some of our instructors

INSTRUCTORS and TECHNICIANS  

Gray Alexander
Instructor, Techie
Facility Coordinator

After high school, I worked for Western Electric Co. installing communications equipment in Telephone exchanges until drafted into the army during the Korean War. After the army, I earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering at OSU, then a MS in Electrical Engineering from NYU. I worked for Bell Telephone Laboratories (BTL) in New Jersey until retiring to Florida. At BTL I wrote engineering analysis programs for my own use using Fortran, and later Basic. I was never a computer programmer; the computer was a tool to help with my engineering design work. After retiring and being computer-less for several years, I succumbed and bought a PC and taught myself Windows 98, and later Windows XP. After joining the HCC, I learned more about operating systems, and found more interesting things to do with computers. By being an instructor, I hope to help others learn more about their computers and how to use them.

Ron Conkle
Program Director
Instructor

I am amazed at all the techniques I had to learn to indulge my interest in genealogy. Before I became so intensely interested in genealogy I created and maintained a newsletter for the motor coach club. Of course it started back when everything went USPS and evolved to the internet. Once upon a time I was quite good in Lotus, but when I switched to Excel I kept hitting the @ key instead of the = so I no longer create involved formulas. Now I dabble at writing, writing memories for the little books I have printed and pester my grandchildren with each Christmas. All those things contribute to and support my teaching of Family Tree maker and related Genealogical Research. The fact that my twenty-third great grandchild is on the way almost makes me an expert in the field.

Dave Fetter
Instructor

Originally from Upstate New York, where I finished High School and College, I've spent most of my career in Sales and Marketing Management in the HVAC industry, where I taught myself about computers and office software, as most of my work required me to be a mentor, trainer, and administrator.  I've worked for manufacturers, as well as wholesalers and most recently moved to Florida, (where I choose to live) working as a Territory Manager, for a Manufacturer's sales agency.  In my age group (I'm a baby boomer)  and in the industry I've worked in, most of my peers were never very computer savvy, thinking me more of a “computer geek”, when I've always known my skills were quite limited, especially compared to my children and grand children.  Joining HCC has been very gratifying, however, as I'm finding many people my age and above whom I can go to when I need advice and get excellent help. 

Joann Frucchione
Instructor
Education Director

Before computers replaced the typewriter, I was a secretary for the Morgan Guaranty Trust Co. in the Wall Street area of New York City.  Returning to work after being a stay-at-home mom, I was first introduced to computers in the pre-Windows days while working for Long Island Savings Bank. Several years after moving to Florida, I decided to go back to school.  I graduated from Pasco-Hernando Community College with an AS Office Systems Technology degree. During my college years, I took part in the Phi Beta Lambda Regional competitions, which included 13 counties,  and took home awards in Word Processing, Computer Applications, and Business Communications.
Brigitte Haag

Past President
Instructor

Originally trained in Germany as a schoolteacher with emphasis on Mathematics, I started a successful gift manufacturing business after moving to the United States. When health forced me to take up a more sedentary occupation. I refocused my artistic talents to the computer screen and maintain a Website creation and real estate photography business. I love instructing because the satisfaction is great when the students display pleasure in experiencing and learning new things.

my free clipart Webpage

Ken Krueger
Instructor - Mac Computers

I graduated from the University of North Dakota with a BS-Mechanical Engineering and can remember “writing” programs using punch cards (hint – don't drop the box with the cards!). I entered USAF pilot training program in 1971 that started a 38 year career in aviation. I left the Air Force in 1978 and became a corporate pilot for Kimberly Clark, then in 1984 transitioned to Midwest Airlines flying DC-9, MD-80 and Boeing 717 aircraft throughout the US and Canada. I had an early interest in computers and picked up most of my knowledge through trial and error (mostly the latter). After my retirement in 2009, my wife and I moved to Spring Hill, Florida. We decided to volunteer for the Peace Corps and as we prepared for our assignment in Botswana, Africa, decided to switch to Mac computers. I would say my knowledge of Macs is fairly broad, but not terrifically deep. Since the Club didn't have anyone with Mac experience, I volunteered to help out. I'm sure I'll continue to learn from everyone participating in the help sessions and look forward to our future Mac events.

Dave Lemon
Instructor

Served 41 years of active duty and civil service in various U. S. Navy Research & Development roles.  Fleet Science Advisor and Technical Consultant to Fleet Commanders in Mediterranean and Pacific Theaters.  Last assignment was 10 years as Technical Advisor to Commander and Chief, U. S. Pacific Fleet in Hawaii.  Principal expertise in military Communications, Electronics, Combat Systems, and Space programs.  Participated as NAVWEPSLAB rep in the ‘70s for the development of the ARPA Network – the 1 st Internet.

Licensed Ham Radio Operator > 50 years – NH6KI.  FAA Airline Transport Pilot, Certified FAA Flight Instructor for > 45 years.  USCG Auxiliary Pilot, Flight Examiner, Instructor, and Communications Specialist. 

Past President/V President/Clinic Director Timber Pines Computer Club.  Have been building computer systems and teaching applications and utilizations for 37 years. 

 



Bob Liebl
Instructor

 Information for our Members at www.everything-Linux-101.com

 

 

Michel Morin
Instructor

Born in Montreal Canada
Moved to New York City Queens 1957
Joined the Army 1961 till 1964
Worked as an auto-mechanic for 16 year
Worked in building maintenance at Eastern Airlines for 10 Years
Moved to Spring Hill in 1989, and created my own Handy Man business for 20 years till retired
Started learning about computers in1987, and got more fascinated in 1990
Learning more programs ever since and am still learning. 

Ron Purkhiser
Vice President
  Instructor

After a State accredited apprenticeship program at The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, I worked there 40 years as a certified welder and trainer. After the four kids grew up, I trained in electronics repair and started and operated a small electronics repair center in addition to my work at Goodyear. After retiring from both of these jobs in 2001, I discovered I have great interest in everything computer, photography and video. I enjoy teaching because it is so satisfying to watch member’s happiness when they learn something new.

Sal Rotella, Jr
President
Membership Director
Instructor

I have been involved in Computers since I was 16. I bought  TRS-80 and taught myself how to program it. I earned an AS in Computer Science in 1989 and an AAS in Business Management in 1991 from Ocean County College in Toms River NJ. I am currently attending PHSC . I have worked as a computer consultant to Princeton Medical Center, The City of Trenton, NJ, Publix Corporate complex in Lakeland FL, Bourdines in Tampa, FL, Docs Software, Tampa FL, and developed Public Safety Software and new versions of 911 systems. I also used to own a dial up service in NC.  I am self-employed as a computer consultant and tax preparer.

Volunteer work:  Hernando County Fire Corps, Hernando Computer Club, and I volunteer to teach computers to those with disabilities at the Beautiful Mind Center in Spring Hill.

Ross Schnarrenberger
Instructor

I grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and went to college at Virginia Tech where I earned a BS degree in engineering. I worked for the U S Army, as a civilian, for 32 years, working in the fields of quality assurance and project management. I lived in Saint Louis, MO, Tampa, FL, Warren, MI and Washington DC. I moved to Spring Hill when I retired in 2004.

I used PCs as a part of my job starting around 1985. I got my own home PC in 1994 and have been hooked ever since. Lately, I've been using handheld Android devices more and more. I enjoy teaching others how to use them too.

Charlene Scime
Instructor


I was a classroom teacher for 22 years in Niagara Falls, NY.  I was also a "teacher trainer"coaching teachers in how to use computers and teach students in their use.  I LOVE volunteering because I like to see how excited people get when learning a new skill!

 

Kearney Sheirich
Instructor

Born in Reading, Pa. and a resident of Spring Hill since 1999, I retired as a material engineering assistant with Pa. DOT and various civil engineering firms. I started my family genealogy sixteen years ago when I launched my first two-gigabyte computer at Christmas time. I joined the Spring Hill Teaching computer club and when that club dissolved I switched to H.C.C. This club provides me the communication with others to meet, socialize and further learn the computer world.

Pat Turek
Club Treasurer
Instructor

 

I have always loved working with numbers, therefore I became a bookkeeper. Most of my education is self taught by advancing in the companies I worked for. The college courses I took were specifically tax and accounting related. I was able to move to an accounting position at the picture frame moulding company I worked at for 16 years. It was natural for me to move into the computer world as it just makes my math skills shine. I was the go to person for computer questions as I was instrumental in getting the company up to speed when setting up the wide area network and software programming. I continue to work in tax preparation and accounting for small businesses. Helping people truly makes me happy.

Rebecca Walker
Board Member and Instructor

While going to college in the Philippines, I taught myself how to use the typewriter and got a job as a secretary at my cousin's business. After college, I taught Home Economics in High School before going overseas to join my Foreign Service Officer husband assigned at the US Embassy in South Vietnam. I did volunteer work as teacher for the American wives overseas at the US Embassy American Women's Club and at the US Army Hospital as Red Cross volunteer.

In the US, I first had to use the computer when I was hired as Administrative Assistant to the Children & Families Administrator in Delray Beach. I enrolled in computer classes and became proficient running my job computer templates. Joining HCC has been a blessing to find members where I can go and get excellent advice. I like volunteering and glad to help someone.

Norma Winner
Instructor

I have been involved with volunteer work most of my life.  Either being one or working with them.  When my five children were little, I was the Cookie Mother for the Girl Scouts, then I served as a Den Mother for the Cub Scouts and when my boys were old enough for Boy Scouts, I was the Cub Scout Den Leader Coach.  When my youngest started school, I went back to work driving a school bus for five years and working for the United Way of Central MD between bus trips. When the United Way office moved downtown, I had to give up the bus driving. I then became the Director of the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) of Central MD and held that job for over 21 years working with hundreds of volunteers every year. After I retired, I did volunteer work for the Nearly New Sale of the Greater Baltimore Medical Center.  When I moved to Spring Hill, I volunteered at DayStar and then joined the HCC and taught for several years before moving to the SHTCC where I taught for nine years.  Now, I am back teaching at HCC.

 

 

About the Club Facilities Location

Hernando Computer Club, Inc.
8375 Spring Hill Drive, Grace Presbyterian Church, Education Building B
Spring Hill, Florida
Tel (352) 684-7171
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