovative wherever I can. In my small community college in the midwest of the U.S., I have jumped at the opportunities to use inquiry-based labs, Online Educational Resources (OERs), sustainability education, climate change education, and field trips in my courses, in the club for which I'm advisor, and in my role as Chair of one of the sustainability committees. My proudest recent accomplishment is establishing a Food Forest with the Students for Sustainability on our campus and I'm not even a gardener! An additional innovation we need to support is free community college education for all. Whether we're talking about planting a forest or educating young people, to quote a recent student club president, "We're not planting trees today so we can benefit. We're planting so people in the future can benefit." The benefit of education is a better future and the future of education is online. Thank you, Online Presenters, for allowing me the chance to learn today what I need to educate our students of tomorrow!
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. Contributor to Forbes and author, Social Collaboration for Dummies. Formerly an editor at publications including InformationWeek, Baseline Magazine, Internet World, and WebWeek.
Sgt. at Arms
Andriy Smolenko (CC)
About Me: Three years with Toastmasters, insolvency advisor, father of two beautiful children, open water swimming enthusiast and creator of facebook community groups.
Immediate Past President
Lois Margolin (DTM)
About Me: Lois Margolin, CPA recently sold her software company of 30+ years. She is now the proud President of Lois Margolin, LLC. A concierge accounting firm specializing in bookkeeping and acting as Chief Financial Officer for small to mid-size companies. Lois has been an officer in at least one of her club’s since she joined in 2012. She is currently a member of 3 brick and mortar clubs and 1 online club. She is the Immediate Past President of Online Presenters club which she helped charter a few years ago, the Treasurer of Outspoken Toastmasters and Vice President of Membership of Club Powerspeakers. She has been Vice President of Membership over 10 times and has sponsored in excess of 90 people. Lois’ latest accomplishment was coaching a club from 4 members to 21 members in under 5 months. Lois was also the District Finance Manager (3 times) the immediate past District Contest Chair for Florida and Technical Support Co-Chair. Lois is District 47 Division B Director. Lois loves Toastmaster’s because it provides her the opportunity to mentor people and help them discover their inner light. She believes there is nothing more rewarding than helping people find their confidence and voice.
Michael Alexander (DTM)
About Me: Originally an Energy Economist, Michael quickly became a professional witness with an enviable track record of favorable rulings for his clients. He is also an award winning speaker with over 30 years public speaking experience on technical matters and humorous speeches and an accomplished speech coach. His “Free Range Thinking,” technique provides a unique set of tools for solving problems and teaching complicated technical information to laymen. Many of the students he has coached have won their own awards at various local and statewide competitions. Michael is the author of the book Survive and Thrive on the Witness Stand and is an accomplished witness coach as well. Michael comes from a family with a theatrical background and he uses the family’s generations of training to develop the wit and pacing to make him a sought out MC or contest master at Toastmaster or other functions. Providing Speech Coaching and Educational & Entertaining Talks for all Occasions, From Short Elevator Speeches to Day Long seminars “You never get better by doing things you already know how to do”
Jim Barber (ATMG, CL)
About Me: I'm Jim Barber and I've been an active member of Toastmasters International for over 30 years, and of Online Presenters since the beginning of 2018. I've also been president -- twice -- of the Florida Speakers Association, a chapter of the National Speakers Association. I gave a TED Talk at the 2016 West Broward High TEDx, and I gave an educational program at the D47 2018 Spring Conference, comparing TED Talks and Toastmasters speeches. I'm also the author of 18 training manuals (don't bother searching -- they're all out of print), and I created Pro Speaker U, a site which helps speakers move from free to fee. I also run a web-based marketing service, Finders Speakers, which provides cost-effective marketing opportunities to professional speakers and other entrepreneurs. I live in the western suburbs of Fort Lauderdale (Florida, USA) where I'm diligently (and largely unsuccessfully) learning to play the didgeridoo.
Lukas Calafell (IP4, SR1)
About Me: Hello! I have been a Toastmaster since July 2019 and have grown from and enjoyed the experiences I have had thus far. I am also a member of the Coral Gables Toastmasters Club located in Coral Gables, Florida where I serve as the 2020-2021 VP Public Relations. My long-term Toastmasters goal is to achieve the Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) award.
Brian David Crawford (DTM)
About Me: Brian David Crawford, also known as BDC, is a Data Infrastructure Consultant for Cigna. Originally from Oakland, CA, BDC was a student athlete at San Francisco State University earning his Bachelor of Arts in Radio and Television. He also earned a Graduate Certificate in Marketing from the University of California, Berkeley. BDC has lived in the greater Springfield Massachusetts area since 2008.
Marianne Grady (CC, ALB)
About Me: Happy Day! Recently retired senior HR professional relaunching my coaching and consulting business. Planning to get online in early 2021 and am currently working with a small group of clients. Topics including HR, Leadership, How to Get the Job Bootcamps and Presentation Coaching. I've been a Toastmaster for 10 years and it has been a wonderful place to learn and grow both personally and professionally. I love the people I've come in contact with. Toastmasters is one of the most uplifting groups of people I've ever seen. Currently, I am a member of OP, Princeton Toastmasters and I am the President of Southern Delaware Toastmasters. I've lived in New Jersey most of my life and recently relocated to Delaware. Enjoying life and love to help others.
Roxanne Hosein (VC1)
Sarra Idehen (EC5, MS3)
Carol Prahinski (DTM, PID)
About Me: Online Presenters helped me get comfortable with recovering from snafus in the online environment. As a professional speaker and professor of Supply Chain Management and leadership, online presentations are the present and future. I'm a fan of advanced clubs and a member of several: I particularly love the feedback and learning opportunities. I'm a Past International Director of Toastmasters, 2018-2020, and a world traveler looking forward to the end of Covid limitations. Meanwhile, my colleagues in Online Presenters take me to many international lands.
Birgit Starmanns (DTM)
About Me: As a member of Toastmasters since 2006, I hold a DTM, as well as Pathways levels MS2 and EH3. I served as the Public Relations Officer (PRO) for District 4 for 2.5 years, where I initiated our social media presence and use of modern tools such as email and contact automation. As part of that role, I began to co-produce the cable access television program "Toastmasters Bay to Bay," which won the WAVE (Western Access Video Excellence) award for our final three years, 2013, 2014, and 2015 in the category of Educational programming by a community producer. On the club level, I have most often served as VP-PR across various clubs, as well as a two-time President of Evening Stars, an advanced club in San Francisco of which I am a charter member.
Monica Tucker (DTM)
About Me: Monica Tucker is founder of Organize 2 Clean and a professional organizer who helps busy, working moms organize their lives. Her passion comes from a desire to help others get rid of their stress and create a clutter free life. After being hit by a racecar in 2001, Monica decided life is too short to stress out. She is member of Toastmaster’s since April 2016 and has a belief that what Toastmasters offers can benefit everyone. Communication is a skill that improves lives and reduces stress.
Carl Walsh (VC2)
About Me: Carl Walsh graduated from London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. After spending 20 years on stage as an Actor/Director, he became involved with business. He worked in Information Technology for 24 years with companies such as Wherehouse Music, C&R Clothiers, Smart and Final Stores and the Walt Disney Company, rising to the position of I.T. Director. Carl left the corporate world in order to combine his two careers. He has since helped people from all walks, including The Boys and Girls Club of America, Walt Disney Imagineering, Callifornia Teachers Association, Realtors Organizations across the nation, Toastmasters Districtricts on both coasts, business professionals, foreign students and Hollywood personalities express their ideas effectively. He was one of ten finalists for the Toastamasters World Championship of Public Speaking and was featured in Toastmasters Magazine for his use of theatre ganes in conveying his points. Carl is a Professional Member of the National Speakers Association and works as a consultant and speaker on business management to professionals and MBA schools with a focus on drawing out the problem solving creativity locked up in the workforce.