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.
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 one Great Grandson. 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 Naval 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 Broker of Record 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 a member of the local Seadragon Base, a Life Member of the Navy League, and a member of the American Legion. He previously served as the President of his local Homeowners Association in Pennsylvania, is a Past President of the Greater Harrisburg Association of Realtors and was a member of “Jake’s Team” which raises funds for Cancer Research at the Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. 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 maintaining it.
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.
Born and raised in Monmouth County, New Jersey. Served 6 years in the U.S. Navy, 2 years of which in the Reactor Division of a Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarine. New Jersey Institute of Technology, B.S. – Industrial Engineering-cum laude-Tau Beta Pi. Career in New Jersey, the Nuclear Power Department of Public Service Electric & Gas. Then 5 years of executive management consulting in the nuclear industry. Retired to The Villages in 2006, elected that year as Supervisor, CDD-6. Chair the Project Wide Advisory Committee since its inception.
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.