Current VHA Leadership

President
 - Fred Briggs
Moving to The Villages in August of 2012 was a decision made after a number of visits, the recommendation of a high school friend and the realization that there is no other place that compares.  He and his wife Peggy love the lifestyle, enjoy the many activities and have loved the warm and welcoming attitude of their neighbors in Mission Hills.  Fred and Peggy have 5 Children, 8 Grandchildren and two Great Grandsons.  Fred loves playing golf and Peggy plays Mah Jongg and works hard on Family Genealogy while enjoying the many other opportunities the Villages’ lifestyle provides. Fred’s working career began with 20 years of service in the United States Navy Submarine Force.  His many assignments ranged from duty on a WWII Diesel Boat to Nuclear Training and assignment to Nuclear Submarines and concluded after assignment to the Submarine Force Commanders Staff as the Force Quality Assurance Officer and SSBN Overhaul Officer Managing Complex Submarine Overhauls.  Following his Navy service he was recruited by Essex Corporation to manage their efforts in doing Logistics Support Analysis for the Trident Submarine in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.  After 10 years with Essex, he went into the Real Estate industry and became the Managing Broker for the Prudential Thompson Wood Real Estate Company in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania until his retirement after 21 years in September of 2011.  He is a Life Member and Holland Club Member of the Submarine Veterans Association and the Vice Commander of the local Seadragon Base, a Life Member of the Navy League, a Life Member of the American Legion, a member of the Disabled American Veterans and a member of the Military Officers Association.   He previously served as the President of his local Homeowners Association in Pennsylvania and is a Past President of the Greater Harrisburg Association of Realtors. Fred’s involvement in the VHA is driven by the desire to see “The Villages” concept continuing for the foreseeable future.  We’ve been provided with the premier retirement community in the country and it is and will be our responsibility to maintain and nurture the opportunity we’ve been given to maintain it.

Executive Vice President
 - Joe Elliott
Joe Elliott believes in America, the Greater state of Florida, Sumter County and our local community – The Villages; Lady Lake, Leesburg and others. He also believes that we all have the responsibility to be involved in, and work towards the betterment of all of these. Certainly we all also have the responsibility of family, friends, fellow citizens and the youth who are the future custodians of all we hold dear – now and in to the future. He admires people who are willing to take a stand on those things. He believes that they provide him with a lot of opportunities to learn and helps to keep him focused and engaged. Like all of us, his sense of patriotism, his values, and his motivation began with family. His were matured through service to our country and carriers with public utilities, and later science. He served in both Germany and Viet Nam. His education includes a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA and a Master’s degree in Engineering Management from George Washington University in Washington, DC. He and his wife Barbara have been married for 45 years and have lived in Virginia, North Carolina, Texas, Washington DC, California - and for over 6 years in The Villages. He is a past Supervisor of Seat 5 of Community Development District 8, past member of the Villages Architectural Review Committee, member of the Sumter Landing Republican Club, CERT of the Villages, Committeeman for Precinct 129, and the Charity Director of the Ocala Jeep Club. With the help, support and direction of many he currently serves as the VHA Executive Vice President.

Vice President North
 - Joan Testa
Joan Testa is a native of Cheshire, Connecticut who moved into The Villages in May 2013 after many years in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.  She has spent her career as a public speaker and sales trainer working with both small and large corporations throughout the U.S.  For the past 30+ years she has had her own business working with over 700 large and small, urban and rural Chambers of Commerce all over the U.S.  All had the same challenge:  increasing the awareness of the Chamber’s role in the community and the benefits of participating in Chamber membership.  Assisting volunteer-led organizations to maximize their value in their community has been Joan's life's work. Joan is the Rio Ranchero representative for The Villages Homeowner's Association as well as being a member of the Welcome to Rio Ranchero Committee and is happy to host driveway parties for her neighbors.  Her hobbies include gardening, “playing at” golf and extensive world travel.  She has one son and a teenage grand-daughter who occasionally join her in her world travel adventures.  Joan is active in the Connecticut Club, The Italian Social Club, Benvenuto Americans of Italian Heritage Club, Juliets’ Club, and the Texas Club.  She is thrilled to be a Villager!

Vice President Central
 - Phil Walker

Phil and his wife Donna, built their home in the Village of Pennecamp in 2010. Prior to The Villages, the Walkers lived in Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas. They moved here from Olathe, Kansas. The lifestyle of The Villages was the reason for moving here. They thoroughly enjoy the opportunities and activities available.  Phil retired after 45 years from a Midwest grocery company, named Hy-Vee. While working for Hy-Vee, he held positions as retail store director and assistant Vice President of store set up. His duties included overseeing the setup of new food stores, drugstores, gas stations, along with remodels and store relocations.  Phil has attended The Villages Resident Academy, Sheriff Citizen Academy and CDD Orientation programs. He is a member of the VHA board, representing District 5 and 8. He believes this is a great place to live and will strive to help other residents to enjoy the benefits of what The Villages has to offer.  


Vice President South
 - Kay Elder
It was a pleasure to meet you at the New Residents Meeting Tuesday evening.   Moved here in April of 2013 with my fiance', Ed, for the wonderful lifestyle that we previewed in July of 2012.   We settled in Hillsborough and were the 3rd purchasers in that new Village.  As Hillsborough grew in numbers I was able to start a mailing list of newbies, and later on recruited others to help keep the list current.  We hosted five block parties and they were successful due to the group mailing sent out each time. We are mobile music entertainers so we provided the entertainment; and we have been fortunate enough to do shows for several of the local clubs.  Also we started the Concert Karaoke Club and the 70's Music Lovers Club on Sundays at Big Cypress from 6 - 8. (We are taking a break during the summer and will start back in September)   Since everyone in Hillsborough already knew me, I thought it would make sense to become the Hillsborough Representative.  I felt and still feel this is an important job and it has worked out well with the few matters I had to take to the VHA.   So last month, Nicolas Hemes accepted a new position and he asked me to replace him, and I accepted.   I look forward to being a part of the process of taking care of the residents to ensure all that our lifestyle is protected.   Thanks.   ~ Diva Kay Elder ~  

Secretary
 - Joan Sullivan
Joan grew up and raised her family on Long Island, New York.  Joan is the proud mother of two daughters and one son as well as the proud grandmother of five grandchildren.  Joan and her life partner John Otto enjoy their home in Hickory Grove Villas in the Village of Sunset Pointe. With both a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Reading with Emphasis in Learning Disabilities Joan taught elementary school for 31+ years.  During Joan’s years of teaching elementary school she became interested in hearing both sides of situations while working alongside teachers and administrators.  This led Joan to become a representative to her teachers’ association representing the teachers in her building.  The last five years of her career Joan was elected as Vice President representing approximately 200 elementary teachers in that school district. After retiring and moving to The Villages in 2005 Joan joined the VHA and became a Neighborhood Representative.  Joan continues to be interested in understanding both sides of issues while now listening and collaborating with residents and those who work to keep The Villages moving forward.  Besides being a part of the VHA Joan also enjoys working in the garden, playing golf, reading and knitting.

Treasurer
 - Ray Glessner

Ray Glessner was born, raised, educated, and worked his entire career in the great state of Illinois.  He is amazed at how that state has changed!  After graduating from the University of Illinois, College of Pharmacy he began his career in a small neighborhood pharmacy.  He soon realized that he was one of those lucky people that loved to go to work every day.  The lure of small business along with the combined challenges of practicing pharmacy while keeping up with 3 growing kids and a busy wife kept him totally involved for 41 years.  It was only after a visit to The Villages that he and his wife Kay realized there was more to life than work.  With a big smile on their faces and following their rule that the first decision is the best decision, in a relative instant, their house was sold, they said goodbye to lifelong friends, shocked their kids, and climbed into their car to start a new adventure.  Beginning on the first week that they moved to The Villages they both became involved with the VHA and as they start their 8th year as residents they continue to be involved in clubs, organizations and activities that they enjoy.  Ray feels that this is the only place in the world you can retire and not have to retire.  He feels that, to put it in simple terms, The Villages and the wonderful people who live here are a joy.  Pinch me.


Past President
 - Bill Gottschalk
Bill Gottschalk grew up in the small town of Fort Dodge, Iowa.  Right out of high school he joined the United States Navy and made it his career for the next 24 years.  Early in his career Bill met his wife Margaret who was also serving in the Navy.  They were happily married and raised two wonderful children.  Bill retired from the Navy in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  Upon retirement from the Navy he worked a number of years in sales and service for John Deere equipment and ended his business career working for the Hillman Group of Cincinnati, Ohio as East Coast Region Manager.  Bill and Margaret came to the Villages in October of 2005 to visit his brother and see what could possibly have caused him to leave his beautiful home and move to a retirement community.  Three day later they were hooked and after a long wait were able to move into their new Village home in April of 2006.  Bill felt the need to stay involved and help others.  As a member of the St. Timothy parish Bill became involved in ministry to the sick and was able to spend quality time with many of the patients at the Villages Regional Hospital. In 2009 Bill started volunteering at the Humane Society SPCA of Sumter County and a year later became a member of the Board of Directors of the society.  Bill and Margaret joined the Village Homeowners Association (VHA) in 2006 and became representatives for their community of Alexa Villas.  In 2010 Bill agreed to fill the open position as Vice-Chairman of Region 6 and the following year agreed to fill the position of Chairman for Regions 6 and 7 due to the illness of the Chairman.  In March of 2012 Bill was elected to the position of Director for Regions 6 and 9 as well as Chairman of Regions 6, 7 and 9.  Bill is convinced that he and Margaret’s involvement in the VHA has made them better and more knowledgeable Villagers able to assist others in their quest to live the village dream to the fullest.

Membership Chairperson
 - Kathy Porter

 

A Village of Rio Ponderosa resident since 2003, I am a native of Staten Island, NY.  I have held a number of management positions in the financial industry including a financial newspaper, an investment banking firm, a financial information technology company and, just prior to retirement,  at a boutique accounting firm.  In addition to my full time positions, I served for ten years as editor of a 64-page square dance magazine and was an officer in various civic and community organizations.  

   I have served as Membership Chair and Director of the VHA since 2006.  In addition to my VHA duties, I am a supervisor of CDD #1, a Florida Master Gardener, Chair of the Bookworm Book Club, Vice President of The Villages Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society, and Treasurer of the Marion County Rose Society. I have been married to my dear husband Charlie since 1973 and we are the proud parents of six children and four grandchildren.

 


Director at Large, Editor of The Villages Voice
 - Sandy Mott
Sandy Mott is a native of Oklahoma.   She majored in Journalism at Oklahoma State University where she met her future husband, Paul.  She has 2 children.  A son lost to cancer at age 40 and a daughter who lives here in Florida with her husband and 3 children.  She has been a Cub Scout den mother, a Brownie leader, a church Youth Group sponsor, and a Sunday School teacher. She has had varied work experience in the savings & loan industry, in direct sales, as a church secretary and an Avon lady. She moved to The Villages in December of 1989, just as development was beginning on the west side of highway 27/441.  She is a charter member of the VHA and is the Village Representative for the Village of Del Mar. She was elected VHA Vice President in February 1992, and became President when the then-President Yyonne Knudson stepped down in August of that year. She served as President until March 1994. She served 3 terms on the VHA Board between 1994 and 2003.  Along with her husband, Paul, she wrote for and edited the VHA Voice for about 10 years ending in Feb. 2003.  She wrote a weekly column, “Sandy’s Corner,” for the Daily Sun from Feb. 1998 to May of 2003, when it evolved into a weekly opinion column on the op-ed page.  The weekly column continued until July 2010 when Paul’s illness left no time for writing. Through all the years, her commitment and devotion to the VHA has been constant.  Now, once again, she will be editing the VHA Voice, with a lot of help from the VHA Board and membership.

Director at Large
 - Russ D'Emidio
Russ grew up in Ridgefield New Jersey, a small suburb of New York City.  He graduated from Drexel University in Philadelphia with a degree in Mathematics.  After college he set off to Akron Ohio to work for power generation manufacturer Babcock & Wilcox and began his career in Information Systems and Technology.  There he met his wife Marie where they were happily married in 1976 and fortunately remain that way today.  They moved to New Jersey in the early 80’s and he continued his career in Information Systems Management & Strategy at Johnson & Johnson until retirement in 2004.  Some of his primary responsibilities were the development and implementation of global strategies in Executive Information Systems, Supply Chain Management, and Quality and Compliance. They moved to their new hometown The Villages in 2004.  Along with fun and friendships, Russ firmly believes retirement is an opportune time to give back service to the community and he began by becoming a VHA Neighborhood Representative.  From 2007 through 2010 he was Chairperson of VHA Regions 6 & 7, developing and leading an excellent team of representatives delivering the VHA Mission to their neighborhoods.  He then was elected and served on the Villages CDD #6 Board of Supervisors from 2010 through 2014. In 2012, Russ was elected to the Board of the Directors for the Central Florida Health Alliance including The Villages Regional Hospital and Leesburg Regional Medical Center.  In this role, he is part of a leadership team dedicated to providing high quality, patient-centered care in a compassionate environment to The Villages, Leesburg and surrounding communities in Central Florida.  He now chairs the Quality/Safety/Service committee for the Hospital System and is also a member of the Strategic Planning Committees. Russ and Marie have two grown children Tony in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife Sharon and daughter Andrea in Hoboken New Jersey.  They are now enjoying the grand parenting experience with granddaughters Abby and Cassie.  Life is a blessing - Be thankful for every day and live it to its fullest.

Director at Large
 - Art Rowe

Art Rowe grew up in Bradenton, Florida.  Art graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1961 and embarked on a 24-year career in the Navy.  As a surface warfare officer he commanded three ships and one shore station.  During his naval career he had postgraduate education in communications, engineering and space operations as well as having earned a Master’s Degree in Computer Data Management.

Following retirement from the Navy as a Captain, he was employed by General Electric as a senior staff engineer.  He became involved in the space program through GE Aerospace's satellite operations division.  He became a member of the launch team at Cape Canaveral for many launches, placing communications satellites in orbit.

He and his wife Linda have been Villagers since 2005 and thoroughly enjoy all the friendships and activities.  They also are very proud of their six grandchildren.  Art previously served on three homeowners associations during their nomadic life: in Colorado Springs, Colorado; Fairfax, Virginia; and Cocoa Beach, Florida.  Art has also been active in Toastmasters International, the Masons, American Legion and Shriners and does volunteer work for the Disabled American Veterans and New Covenant United Methodist Church.


Director at Large
 - Walter Martin

Walter Martin graduated from college in Dayton, OH and then left and began an unheard of 41 year career with GMAC Insurance division General Motors.  He held many supervisory/managerial positions in claims administration, and the audit and the sales staffs.  He lived in Pittsburg and had transfers/promotions to Chicago, St. Louis, Los Angeles, New York City, Detroit (executive office) and San Antonio, TX.  He retired in 2004 and moved to The Villages.

He is married to Janice Perrin Martin of Middletown, OH and they celebrated 49 years of marriage in December of 2013.   They share the same interests in just about everything and his wife is his biggest fan.  They have two daughters (one married and one single) who were born in Pittsburgh and both now reside in California.

He learned of the Villages in 1991 long before he was eligible to retire.  When the time came the decision of whether to remain in TX or move to The Villages was easy (even though San Antonio was very attractive for retirement) because he was accustomed to relocating and felt it was time for another move – this time to a beautiful active senior retirement community. 

He presently serves on the Board of Supervisors for CCD #5 (Vice Chairman), attends the annual Florida Association of Special Districts conference; is VHA representative for District 5, Ashland; is a past member of Vestry Board at St. George Episcopal Church and serves on the Lay Eucharistic Minister staff; is an instructor for the AARP Driver Safety Program; is a Client Facilitator for the AARP Tax Aide Program; is President of the Polo Booster Club; is a past president of the African American Club; is a past President of the 3C’s Ohio Club; a member of the Villages Croquet Club and have attended the United States Croquet Association school in West Palm Beach.   He is also a regular tap dancer in the Rhythm Boys dance group in the Way, Way, Way, Off-Broadway Players theatre group and has had speaking parts in every production.  He is a member of Villages Theatre Company and had a role in the Trip to Bountiful production and the Squabbles production.  He also plays golf and an occasional game of billiards and enjoys jazz.  He is also a member of the Jazz Lovers Club. In addition to his busy life, they enjoy vacations to unique destinations.


Director at Large
 - Irv Markley

Irvin J. Markley is a native of the central Ohio area.  His first work experience was being raised on a farm and after high school he attended Findlay College.  His professional career was in marketing, 10 years with Ford and 35 years with State Farm Insurance - first building a successful agency and the last 18 years in regional management positions.  Irv was very active in his community during his career, having filled seats in local government, serving as Chairman of United Way, Lions Club, Kiwanis, Scottish Rite, Shrine, and WM of his Masonic Lodge.

Irv and his wife of 53 years, Charlie, are the parents of two children, Jill (Ed) Buker of Birmingham, Alabama and Brent (Andrea) Markley of Granville, Ohio.  They are also the proud grandparents of five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

The Markleys moved to The Villages in 2007 from Cincinnati and settled into Bridgeport at Miona Shores.  Irv has served as the VHA rep for the neighborhood since its inception and thoroughly enjoys being involved and helping his community.


Director at Large
 - Chuck Wildzunas

Director at Large
 - Jim Hipple

Jim Hipple is a retired NYC Police Officer of 23 years.   He was named Young Police Officer of the Year for working with youth.  He is a volunteer for Operation Shoebox and the Guardian Ad Liteum of Court for District 5 during the past 2 years, Catholic Youth Officer for 10 years, and is currently the President of the Villages NYC Police Officers Club.


Director at Large
 - Harry Lee
Harry and his wife Joan, both Massachusetts natives, bought their retirement home in the Villages in 2004, Joan moving here in 2009, Harry, following 19 months later after ‘wrapping-up’ things in Boston. Harry is a graduate of Northeastern University majoring in finance and insurance. Harry’s career includes being Chief Financial Officer in the tax-exempt acute care hospital industry, Chief Financial  and Operating  Officer in a biomedical research center, and lastly as Chief Financial officer for Massachusetts’ largest employer membership organization.  He has always been active in community affairs, serving on various boards and committees. Harry loves the Villages and in particular his neighborhood, Villa Berea where he is the VHA representative.  He has been involved with the VHA Bylaws Committee, Chairs the Audit Committee and was recently asked to become a Director at Large for the organization. Harry and Joan have completed the Resident Academy Program and recommend every resident consider taking it to gain a full understanding and appreciation of what we have here, its complexities, and the people involved in making our home town so special. Harry and Joan have two adult children; Brian, with his wife Laura and son Andrew reside in Colchester Vermont, and the “Queen”, Beth, who lives in Estero FL with her husband Ryan and their two sons, Jack and Charlie. “We are living the dream”-wonderful kids, great grandchildren, excellent health, wonderful friends, and playing golf at least four times a week.

VHA Lake Region
 - Linda Sanzone
My husband, Joe, and I moved to the Villages as full time residents as of September 30,2015.   We bought a new home in the Village of Silverlake in the historic section.  We love it over here.  My husband was an administrator for 40 years with Baltimore City Public Schools.  I had a home Daycare for 32 years.  We had both retired by 2010 and planned on moving into the first house we bought in Springdale in 2008.  But with the sudden death of our youngest daughter in 2009 we canceled all plans to move here.  We came to visit my high school friend again in April of 2015 and went looking, never intending to buy but here we are.  We have another daughter and a granddaughter in Baltimore and our son and his wife and our other three grandchildren live in California.  We lived all our lives in Maryland before retiring to the Villages.  We thoroughly enjoy the lifestyle and activities available in The Villages.  My husband is also a guitar player and we frequent the squares to listen to the music.  We miss our family and friends, me more than Joe, but we have made a lot of new ones here.  I became interested in the VHA and am trying to create a friendly neighborhood involvement.

VHA North Region 4 Director
 - Barb Fielitz

VHA Central Region 7 Director
 - Mark Gallo
Mark was born and raised in Linden, NJ. He attended & graduated College in 1980 on a full Army scholarship, with a tri-major degree in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Upon graduation he had a 31 year career in the United States Army retiring at the rank of Colonel in the Chemical Corps Nuclear Weapons Specialty. His assignments included holding Command of several different size units, instructor, Army Doctrinal Writer, U.S. Army Chemical Corps Light Infantry Division Development/Project Officer, Chief, Department of Defense Chemical Nuclear Decontamination Operations, Division Nuclear/Chemical Weapons Officer, Deputy Chief of Staff Training, and Deputy Chief of Staff General's Staff Training. Mark and his wife Lisa, live in the Village of Bonita within the Anita Villas. Both he and his wife enjoy travel, golf, and membership in several Villages clubs. They are fanatical Auburn University fans and attend most all home and away football games, as well as several basketball games per season. They not only show their allegiance to Auburn by attending athletic events, but also sponsor two annual scholarships, one athletic and one academic. When Mark is not busy with all this, he can usually be found zipping around the area on his Harley Fat-Boy. Mark joined the VHA shortly after moving to The Villages in 2011 to help maintain the value and quality of life here. He believes that we as residents hold the future of The Villages in our hands so we must take an active part to secure this lifestyle we enjoy.

VHA Central Region 8 Director
 - John Conboy
John A.Conboy III Born in Philadelphia, PA, and lived in the Southern New Jersey and Southeastern Pennsylvania until 2010 when my wife Carol moved to the Villages. I worked for the Pennsylvania, Penn Central and Conrail Railroads for 31 plus years. I started in 1965 as a yard clerk in Camden, New Jersey and was able to gain experience in the Accounting, Billing, Transportation and Mechanical departments.  I was a Chief Train Dispatcher, General Forman in a freight car repair facility and ended my career as Supervisor of Accounting Operations, when I retired in 1996. From 1966 to 1968 I served in the U S Army as an Intelligence Analyst for the Signal School at Fort Gordon, GA. After my retirement from the railroad I held management positions in an air freight company, an investment company and an international insurance underwriting company. From 2002 to 2008 I was on the board or the Windgate Farms Homeowners Association in Spring City, PA. My wife Carol and I purchased our house here in the Villages in 2009 and relocated permanently in 2010.

VHA South Region 9 Director
 - Matt Friedland
I was born in Brooklyn NY and grew up there. I moved to Mount Sinai, NY for 36 years and raised my two daughters. I then moved to the villages in 2012 I reside in the village of charlotte. I was employed with IBM and worked in NYC for 30 years before I retired. After retiring I want back to work for 10 years for the Mount Sinai School District on Long Island  as a computer Tech. where I lived and raised my children. I am now the president of the Segway club of the villages. I also run the So Long Long Island Club. I enjoy building remote controlled boats. My wife and I have many friends in the villages and we love to keep busy.

VHA South Region 10 Director
 - Steve Andelman
Steve was best at retirement – sailing his 40’ sloop on Buzzards Bay, MA, skiing the White Mts of NH, and travelling in between seasons – since he was 43. In 2008 it was time to return to work at a software company. In November of 2013, he joined his 1st babysitter and his best buddy since the 4th grade at The Villages. Steve became a Realtor with Century 21 Carlino in Leesburg. Before retiring he helped 5 companies get established in the computer field including HP and Prime. The Villages lifestyle is made for his wife, Sue who belongs to at least 8 groups and is in constant motion. Her high activity level remains after running her successful sales rep business. Their daughter, Stephanie, lives in San Francisco, works for Rdio streaming music, and has her mother’s energy. Rugi, Steph’s Husky, is our granddog.

VHA South Region 11 Director
 - Greg Panjian
Greg comes to us from up north - Connecticut and Massachusetts.  He served as Neighborhood Rep for the Village of Pine Ridge from Sept 8, 2016 to July 12, 2017 at which time he accepted the position of Regional 11 Director.   He has served as past president of Suffield, Ct Rotary and is currently a Financial Advisor. The South Team is pleased to have him join the VHA Board.    

Merchants to Members
 - Art Donnelly
Art and his wife moved to the Villages in 2015 after snow-birding here for several years prior to that.  He is a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Ancient Order of Hibernians and numerous clubs throughout the Villages.   Art served in the domestic Intelligence and law enforcement community for 45 years.  While now retired, he still consults with federal, state and local agencies from time to time and he has a long history of public and community service.  He holds several degrees, accreditations and awards in Law Enforcement, Public Administration and Information Technology.

President VHA Community Foundation Board
 - Duane Johnson
Sarah and I have been married for 46 years. We have a Son and Daughter and five Grandchildren. We have lived in the Village of St Charles for six years. We are members of Hope Lutheran Church. We are members of the Minnesota Club We are members of the St Charles Social Club (Past Vice President). Past member of the Community Improvement Council (CIC). Past County Planning and Economic Development Director in Minnesota Past elected City council member. Past elected Soil and water Conservation District Officer. We love our neighbors, our Village and our lifestyle.

Vice President VHA Community Foundation
 - Linda Grzesik
Mike and Linda Grzesik moved to The Villages in December 2007 from Tucson, Arizona.  They both were born and raised in Illinois.  Linda graduated from Rockford College with a degree in accounting.  An opportunity came up and they moved to Arizona with their two kids in 1988.  They now have three grandchildren who they love to visit.  Linda has worked in public accounting, hospital accounting, Assistant Controller for Illinois/Wisconsin for Browning Ferris Ind., and as Accounting Manager for various property management companies.  Linda’s final job was as Senior Property Accountant for Commercial Property Management for The Villages.  Both Linda and Mike love to play golf and pickleball, read, card games and travel.  Linda has been active with volunteering with Operation Shoebox and Combat Veterans to Careers.  She has been a VHA representative since they moved here and is a member of several clubs and organizations.  She loves being involved, taking classes and helping others. She feels that The Villages is a very special place and that only a limited number of people will be able live here.  Volunteering and giving back to neighbors and the community is her way saying thank you

Secretary VHA Community Foundation
 - Jim Noce
James Noce, formerly lived in Salisbury Massachusetts for 30 years, husband of Carole (Nicholson) Noce formerly of Gloucester Ma. We have two children, Alyssa Brigandi, wife of Dan,  resides in Dover N.H. with their children, Sophia and Roman. Our son, Matthew Noce, husband of Christina, resides in Rockport Ma. with their children, Francesca and Angelina. I graduated from Saugus High school. I served in the U.S. Navy as the X.O. orderly. Attended Fisher Jr College with a degree in Business   Management. I was employed at A.W. Chesterton for 33 years till I retired in 2009. I was a supervisor in Quality Control. My wife and I retired to The Villages in 2010. I enjoy golf, walking, biking, and traveling. We reside in the Village of St. Charles.

Treasurer VHA Community Foundation
 - Ray Glessner

Ray Glessner was born, raised, educated, and worked his entire career in the great state of Illinois.  He is amazed at how that state has changed!  After graduating from the University of Illinois, College of Pharmacy he began his career in a small neighborhood pharmacy.  He soon realized that he was one of those lucky people that loved to go to work every day.  The lure of small business along with the combined challenges of practicing pharmacy while keeping up with 3 growing kids and a busy wife kept him totally involved for 41 years.  It was only after a visit to The Villages that he and his wife Kay realized there was more to life than work.  With a big smile on their faces and following their rule that the first decision is the best decision, in a relative instant, their house was sold, they said goodbye to lifelong friends, shocked their kids, and climbed into their car to start a new adventure.  Beginning on the first week that they moved to The Villages they both became involved with the VHA and as they start their 8th year as residents they continue to be involved in clubs, organizations and activities that they enjoy.  Ray feels that this is the only place in the world you can retire and not have to retire.  He feels that, to put it in simple terms, The Villages and the wonderful people who live here are a joy.  Pinch me.


VHA Community Foundation Board
 - Joe Elliot
Joe Elliott believes in America, the Greater state of Florida, Sumter County and our local community – The Villages; Lady Lake, Leesburg and others. He also believes that we all have the responsibility to be involved in, and work towards the betterment of all of these. Certainly we all also have the responsibility of family, friends, fellow citizens and the youth who are the future custodians of all we hold dear – now and in to the future. He admires people who are willing to take a stand on those things. He believes that they provide him with a lot of opportunities to learn and helps to keep him focused and engaged. Like all of us, his sense of patriotism, his values, and his motivation began with family. His were matured through service to our country and carriers with public utilities, and later science. He served in both Germany and Viet Nam. His education includes a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA and a Master’s degree in Engineering Management from George Washington University in Washington, DC. He and his wife Barbara have been married for 45 years and have lived in Virginia, North Carolina, Texas, Washington DC, California - and for over 6 years in The Villages. He is a past Supervisor of Seat 5 of Community Development District 8, past member of the Villages Architectural Review Committee, member of the Sumter Landing Republican Club, CERT of the Villages, Committeeman for Precinct 129, and the Charity Director of the Ocala Jeep Club. With the help, support and direction of many he currently serves as the VHA Executive Vice President.

VHA Community Foundation Board
 - Pete Wahl

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