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 have to offer.
Peter was born and raised in the town of Woodland (Aroostock County) Maine. The farm life created a passion for growing things that still very much exist today. He attended local schools and also attended Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield, Maine graduating in 1967. Following MCI, Peter attended New England College – Henniker, NH graduating in 1971. The very next stop was Ft. Dix, NJ for basic training. Thus spending the next six years in the NH Army National Guard.
He and his late wife, Marilyn, lived in Contoocook village which is in the town of Hopkinton, NH where they had 3 fine youngsters. Marilyn taught school after the kids were grown and was incredibly passionate about teaching reading.
During the 47 years in the community, Peter wore many hats. He spent 30 years actively involved in the Hopkinton Fire Department retiring as Chief on December 31, 1999. He also served on many volunteer boards which included the Board of Selectmen for seven years; three of those years as Chairman. He also served as secretary of the Capital Area Fire Mutual Aid Compact for too many years to count and was also a member of the Central NH Regional Planning Commission.
While all the previously mentioned activities were happening, he used some of the marketing skills acquired at NEC and created a full service company from design to maintenance of draft beer dispensing systems. The passion developed as a child and carried into Hopkinton. Peter reclaimed an overgrown farm next door to his house in the village and created a pick your own blueberry farm which became certified organic in the mid 1990’s.
Peter and his wife have lived in The Villages for seven years of which the first three were snowbird years. In early 2017 the process began of building a new house in the village of Pine Hills. At that time, he and his wife sold everything in the north and moved to The Villages permanently.
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.
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.
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.
Ellie and her husband live in the Village of Hadley year-round now after being reverse snowbirds coming up from Manasota Key in the summer to escape hurricane season.They also spent many years in the suburbs of Kansas City, on the Kansas side of the State Line.
Ms. Decker holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Kansas in addition to credits towards a Master’s degree from both Baker University in Kansas, and the University of Missouri. She has owned a few small businesses over the years and also did contract accounting work.
Her husband is a retired M.D., who served in the Air Force. Her father and both grandfather’s served in the Navy with other branches of the military represented throughout her family tree, including a branch back to the Revolutionary War. Consequently, she is a member of the DAR and gives presentations on their museum.
According to Ellie: “I feel a strong calling to serve.After being actively involved and serving in both Kansas and Florida, I began serving in The Villages.I am an alternate member of the Architectural Review Board, and am on the Sumter County Library Board.I have been a Den Mom, a Guardian ad Litem, a member of CERT, and on a few other Boards”.
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 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.
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.