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Carol Osten, Barbara Hyde, Pat King, Kathy Bondur, Beth Bertsch, Maria Van Brunt, Linda Bouland, Elaine Kulbako, Jayne Kotey, Kris Higgerson, Kay Bair, Alba Foreman and Linda Zuffa

Executive Board


Beth Bertsch

First Vice President  ​

Vicki DiPaolo

Second Vice President ​

Barbara Hyde

Treasurer ​

Janette Gatesy

Recording Secretary ​

Kay Bair

Membership Executive 

Kathy Bondur

Ways and Means Executive ​

Ronnie Sachs

Ex-Officio President ​

Maria Van Brunt

Beth Bertsch, President, is serving her second term as President and she lives with her husband Gary in Heathfield. They moved from NJ to Bradenton in 2008 where they lived for 6 years before moving to UPCC. Beth retired from Johnson & Johnson as a World-Wide Director of Information Technology; most recently working in Pharmaceutical Research. She also worked on Wall Street for EDS and as a systems engineer/Program Manager at Pan American Airways and AT&T/Bell Labs. She as a degree in Mathematics from Wheaton College and did her MBA work at Seton Hall University. She is a Six-Sigma Black Belt in Business Improvement. Currently she volunteers at the Mote Aquarium as a Team Leader at the Marine Mammal Center and works at the Dolphin & Whale Hospital and the Turtle Hatchling Hospital and is on the Board of Supervisors for University Park. Beth is also the Heathfield representative for the UPCC Community Emergency Response Team. She is a Past President of Sarasota Newcomers Club. Beth and Gary have a son living in Virgina with many grand dogs and cats and another son, daughter-in-law, grandson and granddaughter who live in St. Louis. Her interests include traveling (looking forward to a Baltic cruise, a trans Atlantic to Ireland and trekking in Rwanda), as well as cooking, swimming, sailing, non-traditional quilting and, most of all, meeting and making new friends through UPWC.

Vicki DiPaolo, First Vice President, and her husband, Bill, moved to UP four years ago from North Carolina. After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill, her work career began at the university hospital where she managed the play therapy program in the Pediatrics Ward before moving to Chattanooga, TN. She then pioneered the play therapy program at T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital with seed money from the Chattanooga Junior League. Through the years she worked as a church secretary, a legal secretary and a sales assistant for Piedmont Airlines. She ended her working years as manager of television programming for United Airlines. She and Bill are proud parents of four adult children and nine grandchildren and have found the perfect retirement home at UP.

Barbara Hyde, Second Vice President, moved to Lakewood Ranch in 2015 from the Washington DC area, where she lived and worked for many years, and then to University Park in 2018. She was Communications Director for the American Society for Microbiology for over two decades and still maintains a practice focusing on medical and scientific communications and speaker training. She also worked overseas for over two years as the editor of an international medical journal. She is an avid traveler and is fortunate to have set foot on all seven continents. She has served on many nonprofit boards, including the DC Science Writers Association, Washington Women in Public Relations, American Society of Association Executives, Arlington Players, Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia and Sarasota Newcomers Club, among others. She chose Sarasota for her non-retirement because of its cultural richness and enjoys the ballet, opera, theatre and other cultural offerings here. When not working or gallivanting about, she enjoys time with her three rescue dogs, her substitute children. 

Kay Bair, Recording Secretary, and her husband, Bob, moved to Highgate 2 years ago from Maryland after over 50 years in the DC area. Kay was born and raised in Connecticut and attended Catholic University of America in DC and stayed on to start her career in Federal Service. Kay spent 15 years at the Census Bureau, where she met husband Bob, holding various positions - working on business, industry, construction surveys and the 1980 Decennial Census. To be closer to home with her older child starting school, she started her 17 year career at Social Security Administration outside of Baltimore in the administrative and financial systems area. Kay’s career went full circle when she returned to Census in 1999 to work as the government representative for the first contracted data capture and processing of Census data for the 2000 Decennial Census. After she retired in 2001, Kay was membership chair for over 10 years of the St. Louis Garden Club and was a volunteer for her Maryland neighborhood Board of Directors as well as working for the board of their Pennsylvania vacation condo. Before children, Bob and Kay raised and showed Siberian huskies in the USA and Canada and for a 9 month period their champion male was #1 Siberian in the USA. Kay and Bob have 2 adult children - a son in St. Louis and a daughter and 2 grandsons in San Francisco. Kay is in several UPWC groups - Joy of Eating, Gadabouts, Let’s Do Lunch, Lunch Bunch, and hopes to start French for Travelers in the Fall.

Janette Gatesy, Treasurer, was born in Bangkok Thailand and lived there for 14 years before moving to Wilmington NC.  After graduating from UNC – Chapel Hill she worked in Durham NC for 2 years before moving to the Chicago area where she worked for Northern Trust for 36 years before retiring. In 2014 Janette and her husband Jack moved to UP to get away from the cold weather and move closer to her daughter and son-in-law who live in the Orlando area. Janette and Jack look forward to doing more traveling now that they have completed most of their house renovations. Janette is also the Neighborhood Chair for Devonshire Place.

Kathy Bondur, Membership Executive, A native Texan, Kathy graduated from the University of Texas Business School with a degree in marketing. She met husband, John, at UT, married and moved to Houston. She began her career in retailing followed by a succession of moves with her husband’s career eventually ending up in Connecticut for 20 years. There, in 1980, she began a long career in real estate as a realtor and instructor. They have two daughters, one in Atlanta, the other in Manhattan. After retirement, they opened a bed & breakfast on Martha’s Vineyard which they sold after 5 years, opting instead for retirement again, in University Park in 2004. As a Master Gardener, Kathy volunteers at the Manatee County Extension Center in the horticulture office and gardens. She enjoys bridge, paper crafting, country music, and jewelry making. Kathy is an original member of UPWC and has held several positions on the board over the years.

Ronnie Sachs, Ways and Means Executiveand her husband Martin are snowbirds that became residents of Florida three years ago. Ronnie graduated from New York University and taught in New York City until moving to Cincinnati, Ohio where she lived for 16 years. While in Ohio she planned events for the March of Dimes and continued teaching when she was needed. In 1982 the family moved to Connecticut to be near parents and siblings. Ronnie continued to work for many charities and served on the boards of her Temple and her country club. She is looking forward to meeting new friends and becoming more active in the community.

Maria Van Brunt, Ex-Officio President, moved to UP 15 years ago fro Duluth Minnesota. Her working years were spent first as a teacher and owner of a pre-school nursery and then as a communications consultant for a Canadian based company. Since moving to UP she has held many UPWC Board positions. She enjoys working out at L.A. Fitness, playing bridge and traveling. Maria and her husband David have two sons and four grandchildren.  

Committee Chairs

Co-2nd Vice President    

Anita Flagg


Cindy Stelter
Raffle Coordinator Carrie Hayden

Co-Recording Secretary   

Joan Butz

Co-Ways and Means   

Jan Doench

Corresponding Secretary

Linda Zuffa

Fashion Show

Catherine Strongman


Heidi Ferris


Pat King


Kris Higgerson

Outreach Volunteer Coordinator

Elaine Kulbako






Jayne Kotey and Carol Osten

Special Interests Coordinator

Alba Foreman

Website Coordinator

Kathryn Lawrence

Co-Website Coordinator Ginny deBuys

e-Communications Coordinator

Linda Bouland

Anita Flagg, Co-2nd Vice President, and husband Al are native Bostonians who moved to University Park in 2017. A recent retiree, Anita spent much of her career working in highly respected financial organizations including 23 years with American Express and 8 years with Fidelity Investments. Anita also acted as an executive coach and mentor to senior leaders at both companies. Though her early career was spent as a line leader in an operational setting, for the past 20 years her focus has been in the area of HR and Talent Management. In addition, Anita has served in several related functions including: Adjunct Professor of Business and Director of Training to a large, global staff. These days, Anita and Al spend their time in more tranquil pursuits including gardening, golfing, and traveling to and from Marblehead, MA where their daughter, son-in-law and two college age granddaughters reside. 

Joanne Butz, Co-Recording Secretary, and her husband Robert moved to Florida in 2010 from Bridgewater NJ and into UPCC in late 2017. Joanne has three daughters and eight grandchildren; this past year she welcomed her first grand-daughter from Bob's oldest son. She has worked mostly in office management roles, from the USO in Greece, the Senior Program in Euclid Ohio, J&J Consumer Products and AmeriGas Propane. Both Joanne and her husband, Bob, enjoy cooking, reading and relaxing by the pool. 

Jan DoenchCo-Ways and Means, graduated from Southern Illinois University with a degree in Business Education. Shortly thereafter she joined IBM and moved to Dallas, Texas. Over the next 12 years, IBM moved her every two years from Dallas to Houston and back to Dallas. She loved living in Texas!  IBM next sent her to Washington D.C where she spent the 14 years. Her job responsibilities continued to increase over time and she spent the last 25 years as a global manager and a global Executive. When she retired she was serving as the Global Sales Executive responsible for Platform Computing. IBM sponsored her for an Executive MBA at George Mason University where she had the opportunity to attend Oxford. In 2009, she went back to school and earned a doctorate in business administration. She began teaching as an Adjunct Professor and retired from IBM after 41 years. She is still teaching for two universities.  She has served UPWC in the past as Social Chairman, Outreach Chairman, 2nd Vice President, and President. She is looking forward to working on the Board again. Did she mention she also loves living in Sarasota?

Linda Zuffa, Corresponding Secretary, grew up and went to school in Indiana. After graduating and teaching for a year, Manhattan drew her where she lived and worked in marketing and advertising for 10 years. She and her husband (Mark Miller) moved to 5 states (PA, MI, TX, CT & NY) and two countries (USA and Japan) due to careers. They fell in love with the west coast of FL and have had a second home at the beach since 1990. Moving to UPCC in 2006, Linda continues to be a full-time realtor and received the 5 Star Award for customer service in the industry, awarded to only 5% of real estate professionals for the past 6 years. She also finds time to devote to various charitable organizations, such as Town Hall, All Faiths Food Bank, Southeastern Guide Dogs, etc. In UPWC, Linda has been a Neighborhood Liaison and member of the book club. When not working, Linda loves to travel (32 countries and 44 states), including seeing their two children who live in Manhattan, and spending time at the beach. Linda and Mark have lived in three neighborhoods in UPCC and Mark says, “No more moving!”

Heidi Ferris, Historian, hails from Michigan and just bought a UP home in 2017. She and her husband recently retired after practicing law together for 22 years. She grew up in Elgin Illinois, and practiced in Chicago for 5 years before relocating to Ann Arbor, MI, where she specialized in civil litigation until her retirement. Heidi and her husband Don love to travel, camp and spend time with their two bichon poodles. After traveling all around Florida in 2017, they chose to settle in Sarasota and UP because they thought the people would be so interesting.  And they are!

Pat King, Co-Membership Chair, was born in Lima, Ohio.  She attended Ohio State and received her BA in political science and history with a minor in business from Ohio Northern. She also received her doctorate in law from Ohio Northern and was in private law practice with her father and brother in Lima for 17 years. Prior to practicing law, she served as the only female staff member in the Ohio Secretary of State's office for 3 years, keeping an eye on elections and other activities statewide. Pat has been a member of the local boards of the American Red Cross, the YWCA, the ABWA, and the Lima Friends of Music, and was one of the first female Rotarians in Lima. Pat met her husband Henry in Ohio. His career in chemical engineering took them from Ohio to the island nation of Trinidad and Tobago for 3 years, then to Augusta, GA, from where they moved to UPCC in 2013. Pat enjoys reading, playing hand and foot, mah-jongg, and other games, and is the UPWC neighborhood liaison in Devonshire. Henry and Pat share a love for travel, historical places, and the arts. Pat plans to visit her 100th country later this summer.

Kris HiggersonOutreach Chair, was born and raised in Illinois, but resided in New Jersey for 27 years before moving to University Park in 2008, not for retirement but in conjunction with her husband Tom being a VP at Feld Entertainment. Kris is currently a Realtor at Coldwell Banker and is a Paralegal. Having been involved with UPWC Outreach for the past 6 years, she is very excited about the Honorary Girl Award given to UPWC by Just for Girls Academy. Just prior to moving to UP, Kris won the Woman of the Year Award in 2008 from NB/NJ Women’s Club and also received an award from the State of NJ Federation of Women’s Clubs at the State Convention in Atlantic City with regard to her work with Adopt a Platoon organizing a local program sending packages to our troops. Kris enjoys traveling, playing Mahjong, going to the beach and frequent visits to NJ to spend time with her children and grandchildren. Life is good!  


Elaine Kulbako, Outreach Volunteer Coordinator, was born and raised in Delphos, Ohio, and graduated from the University of Dayton. In the mid 1970's, she lived for two years in the Panama Canal Zone and taught nursery school. She moved to the Washington, DC, area and worked for The Bureau of National Affairs (Bloomberg/BNA) in Customer Relations for 29 years. Elaine and her husband, Joe, moved to "paradise", aka UPCC, in 2008. She volunteered at the American Red Cross for two years. After joining the UPWC she was Co-Treasurer for two years and then Treasurer for another two. She plays Mahjong, is an avid golfer, and was the LGA President from 2015 to 2017. Thursday is her volunteer day with mornings at Just For Girls's Elementary (during the school year) and afternoons at the Friends of the Selby Library bookstore. In October 2018 she will become the neighborhood Chair for Kenwood Park. Joe and Elaine have two daughters in Half Moon Bay, CA, and Leesburg, VA,  one granddaughter, and two grandsons.

Jayne Kotey, Social Co-Chair, was born and raised in Maumee, Ohio (a suburb of Toledo). She met husband Joe at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Part of her senior year was spent teaching Art in Halandri, Greece (a suburb of Athens) under the auspices of Miami University. Joe's work with (formerly Andersen Consulting) provided a number of varied locales for his work: Manila, Budapest, Montreal, Frankfurt, Prague, etc. Naperville, Illinois was home for over 29 years, during which time they relocated to Bad Homburg, Germany for four years where Jayne became very active with the American Women's Club of the Taunus (all businessmen's wives). It was an exciting time as the Berlin Wall fell, the Russians left Czechoslovakia and Germany won the World Cup. And, it was during this time that their life-long love affair with Golden Retrievers started. Joe and Jayne moved to University Park in 2015 as soon as their home was built and absolutely adore living here!

Carol Osten, Social Co-Chair, was born in Philadelphia and raised in the suburbs of Bucks County. She spent most of her life living in upstate New York where she and her husband, Wayne, raised their daughter Sara. She held various marketing positions including working for the local newspaper in Saratoga Springs, New York,  She filled her time volunteering for the local school system; tutoring and planning various social school activities and fund raising. She's also proud to have been a Girl Scout leader for 10 years. In 2004, she and her husband left the quaint and provincial town of Saratoga Springs to move to New York City where they spent 11 exciting years living and enjoying Manhattan's Upper Eastside. In 2015 they retired to University Park. Carol and her husband (married 45 years this summer!) are looking forward to this new and exciting chapter of their lives and delighted to part of the UPCC community. 

Alba Foreman, Special Interests Coordinator, moved from Manhasset, New York into University Park with her husband Mark in 2015. She was raised in Manhattan and obtained a degree in languages (Spanish and French). She worked for 18 years in International Human Resources for multi-nationals in New York, London and Hong Kong including McGraw-Hill, Eastman Kodak, Lotus Software (now part of IBM) and Honeywell.  While in London she held a board position as Activities Director for the American Women’s Club, and managed a Spanish Conversation Group for the Kensington & Chelsea Women’s Club. She held similar positions in HK for the American Women’s Association. Living overseas for twelve  years in the UK and four in HK, and traveling extensively, gave her a deep cultural appreciation for the peoples, customs and foods of the worlds she experienced. One of her passions is exotic ethnic cooking which greatly challenges her desire to be slim and fit. She has two children: one living in New York and the other straddling life in both Los Angeles and Nashville. She has twice-yearly visits from her two grandsons who fly down from NY in their bathing suits so as to wave a quick hello to the grandparents and head for the pool. She gets to spend more quality time with them while in her summer home in Eastport, NY. Alba also co-chairs Memoir Writing, the Movie Club and the Spanish Conversation Group. 

Kathryn LawrenceWebsite Coordinator, was born in Los Angeles and got her degree in engineering from UCLA. She worked as a Fortran/COBOL programmer for Sperry Univac in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania before transferring to John Brown Engineers in London to be with her British husband, Martin. She continued working for John Brown Engineers in Zoetermeer, Holland before giving up work to become a full time Mom to her two children, Caroline and Andrew and companion to her husband who was traveling the world for Shell Oil. She moved 15 times in the space of 18 years to 7 different countries. Craving a bit of winter sun, they bought a house in University Park in 2006 and have enjoyed spending as much time as possible here ever since. She is a keen golfer and bridge player and looks forward to her 5th year as website coordinator for UPWC!  ​

Virginia (Ginny) deBuys, Co-Website Coordinator, moved to University Park three years ago after being a seasonal visitor living in Sandleheath in The Meadows with her future husband, Jerry Johnson. In 2016, they sold their New Jersey houses, married and moved to UP where there was room for an elliptical and a piano among other things. Ginny grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and went to Sweet Briar College in Virginia. She has lived ad worked on the West Coast (San Francisco), The Netherlands, Washington, D.C., and New Jersey. She has had a varied working career that included 10 years self-employment as a PC consultant and technical writer and almost 10 years commuting to New York from the Princeton NJ area where she was a technical writer for financial software companies. She has volunteered with a variety of organizations over the years including the Red Cross (military hospital), inner city girls club, recycling center (as co-founder), ESL tutor, HOA Board Member ad Princeton Concerts usher (where she met Jerry!). Now she volunteers with Sweet Briar and the Women's Resource Center in Sarasota. 

Linda Bouland, e-Communications Coordinator, was born in West Virginia, but moved to Pennsylvania and then Maryland, where she spent her adult life. She has a degree in Russian language from the University of Maryland and a Masters of Business Administration from Chaminade University of Honolulu. She worked for the National Security Agency for 35 years, starting her career as a Russian linguist and finishing her career focused on Cyber Security.  Mid-career, she and her husband Bob transferred to Honolulu, Hawaii for 5 years. After retirement in 2016, they moved to Sarasota, and currently live in Mote Ranch. They have a daughter (Sara), son-in-law (Kevin) and granddaughter (Madison), who also live in Sarasota. Linda enjoys golf, watercolor painting, Mah Jongg, exploring Florida’s southwest coast and travel.  

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