Mark Finneran CC, ALB

Club President


Our current President, Mark Finneran is a long term Paris resident originally from Ohio. He has been an active member of Paris Speech Masters since he joined in March 2014 and served as Treasurer and Vice President of Education. He joined Toastmasters to improve his public speaking skills and he appreciates the warm, friendly and supportive environment that has helped him progress along the path to achieving his personal and professional goals..


Rose Marie Burke, CC

Vice President Education 


Rose Marie Burke is an American who has lived in Paris for over 15 years, and doesn't understand why it took her until 2013 to join Paris Speech Masters! She is Editorial Manager at S&P Global, which is a long-time supporter of Toastmasters International, university lecturer in journalism, and blogger at Paris, Pittsburgh and More. She achieved her Competent Communication (CC) award in Dec. 2014, Competent Leader award in Dec. 2015, and Advanced Leadership Bronze in Feb. 2016. Her next goal: Advanced Communicator Bronze! As VP Education she is excited about helping members reach their goals. Rose has learned so much at Toastmasters, especially the value of humor in engaging listeners.


Laurence Breuillac

VP Mentoring


Laurence is Parisian. She was 13 when she left her native city for Munich, Germany, where she spent a year in a German family. She discovered public speaking there and enjoyed it, both in English and in German. After studies in Linguistics and Social Sciences at EHESS in Paris, she worked with a marketing survey agency before joining CNAM. As VP Mentoring, she will be responsible to make sure, every member has a mentor and every member has a mentee.


Juan Pablo Chaclan

Vice President Public Relations


Juan Pablo is guatemalan by birth and global citizen by choice. He moved to Paris four years ago. He is a Business Solutions Engineer who believes that technology has to adapt to business and not the other way around. He enjoys listening to people's stories and he loves traveling and meeting people. Juan Pablo visited Paris Speech Master by curiosity in 2014, he loved the atmosphere and decided to join the club in February 2015. As the incoming VPPR, he is responsible for coordinating an active public relations and publicity program for the club, by establishing and maintaining lines of communication between the club and its members, as well as between the club and the public, he will increase awareness of Toastmasters through local news and social media.


Karim Awad


Though French and Lebanese, Karim prefers the broader designation of "citizen of the world", having lived at one point or another in the UAE, Lebanon, Cyprus, France, the UK and Peru. After a career of over a decade abroad in natural resources, Karim returned to France in 2012 to co-found a young childcare startup which takes up most of his time outside the club. He first discovered Toastmasters while living in London and sought out a club on his return to French soil. At Paris Speech Masters he found a place where he could satisfy his love of public speaking and mingling with people from the four corners of the Earth. As Treasurer Karim is responsible for the Club's finances: he collects and pays dues to Toastmasters International, maintains the Club's financial records and regularly reports to the Executive Committee on the Club's financial health.

Bob Mohl, CC

Secretary / Documentarian

American Bob Mohl, who is known as Captain Bob because he lives on a houseboat, first joined the Toastmasters of Paris Club in 2007, founded Paris Speech Masters in 2010 and is now a certified public speaking coach. In 2008, he was Toastmasters European Champion. In May 2014, Bob was finalist in the International Speech Contest and second overall in the Evaluation Contest for District 59 in Krakow, Poland. In November 2014, he achieved third place overall in the District 59 (South-Western Europe) Humorous Speech Contest in Lyon. Bob has coached many public speaking champions including John Zimmer, Antonio Meza and Olivia Schofield (Finalist at the 2011 World Championships). Bob was the President of Paris Speech Masters in 2012 – 2013.

Sean Ryan, ACB, ALB

 Immediate Past Club President / Vice President Leadership President


During 2016 - 2017 Sean will act as an advisor to the Club President and the Executive Committee drawing upon his previous club officer roles (Club President, VP Education, VP Membership and Assistant Treasurer) and wider Toastmasters experiences. He will chair the Nominating Committee later in the club year.


Sean continues to serve the club as the VP Leadership where he will help members to achieve their leadership goals, objectives and competent & advanced awards; provide advice on leadership to the Executive Committee; and to share best practices.


He is also the Assistant Director Club Growth working with the Division A Director and Area Directors to identify, develop and grow community and corporate clubs not only in Ile-de-France but also in other cities in North France.


In his professional life Sean is an executive coach, communications consultant and a certified inbound marketer. Visit his LinkedIn Profile for his career and services and Sean Ryan Communications for his blog posts.



Toastmasters acronyms:


CC = Competent Communicator

ACB = Advanced Communicator Bronze

ACS = Advanced Communicator Silver

ACG = Advanced Communicator Gold


CL = Competent Leader

ALB = Advanced Leader Bronze

ALS = Advanced Leader Silver

DTM = Distinguished Toastmaster