Current VHA Leadership
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.