Our Leadership Team

2020 / 2021

Cdr Kathy Matheson, AP

Cdr Kathy Matheson, AP

Squadron Commander

Commander Kathy Matheson joined the United States Power Squadrons in November of 2013. Kathy began expanding her education by completing Boat Handling in 2017 earning the grade of Seaman, Marine Navigation in 2016 earning the grade of Pilot, and Advanced Marine Navigation earning the grade of Advanced Pilot.

In the role as the principal officer of the squadron, the Commander assumes the ultimate responsibility for
leadership and management of the squadron as outlined in the Bylaws of the Squadron and USPS.
The Commander is a member of the National Governing Board and represents the Squadron on District and National level.

Lt/C John Pergola, AP

Lt/C John Pergola, AP

Executive Officer

Lieutenant Commander John Pergola joined the United States Power Squadrons in December of 2010 after completing the Basic Boating  Course where he earned his boating certificate. John added to his education by completing Boat Handling in 2011 earning the grade of Seaman, and Marine Navigation in  earning the grade of Pilot. In 2013 John would go on to complete Advanced Marine Navigation earning the grade of Advanced Pilot.  In addition to earning the Grade of Advanced Pilot, he has completed courses on Engine Maintenance, Marine Eelctrical Systems, Marien Communication Systems, Electronic Navigation, Weather,  as well as 8 seminars. John has earned 9 merit marks for his service.

As an elected Bridge Officer, the Executive Officer is responsible for the functions described as “external affairs”. He oversees the committees for Boat Show, Cooperative Charting, Liaison Legislative, Public Relations, Radio Technical, Safety, and Vessel Safety Checks. The Executive Officer is a member, ex-officio, of all committees of the Executive Department and is responsible for seeing that they function properly in accordance with the policy and authority of USPS. In the absence or incapacity of the Commander, the Executive Officer assumes the duties of the Commander.

Lt/C Marie Wallach, AP

Lt/C Marie Wallach, AP

Educational Officer

Lieutenant Commander Marie Wallach joined the United States Power Squadrons in May of 2015. Marie was quickly taken by our educational department and began by completing Boat Handling in 2017 earning the grade of Seaman, and Marine Navigation in 2018 earning the grade of Pilot. In 2018 Marie also completed Advanced Marine Navigation and earned the grade of Advanced Pilot. In addition to advanced grades, Marie has completed 11 seminars. In Marie’s 6 years of membership, she has earned 4 merit marks for her service.

The Educational Officer is elected annually by the members of the squadron upon nomination by the Squadron Nominating Committee and approval by the District Educational Officer acting for the National Educational Officer. He is a member of the District Educational Department, the Squadron Bridge and Squadron Executive Committee. The Educational Officer manages all of the educational activities of the squadron including public boating courses and the educational curriculum of the entire squadron membership. He encourages the membership to avail themselves of all the courses offered by the squadron.

Lt/C Steven Potestio, AP

Lt/C Steven Potestio, AP

Treasurer

Lieutenant Commander Steven Potestio joined the United States Power Squadrons in March of 1996 after completing the Boat SMART boating course where he earned his boating certificate. Steven added to his education by completing Boat Handling in 1998 earning the grade of Seaman, and Marine Navigation in 1999 earning the grade of Pilot.  In addition to earning the Grade of Advanced Pilot, he has completed courses on Engine Maintenance, and Electronic Navigation as well as 2 seminars. Steven has earned 22 merit marks for his service.

As a Bridge Officer, the Treasurer is expected to attend all district conferences as a squadron Representative. The Treasurer should take Operations Training as soon as practical. The Treasurer is responsible for accurate financial reports and records for policy guidance for the solvent operation of the squadron.

Lt/C Carolynn Cairo, AP

Lt/C Carolynn Cairo, AP

Secretary

Lieutenant Commander Carolyn Cairo joined the United States Power Squadrons in September 2001 after completing the Boat SMART boating course where she earned her boating certificate. Carolynn added to her education by completing Boat Handling in 2002 earning the grade of Seaman, and Marine Navigation in 2003 earning the grade of Pilot, and Advanced Marine Navigation in 2005 earning the greade of Advanced Pilot.  In addition to earning the Grade of Advanced Pilot, she has completed courses on Engine Maintenance, and Weather. Carolynn is also a Certified Vessel Examiner under our VSC program with the USCG. Carolynn has earned 15 merit marks for her service.

 

1/Lt Michael Boland, AP

1/Lt Michael Boland, AP

Asst. Educational Officer

First Lieutenant Michael Boland joined the United States Power Squadrons in March of 2002 after completing the Boat SMART boating course where he earned his boating certificate. Michael added to his education by completing Boat Handling in 2013 earning the grade of Seaman, and Marine Navigation in 2013 earning the grade of Pilot, and Advanced Marine Navigation in 2014 earning the grade of Advanced Pilot.  In addition to earning the Grade of Advanced Pilot, he has completed courses on Marine Electrical Systems, and Weather as well as 3 seminars. Michael has earned 7 merit marks for his service.