Friends of Old Seven Advisory Board

Susan Chapman, Advisor
Originally from North Carolina, Susan has lived in the Keys for 6 years. As a Marathon resident, she and her husband, Jerry Chapman, are actively involved in Friends of Old Seven. Prior to moving to the Keys, Susan was in the banking industry and served as Assistant Director of Chapman Assisted Living Facilities.

Claire Costantino, Advisor
Claire Costantino is a resident of Marathon and Highland New York. A graduate of Rider University, she was involved in the construction industry as a woman-owned business. Today she serves as the property manager of the commercial properties both she and husband Ray own in New York. Her involvement in the community has been extensive. She served as Vice Chair of the Walkway Over the Hudson during its efforts to save an abandoned railroad bridge through its conversion into a pedestrian walkway over the Hudson River in 2009 – today Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park is one of New York State’s most popular parks. She has been actively involved in the creation and development of the Hudson Valley Rail Trail Association since 1997 and is currently serving her seventh term as President. The Florida Keys have attracted her attention since first experiencing them in the 1970’s. When she met Bernard, she knew she had found another challenge and is looking forward to working on this fantastic project.

Ray Costantino, Advisor
Ray Costantino is a resident of Marathon and Highland New York where he operated a heavy highway construction company throughout the 1970’s and 80’s. He is a past president of the Highland Rotary Club and brought forward the idea of converting an abandoned railroad bed into a rail trail. Today that trail is known as the Hudson Valley Rail Trail and hosts the Rotary Fitness Course, the Rotary Centennial Garden and the Hudson Valley Pavilion, all projects conceived and completed during his three terms as President. Ray served on the Town of Lloyd Town Board from 1996 to 1998 as councilman and as Supervisor from 1998 to 1999. He again served as Supervisor from 2008 to 2011 during which time he became involved with the conversion of an abandon railroad bridge into the Walkway Over the Hudson.
The Florida Keys have been an inspiration to him since he first drove over the Old Seven Mile Bridge in the 1970’s drawing him to Marathon as his place of “semi” retirement.

Barbara Edgar, Advisor
Lifetime resident of the Florida Keys living in Lower Matecumbe since 1952 when only seven other families shared the island. Presently a Realtor. Owned a clothing store in the Keys for 11 years. Daughter of the late Irving R. Eyster who was a Florida Keys Historian for over sixty years. Worked with him for decades volunteering for many historical and preservation projects. Presently, President of the Matecumbe Historical Trust, a board member of the historic San Carlos Institute in Key West, The Historic Preservation Commission for the Village of Islamorada and a Chamber of Commerce Ambassador. Past board member of ARC of the Keys and the Board of Directors for the Florida Keys Board of Realtors. My love for the Seven Mile Bridge started when I was a young child. It was always exciting going over the bridge as you could see the stingrays, turtles and fish swimming on the flats. We would always stop at Pigeon Key as my parents had friends who lived there.

Sherri Hodie, Advisor
Sherri graduated from Franklin University with a Masters in Business Administration & Human Resource Management and received her Paralegal Studies degree from the University of Miami, Florida. Working at Honda, Sherri successfully utilized her Organizational Leadership skills, leading high level project teams; she partnered to develop business plans, project forecasts and implemented ideas to reality. “1992 was my first trip to the Florida Keys, Perry wanted to show me 127 miles of the most beautiful scenic highway & bridges I have ever seen. I was hooked! 2008 we jumped, not off the Bridge, but into a Keys home! 22 years ago the Old 7 took my breath away, now we are trying to save it, so generations can have moments that take their breath away.”

Patricia Ivey, Advisor
Originally from the Boston area, Patty has been a resident of the Marathon for just over 30 years and signed on with the Florida Department of Transportation in 1982. She has been a board member of several non-profit organizations, including the Pigeon Key Foundation. Patty loves the Keys, especially boating and long walks with friends on Old Seven.

Dr. Les Standiford, Advisor
Les Standiford is the founding director of the creative writing program at Florida International University and the author of 20 books and novels, including the John Deal mystery series and several works of non-fiction, including, Last Train to Paradise: Henry Flagler and the Spectacular Rise and Fall of the Railroad that Crossed an Ocean and Water to the Angels: William Muholland, His Los Angeles Aqueduct, and the Real Chinatown.

Don Worth, Advisor
Don Worth is Co-Founder of Friends of Miami Marine Stadium. He has been active in various preservation issues in Miami for fifteen years. Previously, was a member of the City of Miami Beach’s Design Review Board. He also produced a photography exhibit and book with his wife Nina, “Art Deco in Miami Beach and Shanghai”.