Kay Wagner – Chair
Kay Wagner grew up in Cincinnati, graduated from Indiana University and spent the next 27 years in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She had a career in marketing with Aetna Health Plans. Since 2003, Kay and her husband, David, have considered Boca Grande their home. Over the years, Kay has devoted time to equestrian programs for children with special needs, Girl Scouts, Goodwill Industries, the Humane Society and most recently, here in Boca Grande on the Johann Fust Library Foundation board.
Stan Ikenberry – Vice Chair
Stan Ikenberry and his wife Judy have spent a lifetime in academe. For many years (1979–1995) Stan served as president of the University of Illinois where he continues to maintain close ties. After leaving the Illinois presidency and a year’s leave at Princeton, Stan joined the American Council on Education in Washington, D.C. as its 10th president and worked with colleges and universities across the United States. Stan received his baccalaureate degree from Shepherd University and his Ph.D. from Michigan State. He serves on the board of the Royal Palm Players and sings with St. Andrew’s choir. Stan and Judy are long-time residents of Boca Grande and spend summers in Pennsylvania and Michigan.
Jim Grant – Treasurer
James Grant grew up in Michigan. He attended Northwestern University (BS, Accounting) and the University of Michigan (MBA). His business career included positions in marketing and technology in financial services, retiring in 1998 from JPMorgan Chase. Jim and Lynda moved to Cape Haze ten years ago. When not here or traveling the world, they enjoy the warm months at Point Lookout, Michigan, on Saginaw Bay. Jim is the immediate past president of BIPS and has one more year on that board chairing their range light restoration committee. On island time, he has participated with the Boca Grande Barbershop chorus, and the Civil War RPP productions, GodSpell and Oklahoma. Jim loves golfing and fishing.
Susan Haggarty – Secretary
Susan and husband George live in Grosse Pointe Farms, MI during the summer where they were born and raised. Susan is a graduate of Boston College where she majored in History. She worked in her own firm as a Financial Planner for 25 years. Her volunteer work includes The Junior League of Detroit, Beaumont Hospital, Detroit Institute for Children, The Grosse Pointe Academy and the Boca Grande Woman’s Club.
Graduated from Bryn Mawr College; former addictions therapist and social worker; owner of the great racehorse & Kentucky Derby winner Smarty Jones; Health Clinic Foundation board member; community center volunteer.
Alice Court began her career as a Children’s television host and copy writer before returning to school for her MBA and joining Procter and Gamble in marketing. She and David have lived in Toronto, England, Australia, and Dallas. They have three children and discovered Boca Grande by happy accident in 2005 and have been making it their winter home since 2014. Alice is active in Royal Palm Players and the Women’s Club, enjoys Golf and biking and rarely misses a sunset!
Barbara Edgerton is the former Director of Publicity and Public Relations of Tiffany & Co. including all of its branches. She has served as Special Assistant to the White House for Gifts to the President and Vice President of the United States. Barbara was a Docent at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum for 8 years. She served as a President of the PTA & PTO for several schools in VA. In Boca Grande, Barbara was Co-Chair of the Literature Forum Steering Committee. As a former board member of The Friends of Boca Grande, Barbara edited two books for publication: Civil War Memories and World Wars – Memories & Reflections. Currently she a member of the Woman’s Club and a board member of the JF Library Foundation.
Steve is Executive Chairman of Laughlin Constable, an advertising, PR and brand marketing company with offices in Chicago and Milwaukee. Steve’s community service includes serving as a board member and board chair of The Milwaukee Performing Arts Center. He also chaired the Milwaukee Ballet Board and served on the board of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Steve is a former board chair of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee. He currently serves on the board of the Milwaukee Film Festival and chaired that board as well. Steve and his wife Marge have a home on Boca Grande and were both instrumental in creating the Boca Grande Film Festival, presented by the Friends of Boca Grande, which is now entering its third season.
Dr. James May Jr. MD FACs. FRCS, a native Kentuckian, graduated from the University of Kentucky PBK with Distinction and Northwestern Medical School. He continued his surgical training as a Harvard intern at the Mass General Hospital and completed general and plastic surgery training in the MGH/Harvard program. After fellowship training in hand/microvascular surgery in Kentucky and Australia, Linda and Jim May and growing family (Alison and James) returned to Boston for an appointment in surgery and plastic surgery at the MGH/ Harvard program. He was elected as a member of the Academy at Harvard Medical school and was elected as an Honorary member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. After retirement in 2014, Linda and Jim, spend time in East Blue Hill Maine, traveling to see their children and five grandsons and at their permanent home on Gasparilla Island.
A Wisconsin native, Jim Runde graduated from Marquette University through the NROTC program and served as a nuclear engineer on the staff of Admiral Rickover. While on active duty he got his master’s in business at George Washington University. Jim currently serves on the board of the Kroger Company and is an emeritus trustee at Marquette and the Morgan Library. He is also on the board of the Men’s Club as well as the Boca Grande Health Clinic Foundation. He is the author of a new book called “Unequaled: Tips for Building a Successful Career Through Emotional Intelligence”. Jim recently retired from Morgan Stanley after 42 years where he was a Vice Chairman of investment banking. He and his wife Barbara moved to Boca Grande in 2014.
Honey Jacobs Skinner, her husband Sam and family have enjoyed Boca Grande for fifteen years and they live in Boca Bay. Honey is a retired partner of Sidley Austin in Chicago, and specialized in the representation of large hospital systems. Post retirement, she is the chair of advocacy at Lurie Children’s Hospital (Chicago), with a focus on expanded healthcare services for economically fragile children. She is a graduate and active alum of Harvard College and Northwestern University Law School, and serves as a corporate director.
Graduated from Yale University, B.A., 1968. Commercial real estate developer, NH, VT, FL, including several Restoration Projects; Founding General Partner Centerra Park with Dartmouth College; Founding Board Member, Ledyard National Bank and Ledyard Financial Advisors; Board Membership: Director, Dartmouth Savings Bank, 1984 – 1989. Director, Ledyard National Bank 1989 – 2020. Trustee, Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital; Chairperson, Boca Grande Community Planning Panel 2003 – 2007; Commodore Boca Grande Pass Yacht Club 2006 – 2008; Board Member Gulf Coast Community Foundation 2010 – 2019; Founding Chairperson Island School Foundation 2009 – 2013; President, Gasparilla Island Conservation and Improvement Association 2013 – 2020. Boca Grande Woman’s Club 2020 Pandemic Task Force Member.