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.
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.
Bill is a former food industry executive with 40 years of broad based corporate experience, including management positions in corporate finance, strategic planning, human resources and information systems. He has extensive experience in the international arena, much of it in mergers/acquisitions and new business development. Overseas assignments included South America, Europe and Asia. Bill retired as Senior Vice President - International at Tyson Foods in 2013. He has a BS in economics and an MBA degree from Indiana University.
Bill served as Chairman of the Board of Tyson China and Vice Chairman of Godrej Foods, Inc. in Mumbai, India. He has served on the SCHH Strategic Planning Committee and on the Boards of Directors of Sun City chartered clubs as well as a number of club and community committees. Bill is an officer and member of the Board of Directors of the Sun City/Okatie Lions Club.
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.
Werner E. Rotach, CPA
From 1990 until his retirement in 2007, Werner Rotach has been CEO and a Member of the Board of Directors of Horwath International, an international accounting firm with more than 400 offices worldwide.
Werner is currently a member of the Board and Chairman of the Audit/Finance Committee of Vernay, Inc., a privately owned manufacturing company with operations in the US, Europe and Asia. He is also a member of the Board and chairs the Finance Committee of Smugglers’ Notch Share Owners Association, in Vermont. Prior Board positions include The Swiss Benevolent Society of New York, N.Y.
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.