Our Board

John Moeckel

A mem­ber of the first Board of Direc­tors (2008–2009) and the Exec­u­tive Com­mit­tee as Pres­i­dent.  Orig­i­nal mem­ber and founder of the Venet­ian Ad Hoc Com­mit­tee.  After 4 years in the US Air Force, John began his career at Pub­lix in 1970 work­ing full time while earn­ing his com­put­er sci­ence degree.  In his 28 years at Pub­lix, he worked his way up from being a Com­put­er Oper­a­tor to Senior Man­age­ment in the Infor­ma­tion Sys­tems Depart­ment at the cor­po­rate office in Lake­land, Flori­da.  He was the Chair­man of the Impe­ri­alakes Water Action Com­mit­tee for Polk Coun­ty, Trea­sur­er of the Impe­ri­alakes Mas­ter Asso­ci­a­tion and Archi­tec­tur­al Com­mit­tee Chair­man for the roads and infra­struc­ture.  He has been on the Venet­ian Golf Advi­so­ry Com­mit­tee.  His hob­bies include fly­ing, golf, and a wide range of out­door activ­i­ties.  He and his wife, Char­lene, moved to the VGRC in May of 2004, to be close to the beach, the air­port and to be part of this won­der­ful com­mu­ni­ty.  He believes in our com­mu­ni­ty and wants to pro­tect its health, safe­ty, and to help make it the best com­mu­ni­ty with­in Venice.

Term Expires — March 2022

Tom Jones, Secretary

Tom has been a mem­ber and sec­re­tary of the VGRCCA board since 2008.  He grew up in Wis­con­sin and attend­ed UW-Madi­son where he met his wife, Pat. They lived in the San Fran­cis­co Bay area for 25 years and he retired in 2007 after 35 years with 3M Com­pa­ny in tape and elec­tron­ics sales.  Tom and Pat have been full-time res­i­dents and golf mem­bers of the Venet­ian since 2005.  Tom served on the VCDD board from 2008–2014 and has been on the Venet­ian POA board since 2015.  He is chair of the City of Venice Envi­ron­men­tal Advi­so­ry Board, which works with the City Coun­cil to fos­ter envi­ron­men­tal improve­ment in Venice.  His out­side inter­ests are golf, hik­ing, scu­ba div­ing, pho­tog­ra­phy, music, trav­el, and any­thing to do with the ocean.

Term Expires — March 2023

Michelle M.L. Trent

Michelle is from Beth­le­hem, PA and earned a B.A. from Mora­vian Col­lege and a M.B.A. from Lehigh Uni­ver­si­ty.  Her life is some­what atyp­i­cal in that she had a career for 20 years pri­or to becom­ing a mom.  For the first ten years she trav­eled exten­sive­ly as a Nation­al Sales Man­ag­er for Allied Waste (for­mer­ly BFI.) The sec­ond decade was spent self-employed as an inde­pen­dent mar­ket­ing con­sul­tant and entre­pre­neur coach.  Pri­or to relo­cat­ing to Flori­da, Michelle served on the boards of sev­er­al non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tions in the Beth­le­hem area, includ­ing hold­ing exec­u­tive posi­tions such as Trea­sur­er.  Michelle is mar­ried to David Trent and togeth­er they have a daugh­ter.  Michelle has been com­ing to the Venet­ian Golf & Riv­er Club since 2006 and has been a prop­er­ty own­er since 2015.  Some of her many inter­ests include bik­ing and learn­ing to play the ukulele.

Term Expires — March 2023


Lew Perry, VP

Lew and his wife Pam have resided at the Venet­ian for 12 years. Pri­or to retir­ing to Venice, Lew served as Chief of Police and is expe­ri­enced in all aspects of Admin­is­tra­tion. This includ­ed Plan­ning and Research, Labor Man­age­ment, Bud­get Prepa­ra­tions and pre­sen­ta­tions, and Secu­ri­ty Pro­to­col. Lew earned a Mas­ters of Pub­lic Admin­is­tra­tion, Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence in Crim­i­nal Jus­tice Admin­is­tra­tion, and is a Grad­u­ate of the F.B.I. Nation­al Acad­e­my. He has served on numer­ous com­mu­ni­ty orga­ni­za­tions the P.O.A. Board of Direc­tors (2015–2017), where he chaired the Com­mit­tee on revis­ing leas­ing pro­ce­dures at the Venet­ian and attend­ed meet­ings of the ACC and Rules Com­mit­tees. He was the Chair­per­son of the VCCD Traf­fic Enforce­ment Com­mit­tee (2017). Pre­sent­ed rec­om­men­da­tions of the Com­mit­tee to reduce and iden­ti­fy offend­ers and imple­men­ta­tion of sig­nage, and oth­er traf­fic calm­ing mea­sures to improve dri­ving and pedes­tri­an traf­fic con­cerns with­in the Venet­ian Com­mu­ni­ty.  He served on the Venet­ian Riv­er Club Fit­ness Com­mit­tee – (2013–2015 Chair­man).  He also served on the Venet­ian Golf Hand­i­cap Com­mit­tee and the Men’s Golf Com­mit­tee (2015–2017).  Lew was the Pres­i­dent of the San Mar­co II Home­own­ers Asso­ci­a­tion, Venet­ian (2005–2010) and was Vice-Pres­i­dent of the Corn­field Point Beach Asso­ci­a­tion, Old Say­brook, Ct.  2001–2016. While liv­ing in Con­necti­cut Lew was a mem­ber of the Board of Select­men — Town of Clin­ton, Ct.  1994–2003, a mem­ber of the Board of Finance — Town of Clin­ton, Ct. 1992–1994 and served on the Plan­ning and Zon­ing Com­mis­sion — Town of Clin­ton, Ct (Chair­man for 2 years) 1986–1992.

Term Expires — March 2022

Sharon George

Sharon and her hus­band Kei­th have resided at the Venet­ian since June 2020.  Pri­or to retir­ing full-time to Venice, they resided in Racine, Wis­con­sin.  Sharon has had a diverse vari­ety of careers over 46 years.  She start­ed out as an ele­men­tary edu­ca­tor in Wis­con­sin teach­ing sec­ond and third grades.  While teach­ing, she earned her MS in Edu­ca­tion­al Psy­chol­o­gy and served on the teacher’s union nego­ti­at­ing team.  After 9 years of teach­ing, she made a switch to Wis­con­sin Bell/Ameritech to work in the tele­com engi­neer­ing area for 10 years.  The fol­low­ing 27 years Sharon was a finan­cial plan­ner in invest­ment secu­ri­ties and moved into secu­ri­ties com­pli­ance, oper­a­tions and man­age­ment. She retired as the com­pli­ance, oper­a­tions and pro­gram man­ag­er at John­son Invest­ment Ser­vices at John­son Bank in Racine, Wis­con­sin. She has also served as pres­i­dent of two con­do­mini­um boards over the years.

Sharon and Kei­th have one son and one grand­daugh­ter liv­ing in Chica­go.  After mov­ing to the Venet­ian, they went back to Wis­con­sin to bring Sharon’s moth­er, Dorothy Ham­burg, to live with them.  Dorothy recent­ly cel­e­brat­ed her 101st birthday.

Sharon enjoys all Wis­con­sin sport teams (Pack­ers, Brew­ers, Bucks and Wis­con­sin Bad­gers), trav­el, golf, dogs, and com­mu­ni­ty involvement.

Tern Expires — March 2023


Harry Orenstein

After grad­u­at­ing from col­lege, Har­ry spent a year liv­ing and work­ing on an Indi­an Reser­va­tion in Neva­da on the Ore­gon bor­der. Return­ing to his home town in the D.C. area, he spent 5 years with the U.S. Office of Edu­ca­tion admin­is­ter­ing Gov­ern­ment grants/contracts to Pub­lic School Dis­tricts. He then left to attend law School at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Vir­ginia, even­tu­al­ly join­ing Xerox Cor­po­ra­tion for 20 years head­ing the legal depart­ment respon­si­ble for coun­sel­ing cor­po­rate-wide oper­a­tions in State, Local, and Fed­er­al Gov­ern­ment accounts. In 2007, he moved to the Venet­ian and became the first Gen­er­al Coun­sel for Boar’s Head Pro­vi­sions in down­town Sara­so­ta. He retired from that posi­tion in 2012 and has been with the Board of Direc­tors ever since.

Since mov­ing to Flori­da he has par­tic­i­pat­ed in a num­ber of com­mu­ni­ty relat­ed posi­tions includ­ing his Con­do Asso­ci­a­tion, Ten­nis Com­mit­tee, and VCDD from 2014–2018, serv­ing as the Vice-Chair the last two years. In addi­tion, Har­ry was appoint­ed to a Van Wet­zel Task Force del­e­gat­ed with the respon­si­bil­i­ty for design­ing, build­ing, and fund­ing for a brand new Con­cert Hall.

He and his wife Car­ol absolute­ly love liv­ing in the Venet­ian and over the years have estab­lished great rela­tion­ships with many of the peo­ple that live here. Har­ry also enjoys ten­nis and tol­er­ates an occa­sion­al round of golf.

Term Expires — March 2022

Fred Baughman, Executive Vice President and Treasurer

Fred’s work career includ­ed posi­tions in pub­lic account­ing, bank­ing and finan­cial ser­vices. He retired in 2004 after 18 years with State Street Cor­po­ra­tion, a glob­al Finan­cial Ser­vices firm. His last posi­tion with State Street was Con­troller and Chief Account­ing Offi­cer. Since retire­ment he has served in sev­er­al vol­un­teer posi­tions includ­ing Finance Com­mit­tee mem­ber for the Town of Kingston, Mass­a­chu­setts and Trea­sur­er of the Jones Riv­er Vil­lage His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety. He worked on the Com­mit­tee that stud­ied the acqui­si­tion of the Riv­er Club. Fred holds a BA from Dick­in­son Col­lege and an MBA from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Pitts­burgh. Dur­ing his work­ing career he was a Cer­ti­fied Pub­lic Accoun­tant. Fred and his wife Pat have lived in the Venet­ian since 2006 and have been full time res­i­dents since 2010.

Term Expires — March 2023

Mark Faford

Mark and his wife Livvy have resided at the Venet­ian since 2015 after relo­cat­ing from Trum­bull, CT. Pri­or to retir­ing to Venice, Mark spent 37 years work­ing in the chem­i­cal indus­try pri­mar­i­ly in account­ing, gen­er­al oper­a­tions man­age­ment and cor­po­rate finance. Mark served as Gen­er­al Man­ag­er of a sul­fu­ric acid busi­ness with man­u­fac­tur­ing facil­i­ties in Texas and Louisiana before trans­fer­ring to become Vice Pres­i­dent of Investor Rela­tions and Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions for Arch Chem­i­cals, Inc. In this role, Mark also was heav­i­ly involved with the Company’s acqui­si­tions and divesti­tures, includ­ing the sale of Arch Chem­i­cals to the Swiss com­pa­ny, Lon­za, Inc. After this sale, Mark worked for Lon­za, Inc. where he co-led the tran­si­tion and inte­gra­tion of the two companies.

Mark obtained a BS from Penn­syl­va­nia State Uni­ver­si­ty and earned a MBA from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Connecticut.

He served as Pres­i­dent of a 65-unit con­do­mini­um asso­ci­a­tion in Long­port, New Jer­sey for 10 years lead­ing numer­ous cap­i­tal improve­ment and main­te­nance projects. Hav­ing been born and raised in Philadel­phia, he nev­er lost his “Philly roots” which is why he and fam­i­ly vaca­tioned dur­ing the sum­mer months in south jer­sey. He remains very loy­al to his Philly sports teams through good times and not-so-good times. Mark enjoys vis­it­ing with his two chil­dren in CT and NY and play time with his young granddaughter.

Mark also served as the ini­tial Trea­sur­er and Sec­re­tary for the Paler­mo Neigh­bor­hood Board at the Venet­ian for two years when WCI turned over man­age­ment to the own­ers and cur­rent­ly serves on the Venetian’s Rac­quet Sports Advi­so­ry Committee.

Term Expires – March 2023

Roger Effron, President

Roger Effron worked for the Cincin­nati Pub­lic Schools for 30 years and was Prin­ci­pal of an inner city high school, junior high school and the district’s per­son­nel direc­tor with respon­si­bil­i­ties of man­ag­ing approx­i­mate­ly 7000 employ­ees.  Effron retired from the dis­trict in 1992.  Cur­rent­ly, Effron serves as a Vis­it­ing Pro­fes­sor of Edu­ca­tion at Xavier Uni­ver­si­ty where he teach­es in the grad­u­ate pro­gram from Flori­da, his online class in Politics/Public Rela­tions and Human Resources.  Effron is Pres­i­dent of Effron & Asso­ciates, LLC.  In addi­tion to pro­vid­ing exec­u­tive search ser­vices,  Effron & Asso­ciates serves as the pri­ma­ry strate­gist for many polit­i­cal issue cam­paigns and also spe­cial­izes in com­mu­ni­ty engage­ment and dam­age con­trol.  Effron has writ­ten a num­ber of nation­al­ly pub­lished arti­cles, address­ing issues in both edu­ca­tion and human resources and is called upon to serve as a pre­sen­ter and moti­va­tion speak­er.  For eight years, Effron appeared on Cincinnati’s ABC tele­vi­sion affil­i­ate pro­vid­ing a com­men­tary on edu­ca­tion.  Effron received a Bach­e­lor of Arts in History/Political Sci­ence from Mia­mi Uni­ver­si­ty and a Mas­ter of Edu­ca­tion from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cincin­nati, with advanced grad­u­ate work at Xavier Uni­ver­si­ty, State Uni­ver­si­ty of New York and the Uni­ver­si­ty of Mary­land. Effron has served on the Venet­ian Golf and Riv­er Club as Exec­u­tive VP for six years and authors its newslet­ter, Parcels. He was also active in assist­ing the Venice Police Depart­ment in improv­ing its pub­lic image. As a mem­ber of the golf club, he is not rec­og­nized as a great golfer, but instead, the own­er of 44 var­i­ous and col­or­ful golf shoes!

Term Expires — March 2022