Michael Alexander – Chair
Michael Alexander was born in the UK and grew up in Canada. He graduated from McGill University where he met his wife, Judy. Michael has sung with the Royal Palm Players, serves on the board of his condominium association at the Boca Grande Club and the Finance Committee of St. Andrew’s Church. He is a member of the Art Alliance, paints occasionally and plays golf at the Lemon Bay Golf Club.
Bruce Stirling – Vice Chair
Bruce Stirling is retired from Proctor & Gamble Company and now contributes his purchasing and global sourcing expertise as a part of the Cincinnati Consulting Consortium. He is a graduate of the University of California-Santa Barbara and earned his MBA from Cornell University. Bruce is the current President of the Boca Grande Men’s Club.
John Cleghorn – Treasurer
John Cleghorn, retired Chairman and CEO of Royal Bank of Canada, was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and is a graduate of McGill University. John is an active member of the Boca Grande Club, Boca Bay Pass Club, and Lemon Bay Golf Club.
Joan Hall – Secretary
Joan Hall is a graduate of Drew University, majoring in Political Science. After teaching school for a few years, she began a career in the Psychology Department of Princeton University, rising to the position of Research Associate in Social Psychology. After almost 25 years at Princeton, Joan enrolled in law school and graduated from Rutgers University Law School in 1990. After passing the Bar, she joined a law firm in Princeton, NJ, for three years. She then rejoined the Psychology Department of Princeton to conduct research about legal precepts from a psychological perspective, such as exploring the validity of “eye witness testimony.” A resident of Boca Grande for 17 years, she has been active on committees and has been president of a neighborhood board of Boca Bay. Joan is married to Jack Hall and has two sons.
Joan Ardrey grew up in Stamford, CT and is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and New York University with degrees in Romance Language and Literature. Joan is a member of the Boca Grande Woman’s Club, serves on the Steering Committee of the Literature Forum, and is a board member of the Art Alliance and Barrier Island Parks Society.
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!
John “Pete” Durno is a Michigan native but has been a Boca Grande winter resident for the past 17 years. He graduated from Dartmouth College and earned his MBA from the University of Michigan. He worked for NBD Bank in Detroit for 36 years in various management capacities, the highlight being five years in London. He has served on many local boards, including BIPS, Lemon Bay Golf Club, Boca Grande Men’s Club, Boca Bay Master Association and the Pass Club, and on the Church Council at the United Methodist Church. His interests are golf, tennis, fly fishing, hunting, gardening, and mission involvement in the Dominican Republic. He is an avid walker with his English Setter Ginny, and has done the 200-mile Coast to Coast walk in England. He has been married to Eleanor for 57 years; they have three children and seven grandchildren.
Former Director of Publicity and Public Relations of Tiffany & Co. and all of its branches. Former Special Assistant to the White House for Gifts to the President and Vice-President of the United States. Former Docent to the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum. Former President of PTA for several Public Schools in Fairfax Co. VA. Co-Chair of Literary Forum Steering Committee.
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.
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.
Cassie Kernan, a Boca Grande homeowner for over 40 years, has also lived in New York City, Bedford and Fishers Island, NY. She has been a dance therapist at Four Winds Hospital, a psychiatric hospital in Katonah, New York. She taught Middle Eastern dance and Jazzercise for many years. Cassie was also a consultant for Tips On Trips and Camps for 25 years where she set up fairs and advised families on summer sleep-away programs for 8 to 18 year olds. She has served on the board of the Boca Grande Woman’s Club and was in charge of speakers from 2012 to 2014. Cassie loves her eight grandchildren, tennis, golf, bridge and her Boca Grande and Bedford book clubs.
Erica Ress Martin
Erica Ress Martin was a Creative Director at many of the top ad agencies in New York. At the age of 43, she enrolled as a fulltime student at Tulane Law School and became an attorney. Since retiring to Boca Grande, she has been involved with the revitalization of Royal Palm Players.
Mr. Soderberg received his degree in Engineering and Applied Sciences (Magna Cum Laude and Honors with Exceptional Distinction in Engineering) from Yale University in 1968. Mr. Soderberg’s experience includes 23 years at Johnson & Johnson, as well as many years as President of both Hillenbrand Industries and Hill-Rom. Peter and his wife, Elsa, spend considerable time on projects supported by their Charitable Foundation, including STEM education, life-long learning, mother and children’s needs, and overseas medical missions. In Boca Grande, Peter has been active on the Lemon Bay Golf Club Board for 6 years, the Lighthouse United Methodist Church, and the Help for Haiti Committee.
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.