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Officers and Chairpersons
2018 - 2019 Officers
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Commodore - Carole Lick
My roots are in Michigan, a state with Great Lakes galore! Boating, both sail and power, have been part of my life since “forever”. Michigan State University is my alma mater and that of many family members, including our daughter and son, my dad with his degree in 1934, and Don (my husband). Don was a grad student when I met him and took his College Algebra class. The rest is history as they say. The Green and White has been an integral part of our lives for as long as I can remember. Something I never dreamed I would do is participate in a statewide election. It resulted in my serving an eight-year term on the MSU Board of Trustees.
My career has taken two primary paths: the first in Special Education for 12 years and then non- profit management and fundraising for the national Alzheimer’s Association. This was particularly meaningful as my dad was diagnosed shortly after I was hired. Volunteer work has been a mainstay of my life and includes a variety of associations for which my related professional work was helpful.
I love college sports, particularly MSU football and basketball. I also love any means possible to be on or in the water. We sailed for 20 years and switched to power boating for another 20 years. With retirement we moved to Florida for the warm weather and water activities year-round. Platinum Point Yacht Club became a part of our daily lives as I served on the board for several years and then went through the flag officer positions serving as Commodore in 2015.
I discovered the FCA through that experience and have enjoyed serving on the FCA Foundation board and then in FCA flag officer positons. It is an honor and privilege to serve with such talented and dedicated past commodores and other yacht club flag officers.
Vice Commodore - Tom Reynolds
He retired in 2003 after 11 years with Murata Electronics as Director of Technology where he was responsible for the development and implementation of new materials and components technologies and coordination of development between USA and Japan. Prior to that, Tom, who has a PhD in Materials Science from Brown University and BS and MS from the University of Virginia, worked for more than 18 years with Philips Electronics. There he was responsible for research and development, and operation of analytical labs . He spent 6 of those years in the Netherlands. Tom remains active in retirement with the Institute for Senior Professionals, Treasurer of the Electronic Components and Technologies Conference, Vice President of Finance for the EPS Society of IEEE.
Having retired from an international career in Engineering R&D, Innovation and Management, he and Lynne moved to Florida. Having actively boated and raced on the Hudson (Poughkeepsie Yacht Club), they bought a sailboat and brought it across the Gulf to Ft Walton Yacht Club , where he was Commodore in 2006. In 2008, seeing a crying need for an organization to effectively represent the interests of Commodores, Past Commodores and Future Commodores, Tom and colleagues from several other clubs, founded the Florida Commodores Association. He remains active since its founding.. having been Commodore in 2011 and is currently serving as Vice Commodore (2019).
Rear Commodore - John Slattery
I was born in Ireland and immigrated to the United States with my parents where we settled in New York City. I majored in Finance at Syracuse University and completed the Executive MBA program at Michigan. I became a U.S. citizen while serving in the Air Rescue Service of the U.S. Air Force.
I started my business career in the area of finance and over the years moved through human resources, manufacturing and executive management. I always had a goal of retiring at age 55 but couldn’t wait so I quit at 53.
Over the years I have enjoyed flying, sky diving, scuba diving, photography, long distance running, sailing and power boating, RV touring, baking and world traveling. I was a fire fighter/rescue volunteer for nine years and also served as president of a Rotary and a Kiwanis club as well as on the Board of a local Red Cross Chapter.
I have been a member of three yacht clubs and Commodore of one of them as well as going through the chairs of the Florida Commodores Association.
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 — Lynne Reynolds
Born in Virginia, and having moved numerous times, including to seven states and to Europe, it is wonderful to now call Florida “HOME”. My profession is neuro-psychology and I retired in 2004. My husband of 57 years has shared his love of boating and, having been members of several yacht clubs, we have managed to take many wonderful cruises in our “Celebration”.
In 2007, when several friends decided to organize a group of Past Commodores and to help others gain a greater appreciation of the “customs and traditions” of yacht clubs in Florida, we joined in the founding of the Florida Commodores Association. It has been a gratifying experience and we are blessed with many friends who share our love of boating. It is an honor to serve this terrific organization.
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.
Immediate Past 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.