There are many autobiographies that are long and frankly boring. I intend to take the long part of that equation out of play. I was born and raised in northern Maine near the City of Caribou. As with all fortunate young people, I attended local schools. My parents were successful farmers and community leaders. Those attributes were passed down.
After attending New England College in Henniker, NH it became necessary for me to attend basic training at Fort Dix, NJ. I spent my required six years in the NH National Guard. New Hampshire seemed a wonderful place to live and raise a family. We lived in Contoocook Village, part of the Town of Hopkinton, for 47 years. While in Hopkinton I was fortunate to be appointed to many boards and elected to others. During those years, we also cleared land and created a certified organic blueberry farm. That endeavor was one of the most satisfying. Having your hands in clean living soil is good for the soul.
Victoria and I live in the Village of Pine Hills where we are fortunate to enjoy the many available benefits of living in The Villages. Here we continue to Live the Dream.
I am from Western NY, spent my entire real-life career in government accounting/management. (Sounds like an oxymoron but western NY had been doing quite well until the last decade)
Professionally, in reverse order, I was
A) A town manager for 12 years until retirement.
B) The Chief of Accounting for a county
C) An accountant/auditor strictly in the municipal field. From this I developed a reputation for helping troubled units get out of fiscal stress and turning around units that had “run off the rails”
I also had a second career, I was licensed as an EMT/EMT-A for 34 years, originally as a part time volunteer. When volunteerism began to disappear I worked for municipal and commercial firms. After a benevolent early retirement I did it full time for several years until we came here. My claim to fame here is that I delivered 9 babies.
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.
I grew up in the city of New Holstein (pop. 3400) in east central Wisconsin. I was graduated in 1971 from the University of Wisconsin in Madison with a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering (BSIE) and added a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh in 1981. Although my career ranged from industrial sales and marketing to retailing to accounting to product design, most of it was spent in the area of process improvement. In effect, I used my innate laziness to benefit others by eliminating wasted effort. I worked in the fields of manufacturing, health care, trade associations, and special needs support. I am married to Betty and have a stepson, a daughter, four grandchildren, two dogs, and four grand-dogs.
Described as “energetic” and “motivated by challenges,” it is no surprise that Tweet Coleman’s career has spanned positions as a senior FAA representative at the American Embassy in London, FAA Program Manager, and Regional Representative; Boeing 747 and 727 pilot with Continental Airlines; Dale Carnegie communications coach; and surgical nurse with the Cleveland Clinic (to name a few). In addition, Tweet possesses a master’s degree in aeronautical science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University—where she also served as an adjunct faculty member in Hawaii and London, England and a doctorate degree in aerospace aviation education from Oklahoma State University (OSU). Tweet was selected to be a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi at OSU.
Advancing the work of others is a cause close to home for Tweet, who in 1991, founded a scholarship for women in aviation. Hailed by Tweet as her greatest accomplishment, she established this scholarship with the American Association University Women, Honolulu branch, now in its 32nd year, as a way she could further support women from the state of Hawaii in pursuing and achieving their dream of becoming a pilot, a dream both she and one of her daughters have had the pleasure of realizing. Jenny Coleman Michiels is a pilot for FedEx Express.
Currently, Tweet is the Supervisor for District 6 seat 1 in The Villages, Florida. She serves as a mentor to high school students who are in the Aviation Club. Tweet is also an instructor at The Enrichment Academy; some of her topics include: “Manage your Fear of Flying,” “Mindfulness,” and “Brain Enrichment.”Tweet and her husband, Patrick, live in the Village of Caroline with their dog, Karma, who is the director of the residence.
Dave and his wife Cyndi live in the Village of Hawkins. They moved here from Buffalo NY and also had a home in Bradenton Florida for seven years. They gave up both to be full time residents for the wonderful lifestyle of The Villages.
Dave had a varied career with 23 years of active/reserve duty as a U.S. Army Officer. After leaving active duty, Dave spent a significant time as a municipal manager in New York. A second career developed as a performance improvement consultant after he obtained his PhD in training and performance improvement.
In addition to helping organizations achieve success, Dave served as a Senior Examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award program. This is a presidential award administered by the Department of Commerce and is the highest level of recognition for performance excellence that a U.S. organization can receive.
Dave is an online professor teaching a variety of organizational leadership and human resource management courses for master,s level students. He is also active as the co-coordinator for the Village of Hawkins AED program.