Friends of Old Seven Board of Directors

Bernard Spinrad, Board President
bernard.spinrad@old7.org
Semi-retired – Owner of consulting company specializing in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software and Tourism Development, working primarily in the Caribbean Basin region. As resident of Marathon, walked the bridge many times, saw its value and the fact that, unless we did something to save and enhance it, it will eventually disappear, and with it, one of the most valuable pieces of history in the Keys. I decided to do what I could to prevent that from happening. My experience as an economic and tourism development consultant told me that only through decisive community action this could be achieved.

 Mike Puto, Board Vice President
mike.puto@old7.org
Mike Puto moved to Marathon in 1950 at age 2, and his family is credited for the development of Key Colony Beach and many portions of the Middle Keys. He graduated from Marathon High School and was a teacher and businessman before beginning his career in public service, including a term on the Monroe County Commission (1986-1990) where he served as Mayor for a year. He was Marathon’s City Manager from 2004-2008. He sits on numerous boards including Florida Keys Electric Co-Op, Pigeon Key, United Way, and the Marathon Alumni Athletic Club. His unwavering dedication to his community has earned his the moniker, “Mr. Marathon.”

Mary Cinotti, Board Secretary
mary.cinotti@old7.org
Retired IT Professional whose technology career spans two disciplines: education & business.  As a technology innovator, Mary motivated both college and K-8 students to use tech tools that would equip them to compete in what we know as “today’s” world.  On the business side, as Director of Training & Help Desk Operations, Mary & her team were successful at keeping Active International’s 400+ employees on the cutting edge of technology.  Back in 1978, as Mary and her husband Tom drove the beautiful span of Old Seven they dreamed of someday retiring in the Keys.  Their “someday came” in 2009 when they fulfilled their dream and moved to Marathon.  

Greg Lindeberg, Treasurer
greg.lindeberg@old7.org
Senior real estate executive currently working for the Office of the State Attorney Sixteenth Judicial Circuit Monroe County focusing on “white-collar” crimes. Currently resides in Islamorada.

 

 

Carolyn Caplan, At-Large
carolyn.caplan@old7.org
Resident of Key Largo, Fl and business owner in Marathon, Fl where she learned about the significance of Old Seven mile bridge through visitors who come from all over the world to see this engineering marvel and enjoy walking over water where a train once traveled.  



Bettye
Chaplin, At-Large
bettye.chaplin@old7.org
Lived in the Keys since age 4, graduate of Marathon High School and Palm Beach Community College, married 47 years and have two sons. Past Marathon Chamber of Commerce President – 2004, helped establish The Tourism Association, past BPW Woman of the Year, Monroe County Housing Commission for 8 years, helped Establish Marathon Community Theater, and member of the Board of Realtors for 25 years. Now retired and traveling in our motor home, I love to tell people about where I live, because from Canada to Mexico and everything in-between, “There is no place better than the Florida Keys!!”

Jerry Ronald Chapman, At-Large
jerry.chapman@old7.org
Resident of Marathon, Fl and Eastbend, NC. Married with 4 children and 6 grandchildren. College degree in Personnel Administration. Designed, built and managed 10 assisted living centers in NC. Owned and operated condo HOA with apartments in Turks & Cacaos and British West Indies. Awarded Vietnam Veteran.

 

Ray Constantino, At-Large
ray.constantino@old7.org
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.

Vesta Denning, At-Large
vesta.denning@old7.org
3 MS degrees, worked as research microbiologist, then managed AIDS information system for the White House, managed the Internet initiative for HHS, and the Learning Network for the National Academy of Public Administration. After retirement, had my own business (Small Business On-Line) an internet based business for the development of and maintenance of web sites.  On a community scale, loves making a contribution to a community organization through service. Was a member of the Marathon Concert Association for several years, contributing primarily through developing fund-raising program, and actually contributing stained glass panels for assistance in the fund raising. Also assisted in the original plans and development of a concert association web presence.  My passion now in Marathon is whatever I can do to support and be involved in saving the Old Seven Mile Bridge and helping to raise it to a world class destination.

Loyal Eldridge, At-Large
loyal.eldridge@old7.org
Loyal has been active in the community, in the past year having served as Treasurer of the Marathon Garden Club and on the Board of Directors of Friends of Old 7, House Committee MYC and Call Committee for Martin Luther Chapel. He and Bonnie celebrated their 50th anniversary this year with their 3 children and 7 grandchildren, all living near Kalamazoo, Mi.  As residents of Florida, they have owned a home since 1992 and been members of the Club since 2005. They frequently participate in Club activities including the Cruisers. Professionally, Loyal practiced law representing Management in labor relations matters for 15 years, owned an injection molding company making parts primarily for Ford for 12 years and more recently owned the Agriculture Center of the Florida Keys where, working with the University of Miami, pioneered in the development of a Cobia Hatchery. He favors obtaining more property around the Club for parking and a pool only if it significantly enhances the Club.

Cristy Fimiani, At-Large
cristy.fimiani@old7.org
Cristy Fimiani worked as senior director of special events for the South Florida Section of the Professional Golfer’s Association of America.  She brings more than ten years of training and implementation of community volunteerism via the Junior League of Boca Raton holding several leadership positions.  Cristy served recurring terms as Vice President of Friends of the Arts at Saint Andrews School and currently serves on the development committee at Gulf Stream School. Cristy, her husband Mike and two boys are residents of Marathon and Boca Raton, FL.


Perry
H. Hodes, At-Large
perry.hodes@old7.org
Born in Miami, Florida; Perry has always wanted to live in the Florida Keys, where he now resides.  After 25 years at Honda of America, Mfg., Inc., where his responsibilities included; Corporate Recruiting/Training, Employee Orientation and Planning/Implementing several projects; Perry retired and began enjoying his passion of Photography. Perry’s interest in history as led him to participate in the preservation of historic landmarks; the Historic Holland Theater, Sandy Beach Park Bridge and our own Seven Mile Bridge. He is currently a member of the Indian Lake Historical Society, Logan County Historical Society and Logan County Art League (past President). “I can’t imagine driving through the Florida Keys and not seeing the bridges that supported Henry Flagler’s Railroad to the sea”.

Hugh Reams, At-Large
hugh.reams@old7.org
Resident of Marathon (since 2004) and Evanston, Illinois. Married with 3 children. Former Managing Director with Jones Lang LaSalle and Credit Suisse raising institutional capital from pension funds and endowments for buyout, venture capital and real estate firms. 

 

Riet Steinmetz, At-Large
riet.steinmetz@old7.org
Riet Steinmetz came sailing into the Keys on a 40′ trimaran. Taught at Stanley Switlik School for 28 years as well as 3 years in Brazil. She has her son George to thank for getting her involved with Pigeon key. Being a guide on Pigeon Key has opened a whole new world for her; a world filled with history set in a spectacular marine environment of which the Old Seven Mile Bridge is an integral part. This National Monument, a tribute to Flagler and the men who labored in the hot sun to built this marvel of engineering needs to be restored to be enjoyed by future generations from all over the world.  Riet invites everyone to join in this historic preservation effort. Join FO7!

Brad White, At-Large
brad.white@old7.org
Brad was the Operations Manager at our table on the old bridge, and was there every day to answer questions and get petitions signed to support our efforts. What a great place to have an office! He first came to the Keys from Michigan in 1961 to visit his grandparents who had a home in Key West. Brad enjoyed sharing his extensive knowledge of Keys history with the thousands of visitors on the bridge. The various “Old Seven” items were exchanged for donations from locals and guests from around the world to help FO7 achieve its goals of restoring the bridge. Brad says: “I’m looking forward to the reopening of the bridge!”

Advisory Board Members

John Bartus
john.bartus@old7.org

Claire Costantino
claire.costantino@old7.org

Barbara Edgar
barbara.edgar@old7.org

Sherri Hodies
sherri.hodies@old7.org

Les Standiford
les.standiford@old7.org

Donald Worth
donald.worth@old7.org