FSSA Board Of Directors
The Flying Scot Sailing Association Board of Directors consists of Officers, Members of the Executive Committee and Members of the Board of Governors. Past Presidents of FSSA are also non-voting members of the Board and are welcome to attend all Board meetings. These are the current FSSA Board Members. You may email any of the Board members by clicking on their name.
You can view the FSSA Organizatinal Chart here, including Committees and Committe Chairpersons.
PRESIDENT - Frank Gerry
Frank Gerry is the President of FSSA and lives in Sugar Grove, Illinois – a far west suburb of Chicago. He bought his first Scot "Helga" in 1999 and both he and wife Marianne feel it is one of the best decisions they have ever made. They have been sailing Sunfish, Windmills, Lasers, Highlanders (past Class President ) over the years and now have been racing the Flying Scot for the last 14 years. They are active members at Clinton Lake Sailing Association in Clinton, Illinois. Prior to that, they spent 24 years in the Cleveland area sailing on Lake Erie at Edgewater Yacht Club in Cleveland and at Berlin Yacht Club in North Benton, Ohio. They are passionate about traveling to regattas, camping in the Hyatt Regency ( Chevy Van ), and meeting new sailors. They have two grown children; Carina who lives in Atlanta and Jess who lives in Huntington Beach, California. Both enjoy sailing and Jess has turned his sailing passion into a profession – he’s Sailing Director at Long Beach Yacht Club.
First Vice President - John Domagala
John Domagala, FSSA First Vice President, has been sailing Scots since introduced to the Scot by Steve Hartman in 1979. After crewing for several years he bought his first Scot in 1987, FS 3577. John started out sailing at Clinton Lake in the Midwest district but has also lived and sailed in the Ohio, Texas, & Florida Districts. He now sails FS 5577 out of Sarasota Florida and served as regatta chair for 2011 midwinters. When not sailing with his wife Susan and daughters Ella & Emma, he can be can be found fishing or on his kayak.
SECOND VICE-PRESIDENT - Bill Vogler
Bill Vogler, FSSA Second Vice President, hails from District 83 on Lake Carlyle. He first sailed in a Flying Scot 44 years ago with Sandy Douglas in 1966. Bill travels to regattas, including national events. Some recent results include that he was 2009 Midwest District and NAC Masters Champion, and was a top 10 finisher at the 2009 NAC.
TREASURER/SECRETARY - Bill Dunham
Bio coming soon...
COMMODORE and WEB EDITOR - Diane Kampf
Diane Kampf, FSSA Commodore, has been sailing as crew for her husband and skipper, Greg Kampf, at Lake Massapoag in Sharon, MA, where she and Greg are Life Members. Greg and Diane are both IT professionals - Greg at the University of Massachusetts and Diane at BJs Wholesale Club. While Greg has been sailing since he was a young boy, Diane got the bug in 1996 after their first trip to a NAC and they have been travelling to regattas ever since. Diane is twice Commodore of Massapoag Yacht Club in Sharon, MA, and is currently Secretary as well as Regatta Chairperson.. When Diane’s not sailing, she spends time with her mother Kay, her daughter and son-in law Kassandra and Brian and their children AJ and Kaitlyn.
IMMEDIATE PAST COMMODORE - Charles Buffington
Charles Buffington is the Immediate Past Commodore of FSSA. He's owned a Scot since 1973 and currently sails with his wife, Sarah. They met in church choir and, amazingly, Charles met all 10 of Sarah's criteria for a husband. Their home lake is Deep Creek Lake in western Maryland. Sarah recently retired from teaching high school chemistry and Charles is an anesthesiologist in Pittsburgh at the University Hospital. Besides sailing, his other hobbies include fishing, gardening and cooking. Sarah's hobbies include all water sports, smelling the roses and baking,
FSSA MEASURER - Robert J. Neff
Bob Neff, FSSA Chief Measurer, a former motorcycle racer, was interested in a racing activity to share with his family. The family oriented, one design Flying Scot Class made his decision easy. The members of Fleet 83 at Carlyle Lake Sailing Association near Saint Louis were very helpful and the family began sailing their first Scot in 1979. Soon all five Neff’s were racing the Scot together almost every weekend and started traveling to different venues. In 1981 the family moved to Maryland and joined Fleet 97 at West River Sailing Club and began racing and sailing on the Chesapeake Bay. He is currently a member of Fleet 42 at Selby Bay Sailing Center.
Bob has been Chief Measurer since 1991 and has endeavored to be true to the ideals of the designer and first Chief Measurer Sandy Douglas.
EDITOR, SCOTS n’ WATER - Deb Aronson
Deb Aronson is the FSSA Editor of our Scots n' Water magazine. A freelance writer, Deb has been sailing Flying Scots with her husband, Ben Williams, since 2005. The week after they bought their first Scot (Suzie Q) they went to a regatta (in Chattanooga, TN), where the sailors there showed them how to rig it. Despite capsizing that weekend, she grew to love racing and began traveling regularly with Ben a few years later. Together with Ben — who is the Midwest District Governor — Deb travels to about two regattas per month during the sailing season. SuzieQ now lives at their home club, Clinton Lake, in central Illinois. They also have a second Scot, Sophie, that they keep packed up and in their driveway that they use for regattas.
AMENDMENT COMMITTEE - Dan Goldberg
Dan Goldberg, FSSA Amendments Committee Chair, bought his first Flying Scot in 1981, and has been deeply involved ever since. He has served as Fleet Captain, District Governor, and President of the FSSA. He is currently Chair of the Amendments Committee, and is a member of the National Championships Committee. He is also a US Sailing Regional Race Officer. He is very active in his home club's Learn to Sail program, and enjoys teaching our great sport to aspiring sailors.
PARLIAMENTARIAN - Larry Taggart
Larry Taggart first began his involvement with Flying Scots in 1969 in New Orleans when they were first adopted as the interclub boat of the Gulf Yachting Association. After sailing club-owned boats for several years he purchased his first boat in 1975. He has served the FSSA in many positions, including Fleet Captain, District Governor, Measurer and President. He is currently the Gulf District Governor, serves on the Executive Committee as Parliamentarian, is also a member of the Measurement Committee and National Championships Committee, and chairs the Nominating Committee. Larry is an Honorary Life Member of his home club -- Southern Yacht Club -- and supports sailing there in many ways. He has also served as Commodore of the Gulf Yachting Association (GYA) and remains chair of their Racing Rules Committee. In addition, he has served at one time or another as GYA Scorer, Sail Measurer, and Appeals Committee Member. He is a former Senior Judge. For ten years he was also a Sea Explorer, BSA, leader heading a Scout group specializing in sailing and racing, including 10 sailing cruises to the Bahamas from Florida. In “real life” Larry is retired senior vice president if a medium sized non-profit in New Orleans.
EXECUTIVE SECRETARY - Courtney Waldrup
Courtney Waldrup is the FSSA Executive Secretary. She began working at J. Edgar Eubanks, FSSA’s management company, in 1995 and officially became the class secretary in 2005. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy. She and her husband have two boys and enjoy outside activities and sports.
DESIGNER (October 22, 1904 - February 12, 1992) - Gordon K. "Sandy" Douglass
Our Flying Scot Designer, Sandy Douglass, was a racer, designer, and builder of sailing dinghies. Two of his designs, the Thistle and the Flying Scot, are among the most popula on design Racing Classes in the United States. The Flying Scot was inducted into the American Sailboat Hall of Fame. As a small boat racer, Douglass was five times the North American champion in the 10 Square Meter International Sailing Canoe, five times the United States national champion in the Thistle, and seven times the Flying Scot North American champion.
OUR BUILDER - Harry Carpeter
Harry Carpenter is President of Flying Scot Inc. He, his wife, Karen, and Office Manager Dee Burns are dedicated to building the best daysailer in the world. We are lucky to count Harry among our FSSA Life Members, active racers, and a member of our Board of Governors. Please see the Flying Scot website for more information about the company and our builder.
Capital #4 - District Governor David Neff
David Neff is the FSSA Capitol District Governor. David has been sailing and racing the Flying Scot continuously since 1979. David and his wife Allyson operate Selby Bay Sailing Center. SBSC is a marina for Flying Scots on the South River of the Chesapeake Bay founded in 1987 by David’s parents Bob and Mary Ellen. David and Allyson purchased the home-office based facility in 2003. They enjoy the Chesapeake with their two children Amelia and Stewart.
Carolina #8 - District Governor Carol Claypool
Dixie Lakes #49 - District Governor Rob Fowler
Florida #43 - District Governor Mark Taylor
Greater New York #12 - District Governor Melanie Dunham
Gulf #16 - District Governor Larry Taggart
Bio appears above since Larry is also a member of the FSSA Executive Committee
Michigan-Ontario #20 - District Governor Bill Pfund
Midwest #24 – District Governor Ben Williams
New England #28 - District Governor Skip Montello
New York Lakes #29 - District Governor Ann K Seidman
Ohio #32 - District Governor Martha Sweterlitsch
Pacific #36 - District Governor Dale Dunning
Prairie #40 - Disctrict Governor Jim Slaughter
Southwest #41 - District Governor Greta Mittman
Greta Mittman is the Southwest District Governor. For over fifteen years Greta has been sailing and racing the Flying Scot in local, regional and national events with her husband, Michael. She is a member of the Corinthian Sailing Club in Dallas, Texas and has held numerous Board positions, including Commodore. When not sailing the Scot, Greta enjoys bareboat chartering. Michael and Greta have two sailing daughters, Rachel and Molly