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BIOGRAPHIES OF Officers and Directors for 2021

Commodore - Judy Furman

Judy Furman has been with SYC since 2015 and started with the Social Committee working the Pier BBQs at the Check-In Table, then finding volunteers to staff both Check-In and the Bar, took sailing lessons and joined Thursday Night Sailing. In 2017, she became a Board member and co-author of the 2017 Members Survey. In 2018, she worked on the Membership Committee and the Sailing Committee where she took over the recruitment for the Youth Water Sports Program utilizing the school districts, Boys & Girls Club, CPY and the SYC members. Judy was a Host for YWS and worked on Event Decoration.

2019 as the Vice-Commodore was a whirlwind of activity…coming up with event ideas, decorations, wine, music, food, seating, working with our valuable decoration mavens and with the Beach Club for dates and rsvps for each event.  Judy served as Commodore in 2020, and seeks re-election to this position in 2021.

Prior to SYC, Judy spent many years in Special Events/ Fundraising for a regional Theatre and Human Resources Director in the retail industry nationwide. She relocated to Carmel-by-the-Sea in 2000.

Judy has a B.A. from Santa Clara University.

Vice Commodore - Peter Hanlon

Peter Hanlon has been President and CEO of Hanlon Trading Company since 2000. In his role Peter brokers, oversees, and manages up to twenty feed ingredients on a regular basis. Peter served as President of the California Grain and Feed Association in 2013/14 and has been an active board member of the Association since 2009. In his career, Peter has been San Joaquin Valley Branch manager for the Wilbur-Ellis Company/Animal Feed Division from 1994 to 2000. Prior to his role in management, he was a key trader/salesman for Imperial Western Products both in the San Joaquin Valley and in the Mid South. Peter graduated from University of California at Davis with a degree in Rhetoric and an emphasis in Agricultural Economics.

Growing up in San Diego with experience in Sabots and power boats, Peter has been an active member of SYC since 2016.  Serving on the Membership Committee and Board of Directors since 2017, he assumed the role of Rear Commodore in 2019 and 2020, Peter requests your vote for Vice-Commodore for 2021.

Peter holds the Basic Keel Certification and is working on his certifications for Coastal Cruising and Bareboat Cruising.

Rear Commodore - Dr. Robert Superko

Robert Superko was born at the US Navy Hospital in Bethesda Maryland and followed his father (US Navy Captain) every two years as his father moved from duty station to duty station.  Several tours of duty were centered in Coronado California where he learned to sail at the Coronado Yacht Club. His education included UC San Diego, State University of New York-Stony Brook, and UC Davis.

As a research cardiologist, with a focus on genetics, he has held positions at Stanford University, University of California and Atlanta Georgia. He has authored 323 scientific/medical manuscripts including 20 medical text book chapters. He is a Fellow of the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, and the American Association of Preventive Cardiology.

He met his lovely wife, Brenda, in Atlanta and between them they have 4 adult sons.  Currently, through a non-profit organization, their professional focus is on a community Firefighter and Police heart disease and COVID-19 avoidance program.  He is a physician member at the Prima Heart Clinic in Monterey.  He is an enthusiastic sailor and a student of Charlie Kurtmen, holding American Sailing Association certifications ASA 101, ASA 103, and ASA 104.

Brenda and Robert have participated in multiple SYC activities since joining over 4 years ago, including serving as a member of the board of directors, the lobster fest, multiple pier parties, Thursday night sailing races, helping on the pier and SUBA diving at Stillwater Cove. Our lives have been enriched by the many friends and sailing opportunities being part of the SYC has awarded us.  After 2 years serving on SYC’s Board of Directors, Robert now seeks your vote for Rear Commodore for 2021 

Staff Commodore - Denise Foderaro

Denise Foderaro was our 2019 Commodore and is Staff Commodore for the 2021 election slate. She served as Vice Commodore in 2018 and as a Board Director in 2017.  Since 2015 she has served on several SYC committees including: Membership, the Cove’er, The Directory, Social/ Decorating, Photography,  and the Sailing and Safety Committees. She is currently pursuing her ASA basic keel certification.

Denise resides in Pebble Beach with her husband and has been a member of the Beach Club for 20 years. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Pennsylvania in 1978 and specialized in the rehabilitation of physical disabilities, including stroke and cardiovascular rehabilitation.  Retired now, she was also a certified hand therapist.

She currently serves on two Advisory Boards (The National Registry of Exonerations, and the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice) and is currently serving a second term on the Board of the Innocence Project in New York.

She enjoys marathoning, spinning, Theater, kayaking ,  motor boating/ sailing and decorative arts.  She has a daughter who works as a teacher and a son in law who is a Captain and Aviator in the US Marine Corps.

Secretary - Joan Wood

Joan is a retired teacher. She and her husband, past commodore Parker Wood, live with their two cats in Corral de Tierra.   Joan and Parker met while sailing as crew on the boat of a mutual friend and for many years campaigned their Mercury sailboat in SYC fleet races.  No longer an active competitor, Joan continues to support SYC by serving on the Race Committee for annual events such as the Santanarama and the Mercury Labor Day Regatta.

Joanie has served as SYC Secretary in 2020, and seeks re-election to this position in 2021.

Treasurer - John Pfeiffer

John Pfeiffer has been an SYC Member for 10+ years , and a Board Director for  8 years. He served as Vice Commodore in 2014, Commodore in 2015 and Staff Commodore in 2016.  He has served on SYC’s Sailing and Safety Committees, the Social Committee  and spearheads all SYC Merchandising.

He brings a wealth of experience to the position as Treasurer: He is a US Naval Academy (USNA) graduate and received his Master of Sciences in Information Systems in 1982 and his MBA  in Financial Management in 1984. He has held positions of Certified Financial Planner and CA Real estate broker 1986-90; and has assumed the position of Treasurer for Independent Insurance Brokerage ( 1984-90);  and Treasurer of Laguna Seca Home Owners Association  (1986-96 and 2017- present). He has been a member of The Sports Car Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP) for 30 years and has served in multiple roles on the BOD, including Treasurer in 2020.  He seek re-election to this position for 2021.

He is well versed in Sea and Air motorized vehicles:  he is a private pilot (single engine land) and an amateur race car driver. He has lengthy sailing experience as a Dinghy sailor (1943), and qualified (1960 USNA) as crew on 24’ Sloop  and (1962 USNA) on 44’ Yawls, operating power boats (1953-present) and is currently a member of SYCs Sailing Academy.  John’s naval  experience also includes service on US Warships: 5 Destroyers/DEs, 3 Cruisers and 1 Minesweeper.

John enjoys many water sports given his history at USNA as a varsity swimmer and Water Polo goalie.  John also plays competitive tennis.  He and his wife Pam  enjoy and participate in many SYC social events.

Port Captain - Charlie Kurtmen

Charlie Kurtmen, Past SYC Commodore (1997), has served as Port Captain for SYC for decades and as an SYC Board Member for equally as long.

Over the years, he has served on the Sailing and Safety Committee, the Youth Sailing and Thursday Night Adult Sailing Committees, Regatta Race Committee, Finance Committee and Strategic Planning Committees.

He started sailing as a boy on a 8’ wooden sail boat in Istanbul, Turkey. He immigrated to the US and served in the US Army, later settling in Fresno and pursuing real estate. He graduated from Fresno State with a graduate degree in Art History, and a prior degree in French.

He has owned many boats over the years, both motorized and sail boats.

He supervises all mooring installation and maintenance, the hiring of sailing instructors and Harbor Masters, fleet maintenance and storage and all Pier activity. He is a certified ASA Sailing Instructor (levels 101-210) and is certified as a Merchant Mariner Captain.

He has won many a Santanarama. He loves fishing, a nice wine and enjoys participating in SYC Social events.

Fleet Captain - Dick Clark

Dick Clark, SYC’s Past Commodore of  1988 has served as Fleet Captain and Board Director for SYC for just as long. He has the distinction of being SYC’s longest standing member having joined in 1963.  His list of sailing accomplishments is legendary! He is a six-time Mercury Class Champion, a five-time Veeder Cup Champion, four-time Morse Cup , and two-time Shields Champion.  He is our current Regatta Chairman and has performed in this capacity for SYC for years.  This year he hosted and chaired 4 Regattas for us: the Commodore’s Regatta, Santanarama and Shields Regattas and our Labor Day (Mercury class) Regatta.

Dick grew up here, served in the Navy, and returned to this area to pursue a career in real estate.  He and his wife Judy enjoy a life long passion for sailing and you will find them both at SYC social events, at Regattas in the Race Committee boat and around the fitness pool. 

Webmaster - LeBon Abercrombie

Born and raised in Visalia, CA, Abercrombie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech and drama from Stanford University in 1965.  He then served for five years in the U. S. Navy Supply Corps, and received an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration in 1972.

He worked at Dairyman’s Cooperative Creamery Association until 1974, when he joined System Integrators Inc, a supplier of computerized text editing and typesetting systems for the newspaper industry, where he served as Vice-President and General Manager until 1980, and remained a director of the company until its sale in 1988.

Abercrombie retired in 2008 from Pappas Telecasting Companies, where he was Senior Executive Vice-President/ Planning & Development. Prior to this, he was General Manager of KMPH TV, Fresno, from 1987 to 1992.

He currently is also the webmaster for Del Monte Forest Property Owners, and is Treasurer/Webmaster of the Stillwater Club. He has served on the Stillwater Yacht Club board as Webmaster since 2011.  He is a licensed pilot (single & multi engine land, instrument rated).  He and his wife, Mary Jane, have two grown children, and reside in Pebble Beach.

Director - Alan Bienenfeld

Birthplace: Beautiful Downtown Burbank, California

Profession: Custom Fine Jewelry Designer / Manufacturer. My wife Barbara and I ran our fine jewelry store in Carmel for almost 45 years!

Education: BA - Major: 3D Art and Education. Minor: Science and Architecture.

SYC Board Memberships: This year only.

Member of the Beach Club Since 1982 and SYC since 2017.

Sailing experience: Around 100 hours in Southern California, mainly to catch Bonito on fly rods! I am a lifetime boater and fisherman.

Added skills / awards relevant to SYC: Just ask, I can do just about anything mechanical!

Hobbies / Interests: I love all types of fishing, restoration of antiques, gardening, general problem solving (this includes being a full time husband, son, father, grandfather, and Sheltie lover).

Director - Bill Cash

Bill Cash, his wife, Lisa, and their two sons, Graham and Elliot have been active members of Stillwater Yacht Club since 2014 and have been members of the Beach and Tennis Club since 2007 while still living in Southern California. Before deciding to make Pebble Beach their permanent home in 2013, the Cash family took every opportunity to visit the Monterey Peninsula to enjoy long weekends and summer vacations. During these visits, the Cash boys began their love of sailing as campers in the SYC Youth Sailing program, where they grew over the years to become camp volunteers and eventually capable sailors and sailing instructors.

Once SYC members, the Cash family was hooked and embraced most every opportunity offered including; sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding and attending Pier BBQ’s and many of the social events. Additionally, Lisa has enjoyed volunteering on the Social Committee and meeting many members while checking them in for Pier BBQ’s. Bill is ASA certified and is currently working on the next level of sailing certifications thanks to Charlie Kurtmen. Bill, originally a Carmel native, spent many summers at the Beach and Tennis Club and sailing in Stillwater Cove, and has enjoyed sharing his passion of the area with his family.

Bill has had a 28-year career in commercial advertising as a photographer and director working with advertising agencies to bring their concepts to life.  Bills’ specialty is automotive advertising and he has collaborated and launched national automotive campaigns for many brands.  Throughout his career, Bill has been featured in numerous advertising publications.

SYC has become a wonderful connection and has meant so much to the Cash family, and Bill is ready and willing to serve to be able to give-back and help to enhance the SYC experience.

Director - Michael Jones

Michael was born and raised in Tom Bean, Texas, a small farm and ranch community 60 miles north of Dallas. Two weeks after graduating from high school, he entered college and earned a BS in Economics in 3 years and later received an MBA from The University of Dallas.  Began his career in Banking, but, after 2 armed robberies in 3 months, decided a “course correction” was in order. Thus, a 40 year career in the Telecommunications industry ensued where he held roles in many disciplines including finance, strategy, customer service, marketing, and sales. The last 15 years were spent leading multi-national organizations as an Executive Vice President & General Manager for 3 different foreign based firms.

Michael was introduced to sailing in the 70’s. As the years passed, sailing became more and more of a passion. An ASA certified sailor, he has chartered and personally captained 45’ - 55’ sailboats in the British Virgin Islands several times. Having owned a couple of used boats, he bought a new Hunter 33 in 2006 and sailed it regularly until selling it in 2016.

Charitable organizations have also been a continual part of his life and he has served on several advisory boards.

Retired in 2015 and moved to the Monterey Peninsula full time in 2017. Michael and his wife, Lynsey, reside in Carmel.

Director - Kevin Larkin

Kevin Larkin grew up in Santa Cruz. He spent much of his early life at the harbor where he sailed and lived on boats.  Kevin and Debbie have been married for over forty years. They spent their honeymoon sailing an Irwin 37 in the Caribbean.

He and Debbie moved their family from Santa Cruz to Pebble Beach in 2003. They joined the Beach Club 2006, so they could be members of Stillwater Yacht Club.

Kevin later served as a director on the SYC board and was Chaplain. During those years, Kevin was tutored by Captain Charlie Kurtmen and achieved his ASA Sailing certifications for ASA101, ASA103 and ASA 104.

Kevin and Debbie have 4 kids and eight grandchildren. They all enjoy and love Pebble Beach, the Beach Club and Stillwater Yacht Club.  He and his family have enjoyed water sports including wake boarding, water skiing, wind surfing and scuba diving and sailing. Other hobbies include aviation, skiing, motorcycling , classic cars and enjoying where we live.

Kevin has enjoyed many classic and exotic cars. One of his cars had the privilege of showing at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours de Elegance.  He sponsored a BMW Race car in the America Lemans series across the United States .  This inspired him to get his racing license at Laguna Seca and start recreational racing with Porsches.

Kevin has started two successful electronics Companies, one of which he is still acting CEO. During his career in business he has been awarded over twenty patents. His company’s products have been standardized by Nasa, the FAA and many Fortune 1000 companies.  

Kevin has served on his Church Leadership Team at Shoreline Church and has served as a Board Member of Monte Vista Christian School in Watsonville. He and Debbie have been involved with many non-profit organizations that focus on helping people worldwide.  

He and Debbie sail on Dream Catcher, a Hunter 36 to keep their sailing skills current.  Kevin is excited about the future of SYC and serving on its board.

Director - Tom Duffy

Tom was born Jacksonville, Florida in 1949. Raised in rural Alabama, he did his college work at Dartmouth College and Stanford University as an undergraduate, with a bachelor’s degree from Stanford, 1971. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia 1971-1972, working to eradicate smallpox. Tom then attended USC Law School (where he was selected for law review), and then Boalt Hall (Univ. of California at Berkeley) Law School, graduating in 1975 (where he was a member of the Industrial Relations Law Quarterly).

He was a practicing attorney for 44 years with an emphasis on commercial litigation matters, and retired in 2019. He is now a professional mediator concentrating on business and real estate disputes. , Tom is a member (inactive) of the United States Supreme Court Bar Association, California Bar Association, Monterey County Bar Association, and Santa Clara County Bar Association.

Tom has been a member of SYC from 1978 to present, has been on the Board of Directors of SYC for many years, and has twice served as past Commodore. He is also a member of St. Francis YC, and is a past member and a director of Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club.

Tom is married to Wendy Duffy, who grew up sailing on El Toros in Stillwater Cove, and whose family have been SYC members since its inception.

For the last several decades, Tom and Wendy actively campaigned a number of Mercury racing sloops, the most recent of which (“Tomfoolery”) left the Duffy fleet in 2018. Tom and Wendy also owned and raced a Santana 22 in Monterey for many years, and have crewed and raced on various boats in Monterey and in the San Francisco Bay, including Mercurys, Shields, and Santa Cruz 50’s. They have frequently chartered bareboats in the BVI, and especially look forward to teaching their two granddaughters to sail in Stillwater Cove.

Tom’s non-sailing interests include a nonpaid career as a ski patroller and avalanche instructor at Bear Valley with the National Ski Patrol. He was the National Ski Patrol’s divisional avalanche supervisor for many years, and received an NSP National award in 2004 for service and leadership.

Tom’s SYC interests are focused on the Sailing Committee and getting more SYC members out on the water.  He is running for another 3-year term as a Director in 2021.

Director - Bruce Fairbanks

Bruce has owned a home in Carmel for 25 years. His career has been in financial management of healthcare systems including CFO at University of Mississippi Medical Center, UT Southwestern Dallas Medical Center and UC Davis Medical Center. 

In his retirement he will be a lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey.  He is a supporter of The Marine Mammal Center and the need to protect our oceans. 

A fifteen year member of the Beach Club he is a fixture in the hot tub, a regular on the golf course, and always one of the last to leave the dance floor at SYC.  Bruce was elected to a 3-year Board term in 2020 and currently serves on the Finance Committee.

Director - Bruce Graham

Birthplace: Carmel, California 1958

Profession: Luxury yacht captain, including management, consulting, maintenance, & deliveries

Education: Graduate of Carmel High School 1977 Monterey Peninsula College 1981

Certificates: International. S.O.L.A.S (Safety of Life at Sea) – Cat I United States Coast Guard, Cat II EMT Certificate, Emergency Rescue at Sea Certificate, Cat II Lloyds of London, Certificate of Celestial Navigation

Hobbies: Aviation, automobiles & motorcycles, wine, local history, enjoying life


Bruce started sailing at Stillwater Cove in 1968. His forty years of professional experience in yacht deliveries consists of numerous coastal and international destinations. International deliveries include the Caribbean, Central America, Canada, and Mexico. Transpacific deliveries range the South Pacific Islands and Hawaii with final conveyance to various points on the West Coast. His current log of waters crossed is over 150,000 miles. Sailing and power yachts that he has delivered include both luxury cruising and racing categories with lengths from 40 to 115 feet. Bruce has also participated in numerous international races which involved the designing, constructing, and commissioning of many well-known racing yachts. Additionally, Bruce has been involved with the management and restoration of numerous privately-owned yachts.

He has been a SYC Board Member since 2014.  Bruce serves a Harbormaster, assists with Pier and Boat Maintenance and has an interest in developing SYC's Historical Archives.  He is running for another term as Director in 2021.

Director - Paul Hoffman

Born August 22, 1950 in Bronxville, NY, a suburb 30 minutes north of Manhattan.  Attended Catholic grammar school, high school, and college.  Graduated with a BS in Finance from Fairfield (CT) University (1972).  Paid my way through school by working various jobs at Winged Foot Golf Club – caddy, pro shop, car valet, etc.

Started my career as a stock broker on Wall Street but got lured into the computer field, working for companies such as IBM, Oracle, and Informatica.  Retired in 2013 and relocated from Atherton (CA) to Pebble Beach.

Board activities: Monterey Symphony Board (2014-2017), Carmel Mission Finance Committee, SPCA for Monterey, Chartwell School, Montage Health Foundation, Stillwater Club

Active Lay Minister at Carmel Mission Basilica: Eucharistic Minister, Lector and Usher. Also a member of the choir.  Provisional in Order of Malta focused on the sick and the poor (activities include two pilgrimages to Lourdes, feeding the homeless, caring for the elderly, sick, and imprisoned).

Member of the Beach & Tennis Club, Monterey Peninsula CC, and the Stillwater Club.

Married my wife, Marianne, on May 10th, 1980. She passed away on September 11th, 2017.

Served on SYC’s Membership Committee in 2017 and on the Social Committee for “Round Up” in 2018.  Paul was elected to a 3-year term in the Board in 2020.  He currently serves on the Finance Committee.

Director - Sharla Klingel

Sharla Klingel has been a Member of SYC since 2016, along with her husband, Martin, and two children. In that time, she and Martin have honed their sailing skills, become ASA-certified by our own Captain Charlie Kurtmen, and have registered their young children in our sailing program every summer. Sharla and her family became full-time residents of Carmel in 2019, having moved across the country from Virginia, and they are excited to be spending even more time in and around the water.

Sharla grew up in a northern Virginia suburb of Washington, DC and graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Foreign Affairs in 2000. She received her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2004.

Sharla has significant training and experience related to nonprofit board work, including a six-week training course at the Center for Nonprofit Excellence in Charlottesville, VA, where her course work covered board service and nonprofit governance (including use of committees, strategic planning, board recruitment, development and evaluation, fundraising, and finance). For three years, she taught the Nonprofit Clinic at the University of Virginia School of Law, lecturing on all aspects of nonprofit law, state corporation requirements, and nonprofit best practices. Other legal experience includes almost a decade at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP in Washington, DC (first as a full-time associate, later as a contract attorney), where she focused on commercial real estate transactions.

In addition, Sharla has worked and volunteered in a variety of civic and service agencies, including representing children as a Court Appointed Special Advocate and as a Guardian Ad Litem for children. She served on the board of directors of Child Health Partnership for over five years, including two years as Board Chair.

Sharla currently serves on the board of directors of the Monterey County Women Lawyers Association, and is Co-Chair of their Programs Committee. Sharla’s service on the SYC board includes her role as Editor-in-Chief of the Cove’er newsletter and membership on the Policies, Bylaws, Social, Membership, and Sailing Committees.

Director - Sherif Michael

Sherif Michael is a Past Commodore (2016) and has been an active Board member of SYC for many years.  Re-elected in 2020, Sherif will serve the second year of his 3-year term in 2021. 

He is a competitive sailor, chartering a Shields boat to hone his racing skills. He belongs to the SYC Sailing Academy and owned a Columbia 25. 

He is no stranger to the water- he is an avid Skin/Scuba Diver and spear fisherman. He has served on a myriad of SYC committees, including Membership, the Directory and is a back up technical resource for all things electrical such as web issues, security and mechanics at the pier.

Sherif is a former pilot, and a world traveler. He lives with his wife Barbara and is the proud Dad of Mark Michael who under his Dad’s tutelage has become an accomplished racing sailor, an SYC sailing instructor, and recent Harbor Master .

Sherif grew up in Cairo, Egypt. He holds masters degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and University of Virginia  in electrical and industrial engineering and a PHD from University of Virginia in Electrical Engineering. He has authored over 100 technical articles in professional journals. Currently, he is a professor of electrical engineering at the Naval Postgraduate School specializing in integrated circuit designs, radiation effects, space craft design, solar cells and renewable energy.  His involvement in professional organizations  and service on corresponding Boards are many.

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