YSV Board of Directors

Joan Baker
Joan currently serves as the Human Resources Manager/Assistant to Operations for the Fort Monroe Authority.  She is a passionate caretaker of the environment on Fort Monroe as she leads the Fort Volunteer Core in cleanup efforts on the beaches at Fort Monroe including the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Clean the Bay Day, and the Global Cleanup.  She was co-founder of the Poquoson High School Sailing Team, was instrumental in laying the foundation for making sailing a varsity sport at Poquoson High School.  Over the years she has served on many dinghy and big boat race committees including Opti Nationals, Bemis, Ida Lewis to Southern Bay Race Week.  Joan served on the Jr. Sailing Committee for the Hampton Yacht Club (1999-2005), and is a Past President for the United States Merchant Marine Academy (Kings Point) Southern Virginia Parents Association (2005-2009).

Gary Bodie

Gary Bodie has coached intercollegiate sailing since 1978, working at Old Dominion University, the US Naval Academy, and Hampton University (the first minority sailing program in the US).  His teams have won an unprecedented fifteen College National Championships, including four Dinghy Championships. Individual sailors coached by Bodie have earned 30 first team All-American honors, 26 All-American crew, 11 All-American women, plus 11 Honorable Mentions.  The most important individual award, College Sailor of the Year (equivalent to the Heisman Trophy in college football), has been awarded four times to sailors in Bodie’s programs.

Prior to the 1996 Olympics, Bodie worked as a private coach with Olympic aspirants in Laser’s, Europe’s, 470’s, and Finns.  In 1998, Gary was named Head Olympic Coach and High Performance Director for the U.S. Sailing Team, and he worked specifically with Laser and Soling sailors leading up to the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.  Under Gary’s leadership, the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team won four medals in Sydney: Gold in the Star class, Silver in the Men’s and Women’s 470, and Bronze in the 49er class.  In 2004, sailors won Gold in the Men’s 470 class and Silver in the Tornado.  At Beijing 2008 the US Sailing Team won Gold in the Women’s Singlehanded and Silver in Men’s Singlehanded.

Bodie has also served as U.S. Team Leader/Coach for the ISAF Youth World Championships, the ISAF Team Race World Championship, World University Games, and the Pan Am Games.  Gary served several years as chairman of the US SAILING Team Racing Committee, and has been a member of the Youth and the Inshore committees.  He was a long time member of the Board of Directors for High School Sailing and former President of the Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association.  Currently Bodie is a member of ISAF Events Committee and represents North America on the ISAF Council.  Bodie has been a member of US Sailing’s Olympic Sailing Committee continuously since 1998.  His latest project is helping Youth Sailing Virginia to implement community and high school sailing on the waterfront of Fort Monroe, Virginia.

Bodie raced many one design classes, but the 505 was his favorite for almost 20 years.  Victories included Bermuda Race Week, CORK in Kingston, Ontario, East Coasts, and Midwinter Championships.  Bodie has also finished top ten in the 505 World Championship.  Three-on-three team racing is his other sailing passion, and he competes whenever his schedule permits.

Gary was born in Hampton, VA, attended Hampton public schools and graduated from the California Institute of Technology in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering.  He still lives in Hampton and is a member of Hampton Yacht Club.  Gary is married to the former Mary Pitchford of Norfolk, Virginia, and they have three daughters, Kelly, Katie, and Caroline.

Alan Bomar - Vice President
Alan is a 1984 Mechanical Engineering Graduate Georgia Tech.  While at Georgia Tech, he was captain of the Sailing Team, as well as a member of the Yellow Jackets Swim Team.  After graduation, he moved to Hampton Roads to work for Newport News Shipbuilding, and claims to have logged over 1000 miles on sailboats his first year in the area.  He is currently a Superintendent with Huntington Ingalls – Newport News Shipbuilding working on the Aircraft Carrier Overhaul programs.  He is part Chair of the Hampton Roads Section of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers and remains active supporting the education and development of local society members.  Alan currently owns several J/24s that he uses to instruct sailors of all levels, and regularly takes high school students and others out for Wednesday night races during the spring and summer.  He is J/24 Fleet 71 fleet Captain.  For 2015, Alan was asked to be the Southern Chesapeake Leukemia Cup Regatta Committee Chairman.  He regularly works with the Leukemia Lymphoma Society on ideas to promote and improve the regatta including bringing Leukemia Cup Regatta celebrity sponsors to webinars with local high school sailors.  While his children in high school, from 2005 to 2011, Alan served as Assistant Virginia Interscholastic Sailing Association Advisor for Walsingham Academy.  In 2014 and 2015 he served as a Director for the Hampton Yacht Club, Hampton, VA.

Bill Brown
Bill Brown is a partner with Keller Williams Realty on the Virginia Peninsula.  He is an avid boater with over 50 years of experience on the water, and owns Eleanor Susan, a 36’ Deadrise.  Bill is heavily invested in the Hampton Roads community with extensive volunteer leadership experience including past President of the Newport News Clean Community Council, past President of the Peninsula Remodelers Council, past President of the Peninsula Housing and Buildings Association.  He served as a board member of the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce where he received the President’s award.  Bill was the past president of the Melfa Rotary Club, and currently a member of the Hampton Rotary Club and Rotary Paul Harris Fellow.

Carolyn Campbell - Secretary
Carolyn Campbell was born and raised in the Fox Hill area of Hampton, Virginia.  Carolyn has a degree in Computer Science from Virginia Tech, and worked over 20 years in the computer field as a defense contractor developing software and managing command and control programs for the military.  She is now running her own company renovating homes and managing the company properties.

Carolyn and her husband John recently celebrated 30 years of marriage.  They have two sons, Dylan and Miles, who both sailed in the Hampton Yacht Club summer sailing program and then for their high school teams.  Carolyn and John were active in supporting the high school sailing programs, as well as Youth Sailing Virginia.  John and Carolyn are also members of the Hampton Yacht Club.

Over the years, Carolyn and her family have been active in boating with their motor boat, canoes, and kayaks.  Both Dylan and Miles achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, and the entire family is still active in Boy Scouts of America today.  The family has a great appreciation for the outdoors, especially our waterways.  Currently, Carolyn and John are part of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Oyster cultivation program in the Elizabeth Lake portion of the Hampton River.

Kevin Eley - former Board President
Kevin Eley is a Docking Pilot in Hampton Roads harbor and President of Independent Docking Pilots.  Captain Eley holds a USCG license as a First Class Pilot and Unlimited Master Mariner.  He sailed with the Maine Maritime Academy college team, returning to coach dinghy and offshore teams and run their sailing school in 1984.  He served as a navigation and seamanship instructor for Sea Education Association at sea aboard the Schooner WESTWARD and Brigantine CORWITH CRAMER.  He has competed in ocean and one-design racing including the Laser and International 505 classes.  Kevin currently windsurfs at Buckroe Beach and Hatteras Island, team races Sonar class keelboats at Hampton Yacht Club, volunteers as Sailing Coach for Hampton Roads Academy, and is a vice-president of the Virginia Interscholastic Sailing Association.  Kevin has served on the vestry and as a youth leader at St. Johns Church in Hampton.

Kelly Handly
Kelly Handly is a native of Hampton graduating from Bethel High School and attended Thomas Nelson Community College majoring in Marketing and Communications. Kelly’s career expands over 28 years of marketing and advertising with the Daily Press, as Development Manager at the Virginia Air & Space Center, as Business Development Executive for The Mariners’ Museum and former Director of Marketing and Development for the Virginia Air & Space Center.. Over the past year, Kelly’s time was dedicated as a volunteer development/marketing board member to assist YSV in further reaching new donors and maintaining current relationships. It is “thanks” to her two sailing teens that she has found her way back to the sport of sailing. If not shuttling her teens to sailing or swim practice she can be found cruising the waterways in their 18ft scow or 26’ motor cat. Kelly is also a third-generation member of P.E.O. and member of First Presbyterian, Hampton, Virginia.
Rosemary Hobart
Rosemary brings a background of business management and leadership from the for-profit business arena. Her positions of increasing responsibility and growth include Corporate Vice President of Sales and Marketing in a Dallas-based Fortune 500 Company. Her experience in strategic planning, marketing and sales and business leadership provide skill sets that translate to the not-for-profit organizations that she serves. She has served on the Board of Directors of Empty Bowls Virginia Peninsula, a 501(c)(3) organization where she continues to direct Corporate Development. Additionally, she serves on the Steering Committee of Impact 100 Greater Peninsula, which is a member-based philanthropic organization helping 501(c)(3) organizations operating in the area.

Rosemary enjoys fleet and team racing in Sonar Class boats and she also helms a Soveral 30 sailing vessel that she and her husband enjoy racing together. Rosemary holds a BSBA from Old Dominion University and an Executive Certificate in Strategic Planning from Wharton School of Business. Rosemary is excited to bring her skill sets and passion of sailing to benefit the community’s youth through her work at YSV in fundraising, grant writing and serving on the Finance Committee in hopes of spreading her love of the lifelong sport of Sailing!

Allen Kilgore – Coach, Hampton City Schools
Allen Kilgore is Deputy Director for Facility and Laboratory Operations, Research Directorate NASA Langley Research Center. Allen is a native of Hampton who graduated from Kecoughtan High School. He graduated from Old Dominion University with engineering degrees and sailed on the sailing team under Gary Bodie. Allen has coached at the US Naval Academy and competed in the international 505 and Flying Dutchman classes, and was a member of the 1988 US Sailing Olympic team. He currently volunteers as Sailing Coach for Hampton, Kecoughtan and Phoebus High School sailing teams, and is the Safety Officer for the Virginia Interscholastic Sailing Association.

Rob Shuford
Jack Pope
Jack Pope is a native of Hampton who graduated from Hampton High School and, after being drafted and serving in Korea, dedicated 30 years to a career with the Hampton Fire Department, retiring as Captain. He attended Thomas Nelson Community College and received an Associates of Arts Degree in Fire Science. He is a life member of the Hampton Volunteer Fire Company, Past Commodore and member of the Hampton Yacht Club, Past President and member of The Hampton Rotary, Past President and member of the board of Hampton Bay Days, Chairman of The Christopher Newport Sailing Foundation, Board member of The Downtown Hampton Development Partnership, member of the City Board of Zoning Appeals, member of Hampton Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, member and usher at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Hampton.
Mark Sarrett - Treasurer
Mark Sarrett is currently a Financial Advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network with offices in Newport News and Richmond. He has been a lifelong resident of Hampton Roads, with sailboat racing being a major part of his entire life. He taught junior sailing at Hampton Yacht Club, was a long-time board member of Christopher Newport University Sailing Foundation. In addition to racing on the Chesapeake Bay, Mark has also participated as both skipper and crew in National offshore events such as MORC Nationals, Block Island race week, Key West race week, Annapolis to Newport Race, and many others. He is presently a Trustee, on the board of Hampton Roads Academy and was previously a board member for the Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA.
Jamie Shoemaker
Jamie Shoemaker received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Virginia Military Institute in 1984, and subsequently served four years as a naval officer on active duty, and two years in the reserves. While in the Navy he was a Navigator and Tactical Action Officer aboard a destroyer and made two deployments to the Middle East. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Richmond in 1991, and became an associate in the law firm Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein (“PWHD”), and became a Partner in 1996. Governor Allen appointed Jamie as commissioner of the Hampton Roads Sanitation District Commission in 1995. He has formerly served as president and trustee of the Sarah Bonwell Hudgins Foundation, and on the Boards of the Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA, Peninsula Legal Aid, Christopher Newport University Sailing Foundation, and St. Andrews Episcopal School. He is a former president of the Tidewater Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.
David Stalfort - Board President
David Stalfort is a maritime and management consultant with ABS Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of the American Bureau of Shipping. He joined ABS Group following a 30-year career in the U.S. Coast Guard where he retired in 2010 at the rank of Captain.  Dave’s Coast Guard career focused on maritime safety in ports throughout the United States. In his last Coast Guard assignment, he served as Director of the National Maritime Center, which issued Merchant Mariner Credentials to over 210,000 mariners.  He also served as a trainer and course developer at the Coast Guard Training Center in Yorktown, Virginia.  Dave holds a USCG License as Master, Steam, Motor and Auxiliary Sailing Vessels.  He learned to sail with his father at age 11, where they both participated in a Learn to Sail program at Naval Air Station Jacksonville.  Dave has continued his involvement with sailing and racing around the country and currently sails out of Hampton Yacht Club, racing on a J-24 and day sailing on his Cal 29 with his wife Trena. He’s volunteered with the U.S. Power Squadron where he served as an Executive Officer of a local squadron and taught boating safety courses in the community.  He also volunteered as a Team Manager of a community youth soccer team.

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