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SSCA Board

The SSCA board of directors meets the third Tuesday of every month at 4:30pm Eastern time.  Members are welcomed to attend the meetings.  Call Home Base at 754-702-5068 for call-in instructions if you are interested in attending a meeting.


Commodore Ed Kelly, President
Member since 2000, Commodore since 2010
Elected Nov. 2017 - Term Expires Nov. 2020 

Ed and his wife Sue have been cruising 24/7 on their sailboat sv Angel Louise for ten years through 48 countries and five continents. He is a member of the Ocean Cruising Club and is licensed by the US Coast Guard with International Certificates of Competence for operation of power and sail vesssels in foreign nations.

Ed is an attorney and received his education from the University of Iowa. He served as state prosecutor, Senior Assistant US Attorney, and Director of Cybercrime Training for the US Department of Justice. He has served as a school board director and on the board of directors for the Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, as well as numerous other boards.


Ed Kelly


Skip Gundlach
 

Commodore Skip Gundlach,  Vice President

Member since 2004, Commodore since 2016
Elected Nov. 2018 - Term Expires Nov. 2021

Skip and his wife Lydia have been active cruisers since 2007 and their preferred cruising grounds are the Bahamas with occasional forays on the east coast.  Skip is also active in dozens of cruising-related groups--social media, forums, etc.

 

He is a college graduate of Marietta College (Marietta, OH--Math, Physics and Chemistry) with 3 national championship gold (and one bronze) rowing medals and an adult-life continuous boater.  In his professional life, Skip was a consultant; his job was finding ways to improve his clients’ businesses by increasing efficiency and profitability.  And, he has expectations of doing the same for SSCA during his tenure while looking for additional ways to increase membership.



Associate Mike Hatton, Treasurer

Member since 2002
Elected Nov. 2018 - Term Expires Nov. 2021

Mike and his wife Elizabeth have belonged to SSCA for many years and they've also attended many gams. In addition to SSCA, they also belong to the Waterway Radio Cruising Club (KC2GJZ,KC2GKA), and the Chesapeake Bay Hinckley Association. They've been sailing for 30 years, primarily on Lake Erie, Maine, and the Chesapeake Bay area.

 

Mike and Elizabeth keep their boat, Sweetwater, in Deale, MD and will be retiring aboard her next year as full-time cruisers. They actively cruise the Bay and North Carolina. They split cruising time between Buffalo, NY on Lake Erie and the Bay from April until about November every year. They raised all eight of their kids aboard various boats along the way.  Mike is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, and a professor at the School of Dental Medicine at Buffalo, NY. He has been active for many years running various professional and service organizations and brings those experiences to his board position.



Mike Hatton




Marc Bodian

Commodore Marc Bodian, Director

Member since 2008, Commodore since 2018
Appointed Dec. 2018 to fill an unexpired term - Term Expires Nov. 2020

Marc grew up on the water of the Chesapeake and Buzzard Bays, racing inshore and offshore. He and his wife Nicola have been cruising the east coast and the Caribbean for the last decade, the last six years full-time; they have come to appreciate the camaraderie and knowledge base that SSCA provides. 

As a project manager and general contractor, both in commercial and residential construction, Marc firmly believes that cooperative effort is the answer to most challenges. Both Marc and Nicola have been volunteer ski patrollers as well as volunteers with community organizations and know the value of giving back or paying it forward.  Marc believes helping the SSCA and its members grow in numbers as well as in developing more opportunities and more resources is just a way of saying thank you.






Commodore Joy Carey, Director

Member since 1991
Commodore since 2003
Elected Nov. 2019 - Term Expires Nov. 2022

Joy and her husband Jim built their first boat in 1978 and cruised with their infant daughter along the west coast of the US, into Canada, and back down to Mexico.  In 1991, they purchased Kelaerin and sailed down the coast, through the canal to Florida.  They later cruised to Puerto Rico and back to Florida before crossing the Atlantic in 2002 to circumnavigate eastabouts.  They are still actively cruising the west coast and are preparing to go to Mexico this fall. 

 Joy holds a BA degree in Special Education from San Diego State University and previously taught high school in Florida and served as a newspaper columnist.  She has submitted articles to the Commodores’ Bulletin and is currently submitting articles to Cruising World and other magazines.  She has plans to publish a book soon.

By serving on the SSCA Board of Directors, Joy would like to see more involvement on the US west coast and in Mexico.  She had the honor to meet Ruth Carstarphen, one of SSCA’s founders, in 1991; Ruth came over and introduced herself when she saw the SSCA burgee flying in San Diego.  Joy also had the opportunity to meet Ruth’s daughter, Tere Batham, on several occasions while cruising overseas.    She hopes to see SSCA regain its inclusive reputation so that thousands of cruisers on the Pacific coast can be more involved.






Joy Carey
Joy Carey





Jeff Gower

Associate Jeff Gower, Director

Member since 1995
Elected Nov. 2018 - Term Expires Nov. 2021

While stationed in Coronado and living aboard their Westsail 32, Calypso, Jeff and his wife Wendy became SSCA members. They found a group of like-minded, self sufficient sailors who forged not only a love for the sea but the cruising way of life. Lots of water has passed under their keel since then and Calypso still remains home. After retiring from the Navy, they cruised from Texas to the Chesapeake with their 13-year old daughter. Settling in Morehead City, NC, Jeff taught high school for 10 years.

 

Since 2010, they have cruised the Exumas, both Florida coasts, and the Chesapeake. They've remained active in SSCA over the years by volunteering at the Melbourne Gam, writing articles for the Commodores' Bulletin and participating in SSU webinars. Being a realist, Jeff understands that a position on the board is no easy job especially in today’s world where organizations have declining membership and participation and his hope is to bring fresh ideas to the table while maintaining the traditions of the organization as a board member.

 



Associate Frederick Channell, Director
Member Since 2018
Elected Nov. 2019-Term Expires Nov. 2022

While a long-term observer, Fred is a relatively new member of SSCA but an active professional and recreational mariner.  He is employed as captain of a research vessel for Cornell University.  In that capacity, Fred spends approximately 150 days a year at sea, primarily along the offshore east coast of the United States; although, he has worked extensively in the Arctic, Patagonia, Africa, and the Gulf of Mexico.  Having been a mariner all his life, Fred holds a BS degree in Marina Biology and a USCG 100T Masters Certificate.  Prior to his tenure at Cornell, Fred was a commercial fisherman in Maine for 15 years and an administrator for government social programs for five years.
Currently, he is preparing his personal sailboat, Willow, for extended cruising once he retires in approximately 24 months.  During the interim, he and his wife Mary cruise on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.  

Fred hopes to bring a fresh, outsider’s perspective to the organization.  Having been involved with online sailing forums personally and professionally, Fred is in touch with the pulse of the cruising community. He is concerned that the cruising community is aging and he wants to see greater engagement among upcoming cruiser generations.  While recognizing that the cruising community is diverse in experience and interests, Fred advocates strongly communicating the core interests of long-range, long-term cruising, both to those who are actively ocean cruising and those who have a genuine desire to do so.





Frederick Channell
Frederick Channell


Karen Nettles
Karen Nettles

Karen Nettles – Member Services Coordinator

Karen became SSCA’s member services coordinator in July of 2017 when KFR Services acquired the management agreement with SSCA.  Although she has no cruising experience, she is quickly learning about cruising having served as member services coordinator for another boating association prior to coming onboard at SSCA.

Karen enjoys being around the water as she grew up in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, which is home to numerous beaches and rivers, including the ACE Basin, one of the largest wetland ecosystems on the Atlantic coast.  

Karen has over 15 years of association management experience that includes planning and executing events, implementing and administering programs and services, corresponding with members and overseeing general administrative procedures.   While serving as executive assistant for a professional trade association, she also handled various administrative duties for a non-profit foundation. She holds a BA degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of South Carolina.  Karen enjoys reading, cooking and being outdoors.



Barb Hart - Communications Coordinator

Barb has lived aboard La Luna, a 47-foot Pedrick designed Cheoy Lee since 2002. She and her husband, Stew, sailed south in 2010 after enjoying seven winters aboard in Maine. Six winters in the Caribbean and Florida have convinced her that living aboard is more fun when snow doesn’t happen. Their cruise took them from Maine to Florida, the Bahamas, Caribbean, Azores, Canaries, and Panama. They returned to Florida in 2015 so Barb could go back to work.

Her land-based work experience included television production, sales, and recruiting—and writing everything from scripts to articles to blogs. After taking Barb Theisen’s Writing for Boaters Course in 2009, Barb published articles in Good Old Boat, All at Sea Caribbean, Latitudes and Attitudes, and other magazines. She is delighted to join the SSCA team working to increase Membership Engagement and plans to focus on the organization’s three pillars: Sharing Cruising Information, Fostering Camaraderie, and Leaving a Clean Wake.




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Barb Hart












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