TEDxEustis is a not-for-profit corporation and per the rules of TEDx, no one is paid to be part of the team. We cannot pay Speakers, Board Members, Coaches, or any other volunteer.
Our core team puts in a lot of hours every year to create our annual TEDxEustis event.
Tim is a parallel entrepreneur & lives in Eustis, Florida. He has several small businesses, Final Embrace, LLC, Artisan Laser Guild, Celebrating Heroes, Architecture Travel Companion, & other interests. He is also very involved with the Amazing Race for Charity, the local charity organization he founded and leads as Director.
Tim has a son, Jacob, & a cat, Sophia.
Tim is on the TEDxEustis board as the President. He also emcees our events (as well as others) & has a YouTube channel that is very popular.
Byron is a sports photographer in his main business, eSportsPhoto, & along with business partner, Tim Totten, they have a gaming company called FunVenture, LLC. He lives in Tavares, Florida.
Byron is a staple in the Lake County, Florida area & participates in many events.
Byron is on the TEDxEustis board as the Vice President.
Robin works with Tim Totten in many different businesses & co-owns Architecture Travel Companion, LLC with him. Robin lives in Eustis, Florida with her hubby, Joe, & 7 rescued dogs. She has 5 children, 6 grandchildren & 3 great-grandchildren.
Robin is a stickler for details & systems. Her role in TEDxEustis is to make sure the event goes smoothly & we pull off a world-class event.
She is on the TEDxEustis board as the Secretary/Treasurer. She also leads the Concierge Team for every event.
Robin is also on the board of PAWS Therapy Dogs, Inc. & is a volunteer with the Amazing Race for Charity since it's founding and a board member since 2021.
Claudia-Jean Virga is the creator of the CHAT Communication methodology, a communication method that helps nonprofit organizations maximize their services and resources. Claudia-Jean has over 30 years of experience working with nonprofits organizations. To date, Claudia-Jean has facilitated more than 100 employee trainings and presentations based on the CHAT methodology. Claudia-Jean founded Girlz to Women, a nonprofit organization featured in Shape Magazine, Women’s First, and various other national and local media outlets. She has been in front of the camera as a TV host and behind the camera as an award-winning producer. She is a two-time TEDx speaker and is featured on TED.com, was a TEDx Curator, and has coached TEDx speakers from all over the world.
When Claudia-Jean is not working, you can find her salsa dancing, hanging out with good friends, or spending time at the beach with a good book.
Since 2019, Peter Kenjosian has been our Curator, taking over when Claudia moved out of the area. Pete is very involved with the community and Toastmasters, too.
Pete owns ASK Cleaning Services. You'll have to ASK him what he does. He's really shy! Oh, and ask him to sing!
Tim DeTellis inspires to encourage others to make a difference right where they are and wherever they go. Tim serves as President for New Missions, a non-profit organization. He graduated from Houghton College in New York with a degree in Business. Tim advocates on behalf of National Good Neighbor Day, a movement to promote unity and togetherness by helping individuals practice the good neighbor mindset. An author of nine books, he travels frequently and speaks nationwide. Tim spoke for TEDxEustis on 1/17/2020 and shared his talk titled: "Are you a good neighbor?"
For fun, Tim enjoys bike rides around his neighborhood in Eustis, Florida and playing the piano.
Ever since we started TEDxEustis, Linda King has been by our side, helping in any and every way possible. Linda has been a Concierge, Coach, and now she is the Performance Curator for our Performers.
She is married to the fabulous Bert King and they are one of Eustis's cutest couples ever! They are both super involved with their alma mater, Florida State, and the band there. Linda is an Aflac representative in her spare time.
Claudia-Jean is the founder and creator of the Chat Communication Methodology. She was the first TEDxEustis Curator and has been a coach every year after except for 2021 when she took the stage as a TEDxEustis speaker. Claudia-Jean was also a speaker at TEDxOcala.
Chuck is one of two Managing Partners in a healthcare supply chain consulting company called Health Care Catalyst Connections where they pair up manufacturers and suppliers with health systems in a contractual partnership.
He has been a coach for speakers and entertainers all 5 years with the TEDxEustis family and says it is a very rewarding experience!
Kate Ondrasik retired from Orlando Health in 2018 as corporate director of Internal Communications. She is currently co-owner of Home Video Studio Mount Dora with her husband Michael. Kate says it’s been a privilege to be part of the TEDxEustis family for several years serving as a coach to three talented and diverse speakers.
Kellie Morgan is the CEO of Home Companions Senior Care. She was a TEDxEustis 2018 speaker, and a coach in
2019, 2021 and 2022. Kellie walks in the park and is in private practice as a Resilience Coach, assisting individuals to create their best life through exercise, meditation, focus and self care.
When not working or coaching, she enjoys gardening, photography, hiking and trekking the Dolomites in Europe.
Hi! I'm Kat. I wear a lot of hats, but most importantly, I'm an animal lover and advocate, entrepreneur and the founder of some awesome brands. Since I was a little girl, my passion has been giving a voice to the voiceless. After a tragic horse-riding accident years ago, I was both physically and emotionally broken. After a long and difficult recovery, I created my first product which has now blossomed into the well-known brand, Benefab®.
Heather Elmatti is a professor of Communication at Lake-Sumter State College, teaching classes in Public Speaking, Team Building, and World Religions. She also serves as Co-Organizer for TEDxLSSC. She was a speaker at TEDxEustis 2017 and has served as a volunteer on the concierge Team and is a Speaker Coach for TEDxEustis 2022.
This is Kristina’s first year as a coach with the TEDxEustis family. She is delighted to bring her background in teaching and experience as a Disney Tour Guide to her coaching role. Kristina currently works as an editor in the Winter Garden area.
Eileen is the executive director of the Trout Lake Nature Center and this is her first year as a coach. Eileen has been very impressed with the ideas, dedication and time that the speakers have devoted to crafting their talks.
Joe is an Author, a Professional Speaker, and a Data Architect for a national consulting firm. He shared his messages about A.I. and Data Science onstage at TEDxEustis 2020 and TEDxEustis 2021. This year, he's coaching TEDxEustis 2022 speaker, Leo Liu.
Sabrina Sterling, Ed.D. has been a part of the TEDxEustis since 2019 when she presented Re-Thinking Digital Participation and has served as a coach for the past three events. This year, she added on the task of research and reference verification. Sabrina serves as a Technology Instructional Specialist in Camden County Georgia, working with teachers implementing technology that both drives and delivers instruction.
Det Joks, Esquire, is an attorney, practicing in Mount Dora, Florida. This is his fourth year as a speaker coach.
Det has been practicing law for 49 years and works in the areas of real estate and estate planning.
He is also a member of the Golden Triangle Toastmasters.
Kathy has been our stage manager almost every year and does a fantastic job. She has a ton of theatre experience and her attention to detail and caring about the performance really shows.
Kathy is an acupuncture physician and is married to James, "Papa Didge". They are both incredible cheerleaders for TEDxEustis and we're very glad to have them in our family!
Shananne and Kathy make a great stage team. Just don't get in their way when they are working!
Shananne is the same with her own business, Shananne Cain Florist in Umatilla, where they are "Masters in the Art of Floral Design" or something like that! Another very strong cheerleader for TEDxEustis, Shananne is an essential part of our team, too.
Ever since we started TEDxEustis, Bert has been by Robin's side, helping in any and every way possible. He works hard and stays busy getting the job done. He is all about customer satisfaction and keeping things moving as they should.
In his "spare time" - ha ha! - Bert is a popular local CPA. He is married to the incredible Linda King and they are one of Eustis's cutest couples ever! They are both super involved with their alma mater, Florida State, and the band there.
Since 2021, Ashley has been kicking it up a notch in terms of our concierge team. She is super organized and knows what needs to be done and when. If you have any issues whatsoever during your attendance at our event, Ashley can solve it and quickly. She is exactly what we think of when we think world class!
Ashley is married to her business partner, Jeremy, and they run a very successful business, Affinity Tech Solutions. They have 3 great kids and they are all ready to help when asked.
Robin, Bert and Ashley lead a team of committed individuals, giving of their time to volunteer as our Concierge Team for one or two days. This year we have: Amy Wixted, Lucas Wixted, Elena Quinones, Jovanni, Valerie Valverde, James Thomas, Jr., J.B. Thomas, Avra Thomas, Patti Hope, Carole Gill and Elaine Sephton.
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TEDxEustis was founded in 2017.
Speaker applications for Jan 2023 open July 1st