Siesta Key Association, Siesta Key, Florida
SKA Board Member Bios

Joyce Kouba, Siesta Key Association BoardJoyce was born in Pennsylvania, raised in California, and is a graduate of UCLA. She has lived in many of the United States, most recently Virginia, as well as abroad.

Joyce is retired after 20 plus years in the computer industry. Joyce's professional background also includes extensive experience in training and writing. Joyce and her husband, Joe, retired to Siesta Key in 1998 after exploring the Florida west coast.

Joyce has served as Secretary on the SKA Executive Committee for several years. She is always an active participant in the Adopt-A-Road cleanup event for North Siesta Key.

Joyce and Joe also volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and the Salvation Army. They proactively work to preserve the wonderful quality of life on Siesta Key.

They enjoy sailing and photography. You will frequently find Joyce in her garden, traveling, and enjoying friends and her family of three sons and three grandchildren.

Gene Kusekoski, Siesta Key Association BoardGene and his wife, Judy, are native New Englanders who met at their alma mater, Northeastern University. They have been visiting Siesta Key as "a place to totally relax" since 1980. Judy had been visiting with her family since the 1950s, when Siesta Key was all canopy roads, and they decided years ago that it was where they wanted to retire. They realized their dream in 2011 when they bought their part time home here. They still spend summers in New England to be with family, which has deep roots dating back to the Mayflower.

Gene is a retired systems engineering manager and Master Technologist with a 31 year career at Hewlett-Packard and its merger partners, Compaq and Digital Equipment. He has enjoyed doing pioneering work in diverse areas ranging from electronic document publishing to Internet streaming media to modular building blocks for cloud computing.

Gene has been a speaker at major industry conferences and has helped to develop and deliver numerous corporate training events. As a corporate sponsor and then volunteer staff member, he delivered IT services to the Nantucket Film Festival for 10 years. Gene was a member of the governing board of First Church Nashua for 6 years and received the Kathryn Brigham Award for outstanding service.

Since retiring to Sarasota, Gene has revived his love of bicycling and is a member of the Rails to Trails Conservancy and People for Bikes national advocacy organizations, as well as the Friends of the Legacy Trail in Sarasota. He is actively working with the Siesta Key Association on a bike safety program for the island. Gene is currently a member of the Pierian Spring Academy Board of Directors and serves as their Technology Director. He has recently joined the Board of the SunCoast Alliance for Lifelong Learning (SCALL) to continue his work on providing lifelong learning opportunities for adults seeking new intellectual challenges.

Catherine Luckner, Siesta Key Association BoardSiesta Key became home in 1989. Catherine is a native Floridian, proud to mention a great-grandfather referenced in the St. Petersburg Historical Society. Her father's military career meant relocating frequently throughout the United States and Europe. Eventually, with her Father's retirement, they returned home to St. Petersburg, FL.

Catherine is a graduate of Mercer University, in psychology, law and educational policy studies. She attended the Florida State University Master's of Science program in School and Clinical Psychology, completed doctoral coursework, with an additional year training at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. She has directed residential, school and hospital based programs for children and adolescents, provided treatment and consultation services in a variety of settings, as well as policy studies and program evaluation. She is a published research author, and has also contributed to "Signature Care" for the Health Care Foundation of Sarasota Memorial Hospital, and "Vim and Vigor", a publication of the Heart and Vascular Institute. Retired from Sarasota Memorial Hospital, she teaches as a Volunteer for the SMH Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. She continues to work part time as a psychotherapist in a group practice.

Catherine and her husband, Bob, have been members of SKA for seven years. Bob, a recently retired Ph.D. Chemical Engineer, continues consulting in a variety of energy-related projects. As advocates for excellence and opportunity in education, they support scholarship endowment through the Ut Prosim Society of Virginia Tech. They both volunteer through Sarasota Audubon.

Catherine has been an SKA Director since 2008, serving as Vice President until 2011, and President from 2011-2014. She has served on the Zoning Committee, the Environmental Committee, beach storm water drainage planning, participates yearly as cleanup crew for the Adopt-a Road on north Siesta Key, and supports Siesta Key Beach park improvements which enhance and protect beach habitat.

Daniel Lundy, Siesta Key Association BoardDan and his wife, Janet, are transplants from New Jersey and have been permanent residents on Siesta Key since 2012. Dan practiced law for 35 years. Since retiring he has engaged in community activities focused on helping families living in poverty. Locally, he is involved with Legal Aid of Manasota, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, and Siesta Key Kiwanis. His legal, accounting, business, and managerial background will be an asset to SKA.

Bob Miller, Siesta Key Association BoardBob and his wife Joan both grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia where they still spend the summer. Wintering in Sebring for the past 13 years, they were trying to help their son find a place on the west coast for the winer — they found Siesta Key, fell in love and moved in three months later in 2013. They now spend eight months here and four months in PA.

Bob was in the retail automobile business for 28 years until semi-retiring in 1990 and turning the business over to his sons. He also spends time in the commercial property rental business. He was elected to the Board of the Key States Jeep Advertising Association, serving for 10 years and as president for 6 years. He also served as a member of the Springfield Rotary Club for 28 years and as treasurer for 12.

Robert Stein, Siesta Key Association Board Bob Stein has been a full-time resident of Siesta Key since 2011. He grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he met his wife Emy. They have three sons and six grandchildren all living in Wisconsin. Bob has been coming to Florida since 1990 for both vacation and work. He permanently moved to Florida in 2010, living in his Fort Myers Beach home until he and his wife acquired a small publication on Siesta Key. Bob is a high-energy and results-driven person, characterized as entrepreneurial and very competitive since he's been self-employed most of his adult life. Below is a snapshot of his work experience.

In the late 1970s until 1981, Bob worked as General Manager of a 10-store independent food and drugstore company. He then developed a shopper publication that grew to five weekly newspapers/shoppers in the southern Milwaukee metro market, with a circulation of 135,000 homes per week, along with a monthly Hispanic publication which penetrated 10,000 homes. He employed 28 full-time and over 40 part-time employees until he sold the publications to Thomson Newspapers in 1995. While owning the newspapers, he was also a landlord and financed new construction through 2003. He acquired, renovated and managed numerous residential rental properties in the Milwaukee metro area, ranging from duplexes to 12-families, totaling 64 units. He also financed a series of new residential waterfront construction projects in central Wisconsin. In August of 2001, Bob accepted a position with Journal Communications as the GM and Product Development Director, responsible for driving revenue covering 45 offices throughout Wisconsin, Florida and Ohio. He was originally recruited as a consultant in February 2001 to develop a strategic marketing plan to stem operating losses in major metro markets.

Bob currently has a Florida Real Estate License and works with his wife in their new company, Island Visitor Publishing, LLC, since October 2010. They publish four monthly niche publications covering Siesta Key and North Fort Myers. The publication covering Siesta Key is Siesta Sand. Bob's varied background and his newspaper reporting here on the Key make him a perfect fit for the SKA Board. His in-depth knowledge of all the issues important to the Key makes him a valuable resource.

Joe Volpe, Siesta Key Association BoardJoe's first visit to Siesta Key was in August, 1967. With no condos in the Village area at that time, Joe recalls a family member describing an Uncle who occasionally would land his crop dusting airplane on Siesta Beach. After many years of visiting Siesta, he and his wife Lana bought their home on the Key 15 years ago and became full time residents 10 years ago.

Joe, a native of the Philadelphia, PA. area, graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He initially worked at Borg Warner Corp. in Decatur, IL., for two years, was then hired by Chrysler Corp. in Detroit. He took charge of the hemi race engine development. After 5 years at Chrysler, he started his own companies, J-R Engineering, Detroit Hitch Co., and MV Software Co., all of which are located in suburban Detroit.

Having built his first boat at 13, he has been an avid boater for over 50 years. He also obtained his IFR Pilots License along the way. No longer flying, he still enjoys l boating, fishing and playing with cars.

His experience in dealing with the public and community relations expanded with his co-founding of the Grand Canal Communities Citizens Patrol. The patrol is in the Treasure Boat and Higel area, covering over 250 homes. This neighborhood Citizen's Patrol , in conjunction with the Sheriff's patrol, has been successful in the elimination of petty crimes and vandalism.

Joe and Lana are also active participants in the Life Long Learning Academy at the University of South Florida. As Publicity Chair for SKA, he is working to coordinate shared efforts with SKVA and the Siesta Key Chamber to advance and preserve the quality of life here on our island. Lana is the "cookie lady" at the SKA monthly meetings.

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