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Richard E. Peck, DTM, of Seymour, Connecticut, was a senior member of the Network Support division at AT&T, where he had worked for over 30 years. During his tenure as a project manager, he led cross-functional teams to successfully deliver several multimillion-dollar high-tech projects annually. His volunteer work includes serving as club president and Lieutenant Governor for Kiwanis International, serving with Lions Club International, as well as serving in various capacities with the Catholic War Veterans. He also enjoys traveling, studying world cultures, and helping others achieve more than they believe they can. Peck was a recipient of the 2018 Presidential Award for Volunteerism.

A Toastmaster for 14 years, Peck has been a member of his home club, Nutmeg in Woodbridge, Connecticut, since 2006 and is also a member of Park City Toastmasters in Stratford, Connecticut. He says, “To me, Toastmasters is about making a positive, life-changing impact on individuals throughout the world. Through Toastmasters we have the ability to change the world one member at a time!”

Featured Speaker: Jana Barnhill, DTM, PIP, AS

Click on the image to listen to Jana Barnhill’s welcome address

Jana Barnhill, DTM, Accredited Speaker was elected Toastmasters International President at the 77th annual International Convention held August 13-16, 2008, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  She was only the fourth woman to serve as the top officer of the organization.

Jana has been recognized for her speaking skills as well, being a five-time winner of the District 44 International Speech Contest, and going on to place 3rd in the World Championship of Public Speaking in 1993 and 2nd in 1996.  In 1997, she became only the fifth woman in the organization to earn the coveted Accredited Speaker designation.

 Jana is a retired speaker/trainer for L.I.V.E. Speakers, Inc., a company she owned with her husband, Robert, also a Past International President and Accredited Speaker. 

Active in her community, Jana has been involved with the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, has served on several Boards and is active in her church.  She loves spending time with friends, theater, movies, travel, anything fast, Disneyland (she and Gary have spent many days there together), entertaining and…shopping!