PPYC Officers & Directors
Our Board Of Directors
An organization like ours requires a lot of work by people who are willing to volunteer their time and talents in support of PPYC. Many of those people (including our Directors) are frequently visible to our members because they provide leadership and support for our many sailing, education and social activities. Behind the scenes, our Directors are actively working with others in Club Leadership performing less visible — but nonetheless important — duties in areas such as Planning, Operational and Financial Management, Membership And Public Communication, and Membership Development.
The Board meets on the first Monday of each month at 6:30pm. Contact information for the Board and each of its members can be found at this link: Contact Us.
Kathy Ware, 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, and in 2020 she became PPYC’s Commodore.
James O'Dell, Vice Commodore
James and his wife Lisa took up sailing in 1989 after realizing playing tennis against each other wasn’t healthy for their marriage. They learned to sail on Tampa bay in a Snipe, a fifteen foot tactical dinghy. After moving back to Nashville in 1990 a Cal 24 took the place of the dinghy and an ASA Bareboating course instilled enough knowledge for him to be able to leave the dock and get back in one piece. In 1993 the Cal was traded for an S2 7.9. Over the years he has actively raced the 7.9, both locally and at class sanctioned events on the great lakes. Although an avid racer he does appreciate the relaxation of cruising and has charted in the BVI. James has been an active member of PPYC, serving as Race director in 1999 and Commodore in 2000. He is still married to Lisa, giving sailing some credit for the thirty one years of bliss. He has two children, one living in Kentucky working for a non-profit foundation and the other living in Chicago working as a management consultant.
Fred Bartrom, Past Commodore
Fred began sailing on Priest lake in the mid 1980s in a small lateen rigged boat. Since then he has owned a Catalina 25 and now is sailing a Beneteau First 235 and a J/22.
He is a LATH skipper and Basic Keelboat instructor and enjoys participating in Wednesday night racing and Club-run regattas.
Alicia Noble, Secretary
Alicia joined PPYC in 2015 and enjoys sailing on Percy Priest lake in a Catalina 22.
She has participated in the Wednesday night races with the Bee Fleet and in club regattas. Alicia began as PPYC Secretary in 2020.
Scott Carter, Treasurer
Scott began sailing as a Boy Scout in Texas and has been hooked ever since. He has since been ASA certified through 106 - Advanced Coastal Cruising. He has been sailing all over the country including Texas, Florida, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Maryland, Bermuda, Sint Marrten, and even Mexico. This past year he crewed on three yacht deliveries covering approximately 3200nm, and he prefers sailing far offshore where life tends to slow down and there is not much to worry about other than a passing dolphin or whale. He currently owns a Hunter 25 and enjoys sailing with his family and friends on Percy Priest Lake.
Gary Pack, Sailing Director
Ever since being exposed to sailing as a teenager when his minister took the youth group sailing on Old Hickory Lake, Gary has been an avid sailor. He was one of the founding members of the University of Tennessee Sailing Club, where he sailed Flying Juniors, Windmills and Thistles on Lake Loudon. He previously owned a Thistle and a Catalina 22, and now sails a Capri 26 as well as a Force 5. He has been active with PPYC for many years, most recently managing the LATH program for 2018 and 2019. As Sailing Director he is responsible for coordinating the various sailing education events offered through PPYC as well as the LATH program.
Craig Dooley, Racing Director
Craig has been involved in racing and pleasure sailing for 30 years. He owns two boats — an S2 7.9 at HCM and a 14’ trailered Laser.
As our Principal Racing Officer, he is heavily involved in all aspects of racing at PPYC — club races and 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.
Charles Jones, Communications Director
SAILING. ASA Certifications to Bareboat Chartering and Coastal Navigation levels [ASA #: 924134.] In over 35 years, has sailed many boats, mostly 30-45’, in Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf of Mexico, and several inland lakes [Michigan, Tahoe, Mead, Pontchartrain, Smith Mountain.] At PPYC: Club Boat Program member; L.A.T.H. Skipper; Board Member and Communications Director [January 2020 to present]. Enjoys any opportunity to be on a boat under sail. CAREER. Registered Professional Engineer and Certified Public Accountant [retired — neither license active].  B.S., Industrial and Systems Engineering, LSU. [1980–2010] After 5 years in professional and management positions in the Retailing industry, was Senior VP & CIO of three healthcare delivery systems, each the largest health services provider in its state. [1970–1979] President & CEO of a company that became Digital Equipment Corporation’s largest Value-Added Reseller in the Gulf South, selling, installing and servicing business computer systems. [1967–1970] Engineer, E.I. duPont de Nemours & Co. PERSONAL.Christian. Eagle Scout. Enjoy music. Play piano and guitar, and enjoy creating musical arrangements. Wife, Kathy, is a retired Licensed Professional Counselor. Son Steven, a partner in a software development firm, lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Daughter Robin Loftin, a Registered Nurse who works in HCA’s Corporate Headquarters, lives in Franklin, Tennessee. Her husband, Michael, is a Clinical Psychologist. Robin and Michael have a 15-year-old daughter, Libby, a sophomore at Harpeth Hall School.