Nancy Birchall | Ron Birchall | Jim Gargilo | Gayle Gargilo | Cary J. Cowan | Judi Cowan | Thomas Graham Day | Karen Glenos | Brian Keller | Carol Matthews | Barbara A. McNees | William H. McNees, Jr. | Leigh Moorhouse | Mike O’Donnell | Kimberly O’Donnell | Dr. Leonard O. Pellicer | Ray A. Quinn | Alison Simpson | Dan Sullivan | Helene Sullivan |
Nancy is the Secretary-Treasurer of Forward March, Inc. She is a St. Augustine native who is retired from The St. Johns County Health Department and a lifetime of working with youth as a teacher and mentor. She is currently Co-Director of the St. Augustine 450th Youth Ambassadors program, Co-Director of the Chamber of Commerce Youth Leadership St. Johns, volunteer with the YMCA Youth in Government program, President of The Toast of St. Johns Toastmasters Club, Chairman of the annual St. Augustine Colonial Dames Historical Essay Contest, a Disciple Bible Study Facilitator for Trinity Episcopal Parish, Membership Chairman of the Tobacco Free Partnership of St. Johns County, and on the Board of Directors of the Trinity Learning Center. Nancy is married to Ron Birchall and has three sons and 4 grandsons.
LTC (P) Ronald E. Birchall
Ron Birchall is the President of Forward March, Inc. He was born in Jamaica, Queens, NYC and grew up on Long Island, NY. He attended the University of Florida, graduating with a BS Degree in Public Relations. After college he played professional baseball with the NY Met and Houston Astro organizations before being drafted into the United States Army in 1967. After retiring from the Army in 1997, having invested 25 of the 30 years as a Special Forces (Green Beret) officer, he went to work with the DuPont Corp in the Fiber Division as a vice-president, retiring in 2004. Now he is a “full-time” volunteer and the current President of The Military Officers Association of America . Ron married Nancy Calhoun in 1967 and was blessed with four beautiful children and four very special grandsons.
Cary J. Cowan
Cary J. Cowan began his career in the insurance industry in 1970. After establishing his own firm in 1979, he expanded his practice to include financial and retirement planning, investments and business planning. Cary is a Certified Financial lanner professional, a Chartered Life Underwriter, a Chartered Financial Consultant and a Certified Wealth Strategist.
Cary feels that a true financial professional listens to clients and prospects and understands what is really being said. “You have to be empathetic to your client’s needs and not your own pocketbook.” His philosophy believes in forming long tern relationships and not just clientele.
In 2000, Cary developed the Lifetime Financial Strategies Program. This is a six step process which he believes assists clients in realizing their lifetime vision. Cary utilizes this process with all of his clients, ensuring that both he and his clients understand the goals and visions that his clients want to achieve.
He is the author of Lifetime Financial Strategies, a 21st Century Financial Planning Process. It is a book based on the philosophy of relationships first, taking you through a case study of a couple needing help.
Cary is a registered representative and member of the Board of Directors of NEXT Financial Holdings, Inc., and a member of the Board of Directors for WE2. Cowan Financial Group is not an affiliate of NEXT Financial Group, Inc.
Cary is a member of the American Society of CLU & ChFC, PACE, the Financial Planning Association, the Society of Financial Service Professionals and the National Association of Life Underwriters. He is also a qualifying, life and Top of the Table member of the Million Dollar Round Table.
Thomas Graham Day
Thomas Graham Day is a direct descendant of Robert Day, one of the 200-plus souls who journeyed with Thomas Hooker from Newton/Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1635, eventually settling and founding the town of Hartford, Connecticut. In 1954 Tom moved with his family to Washington, DC. The relocation led to Tom’s interest in American History. While his father put in six and seven day weeks for the government, his mother packed Tom and his brother into the family car and visited every granite/marble building and every historical marker within fifty miles of the Capitol.
A family vacation that paused on the shores of Lake George, NY, at Fort Ticonderoga was his “flash of light on the road to Damascus” and led to a life-long pursuit of things historical.
He moved to New York City in 1968 and commenced 36-year career in sales, marketing and executive management in the consumer goods industry. Companies included: Charles of the Ritz, Clinique Labs, Inc., L’Oreal, Monet Jewelry and the Tommy Hilfiger Jewelry Co. He served as president of the latter two. Tom moved to St. Augustine in 2009 with wife Valerie, who runs her own cosmetic business. He holds a B.A. from Washington and Lee University and is co-author, with Maj. Gen. John E. Murray, of Reveille at Sundown, the story of the US military move out of France in 1966-1967.
Karen Glenos grew up in Winter Park, Florida. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Florida Southern College, and Master of Arts in Guidance and Counseling from Rollins College. Karen has lived in St. Augustine with her husband, Jimmy, since 1980, where she is the Administrator for Smiles By Glenos. Karen and Jimmy have two adult children, Brittany and James, and daughter-in-law, Nikki.
Karen is a long standing board member for the American Cancer Society, Community Hospice of Northeast Florida Advisory Board Member, The Society for the Preservation of Flagler Memorial Presbyterian Church Board Member, Children’s Museum of St. Johns Presidential Advisory Board Member, Deacon of Memorial Presbyterian Church, Neil Neighborhood House Auxiliary of St. Augustine Member, Forward March Board Member, Wildflower Clinic fundraising member and volunteer.
Brian completed his active duty as a Naval Aviator, Lieutenant Commander, USNR, Attack Squadron 36, with tours on the USS America and the USS Intrepid. He completed his active business career in resort acquisition and development throughout the US for Wyndham Worldwide. Brian began his career in finance with the Charter Company’s real estate investment trust in Jacksonville, which, through acquisitions and mergers, evolved to become Wyndham.
Brian has served on various boards for Wyndham and subsidiaries and as a past president of the board of directors for Fairfield Vacation Club and is currently serving on the board of directors for Capitol Cove at National Harbor in Washington DC. Brian is currently serving as Chairman of the board of Trustees, The Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience at Marineland.
Brian has also served on Episcopal vestries in St Augustine, Jacksonville and Boca Raton and as a past trustee for St Mark’s Day School in Jacksonville. Brian completed his BSBA in Finance at the University of Florida and his MBA at the University of North Florida.
Barbara A. McNees
Barbara A. McNees served as the President of the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber Of Commerce, an affiliate of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, from 1997 until her retirement in 2013. The Chamber represents more than 500 businesses with more than one million employees across a 10-county area. Under her leadership, the Chamber sharpened its focus on the innovation behind the Pittsburgh economy and broadened the voice of the Chamber membership in Harrisburg and Washington, DC. She was the lead strategist for regional lobbying efforts to improve the business climate and increase economic development and played a lead role in local government reform. The first female president in the 132-year history of the Chamber, she launched a Federal Advocacy Initiative to secure more federal dollars for the Pittsburgh region and created the Regional Advocacy Council, bringing together 27 business membership organizations from 10 counties to plan and pursue a shared advocacy strategy to improve the region’s competitiveness and quality of life.
McNees was a member of the US Chamber Committee of 100 and the Board of Directors of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE). She chaired the Port of Pittsburgh Commission and the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority for the City of Pittsburgh and was a member of the board of the Commonwealth Finance Authority. She has been honored for her leadership by the US Small Business Administration, Junior Achievement of Western PA, the Girl Scouts Trillium Council and the League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh. And most recently recognized by PNC’s Women of Legacy project. She also serves as a director emeritus on the Board of Trustees of Robert Morris University and is a member of the International Women’s Forum and Past Chair of the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta.
Prior to joining the Chamber, McNees was the first woman to serve as Regional Manager of the Governor’s Action Team from 1989-1996. In this role, she provided a direct link to the Governor for business, industry and economic development in the 12-county region of southwestern Pennsylvania. Her efforts were instrumental in creating new business locations for major companies including Sony, National Gypsum and Marconi. She was appointed to the position by former Governor Robert P. Casey and, in 1995, was asked to continue her assignment by the Ridge Administration. Prior to joining the Governor’s Action Team, she served as the Executive Vice President of the Beaver County Chamber of Commerce from 1983 to 1988.
McNees holds a B.A. in Independent Studies from Geneva College and certificates from the Tobe Coburn School in New York, the United States Chamber of Commerce Institutes for Organizational Management, and the National Development Council in Washington, DC.
She and her husband retired in August of 2013 and are now residents of St. Augustine.
In addition to Forward March, Inc. she currently serves on the St. John Cultural Council Board of Directors.
William H. McNees, Jr.
William H. McNees, Jr. was a partner in the law firm of McNees, Autenreith, Rackley & Walker, 345 Commerce Street, Beaver, PA 15009 which was formed in 1996. Prior to that, he was a partner in the firm of Evans, Steege & McNees, later Steege & McNees, and finally as a sole practitioner at 1205 Eighth Avenue, Beaver Falls, PA from 1972 until 1996.
He served as an Adjunct Professor, Business Law, at Flagler College spring semester 2015. Mr. McNees graduated from New Brighton High School, Pennsylvania, in 1961, Grove City College in 1965 with a B. A. in Business Administration and from the Dickinson School of Law in 1968 with a Juris Doctor. He was admitted to practice in Virginia in 1968 and in Pennsylvania in 1972.
Mr. McNees’ Bar Association activities included:
- Member of Real Property; Probate and Trust Law; Business Law; and Labor and Employment Law sections of the Pennsylvania Bar Association
- Past Chairman and past Member of a Hearing Committee of The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
- Past President and current Member of the Beaver County Bar Association
Mr. McNees has participated in the following civic or charitable organizations:
- Member of the Investment Sub Committee of the Heritage Valley Health System
- Member of the Board of Directors of the Heritage Valley Beaver Foundation
- Solicitor for the Beaver County Chamber of Commerce
- Solicitor for the Rochester Borough Economic Development Corporation
- Past President and past Member of the Board of Directors of the Beaver County Chamber of Commerce
- Past President and past Member of the Board of the New Brighton Public Library
- Past President and past Member of the Board and Executive Committee of the United Way of Beaver County
- Past Member of the Board of the Salvation Army – Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
- S. Army Veteram – September 1968 – September 1970, with service in Vietnam 1969 – 1970
- Past President and Member of the Board of Directors of Lawyers Abstract of Beaver County, Inc.
- Past Member of the Geneva College Advisory Board
Mr. McNees concentrated his practice in Wills, Trust, and Estate Planning; Estate Administration; Business entity formation and buying and selling of small and medium sized business; commercial and residential real estate for individual and corporate clients; oil and gas leasing advising individual property owners; representing the commercial lending departments of regional banks for business and real estate development loans. He was frequently appointed by the court to be an arbitrator or trustee in the dissolution of business entities.
Mr. McNees and his wife, Barbara McNees, reside on Anastasia Island, St. Augustine, FL.
For the past 28 years, Leigh devoted the majority of her time to raising a family, volunteering, and in support of her husband, Edward Moorhouse, the Co-Chief Operating Officer for PGA TOUR. Leigh travels internationally with Edward where she assists in entertaining and relationship building with numerous business associates and sponsors of the PGA TOUR.
In the early ‘80’s, Leigh served as a staff member in TOUR Commissioner Deane Beman’s Office. Duties included the preparation of board materials and meetings, as well as arranging accommodations for board members. When the Tournament Players Clubs began, she was a member of the original TPC marketing team and later became a member of the TOUR’s Marketing Department.
Through her volunteer service, Leigh has gained extensive experience in event planning and entertaining on both a small and large scale. Additional experience includes fund raising and event design. In 2009-10 she served as booster president for the Creative Writing Department of Douglas Anderson School for the Arts. In this position, Leigh helped form the non-profit organization, Douglas Anderson’s The Writers Guild, spearheaded fund raising, and co-founded the school’s Environmental Club. Leigh also co-chaired The Douglas Anderson Writers’ Festival in 2010 for students and adults from around the country that attracted 14 prolific writers headlined by Joyce Carol Oates and Ian Mairs. Additional work experience includes assistant manager for a modeling/finishing school and freelance interior design. Leigh attended University of North Florida.
Leigh lives in Ponte Vedra Beach with her husband Edward. They have three grown children: Tracy, Ian, and Eli. Leigh is a member of The Historical Society and continues to look for ways to serve the St. Augustine community. She feels honored to be a member of the board for Forward March and sees it as the perfect opportunity to honor all members of the military, both active and retired, including her father, grandfathers, numerous family members and friends who have served our country. Hobbies include design and gardening, reading, travel, Pilates and Gyrotonic. But none of it compares to the joy she gets from simply being with family and friends. Edward and Leigh hope to be full-time residents of St. Augustine in the near future.
Dr. Leonard O. Pellicer
Dr. Leonard O. Pellicer was born and raised in St. Augustine. After his graduation from St. Augustine High School in 1963, he served on active duty in the United States Navy as a member of Reconnaissance Attack Squadron Five which was deployed aboard the USS Ranger in the Western Pacific. During a long career, he served in a number of teaching and leadership roles in both K-12 and higher education. The majority of Pellicer’s career was spent as a member of the faculty at the University of South Carolina where he founded and was named the first director of the South Carolina Educational Policy Center. He was also the co-developer and director of the African American Professors Program, a program initiated with support from the Kellogg Foundation to address the shortage of African American professors at predominantly white higher education institutions. His experiences prior to joining the faculty at the University of South Carolina included service as a high school and middle school teacher, high school principal, and director of a teacher education center. During 1986-87, Dr. Pellicer was a Fulbright Scholar in Southeast Asia where he taught graduate classes at the University of the Philippines and used his expertise in school leadership to assist in developing programs to train school leaders in the region. From 1992 to 1995, Dr. Pellicer spent considerable time in the Republic of South Africa as a member of a team that developed a field-based training program for black principals in the “new South Africa.” He finished his career at the University of La Verne in California where he was the first Dean of the College of Education and Organizational Leadership. Pellicer holds a bachelor’s degree in English Education and master’s and doctoral degrees in Educational Administration from the University of Florida in Gainesville. Among the most dynamic and entertaining speakers in the field of educational leadership today, Dr. Pellicer has written, consulted, and spoken extensively in the areas of school leadership, instructional leadership, and educational programs for disadvantaged students. Pellicer has authored or coauthored seven books and more than 60 monographs, book chapters and journal articles. He has served as a consultant to more than 100 school districts and delivered numerous keynote addresses at prestigious professional meetings around the country. Several of his books including, “A Handbook for Teacher Leaders” (1995) and “Caring Enough to Lead,” (1999, 2003 & Third Edition 2008) have become best sellers in the field of education. In October of 2010, he was selected as one of the first six inductees into the Ketterlinus/St. Augustine High School Hall of Fame.
Ray A. Quinn
SERGEANT MAJOR, ARNGUS (Retired)
Sergeant Major Quinn began his military career by enlisting in Company C, 2nd Battalion, 124th Infantry, Eustis, Florida on 13 June 1965.
Sergeant Major Quinn progressed through Infantry assignments and rank serving as an Automatic Rifleman, Fire Team Leader, Scout Section Sergeant, Anti-armor Platoon Sergeant and First Sergeant.
Sergeant Major Quinn began full-time employment with the Florida National Guard in December 1973 and began is Active Guard and Reserve (AGR) service in 1981. He served full time with the Florida Army National Guard from 1973 to 1995.
He served as First Sergeant of Combat Support Company, 2nd Battalion, 124th Infantry from January 1977 to May 1985. In May 1985 he was transferred to Headquarters, Florida National Guard with assignment as Operations and Training Noncommissioned Officer. In July 1989 he was selected as Chief Administrative Noncommissioned Officer for the Support Personnel Office where he served until his retirement.
Sergeant Major Quinn is a graduate of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy. In addition to his full time assignments, he served as an instructor at the Florida National Guard Military Academy instructing Basic, Advance and Senior Noncommissioned Officer courses. He also served as a facilitator for the First Sergeants Course.
After his retirement from the Florida National Guard on 30 November 1995 he began employment with the Florida Department of Military Affairs. He served the department until his retirement on 29 February 2008 retiring as the Director of Executive Services. In that capacity he was Chief of Protocol for both the Department and the Florida National Guard.
In 1999 Sergeant Major Quinn was selected to serve on the Ft. Stewart Retiree Council and served as the Chairperson of the Enlisted Council until 2008. In February of 2002 he was selected by the Chief of Staff, U. S. Army to serve a four year term on the CSA Retiree Council and was asked to remain a fifth year. He is the past Chairman of the St. Johns County Veterans Council.
Sergeant Major Quinn is past President and former board member of the Kiwanis Club of Historic St. Augustine. He is a charter member of the First Militia Chapter Association of the United States Army and serves as the Second Vice President. He was recently appointed to the Advisory Board of Directors of the Association of the United States Army. He currently serves as a member of the board of directors of the Jacksonville National Cemetery Support Committee. He serves as a member of the board of directors of the Florida National Guard Foundation. He enjoys membership in the National Infantry Association and holds honorary membership in the Officers’ Club of St. Augustine as well as the Ancient City Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America. He is a life member of the Enlisted National Guard Association of the United States and the Enlisted National Guard Association of Florida.
A native of West Virginia, Alison moved to the Oldest City after earning a historic preservation degree. For years a curator of a local historic house museum, Alison and husband Mark began a family in 2006. Alison loved the having the opportunity to stay at home with her two children for several years. She holds memberships in several local organizations including the St. Augustine Historical Society and Citizens for the Preservation of St. Augustine (CPSA). She served on the CPSA Board of Directors since 2004. In 2013, Alison joined other civilian employees at the Florida National Guard headquarters where she works in the historic St. Francis Barracks as a historian. Learning about local families and finding ways to promote local history by studying historic documents and the built environment are just a few of her interests. The Simpson family enjoys visiting Florida’s historic attractions and state parks, playing golf and tennis, and being outside often.
Hometowns: Philadelphia, PA and Alameda, CA
Education: Community College of Philadelphia and Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Military Service: U.S. Marine Corps
Work/Business Experience: Former Business Owner/Partner, H & S Construction, St. Augustine, FL; former Realtor, Olde Carriage Real Estate; former Business Agent/Lobbyist, International Union of Operating Engineers, Philadelphia, PA.; former Vice-President, Philadelphia AFL-CIO; former Board Member, Penn’s Landing Corporation, Philadelphia, PA; former proprietor, “Maggie’s Drawers Antiques,” Philadelphia, PA.
Volunteer Activities: Facilitator, Socrates’ Café, Council on Aging, St. Patrick’s Parade Committee; Former Chairman, City of St. Augustine Parking & Traffic Committee (6 years); Past Commodore, St. Augustine Yacht Club; Past President, St. Augustine Uptown Neighborhood Association (SAUNA).
Local Organization Memberships: Marine Corps League, Detachment #383; Elks Lodge #829; American Legion, Post 37
Family: Spouse, Helene (nee Boyle); Daughters, Tracy Borda (Louis), Philadelphia, PA; Tara Sullivan-Semisch, Boca Raton, FL; Son, Shane Sullivan, St, Augustine, FL; Nicole Pisco (Frank), Palo Alto, CA and 7 grandchildren.
Education: Undergraduate Degree: Rosemont College, Rosemont, PA., 1968
Graduate Studies: Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.
A full-time, downtown St. Augustine resident, Helene is retired after a 30 year career in the City of Philadelphia, where she worked for several public and quasi-public agencies, managing urban redevelopment, vacant property reclamation and low-income housing programs in progressively responsible positions from 1969 through 1998. A brief stint in marketing/public relations provided a respite in 1989.
In her final 8 years (1991-98), she served as the Director of Admissions and Occupancy for the Philadelphia Housing Authority, the 4th largest public housing authority in the country at that time. Through 31 subordinate staff persons, she was responsible for the management, eligibility determinations and placement of a Waiting List capped at 10,000 families, many of whom were homeless, and for the continued eligibility for occupancy (lease renewal) of families in approx. 22,000 federally-subsidized rental units with all activities governed by and in compliance with the Code of Federal Regulations.
In addition to Forward March, she is presently a member of the EMMA Board of Directors as Co-chair of Sponsorship and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, as one of its founding members. She is also a founding and supporting member of Romanza and the St. Augustine Maritime Heritage Foundation. She is the former Social Chair of the St. Augustine Yacht Club and an early volunteer at the St. Johns County Cultural Council.
Besides being an ‘arts advocate,’ she is a firm believer in healthy lifestyles, fitness and nutrition, particularly for women who have achieved ‘seniority,’ and assigns her time accordingly.
Helene and husband Dan will celebrate their 35th Wedding Anniversary in 2016 with a combined, far-flung family of four adult children and seven grand-children.