top of page

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Sodus Bay Junior Sailing Association is led and managed by a 100% volunteer Board of Directors that includes (4) Flag Officers and (9) Directors, each with specific oversight responsibilities. The Board meets monthly on the 2nd Tuesday from 7-9 pm.

We work as a team to develop and implement strategies & specific initiatives to continually improve the scope and content of our physical assets, educational programs and outreach.

The 13 Board positions and those who currently fulfill them are:

Flag Officers

President & Board Chairman: Hank Stuart

Vice President: Ed St. George

Treasurer: Bill Kedley

Secretary: Deb Reisch

Executive Director: Laurie Alverio

 

Directors

Lee Ann Zaretsky

Dave Pennington

Helen Buzzell

Liam Faudree

Larry Sill

Eric Genstch

General Information: Info at SBJSA

Screen Shot 2022-07-14 at 12.21.01 PM.png

Retired from financial services and life long sailor on Sodus Bay. Former SBJSA student and instructor. Active with race management and competitive sailing. Married to Megan Stuart. Father to two grown children and grandfather of six.

Hank Stuart
President

IMG_1577.jpg

Ed St. George
Vice President

Ed has been sailing since he moved to Rochester in 1974 and, as a member of SBYC in the late 70s, raced every weekend thereafter on a variety of keelboats for over 25 years, including regattas in several other States, the Virgin Islands and Bermuda. After the good fortune of retiring at age 58 in 2010, Ed was invited by his good friend Mike Foley to join the SBJSA Board as Treasurer a year later. Ed has had the pleasure of being involved ever since, including as President from 2015-2020. Ed, often remarks, "it’s a privilege to be associated with everyone at SBJSA to help build lifelong boaters, including fellow Board members, our terrific instructional staff, a variety of helpful volunteers and, most importantly, all the great kids I’ve met along the way!"

A4B759B7-B12E-493F-AE3D-8063D4096D77.png

Bill and his wife, Karen, have been full-time residents of Sodus Point since 2016. Prior to that they lived and worked in the Rochester / Penfield area. Bill is a retiree of Harris Beach, the law firm, after more than 30 years of service in various administrative capacities. In Bill's earlier career he worked at a national CPA firm in the Chicago and Rochester offices.

Bill Kedley
Treasurer

IMG_7899.jpg

Deb Reisch
Secretary

Two of Deb’s three children began as campers @SBJSA.  Morgan raced Optis and Lasers.  Justin was a camper at 8 yrs., raced Optis, Lasers, and then worked as an instructor until he graduated from college.  Deb volunteered for various events while her children attended camp, and then began her tenure as Secretary on the BOD in 2017.  She feels thankful to be able to give back to the community of SBJSA for the importance it has made in her children’s lives.  It provided not just instruction in sailing, but also the treasure of lifelong friends.

Deb retired from BOCES #1 after serving for 30 years as a teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing.  She has worked part time for 6 years as a nanny for the children of Justin’s Opti race coach!

DIRECTORS

Me+Orange Jacket.JPG

Lee Ann Zaretsky
Director of Curriculum

When Lee Ann Zaretsky isn't racing her J/24 or Ideal 18 sailboats, she's teaching K-5 Literacy for Penfield Central Schools or working as an adjunct professor with SUNY Brockport in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development. Spanning 35+ years of service, Lee Ann’s career path includes serving as an elementary principal, classroom teacher, district ELA Coordinator, staff development trainer, lead teacher, enrichment specialist, and differentiation coach. She worked in Spencerport and Holley, New York, Greensboro, North Carolina, and Plano, Texas. Presently, Lee Ann serves as Treasurer and Past President of the Rochester Area Literacy Council. Lee Ann holds a Master of Science in Literacy Education and a Master of Science in Elementary Education from Nazareth College, a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from SUNY Brockport, and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Texas. She is the recipient the 2004 Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching for New York State and the 2016 NYS Reading Association's Service Award. In her spare time, she loves to garden, ski, bike, and travel. Most of all, Lee Ann is passionate about sailing and racing her sailboats. She's competed in local, national, and world events with her all female racing team on her J/24, Lady MINX.

Better head shot of Dave.jpg

Dave's passion for sailing started at the age of 12, when he and his Dad bought his first sailboat. When Dave came to college in Rochester, he began to explore sailing on Lake Ontario and later, as his own family grew, he spent many years boating in Sodus Bay and cruising from the Niagara River to the Thousand Islands.

Dave was introduced to SBJSA when his son became a camper and eventually  an instructor. Dave became a member of the SBJSA Board of Directors in 1996 and have continued to help the organization grow through the years. Dave said, "It has been a joy to be part of helping my own children,  our students, our instructors and all of the SBJSA families become skilled, safe sailors."

Dave Pennington 
Director of Facilities and Grounds

85C6227C-28A1-40EF-B948-A4BD4B44B8B4.jpeg

Helen Buzzell
Director of Fundraising Events

Helen has a long history with SBJSA.  She started as a parent volunteer when her kids were campers.  Her daughter and son, Morgan and Max completed the entire program and were both instructors at SBJSA.  Morgan was the Program Director for a few summers and Max was an opti instructor and Racing Coach.  Helen has held different volunteer positions throughout the years including Chair person for the BBQ, Staffing Director and is currently the Director of Fundraising Events.  The SBJSA Max Buzzell Memorial Golf Tournament and the Annual BBQ are very important fundraising opportunities that provide much needed funding for SBJSA including Scholarships for our wonderful Staff and Campers. Proceeds also help with new equipment for the camp including keelboats, J/22, trailers and new sails.

Helen is a retired Kindergarten Teacher and lives in Summerville, South Carolina with her husband John.  Helen and John love spending their summers at the Bay.

AD363E07-10EF-4C59-B142-EE2F60832F93.jpeg

Liam Faudree
Director of Marketing & Communications

Liam Faudree has been sailing his entire life from before he could walk until now. Liam started junior sailing at the Fair Haven Yacht Club when he was 7 years old and continued until 18. Liam raced Optis, Lasers, JY15's, 420's, and FJ's. Once he finished junior sailing, he started coaching at FHYC, The Oswego Maritime Foundation and then spent 10 summers coaching at the Lake George Club. During winters in New York State he coached both adults and youth at the Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club in NSW Australia. In 2015, Liam became the Junior Sailing Director at Rochester Yacht Club. Liam continued to race over the years from competing in the 2012 J24 World Championships which were held at The Rochester Yacht Club, to racing in the 2014 Rolex Sydney to Hobart race. Since 2015, Liam has played a big role in both Western NY high school sailing as the NYISA-NW league director and the CNY sailing coordinator. 

Gentsch-2022.jpg

Eric is a lecturer at Cornell University and senior consultant to LMI, a McLean, VA based consultancy.  From 2004 through 2017 he led LMI’s Acquisition and Product Support practice, responsible for business development, staffing, and project delivery.  He attended SBJSA from 1969 to 1972, including a memorable one-week deployment at age 12 on St. Lawrence II, the Canadian brigantine.  He was an SBJSA instructor in the 1970s and served as Program Director in 1980.  He has been a member of the Sodus Bay Yacht Club since 1977 and continues to race regularly in PHRF handicap series.  Eric and his wife Cindy are residents of Sodus Point and Ithaca.  They have two grown daughters, both of whom attended SBJSA.

Eric Gentsch

Larry Sill

bottom of page