SKA Board Member Bios

Jean Cannon, SKA Director

I have been a full-time resident of Siesta Key since 1997. My husband and I have owned property in Sarasota since 1984. I built my career around defining and solving problems and working with global teams to deploy IT solutions.  I have worked for large companies, small startup companies, non-profits, and as a part-time university professor.  I have been a coder, tester, consultant, project team leader, and educator, and now I am an entrepreneur with my own startup Company (  I hold an undergraduate degree in Information Technology (IT) and an MBA with a concentration in Information Management. I received certification in best practices for IT services, Project Management certification, and recently completed training in the Entrepreneurial Mindset.  I am a lifelong learner.

Dawn Claghorn, SKA Director

Dawn was born and raised in Southern Indiana and has two adult daughters; Mary who lives in Dallas and Madison who lives in Pittsburgh. Dawn is a retired educator with a Bachelors degree from Indiana University and a Masters degree in educational leadership from Ball State University. She was a special education teacher and assistant principal.

She moved to Florida in 2023 and enjoys traveling abroad, reading, walking, live music, and spending time with friends and family. Dawn also owned and operated 5 rental properties in Indiana with her late husband who was retired military. She currently owns an AirBNB on 19th Street called Coastal Cabana Hideout.

David Donaldson

David joins our board with interest in restoring the quality of life on Siesta Key, specifically in the areas of traffic, incorporation, and large-scale development.  He is a part-time resident of Siesta Key and Chicago. He attended the University of Michigan and Michigan State University.  David spent 30 years in sales management with IBM and other computer companies.

Natalie was born and raised in Greencastle, Indiana where she spent her childhood learning dance, cheerleading, and gymnastics/acrobatics. She graduated from Indiana University, Bloomington, where she studied Management through the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. She is a mother of three, with two girls in their twenties and a young son who attends SSAS and plays soccer. Natalie is a licensed realtor with Premier Sotheby’s International Realty and is on the Judie Berger Team. She sells all over Sarasota but focuses her business on the Key. She was previously licensed in Indiana and again in Georgia and has also had rental property in Sarasota since 2007.

One of the things Natalie is most proud of is the six years she volunteered as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate or lay Guardian Ad Lidem) for the Forsyth County Georgia Juvenile Court. She appointed children who had been removed from their parents, deeply investigated each situation, and frequently appeared before the judge to make her recommendations on behalf of the children. Natalie and her family absolutely love living on Siesta Key, where they frequently ride their bikes to the beach, snorkel for shells, and hang out in the Village.

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

Joyce became involved with SKA shortly thereafter. She has been on the Executive Committee for several years. Joyce and Joe also volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and Meals on Wheels. They work to preserve the wonderful quality of life on Siesta Key.  They enjoy biking and photography. You will frequently find Joyce in her garden, traveling and enjoying friends and her family of three sons and four grandchildren.


Siesta Key became forever home in 1989. Catherine is a native Floridian with a Florida family dating to 1888. Her family’s military service relocated them throughout the United States and Europe, eventually home to St. Petersburg, Fl.  Catherine has provided mental health treatment in a variety of setting for more than 40 years. She graduated from Mercer University, Florida State University, and did an internship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX.  She’s retired from Sarasota Memorial Hospital and is a Group Practice.  Catherine and her husband, Bob, have been members of SKA for over a decade. They both volunteer through Sarasota Audubon.  Interests include support of educational opportunities, especially through Virginia Tech, coastal environmental protections, and Siesta Key improvements, which keep everyone safe and protect coastal waters and beach habitat. 

Robert Luckner

Bob Luckner is a native of Ohio and worked 35 years for Exxon Mobil in Baton Rouge, LA; Houston, TX; Anchorage, AK; and Fairfax, VA. Upon retirement in 2005, he began a private consulting business. Bob has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Tech. He’s been active on behalf of Siesta Key since permanently residing here. He served on two Sarasota County Citizen Advisory Committees, was named Volunteer of the Year for Sarasota Audubon (2011) and served for eight years on the Environmental Committee of the SKA. Bob has provided expertise for SKA efforts to protect Big Sarasota Pass, monitoring of water quality associated with decommissioning of the former SKUA water treatment plant, and is a volunteer for the Shorebird Alliance and protected species of beach-nesting birds. His interests include bird watching and associated wildlife travel with Catherine.

Tom has lived all over the United States and the world, settling in Siesta Key, when his wife (Diane) retired in 2012. Tom has been a facilities manager, helped build post offices and airports, did construction work, worked in city planning and land development, and other occupations. Solving problems is Tom’s forte. Tom looks at an entire situation and sees how it can be made better. While on the Siesta Key Association Board, Tom has focused on traffic issues, land development, and ecology along the Gulf Coast. Tom is not afraid to express his views to commissioners as well as other governmental representatives. He finds it invigorating to take on challenges.

Nikki Watson, SKA Director

Nikki Watson relocated to Siesta Key in the summer of 2023 after her last of 3 children graduated from high school in Greencastle, Indiana following her sister, Natalie Gutwein who is also a board member, and 2 adult sons to Southwest Florida. Nikki worked for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for 15 years and has also provided consulting around business operations and development. Since relocating to the Sarasota area Nikki has joined the Premier Sotheby’s International Realty team, also with her sister. She has a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, Indianapolis and a certificate of information technology from Purdue University, Indianapolis.

Todd Zerega

Todd Zerega and his family have been long-time visitors to Siesta Key and, in 2018, purchased a residence on the Island.  He is an attorney by trade, and in 2020, he and his business partner purchased the Siesta Sand newspaper.  As a homeowner and business owner on Siesta Key, he is passionate about all things Siesta Key