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

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 (1993) and a M.B.A. from Lehigh Uni­ver­si­ty (2002).  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 Maria who was born in 2014.

Michelle has been com­ing to the Venet­ian Golf & Riv­er Club since 2006 and has been a prop­er­ty own­er since 2015.  Her goals are to keep VG&RC wel­com­ing, thriv­ing, attrac­tive, and ulti­mate­ly the place “to be” in south­west Flori­da.  After liv­ing most of her adult life only 10 miles from her par­ents, it was dif­fi­cult to move far away. How­ev­er, the Venet­ian feels like home and pre­serv­ing its beau­ty and esteem is very impor­tant to her.  Some of her many inter­ests include bik­ing and learn­ing to play the ukulele.  After Michelle’s daugh­ter starts school she’d like to get back to work and begin her “sec­ond” career.  So until she finds her next call­ing she is vol­un­teer­ing her time and being sup­port­ive to her neigh­bors in a mul­ti­tude of ways.

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

Jerry Jasper, VP

Jer­ry was born and raised in Grand Blanc, Michi­gan. He received a Mechan­i­cal Engi­neer­ing degree from Case Insti­tute of Tech­nol­o­gy (lat­er to become Case West­ern Reserve Uni­ver­si­ty) in 1961. His work­ing career con­sist­ed of 35 years with Chica­go Bridge and Iron Co., an inter­na­tion­al engi­neer­ing and con­struc­tion firm. Jer­ry held var­ied sales and man­age­ment posi­tions with CB&I, being assigned to sev­er­al South­east Asia and U.S. West Coast loca­tions. At the time of his retire­ment in 1996, he served as Vice Pres­i­dent and Gen­er­al Man­ag­er of CB&I’s open shop con­struc­tion arm for the west­ern Unit­ed States. Pri­or to mov­ing to the VG&RC in 2007, Jer­ry and his wife Barb spent their “first” retire­ment years in Flat Rock, North Car­oli­na where he served two years as pres­i­dent of the Ken­mure Archi­tec­tur­al Com­mit­tee, respon­si­ble for review and approval of all new con­struc­tion and home mod­i­fi­ca­tions in a com­mu­ni­ty of some 700 res­i­dents. In addi­tion to his sev­er­al years on the Com­mu­ni­ty Asso­ci­a­tion Board and as Chair of the CA Exter­nal Affairs Com­mit­tee, Jer­ry served  as Vice Pres­i­dent on the VG&RC  Prop­er­ty Asso­ci­a­tion Board and ear­li­er, on the POA Archi­tec­tur­al Con­trol, Riv­er Club Explorato­ry and Tran­si­tion Com­mit­tees. He also serves on the Venet­ian CDD , being Chair of that Board for the last 3 ½ years.    Jer­ry was also a mem­ber of the City’s Sol­id Waste & Recy­cling Stake­hold­ers Group and is present­ly a mem­ber of Venice’s Util­i­ty Rate Stake­hold­ers Group.

Term Expires — March 2022

Fred Baughman, 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

Diane Maskol, President

Diane received her under­grad­u­ate degree in psy­chol­o­gy from Get­tys­burg Col­lege, and her Master’s degree from Lehigh Uni­ver­si­ty. She pur­sued a career in edu­ca­tion and real estate spe­cial­iz­ing in land devel­op­ment in sub­ur­ban Philadel­phia. Under Gov­er­nor Tom Ridge of Penn­syl­va­nia she was rec­og­nized as a busi­ness woman of dis­tinc­tion. She has served on many boards, includ­ing most recent­ly, pres­i­dent of her HOA in Sandes­tin Golf and Beach Resort for eight years.

Diane and her hus­band have three chil­dren and one grand­child liv­ing in Cal­i­for­nia, Ore­gon and Penn­syl­va­nia. Diane moved to the Venet­ian as a full time res­i­dent in 2008. Here she was chair of the Lau­rel Road com­mit­tee for the VGRCCA and now chairs the rules com­mit­tee for the POA. Her inter­ests include trav­el, ten­nis, bridge, gourmet cook­ing and inte­ri­or design.

Term Expires March 2022

Michael Wendroff, Executive VP

Michael Wen­droff spent 30 years in marketing/ man­age­ment for major cor­po­ra­tions, both domes­ti­cal­ly and glob­al­ly. He cur­rent­ly heads up his own con­sul­tan­cy, spe­cial­iz­ing in strate­gic devel­op­ment, posi­tion­ing, and marketing.

Start­ing col­lege at 16, he went to New York Uni­ver­si­ty, where he fin­ished first in his class, and then received his MBA from NYU as well.

From New York and Con­necti­cut, he has been at the Venet­ian since 2016. He moved for the boat­ing and beach­es but has found bonus­es in the pletho­ra of arts, excel­lent restau­rants and friend­ly, amaz­ing peo­ple. He tru­ly believes it is par­adise, but sim­i­lar­ly believes our par­adise has to be pro­tect­ed, and there­fore vol­un­teers his time.

He lives with his wife Diane, and has 3 chil­dren ( as well as a “lit­tle broth­er “ through the Big Broth­ers Big Sis­ters orga­ni­za­tion). He enjoys ten­nis, bik­ing, boat­ing, and parties!

Fun fact: His Great Grand­fa­ther was brought over from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Copen­hagen by Thomas Edi­son to work with him in his New Jer­sey labs, lat­er, work­ing alone, he invent­ed the plas­tic but­ton (unfor­tu­nate­ly his son gam­bled away the for­tune from the invention!).

Term Expires March 2023

Bob Samuels

Bob was born in the Bronx, N.Y. and moved to Long Island in 1955 until 2006.  He and his wife, Noel, moved to the Venet­ian Golf & Riv­er Club in 2006. Bob attend­ed Nas­sau Com­mu­ni­ty Col­lege and served in the U.S. Army 1966–1968.  He con­tin­ued his edu­ca­tion at John Jay School of Crim­i­nal Jus­tice and began his career in Law Enforce­ment.  Ear­ly in his career, he was appoint­ed to the Detec­tive Divi­sion and rose to the rank of Sergeant.  Dur­ing this time, he was elect­ed to serve as Trea­sur­er, fol­lowed by Pres­i­dent of the Long Beach Police Benev­o­lent Asso­ci­a­tion.  He retired in 1989.  Dur­ing his 21 plus year career in law enforce­ment, Bob co-owned a suc­cess­ful exter­mi­nat­ing com­pa­ny.  Bob served on the Long Beach Youth Board for four years.  Fol­low­ing his retire­ment from law enforce­ment, Bob entered into the mort­gage field as the Direc­tor of the REO Divi­sion for a lead­ing Mort­gage Bank­ing Com­pa­ny, man­ag­ing over $20 mil­lion in a real estate port­fo­lio.  This posi­tion led Bob into the Mort­gage Bank­ing con­ven­tion­al and sub-prime lend­ing busi­ness for the next 15 years, part­ner­ing with his wife.  Bob has been in the Venice area since the year 2000, own­ing a home in the Vene­tia Com­mu­ni­ty.  Bob is active in ten­nis and golf and has served on the Board of the VGRCCA  since 2012.

Term Expires March 2023

Nancy Spokowski , Secretary

Nan­cy and her hus­band Phil have resided at the Venet­ian for close to four years, hav­ing moved to Venice as full-time res­i­dents from Way­land, Mass­a­chu­setts in 2015.  Pri­or to retir­ing to Venice, fol­low­ing a stint at Coop­ers & Lybrand and becom­ing a CPA, Nan­cy spent most of her career work­ing in the field of Com­mer­cial Real Estate Finance on both the equi­ty and debt sides of the busi­ness.  She com­plet­ed her work­ing career as a Senior Man­ag­ing Direc­tor respon­si­ble for Com­mer­cial Mort­gage Loan Pro­duc­tion and Mar­ket­ing Man­age­ment for Berke­ley Point Cap­i­tal, a Can­tor Fitzger­ald com­pa­ny.  While in Mass­a­chu­setts, Nan­cy spent sev­en years as the Pres­i­dent of her neighborhood’s Home­own­ers Asso­ci­a­tion.  After mov­ing to the Venet­ian, she served sev­er­al years as Pres­i­dent of the Paler­mo Neigh­bor­hood Board and also was a mem­ber of the Greens Com­mit­tee of the Venet­ian Golf Club.

Nan­cy obtained a BA from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Rochester and holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Busi­ness at Dart­mouth College.

Term Expires — March 2023

Roger Effron

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