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Officers and Directors

Executive Officers
Stephen Ikler  KS3K
President
Steve has a BA degree from SUNY at Buffalo and a MS Ed degree from SUNY College at Buffalo. His professional career of 28 years was in College Student Financial Aid as both a Director of Financial Aid at two colleges and a financial aid systems developer for a college administrative systems company in PA. His ham radio career began in high school in 1968 with a Novice license, followed a year later with a General license and then an Advanced license several years after that. He upgraded to Amateur Extra in 2013. While living in PA, Steve was the VP and newsletter editor for the Mid-Atlantic Amateur Radio Club for 6 years. Steve has lived with his wife Gail full-time in Boynton Beach, FL for the past two years. He was a part-time Palm Beach County resident for 5 years prior to that.
 
Steven I. Werner  KD3WK
Vice President
Steve was first licensed in 1960 and holds an Extra Class License KD3WK. Steve moved to Florida in 2015 and previously lived in Pennsylvania where he was an active member of the Mid-Atlantic Amateur Radio Club (MARC) and was President of that organization for six years.

Steve has an undergraduate education in chemistry and a graduate education in civil engineering. He worked at Occidental Petroleum Corporation for many years where he managed various environmental engineering projects. Later, Steve was Vice President/Operations Manager for Roy F. Weston, Inc and President-AIG Environmental Management. During the last phase of his active working life Steve managed a small consulting practice that focused on assisting engineering firms to grow and to increase profitability.

Steve is committed to giving back to his community and to the organizations he belongs to. In addition to his commitment to MARC, Steve has been an Elder/Trustee at his church, he was Vice Chairman of his local chapter of SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives), he served on the Environmental Advisory Committee of his Township and taught numerous Boy Scout merit badge programs. Steve is also a licensed private pilot with an instrument rating. Steve and his XYL Janet live in Palm Beach Gardens.
 
Jerry Grant  KI4NUV
Secretary
Jerry Grant is a native of Brookline, Mass but moved to Florida after graduating with a degree in Pharmacy from the University of Connecticut. He successfully opened and ran three pharmacies in Northern Palm Beach County until 1979 when he sold his businesses. He got involved in the Real Estate Profession and successfully ran a large Real Estate Company and several well known Real Estate Schools. He became involved in Amateur Radio after retiring and has been an officer and a member of the Clubs Board of Directors for many years. He has been married for over fifty years, has two children and currently, three grandchildren.
 
Richard Smith  KM4RYM
Treasurer
I was first licensed as a HAM in March of 2016 and recently upgraded my license to a Amateur Extra in January of 2017. I have recently become a VE to assist in getting others licensed and interested in this wonderful hobby. I look forward to learning more about the hobby over the years to come. I am a long time member of The American Legion and the 40&8. I have lived in Palm Beach County for over 30 years.
 
Board of Directors
Rex Rathbun  AJ4GC
Board Member
Rex was first licensed in 1995 and holds an Extra class ticket. His main interest in amateur radio has been VHF contesting and chasing Maiden Head grid squares.

He is a West Palm Beach native and has been married to his wife, Nancie KG4HMC, for forty-three years. He has a business degree from Florida Atlantic University.

He worked for 35 years in a family business that did structural metal fabrication and manufactured truck bodies and equipment. After that he worked for 11 years with Palm Beach County purchasing for the Bascule Bridge Department.
 
Ruth Haggerty  KK4ENO
Board Member
Ruth Haggerty, PE is the proprietor of Renewable Design, a structural engineering company that is sensitive to environmental and economic issues. She is a native Floridian from West Palm Beach, lives in the same neighborhood where she grew up and remains actively involved in the neighborhood organizations and CRA. As a structural engineer she has been instrumental in the design of numerous buildings and innovative precast building systems. She is pleased to be a previous recipient of the Arthur R. Marshall Fellowship and current active board member of Friends of Corbett.
 
Jim Nagle  KF4OD
Board Member