2019 BOARD OF DIRECTORS CANDIDATES

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Eric Bay

1112 Narbonne Place, Dauphin Island, AL 36528

Email: GeauxOU@gmail.com

My vision for Dauphin Island is to keep the quaint family-oriented community it has been for as long as I can remember. My mission is to preserve the rich history that makes this island special and ensure that the iconic Isle Dauphine complex is maintained as the historical landmark that it is. Property values are important to us all and this site, managed properly, will benefit each and every one of us.
Growing up in Selma my family had a sailboat and most weekends we would sail around the beaches of Dauphin Island. The anchorage in front of the Isle Dauphine was one of our favorite hangout spots. The calm surf and quiet beach are some of the things that made me want to call this island home. Luckily for me I married an exceptional woman (Rebecca) whose family has been residents of South Mobile for decades, owning island property prior to Hurricane Frederick. Eventually we decided that the hustle and bustle of city life in Baton Rouge was too much for us and made Dauphin Island our home. Raising our daughter (Perry) in this community has been nothing short of amazing thanks to its residents. She is a second grader at Dauphin Island Elementary.
I am employed by an environmental engineering firm out of Baton Rouge and for the last ten years my primary client has been the USEPA for whom I serve as an Emergency Response contractor. My job has allowed me to travel to many different places and see many different things (as I write this I am in Saipan helping to restore the island after the Super Typhoon Yutu). My experience has given me a unique insight in how to make our island a more extraordinary place for everyone.
Thank you for your consideration.

Bruce Blythe

2311 Island Shores Drive, Dauphin Island, AL 36528

Email: bmbesq@yahoo.com

My vision for Dauphin Island is to maintain and to preserve the Island’s environment, cultural heritage, and ambiance by utilizing a balanced approach towards commercial, residential and infrastructure development. DIPOA property is dedicated by deed for the use and enjoyment of the property owners. The Board members owe a duty to the owners to manage DIPOA property in a way that serves the best interest of the owners. Commercial and corporate development does not serve that interest. The Gulf Coast is rife with commercial and corporate development. The absence of such development, combined with its rural charm, makes Dauphin Island unique in the world. Overbuilding will only result in a loss that can never be recovered. Island preservation is my paramount concern.
My wife Gail and I are full time Island residents. We moved from California two years ago with the expectation of enjoying the remainder of our years here. We have become knowledgeable about Dauphin Island, Mobile, and Alabama history. We attend Board and Town Council meetings and have volunteered our time to community organizations and service groups. We enjoy the many cultural and entertainment events the Island and the South have to offer. We consider ourselves Islanders and Alabamians.
I began my career as a geologist. After graduating from San Francisco State University, I worked in the petroleum, construction and environmental industries. Following graduation from law school, I practiced in California for 20 years and managed a sole practitioner law corporation until my retirement in 2015. I am a member in good standing of the California Bar Association. I have the time, energy and commitment to serve on the Board and would be honored to represent you.

Richard Brewer

203 Lacoste Ct., Dauphin Island, AL 36528

Email: richard.brewer.pe@gmail.com

Dauphin Island was my 35th move, so I know what makes the island special. After weathering a few hurricanes, a massive oil spill, and other events, I still cannot think of a better place to live. The island has been my home since 2001.
I moved here to finish a degree in civil engineering from University of South Alabama. I have been a practicing professional engineer since 2009. My career has ranged from civil works projects, such as roads, parks, and flood studies, to industrial structural design and project management.
Many islanders and frequent visitors call me “The Sea Turtle Guy” because of my volunteer work with Share The Beach (Alabama’s sea turtle nesting program) and the Alabama Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network. I often volunteer with other local projects and organizations, but I am very passionate about my involvement with the sea turtle programs, and I am currently organizing the Third Annual Dauphin Island Bicycle Poker Run to benefit Share The Beach.
As a civil engineer, I understand the importance of growth and planning, but I only support island development that is consistent with the planners’ original vision when the DIPOA was formed in 1953. Those visions and intentions are exactly why Dauphin Island has remained such a unique place, and why I have proudly served on the DIPOA Architectural Committee since 2016.
I enjoy everything that my island home offers—fishing, kayaking, swimming, diving, walking the beach, and attending local events. If elected, I will do my very best to balance the interests of my island neighbors as well as the interests of other property owners. My goal is to preserve the all of the island qualities that I discovered the first time I crossed the bridge.

Charlie Gray

300 Quivira Street, Dauphin Island, AL 36528

Email: Charlie@Suretyland.com

I am a full time resident of Dauphin Island and have been for many years.
I have been in the land title evidencing and land title insurance business since 1985.
I am Vice President of Surety Land Title Inc in Mobile.
My main area of focus is large commercial and industrial transactions.
I have been on and around Dauphin Island since I was a small child. My first job at age 12 in July of 1976 was at Dauphin Island Marina working for the Taul family. I worked there with Captain Tom and Ellis until I completed college at USA in 1988. Today, I also have a small inshore charter guide fishing service known as Gray Gulf Charters.
My vision for the Island in not very complex. I feel that as a property owner we all have a voice and a vote and those voices should be heard. I feel that limited continued development is essential for sustaining the Island. I do not foresee any new large condo developments and I feel that the building height restriction that is in place is good and it works. I feel that as leaders in this community that we should work with business owners who are trying to bring life to the Island whether it is in creating a new restaurant or opening a small business to help property owners and visitors. I want what is best for the Island residents, owners and visitors. I will listen to the POA members and I will address their concerns with the utmost care and confidence because as owners they deserve that. I act and decide independently but I will always want to hear open discussion from all because all voices matter here.

Victoria Helm

509 Ft Stoddard, Dauphin Island, AL 36528

Email: pete_bob_love@yahoo.com

My long term vision for the DIPOA is for it to remain solvent, for the property to remain at the disposal and use of the membership per the Constitution, and to enhance and preserve the environment and integrity of the POA property. My focus would be dues collection, public relations and Constitutional review. Because I fear for our property and think there are those on the current board who would dispose of it, I am running to try and prevent any commercial development of the property. In order to vote to preserve and maintain the property, should disposal ever become a motion before the board, we must have people seated who will vote against any such motion. I would also like to see the Isle Dauphine (country club) property restored to membership, for members to use. My short term goal is to get elected.
I first came to Dauphin Island as a young child. When we moved to Mobile, I was down here often and graduated from High School at Semmes. Twelve years ago I was afforded the opportunity to build my home and move here. My home will be enjoyed by my family at some point, and keeping this island modestly developed, with a small-town atmosphere, and no stop light, is important to me.
I have a degree in Secondary Education from Ouachita Baptist University. I taught school for 7 years. I retired from Xpress Boats in Hot Springs AR, where I did anything and everything, except build the boats. I have experience in receivables, payables, service, inventory control, and payroll. More importantly, until the past year, I have regularly attended the POA meetings, and have been a vocal participant in those meetings, asking questions, and seeking information that is vital to understand the workings of the association, and I worked as secretary to the DIPOA for 3 years.

Gary Lee

500 Sea Pointe Cove, Dauphin Island, AL 36528

Email: leeenterprises@bellsouth.net

Gary Lee, residence is 500 Sea Point Cove, is the owner and CEO of Lee Enterprises and a graduate of the University of Mobile and the US Navy School of Engineering. He served 8 years in the US Navy and is a Veteran of Desert Storm where he served with the Fighting Seabee's. His wife, Jennifer Haas Lee, is a graduate of the University of South Alabama, with a degree in Secondary Education, English and a Master's Degree in School Counseling. She is a school counselor at Baker High School. They have two children, daughter Emery and son Braxton. Emery is in the 8th grade at St. Paul's Episcopal School and is a member of the National Junior Honor Society, plays the violin, and sings with St. Paul's choir. Braxton is in the 5th grade at St. Paul's and played for St. Paul's 5th grade football team that Gary helped coach. He also plays on St. Paul's 5th grade soccer team and was chosen to play on the All-star Soccer Team.
Both Gary and Jennifer have been coming to the island with their families since they were children and, Jennifer has many fond memories of spending time at the Dauphin Island Hotel that her Great Uncle,
Mack Flowers Sr. owned. It was always a dream of theirs to own a home on the island so that they could create those same memories with their children. Some of the things they love most about the island are its quaint family atmosphere, feeling safe, the friendly people, and the fact that it is not overdeveloped. They love walking and biking, exploring the Bird Sanctuary, kayaking, and fishing. If elected, Gary would like to continue the improvements that have been made by the property owners and board. Gary would really appreciate your vote and looks forward to serving the community.

Beth Marietta Lyons

1601 Bienville Blvd, Dauphin Island, AL 36528

Email:bethmlyons@bellsouth.net

It has been my privilege to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the Dauphin Island Property Owners’ Association for the past three years. Thank you all for the honor and opportunity. During the past term, I and the other Board members have worked together to provide strong fiscal leadership, transparency, and accountability. The operating account is stable, the association has no debt, and our expenses do not exceed our income. Our membership dues have significantly improved in the last two years and this has allowed us to more easily maintain and enhance our properties. The golf course is improving with our new tenant , the tennis courts are seeing more play since the resurfacing and addition of pickle ball, the beach at the Isle Dauphine has been cleaned and enlarged, and our five property owner parks across the island are now protected, regularly maintained and enhanced with attractive new signage and the addition of benches donated by our members. If reelected , I pledge to continue to use and account for all POA monies carefully and pursue the enhancement of all POA properties for the enjoyment of our island residents, property owners, visitors and community. I practice law in Mobile and husband Jimmy is the CEO of the Alabama State Port Authority. Son Patrick is a lawyer currently living in Kampala, Uganda. Jimmy and I have visited Dauphin Island for years during our childhood and careers and are happy to now be full time residents. Beth.

Scott Ritter

311 Pineda, Dauphin Island, AL 36528

Email: scott.ritter@orion-eng.com

Scott Ritter along with his wife have been full time residents of Dauphin Island for eighteen years and just recently moved their old house and built their dream house on Lafitte Bay. Scott graduated from University of South Alabama with a BS in Civil Engineering. He understands building and environmental factors and is passionate and understands the dynamics of this for Dauphin Island. He is one of the founding partners and Vice President of Orion engineering with offices in Mobile, Pascagoula and Baton Rouge. He is married to Sandra who also graduated from South Alabama and is currently the President of Sirius Technical Services. Scott and Sandra moved down to Dauphin Island because they loved the culture and the peace that comes each time you cross the bridge. Scott recognizes that the Island is growing with more tourist and full time residents. His main focus would be to make sure the growth is positive for the Island. His goals would be threefold; Stopping beach erosion, preserving the POA property for the use of its membership and the financial stability of the POA. As a board member Scott will work with the POA membership to preserve the things that we all love about the Island. When Scott is not working you can find him fishing the in-shore water around the island or enjoying our beautiful beaches with Sandra and their black lab Nick.

Barry Zetsch

1325 Chaumont Ave, Dauphin Island, AL 36528

Email: ccnutt@centurylink.net

My goals for the POA are to (1) establish an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect between the Board of Directors and Members, by being totally transparent, having a genuine interest in the concerns of property owners, and acting in the best interests of Dauphin Islanders; (2) make the Isle Dauphine property accessible to POA members, as intended. I believe that the property owners have the physical, technical, and financial resources to make the Isle Dauphine self-sustaining and available for use by the owners; and (3) increase property owner participation in the POA. I envision periodic Board sponsored events, that encourage social interaction and generate interest in POA issues. Activities such as Pot Lucks for example, cost little to host and would generate interest and increase participation. With a few dollars, a little effort and some creativity, such events could be a lot of fun and be a viable fund-raiser for the POA.
I moved to Dauphin Island in July of 2009 with my wife, Janie Delchamps Zetsch, a Mobile native and island property owner since 1988. I have been a volunteer at the Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council (DIHAC) since its inception. I have participated in numerous fund raising events to benefit the local community. I am the University of New Orleans' Citizen Scientist Program's lead volunteer, scheduling and overseeing the collection of data for the purpose of shoreline monitoring and oil spill planning.

I am a retired Air Force Officer with a Master's Degree in Educational Administration and a total of 39 years of federal service. My experience ranges from Radar Operations and Maintenance Instructor to multi-million dollar defense contract Program Manager. Additionally, I have served on the Highland Shores Homeowner's Association Board of Directors for the last four years.