Jean has been a Venice resident since 1967 and has been involved in a number of community organizations. She is also a founding member of Venice Heritage, as well as a past President. Jean’s local affiliations include; Vice President: The Venice Company, Secretary: DKE Inc., President: Ehrhart Family Foundation, Blogger, Venice Magazine, 35 years of volunteer experience with Venice Theatre, Venice MainStreet, Venice Art Center, Triangle Inn Association, Venice Area Historical Society, Venice Area Beautification Inc., Friends of the Venice Library, Arts Council of Sarasota County, TEDB, EDC, City of Venice Advisory Boards for Historic Preservation and Public Art.


A Certified Public Accountant, Susan began her work with Robinson, Hanks, Young & Roberts, P.A. in 1986. She grew up in Venice and, after graduating from Venice High School, attended Georgia Southern College where she received a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Susan has lived in the Venice area for more than 50 years and has seen lots of changes and growth during that time. She has been married to Jim for 36 years and they have two children: Beth, 27, and Tommy, 22. “Venice’s heritage is important to me and to my family,” she said. “As John Henrik Clarke said, ‘A people’s relationship to their heritage is the same as the relationship of a child to its mother.’ It is certainly a relationship vital to our well-being as a society and as individuals.



A graduate of DePauw University with a degree in bacteriology, Vedder earned her master’s degree in education from American University. She taught elementary school in Maryland, Connecticut, and Illinois while her husband, Bob, served in the Navy. The couple moved to Venice in 1979 when Bob became publisher of the Venice Gondolier newspaper. In addition to serving on the board of Venice Heritage, Vedder has remained active in a number of community organizations, including stints as president of the Nokomis PTA and Venice MainStreet, as well as on the fundraising board of Manatee Community College. Vedder currently serves as Manager of Personnel-Accounting for the Sun Coast Media Group, parent company of the Venice Gondolier, and is the mother of two sons, five grandchildren and four grand dogs.




A resident of Venice since 1983, Korwek is a former member of the Venice City Council and former Director of Historical Resources for the City of Venice. She is the author and editor of several books on Venice area history.


Jim is a graduate of Princeton University and Stanford Law School and was a judicial clerk with the Supreme Court of New Jersey. After several years of large law firm legal practice, he spent twenty years as in-house corporate counsel for Fortune 100 companies. He then developed a private solo practice in Connecticut as an outside general counsel to small business. Moving to Florida in 2006, he served a term on the Venice Planning Commission and was elected to the Venice City Council in the Fall of 2009, where he served for six years.


Gail has a Master’s Degree in Education from Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio, as well as undergraduate degrees from Becker College in Worcester, Massachusetts and Salem University in Salem Massachusetts. She has taught adult evening classes and full time high school in Massachusetts and Ohio. Her business experience includes work for General Electric, Mead Paper, and W.R. Grace companies.


Gary is a Venice native and a 1972 graduate of Venice High School. He attended the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago studying radio engineering. In 1981, he spent four months in West Africa on a technology related project. In 1978, he moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, and joined a small business as a chimney sweep. In 1982, he established his own business, Associated Chimney Sweeps, that he operated until the fall of 2017 when he retired and moved back to Venice.

His interests include aviation, radio communications (amateur radio), audio/video engineering, and local history research and preservation. Gary is a volunteer on the Lord-Higel House restoration project and assists with the maintenance of "Old Betsy," Venice's original 1926 American LaFrance fire engine. He also assists the Venice Area Historical Society with its archival collection and serves on the planning committee for the Old Timer's Picnic.

Gary is a grandson of George E. Youngberg, Sr., who worked as a civil engineer for the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers during their 1925-28 development of Venice.