Meet Our Team

President

President

Matthew Gorton

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

Teddie Tomaselli

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.

Teddie joined Hardhats Toastmasters in 2015. She has previously served on the board as Treasuer and Sergeant At Arms. When she originally joined she was a stay at home mom and was inspired to join Hardhats Toastmasters to get back out into the work field. She enjoys snow skiing, scuba diving, and hiking. She was recently employed in retail at Mermaid Cove, and currently employed at Trader Joe’s. She has a zest for life and is a cheerful and wonderful contribution to our club!

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

Sara Van Ammelrooy

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

Sara joined Hardhats in 1977 to help with her career and in many ways she has been the lifeblood of Hardhats! She went on to work for 29 years at SDG&E/Sempra as CPA/Auditor/Manager etc.  Toastmasters was a tremendous help in developing her career. Now retired, she remains active in TM because it’s the best place to meet motivated, positive, inspiring people. For fun/work/leisure, she cares for her 98 yr-old Mother (wow!), assists clients with their finances, and organizes family events (proud grandmother of 14 grandkids!). She loves to read, travel, garden, play games, and exercise.

Secretary

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

Sergeant At Arms

Sergeant At Arms

Stephen Lux

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.

Stephen joined Hardhats in April 2019. He works as a lawyer and specializes in civil litigation including business litigation, etc. He loves to enjoy the great hiking available in San Diego.
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.

“I joined Hardhats Toastmasters in January 2002. I had just retired from the San Diego Schools as a Vice-principal. I’ve spent 31 years in education teaching, running a media center, and just recently retired from National university as an Adjunct Professor in Educational Technology. In my spare time (what’s that?) I watercolor, travel to wonderful places in this world of ours, read, go to the theater, take improv classes and arrange time to spend with my dear friends. My years in Hardhats have brought personal joy, growth, and friends! There is a camaraderie here that is rare. Can you tell I love this group?”