President of the Board, Secretary and Neighborhood Council Delegate
Burry Gowen is a newcomer to the Old City South neighborhood, having moved to his home at 5 Tremerton Street in 2011. Prior to moving to St. Augustine, Burry and his wife Wendy lived in the Boston area, where Burry taught middle school social studies in the Lexington Public School system. While at Lexington, Burry served as Social Studies Department Chair from 1998 to 2005 and was named Lexington Public Schools Secondary Teacher of the Year in 2004. Burry has a B. A. in Economics from Marietta College and an Ed.M. from Harvard University. Wendy and Burry love their adopted hometown, its historical neighborhoods, and the warmth and welcoming nature of their neighbors. This year, Burry serves as President and Treasurer of the OCSNA and delegate to the St. Augustine Neighborhood Council.
Jack Martin moved to St. Augustine in 2005. Along with his wife Mia, they operated the Cedar House Inn Bed & Breakfast for five years, becoming knowledgeable in city business processes and the tourism industry. After selling the B&B in 2010, Jack and Mia wanted to remain downtown and currently reside at 325 St. George Street.
Jack’s formal education includes both technical and business management degrees. His experience in HOAs include President of a 110 home neighborhood association and Vice President of the Master HOA, totaling 4500 homes in Pembroke Pines, FL. While operating the Cedar House Inn, Jack filled various roles in the St Augustine Historic Inn Association, representing 26 inns in St. Augustine. Jack also spent limited time serving the Old City South Neighborhood Association (OCSNA) working to revitalize the organization. This year, Jack serves as Vice President of the OCSNA and Board liaison to the OCS History committee.
Board member-at-large and Chair, Membership Committee and Social Committee
Gail Crocetta was born in upstate New York where she and her husband Pat lived and raised their 2 children. Gail graduated from the State University of New York at Albany and became a Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC). She managed vocational programs serving individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment.
With relatives in Palm Coast, Gail and Pat often visited St. Augustine and spent several years looking for a neighborhood in the city that felt comfortable. In December, 2009, shortly after retiring, Gail and Pat purchased their house at 289 St. George Street. It took a year of renovating to make it feel like home. From all the activities of our historic city to the coziness of our neighborhood, they feel St. Augustine is the perfect place to live.
An avid traveler, Gail also enjoys kayaking, bicycling, and hiking, along with attending spin, pump, and yoga classes. Most of all, she loves spending time with friends and family. As an OCSNA board member, Gail is most interested in helping to organize social gatherings, welcome new members, and promote the bonds that make us a neighborhood.
Jim Kelly – After graduating as an ensign from US Navy Officer Candidate School in 1957, Jim served aboard LST1163 for 3 years. On leaving the Navy in 1960, Jim spent 40 years self employed in the marketing and sales of high technology products in a number of fields including nuclear science, space science, space high performance optics, semiconductor manufacturing and energy conservation to name a few. He owned and operated a small R & D company that did contract research and development work in state of the art manufacturing and products. Upon retiring in 2005, Jim earned a Florida real estate license and worked as a business broker for 3 years at Watson Commercial. Jim has served as a volunteer advising on energy conservation for hospitals in Flagler Hospital’s Engineering Dept. and has volunteered at the St. Augustine Lighthouse Maritime Archeology Dept. Jim has a B.S. in Economics from Lehigh University and a B.S. in Physics from Columbia University. This year Jim serves as Board member-at-large, OCS Historian and Chair of the OCSNA Arrangements (Social) Committee.
Jim Kleinschmidt lived most of his early life in Arkansas, where he was educated as a physician. After a stint in the Navy, Jim and his wife Nancy sailed from the West Coast to the East Coast over a two-year period before settling down in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia for the next 20 years. He practiced General Surgery and after further education, where he received his Masters in Medical Management from Carnegie Mellon University, he moved into hospital administration, where he completed his career as a vice president in Valley Health Systems in Virginia. During the many years that Jim and Nancy have sailed the East Coast of the US, they have stopped at St. Augustine many times. They finally chose to stay and plant roots in the wonderful community they had enjoyed so much and have lived here for over a year. Jim enjoys sailing and woodworking and dabbles in writing computer programs as a hobby. He was president of his HOA in Virginia for 6 years prior to his retirement.
Virginia Whetstone – Born and raised on St. George Street in St. Augustine, Virginia attended local schools, graduating from St. Augustine High School. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration and Economics from Vanderbilt University and following graduation, she assumed the role of President of Whetstone Chocolates, Inc., a family business started by her parents in 1967.
Virginia has been active locally in both social service and professional organizations. As President of the Junior Service League and Chairwoman of the Lighthouse Committee, she led the exhaustive and successful effort to restore the St. Augustine Lighthouse tower and relight the Fresnel lens. She served as Chairperson for the St. Johns County Visitors and Convention Bureau, President of the St. Johns County Hotel/Motel Association, and was a member of the Bank of St. Augustine Advisory Board. She served as a board member on the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, the St. Augustine Lighthouse Museum and the American Red Cross. She is currently a member of the Las Adelfas Garden Circle of the St. Augustine Garden Club.
Virginia’s hobbies include gardening, tennis, travel, and jet skiing. She also holds a First Degree Black Belt in Tang Soo Do (karate).
She purchased her home in 1998 on St. George Street, completely remodeled the interior and now lives there with her husband, Bruce Maguire and her two dalmatians. This year, Virginia serves as Board member-at-large and member of the OCSNA Treasurer’s committee.
Entrepreneur and businessman Henry Whetstone of 282 St. George Street is a life-long St. Augustine resident and long-time resident of the Old City South neighborhood. A 1953 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University with a degree in mathematics and physics, Henry opened his first business in 1963, an ice cream parlor on Aviles Street following service in the Air Force, the Army Corps of Engineers and a short stint working at his father’s motel. In 1967, Henry opened Los Dulces Chocolate Shop at 42 St. George Street, beginning a long career making and selling premium chocolates in Northeast Florida. At first Henry and wife Esther made chocolates for the shop in their home kitchen at night. Then in 1969, they established their first chocolate factory at 51 Cordova Street, ultimately moving it to a 10,000 sq. ft. facility on Hwy 312, which now provides premium chocolates to their retail business, Whetstone Chocolates and to a number of wholesale clients across the country. In 1997, Henry founded the Bank of St. Augustine, and served as its chairman of the board for seventeen years. Henry holds a second-degree black belt in karate and has served as president of St. Augustine’s Fourth of July event, of the St. Augustine Art Association, and of both the Harley Motorcycle Owners Group and the Suzuki Motorcycle Club.
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