Bridge Officers

Commander Cdr Abe Walston, S

 Cdr Abe Walston, MD JD FACC  FACP

Osprey Global Solutions - Chief Medical Officer 
Dr Walston`s medical training included medical school, internship, residency, fellowship and seven years on the faculty of Duke University Medical Center. During his tenure on the facility of Duke University Medical Center, he served as Director of the Durham VAH Coronary Care Unit and Heart Station for 5 years and was involved in teaching of interns, residents, and fellows.  
Prior to medical training he attended UNC law school in Chapel Hill, NC and was awarded a JD degree in 1964. After leaving the Duke faculty, he joined Durham Internal Medicine Associates in Durham, NC and practiced Internal Medicine and primary and consultative cardiology for twenty four years. After leaving medical practice he joined PPD, Inc. and served for eleven and one half years as Medical Director for Regulatory and Scientific Affairs and Principal Investigator.
He was active in the US Army Reserve Medical Corp; and retired after 32 years as full Colonel. Highlights of his Army Reserve service include serving as commander of the 312th Evac Hospital during Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia and Commander of 3274th Augmentation Hospital, Durham, NC.
Following retirement from PPD, he joined Osprey Global Solutions and currently serves as Chief Medical Officer.
Executive Officer Lt/C Ed LoBalbo, SN
 Lt/C Ed LoBalbo, SN and his wife, Sue, moved to Wilmington from upstate New York in 2009 and fell in love with the Carolina blue sky and boating on the Cape Fear waterways. Quickly determining that boating in a coastal area is much more challenging than an inland lake in New York, Ed completed the CFS&PS Public Safe Boating course and immediately joined the squadron. Since then he has been very active in educational pursuits achieving the highest USPS advance grade of Senior Navigator (SN) in March 2015. He is a member of District 27’s “Navigator (N)” club and received their award for “highest JN (Junior Navigator) grade within District 27 - 2013” followed by the highest N (Navigator) grade within District 27 – 2014.  As part of the ABC development team, he was involved with the revamping and expansion of this flagship course to include a “Local Knowledge” segment as well as a new On-the-Water component.  Ed previously served as the squadron Education Officer (2014 – 2016), Assistant Administrative Officer (2014), Meetings Chair (2014), Member-at-Large (2012) and Membership Chair (2012). Ed values the importance of boating education and encourages everyone to stay active in their boating self-education by participating in at least one USPS or CFS&PS boating class each year. He has assumed duties as Executive Officer for the squadron for 2017. 
Education Officer Lt/C Ned Rhodes, N
LT/C Ned W. Rhodes, N relocated to the Wilmington area from Northern Virginia a few years ago to get away from all the traffic and to  be near the beach. With his wife Arleen and golden retriever Katie they enjoy cruising on their Sea Ray 410 Express, Impulse,   and their 13-foot Boston Whaler. Ned holds a 100 Ton USCG Captains license and often brags that he has never run aground  when anyone else was around (so there is no evidence). He is President of Software Systems Group that develops custom  software for corporate clients. 
Administrative Officer Lt/C Bob Smith, S
Secretary Lt/C Patrick Sorrenti, AP

 Lt/C Rick Sorrenti, AP completed a career in the U.S. Air Force and a 23 year career with Booz Allen Hamilton retiring as Vice President in 2014.  He holds an advanced degree in Electrical/Aeronautical Engineering and a 100 Ton US Coast Guard Masters License.  He and his wife Teresa have been active boaters for over 25 years exploring the East Coast and the Virgin Islands.  Rick is a Certified Instructor and lead instructor for the CFS&PS Weather Course and teaches in the America's Boating Course (ABC).  He was drawn to boating for the adventures of exploring and developing the skills necessary to pilot a large recreational vessel

Treasurer Lt/C Steve Thompson, S

Lt/C Steve Thompson, S retired from the U.S. Army in 1998 and is currently working in the information security field for the U.S. Department of the Interior.  Steve and his wife, Sue, moved to Wilmington in late 2011 and plan on retiring here.  With a deep love of the water Steve bought his first boat in 2001 and has been active in boating organizations ever since.  He is an active member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, joining that organization in 2002.  You may find him on his boat, Forever Dreamin’, conducting marine event safety patrols for the Coast Guard.  He joined the Power Squadron in 2012 and is a certified instructor.  While enjoying their boat, Steve and Sue live by one basic rule: The Captain makes all the important decisions; the First Mate decides which decisions are important.

Elected Assistants

Assist. Education Officer 1/Lt Meg Morrison, JN

 1/Lt Meg learned to sail at as a teen at Camp Westminster on Higgins Lake, MI and raced on 470s at the University of Michigan. Throughout her career as an environmental engineer at a consulting firm, she and friends vacationed by bare-boat chartering sailboats in the Caribbean islands.  In 1997 she attended the Chapman School of Seamanship in Stuart, FL and earned her USCG 100-ton Captain license.  In 2000 she sailed across the Atlantic Ocean with 4 friends on a 50-foot sloop. She recently bought a 40-foot Endeavor sailboat and enjoys sailing out the Masonboro Inlet. Meg is a member of the District 27’s Navigator or “N” club and cherishes the comradery of the Cape Fear Sail and Power Squadron.  She was part of the Kids and Boating class at the Wildlife Expo and enjoys coordinating the ABC course.  She has participated in many of the Squadron courses and is a Certified Instructor. Meg moved to Wilmington in 2011 to be closer to her parents who retired here in 1992.

Assist. Admin. Officer 1/Lt George Oed, S
Assist. Secretary 1/Lt Gaye Thomas, S

1/Lt Gaye Thomas,S is a proud native North Carolinian who grew up in Siler City and has lived in Salisbury, Dunn, Raleigh and has now resided in Wilmington for 27 years.  She is a graduate of UNCG and taught school for 31 and 1/2 years in Chatham, Harnett, and New Hanover Counties. In 1999 she was named the Outstanding Teacher of the Gifted in North Carolina by the Association for the Gifted and Taltented.  She is married to Jimmy Thomas and they have 3 children and 3 grandchildren. After owning small boats for several years she and Jimmy bought their first big boat,a 36 ft. Gulf Star trawler, in 1991 and have traveled extensively since. They lost it in l996 in Hurricane Fran. After that they bought a 35 ft. Senator trawler.  Sold that and down sized to a 25 ft. Acadia which they soon found to be TOO small,so they are now back to owning a 36 ft. Gulf Star trawler. They have been to the Chesapeake Bay 7 times and in 2000 they traveled to the Abacos getting home one day before their first grandchild was born. She has been a member of CFS&PS since 2007 and served as Assistant Secretary in 2015.

Assist. Treasurer 1/Lt Morgan Chapman, JN

 Morgan credits her father for instilling in her a love of sailing.  Her father took the family to a sailing school behind Kitty Hawk when he got bored at the beach one summer, and then bought a daysailer which the family sailed for years.  Her husband, Wilbur, also became an avid sailor and over the years they graduated from a JY-15, to a MacGregor 26, to a Beneteau 351 and finally to a Beneteau 411.  After hearing workers’ compensation cases as a Deputy Commissioner for over 27 years, Morgan retired and she and Wilbur moved onto their sailboat On the Wings of the Wind.  With the help of friend Lloyd Moore, they then sailed from Oriental, NC to St. John, USVI, a trip requiring 11 nights at sea, including a very challenging night with storm force winds.  The Chapman’s sailed their way through the eastern Caribbean, seeing most of the islands there and making it as far as Grenada.  On the return trip, they came through the Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas but had to get back before hurricane season so they couldn’t spend as much time at any of those islands.  In 2011 she and Wilbur moved to Wilmington and they bought a center console motorboat for use at the coast.  However, they still sail On the Wings of the Wind out of Oriental.

Past Commander

Past Commander P/C Mark Stacy, AP

P/C Mark Stacy AP, moved to Wilmington in 2003, to "return to the water." Originally from La Jolla, CA, he grew up on the water and made stops in San Francisco, Houston, Hartford, San Diego and Atlanta with various sales and marketing positions in financial services. From 1976 to 1986, he held various retail, sales management, wholesaler, and marketing positions at The Hartford. From 1986 to 1992 he was Vice President of Linsco/Private Ledger, a large independent broker-dealer. From 1992 to 1993 he was Vice President of Marketing with Eden Financial Group, Inc., a wholesaling firm to broker-dealers. From 1993 to 2003 he was a Regional Vice President with Nationwide Financial. And, from 2003 to 2015 he was a Vice President with Nationwide Financial responsible for five top broker-dealers in mutual funds with a $800 million investment budget. He retired as a Vice President in 2015. He holds a BA from the University of San Francisco, a Business Management Certificate from the Santa Clara Graduate School of Business, and five Leadership Development Certificates. A Senior Member, Mark joined Cape Fear Sail & Power Squadron in 2004 after taking Boat Smart. After taking the Squadron Boating Course, he went on to take the first three Advanced Grades courses and six Electives courses, plus earning the Educational Proficiency Award. He is also a Certified Instructor. Mark was the recipient of the Corinthian Award in 2007 and the Outstanding Boater Award in 2012. In the past, he has served the squadron as Boat Show Chairman for 3 years, Boating Activities Chairman for 3 years, Administrative Officer for 2 years, and Executive Officer and Commander for 1-year each. Currently, he is a Past Commander. Mark and Jean enjoy cruising on the Windansea as much as possible. 

Members at Large

1st Member at Large Lt Lia Spark, P

 Lt Lia Spark, P grew up near Cambridge in the United Kingdom and relocated to Wilmington in October 2015 with her husband Peter.  Prior to moving here, she worked for a law firm where she was responsible for all aspects of building management and looked after a team of 12.  Lia and her husband spent most of their free time on the water in a 30ft narrow boat (Google it if you don't know) on the picturesque River Great Ouse and the River Cam.  After arriving in Wilmington with her husband, a couple of suitcases and her Rottweiler, her first priority was buying a boat. They quickly purchased a Sea Ray Sundancer 240, even before furniture for the house.  They soon realized that not all boating was the same and that they needed guidance for the local conditions and rules.  So Lia and Peter joined the Squadron for the education, but they now stay for further education and more importantly the friendship.  She recently trained a German Shepherd puppy who has learned exceptionally well and who loves the boat.  She can always be found smiling somewhere but most often on Facebook, the Cape Fear river, ICW or at our regular squadron meetings organizing everything so it runs with military precision.

2nd Member at Large Lt Buck Latapie, S


3rd Member at Large Lt Paul Tyndall, P

 Paul Tyndall grew up in eastern North Carolina boating on local lakes, the Neuse and Tar Rivers, the ICW and the Outer Banks. He spent 24 years in Philadelphia practicing law before moving to Wilmington with his wife, Sandy, where he continues to practice law and is also an ordained pastor at The Message Church in Leland, NC. In 2013, Paul and Sandy sold their house, bought a 44 Ocean Alexander M/Y, named her Going Yahweh and took off cruising to the Florida Keys. They lived aboard for two years, while Paul continued to practice law. Paul joined the Power Squadron in 2012 and currently serves as a Member at Large and Membership Involvement Chairperson. He also is a Squadron Certified Instructor. Paul and Sandy have three children and happily just welcomed their first grandchild, Slate, to this world. 

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