Meet your TEDActive Hosts! (Part 3 of 3)

This week we introduce our last round of TEDActive 2015 Hosts!

A mere 12 days to go before TEDActive kicks off in Whistler, and we’re rounding the corner on introductions to the wonderful TEDActive attendees who have volunteered to welcome you “home.” You have met 18 of our Hosts in the past two weeks. Here are the rest plus a special guest!

Chadburn Blomquist

Chadburn Blomquist TED Badge Photo

Chadburn and his TEDxTC team (Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN) have produced nine TEDx events! As a returning TEDActive attendee, Chadburn says, “Now, when I am planning travel to new places with my family, I reach out to fellow TEDActive members and they are the most gracious and amazing hosts you can imagine! What a gift TED has given us.” Chadburn has worked  at Apple, Palm, GE, and, currently, Cisco. He’s also a Partner at Social Venture Partners. Chadburn’s latest project is ‘Gals and Geeks,’ a platform designed to unite geek parents with their daughters to encourage interest and exploration in technology and science.

Jennifer Arzonetti


Jennifer is both an experience junkie and a pusher! At work, she helps people connect to a purpose and get the experiences they need to grow personally and have a more fulfilling career professionally. Her own career has taken many twists and turns, including giving her the opportunity to work in Hong Kong, Singapore, Austria and Germany (she loves to travel). Jennifer has attended TED since 2009, an experience made exponentially better since becoming a shared journey with her sister. (Not to mention Ashley usually makes her something awesome to wear at TED like a crown, a fascinator or a spirit stick!) Jennifer has hosted community and corporate TEDx events and loves being a TEDActive host because it gives her an excuse to meet you (yes, you). Jennifer is also a cheerleading coach, an aerialist, a faux chef and a passionate lover of glitter.

Hana Elliot


Hana leads product marketing efforts at a Nashville-based tech company. She also sits on the TEDxNashville board and chairs the speakers committee. She is passionate about world travel, Carolina basketball, creating opportunities for minorities in STEM fields and green building: She lives in Nashville in a LEED-certified home with her husband and two rescue puppies!

Jay Klaphake

Jay Klaphake

After a brief stint as a politician in Minnesota, Jay found his way to Japan where he teaches global affairs. He leads TEDxKyoto as way to “give something meaningful back to my community.” Jay is passionate about creating open, creative and collaborative ecosystems that foster global innovation at the local level. He plays a mean jazz drum set, and is thrilled to be returning to his fourth TEDActive!

Ruta Kruliauskaite


Ruta is a serial TEDx organizer and TEDxVilnius in Lithuania curator. Along with her TEDx involvement, she acts as Executive Producer for one of the biggest business summits in Central Europe Forum One, and is a driving force behind My Cup Of Tea. Ruta is passionate about building platforms for talented people to get together — that’s why she just can’t wait to be back to her third TEDActive.

Jan Scheele


Jan Scheele is a self-described martial arts fanatic, wine lover and director of TEDxMaastricht and TEDxAmsterdam. He is also the director of an online acceleration agency for startups called Jan serves his community as a board member of ZweitVeurLeid and the Wiecker Tribbenaol, as an organizer of 60MinutesOfZuivereKoffie and as founder of Caritas Mosae and Groot Wyck.

Diane Hatz


Diane Hatz is the founder and executive Director of Change Food, where she uses her expertise to raise awareness, develop creative projects and motivate people to take actions to change the food system. Diane is also founder and organizer for TEDxManhattan, themed “Changing the Way We Eat,” an annual event that brings together key experts in the food and farming movement to discuss issues in the American food system.

Alan Wallace


Alan Wallace loves public relations, photography and his teenage son. He recently moved to Boston and is looking forward to TEDActive so he can “get a break from all of the snow.” (Ha!) He is an advocate for data privacy and protecting children online. This year, he plans to ski at least once during his time in Whistler!

John Marston

John Marston - Black and White

John is passionate about living life with vitality. Born in the United Kingdom, John has lived in Los Angeles, California for over 20 years as a serial entrepreneur. He presently manages two online video subscription businesses with customers in over 100 countries! John has loved being the curator of over 20 TEDxManhattanBeach events and enjoys helping others with their TEDx events. He looks forward to spending a week with the TED community and having fun at TEDActive this year!

Netha Hussain

Netha Hussain

Dr. Netha Hussain is a TED translator, doctor, blogger and Wikipedian. A child of the nineties, she grew up with technology: Her best discovery ever was that Wikipedia is an editable space! Armed with this wonderful information, she made a few edits, only to fall in love with Wikipedia. When she’s online, she blogs, translates and reads. She loves solitude and knows what to do with it. When she’s offline, she grooms kittens to cardiac murmurs and rides bicycles. Netha also occasionally treats illnesses and saves lives.

Allison Beltramini

Allison Beltramini

A first year TEDActive Host and attendee, Allison is a passionate educator. Having taught communication and public speaking for the past 16 years, she cites teaching and learning as her vocations. “This is what brought me to TED!” In addition to helping her students become better communicators, she is the mother of two teenagers and is committed to living an authentic life. In her free time, Allison plays roller derby, volunteers as a mentor and advisor to LGBT students and is a member of a seven-time international champion women’s chorus. Allison equally loves hockey and Broadway musicals. 

And last but not least, meet our Truth Fairy!

Amy Krouse Rosenthal

amy headshot

Amy likes to make things.

Some things she likes to make:

Children’s books.

Grown-up books.

Short films.


Connections with the universe.

Something out of nothing.


Amy and her Deputy Truth Fairy, Lenka, will be floating around TEDActive this year, daring attendees to explore and commit to their truths. They will aim to inspire you and make you think, so don’t hesitate to connect with them at the Truth Booth and around our Whistler Wonderland!

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