Friends of Old Seven Board of Directors
Bernard Spinrad, Board President
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 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 is a 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 has a BA from St. John’s University, and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas, both Universities are in MN. Greg has worked in the Financial Services Industry his entire career, starting as a Commercial Lending Officer, Senior Lending Officer, Financial Planner, and currently works for Capital Bank in Marathon. Greg has sat on several non-profit boards, including Chamber President, Community Scholarship, and Children’s Fund, all in MN. Greg and his wife moved to the keys full time in 2011. They have owned a home in Key Colony Beach since 2000.
Carolyn Caplan, Webmaster
Resident of Key Largo, Fl and co-owner of Sea Dell Motel in Marathon, Fl. Moved from Cleveland, Ohio to enjoy the beautiful Florida Keys and the strong sense of community it offers. She became aware of the importance of preserving the bridge for both “locals” and visitors to the Keys after hearing guests at her business speak so fondly about Old Seven and the historic Oversea Railway.
Bettye Chaplin, At-Large
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
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.
Vesta Denning, At-Large
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 level, 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.
Resident of Marathon since 1992. Former owner of the Aquaculture Center of the Florida Keys in Marathon (1999-2006) and Cellasto Plastics Corporation in Michigan (1982-1996). Partner in a law firm in Kalamazoo, Mi. (1970-1982). Currently Managing Partner Field Acres Development Company, LLC (MI), Treasurer of the Marathon Garden Club and member of the House Committee for the Marathon Yacht Club. His interest is assisting in the development of an integrated linear park that attracts locals and tourists to Old 7, Pigeon Key and Sunset Park.
Cristy Fimiani, At-Large
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 Hodies, At-Large
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”.
Jason Koler, At-Large
Jason Koler is the editor and publisher of the Weekly Newspapers. He holds an B.A. in English from the University of Toledo and has been writing professionally since 2004. Currently, Jason serves as the Chairman of the Pigeon Key Foundation, President of the Marathon Jaycees, and sits on the board of Leadership Monroe County. He lives in Marathon with his wife, Kate, and their son, Josh.
Hugh Reams, At-Large
Hugh Reams is a 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 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!!!!!