Who We Are

EYSF Leadership

John Gemperline
President

Mr. Gemperline has been a member of the EYSF board since 2011, has been the Vice President since 2013, and chairs the information Technology Sub-Committee. Mr. Gemperline has been sailing recreationally and competitively since his childhood and is active in racing circuit as crew on various keel boats and in the Jet 14 Fleet. He has been involved with junior sailing since 2002. He served as the Chairman of the I-LYA Junior Sailing Traveler Series from 2004-2006. He has been involved with Edgewater Yacht Club’s junior sailing program since 2002. During that time he was the coach in 2008, head of coaching in 2009, vice chairman in 2010 and chairman in 2011. He was the event organizer for the Cleveland Race Week Junior Regatta from 2006 through 2012, the largest junior event in I-LYA with over 175 participants. He has also been the event organizer for the Optimist Great Lakes Championship and helped promote junior sailing by organizing regional team racing clinics and bringing in nationally recognized sailors to the Cleveland area as speakers and presenters.
Professionally, Mr. Gemperline has been CEO of Jobbers Automotive, LLC since 1989. The organization is a co-op of New Car Dealerships in the northern Ohio market. Mr. Gemperline also sits on an advisory board to General Motors regarding the Customer Car and Aftermarket division.

Alan Gilbertson
Director

Alan Gilbertson is a founding director of the foundation and has worked in video production for 33 years. Alan is an active supporter of I-LYA Junior Sailing having served as Chair of the Junior Sailing Committee as well as the EYC Junior Representative. He is currently serving the foundation as its Webslave.

Kent Kristensen
Director

Kent joined the Foundation Board in 2010 and served as its President. Born in Denmark he is a competitive sailor racing his Antrim 27 on the Great Lakes. His sons are Optimist dinghy racers with the LEO Racing team (Lake Erie Opti Racing) competing in national USODA events. His professional career has focused on technology and business development, starting, growing, turning around and exiting businesses around the world. He has served in senior executive leadership roles with several successful companies. Now, as the Managing Director of an International Management Consulting firm, he works extensively with venture capital, private equity and M&A so he is experienced with fundraising, awards and responsible service delivery. He has also guided many emerging companies in commercializing novel technologies into global markets. Kent serves on the Boards of several other companies and organizations. He is a volunteer representing the sailing community at the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and he is a board advisor to a local Port Authority.

Harvey Peterson
Director

Harvey has been on the EYSF Board of Directors since the Fall of 2013.
He considers himself more of a cruising sailor and tries to spend as much time as possible on the Oday30
“Champagne and Ripple”. “Champagne & Ripple” has also been known from time to time to venture
forth onto the race course throughout the Summer in order to keep her racing spirit alive. He and his wife
Lisa have a 7 yr old girl and a 9 yr old boy whom both enjoy their regular family sailing excursions
(at least he thinks they do…). It is his familys growing interest in both the merits and sport of sailing that has brought him to the EYSF Foundation. He fully believes that this organization’s purpose, to promote to our youth the sport of sailing and of safe boating, can truly make a difference in the lives of our next
generation of boaters.

Nena Moran
Director

My involvement and passion with sailing started over 30 years ago, however the most fulfilling has been in the last few years. I am honored to have been asked to oversee Edgewater Yacht Clubs premier youth learn to sail program; Sail Camp 2012, 2013, and 2014. With this Chairman position comes a Director position for EYSF for the third year running.
I have sailboat raced competitively for 20 years including club races, NCWS and Mac race which is how I became involved in Edgewater Yacht Club race team. I have been on the race team parent committee for 7 years and a child advocate for 18 years.
The race experience Ive acquired involved me in Cleveland Race Week as co Chairman and Chairman of the junior Regatta of nearly 200 youth competitors for the last three years. As our youth sailors became solid regional competitors Edgewater Yacht Club hosted regional regattas.
This natural progression put me on the Committees for both USODA Midwest Optimist Championship and USODA Great Lakes Opti Championship hosted by Edgewater Yacht Club.
My travels most recently have found me in south Florida, working at the Orange Bowl International Youth regatta in Miami at Coral Reef Yacht Club as both Facebook page administrator and registration committee. The second opportunity to work at Coral Reef Yacht Club, (a premier club promoting youth sailing and home of Rolex Sailor of the year Augie Diaz ) was Spring Fling Regatta 2014. This is their biggest fundraiser of the year raising the bulk of their funding for 100 plus youth competitors.
Sailing travel put me front and center to be asked to the Team Leader position for the European Team 2014 of the US National Team representing the USA in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland !
In the midst of it all including sail camp, race team, regatta chairman, regatta committees, EYSF, child advocate, regatta taxi and fundraising. I am just happy to be here and involved in the best sport in the world!

Hillary Rule
Director

Joe Colling
Director

Joe joined the foundation board in late 2013. Joe has been racing various sailboats for 35 years. He has been a mentor to women and children for the last 20 years. Giving back is very important to Joe. Joe is also a USSAILING Certified Race Official and has spent considerable time doing this and similar work for both Women’s and Junior programs for many years. Joe believes whole heartedly in the promotion of youth sailing and often includes junior team members on his racing crews so they can get a feeling for what sailing offers them after their junior days are over.