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P.O. Box 541122
Merritt Island, FL 32954
Meeting Location:                                                              Island Tiki Grill @ Lincoln of Merritt Island
1850 E. Merritt Island Causeway
Merritt Island, FL 32952
 

Current Board of Directors

 

Peggy Russell

President

Born and raised in Parkersburg, W.V.  Graduate of West Virginia University with a BS in nursing and a MS degree in nursing from Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA.  Married for 40 years to Stephen Russell and have three children. Moved to Merritt Island Fl in 2014 and joined the Merritt Island Rotary club in 2015.  I enjoy working with the youth and hope to help expand the Interact clubs in the local high schools, as well as working with the district international exchange program.  I also enjoy doing volunteer work at the local free health clinic.  Interests include reading, the beach, kayaking, travel, and spending time with family and friends. item about? What makes it interesting? Write a catchy description to grab your audience's attention...

Sandee Roberts

President Elect

Born in the United States, Dr. Sandra L. Roberts spent her formative years in Peru graduating from an International Baccalaureate Diploma Program in Lima. Moving to Miami, Dr. Roberts was a Senior International Advertising Executive and Latin American Photo-Journalist for many years subsequently earning BA and MA degrees in Humanities from Barry University. Dr. Roberts received her Ph.D. in Education & Leadership from Barry in 2008.

She currently serves as Assistant Professor of Administration at Barry where she teaches undergraduate and graduate administration, marketing and research classes at various locations throughout South Florida. She also serves as a reviewer for SAGE Publications and Pearson Education and as a program reviewer for the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service. She has presented papers in Peru at the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, Stanford Technology Ventures Program’s Roundtable on Entrepreneurship Education and Rotary International’s District Conference and domestically at the Research on Women and Education Conferences, and the International Academy of Business and Public Administration. Dr. Roberts’s research interests focus on International Leadership, Marketing and Ethics; Latinas: Gender, Culture, Education and Leadership; and Self-Efficacy.

 

Dr. Roberts has served as a Rotary International Group Study Exchange Team Leader to Peru during May of 2010 and is currently serving as President-Elect of the Rotary Club in Merritt Island. She was awarded a Rotary humanitarian grant to implement a potable water filter project in slums surrounding Lima, Peru.

Gene Burkett

Treasurer

Gene is a graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and Masters of Business Administrations. He is a Certifed Public Accountant licensed by the states of Florida and Texas. Additionally, he is a licensed securities representative. 

 

Gene is a partner in the CAP firm of FPT Services, a local CPA firm with locations in Rockledge and Palm Bay, Florida.

 

Gene has been a member of Rotary since 2006, when he joined the Merritt Island Rotary Club. He is the past District Governor Rotary District 6930, 2015-16. He is past president of the club and the club Treasurer. Additionally, Gene has served as District 6930's treasurer for both the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 Rotary Years. Gene is a multiple Paul Harriss Fellow.

 

Gene has been married to his high school sweetheart, Linda, for 45 years. They have a daughter who is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, and a son, who has a degree in finance. Gene and Linda have three grandchildren. Gene enjoys golf, cooking and scuba diving. 

Gary Ledford

Secretary

Raised in Miami and Hollywood, Florida.

University of South Florida: BSE Structures, Materials & Fluids, 1974; MSE Structures & Applied Mechanics, 1975.

Registered Professional Engineer since 1980.

Present employment:  Project Director, Jacobs Engineering, Port Canaveral, FL.

Married, two grown children, Christopher and Jessica.

Hobbies:  RV camping; Radio controlled electric powered airplanes.

Rotary Club history:

Member:  May 31, 2001

Community Service and/or Vocational Service Chair:  2002 thru 2005

Rotarian of the Year:  2004-2005

Secretary – 2010-2011, 2011-2012

President – 2007-2008, 2012-2013

Sargent of Arms:  2014-2015

Russ McCarthy

Imediate Past President

Russ is a Semi-Retired Aviation Professional who has served in several areas including Aviation Maintenance, Aviation Management, Aircraft Fire and Rescue, Airfield Operations and Fuel Service Supervisor. Russ also holds a Commercial Rotary Wing and Private Fixed Wing Pilots license with instrument ratings. Russ also has Hazmat Certification and has studied at the Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

 

While living in Massachusetts and working on Nantucket, Russ made multiple Guest Appearances on the broadcast television show “Wings” as a Mechanic. The character “Lowell” was loosely based on Russ’s real-life events and his comedic outlook on life in general.

 

After joining the Merritt Island Rotary club in 2014, Russ took an active role and became a board member as Sargent At Arms for the 2016-17 fiscal year and President Elect for the 2017-18 fiscal year.

 

 

Russ has been married to his wife Trudy for 23 years. They have 3 daughters, Shannon, Keri and Kelly, and three grandchildren.

Keri Goff

Sargent At Arms

​Originally from New England, Keri re-located to Florida to attend the University of Central Florida to study costume & fashion design. Now with over 15 years of video production and marketing experience, Keri is the Community Relations Manager for Brevard Achievement Center, helping to provide persons with disabilities innovative services and opportunities to achieve personal success. 

Every brand has a story to tell—stories that will not only engage, inform, surprise, delight, and impact their audience, but that will also deliver on measurable business goals. I am the conduit between brand and consumer.

I help clients describe their unique message that best fits their identity, and then I produce high-quality content that meets their objectives.

When I’m not on the job, I love camping and kayaking with my husband and our two children and indulging my love for seeing and photographing new places. In the past two years I have also developed a new passion for the sport of Olympic Weight Lifting and CrossFit. 

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Committee Chairs

 

Denise Daniel

Membership and Foundation

Denise moved to Florida from St. Thomas, USVI over twenty years ago.   Denise studied Business Administration at The University of The Virgin Islands.   Denise is extremely passionate about helping others.

 

Through encouragement from friends and family, Denise is now employed in the medical field.   

Russ McCarthy

Service Projects

Russ is a Semi-Retired Aviation Professional who has served in several areas including Aviation Maintenance, Aviation Management, Aircraft Fire and Rescue, Airfield Operations and Fuel Service Supervisor. Russ also holds a Commercial Rotary Wing and Private Fixed Wing Pilots license with instrument ratings. Russ also has Hazmat Certification and has studied at the Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

 

While living in Massachusetts and working on Nantucket, Russ made multiple Guest Appearances on the broadcast television show “Wings” as a Mechanic. The character “Lowell” was loosely based on Russ’s real-life events and his comedic outlook on life in general.

 

After joining the Merritt Island Rotary club in 2014, Russ took an active role and became a board member as Sargent At Arms for the 2016-17 fiscal year and President Elect for the 2017-18 fiscal year.

 

 

Russ has been married to his wife Trudy for 23 years. They have 3 daughters, Shannon, Keri and Kelly, and three grandchildren.

Peggy Russell

Youth Services

Born and raised in Parkersburg, W.V.  Graduate of West Virginia University with a BS in nursing and a MS degree in nursing from Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA.  Married for 40 years to Stephen Russell and have three children. Moved to Merritt Island Fl in 2014 and joined the Merritt Island Rotary club in 2015.  I enjoy working with the youth and hope to help expand the Interact clubs in the local high schools, as well as working with the district international exchange program.  I also enjoy doing volunteer work at the local free health clinic.  Interests include reading, the beach, kayaking, travel, and spending time with family and friends.

Gene Burkett

Administration

Gene is a graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and Masters of Business Administrations. He is a Certifed Public Accountant licensed by the states of Florida and Texas. Additionally, he is a licensed securities representative. 

 

Gene is a partner in the CAP firm of FPT Services, a local CPA firm with locations in Rockledge and Palm Bay, Florida.

 

Gene has been a member of Rotary since 2006, when he joined the Merritt Island Rotary Club. He is the past District Governor Rotary District 6930, 2015-16. He is past president of the club and the club Treasurer. Additionally, Gene has served as District 6930's treasurer for both the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 Rotary Years. Gene is a multiple Paul Harriss Fellow.

 

Gene has been married to his high school sweetheart, Linda, for 45 years. They have a daughter who is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, and a son, who has a degree in finance. Gene and Linda have three grandchildren. Gene enjoys golf, cooking and scuba diving. 

Pat Tash

Club Programs

Pat is a design consultant for Flooring America. She joined Rotary on a request from her boss in October of 2011. 

 

"This has been great to serve my hometown since I was born and raised on Merritt Island. I have served as Secretary for two years and as President for three years.

I attended the International convention in Atlanta and what a great experience!"

Keri Goff

Communications and Public Relations

Originally from New England, Keri re-located to Florida to attend the University of Central Florida to study costume & fashion design. Now with over 15 years of video production and marketing experience, Keri is the Community Relations Manager for Brevard Achievement Center, helping to provide persons with disabilities innovative services and opportunities to achieve personal success. 

Every brand has a story to tell—stories that will not only engage, inform, surprise, delight, and impact their audience, but that will also deliver on measurable business goals. I am the conduit between brand and consumer.

I help clients describe their unique message that best fits their identity, and then I produce high-quality content that meets their objectives.

When I’m not on the job, I love camping and kayaking with my husband and our two children and indulging my love for seeing and photographing new places. In the past two years I have also developed a new passion for the sport of Olympic Weight Lifting and CrossFit. 

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