Meet the BTW Society Team
The Society is fortunate to have some key, talented individuals who volunteer as needed to perform several critical functions and tasks without which the Society would not be able to accomplish its goals and objectives.
Michael Therrien, Web Master
Michael Therrien was a Champlain College help-desk on call student when founder Ronald Court requested assistance. Mike showed he really knew his stuff. Ever since, Mike has been Ron's 'go to man' for all things computers, even after Mike graduated with a degree in Computer Networking & Information Security.
Mike is currently IT Director for a large chain of retail auto-parts stores. Fortunately for Ron and the Society, Mike remains 'on-call' for the most complex computer and network hassles.
Preston Dobbins, Big Mouth Presentations
Preston (aka: "The Rapper Jesse") Dobbins has been a key student presenter for Big Mouth Presentations since 2004. Prior to this, he worked with youth in after school programs and spent much of his time creating music. As a national recording hip-hop artist, under the name "The Rapper Jesse Thomas", his music has been heard throughout the US, as well as the UK and Mexico.
Preston uses his musical abilities to impress the importance of good character on youths across America. With his broad range of experiences - 13 years working with youths, 7 years in public speaking, and 15 years in music, Preston is a huge asset to Big Mouth Presentations. His expertise is presenting to students K-12 and helping to create new shows for youth.
Christopher Priebe, Big Mouth Presentations
Chris Priebe joined Big Mouth Presentations in 2007 as a top motivational speaker to K-12 students. In 2010, he assumed the additional role of Executive Director.
He continues to speak to students, inspiring hundreds of thousands to date, and conducts training sessions for educators and parents. Before joining Big Mouth, Chris ran a successful multi-media business with his wife and spoke to numerous select groups.
Jennifer Faulkner, Free-Lance, All Around
During her time with the Society, Jennifer Faulkner managed the website, designed graphics, and created newsletters, brochures, and publications.
Born in Basingstoke, U. K., she moved to Austin, TX in 1995 and to Vermont in 2010.
She loves eating sushi, spending time with her Persian cat, Mia, is a big fan of the NY Yankees, and is always ready to pitch in when the Society needs an extra hand!
Peter Ambush, Artist
Peter Ambush, born in Frederick, Md., knew from an early age, that he wanted to be an artist. He received his bachelors's degree in fine art at the Maryland Institute College of Art and has studied and taught at the duCret School of Art in Plainfield, N.J.
Peter works in many fields of art such as greeting cards, caricatures, children's books, computer graphics and portraiture. For more than a decade, he was graphic artist and illustrator for the Newark (NJ) Star-Ledger, creating over 400 covers for its weekly "Scanner" TV guide.
Peter lives in Stroudsburg, Pa. with his wife and daughter, is a member of the Pocono Arts Council and of the International Guild of Realism.
Peter has generously donated much of his time and talent to the Society in painting his amazing portrait of Booker T. Washington and in providing graphic design expertise for the Society's publications.