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 President: Rich Moniuszko

Former school administrator in Fairfax (VA), Columbia (SC), Charlotte (NC); school psychologist by training; worked in radio/TV in the 1970s.

Treasurer: Alan Nelson

A full time resident of the island for 8 years and one of the original 3 founding members of the Liberal Men of the Lowcountry. After a career in furniture sales as a manufacturers rep, I am now an avid Pickleball player, accomplished racquetball player and terrible golfer.

 Secretary: Michael Weingarten

My wife Janet and I have lived in Port Royal Plantation since 2004 - 5 years part time and 13 years as permanent residents.   We have been married for 54 years and have 2 adult children and 4 grandchildren.  My corporate career was as a senior manager in IBM for 30+ years,  followed by a part time job as a management instructor for Learning Tree International for 17 years. I was one of the early members of LML and have volunteered in many non-profit organizations in HHI.  This has included past president and past treasurer of Congregation Beth Yam, past board member of Port Royal Plantation POA, one of the early members of Back Pack Buddies of Hilton Head and served 4+ years as treasurer and I'm currently on their Board of Directors.  I enjoy golfing,  gardening,  playing poker and pinochle with my friends and I'm looking forward to many more years of volunteerism.

Board Member at Large: Jeff Ernico

Jeffrey A. Ernico, Esq. has been practicing law in central Pennsylvania for 52 years. He still does so from Hilton Head. He started his legal career at the Pennsylvania Dept. of Justice and served as Deputy Attorney General to the Pennsylvania Dept. of Public Welfare and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, Chief Counsel to the Pennsylvania Bureau of Consumer Protection.  In private practice he served as Chief Counsel to the Pennsylvania Senate Military Affairs and Aeronautics Committee as a trial lawyer in both criminal and civil cases until 1986. One of his big wins was a case against F. Lee Bailey in 1971 in consumer protection in Erie County, Pennsylvania. He handled several black panther murder trials, as well.

Jeff was in private practice as a solo practitioner and worked in firms with as many as 700+ attorneys during his career. He has syndicated or helped syndicate many commercial projects including a casino project for central Pennsylvania.
His true love has always been taxation, real estate and estate planning law, with a heavy dose of nonprofit law and pro bono statewide work for the Pennsylvania Bar Association and its legal foundations.  The Pennsylvania Bar Association has created the Jeffrey A. Ernico Award and gives it out selectively to attorneys in Pennsylvania who have provided significant pro bono assistance to needy people.

 Board Member at Large: Barry Weingarten

I retired in 2018 from Johns Hopkins University, where I was a senior lecturer in Spanish for 19 years, and I moved to Hilton Head to escape the northern cold and where my brother, sister-in-law, her sister and husband were all living.  I felt it was important to live close to my immediate family and have been very happy here since then.  I had been teaching college-level Spanish language and literature for 40 years at various colleges and universities, and I still teach Spanish language classes online for the University of Maryland Global Campus.  I joined LML soon after moving here and have been the chair of Communications for the past two and a half years with the primary responsibility of composing and editing the monthly newsletter, Interconnections.  I have enjoyed my association with LML and am happy to have found an organization the members of which share my liberal views.  In my semi-retirement, I like to travel and read, and I have a strong interest in films old and recent

Board Member at Large:Doug Luba

High School physics teacher 1969-1976
HVAC contractor on Long Island 1976-2004
Semi -retired to Hilton Head 2004
Facility Engineer - Outpatient Surgery Center 2008-2016

Main interests - Tennis, Bridge, Biking, Family and Grandchildren. 2 Golden doodles

  Board Member at Large: Frank Ward

 Frank grew up in Queens, NY and Atlantic City, NJ. He majored in American History and would teach on every level from middle school through graduate school. He eventually got his Ph.D. from Columbia, but then switched to a thirty-plus year career as a Foreign Service Officer. He served in the U. S. Information Agency, USAID, and the State Department in such places as Afghanistan, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, India, Turkey, and El Salvador. Like Frank, his wife, Bonnie, is a retired Foreign Service Officer. They have children and grandchildren in Virginia and New Orleans, have owned a home in Hilton Head Plantation for over four years, but divide their time between HHI and Washington DC.

Board Member at Large: Doug Oblander

Doug Oblander spent his career in colleges and universities in a variety of administrative roles.  He has worked at schools in Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and South Carolina.  In those roles he focused on Student Success and issues of how institutions could foster that success. He holds BSE and MS degrees from Emporia State University and an EdD from Indiana University.  In 2019 he retired as the Vice Chancellor for Student Development at the University of South Carolina Beaufort.

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