Joyce 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
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 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.
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.
Dan 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 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
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
Joe'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
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
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.