MEET THE TEAM

Martin County, Florida: It’s no secret that the Stuart Air Show has become the largest community event on the entire Treasure of Coast of Florida. What may be the best kept secret about the event is the team of volunteers who work tirelessly throughout the year to make it all happen. With seven members on the Board of Directors, a committee of nearly 30, and a volunteer army of over 700 volunteers, the Stuart Air Show encapsulates a true sense of community and volunteerism.

Board of Directors

 
 

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Front row left to right: Elisabeth Glynn, Amy Bottegal, Susan Cunnane, Desiree Bonnie & Leslie Warren Back row left to right: Doug Davis, Nick Blount, Lee Potter, Chuck Cleaver, Pete Dayton, Dewey Vinaya & Michael Roberts.

Front row left to right: Elisabeth Glynn, Amy Bottegal, Susan Cunnane, Desiree Bonnie & Leslie Warren
Back row left to right: Doug Davis, Nick Blount, Lee Potter, Chuck Cleaver, Pete Dayton, Dewey Vinaya & Michael Roberts.

Michael Roberts - President

Michael Roberts has been in the construction and restoration business for over 30 years. He was immersed into the business at a very young age by his father. However, his passion lies in the preservation and restoration of historical buildings and WWII history. As a general contractor his skills and experience include: concrete restoration, water extraction, fire damage repair and restoration, certified mold remediation, new commercial and residential construction, remodeling and additions, water extraction and restoration, and consulting.

In Michael’s spare time, he dedicates his time to serving and honoring Veterans. He is the board president of the Road to Victory Military Museum in Memorial Park, Stuart, was a founding member of Southeast Florida Honor Flight, participates in local Memorial and Veterans Day Parades, and supports many WWII battle re-enactment events and air shows across the country.

Amy Bottegal - Vice President

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Amy Bottegal joined the Stuart Air Show Board of Directors in January 2016. Amy is a client service associate who works with a team of Advisors and their clients at CenterState Financial Services. Amy is a FINRA Series 6 Registered Representative and a Florida licensed life, health, and variable annuity agent. She has served clients in the financial services since 2005. Originally from Pittsburgh, she is a faithful Steelers Fan. Amy has been involved with the Stuart Air Show since 2008. Her energy and enthusiasm for the Stuart Air Show makes her a true asset.

Favorite Air Show Food: Burger after a LONG day of hard work.

Chuck Cleaver - Treasurer

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Chuck Cleaver serves as senior vice president and chief financial officer for Martin Health System. Chuck joined Martin Health System in 1984. During his tenure, Cleaver has helped lead the organization through numerous changes in the health care industry, including the successful conversion to new electronic medical record and patient accounting systems and financing of Tradition Medical Center and its subsequent expansion.

He is a graduate of Ball State University and earned his MBA from Florida Institute of Technology. Prior to his employment with Martin Health, Chuck served as a Manager for Ernst & Young. He’s a Certified Public Accountant, a Fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association, and a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the Florida Institute of CPAs and the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Cleaver has also been involved in numerous local not-for-profit organizations, including the Stuart Air Show, United Way Foundation of Martin County, the Council on Aging of Martin County, the Friends of Volunteers in Medicine Clinic and the Library Foundation of Martin County.

Favorite Air Show Food: The hamburgers served to the volunteers.

Desiree Bonnie - Secretary

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Desiree Bonnie is a local Realtor with RE/MAX of Stuart having now lived Martin County for over 36 years with great passion for the Airshow! Desiree played a significant role as the organizations Event Coordinator between the years of 2010-2014. The years after, she continued to be a Key Committee Leader volunteering on Ground Operations of the show. This year she was proudly appointed by the Airshows Board of Directors to carry out the position as the Board Secretary.  Desiree looks forward to another great year serving the community and working with her fellow peers organizing a safe and exciting show!

Favorite Air Show Food: Elephant ears.

Dr. Peter Dayton

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Peter Dayton MD has been a Board Member of the Stuart air Show since 2010 and currently serves as Air Operations Coordinator. Pete has been a practicing physician in Stuart for 29 years. Married with three grown children, Eileen and Pete both volunteer and support the Stuart Air Show. A private instrument rated pilot, Pete has been flying for 15 years. His love of aviation started as a teen with the wonder of the Space programs and has never stopped. His passion is aviation. "I want to give something back to our community - a family-oriented, educational and entertaining air show event. Our air show brings our community together like nothing else."

Favorite Air Show Food: Corn dog with mustard!

Doug Davis

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Doug Davis is the owner of D-R-D Technical Solutions, Inc. in Stuart, Florida and has been a Board Member of the Stuart Air Show since 2013. Born and Raised in Stuart, Doug has always been interested in aviation. In 2004, he began volunteering at the airshow and became hooked for life. With his expertise in engineering, Doug's skills of creating logistical site maps have made him a valuable asset to the Stuart Air Show. In addition to his involvement with the Stuart Air Show, Doug has volunteered with multiple events in the tri-county area including music festivals, car shows, and air shows.

Nick Blount

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Nick Blount joined the Stuart Air Show Board of Directors in January 2015. After 42 years with Florida Power & Light, Mr. Blount retired in 2014. At the time of retirement, he was the Area Manager for the Treasure Coast and was responsible for government affairs and community relations for Martin and Okeechobee Counties. Mr. Blount has served on a number of organizations throughout the Treasure Coast, including Stuart-Martin County Chamber of Commerce (Trustee), Indiantown Chamber of Commerce (Trustee), Palm City Chamber of Commerce (Board Chair), Okeechobee County United Way (Campaign Co-Chair), Okeechobee County Economic Council (Board member), Martin County Red Cross (Board Chair), Martin County United Way (Board Chair), and Big Brothers Big Sisters of IR, SL & OK (Board member). He also is active with the Treasure Coast March of Dimes, First United Methodist Church, and the University of Tennessee Alumni Association.

Advisory Board

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ELISABETH GLYNN, amy bottegal & desiree bonnie

ELISABETH GLYNN, amy bottegal & desiree bonnie

Elisabeth Glynn

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Elisabeth Glynn was the Executive Director of the Stuart Air Show for the 2014 and 2015 shows. After accepting an opportunity with United Way of Martin County, she has remained involved with the air show as a member of the Marketing Committee and Advisory Board. A graduate of LEADERship Martin County (Class 26), Ms. Glynn is a member of the LEADERship Planning Committee and a member of the LEADERship Martin County Alumni Board. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) - Treasure Coast Chapter, serving on the AFP Board and committee for National Philanthropy Day. She also supports the efforts of Southeast Florida Honor Flight and served as a Guardian on the May 2014 Honor Flight. She is also a member of the Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Chamber’s Ambassador Committee.

Eric Stein

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Eric Stein has joined the Stuart Airshow Board of Directors after several years working as a volunteer and member of the flight line team. Eric is a Commercial, Instrument and Multi engine rated pilot as well as a Flight & Ground Instructor. Mr. Stein is a Member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and Experimental Aircraft Association. He retired last year from the FAA after 34 years, working in Savannah, Memphis and West Palm Beach as an Air Traffic Controller, Quality Assurance & Training Specialist and Controller Instructor. In addition to these facilities he worked as an Air Traffic Controller at EAA Airventure in Oshkosh Wisconsin, Sun N Fun International Fly-in & Expo in Lakeland and 24 hours of Sebring. Eric is now employed as an Air Traffic Controller at Witham Field, Stuart.

Favorite Air Show Food: Corn Dogs!!!!!

Leslie Warren

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Leslie has worked in the banking industry for over thirty years. The last twenty years has been with Seacoast Bank as a Business Banker. She enjoys helping clients grow and improve their businesses. Leslie is a sixth generation Floridian and grew up in Martin County. She has a strong sense of community and has devoted many hours through the years to the local nonprofit sector. In addition to serving on various committees, she has chaired events such as Making Strides for the American Cancer Society and Light the Night for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She has been a Key Leader for the Stuart Air Show for the past four years. She not only enjoys the family oriented aspect of the Air Show but also appreciates the “give” to the community from dollars raised and donated to various organizations.

Ron Rowars

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Ron Rowars, joined the Stuart Air Show Board of Directors in January 2015. A trial attorney with Ronald M. Rowars, PA, he specializes in personal injury, medical malpractice, workers compensation, and commercial and real property litigation. Mr. Rowars is a pilot with single, twin and instrument ratings. He is a member of the Witham Aero Club and Martin County Airport Noise Advisory Committee and has served as a member, Vice President and President of the Experimental Aircraft Association, Chapter 692. Mr. Rowars has been an active committee member for the Stuart Air Show since 2013 and has volunteered with the Martin County Council on Aging, Meals on Wheels, Boys and Girls Club of St. Lucie County, and been a volunteer lecturer for Martin County and St. Lucie County Schools.

Favorite Air Show Food: Dunkin’ Donuts in the early morning (donated by Dunkin’)

Dewey Vinaya - Military Liason

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Dewey has been a part of the Stuart Airshow since 2012 initially as an act (Black Daggers) and now as a member of the advisory board. Born in Vientiane Laos, Dewey moved to the USA in 1975. with his brothers, Kahm and Mikey. He volunteered for active service in 1992 and served 23 years as a US Army Paratrooper until his retirement in 2015. He married his lovely wife Lauren in 2010 and they now spend their days chasing their 3.5 year old son, Raymond, around the house.

Favorite Air Show Food: ...BEER?

Lee Potter

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Lee Potter is a regional sales manager for Emergency Vehicles, Inc. (EVI) in Lake Park, FL. He is responsible for working with local, state and federal agencies in selling and designing highly specialized emergency vehicles and trailers. Aviation and the space program have always been of special interest to Lee, as his family background includes Rockwell International. His father, being a licensed pilot, introduced him to flying at a very early age. He has been a long time attendee and a dedicated volunteer for the past four years of the Stuart Air Show.

Chris Frambes

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Chris Frambes has been Martin County resident since 2000. Chris played a significant role as the Stuart Air Show Event Coordinator between the years of 2010-2014 along with other major events on the Treasure Coast. Chris is now Sales Executive / Licensed Yacht Broker for SunDance Marine in Jensen Beach. This year Chris has returned to the Stuart Air Show appointed to the Advisory Board providing his prior years experience with large scale special events planning and organization.
It’s truly inspiring to see such a high level of passion and commitment... not only in the Board room during the planning phase, but out there on the airfield. It really is amazing.
— Elisabeth Glynn

Air Show Director

Susan Cunnane - Director

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Originally from Medford Lakes, NJ, Susan moved to Florida in 1992. She moved to Martin County from Aventura, FL in 2006. A graduate of Hofstra University with a BBA in Marketing, She has an extensive professional background in retail management in both New York City and Palm Beach, FL. She was with Treasure Coast Newspapers for four years before becoming the Director of the Stuart Air Show in August 2016. Susan is a graduate of LEADERship Martin County (Class 24) and served on the Board of HR Martin and as VP of Membership for three years. Susan is an avid runner and enjoys reading and organic gardening. Her husband, Pat, whom she married in Ireland live in Palm City, FL with “the Three Stooges” – their dogs Larry, Curly and Mo.

Air Show Photographer

Sarah Parker - Photographer

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Sarah Parker of 316creations has been a resident of the Treasure Coast for over 25 years. A successful nurse and Home Care Advisor for a local home care agency, one of Sarah’s real passions has always been in photography. In 2011 she joined the airshow team utilizing that passion as well as assisting with social media. Currently she is our Official SAS Photographer as well as oversees coordination of Volunteer Photographers. Aviation and #blueskies have always been at the top of her ‘shooting’ agenda, amongst her other areas of photography. Her line has expanded into inspirational, event and even some commercial photography… always believing that ‘the sky’s the limit!

 

History of Witham Field

Today, Witham Field with its three runways serves most of the general aviation needs for Martin County and surrounding areas. The airport, just a few miles southeast of the City of Stuart, can accommodate most general aviation aircraft including smaller business jets, and is home to more than 200 private and business aircraft. It also plays host to the largest community event on the Treasure Coast, the annual Stuart Air Show. The airports fixed-based-operators (FBO’s) act as the local terminals for all its users and those visiting Martin County from other locales.

The history of Witham Field is emblematic of the people and County in which it resides. Its very beginning is deeply rooted in duty, patriotism and generosity from the residents of Martin County. As with many rural airports in the 30’s, Martin County Airport was just a grass landing strip. But with the rumblings of war overseas in the 40’s, a group of visionary and patriotic private landowners convened and offered their property to the county, to serve their county.