Wolf Laurel Road Maintenance & Security

Board of Directors

John Ames

John and his wife Anne became property owners in 2002. He recently retired from the advertising agency he owned in Atlanta. Prior to owning his own business, John ran the Atlanta office of an international advertising firm and worked with General Electric. John has two bulldog mascots in his life having graduated from the University of Georgia and also served in the Marine Corps.


They are members of the Wolf Laurel Village Club, Property Owners Association and the Wolf Laurel Country Club


When Anne retires from her retail business, they will spend their summers in Wolf Laurel and their winters mostly on the Gulf Coast. They have four children and two grand children – so far.


John Beneke

John and wife Gwynne became full time Wolf Laurel residents in May, 2006. They are members of the Wolf Laurel Property Owners Association Amenities Program and the Wolf Laurel Country Club. John has served as both president and treasurer of the WLPOA and was instrumental in the WLPOA purchase of the Village and Amenities Program from the developer. He also served on the board of Wolf Laurel Road Maintenance and Security Homeowners Association and as treasurer prior to the 2012 developer driven changes. In addition he served as a board member of the Wolf Laurel Country Club.

John is a native of Wheeling, WV, and a graduate of Wittenberg University with a B. S. in Business Administration. He served on active duty as a Supply Corps officer in the U. S. Navy and retired with the rank of Commander in the U. S. Navy Reserve after 28 years of service. He worked in various financial management positions with a number of American and international companies; he retired in 2005 as Chief Financial Officer of BlackHawk Products Group, a manufacturer of tactical gear for the military and law enforcement.

With the transfer of the assets of Bald Mountain Development Corp., the property owners of Greater Wolf Laurel have the opportunity to unify our governance and become a true community with common covenants, guidelines, and goals. He served as chairman of the Study Commission appointed by the WLRM&S in 2013 to consider how this goal might be achieved. John looks forward to contributing to the future of Wolf Laurel.

Ken Faliero

A native of Western New York, Ken attended the University of Buffalo, majoring in Accounting and Finance. He enjoyed a 44 year banking career serving in several executive management positions and retired in 2005 as EVP and Chief Credit Officer of SouthTrust Banks of Florida. He has served on the boards of numerous civic and social organizations, including Hillsborough County Industrial Revenue Authority, University of Tampa and Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club of Tampa. During his term as President of Palma Ceia, the Club underwent a successful major expansion program. In 2012, Ken was elected to the Board of the Wolf Laurel Country Club and currently serve as its Treasurer. To avoid the Tampa Florida summers, Ken and wife Carol settled in Wolf Laurel, building their home in 2006. Widowed in 2012, he is the father of five great children and fifteen wonderful grandchildren who love the mountains of Wolf Laurel that Carol and he considered their piece of heaven.


Sharon Foster

Sharon Foster is an attorney from Jacksonville who spent twenty-one years working with a federal judge on the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to that, she was in private practice as a civil litigator. Her J.D. is from the University of Florida, from which she also received a Ph.D in Political Science. She taught Political Science at Illinois Wesleyan University prior to attending law school.


Along with her husband, Bob, Sharon has had a house in Wolf Laurel for eight years and has enjoyed golf, tennis and bridge among other activities here. Bob and Sharon are full participants in Wolf Laurel life, and are members of the Wolf Laurel Village Club, the Wolf Laurel Country Club and the Property Owners Association. Having just retired in January, Sharon will now spend full summers in Wolf Laurel. Sharon and Bob have two grown sons.


Chuck Freeman

Chuck Freeman is a retired colonel, who did 28 years in the Air Force flying in two-seat fighters and tactical electronic warfare aircraft and, for the last ten years of his career, serving as a senior intelligence officer. After retiring from the Air Force, Chuck worked for a Fortune 500 defense contractor in the Tidewater, Virginia area, rising to Corporate Vice President. In 2006, Chuck and his wife Annette moved into Wolf Laurel, where they reside year round. In addition to serving on the Architectural Review Board, Chuck served for six years on the Board of Directors of the Wolf Laurel Property Owners Association. Chuck is perhaps best known for editing the Top of the Bald for four years.


Warren Johnson

Cathy and Warren Johnson found Wolf Laurel in the early 1990’s. Since coming to Wolf Laurel, Warren has been associated with the Wolf Laurel Property Owners Association, is a charter member and an active participant of its Amenities Program, and served on its Board of Directors and as its president in 2004-05. He is a founder member of the Wolf Laurel Country Club, and has served on its Board of Directors and as its president in 2012-13. Since 2011 he has participated on the Wolf Laurel Road Maintenance and Security Homeowners Association Board of Directors. His tenure on that board has coincided with the purchase of the assets and powers of Bald Mountain Development Corporation and the initiation of the efforts to create a one board mountain.


He and Cathy have been married since 1963, have two daughters and three grandsons. Over the years, they have tried to give back to the Wolf Laurel community because that community has given them a wonderful and enriching life style.


Rebecca (Becky) McKnight

Becky and her husband Steve have been Wolf Laurel homeowners since 1997.They have been full-time, year- round residents for six years and are members of the Wolf Laurel Country Club and the Wolf Laurel Property Owners Amenities Program. She earned a B.A. degree in Business Education from the University of Florida and for 20 years taught high school level business courses in Gainesville, Florida, focusing primarily on Accounting and Computer Applications. Becky sponsored Gainesville High School’s Future Business Leaders of America for 15 years and was coordinator of a work study program for 5 years. Several of her FBLA teams earned state recognition and competed on the national level. She has also served as a grant evaluator for the United States Department of Education, reviewing applications in Smaller Learning Communities grants and Community Technology Centers grants, which ranged from 1million to 3 million dollars per award.


Becky regards the acquisition of the assets of Wolf Laurel Roads and Security from the developer as one of the most important developments in this community’s history. The Board is now drafting revised covenants, by-laws, and other policies to reflect the transfer of ownership from the developer to the property owners. She looks forward in assisting with this and other important issues facing the Board and the property owners over the next 3 years.


Charles Potts

Charles and his wife Jackie completed their home on Upper Haw Drive in 2006. They spend their summers in Wolf Laurel and winters at their home in Jensen Beach, Florida. He is originally from Winston-Salem, North Carolina and Jackie is from Burlington, North Carolina. Charles has a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from The Citadel and a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from West Virginia University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Florida, Virginia, and North Carolina. During his work career, he spent 17 years working for the Florida Department of Transportation, holding positions as State Materials and Research Engineer and Director of Construction. He worked for Ashland, Inc. for 18 years and served as Senior Vice President and President of its construction group APAC, Inc. for 12 years.


Charles is currently Chairman of the Board of Heritage Construction & Materials, a privately-held construction and materials group with headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana. In addition, he serves on the Board of Bank Construction Company, located in Charleston. South Carolina. He is also on the Board of Directors of ASTEC Industries, a publicly traded company that manufacturers asphalt plants, paving equipment, crushing equipment for quarries as well as a variety of other related equipment for the construction and materials industry. He looks forward to working with the members of the community as well as the other members of the Roads and Security Board.


Larry Smith

Larry is a retired counselor.  He purchased his home in Wolf Laurel in 2004.  He has a winter residence in Port St Lucie, Fl.  Since becoming a Wolf Laurel resident, Larry has been engaged in the local community.  He hosts the Monday and Friday night activities for the Village Club.  Larry is on the Administrative Council for Bright Hope Laurel United Methodist Church.  He is active in the Apple Butter Festival and the Blackberry Festival.  He is a facilitator for the Upper Laurel Community Organization and has been instrumental in reopening the auditorium at Ebbs Chapel. 


His background includes experiences as municipal mayor, community organizer for the United Methodist Church, state level disaster response coordinator for American Red Cross, and five years experience in contract negotiation and dispute resolution.  He served out an appointed term on the Wolf Laurel Property Owners Association board.  Larry's hobby is recycling lumber and producing rustic furniture which he donates to local charities for fund raising efforts.


Committees of Wolf Laurel Road Maintenance & Security


The following committees have been established by the Board of Directors:


  • ARB Standing Committee
    Chair - Chuck Freeman, Jim Landry, Dick Moeller, John Di Petta, Fred Tygart, and Bob Walker, as ex officio member/liaison
  • Communications and Community Relations Committee
    Chair - John Ames, Mel Poole, Member at Large; Gwynne Beneke, representing WLPOA; Joyce Poole – representing WLRMS; Sudie Colvett, representing WLCC; Barry Vaughn, representing Blue Mountain; Cary Monroe, representing wolflaurelcommunity.com
  • Finance Committee
    Chair - John Beneke, Ken Faliero, Jim Hill, Louise Wyatt
  • Impact Fees Committee
    Chair - John Beneke, Lisa Baldwin, Cassandra Bradham, Sandy Gwozdo
  • Insurance Committee
    Chair - Warren Johnson, Willie Romero, Tom Eller and Lloyd Parker
  • Legal Committee
    Chair - Sharon Foster, Nat Pieper, Brent McCaghren
  • Road Maintenance and Equipment Purchase and Repair Committee
    Chair - Charlie Potts, Mike Kaney, Jason Brown, Steve Rutherford
  • Security Committee
    Chair - Becky McKnight, Carol Krueger, Sandy Gwozdo, Ken Porche.