Executive Board

The Club is governed by a Board of Directors. Any member who is interested in filling a seat on the Board may apply. The Board takes those names under consideration, evaluating the candidate’s skills, desire to serve, and other relevant factors. After due deliberation the Board appoints the new Board member. In addition to the permanent members there are two members-at-large, each having a one year term.  Any club member may volunteer for a member-at-large position. The member-at-large positions give the opportunity for Club members to be on the Board and participate in decision making. If you are interested in filling a Board position, or just attending a Board meeting, contact one of the current Board members. Click one the e-mail links below to send an e-mail the respective board member. Please meet the current Lakewood Ranch Digital Photography Club Board of Directors below…

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  • December 29, 2017 12:53 PM | TOM LOVELL (Administrator)

    E-mail Larry

    Started in  photography when he was 14 using a Pentax Spotmatic and processing  B/W negatives and prints in his bathroom/darkroom.  In 1992 he opened a photo studio as a side business to his advertising agency.  For almost 25 years he did work he called “Concept Portraiture”.  His service was to provide one signed print to each client - framed and matted in sizes ranging from 16 x 24” up to 30 x 40”.  No 8x10’s, no wallet sizes, etc.  His business was low volume but high margin.

  • December 13, 2017 10:27 AM | TOM LOVELL (Administrator)

    E-mail Ron  

    Ron grew up in New Jersey and therefore is in the proud majority of the LWRDPC membership of people from NJ and who shoot with Canon.  He has a degree in accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University and spent his career in Financial Audit, IT audit and overall technology field.

    He has had responsibility for several key facets of technology for Financial Services such as Data Centers, Information Security, Capacity Planning, Technical Support, Applications Development and Compliance.

    Ron retired in 2012 and moved to Sarasota from the Chicagoland area.  Although not a fan of the heat and humidity, he has learned to endure the Florida weather from May through November by playing as much golf as possible, bike riding and taking pictures. Although he had a middle of the road camera, he never took it off auto until meeting Bill Mills.  Bill has mentored Ron and has given Ron’s wife great ideas for upgrading cameras and associated lenses to help picture quality.

    Ron has held positions on the Board of Education, local board of United Cerebral Palsy and helps out on Habitat for Humanity.  He has been getting more active with the LWRDPC and is looking forward to working with the current board.

  • December 12, 2017 10:45 AM | TOM LOVELL (Administrator)

    E-mail Jim

    Currently Jim is the Treasurer of the LWRDPC.  He assumed this role in January of 2016.  In this role he has, migrated the club financials to QuickBooks, applied for and received 501(C)3 status, assisted in modifying the club By-Laws to be consistent with 501(C)3 requirements and applied and obtained FL State tax exemption status which reduces the cost for the club to gain entry to venues for photography events.

    Jim recently retired from PepsiCo after working there for 28 years.  He and his wife, Susan, have lived in River Club since 1994.  They have a son and daughter who both live outside the state.  Jim’s education background includes a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.

    Jim jump started his photography skills by taking photos of his daughter playing soccer.  This has since progressed to wildlife and portrait photography.  This past summer, Jim and Susan took a trip to Africa where they had the opportunity to see and take photos of animals in their natural habitat.

  • December 11, 2017 3:05 PM | TOM LOVELL (Administrator)

    E-mail Deedie

    A Florida native, Deedie has always had a love for the outdoors and the water.  She moved to Sarasota 20 years ago from Central Florida.

    Deedie has made a career in sales having worked for Wellcraft, Herald Tribune, Observer Media Group and is now an independent agent for Aflac. 

    Always interested in photography, Deedie traded in her "point and shoot" camera for a DSLR when her grandson became mobile.  The point and shoot couldn't keep up with him.  Though she enjoys shooting a variety of subjects, she is partial to shooting landscapes.

    This is her third year with the LWRDPC and is currently the Secretary for the Club.

  • December 10, 2017 3:36 PM | David Kurshan (Administrator)

    IMG_5224 copybwE-mail Mindy

    Mindy joined LWRDPC when there were only 45 members and now the meetings have expanded to fill all 3 salons at the Town Hall. She has served as the Treasurer, Vice-President and most recently as President. She now serves the Club as the Past President on the Board of Directors.

    Mindy was born and raised in Indiana and has 3 daughters, a stepson and 7 grandchildren. She moved to Florida 12 years ago and first lived on Siesta Key then the Summerfield neighborhood in Lakewood Ranch.

    She spent several years as a volunteer photographer for her kids’ elementary school yearbooks and sat on the board of directors for the Auburn girls’ softball league for 10 years where she held the position of treasurer. She led the annual fundraisers and also helped to organize the concession stand and parent volunteers for several years.

    After a vacation in Panama, Mindy and her husband Mike fell in love with the country and started looking for a new adventure. They purchased a plot of land and built a house in the mountains near Boquete in the Chiriqui Highlands. During her time there she worked with another photographer from Indiana to teach 10 local Ngobe Indian children basic rules of composition, lighting and how to use disposable cameras. The photos were ultimately used in a display to raise money to build teacher dormitories in a remote mountain location.

    Mindy and her husband returned to the States after becoming grandparents as they wanted to be closer to their family. They now live in the Esplande community in Lakewood Ranch.

  • December 09, 2017 3:51 PM | TOM LOVELL (Administrator)

     E-mail Alex 

    I started in photography in the 50’s by taking high school year book photos. As my interest in photography developed I joined a camera club in 1960- Motor City Camera Club - Michigan. Our club participated in the Greater Detroit Camera Club Council where I achieved Galaxy Status in Monochrome Prints, Color Prints, Color Slides and Star Rating in Nature Prints and Slides. I became a regular judge in both the club and Greater Detroit Camera Club Council. I taught photography on weekends and evenings at a local camera store in the Detroit area. I was a member of Motor City for 35 years and held every office (most several times). I was Vice President of the G.D.C.C.C. and also the Competition Director. 

    I joined the P.S.A. in 1980 and enrolled in a Slide Study group. I became Secretary of one of the groups and eventually became the Director for all of the Study Groups and held the post for about (13) years. Upon moving to Florida (15 years ago) I joined a camera club in my area and was a member until they moved their meeting place.  I am currently one of the judges for ‘Print of the Month’ for the P.S.A. (only one judge is used per month and we rotate). The prints are sent to me and I review about 100 entries when it is my turn to judge (there are 4 sections, Color Advanced, Mono Advanced, Color Beginners, Mono Beginners). I select a winner for each category and write comments for each entry and then select an overall winner. The print selected for overall winner is then published in the P.S.A. Journal (along with my comments). I belong to several P.S.A. Print Folios as commentator, a ‘Nature Folio, and (3) General Folios’ . The Folio is sent to me and I review and comment on all of the prints (I also assign ‘Green Eagles’ to the prints which I feel merit them- they give that member points). I am also the Equipment Editor for the P.S.A. Journal. I review cameras/lenses/flashes and write equipment reviews which are published in the Journal.

  • December 08, 2017 3:04 PM | David Kurshan (Administrator)

    E-mail Dave

    Dave moved Florida from New Jersey in 2005.  He was educated in mathematics and computer science.  Former careers include airline pilot with Pan Am,, technical manager at Bell Laboratories, and president of a software company specializing in network operations support systems. He and his wife Ann are currently enjoying retirement in Lakewood Ranch.  HIs goal in the club is to improve his photography skills, and he is also active in education and mentoring within the club, as well as being responsible for IT operations

  • December 07, 2017 4:18 PM | TOM LOVELL (Administrator)

    E-mail Susan

    Susan became interested in photography by helping her husband, Jim (LWRDPC Treasurer), post process pictures of their children playing sports.   She would do basic cropping and color adjusting to the pictures of their teammates before giving the pictures to the parents.   She has lived in Bradenton for 24 years.  She is originally from Iowa and she is proud to be a Hawkeye!  She graduated from University of Iowa with a BBA in Marketing and Industrial Relations with a minor in German.   Her greatest joy was raising her children, her son, John, and her daughter, Jessica, who are now married and living in Greenville, SC and Detroit, MI.  Susan plays tennis and bikes on a tandem with Jim.  She also plays the cello and is a beginner harpist.  Photography professional, she is not, but she enjoys working on pictures in post processing.  Now that Susan is a Grandma, she is trying to perfect her photo skills by using a Nikon 1-V2 camera.   Though she has a lot to learn, the Lakewood Ranch Digital Photography Club has helped her master some basic skills through the photo club classes, attending the monthly meetings, listening to the guest speakers and from members who graciously offer free advice!  She is looking forward to gaining additional photography skills by helping to organize monthly field trips.  Please feel free to offer Susan suggestions of locations for future field trips!  

  • December 06, 2017 4:35 PM | TOM LOVELL (Administrator)

    E-mail Susan

    Susan is originally from Philadelphia and has lived in Sarasota since 2001.  She came to Florida retired and enjoying playing golf and tennis.  She is an accomplished golfer that has played with  a handicap as low as 5.6 – although other interests have caused her handicap to rise to a 12.  Her previous careers included a registered stock broker, a trader on the floor of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange and manager and buyer in a women’s clothing boutique.   Shortly after arriving in Florida Susan formed a company called 4women.com, an on- line boutique that caters to women who are experiencing medical hair loss.  She designed a fashion forward scarf that holds two US patents.  She has served as President of 4women.com for the past 10 years. Susan recently sold her business and plans to dedicate more time to her photography interests.  

    The photography demands of her company led Susan to buy a camera, take a few courses and try and do some of the photography herself.  She was immediately hooked and her photography passion grew quickly.  She is currently enrolled in Ringling College of Art and Design’s continuing education photography program and is a few credits away from receiving a Photography Certificate. Susan graduated from Marymount University with a degree in design and attended Chestnut Hill College where she received a degree in business.  She was the tennis coach at Chestnut Hill College while attending school there.  Susan and her husband Jack have 5 sons and 6 grandchildren who are scattered across the country.  They love visiting them as often as possible and always try and find some great photography opportunities on those trips.

  • December 05, 2017 5:18 PM | TOM LOVELL (Administrator)

     E-mail Joseph    

    Joseph was born and raised in the Washington, DC area, where he lived until 1993.  He spent a year in Cleveland, OH before moving to Saint Louis in 1995.   He relocated to the Gulf Coast in 2012.

    He started his Information Technology career in 1980, spending 6 years in education, 2 years in transportation and 22 years in retailing.  His responsibilities have included Operations, Data Centers, Technical Support, Applications Development and Financial Reporting. He has an MBA from Washington University in St Louis.

    Joseph always had an interest in photography, but it became a serious hobby after he moved to Florida and bought his first DLSR.  He started out doing architecture, street and nature but has migrated more to macro photography, which allows one to discover details, patterns and textures not normally visible to the naked eye.  

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