Bridge Officers

Commander Cdr Ron Tilmon, SN-CN

Cdr Ron Tilmon, SN-CN

Ron grew up in the small cotton-farming town of Braggadocio, Mo. After graduating from High School, he attended Southeast Missouri State University and after graduating with a B.S. in Business Administration, he joined the Air Force and was commissioned as an officer and became a Communications-Electronics Officer. He served in that capacity with travels throughout the world and eventually retired as a Lt Colonel in 1985. Following his retirement, he took a job as a Program Manager with Northern Telecom and eventually became a District Manager and served until 1997. He then relocated to Wilmington, NC and joined the Cape Fear Power Squadron in 2001. He was elected Commander in 2012 and 2018.


Executive Officer Lt/C Ed Oeters
Education Officer Lt/C Ned Rhodes, N
LT/C Ned W. Rhodes, N relocated to the Wilmington area from Northern Virginia a few years ago to get away from all the traffic and to  be near the beach. With his wife Arleen and golden retriever Katie they enjoy cruising on their Sea Ray 410 Express, Impulse,   and their 13-foot Boston Whaler. Ned holds a 100 Ton USCG Captains license and often brags that he has never run aground  when anyone else was around (so there is no evidence). He is President of Software Systems Group that develops custom  software for corporate clients. 
Administrative Officer Lt/C Janet Anderson, S

Janet was born in Wichita, Kansas, and her early life involved many moves around the United States with her father’s work in aerospace.  She graduated from high school in Edmonds, Washington and went on to get a B.S in Forestry Management from Washington State University, and did graduate work in Advanced Silviculture.  Janet joined the U.S. Forest Service after college and worked for 35 years in many capacities in six different states and Washington DC.  Her primary areas of work involved Wildland Fire Management and landscape level fuels management.  She retired from the Forest Service as the Director of Fire and Aviation Management for the Southern Region/Caribbean in 2008.  After retirement, she and husband Buck Latapie moved to Wilmington and joined the Power Squadron in 2013.  Janet has previously served on the Squadron Audit Committee and as Chair for Boating Activities.  She was elected as Administrative Officer in 2018. 


Secretary Lt/C Bob Smith, S


Squadron Secretary Lt/C Bob Smith, S and his wife Deb moved from Princeton, NJ, to Wilmington in the summer of 2012 after many visits to Deb’s parents who have lived in Wilmington for over 25 years. Bob & Deb joined the Cape Fear Sail & Power Squadron in 2013, and Bob served as Membership Chair in 2015 & 2016. With more than 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, Bob now works as a private consultant providing and/or supervising the statistical support for the design, analysis, and reporting of clinical trials in many therapeutic areas and in all phases of drug development.  He has authored or co-authored several papers and presentations on applications of statistics to clinical trials. Bob received his Master of Science degree in Mathematics from Syracuse University and his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Statistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a member of the Biopharmaceutical and Biometric Sections of the American Statistical Association, and the Eastern North American Region (ENAR) of the International Biometric Society.
Treasurer Lt/C Steve Thompson, S

Lt/C Steve Thompson, S retired from the U.S. Army in 1998 and is currently working in the information security field for the U.S. Department of the Interior.  Steve and his wife, Sue, moved to Wilmington in late 2011 and plan on retiring here.  With a deep love of the water Steve bought his first boat in 2001 and has been active in boating organizations ever since.  He is an active member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, joining that organization in 2002.  You may find him on his boat, Forever Dreamin’, conducting marine event safety patrols for the Coast Guard.  He joined the Power Squadron in 2012 and is a certified instructor.  While enjoying their boat, Steve and Sue live by one basic rule: The Captain makes all the important decisions; the First Mate decides which decisions are important.

Elected Assistants

Assist. Education Officer 1/Lt Meg Morrison, JN

 1/Lt Meg learned to sail at as a teen at Camp Westminster on Higgins Lake, MI and raced on 470s at the University of Michigan. Throughout her career as an environmental engineer at a consulting firm, she and friends vacationed by bare-boat chartering sailboats in the Caribbean islands.  In 1997 she attended the Chapman School of Seamanship in Stuart, FL and earned her USCG 100-ton Captain license.  In 2000 she sailed across the Atlantic Ocean with 4 friends on a 50-foot sloop. She recently bought a 40-foot Endeavor sailboat and enjoys sailing out the Masonboro Inlet. Meg is a member of the District 27’s Navigator or “N” club and cherishes the comradery of the Cape Fear Sail and Power Squadron.  She was part of the Kids and Boating class at the Wildlife Expo and enjoys coordinating the ABC course.  She has participated in many of the Squadron courses and is a Certified Instructor. Meg moved to Wilmington in 2011 to be closer to her parents who retired here in 1992.

Assist. Admin. Officer 1/Lt Paul Tyndall, P

Paul Tyndall grew up in eastern North Carolina boating on local lakes, the Neuse and Tar Rivers, the ICW and the Outer Banks. He spent 24 years in Philadelphia practicing law before moving to Wilmington with his wife, Sandy, where he continues to practice law and is also an ordained pastor at The Message Church in Leland, NC. In 2013, Paul and Sandy sold their house, bought a 44 Ocean Alexander M/Y, named her Going Yahweh and took off cruising to the Florida Keys. They lived aboard for two years, while Paul continued to practice law. Paul joined the Power Squadron in 2012 and currently serves as a Member at Large and Membership Involvement Chairperson. He also is a Squadron Certified Instructor. Paul and Sandy have three children and happily just welcomed their first grandchild, Slate, to this world. 

Assist. Secretary 1/Lt Gaye Thomas, S

1/Lt Gaye Thomas,S is a proud native North Carolinian who grew up in Siler City and has lived in Salisbury, Dunn, Raleigh and has now resided in Wilmington for 27 years.  She is a graduate of UNCG and taught school for 31 and 1/2 years in Chatham, Harnett, and New Hanover Counties. In 1999 she was named the Outstanding Teacher of the Gifted in North Carolina by the Association for the Gifted and Taltented.  She is married to Jimmy Thomas and they have 3 children and 3 grandchildren. After owning small boats for several years she and Jimmy bought their first big boat,a 36 ft. Gulf Star trawler, in 1991 and have traveled extensively since. They lost it in l996 in Hurricane Fran. After that they bought a 35 ft. Senator trawler.  Sold that and down sized to a 25 ft. Acadia which they soon found to be TOO small,so they are now back to owning a 36 ft. Gulf Star trawler. They have been to the Chesapeake Bay 7 times and in 2000 they traveled to the Abacos getting home one day before their first grandchild was born. She has been a member of CFS&PS since 2007 and served as Assistant Secretary in 2015.

Assist. Treasurer 1/Lt TBD

Past Commander

Past Commander P/C Abe Walston, S

Cdr Abe Walston, MD JD FACC  FACP

Osprey Global Solutions - Chief Medical Officer 
Dr Walston`s medical training included medical school, internship, residency, fellowship and seven years on the faculty of Duke University Medical Center. During his tenure on the facility of Duke University Medical Center, he served as Director of the Durham VAH Coronary Care Unit and Heart Station for 5 years and was involved in teaching of interns, residents, and fellows.  
Prior to medical training he attended UNC law school in Chapel Hill, NC and was awarded a JD degree in 1964. After leaving the Duke faculty, he joined Durham Internal Medicine Associates in Durham, NC and practiced Internal Medicine and primary and consultative cardiology for twenty four years. After leaving medical practice he joined PPD, Inc. and served for eleven and one half years as Medical Director for Regulatory and Scientific Affairs and Principal Investigator.
He was active in the US Army Reserve Medical Corp; and retired after 32 years as full Colonel. Highlights of his Army Reserve service include serving as commander of the 312th Evac Hospital during Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia and Commander of 3274th Augmentation Hospital, Durham, NC.
Following retirement from PPD, he joined Osprey Global Solutions and currently serves as Chief Medical Officer.

Members at Large

1st Member at Large Lt Robert Tubbs, P
2nd Member at Large Lt Peter Cox

I spent my high school years at a prestigious Prep school called The Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania and I graduated from there in 1986. Then, I went on to attend The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1986 thru 1990. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with two minors in Political Science and Business.

My professional career started with Edward Jones Company in Frederick, Maryland where I worked as an assistant to a financial advisor for a year in developing his business. My work included marketing, prospecting, managing the office and client service. I opened my own office for Edward Jones & Co. in Pinehurst, North Carolina in December of 1993. I built a successful office over the next ten years while managing nearly $45 million dollars and handling over 200 household accounts.

Next, I moved on from Pinehurst, North Carolina to Raleigh where I went to work for Wachovia Securities from 2003-2008 where I was a Vice President of the Wachovia bank in Cary, North Carolina. My duties included handling the financial planning and advisory services for the clients of this branch.

In 2008, I moved to Wilmington, North Carolina to help my brother Brian Cox develop and build an integrated financial services firm for the Northwestern Mutual.

My special niche within the financial services industry is helping develop, educate and service and implement Retirement Plans and Retirement Income Strategies. My licenses include: Series 7, Series 63 and 66, Long Term Care Insurance Licensed
3rd Member at Large Lt Diane Zaryki

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