Meet Our Team

President

President

Rhonda Luebs

The president is responsible for providing the supportive club environment members need to fulfill their self-development goals, making sure that members benefit from the Toastmasters educational program, and helping the club recruit new members and retain current ones. The president ensures the framework is in place to enable the other club officers to smoothly operate and grow their Toastmasters club.

VP of Education

VP of Education

Duane Weekly

The vice president of education is responsible for providing and maintaining the positive environment and the programs through which members can learn and grow. Education of existing members, so they achieve their goals, which in turn encourages word-of-mouth club growth should be a focus of the VP of Education.

Duane first joined Balboa Park Toastmasters in back in 2006. He later joined Hardhats in 2009 from an invitation by Reba Spencer. Thanks Reba! Duane chartered a new Toastmasters club in Coronado in 2014 called Emerald City Toastmasters which lasted a year and a half. He’s held every officer position except treasurer. His “real” job was as an outside manufacturer representative in the floor covering industry. He also worked in the wine business for a few years. His avocation and sometimes other professional career was acting. Duane is now happily retired but still undertakes small acting projects around San Diego. He loves to play tennis, playing the guitar, and testing new Pinot Noir, but not always in that order. His original reason for joining toastmasters was to improve his public speaking. “Doing Shakespeare in front of a thousand people was not a problem, but put me in front of a dozen people to accept and award or say few words after dinner was usually disastrous!”  It’s been an amazing ride and a huge education for Duane and he says, “the friends I’ve gained along the way is priceless!”

VP of Membership

VP of Membership

Rob Breiner

The vice president of membership is responsible for building membership and ensuring a strong membership base by satisfying the needs of all members. Welcoming guests, inviting them to join, and encouraging new members to continue their membership are the chief duties of the VM of membership.

Rob joined his first Toastmasters club in Palmdale, CA in 2008 and joined Hardhats in 2015. He works in the mortgage industry as a loan officer and in his free time loves to play piano, ride dirtbikes, and dance swing or salsa with his girlfriend.

VP of Public Relations

VP of Public Relations

Paddy Lei

The vice president public relations is responsible for coordinating an active public relationship and publicity program. This job largely entails our clubs online and social media presences which is one of the primary ways prospective members hear about our Toastmasters club.

Treasurer

Treasurer

Sharon Smith

The treasurer is responsible for keeping clear and accurate financial records of club business and for seeing that the club remains financially stable.

Sharon joined Hardhats Toastmasters in the mid-90’s and had a 4-year hiatus for school. She’s been back with Hardhats for many years and has served in several board positions including President. She works as a Director of Construction for Naval Facilities Engineering Command and loves running trails with her friends. She has many marathons and ultra marathons under her belt.

Secretary

Secretary

Thea Carroll

The secretary is responsible for keeping clear and accurate records of club business, membership records, and correspondence with Toastmasters International’s World Headquarters.

After only visiting two times, Thea joined Hardhats in June of 2018 – without needing to visit any other clubs! She works in the government ship repair industry and is a transplant from the Midwest. In her spare time you can probably find her enjoying a cup of coffee, chasing her kids, or hiking with her family.

Sergeant At Arms

Sergeant At Arms

Matthew Gorton

The sergeant at arms is the hard worker you rarely see but who’s always there! They are responsible for maintaining club properties, arranging the meeting room, and welcoming members and guests at each meeting.

Mentor Coordinator

Mentor Coordinator

Catie Somers

The mentor coordinator is a critical role in ensuring new member success! Upon joining, each new member is paired with an experienced member who will mentor them as they navigate their first several speeches. The mentor coordinators role is to find experienced members in our club who are willing and able to take the time to mentor new members who are beginning their Toastmaster journey.