Meet Our Members
Arihant (Andrew) M.
As an adult she began a successful acting career, followed by teaching at a theater school. She now teaches presentation skills for colleges, companies and individuals.
Her passions are storytelling, golf, international travel and her rescue dog.
She enjoys refining and refreshing storytelling skills with the all star members of StoryMasters who continually inspire and embolden each other to shine bigger and brighter.
Liz has been an active member of Toastmasters for several years and particularly enjoys being a member of StoryMasters. She recognizes the value of storytelling; an effective way to captivate your audience by teaching a lesson, sharing success, evoking emotions or sharing personal anecdotes. As a retired health care executive and currently and executive coach for professional women; Liz uses her public speaking skills to empower women to overcome their limited beliefs and self-doubts, elevate their self -confidence, live life passionately and fulfill their destiny with enormous impact. A great way to engage her audience and clients through storytelling!
A co-Sponsor of StoryMasters, Hiba Hamdan believes in the power of well-crafted stories that entertain us, teach us, and inspire us.
Having learned the storytelling techniques from her wonderful mentors, she keeps on using this knowledge to enhance her presentations, and to help other professionals create compelling speeches.
After a 20-year career in the Airlines and Telecommunication industries, Hiba currently works on a part-time basis at TV Santa Barbara as the Director of Media Programming.
In 2018, Hiba initiated a series of short TV interviews with senior community members, which she named “Wisdom of our City”.
Hiba speaks English, Arabic, French, and Spanish.
Lin Van Gelder
Lin is married and they are servants to their pet cats. Being retired, they would often travel, which makes a storyteller of anyone, Lin believes. Lin truly loves to hear the stories told by the amazing and highly-skilled members of StoryMasters. For fun, Lin plays ukulele, and writes stories and poetry.
While working at Mattel in 2001, Tina joined the company Toastmasters club. (“I was shamed into it,” she says, “by watching a shy staffer with little English bravely get up and give a speech.”) Tina appreciates how Toastmasters helped her become a better workshop trainer, but once she heard the spellbinding storyteller Barbara H. Clark speak, Tina was hooked on storytelling.
A retired graphic designer, Tina studies with Barbara H. Clark and others. While she has spoken at several professional venues, she confesses, “Listening to stories is far more enjoyable than telling them. My fellow storytellers are my window to the world.”
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