Vice Commodore

Jim Chapple, ViceCommodore

Jim Chapple

Dr. Jim Chapple is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Inclusive Education and Exceptional Learners at Ashland University. He has been a boater in Vermilion since 1954 when his parents started cruising on Lake Erie. As a Vermilion resident he is a member of the Vermilion Planning Commission and Vermilion Rotary.  In his professional life he also works as an education consultant for Squire Patton Boggs law firm assisting with cases involving special education issues. He has been in the education field for 45 years as a teacher, elementary principal, Director of Special Education, an educational consultant as well as a professor. He has presented in numerous countries around the world at special education conferences and involved in the field of special education internationally. Jim has one son, Joshua, who lives in Denver. Having been a member of VBC since the late 1970’s, Jim feels “at home” with his VBC family!


Rear Commodore

Jim Chapple Rear Commodore

Greg Tilton

Greg Tilton enjoyed an adventurous childhood in central New Jersey with two brothers and three sisters.  He received his BS in Electrical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology and his MBA from Kent State.  A senior manufacturing executive, Greg has managed various manufacturing processes in operations around the United States, Mexico and Asia.
Greg and Gina, married in 1993, have three children, Amanda, Joe and Kevin.  They relocated to Avon, Ohio in 2000 for a position with US Cotton in Cleveland.
Greg, Gina and their 3 small children were new to boating in 2003 when they purchased a 23’ Sea Ray Weekender.  As the kids grew, the Sea Ray was traded for the Regal 3350 currently docked in slip 10 A at VBC.

Past Commodore

Lori Koethe, Past Commodore

Lori Kothe

Born and raised in Lorain, Lori met her husband Jon on their first day of high school.  They married  in 1991. Having lived in Vermilion for 25 years, Jon and Lori recently moved to Huron. Their son Matt lives in Vermilion, just a mere 8 minutes away from his Mom, a situation he handles with grace (and silence).

Lori holds a nursing diploma from M.B. Johnson School of Nursing, a BSN from Jacksonville University, and a Master’s of Science in Health Law from the Shepard Broad Law Center at Nova Southeastern University. An RN for 30 years, Lori has worked clinically as a trauma critical care nurse and for the last 15 years in hospital administration focusing on Risk Management, Compliance, and Patient Safety/Quality. She is currently Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Magruder Hospital in Port Clinton.

The Koethe’s joined VBC in 1998. Prior to joining the Bridge, Lori served as Fleet Surgeon and Kids Committee Chair. Over the last 19 years, the Koethe’s have made many memories and lifelong friends at VBC. In the summer, you will find Lori and Jon on their new boat “Delta House” or sipping cocktails by the pool. Lori is proud to be only the fourth woman to go through the chairs and thrilled to share this experience with her best friends –Commodore Stacie Whitacre and Vice Commodore Jim Chapple.  Lori is especially thankful and grateful for the amazing Board, Officers and Club staff that have made her years on the Bridge such an enjoyable experience. Likewise, she is appreciative of the member support of efforts to continually enhance their experience at VBC.


Dave Varga



Treasurer - Dave Varga

Secretary - Carrie Jankowsk

Power Fleet Captain - P/C Lewie Kuhn

  Sail Fleet Captain - P/C Heidi Riddle

Fleet Surgeon - Jamie Kirby

John HeidemanClub Historian - John Heideman


Docks - Kraig Kirby

Food & Beverage - Deanne Springer

Grounds & Maintenance - Fred Ostrander

Jim Dickey 


  Membership - Jim Dickey

Mike Rini



Pool - P/C Mike Rini

Sail Camp - Tina Petrigan

 Special Projects - P/C Lori Koethe




 Special Projects - Cliff Simonson

  Special Projects - Shari Kuhn

Club Manager

Brian Sullivan, VBC Club Manager

Brian Sullivan

Brian enters his eighth year at VBC after spending 10 years as General Manager of Rawiga Country Club in the Medina area. He previously served as the Associate Commissioner of the Westlake based North Coast Atlantic Conference, and as Sports Information Director at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia.  He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from The College of Wooster and a master’s degree in economics from Kent State University.  Brian and his lovely wife Kim reside in Huron with their beautiful daughters Alayna and Ava.


Staci Whitacre, Commodore

Stacie Whitacre

Stacie was born in Amherst, Ohio and graduated from Wellington High School.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from The Ohio State University.

After a career in telecommunications, emergency and project management, Stacie and her husband Bill took ownership of Deichler’s Tire and Service Center in South Amherst in 2007.  Stacie and Bill have been VBC members since 2009 and enjoy spending their free time with the wonderful people they have met at the club.  They have two children, Michael and Christine.