Host Committee 2016
Because of their dedication and diligence to make each and every retreat special for all of the service members and their families, our Host Committee is the reason our organization is such a success. The Host Committee is responsible for all the meals, events, ground transportation, welcome baskets, babysitting and organization of all the activities our families enjoy while they are here. We also have Host Committee members who are on call for any medical needs. Renewal Coalition’s Host Committee members are driven by their tremendous gratitude and appreciation for all the sacrifices made by our combat wounded military personnel and their families.
Diana Ard, Chip Barney, Honorable Abby Brennan, Gloria Calhoun, Jimmy & Janet Casale, Isolda Clark, Janice Clark, Ken Deischer, Joyce Domenico, David Doumar, Frank & Gigi Eucalitto, Pat Fitzgerald, Andy & Linda Fore, Pete & Barbara Furio, Doreen Haigh, Mark & Wendy Hendryx, Jim Kamen, Jacky Jackson, Sergeant Wayne Jackson (Retired), Lori LeBeau, Tom Mac, Gena Mildner, Marcia & Bob Nappi, Dave & Lois Nickerson, Kathy Oldham, Emilio & Rheanna Pages, Juan Carlos Pedraza, Robert Pedraza, Andrea Plescia, Pat Preve, Carol Prosuh, Jack Prosuh, Missy Reedy, Lee Resnick, Pat Rielly, Smokey Stover, John & Sasha Wagner, Laura Yonkers.
Advisory Committee Biographical Data
Richard Apple is a 17 year resident of Tequesta, Florida and father of four children ages 20 to 35.
Richard is a Florida Real Estate Broker (www.richardapple.com), a maker of fine acoustical guitars (www.richardappleguitars.com), an underwater photographer, and both PADI & HSA Open Water Scuba Instructor (www.applescuba.com).
Henry Y. Blakiston, CPA
Henry Blakiston is a principal in the Jupiter office of Proctor, Crook, Crowder & Fogal, CPAs (Stuart, Florida). Mr. Blakiston graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in accounting in 1967 and became a CPA in early 1971 after completing a three-year tour with the U.S. Navy as a Supply Corps officer. He is married, has three children and enjoys golf and flying. He is actively involved in civic affairs, and has been a former Board member and officer of several non-profit entities and the Jupiter-Tequesta-Juno Beach Chamber of Commerce (now the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber). Henry is a Vietnam veteran (Navy) and both of his sons are active duty U.S. Marines.
Jona DeSimone is active in many charities; however, she is most grateful to have the opportunity to give back to our military families that have made personal sacrifices in preserving America’s freedoms. Working closely with Renewal Coalition’s volunteers and families is both a rewarding and humbling experience. Born and raised in southern New Jersey, Jona has embraced life as a Floridian since moving to Jupiter with her late husband Raymond DeSimone in 1991. Jona is President of C-J Transportation Services; a full service DOT licensed freight brokerage (www.cjtransportation.com). In her spare time, Jona enjoys spending time at home with her family, friends and five rescued dogs.
Rick Elcan, Command Sgt Major (Retired)
Ed & Leah Frankel
Bill has been a resident of the Jupiter area for 26 years with his wife Becky. He spent four years in the Marine Corps including one tour of duty in Vietnam during 1970 &1971. After owning and operating a mechanical contracting business in Texas, a move to Jupiter, Florida provided the opportunity to create a specialized, international engineering business, 25 years ago. He is a US Green Building Accredited Professional, Test and Balance Engineer, State Licensed Contractor and was a State Vocational Instructor at the PBC North Tech Educational Facility.
Mary Hinton R.N.
Mary Hinton was born and raised in Palm Beach County, Florida. She is married to Jim Hinton and they have two daughters and two grandchildren. She is a registered Nurse. Mary was elected Mayor of Jupiter, Fl and was reelected to that position for five terms until she chose not to run for re-election. She built and sold Professional Child Care and Learning Center, the largest and most successful private pre-school in the area. She also worked in the Film Industry for one of the largest film producers in the country. Mary was appointed by Governor Chiles to serve on various state wide committees to improve Child Care Standards. Later, she was appointed by Governor Bush as his first appointee to serve on the newly formed State of Florida Film and Television Advisory Board. In addition, she was appointed to the Palm Beach County Film Advisory Board, the Palm Beach County Emergency Medical Advisory Board and the Palm Beach County Contractor Advisory Board. In 1990, Mary incorporated Mary D. Hinton, Inc. Through that company, she has represented numerous clients nationwide as a governmental consultant. She has represented clients to the State of Florida, various counties and local governments. She has received many awards for her work as a child welfare lobbyist including The Palm Beach County Executive Women leadership award and the Committee on the Status of Women award.
Major General Wayne P. Jackson (Retired)
General Jackson was born in Chicago, Illinois on April 9, 1929. After several years of enlisted service in the U.S. Army Air Force and U.S. Navy, General Jackson was commissioned in 1951 as a Second Lieutenant upon completion of the Officer Candidates Course at Fort Riley, Kansas. His military service covers a span of thirty seven years and he retired as a Major General on April 8, 1984. General Jackson received his Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Arts degrees in psychology at the University of Tulsa. He did post graduate work at the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Southern California. His military education includes the basic and advance Officers course at the Signal and Military Intelligence Schools. He has also completed the advanced courses at the Civil Affairs and Infantry Schools. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College. General Jackson has served in various overseas theaters of operation and has commanded Signal Corps, Military Intelligence and Civil Affairs units. As a General Officer he served as the Director of Counter Intelligence and Security, the Assistant to the Chief of Staff for Intelligence at Headquarters, Department of the Army, the Commanding General of the 352nd Civil Affairs Command, and the Deputy and Commanding General of the 97th Army Reserve Command. General Jackson has been awarded the Expert Infantry Badge, the Parachute Badge and the Master Aviator Badge and the Expert Infantry Badge. His decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal and several other military awards and decorations. General Jackson and his wife Lahoma reside in Jupiter, Florida. His son Wayne Jr. and two daughters, Jacky and Jennifer and four grandchildren also reside in Jupiter. His son, Wayne Jr., retired from the U.S. Army in 1995.
Jason is 39 years old and lives in Tequesta, FL with his wife Christi and their three children. He received a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University and a Master’s in Environmental Technology Management from Texas Tech University. Jason is the President of Carpenter’s Roofing & Sheet Metal and he is involved in various committees and boards of directors including the Executives’ Association of the Palm Beaches, Turtle Creek Club, Fork & Iron Society and A Wounded Warriors Second Chance. His hobbies are golf and hunting.
Wesley Oldham is a native of Jupiter, Florida and graduated from Jupiter High School in 1964. He is a Veteran of the Navy Seabees and did one tour in Vietnam in 1968. Wesley owns and operates a commercial plumbing company as well as develops, owns and manages industrial warehouses.
Onshore Construction & Development, Inc. was founded in 1993 by Daniel Reedy and has since grown steadily into a mid-size company specializing in the construction of large custom estate homes in Palm Beach and Martin Counties. Under Mr. Reedy’s guidance, the company and its employees practice a culture of honesty, hard work, and absolute dedication to successful projects and satisfied customers.
Master Sergeant Rock Rivera (Retired)
Rock Rivera, Master Sergeant Retired from active duty military service after 28 years with the US Army. Rock served in Central and South America, Europe and multiple deployments to the Middle East in support of combat and humanitarian missions. Rock has developed a keen understanding of what it takes to be a key leader in an organization. Rock Rivera is currently a spokesman for Wounded Warriors Second Chance (AWWSC) for the Moral and Welfare of soldiers, providing motivational transitional advice. Rock received a Bachelor in Science from Liberty University and an MBA from TUI University.
A true Florida native, born in Jacksonville, raised in Tampa and a year round resident of Palm Beach County since 1985. Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Tampa College, Tampa Florida.Served on Board of Governors of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Palm Beach County for 8 years, a Board of Director of Mayacoo Lakes Country Club for 3 years. Has been with Raymond James as a Senior VP of Investments for 14 years and 11 years with J.B. Hanauer and Company, both i n West Palm Beach since 1985. Best place to find Jeff when he is out of the office, underwater free diving or with friends on any golf course.
Richard Testa, PA
Richard Testa, wife Diane, two grown children Kevin & Matthew.
Rich is an accountant in Jupiter, Fl practicing for 39 years. Diane is a teacher in the Palm Beach County School system. Kevin works for Diageo PLC, and is a Director of their Catalyst Division. Matt is a Captain in the USAF, flying the C-5, and also flies for Kalitta Air as a 747 pilot. Rich and Diane have been involved in numerous charitable organizations, but more recently Kiwanis, Quantum House, and Renewal Coalition.
Honorable Patricia Watkins
Patricia Watkins, originally from New Orleans, graduated from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, and Ind. with a B.S. in Biology / Medical Technology. Married for 39 years to Bill with 3 daughters and 6 grandchildren, she has been a Tequesta area resident since 1977. Pat served on the Village of Tequesta Council from 2003-2011 and served four of those years as Mayor. Pat is a Realtor with Illustrated Properties in Jupiter.
Captain Richard I. Wennet (Retired)
Mr. Wennet graduated from the University of Miami Law School Juris Doctor (JD) in 1974, he also received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Merchant Marine Academy and was a Circuit Judge, 15th Judicial Circuit Court from 1985-2009.