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Officers & Directors

Mark Girone


A picture of Kathy Ware
Kathy Ware

Vice Commodore

Kathy started learning to sail with her husband, Bob, in 1986 while they lived in New Jersey.  Bob started Kathy’s sailing education on their first sailboat, a 12’ AquaCat at their lake home on Cedar Lake, Denville.  Their 2nd sailboat was a 14’ Flying Junior where she continued learning on Spruce Run Reservoir until Bob’s new job moved him to Nashville in 1994, dragging their little sailboat behind his car and joined PPYC.  They became racing crew on a J-92 on Percy Priest Lake in 1994 until the owners sold their boat and purchased a hot air balloon, and Bob and Kathy became their crew for a year.  They have sailed on the Chesapeake Bay, Martha’s Vineyard, Abaco-Bahamas and Cancun-Mexico, as well as various keel boats at Percy Priest Lake.  They also were crew twice in 2009 on a Jenneau 39 mono hull charter in Tortola, BVIs and a Lagoon 41 catamaran.  Bob did his first charter as the captain of a Robertson Craine 444 catamaran in 2014 in Belize (Kathy as crew).  Kathy was one of the original 8 women to start in “Ladies at the Helm” in 1997 until 2006 when the program’s name was changed to “Learning at the Helm.  She served as its Program Manager until 2012 when promoted to Sailing Director and continued coordinating the LATH program totaling 14 years. With Bob’s death in November 2016, Kathy wanted to continue carrying on their legacy and passion of teaching sailing.  In 2017, she was elected as Vice Commodore, now in her 2nd term. 

Kenny Cooper
Past Commodore
Kenny has been an avid sailor for two decades.  He previously served on the Board of Directors in 2009-2010 as Sailing Director during which time he helped launch the Basic Sailing Course program.  He was PPYC Commodore for 2017.  Long involved in teaching sailing, Kenny secured in 2015 the American Sailing Association instructor certification for teaching Basic Keelboat, Coastal Cruising, and Coastal Navigation courses.  He enjoys racing as part of the PPYC regattas and has participated in races at Kentucky Lake Sailing Club and Lake Lanier Sailing Club as well as at Harbor Island Yacht Club.  He and his older son, Jon, have participated in two Florida 120 events in Pensacola Bay and Santa Rosa Sound.  He is married with two grown sons who have families and is the proud grandfather of four.  His working career has been as a minister serving both as a pastor for over 20 years and another 20 years in ministerial administration.  In addition to his enjoyment of sailing, he has also built two sailboats, a fourteen-foot sloop and an eight-foot sailing/rowing pram.  His wife asks:  "How many boats does one need?"  He will let you know when he discovers the answer

Melinda McCreary

David Pilcher
David Pilcher has been your Treasurer since 2013. David and his wife, Martha Ann, have been members of PPYC since 1974, and this is David’s third time to serve the Club in the role of Treasurer. David is a Certified Public Accountant and has spent the majority of his career in public accounting and banking. 

Although a Nashville native, he attended college in Florida, earning his B.A. degree in Accounting from the University of South Florida after spending his first two years at what is now Eckerd College in St. Petersburg. David has the dubious distinction of earning college P.E. credit for learning how to sail, thanks to the school’s requirement at the time that all first and second year students take some P.E. class. Since the boat dock was right behind his dorm, it seemed logical, and he’s been bit by the sailing bug ever since.

After sailing a dinghy for 3 years, in 1977 David and his older brother, Matt, purchased a 1975 Catalina 22 and raced her in numerous club races at PPYC as well as the Governor’s Cup in KY. Some years later, David bought his brother’s interest in the boat and several years after that named her “Shadowfax”. David and Martha Ann are still sailing “Shadowfax” to this day. About eight years ago, David found a 1984 Catalina 25 at HIYC on Old Hickory Lake, bought her, named her “Recess” and, resisting overtures to join HIYC, brought her to Hamilton Creek Marina, making “Shadowfax” a trailer-sailed boat.  They sailed “Recess” for 5 delightful years, reluctantly selling her last year to return to being a 1-boat family.

David and Martha Ann have one daughter, Laura, and a 3 year old granddaughter, Emma.

David has been active in the local Catalina 22 fleet, Fleet 52, serving twice as Fleet Captain and for the past 13 years as Treasurer. Currently, David is crewing on Don Berridge’s Catalina 22, “Plan=B”, and also racing with Sam Beckman on C22 “Danger Zone”. He has sailed in 2 recent C22 National Championships.


Joyce Matlock
Sailing Director

Joyce began her sailing adventures and love affair with sailing on Percy Priest Lake on a Hobie 16’. She then lived aboard a Valiant 40’ for approximately four years, cruised Biscayne Bay, the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. She and her former husband ran sailing charters on their boat, Welkin, based out of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. She has spent time sailing on the Chesapeake and anchoring in the special coves of that bay. She has also sailed the Grenadines, an island chain that is part of St. Vincent and Grenada.  She currently sails her 25’ O’Day on Priest and her 33’ Endeavor on Pensacola Bay.

She is a native of Nashville, Tennessee and is the author and innovator of the most unique teaching method you can find on sailing instruction. Sailing For Blondes, The Simulator Book, Learn Twice as Fast and Twice as Good is a take off on the Dummies series of books. She holds a Master’s in Teaching from Trevecca Nazarene University.  She holds patent-pending on The Simulator that works seamlessly with her teaching method.

She has been a member of PPYC since 2000 where she has served as a volunteer sailing instructor and is currently Sailing Director. She has taught her own concepts and has also participated in teaching the U. S. Sailing basic keelboat curriculum for PPYC. Additionally, she is a graduate of the US Power Squadron course on seamanship and USCGA Responsible Boating Course.

You can find out more about Joyce Matlock at

Fred Bartrom
Fred Bartrom
Racing Director
Fred began sailing on Priest lake in the mid 1980s in a small lateen rigged boat. He has owned a Catalina 25 and now is sailing a Beneteau First 235 and a J/22.
Fred is a LATH skipper, Basic Keelboat instructor and enjoys participating in Wednesday night racing and club regattas 

Richard Lewis
Social Director
Hometown: Taylorville, MD
Place of Birth: Salisbury, MD
Favorite Sailing Water: Lake Michigan
Occupation: U.S Army - Retired; Self-Employed - Promoter

Richard has been a sailor for over 50 years, and has owned and sailed: 3 different San Juan 21's, an Irwin 10-4,an Irwin 25, O'Day 222, O'Day 25, Guppy 13, and presently owns a Catalina 18, Short-Handed.

Richard has sailed extensively on the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays, sailed the length of Lake Michigan from Navy Pier in Chicago to around the Big Island. In 1993, he took a trip from Nashville down the Tenn-Tom to Panama City, FL. And yes, the vessel was the Guppy 13 - he's now completed 50% of the Great Loop.
Sheila Armstrong head shot 2018
Sheila Armstrong
Communications Director
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