Meet Our Team

Here is our team of developers and "ambassadors" who are responsible for the success of this project.  The ambassadors are all Toastmaster volunteers who devote much of their free time to assisting other Toastmasters with their FreeToastHost websites.

Bo Bennett, PhD, DTM, Founder, Developer

Bo joined Toastmasters in 2003, after a painfully embarrassing speech given to a room full of his contractors.  Desperate to improve his speaking skills is the least time possible, he devoted full-time to being a Toastmaster, and completed all 40 speeches in a record 6 months.  He served the required leadership roles to achieve his DTM in record time of just over one year.

In 2004, Bo created the FreeToastHost website hosting platform for all Toastmasters clubs.  Today, FreeToastHost hosts over 10,000 clubs -- around the world.

In 2008, Bo started the Toastmasters Podcast, which began as a district podcast, then in 2010 transferred ownership to Toastmasters International, to become the organizations first official podcast.  Today, Bo, with his friend and business partner, Ryan Levesque, continue to host the podcast that serves as the voice to over a quarter of a million members worldwide.

Bo received his Bachelor's degree in Marketing, Master's degree in general psychology, and holds a PhD in social psychology.

 

Brian McDonald, DTM, Lead Technical Advisor

With 40+ years in the IT industry Brian currently spends his time as an Internet Consultant, supporting websites and web servers. Brian is an active Toastmaster, and the lead for the FreeToastHost support team. For 2015-2016 Brian will be serving as Program Quality Director, Toastmasters District 61 serving Eastern Ontario, Quebec, and Northern New York.

As a Project Manager on contract with GreenTreeHosting he supports their web hosting customers and servers. Brian is also one of the people behind the scenes for eBookIt.com, DoWellWebTools.com, and yourwebempire.com

 

Jane Atkinson, DTM, Ambassador

Jane first joined Toastmasters in 2006 because she thought she would be doing business presentations. By the time she discovered that this wasn't the case, she was enjoying Toastmasters so much that she's stayed on ever since. Currently Jane is a member of three clubs and is a former Division A Governor in District 72 (New Zealand).

She enjoys writing and speaking and not only within the Toastmasters environment. She sometimes works as an editor and technical writer, and even turns her hand to poetry on occasion. She still remember vividly how it was to be a new speaker and enjoys helping people with those first steps in their Toastmasters journey.

 

Roger Morehouse, DTM, Ambassador

Roger has been a Toastmaster since October 2005. He has served in several club officer positions, as well as an Area Governor, a Division Governor, district Webmaster and is the 2015 - 2016 Public Relations Manager in District 65, central and western New York State (USA).

Roger is a volunteer with the American Cancer Society, providing website support and as the on-line chair, education chair and advocacy chair for the Cortland NY Relay For Life. He is an ACS CAN (American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network) Ambassador. Roger is also a volunteer with Wendy's Walk For Kids, supporting children's charities and the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

Roger works in a support center for the world's largest foodservice and privilege control company, based in Ithaca NY.

 

 

 Brad Smith, CC, CL, Ambassador

When Brad attended his first Toastmasters meeting as a guest in 2007, at one point he was so fearful he tried to engage his invisibility cloak superpower. It did not work. He realized this intense public speaking fear is common and joined at the very next meeting. He was going to beat this fear thing.

He enjoys tech, the outdoors and any combination of both. On most weekends you can find Brad out on the hiking trails and backpacking on long weekends. At home you'll commonly find Brad either on his laptop creating yet another WordPress website, doing some online marketing for a local business or in his workshop doing who knows what. A favorite workshop activity is creating child-appropriate Halloween props for the multi-hundred trick-or-treaters who visit his home every year. The centerpiece of 'Pirate Village', as Cap'n Bradbeard calls it, is a 55' long canvas Pirate ship that children get to walk inside of - very cool.

Raised in Southern California he met a delightful southern girl and moved to South Carolina, her hometown, in 1995.

Steve James, ACG, ALB, Ambassador, Developer

Steve James, ACG, ALB resides in the Los Angeles area and has been participating in Toastmasters off and on since 2003.  Steve is a big believer in ongoing learning, growth, and development throughout his life and strives to encourage those commitments in others. Steve enjoys a variety of outdoors activities, listening to music, and personal growth seminars. An avid technology enthusiast, Steve is trained as a Chemical Engineer and works in the process automation industry. Steve has regularly dabbled in various software technologies throughout his career and occasionally won awards for the results of his labor. Steve strongly believes that technology should work for people (easy to use and understand), not the other way around. Steve is honored to be able to support the website needs of Toastmasters worldwide as a FreeToastHost Ambassador and Developer, and looks forward to discussing how implementing a FreeToastHost website can contribute to the ongoing success of Toastmasters Clubs.

 

Darlene Marquardt, ACS, CL, Ambassador

Darlene Marquardt, ACS, CL, has been designing and maintaining webpages since the mid-nineties and has a number of Toastmaster sites she volunteers to keep updated. This year she has been appointed as PRO of District 9 as well as VP PR of her local club Pendleton Toastmasters #154. She has graciously volunteered to jump in here at FREE TOAST HOST and help answer any questions she might know anything about and be an extra support person on our staff.

She is a Music and Business Teacher for Morrow County School District in Eastern Oregon and in her spare time loves working on web pages, teaching Hunter Education Classes, doing all kinds of Toastmaster things, enjoying being with her husband Jim who currently is LGET of District 9 Toastmasters and playing with her three kitty cats. She has two grown children and two precious grandchildren.

 

Pam Holley, ACB, ALB, Ambassador

Pam Holley, ACB, ALB has been a Toastmaster since 2012. She took on the role of Club Webmaster soon after joining and spends too much of her free time tinkering with her club’s FTH site. She has served as VPE and President of her club based near Brisbane in Queensland, Australia.

Pam has lived on 4 continents and is hoping that by being a FTH Ambassador she might be on her way to reaching her life-long ambition of becoming an armchair adventurer. Somehow she always seems to end up in real life dramas - she has found herself gasping for air at the top of Mt Kinabalu; weathering 75 knot winds on a sinking trimaran; coming up from a night dive to be confronted by bandits wielding rusty sawn off rifles; cartwheeling down ski-slopes at Whistler; falling out of a hot air balloon; sailing backwards up parts of the Inside Passage in Alaska; rescuing a buddy on a 42m dive and has stepped on a night-adder and been held up on her way to school by a herd of buffalo.

Linda Mann, DTM, Ambassador

Linda Mann, DTM has been a member of Toastmasters since 2004 (13 years). Linda became a Distinguished Toastmaster after 4 or 5 years and she really enjoys helping others. Linda is a web developer/graphic designer (web geek) and is a member of four clubs. Three of them are in District 33 and one is in District 52. Since joining Toastmasters, Linda has completed around 13 Competent Communicators (CTM's), three Advanced Communicator Bronze's (ATM's) and is working towards her second Advanced Communicator Silver. People tell Linda all the time that Toastmasters really has opened her up more in her communication with others.

George Marshall, DTM

George has been a toastmaster since 2003, District 57 (Northern California). Creator of Tools for Toastmasters, which offers different ways to look up some TM data: www.marshalls.org/tmtools Currently Area Governor, backup district webmaster, D57 Statistician, R.E.P. Ambassador and co-producer of the D57 television show: www.toastmastertime.com

Wes Brzozowski

Wes wishes we'd learned learned public speaking as soon as we were old enough to write, so he's glad for Toastmasters. He's held most officer positions in his club, but has settled into the Vp-Ed slot, where he can help new members along on their journeys to becoming excellent speakers. He's a retired Electrical Engineer/computer programmer, history buff, always has several writing projects in various stages of disarray, and enjoys travel to places where he and his wife can do lots of exploring. His current passion is to transform his club website into something excellent. As an Ambassador, he'd like to help other clubs do the same.