Vice Commodore,
Laurie F. Sattler

Laurie is a retired US Army Colonel who served over 24 years on active duty and is also a retired Federal employee that served over 10 years with the US Army Corps of Engineers. Laurie holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and two Masters Degrees; a Master of Science in Logistics Management from the Florida Institute of Technology and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the US Air Force War College. During her active Army career she served in various command and staff assignments at locations around the world that included Germany directly following the fall of the Berlin Wall and German reunification, two tours in South Korea, and deployments to Egypt and the Middle East where she commanded a Logistics Support Brigade that deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Laurie retired from active duty in 2006. She then entered Federal Civil Service in 2008 with the US Army Corps of Engineers where she served as a Senior Program Manager during Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts in Brooklyn, NY, and as a Senior Project Manager working to complete the deepening of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP) in Savannah, GA. Laurie retired from Federal service in July 2018.

Secretary, Pam Gerardi

Pam relocated to The Landings in 2012 from Poughkeepsie, New York.  Although she misses the snow and beautiful autumn season in the Hudson Valley, she loves all that Skidaway Island and the surrounding area have to offer.  She loves reading, knitting, crocheting, biking and boating.  The Carefree Boat Club introduced her to Savannah’s waterways and the ‘role’ of Captain!  She credits SIBC for many wonderful friendships she has made among the boating community here on Skidaway Island.  You’ll often hear her say, “A bad day on the water can be better than a good day on land—if you bring a raincoat.”

Treasurer, John Gerardi

Boating for 55 years, boat owner for 45 years. Formerly member of the Chelsea Yacht Club (NY). Currently member of Carefree Boat Club. Professionally a computer designer and manager with IBM for 30 years. Also a self employed home inspector for 25 years and a national director of the American Society of Home Inspectors. Currently the district coordinator for AARP Taxaide (volunteers preparing taxes).


Directors at Large:

Brian Burtnik

Brian was raised in New York and learned to sail on a Sunfish in Long Island Sound. He and his wife both raced round the buoys and long distance in the Northeast. Skidaway Island has been home since 2014. He is a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, Tallow Terrors, and the Board of Directors for the Landings Sailing Club and served on the Hook Race Committee. In addition to sailing Brian enjoys biking, bowling, bocce, hiking fishing & pickle ball.  He is committed to actively growing the community of people interested in saltwater recreation.


  Steve Hernandez

Steve has been a boater for most of his adult life and has traded his time on the water between sailing and motoring on Long Island Sound and is now a proud member, along with his wife June, of both the SIBC and the Carefree Boat Club here on Skidaway Island.  Steve and June came to the beauty of Skidaway in 2017 after living in Westchester County, NY, for many decades. Professionally, Steve worked as an educator, school administrator, and university professor for over forty years.

Hugh Upton

Hugh has been boating/sailing for 56 years on a variety of crafts.  Hugh was 15 when his father introduced him to boating after purchasing a 32 foot Chris Craft Cabin Cruiser.  The family boated in San Francisco Harbor and the Sacramento Delta for many years.  In 2009, Hugh received his Bareboat Certification from the US Sailing Association and sailed in San Francisco Bay, along the California Coast, in San Diego, Catalina, the Channel Islands, French Polynesia and the Caribbean.  He is currently an active member of SIBC and the Carefree Boat Club and at The Landings. Hugh is a Mechanical and Nuclear Engineer and worked at General Electric Nuclear for 39 years ending his career managing the licensing of Advanced Boiling Water Reactors for GE Nuclear.  In his early years after graduating from the University of Colorado in 1972, he was commissioned in the Naval Reserves as an Ensign and served as Navigator on Nuclear Submarines during the Vietnam War.  He served in the reserves for 14 years and was honorably discharged as a Lieutenant in 1984.  Hugh retired in 2017, moved to Savannah, GA and currently resides at The Landings with his wife Charlene.


 Lee Carroll

Lee has been a boater for 60 years and a boat owner for over 48 years. He is the first elected Commodore of Skidaway Island Boating Club beginning January, 2016. Lee took over steerage duties in mid-2015 . Lee has an incredible boating background and leadership resume including memberships in The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, serving as House Committee Social Chairman, Changhi Sailing Club (Singapore), Manila Yacht Club, serving on the Race Committee, the Miles River Yacht Club (MD), and the Sandy Hook Yacht Club, (NJ) and others.  Professionally, Lee has been CEO of a container shipping company and of a container terminal in Hong Kong.  He has been integral to the formation of the club as our second Founding Director and our first elected Commodore.