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.
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.
John spent most of his life in Maine until retiring in 2012. He moved with his wife, mother, and dog to Mission Hills. While his mother and dog have passed, John continues to “Keep the Dream Alive” with his wife Carol who is a Villages Polo Club Cheerleader. John spent three years in the Army including almost two years in Vietnam as a medic. He then began a 40-plus year career in public safety, serving in various ranks including Fire Chief. The last 14 years of his career he headed up a state law enforcement agency as the State Fire Marshal for the State of Maine. He also was the president of the National Association of State Fire Marshals. In this role, he was frequently in Washington dealing with proposed legislation and testifying before congressional committees. He also traveled to many places around the world dealing with a wide range of global concerns and developing relationships with officials at all levels of government. He also served on the board of directors of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). NFPA is responsible for developing the most widely used fire and life safety codes in the world. These codes protect the public where they live, work, and visit. Over half of his career was spent in administration dealing with legislation, budgets, negotiations, and human resources. John also served as a trustee and president of a large water district that supplied water to all or parts of six communities. He was president of a local Rotary Club and was named a Paul Harris Fellow. His second career was with CCA Global Partners. He began as a screener in the CCA Global University Hire For Success program and in 2014 was appointed Operations Manager. He was involved in the hiring of hundreds of positions at all levels in locations throughout the US and Canada. He retired from that role in January of this year. John has a degree in Fire Science and is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy, and he holds an Executive Certificate from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. He has enjoyed seeing Florida with the Segway Club, serves on the Medical Team for Villages Honor Flight, is a member of the America Legion, is the coordinator for the AED First Responder group in Mission Hills, and is a volunteer cook at the Hope Lutheran Church. He enjoys travel, boating, and cooking. But most of all, other than family, John loves living in The Villages. “I was someone who said throughout my career that I would never retire to Florida. One visit to The Villages and I was hooked. Now I think this is the best place I have ever lived. The beauty of this place and the care with which they maintain it is without equal. And the warmth of the climate is only exceeded by the warmth of my neighbors.”
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.