Board of Directors
John P. Hall, Jr.
Bill Ghriskey, Jr.
John E. Cleghorn
Mary L. Howell
Regina S. Rockefeller
G. Daly Walker, M.D.
Interim Executive Director
Deanna M. Martin
Peter J. Scott
Landscaping & Gardens
Horticulture Services of Boca Grande
About the Board
and Some of Their Favorite Books
President Lindsay Major
Lindsay was born in Wyoming and grew up in Kansas City. She graduated from the University of Missouri with a B.A. in Philosophy and English Literature. She worked professionally as a mediator in family court. Lindsay and her husband, Lee, discovered Boca Grande during a trip to Useppa Island twenty five years ago. They have had a home in Boca Grande for almost twenty years and enjoy visits from their three children and their families. After a lifetime reading fiction, Lindsay now prefers reading non-fiction and poetry.
One of her favorite books is Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov.
Vice President Barbara Edgerton
Barbara Edgerton was the former Director of Publicity and Public Relations for Tiffany & Co. in New York and all of its Branches. She was Special Assistant to the White House for Gifts to the President and Vice-President of the United States. For ten years, Barbara was a Docent at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C. She has served as PTA and PTO President at several schools in Virginia. In Boca Grande, Barbara volunteers at many of the island’s organizations and was Co-Chair of The Literature Forum Steering Committee. She is presently a Board Member of the Friends of the Boca Grande Community Center.
Barbara’s favorite book: Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner.
Secretary John P. “Jack” Hall
Jack Hall graduated from Dartmouth College and earned his MBA from The Amos Tuck School of Business Administration. He spent thirty-five years with Johnson & Johnson, including serving as President of the Devro Division and Corporate Vice-President of Government Affairs and Public Policy. He also spent a year as Associate Director, Office of Cabinet Affairs, The White House. After retiring, he taught at The College of New Jersey and Rutgers University. Jack and his wife, Joan, have been coming to Boca Grande since 1997. He has been a member of the Board of the Royal Palm Players, North Bay Home Owners Association, and Boca Bay Master Association and the Pass Club.
A favorite book: The Cruel Sea by Nicholas Monsarrat
Treasurer Bill Ghriskey
Born in New York City and raised in New Jersey and Connecticut, Bill attended the Pingry School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and earned an MBA from Rutgers University. Bill started his career at the Bank of New York in 1968 and ten years later joined the investment counsel firm Trainer Wortham & Co., also in New York City. Trainer Wortham was acquired by First Republic Bank of San Francisco in 1996. He is a Senior Managing Director and a portfolio manager of First Republic Investment Management. Bill is a Past President and Chairman of the Investment Counsel Association of America. He and his wife Liz have been visiting Boca Grande since 1979 and now consider Boca Grande to be their home. They are blessed with three children and five grandchildren – all of whom enjoy visiting our island. Bill has been on the board of the GICIA and is presently serving on the Boca Grande Health Clinic Foundation Board and the Boca Grande Fire Fighters Pension Fund Board.
One of his favorite books is I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes.
Director – Assistant Treasurer Pete Sanger
Busy building things. Bio to come.
Pete’s favorite book: The Everglades: River of Grass by Marjory Stoneman Douglas.
Director John E. Cleghorn
Born in Montreal in 1941, he is a Commerce graduate from McGill University and a Chartered Professional Accountant. He became a corporate banker with Citibank in New York and across Canada, then joined Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and after assignments in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, became President, then Chairman and CEO until his retirement in 2001. He has served on corporate and community boards, and is currently a Director of the Atlantic Salmon Federation, Chancellor Emeritus of Wilfrid Laurier University and a Director of its Military History Centre and a Governor Emeritus of McGill University. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and holds several honorary degrees and was inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame.
After visiting Boca Grande, John and his wife, Pattie, bought a house in 2003. He is Treasurer and a Director of Friends of Boca Grande Community Center and a Director of Boca Grande Men’s Club. He is a past President of Seawatch Home Owners Association and a past Director of BIPS.
The Cleghorns enjoy island life with their two dogs and look forward to visits from their three grown children and their families, including six grandchildren.
He has enjoyed so many good books but “Paris 1919” by Margaret MacMillan stands out.
Director Becky Deupree
Upon graduating from the University of Mississippi, Becky worked at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, TN in psychiatry as an Occupational-Recreational Therapist. She did volunteer work at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA), and through the Junior League and also served on the Memphis College of Art Board. In Boca Grande she did volunteer work through the Woman’s Club and served on the GICIA Board of Directors.
A favorite book: Dispatches from Pluto by Richard Grant.
Director Sue Fuller
Sue Fuller graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in education and taught elementary school in Bloomfield Hills, MI for five years before staying home to help raise three children and volunteer with education and advocacy organizations in Grand Rapids, MI. Sue first came to Boca Grande in 1995 and has been involved with the Literature Forum Steering Committee, Woman’s Club, Friends of Boca Grande Community Center, Johann Fust Community Library and now JF Library Foundation.
Book choice: Books by Wallace Stegner, particularly Angle of Repose and Crossing to Safety.
Director Lincoln Davis Hammond
Davis studied Romance Literature & Language at Harvard University. He taught French at Brandeis University and then at Dartmouth College for a decade. After this “apprenticeship” he began a long stint as a schoolmaster at Exeter Academy, doing French and bit of Italian.
Favorite book: “would have to be Essais by Michel de Montaigne – which constitute a complete education in themselves.”
Director Mary L. Howell
Mary L. Howell is CEO of Howell Strategy Group, an international consulting firm. Previously she spent a 30-year career with Textron, Inc. where she served as Executive Vice President from 1995 to her retirement in 2010 . For over 15 years she served on the Textron Management Committee, which comprised the company’s top five executives responsible for the management of the company. Mary currently serves on the Board of Directors of Esterline Corporation and Vectrus, two aerospace and defense companies. She also serves on the executive committee of the Board of the Atlantic Council, a foreign policy think tank.
A native of Massachusetts and a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, she and her family have been coming to Boca Grande since the 1990s. Mary serves on the JF Library Foundation Board and enjoys many of the outdoor activities that Boca Grande has to offer.
One of her favorite books is The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Director Linda C. May
Linda May’s childhood years were spent in Westfield, New Jersey, where her father commuted to Wall Street and her mother shepherded children and volunteered. Many memorable summers were spent at her aunt and uncle’s summer farm, with no TV or telephone, but shelves of books and the whole outdoors for exploring. She loved rural life from an early age and decided to become a farmer, heading to the University of Vermont to fulfill those dreams. Sidetracked after volunteering tutoring disadvantaged children, she went to the School of Social Service Administration of the University of Chicago and received a master’s degree. It was then on to Boston to work for what was at the time called the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Later she taught graduate students at Boston University School of Social Work. Along the way she met and married Jim May, then a surgical resident at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and they lived on Beacon Hill. Jim’s early interest in microvascular surgery precluded their moving to rural northern New England, which was still in her long range plan. He settled into a long career at the MGH and Harvard Medical School and they moved to Lincoln, MA, where they bought an old house with a barn and fields and ponds. They raised their children, had golden retrievers, grew fruit trees and traveled widely. Linda taught classes in Colonial History at the Concord Antiquarian Museum, volunteered locally and in Boston, including serving on a number of Boards, Family Service of Greater Boston, the Lincoln Public Library and Concord Academy among them. She went back into teaching, primarily fourth grade. They bought an old place on the Down East coast of Maine where they spent our summers, and now spend five months of the year. Jim surprised her with two cows and finally she is able to live her early farm-y dream, at least when in Maine. When Jim (mostly) retired in 2013 they bought our house in Boca Grande, where Jim remembered coming as a child, and where they had vacationed with our children.
“As I have been a bookworm since I could read, ‘Favorite Book?’ — this is a not a question that yields an easy answer. I could say an early copy of The Collected Poems of Robert Frost, found on a shelf in our summer house. Only a child, I was nevertheless awed by the beauty and grace and power of the language. I wanted to explore the works of other poets. My love of poetry started then. It has never failed to open doors for me. For example, my later interest in modern history, in particular World War I, began by reading the poetry that came out of the battlefields.”
Director Deb Nash
Deb Nash and her husband have been on Boca Grande since 1985. She graduated from Mt Holyoke College and earned her Masters in Counseling from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland Ohio where they have resided for many years. Deb was an independent school counselor and administrator for 26 years before retiring and spending more time in Boca Grande. She has served on non-profit boards in Cleveland with her areas of interest being education, conservation, the arts, and public health. In Boca Grande she has been Co-Chair of the Literature Forum, member of the Scholarship Committee of the Women’s Club, and plays tennis, golf, and bridge for recreation. She is described as a ” voracious reader”.
One of her favorite authors is Wallace Stegner and his books Crossing to Safety and Angle of Repose, and more currently, Anthony Doerr.
Director Regina S. Rockefeller
Regina graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University and cum laude from Boston College Law School. She practiced law in Boston, Massachusetts for 39 years representing hospitals, physician groups and charitable organizations prior to her retirement in 2015. Regina is a retired member of the Massachusetts Bar and an active member of the Florida Bar and has been repeatedly recognized as an accomplished health care lawyer by “Best Lawyers in America” and “Chambers USA”. In Boca Grande, Regina serves on the Vestry of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and as a patient care volunteer with Hope Hospice. Regina and her husband Andy have two grown daughters Tory and Lisa, two sons-in-law Ned and James and two delightful grandsons – George and Hugh. Regina’s husband Andy has been coming to Boca Grande with his mother Connie Wallace and four siblings since 1957.
Favorite authors are Joyce Carol Oates, Philip Roth and Anne Tyler.
Director Emerita Chris Cowperthwait
Chris Cowperthwait was born in Nashville, TN, moved to Philadelphia at age five and promptly lost her southern accent. She attended Smith College and graduated from Columbia School of General Studies. After teaching briefly in New York, she moved to Greenwich, CT with her family and participated in many volunteer activities. She was President of the Smith College Club, on the board of the Greenwich Library, Literacy Volunteers of Stamford-Greenwich and Springside School in Philadelphia. She established residency in Boca Grande in 2008. She and Alice Gorman, as President and Vice-President respectively of the Johann Fust Library Foundation, oversaw the combining of the Lee County Library System with the Fust and a total renovation of the latter. Now she is serving on a parking committee working with Lee County to rationalize parking in Boca Grande.
Favorite books – Atonement by Ian McEwan and H is For Hawk by Helen MacDonald.
Director Emerita Alice Gorman
Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Alice Bingham Gorman has become a snowbird migrating with the seasons from Maine to Boca Grande. Following her graduation from Garrison Forest School and Bennett College, she audited art courses at the Universita Per Stranieri in Florence, Italy, and at the University of Memphis. Alice opened the first successful contemporary art gallery in Memphis in 1979, becoming a partner in Schmidt Bingham Gallery on 57th Street in NYC in 1986. She received an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from the Memphis College of Art in 2001. She was Mid-South Regional Chairman of the Metropolitan Opera National Council from 1967-1982. After her husband Aubrey Gorman died in 2002, she attended Spalding University and earned an MFA in Writing. Her Creative Nonfiction has been published in Vogue, O, the Oprah Magazine, Salon.com, and other publications. Her first fiction story will be included in The Louisville Review in November 2016. She has been a member of the Live Poets’ Society of Boca Grande since 2000. Besides her pleasure in the success of the Johann Fust Community Library public/private partnership with Lee County and her work with the JF Library Foundation, her greatest joy is her three children, their spouses, and her six grandchildren.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr continues to be one of her favorite books.