Meet Our Board
They started as a Sun City Board Appointed Task Force. Throughout their year of research, interview and study they became aware of just how daunting a task establishing a service organization of this nature and complexity would be; and how very necessary it was for the residents of their community. They did not run from the challenge, but embraced it and gathered more people to help. They are the glue that assembled Staying Connected.
Hugh E. Armstrong
Hugh is a retired executive with 40 years experience in Information Technology, Marketing and Sales with large manufacturing and distribution companies. He retired as the Sr. Vice President, Chief Information Officer for American Hotel Register Company. He holds an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, Lake Forest, IL.
Former Board positions include: Elected to Wilmot Union High School Board of Education, Wilmot, WI as Vice President and President in separate terms; elected to Wilmot Grade School Board of Education, served as President; was a co-founder and President of the Wilmot Grade School Education Foundation, a 501(3)(c) charity.
Lisbet Duponte joins the Board with 40 years of leadership roles within the international Sweet Adeline organization. She was born in Denmark, lived in Sweden before moving to the U.S. in 1985. Lisbet moved to Sun City in 2013, where she has served as a Neighborhood Representative for 6 years, and served as Vice Chairperson for the Resident Advisory Council. She is currently the Director of the Sun Tones Chorus in Sun City.
Mary O’Brien is a retired corporate manager, working for large corporations including Stanley Works. Her public service includes serving as President, the Warwick RI GFWC Junior Women’s Club. She currently serves as VP of the GFWC Women’s League of the LowCountry, and on the Board of Directors for the Jasper County Boys and Girls Club. Mary has served Staying Connected as a volunteer since March, 2013. She initially served as a Transportation Volunteer, later assuming the role of Transportation Coordinator before assuming her most recent position, as Director of Services.
Bonnie moved to Sun City in 2016 and joined Staying Connected as a volunteer that same year. She is also a member of the 100+ Women who Care - Sun City community group and was one of the very first to join. Bonnie brings 30 years of experience in real estate and insurance, where her responsibilities included the management of the Accounting and Human Resources departments. Ultimately, she became a partner and served on the Board of Directors, Following an early retirement, Bonnie built a successful kitchen remodeling business. She served as social chair in her very active neighborhood for several years. Bonnie is active and is committed to lending a helping hand where it’s needed.
Anna Maria (Tab) Tabernik
Anna Maria (TAB) is a lifelong educator with 30 years experience in K-12 public education, retiring as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum in the 10th largest district in Ohio. She served as the Director of Professional Development for the SMART Consortium (Science and Mathematics Achievement Required for Tomorrow), working directly with school principals, and mathematics teachers to improve leadership and instruction in over 40 school districts. TAB was an adjunct professor at the college level, working with graduate students enhancing their skills in supervision/administration in schools. In addition to serving on the Staying Connected Board, TAB currently volunteers as the Vice President of the Sun City Hilton Head Board of Directors, Chair of the Beaufort County Library Board of Trustees, and District Coordinator for the AARP Tax Foundation in Bluffton.