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SSYC Board of Directors

  Commodore Peter Engel

Peter Engel, Commodore

Peter joined South Shore Yacht Club in 1991 after being introduced to the sport of sailboat racing by club members. He is now an avid sailboat racer and owns the 36 foot Nelson Marek sailboat Rogue. Peter and his wife, Lynn, both grew up in the Milwaukee area and are long time residents of Bay View. Peter retired in 2018 after a 40 year career in Information Technology.

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  Dick Olson  

Dick Olson, Vice Commodore and House Committee chair

Dick is a longtime member and veteran sailor, elected to the board in October 2014. He's a partner in the Tandem Group, a manufacturers' representatives agency specializing in plastics and elastomer products, working with OEMs to replace metal parts with performance plastics.

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Gary Johnson, Rear Commodore and Waterfront Services Committee chair

Gary and his wife Kathryn moved to Bay View in 2006 and immediately joined SSYC.  Having been inland boaters since 1977, they decided to take on the challenge of Lake Michigan.  A Cruisers Cantius 410 is their latest boat.  This year Gary started crewing on the Wednesday evening sailboat races.

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  Sally Parente  

Sally Parente, Corresponding Secretary and Entertainment Committee chair

Sally is currently employed as an accountant and flight coordinator/trainer for a multi-million-dollar air charter operation at Mitchell International Airport. Sally has been an active member for 3 years and has participated in the organization, set-up, tear-down and review of many social events. Sally has also created marketing material to promote the events. She has participated as an announcer for the Review of the Fleet and has filled in for Barbara Drake when she was recovering from surgery. Sally pitches in where ever she can to help the events of SSYC.

Sally can be reached at 

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Mark Humphrey, Treasurer and Insurance Committee chair

Mark was elected Treasurer in 2017.  He has been a member of South Shore Yacht Club since 1983. While Mark’s first sail was at age 3½, his active sailing began at age 18 when his dad, Kurt, purchased a small day sailor.  He has been active in sail racing for 30 years.  Mark has served on the SSYC By-Laws Committee for many years.  Mark is an architect working in the Real Estate Investment Department at Northwestern Mutual, and is the Bell Choir Director at Bay View United Methodist Church.  He and his wife Peg live in South Milwaukee and sail aboard Rhapsody.


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Steven Williams, Financial Secretary and Finance Committee chair


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Craig Griffith, Special Events Committee chair

Craig came to SSYC as a bartender in the early 90s and shortly thereafter joined as an associate member. After joining he became an active crew member in MBOS and SS/SSS fleets as well as doing many Macs, NOODS, Verves and Queens Cups.  In 2015 he and his wife Sara purchased their first boat Sanity Check and race and cruise as often as they are able. He has spent the last 2 years as the SASS Fleet captain and is honored to have been asked to join the SSYC Board of Directors.

Craig can be reached at 

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Rebecca Archibald, Membership Committee chair

Becky fell in love with sailing and South Shore Yacht Club racing on TARDIS with her father and fellow owners Mike and LeeAnne Dukes, Jane and Dave Durment, and a long list of notable crew.  She’s been a member of our South Shore community since joining in the early nineties as an associate. She and her husband Andy live in Bay View and enjoy spending time with friends at SSYC throughout the year. In addition to being avid sailors, they also like spending their summers on Smokeshow, their 1974 Chris Craft. Becky works in marketing at Rockwell Automation and is looking forward to promoting the Harbor of Hospitality to future members in her new role as membership committee chair.

Becky can be reached at 

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Seth Goettelman, Bylaws Committee chair

Seth joined SSYC in 2013 and has served in the unofficial capacity of club counsel for the last several years. He also chairs the Strategic Planning Committee, heading up our lease renewal negotiations with Milwaukee County. Seth sails aboard “Rogue." A member of Quarles & Brady’s business law practice group, he and Alyssa own a home in Bay View.

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Glenn Ponting, Slip Committee chair

Glenn bought a used Hobie Cat 35 years ago after seeing Hobies featured in a beer commercial on TV. He was hooked and bought a brand new one a year later. Much to wife Wendy’s annoyance they still have that boat in the back yard. About 10 years ago, Wendy wondered what it might be like to live on a boat. That lead them to their first keel boat, Caribbean Soul, a Catalina 36, and that in turn led them to join SSYC in Winter 2009. After nine years sailing and cruising Lake Michigan, including two trips to the North Channel, they’ve now moved up and are the proud owners of Goin’ Coastal, a Catalina/Morgan 45 center cockpit cruiser. Glenn says they plan to sail the Great Lakes until retirement and then head for the Caribbean. Meanwhile Glenn is the Slip Committee Director, Wendy has joined the Entertainment Committee and they both enjoy Club events and new friendships at SSYC.

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  Robert Roberson


Robert Roberson, Pwerboat Committee chair

Robert (Bob) and his wife Veronica have been members for two years and enjoy their power boat “LakeFront Condo II” that they keep at McKinley Marina. Robert serves on the Power Boat Committee, volunteering his time at many events. Robert is also Commodore of the Milwaukee Harbor Yacht Club. Robert works as a OTR driver for the USPO.

Bob can be reached at

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Robert Sabinash, Junior Advisory Committee chair 

Bob was elected a Director in 2017 and currently heads the Juniors committee.  He has been a member of SSYC since 1974 when he joined the SSYC Juniors and the Junior sailing program. Upon eligibility, he joined the regular membership in 1979 as an associate member and has been a member ever since. He has served in various positions at SSYC including Tender Operator, Head Sailing Instructor, and Launch and Haul-Out Assistant. He has been on committees including Junior Advisory, PR and Publications, race committees, race protest committees and race scoring committees. He also served at times in and related to the SSYC PHRF fleet and as a fleet captain for the Lake Michigan J 35 division.  Like many members, Bob has also volunteered for many tasks, including grounds cleanup, installing sailing docks, and setting race marks to name a few.

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Publications Committee chair

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Dick O'Connell, Grounds Committee chair

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Joseph Arcara, IT Committee chair

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Cheryl Kelly, Sail Race Committee chair

Cheryl Kelly began sailing as a crew member at South Shore after being invited to race on Wednesday nights by a co-worker and friend twenty years ago. From there, she became permanent crew on a boat that sailed on the weekends as well along with her husband, a fellow racer at SSYC. They eventually bought their own boat and have been fortunate to make lifelong friends and build their own crew over the years. This evolved to include being a Fleet Captain and then joining the board as Sail Race Director for the Shouth Shore Racing fleets. As a homeowner in the Bay View neighborhood, she enjoys spending time with friends both on and off the water in the extended sailing community.

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