2014-2016: Toufic Moumne
(Tampa Bay Snow Skiers & Boarders)
2011-2014: Clair Quenzler
(Space Coast Ski Club)
2010-2011: Laurie Vest
(Orlando Ski Club)
2008-2010: Diane Peavy
(Pensacola Ski Club)
2006-2008: Michelle Moskowitz
(Miami Ski Club)
2004-2006: Bob Kendall
(Gator Ski Club of the Palm Beaches)
2002-2004: Kim Miller
(Orlando Ski Club)
2000-2002: Hank Rhawn
(Sarasota Ski Club)
1998-2000: Jim Nicholas
(Space Coast Ski Club)
1996-1998: Bob Thompson
(Jacksonville Ski Club)
1994-1996: Al Desilet
(Tampa Bay Snow Skiers)
1992-1994: Lenny Indianer
(Daytona Beach Ski Club)
1990-1992: Bob Davis
(Jacksonville Ski Club)
1988-1990: Pauline Boravicka
(Arias)(Miami Ski Club)
1986-1988: Tim Gaskins
(Jacksonville Ski Club)
1983-1986: Fred Wasserman
(Miami Ski Club)
PresidentCouldn’t you pick something closer to home?” my Dad asked when I told him I was taking up snow skiing.
As an official Florida native, I spent my childhood playing at the beach and enjoying all the natural beauty South Florida has to offer. Blessed with a wonderful career as a wildlife biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, I had the opportunity to see wild and beautiful places all across the country. I quickly realized that I loved the mountains as much as I loved the ocean.
I didn’t actually start skiing until my late thirties, but when I did, there was no turning back. I loved the sport, the places and the people. I started traveling with the Jacksonville Ski Club in 2001 and discovered how much fun it was to travel with a group.
After leading numerous trips and serving as secretary, treasurer and president of the Jacksonville Ski Club, I was elected to the board of the Florida Ski Council in 2007. It’s exciting to be a part of such a great organization that promotes the sport I love so much.
We help our Member Clubs grow and we give back to local charities that change lives for the better through ski experiences. I have made great friends all over the State and always look forward to our annual meetings and ski trips.
So, to my Dad, I say “Home is where the heart is, and my heart is in skiing.”
First Vice PresidentThirteen degrees below zero! – my first day on skis, and I absolutely loved it. I took to it like a “duck takes to water.” That happened in the early 80s when I was in my early 30s. Since 1997, I’ve been on many of my Tampa club’s trips which also included 14 Florida Ski Council trips. While assigned in Germany with the U.S. Army from 1993-1996, I was an active member of the Patch Ski Club of Stuttgart.
In August 2000, I officially retired in Tampa from the Army after 28 years of active service as a communications officer in the Signal Corps. Upon my retirement, my wife Karen and I decided to stay in Florida and make Tampa our home.
Soon after retiring, I volunteered to serve our townhouse community and served as president and chairman of the board of my homeowners’ association, as well as the community manager, and finally as treasurer in later years. I gave up those extensive duties and decided to devote my time to my not-for-profit ski club, the Tampa Bay Snow Skiers & Boarders (TBSSB), one of the 15 clubs in our Council.
My educational background includes many military schools, as well a bachelor’s degree in business administration. I have served as assistant treasurer/treasurer, social/publicity director, vice president, and two years as president of TBSSB.
I’ve been a part of the Florida Ski Council’s Executive Committee by serving two years as treasurer and two years as second vice president.
In my fifth year, I’m looking forward to serving and contributing my knowledge and wisdom as the first vice president of the Florida Ski Council this 2016-2017 season.
Second Vice PresidentGo snow skiing… are you crazy?!!!” That was my reaction when some of my friends from a local sports car club in Jacksonville, FL, suggested we try this sport. But this Florida native who at the time was in her early 30’s, actively involved in amateur auto racing and had yet to see snow, decided “why not!” So, with not much money to spend, off we went to North Carolina.
All I can say is that it’s a good thing we stayed an entire week, since it took me three days just to learn how to stop, not to mention the children’s ski school group that I slid into, knocking over like bowling pins. Not to worry, they were all fine, and had to help ME get out from under the parked snowmobile that I slid under! Although perhaps sounding calamitous, in that one week I absolutely fell in love with the sport and the entire winter ski experience.
Many years later a job transfer brought me to Orlando, where I had no friends or family. Thankfully I found the Orlando Ski Club, met some great people, have traveled on many wonderful trips and made long-lasting friendships. Being in a ski club has allowed me to ski not only at many U.S. resorts, but also international destinations.
I have been active in the Orlando Ski Club since joining, and last served as club President. I am currently retired after 30+ years in the financial services industry, and live with my fiancée in Volusia County, enjoying my other past time of motorcycle riding.
SecretaryI grew up in the beautiful state of North Carolina. When I was in college I learned how to ski on the slopes of Beech Mountain and Sugar Mountain. Those hills seem pretty tiny now after trips to Colorado, Utah, California, New Mexico, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Canada, Switzerland and France! These are the states/countries I’ve been blessed to visit and ski with the Space Coast Ski & Travel Club which my husband and I joined in 1992.
After our first trip to Snowmass, we were hooked on traveling with the club. Cal got involved and became a trip leader first. We started attending the Florida Ski Council meetings and learned there was a network of winter sports enthusiasts all across the state.
I became a trip leader in 2007 and then a club board member in 2008. I served as secretary for four years, then president for four years.
All three of our children learned how to snowboard on club trips. The part I have enjoyed most is the friendships we have made while skiing and traveling.
I am honored to serve on the FSC board. I know how hard this fine group of people works to plan trips that bring the 15 member clubs together to enjoy my favorite sport!
I also work as a speech/language pathologist with the Brevard Public Schools.
TreasurerIgrew up in the snowy Northeast but never skied. It wasn’t until I met my husband, a Florida native, that I started skiing and fell in love with the sport and the mountains. Our first two trips to Banff and Steamboat were with a small group of friends.
Then when we moved to Jacksonville in 2004, we quickly joined the Jacksonville Ski Club. We’ve enjoyed one or two trips per year with the club since joining. I also actively became involved with the club through trip leader positions and board positions from Membership, Marketing, Trips VP, and President.
Over the years, I’ve attended most of the Florida Ski Council meetings and I am honored to be a part of this wonderful group. I’ve made life long friends through my local club and the council.
I have an active career in real estate. In addition to my business and JSC & FSC responsibilities, I enjoy working out, cooking, hanging out with friends, and traveling.
As we like to say in Jacksonville: Friends, Fun, Snow, and Sun!
Past President, 2015-16I took my first trip with our local club, Tampa Bay Snow Skiers & Boarders (TBSSB), in February 1989. It was a Florida Ski Council trip to Park City, Utah. I was very impressed with the organization and the camaraderie. I have been a member since then.
I served the TBSSB in several positions from assistance treasurer, treasurer, vice-president, president, past president to trip committee chair. I have been a trip leader since 1991. My biggest impact was focusing our leaders on the club’s mission statement, goals and objectives.
My biggest strength is learning and teaching. I learned from the previous TBSS board of directors and I continued their message to keep the club vibrant yet business like. I have helped many TBSSB board directors, officers and leaders to be successful by assisting them with setting and attaining their goals. I served three times as a FSC representative (95, 06 & 07). I also wrote and presented a seminar on “How to Run Your Club as a Business”. I held the secretary, treasurer, first and second vice president, and president for the Florida Ski Council. I currently hold the past president position.
I was born in Lebanon so I have been skiing all my life (yes, Lebanon has mountains and snow). I am married to my wife Janice and have two wonderful daughters, Olivia and Jordan.
I am a graduate of the University of South Florida in Mechanical Engineering (BS in ’84 and MS in ’87). I currently work for the University as the Director of Operation. I manage the maintenance, utilities and the Energy Management Departments at the University.
In my spare time, I enjoy camping, off-road and on-road biking, and swimming.
Bid DirectorIam a Florida native and who saw snow for the first time at age 21 while in St. Moritz, Switzerland. I skied several times while working in Germany but didn’t really like it very much. It was cold and I wasn’t used to all that equipment. I was used to water skiing. Later in life I skied with my girls in North Carolina, and in my 40s started skiing in the West. It still wasn’t an instant love of the sport — I spent many a day with tears in my eyes — but eventually I grew to love the sport. I got involved with my local ski club, Space Coast Ski & Travel Club. I led trips, was on the club’s board, and eventually became president. With that experience, I went on to become involved with the Florida Ski Council and eventually became president.
I can’t imagine my life without skiing and my ski friends. I have made so many friends in Florida and throughout the United States. These people are fun, adventurous, bright, and always ready to travel somewhere or anywhere. I have traveled to Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Argentina, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Andorra, and Germany to ski. All of these trips have been with the Florida Ski Council. In addition to these, a friend (who I met in the ski club), and I have run trips that include Africa, Mediterranean cruise, Greek Isles cruise, Alaska, Thailand, Ireland and Iceland, and soon to be South America. What a fun ride!
As past president of the Florida Ski Council, I am proud to have had the opportunity to help lead this organization. Being an officer was a lot of work at times, but so rewarding to work with people and put together wonderful trips for the members.
Retired from real estate after more than 30 years, I can now have my bags packed at all times ready to go to the airport.