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Officers and Chairpersons

2017 - 2018 Officers
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Sam Foreman (Anna)
Pensacola Yacht Club
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Carole Lick (Don)
Vice Commodore
Platinum Point Yacht Club
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Position Open 
Rear Commodore

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Stan Mitchell (Cris) 
Fleet Captain
Lake Beresford Yacht Club
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Bill Barnett (Cora)
Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club
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John Matthews (Nancy)
Pensacola Yacht Club
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Wayne Stewart (Eloise)
Immediate Past Commodore
Halifax River Yacht Club

P/C John Matthews
 Commodores Journal
 P/C John Slattery
Fleet Counsel
P/C Richard Neill
FCA Foundation
P/C Larry Kimmerling
Four-Star Commodores
P/C Kathy Champagne
A/M Lynne Reynolds
P/C Wayne Stewart
P/C Wayne Stewart
A/M Beverly Plummer

P/C Kathy Champagne
P/C John Slattery

Commodore - Sam Foreman

I was born  on Flag Day, 1952 in what was still the U.S. Canal Zone in Panama. My maternal grandfather was a Frenchman born in Panama when France was still trying to build a sea level canal. While educated in France he ended back in Latin America and worked for Standard Fruit and Steamship Company most of his adult life. I sailed on those vessels from the time I was two months old.  My earliest conscious memories are on board a ship.  

We moved  to Pensacola in 1958 where I lived until going to University of Florida graduating in 1974 with a BSBA. After a couple of jobs in retail, I then entered the financial industry where I worked for almost 33 years with three different Wall Street firms starting in Pensacola, then Dallas, Detroit, Jupiter, and finally back to Pensacola. While officially retired, I remain very active in my community. 

My earliest experiences with  the Pensacola Yacht Club (PYC) was in 1964 and was happy  to rejoin in 1999 when my last corporate move brought me back.  I was elected to serve on PYC's board  in 2005 as Secretary and ultimately moved up to Commodore in 2010.  I enjoy the camaraderie with the FCA Members and believe we have only begun to realize our potential in promoting all things yachting, education, and as a resource for yacht clubs.  I look forward to helping FCA reach its potential.

Vice Commodore - Carole Lick

Carole Lick is completing  her term  as Immediate  P/C of Platinum Point Yacht Club (PPYC) in Punta Gorda. She served on the  PPYC board for three years prior to taking on the flag officer roles. While serving in these positions Carole conducted  a fund-raising  project which raised $55,000 for PPYC renovations, initiated a Kids on the Water  Program and eventually  created the  PPYC Foundation, which took over this project.  She continues to serve on the  Foundation  board as its secretary. 

Carole also assisted  in establishing  a WAVE program with four other  yacht clubs in Charlotte  County.  As a member of FCA she is a member  of the FCA Foundation  board and serves as its Director of Fund-raising.  Carole led the  FCAF project in raising funds to help Florida Olympians and Paralympians to race in Rio.


Rear Commodore - Jeff Brooks

I was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio. Drafted into the Army in 1966, I attended Officer Candidate School and was commissioned as an Armor Officer. During five years of active duty, I served in Korea and Viet Nam, and was awarded the Bronze Star and Army Commendation medals for Valor, and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge while serving as an Infantry Advisor. I’m a graduate of Computer Systems Institute with an Associate Degree in Computer Programming, and LaRoche College with a BS degree in Management. Both are in Pittsburgh, PA

I spent 27 years in the financial services field, serving at banks or subsidiaries in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Louisiana, & Arizona. I have been the Chief Executive Officer or Chief Operating Officer at several banks, and have been responsible for systems, planning, marketing, mortgage lending, a finance company, credit cards, and indirect auto lending at various times during my career.

I have served as Fleet Captain three times, Treasurer, Rear Commodore, and Vice Commodore of the Bay Point Yacht Club, and as Commodore in 2012. In that position, I oversaw the floor to ceiling renovation of the Club House. I also served for two years as the Alternate Director to the Florida Council of Yacht Clubs for the St Andrews Bay Yacht Club, where I remain a member as well.

My wife, Tampa, & I moved to the Bay Point area of Panama City Beach in 1999. We have two sons and a granddaughter living in Alabama. We are avid boaters, cruising up to the Chesapeake & New York City on two occasions, and regularly journey to the Out Islands of the Bahamas.


Fleet Captain - Stan Mitchell

I was born and reared along the shores of Lake Michigan and attended Indiana Institute of Technology earning my BS degree in chemistry.  Leaving the mid-west for the south, I received my PhD from the University of Kentucky in analytical and pharmaceutical chemistry.  Go Cats!!

Water has been a large part of my life, especially as an adult.  In 1968 while in graduate school, my wife, Cris, and I purchased our first boat and have been boaters ever since.  This boat/motor was an old wooden craft with a 1959 Mercury 70 hp motor.  The interesting thing about the “Merc” was that there was no neutral gear.  Skiers were dragged forward slowly then signaled when ready to go.  If you could ski behind this woody, you could ski behind almost everything!  Larger vessels and more fun followed.  We have now downsized to an eighteen-foot pontoon boat (just right for us) on Lake Beresford and the St. Johns River.

While living in the Chicago area (and later Memphis, TN), I was employed in the field of quality control and quality assurance for the manufacturers of pharmaceutical and home-care products and wood preserving bulk chemicals.  During that time, we boated on the Illinois Chain of Lakes and the Pickwick Lake in Tennessee.  Cris and I were actively involved with the local Coast Guard Auxiliary.  Our contributions centered on water education, safety, coastal navigation, and communications.

Upon retiring and moving to DeLand, our real-estate agent suggested that I give Cris a membership in the Lake Beresford Yacht Club as a Christmas gift and the rest is history.  I started out as the LBYC Fleet Captain and eventually being elected to Vice Commodore and finally Commodore.  Cris and I enjoy sailing, stink-potting and just watching the sun and full moon sparkles on the Florida waters.

Secretary — Bill Barnett

Bill was born in Norwalk, CT in 1935 and graduated from Norwalk High School in 1953. He served eight years in the USAF and after release from active duty graduated from the University of Bridgeport in 1962 with a BS in Electrical Engineering.

A retired Electrical Engineer, he has held positions of Project/Program Manager in aerospace companies involved in the design and manufacture of space telescopes including, but not limited to, the Chandra X-ray Telescope, which has remained in space for the past 17 years. He was also involved in the recently declassified Hexagon Spy Satellite Program.  

Bill served as Commodore of CHYC in 2014. He previously served as a CHYC Board Member in 2010 and 2011, as well as the Fleet Captain in 2003.  In 2008, he led the Punta Gorda Boat Club as Commodore, and is a Past Commodore of the Shore and Country Club in Norwalk, CT. Bill is an active member of the CHYC Chapter of the Florida Commodores Association, having previously served two years as Secretary of the Florida FCA Executive Committee. 


Treasurer—John H. Matthews

Originally from Laurel, Mississippi, John graduated from George S. Gardiner High School in Laurel in 1957 and went to Mississippi State University where he graduated in May 1961. He was a Distinguished Military Graduate in the Army ROTC program and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant, Regular Army. John was selected for promotion to Colonel and retired in 1983.

John earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics at Mississippi State University; his Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology; and his Master of Business Administration from C. W. Post College, Long Island University.

John and his wife, the former Nancy J. Strooband of Moline, Illinois, have been married for 54 years and have three married children, seven grandchildren and two great grandsons. They have been living in Pensacola for fourteen years. John is a Past Commodore of the Pensacola Yacht Club (PYC), the Gulf Yachting Association, Treasurer and Past Commodore of the Florida Commodores Association and is currently Commodore, Navy Yacht Club Pensacola. 

He is a qualified Race Management Official and has been responsible for several Regional and National Regattas, including the US Optimist Dinghy Nationals, the Thistle Association National Championships, the US Sailing Single Handed Mens and Women’s Championships, the West Florida Ocean Racing Circuit, the Optimist Gulf Coast Championships, and the US Sailing Olympic Sailing Festival.