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Three more apply for vacant Hernando School Board seat

BROOKSVILLE — Gov. Rick Scott now has what can safely be called a stack of applications to sift through to select Hernando County's next School Board member.

Three more county residents have added their names to the list of hopefuls for the seat left vacant last month after Pat Fagan's resignation, bringing the total number of applicants to 16.

The latest three are a retired career military member, a former financial industry executive who now serves as a substitute teacher and a retired college professor.

Thomas Deutschle, 67, of Weeki Wachee served in the Army for 30 years, specializing in planning, training and operations.

The Illinois native received an honorable discharge in 1996 after achieving the rank of full colonel and spent the rest of his career serving in a civilian capacity before retiring in 2006. His most recent post was a three-year stint as director for plans, mobilization, training and security at the Army Garrison at Fort McPherson, Ga.

A former adjunct professor at Georgia Military College, Deutschle has a master's degree in management from Webster University and a master's in strategic planning from the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama. The registered independent currently serves as an alternate member of the Hernando County Planning and Zoning Commission.

John Grecco, 46, of Spring Hill has been a substitute teacher for the Hernando School District since 2009. He holds state teaching certificates in business education and exceptional student education.

Before that, the New York native made a roughly 25-year career in the financial industry, starting as a trader in the mid 1980s. Most recently, Grecco spent eight years as a vice president in the equity department of Cantor Fitzgerald and Co. in New York. He left the firm in 2009 and moved to Hernando County. He has a master's of business administration from Barry University in Miami Shores.

A father of two children enrolled in Hernando schools, the registered Republican also volunteers as a wrestling coach for USA Wrestling and for the Spring Hill Eagles.

William "Bill" Yerrick, 67, started his career as a high school social studies teacher. From 1976 until his retirement in 2004, Yerrick worked at Radford University in Virginia, serving as a director of telecommunication and an associate professor of communication. He moved to Florida in 2005.

Yerrick has a master's degree in communication from the State University of New York and an education specialist degree in school administration from the University of Wisconsin. He served on the Radford City Council in the late 1990s and on Hernando's County Ordinance Advisory Team for the last five years.

School Board seats are non-partisan. Fagan resigned in March and his term ends in 2012. An appointee who wanted to keep the seat would have to run in next year's election. Scott's office this week said there is no specific timetable to make the appointment.

The other applicants:

• Maryrose Babino, 60, of Spring Hill is a retired physical therapist for the Hernando School District.

• Keane Chapman, 41, of Spring Hill is a national sales manager for Alumi-Guard who challenged and lost to School Board incumbent Dianne Bonfield last year.

• Vi Coogler, 59, of Brooksville is a longtime volunteer for the district who has also served as a substitute physical education teacher.

• Anna Liisa Covell, 60, of Nobleton owns Covell Electric in Brooksville. She is a former member of the county's Planning and Zoning Commission and Housing Authority board.

• Elizabeth Gannon, 46, of Spring Hill is an attorney who serves as in-house counsel for Mike's Auto Body in Spring Hill.

•Gus Guadagnino, 56, of Spring Hill is president of Joni Industries in Brooksville and serves as president of the nonprofit Hernando Education Foundation.

• Tiffany Hoblit, 30, of Brooksville, is office manager for Brooks Oil in Bushnell.

• Chris Kingsley, 59, of Brooksville is a teacher in Pasco County. Kingsley has taught for Hernando and Pinellas counties and served two four-year terms on the Hernando County Commission.

• Holly Kollenbaum, 52, of Bayonet Point teaches on a short-term contract at Gulfside Elementary in Holiday.

• Robert Neuhausen, 43, of Spring Hill is an engineer for Sparton Electronics in Brooksville who has filed to run for School Board Chairman James Yant's District 4 seat in 2012.

• Angelina Philanders, 66, of Brooksville is a senior services case manager for Mid-Florida Community Services in Brooksville.

• Jim Polk, 76, of Spring Hill, owns Nature Coast Consultants Inc., an engineering consulting firm, and served as an assistant superintendent for Hernando County Schools from 1993 to 1998.

• Franklin "Frank" Roderus, 68, of Spring Hill, is a novelist and former newspaper reporter.

Tony Marrero can be reached at (352) 848-1431 or

Three more apply for vacant Hernando School Board seat 04/19/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 8:18pm]
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