2014-2015 Leadership Team

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Boston Toastmasters President

Amniya Shahbozova

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Amniya joined Toastmasters one and a half years ago when she moved to Boston. She was thrilled to have the opportunity to develop her public speaking skills with people from a wide range of industries and backgrounds. One of the things that impressed her most was the amount of confidence people can gain in a short time through Toastmasters, helping them to become better speakers and stronger leaders. She wanted to contribute to the club by joining the leadership team with a view toward integrating new members more effectively, enhancing the networking potential of the club and creating more knowledge sharing from senior members.

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Boston Toastmasters VP of Education

Brett Burdick

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Brett is a 2nd-generation Toastmaster who joined Boston Toastmasters in July 2013. In his first year, he completed his first 10 speeches in the Competent Communicator manual, created the club Twitter account, and served as a mentor in the mentoring program. He is the reigning club champion of the Humourous and International Speech contests, as well as the Area 83 International Speech winner.

As VP of Education, Brett is looking to help a record number of members to achieve their CC, enhance the mentoring program by creating stronger bonds between its mentors and mentees, and facilitating a professional yet energetic atmosphere. In his free time, Brett writes and performs sketch comedy at ImprovBoston, and is an avid collector of dandelions and unicorn t-shirts.

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Boston Toastmasters VP of Membership

Peter Kuhn

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Peter is the current VP of Membership for Boston Toastmasters. When he is not attending Toastmasters meetings, he is brushing up on French for his fiancée. He dislikes writing about himself for websites.  Read more

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Boston Toastmasters VP of Public Relations

JP Amolat

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JP Amolat has been a member of Boston Toastmasters for two years and is responsible for the club’s social media outreach on Facebook and Twitter and other public relations events and activities. He enjoys helping the club organize its summer and winter group social events. As an officer he plans to continue and find even more ways for the club’s growing membership to collaborate and learn from each other. He values the professional and ethnic diversity of the club and found those qualities most appealing in choosing a home club in the Boston area. He believes that the diversity of the club is a great asset and what sets Boston Toastmasters apart from many of the other clubs because of the unique experiences people bring from all walks of life and different cultures. Read more

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Boston Toastmasters Secretary

Karen Tausch

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Karen has been a member of Boston Toastmasters since 2012. Drawn to care about those around her, she has campaigned to support community services and is a licensed massage therapist. Karen is also a member of another Toastmasters club where, as in Boston Toastmasters, she is beloved for her lush storytelling.

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Boston Toastmasters Treasurer

Jesse Welty

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Although he is a Southern transplant in New England, Jesse spent much of his adult life living in Europe and Asia. In fact, it was in Japan that he first learned about Toastmasters International. Creating positive interaction between people from different cultures is a cause that Jesse cares deeply about. In his work life, he has collaborated with authors, publishers, educational institutions, and nonprofits with similar ideals. Read more

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Boston Toastmasters Sergeant-at-Arms

Kiera Miner

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Kiera was the 2012-2013 Boston Toastmasters President. When she joined Boston Toastmasters, to foster her skill and confidence in her public speaking abilities, she never expected to be president. She found this experience immensely rewarding. It has always been her dream to speak before and motivate others. Boston Toastmasters allows her a great opportunity to hone her craft in front of an audience while at the same time helping other members to develop as better public speakers. She loves inspiring people to find the confidence and comfort needed to speak in front of an audience. Read more

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Photo credits: Peter Kuhn, Kiera Miner, Jesse Welty, JP Amolat

View the previous year’s leadership team here.