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======William S. Griswold, BC-BLA======

{{::wsgsm2.jpg |}}William Griswold ([[WSGriz@aol.com|email]]), Branch Chief, NSBC/NWSC: After a 37-year career in the military, both in the US Army and the US Coast Guard, he retired in 1993 as a Captain USCG. After commissioning, he served in aviation tours including a tour in Vietnam. After transferring to the Coast Guard, he served at various Air Stations performing search and rescue missions in both helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. He also deployed aboard Coast Guard icebreakers for two trips to Antarctica. When the 200-mile limit was initiated, he served a tour in Kodiak, Alaska sailing on cutters’ aviation detachments enforcing the laws of the 200 – mile economic zone.


His staff tours included military readiness, personnel and recreational boating. He served Director of Auxiliary tours in Alaska, New York and eventually served as the Chief Director, Auxiliary at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington. Since retirement in 1993, he has been active in the local Auxiliary unit in Florida, at the District and National Auxiliary Staff levels, and served as Chairman of the National Safe Boating Council 2002 – 2004. He presently is the President of the United Safe Boating Institute.
He is married to Sam, and they live in central Florida. Their children are grown and have given them 11 grand children. He owns a 44 – foot Carver Motor Yacht and boats on the St. Johns River in Florida.
A [[http://teamcoastguard.org/2010/Nov/A101121/index.htm|profile of “Griz”]] appears in the November 2010 issue of Sitrep magazine.
======William L. Key, BC-BLF======

{{::bill-keyuscgaphoto.jpg?200 |}}William Key ([[bkuscgapa@gmail.com|email]]) serves the US Coast Guard Auxiliary as the Branch Chief, US Army Corps of Engineers (BC-BLA). Born and raised in Chicago, IL, he attended Loyola University’s School of Communications with minors in anthropology and military/naval science. While at Loyola, he was also a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and Sigma Delta Chi, Society for Professional Journalists. He was one of first cadets enrolled in joint Army/Navy ROTC program with Northwestern University.


During his career, William held various positions of leadership and management, including corporate sales, marketing, project, and team/group management, U.S. Naval Sea Cadets Corps, and Commander of the Honor Guard, Knights of Columbus.
He became member of the USCG Auxiliary in late 2005-2006 after constant and consistent recruiting efforts by a couple of Auxiliarists while serving as a Hunter Education Instructor at the Missouri Department of Conservation. They told him the Auxiliary would take very little of his time. He has since served in Flotilla, Division, District and National level billets, completed two AUXOP specialty courses, and qualified as VE, PV, Instructor, Academy Admissions Partner and Public Affairs Specialist III. William has also received the Auxiliary Achievement Medals, and 8WR Auxiliarist of the year awards.
Outside the Auxiliary, William is a multiple champion basketball coach at the Junior High, collegiate intramural levels. He is a member of his church choir and a “Cantor” during the Catholic Mass.
William and his wife Madolena I live in Defiance, Missouri and have three children.
In his “free” time, William is responsible for all beer sales and marketing of Miller Coors products at Scott AFB, Illinois. He is a huge fan of the USCG and USCG Auxiliary and very proud to be a member of the RBS Outreach team.
======Thomas Venezio, BC-BDT======

{{::venezio.png?200 |}}Commodore Venezio ([[tvenezio@me.com|email]]) has served as the Deputy National Commodore – Operations & Atlantic East. Previously, he served as the District Commodore of the First District Southern Region in 2007-2008, District Vice Commodore – Chief of Staff in 2005-2006 and District Rear Commodore – Activities New York – North in 2002-2003.


Commodore Venezio graduated from the State University of New York at Oswego in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science degree and in 1979 from the State University of New York at Albany with a Master of Science degree. He also completed advanced graduate work at North Adams State University in Massachusetts and the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Commodore Venezio recently retired as Vice President of the International Center for Leadership in Education and Executive Director of the Successful Practices Network. He had previously retired in 2005 after 31 years in public education as a teacher, principal and district administrator.
Since joining the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, Commodore Venezio has held every elected position up to Deputy National Commodore. Additionally, he has held appointed positions at every level from Flotilla Staff Officer through District Directorate Officer. Commodore Venezio also served on the Director of Auxiliary’s staff as the District Qualifications Officer. He is an AUXOP member and is qualified as a coxswain, instructor, vessel examiner, and qualifications examiner. He has been active in operations, public education, program visits, and the vessel examination program. Commodore Venezio currently serves as the Chief Qualification Examiner Coordinator for the First District Southern Region, the Division Chief for Instructor Development and the Branch Chief – Boating Liaison Training.
Commodore Venezio’s personal awards include the Auxiliary Legion of Merit, Auxiliary Commendation Award (2), Transportation 9/11 Medal, Auxiliary Achievement Award (2), Auxiliary Commandant’s Letter of Commendation, Auxiliary Sustained Service Award (10), and several unit awards including the Presidential Unit Citation, Secretary’s (DOT) Outstanding Unit Award, Coast Guard Unit Commendation (OPS, 3), Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation (2), Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendation (OPS, 10), and the Special Operations Service Ribbon (2).
======Stephan Reckie, BA-BLYB======
Stephan Reckie ([[sreckie@gmail.com|email]]) serves the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary as the Branch Assistant, Youth Partners (BA-BLYB) of the RBS Outreach Liaison Division. He is a Boat Crew Coxswain, PWC Operator, a qualified Instructor, a Vessel Examiner, and a Program Visitor. He has served as a Flotilla Commander and Vice Flotilla Commander, as well as in staff positions at the Flotilla and Division levels. In addition, he is currently leading PWC patrols of local

areas of operations in the greater Denver area in Colorado.


Mr. Reckie is a seasoned executive leader with over 30 years’ experience in leading-edge high technology companies, ranging in size from sole proprietorship to 15 person overseas startup, 200 person Silicon Valley restartup, and being acquired by a Fortune 500 multinational organization.
Stephan has been highly effective in various professional roles, such as computer hardware and software design, field applications engineering, international sales and channel development, revenue generation, and executive operational management. Stephan is a second generation Russian and a true native New Yorker, he is fluent in 5 languages. He enjoys travelling the world and has flown over 5 million miles. On his off-time, Stephan enjoys cruising on his 47 Jersey Sportfisherman, the Escape, in the Palm Beaches of Florida.
Mr. Reckie is married to Jill, a technical marketing professional and fellow Coast Guard Auxiliarist. They live in Golden Colorado and Stephan is helping Jill raise her three teenagers. When not working on Auxiliary projects, they are both active in the Sea Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America, and also both volunteer for the American Red Cross in the Disaster Action Team. Stephan is a “professional” volunteer for several impactful organizations and an active community leader.
======Richard Risk, DIR-B======

{{::p4-240x300.jpg?200 |}}Dick Risk of South Pasadena, Florida ([[richard.risk@cgauxnet.us|email]]), serves on the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary’s National Staff as director of the Recreational Boating Safety Outreach “B” Directorate (DIR-B).


He previously served as division chief for RBS Outreach Liaison, branch chief for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Liaison (BC-BLA), an assistant district staff officer for publications (ADSO-PB), District 7, as senior editor of the Breeze quarterly magazine, and publications staff officer for his flotilla (FSO-PB).
He holds a bachelor of arts in Radio-Television from Oklahoma State University (distinguished military graduate) and a juris doctorate from the University of Tulsa College of Law (Dean’s Honor Roll, Phi Delta Phi honor society, Tulsa Law Journal), with graduate work at Boston University’s School of Public Communications, TU’s College of Business Administration and in Public Administration at the University of Oklahoma.
In 1981, he was appointed by the Reagan Administration to head the Southwestern Power Administration, a bureau level agency of the U.S. Department of Energy, to market hydroelectricity generated from 26 locks and dams built and operated by the Corps of Engineers in a six-state region. He reported to the undersecretary of the Department of Energy. With the title of administrator, his position in the Senior Executive Service was equivalent in federal rank to a deputy assistant secretary or a three-star military officer (vice admiral). He testified before congressional committees.
Dick had been an active duty U.S. Air Force information staff officer during the Vietnam era, including service as chief of the Public Affairs Editorial Branch of the Strategic Air Command, with headquarters near Omaha, where he produced a weekly press service package that went out worldwide to some 100 base newspaper editors, and made films for internal audiences. In early 1968, while at SAC headquarters, he served as a public affairs duty officer on the command’s underground battle staff that responded simultaneously to the crash in foreign territory of a B-52 carrying a nuclear weapon while deploying additional aircraft to Southeast Asia in answer to the capture of the USN Pueblo by the North Korean military and providing airpower to aid embattled Marine and Army ground troops during the infamous Tet Offensive in Vietnam.
He was the plans and projects branch chief in the Public Affairs directorate of the unified Alaskan Command, writing the public affairs annex to the joint war plan and for field training exercises. He was the operations officer and later commander of the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service network in Thailand (which received the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Combat “V” Device and the Department of Defense Thomas Jefferson Award for best radio documentary); a base information officer overseeing the production of a weekly newspaper (judged first place in the Air Training Command); the task force information officer for the first deployment to Guam of B-52 bombers and KC-135 aerial refueling tankers to the Vietnam conflict in 1965; and in 1968-70 a general’s aide in the 3rd Air Division headquarters on Guam, which directed all bomber and tanker operations in Southeast Asia. He also served tours on Okinawa and in Texas. His decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, and several campaign medals, including the Vietnam Service Medal with four stars, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and National Defense Service Medal.
He worked with the White House advance party when President Nixon pronounced the Guam Doctrine in 1969, and coordinated the worldwide television coverage of the historic 1971 meeting in Alaska between President Nixon and Emperor of Japan Hirohito. When President Nixon spent the night in Anchorage, returning from his historic 1972 trip to China, he escorted the White House press secretary and senior White House correspondents who rode with the president on Air Force One. President Nixon sent him a thank you letter.
In civilian life, he was a public affairs manager for two major energy companies in Tulsa, Oklahoma, including an assignment to handle public relations for a nuclear power construction project at a time when the country was deeply divided and very vocal on this issue. He was also local accreditation chair for the Public Relations Society of America. As a loaned executive, he organized and led a statewide, broad-based nonprofit coalition to advocate energy development, winning national acclaim.
As a community volunteer, he has served in leadership positions of several charitable organizations. Most notably, he formed a foundation to provide financial and mentoring support to Will Rogers High School in Tulsa Oklahoma, a college-preparatory lottery school built in the Great Depression era and named to the National Register of Historic Places. The foundation has donated nearly $100,000 since its formation in 2010.
At age 60, he became an attorney and then initiated a class action against a major insurance company, alleging fraud and racketeering on behalf of nearly 22,000 claimants. The class litigation team that eventually included four law firms successfully negotiated a settlement of $72.5 million. He has published many peer-reviewed articles, has testified before the Internal Revenue Service and is nationally known for his expertise in structured settlements and qualified settlement funds. The University of Tulsa named the Richard B. Risk Practicum Endowment Fund in his honor, and he is in the Will Rogers High School (Tulsa, Oklahoma) Hall of Fame.
Dick has sung in the chorus of 29 operas with Tulsa Opera, a professional company, as well as some musical comedy roles, and has performed with the Kingston Trio. He also wrote for and performed for 25 years in the Tulsa Press Club’s annual political roast, the Gridiron. He enjoys travel, music, genealogy, karaoke, photography and video production. He and his wife, Carroll, have two adult children and two grandchildren. They live along Florida’s Intracoastal Waterway at Boca Ciega Bay, where they own a 31-foot Carver twin diesel cabin cruiser, Flight Risk, and a 25-foot Chaparral powerboat, Risky Business. Dick is boat crew, telecommunications operator, vessel examiner, instructor and public affairs certified.
======Nanellen S. Fuller, DVC-BL======

{{::nan-ellen-fuller.jpg?200 |}}Nan Ellen Fuller of Acworth, GA ([[nesfcgaux@comcast.net|email]]) serves as the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Branch Chief, U.S. Power Squadrons (BC-BLU). Nan Ellen joined the Auxiliary in 2004 and has served in leadership positions as Flotilla Commander and Division Commander as well as various staff positions. She is currently qualified as Boat Crew, Instructor, Watchstander, Telecommunication Operator, Vessel Examiner, and Program Visitor.


Nan Ellen graduated from Stetson University, DeLand FL, with a BBA in General Business Administration. She is a Certified Public Accountant and has a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from Georgia Washington University.
During her professional career, Nan Ellen served over 30 years with the Federal Government. She retired from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). At the IRS, she held various technical, managerial, and leadership positions including Tax Auditor, Revenue Agent, Manager, Taxpayer Advocate, and Senior Tax Analyst.
After enjoying three and a half years of retirement, she rejoined the work force to start a second career with the Georgia Department of Revenue as a Revenue Agent. She is currently working in the Sales and Withholding Tax area for businesses operating in the State of Georgia.
Nan Ellen and her husband Dave Fuller, also an Auxiliarist, have completed the Southern portion of the Great Loop, the circumnavigation of Eastern North America by water, on their boat Tip Sie Waci III. They look forward to completing the Northern portion of the Great Loop as time permits.
In addition to being members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Nan Ellen and Dave are also members of the U.S. Power Squadrons. As the Auxiliary’s National Liaison to the Power Squadrons she hopes to promote Recreational Boating Safety (RBS) by encouraging collaboration between the organizations in RBS activities.
======Bob Myers, DIR-Bd======
{{::bob-myers.jpg?200 |}}Bob Myers, ([[robert.myers@cgauxnet.us|email]]) serves the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary as the Deputy Director for Recreational Safe Boating Outreach. While a long-time Special Representative for a major NJ property and casualty insurance company located in West Trenton, Bob joined the Auxiliary in 1985. He soon was appointed to the national staff as the Branch Chief, Sailing and Seamanship in the Education Department. In 1989, he was appointed as the Department Chief-Education and served in that capacity until 1996. Bob was then appointed as a Special Project Officer (N-P) by the National Commodore. He later served as a member, then as the long-term Chair of the NACO’s Long Range Planning and Analysis Committee (N-L) until the committee was disbanded in 2006. In 2002, Bob was appointed to serve along with Capt Bill Griswold, USCG Ret. as one of the two Auxiliary appointees to the United Safe Boating Institute www.usbi.org, an umbrella organization of safe boating organizations. He later was elected President of USBI, served in that office for two years, and retired from USBI in 2011.
Bob had been the Administrative Assistant (D-AA) to the District Commodore of the Fifth Northern Auxiliary District from 2001 until 2015. Bob is an AUXOP member of Flotillla 16-05 (05NR).
During his Auxiliary “career”, Bob has earned the following significant awards: the Auxiliary Distinguished Service Award, four Commendation Medals, three Auxiliary Achievement Medals, three Meritorious Team Commendations and four Sustained Service Awards.
Active in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve from 1964-1970, Bob and his wife Kathie of 48 years lived for many years in Point Pleasant, NJ. He moved to Apex, NC in 2015 to be closer to family after the passing of his wife in 2014. He has two daughters and four grandchildren. Bob has now retired from sailing, but in the past sailed boats, ranging from a 14’ Hobie Cat to an O’Day 25, primarily in Barnegat Bay, NJ.
======Bruce C. Johnson, BA-BLYA======

{{::bjohnson150.jpg |}}Bruce Johnson, MA, MSLS ([[glamorgan30@gmail.com|email]]), serves the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary as a Youth Partners Branch Assistant. He also currently serves as District Captain for Sector Maryland – National Capital Region and is a Past Director for Recreational Boating Safety Affairs. He is a Boat Crew Coxswain, an Operations Mentor, a qualified Instructor, a Marine Safety and Environmental Protection Specialist, a Vessel Examiner, a Commercial Fishing Vessel Examiner, an Uninspected Passenger Vessel Examiner, and an Aids to Navigation Verifier. He has previously served as a Flotilla Commander, Vice Division Captain, and Division Commander, as well as serving in staff positions at the Flotilla, Division, and District levels.


Mr. Johnson is a 32-year veteran of the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. He has held a variety of management and team leadership positions, and is the principal developer of Cataloger’s Desktop, an online documentation tool used worldwide by professional catalogers and library automation specialists.
Mr. Johnson is a recognized leader in his profession, having taught at the School of Library and Information Science of Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He is also a Past President of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association. Mr. Johnson has a number of published journal articles to his credit, and is much in demand as a speaker on information organization and retrieval.
Mr. Johnson is married to Holly, a library manager and fellow Coast Guard Auxiliarist. They live in Columbia Maryland and have two grown children. When not working on Auxiliary projects, they are both active in the Sea Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America, and cruise the central Chesapeake Bay on their Catalina 30 sailboat, Glamorgan.
======David M. Fuller, BC-BLO======

{{::fuller-d-213x300.jpg?200 |}}Dave Fuller ([[david.fuller@cgauxnet.us|email]]) currently serves as Branch Chief – Operations Partners in the Liaison Division of Recreational Boating Safety Outreach Directorate. He also serves as the Division Chief for Course Development in the Education Directorate. In his RBS Liaison role, he is responsible for establishing and cultivating relationships with the US Power Squadrons that will facilitate increased cooperation and collaboration between our organizations. Dave and his wife, Nan Ellen Fuller, are dual members with the US Power Squadrons and Auxiliary. In his Course Development role with the Education Directorate, his team creates new products for Public Education along with promotion of those products as they did with the 2017 PE Workshop.


He is originally from Indianapolis and grew up in the shadow of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. During the late 1970s and early 1980s, he and his partners owned and raced Funny Cars. While still in high school in 1972, he joined Nationwise Auto Parts working part time and learned the retail auto parts business from the ground up. He started out in the retail stores and gradually worked his way up through the ranks to manage first one store, then several. They promoted him from Operations to Human Resources and Recruiting/Training/New Markets as they expanded and opened new markets. With responsibility for expansion into the Southeast US, he relocated to Atlanta in 1986. It was there that he met Nan Ellen and they were married approximately a year later.
His work responsibilities included recruiting, training, and initiating operations as they opened dozens more retail stores in Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. He was fortunate to have great mentors and formed many of his business philosophies during his 21 years at Nationwise. Eventually, the opportunity arose to work with AutoZone as several AutoZone executives were former Nationwise co-workers and they recruited him for their team. His responsibilities there were similar as they opened new markets and trained new employees in formal classroom settings. He retired from AutoZone in December 1998.
Dave joined the Auxiliary in 2002 after being recruited at the Atlanta Boat Show public affairs booth by a fellow ham radio operator (also an Auxiliarist) who said they needed Watchstanders. He had the skills and it fit nicely with his love of boating. After he joined, he found that there was much more to the Auxiliary than just standing watch. He set to work with member training to learn about our different programs and quickly advanced through the ranks of leadership with several flotilla and division staff and leadership positions. Eventually, he ascended to district level where he served as DDC-P, DCAPT-North Area, and DDAA, (Deputy Director for Administrative Assistants) a position created by District 7 DIRAUX to train and supervise the 27 Auxiliarists serving DIRAUX with administrative responsibilities.
He has taken every Coast Guard and Auxiliary leadership training opportunity that was available to him including Flotilla Leadership, Commandant’s Performance Excellence Course (CPEC), AUXLAMS, and AMLOC (DCDR and DCAPT versions). His significant Auxiliary awards include ACM, AAM, ACLOC, RBS Specialist Award, Auxiliary Membership Service Award, Operations Service Awards, PE Service Awards, Auxiliary Sustained Service Awards, VE/MDV Service Award, CG Meritorious Team Commendations, CG Unit Commendations, Presidential Unit Citation, and Transportation 9-11 Ribbon. His current qualifications include AUXOP, Coxswain, Vessel Examiner, RBS Visitor, Instructor, AUXTCT (Auxiliary TCT Facilitator), TCTFAC (legacy CG TCT Facilitator), TCO, and Watchstander.
He remains very active and current as a Coxswain, Vessel Examiner, RBS Visitor, Instructor, TCT Facilitator, Watchstander, and has a boat offered for use for patrols. He has volunteered over 25,000 hours of service in his Auxiliary career.
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