President Alan McHale. Alan is a Life Member of the SAS, and emigrated from Edinburgh, Scotland in 2001. Alan is experienced in fundraising and was President of the Dunedin Scottish Arts Foundation from 2013 to 2018, producing the Dunedin Highland Games and Dunedin Celtic Music & Craft Beer Festival. Alan works to promote Scottish heritage in the Community and is working to implement strategic planning and budgeting to the Scottish American Society of Dunedin.
Vice President. Dave Stewart is a Life Member of the SAS, and has held various positions on the Board including President and Membership Chair, so he has a wealth of knowledge and experience in running a non-profit organization.
Treasurer John Pennington. John moved to Florida from San Diego, California after spending 12+ Years in the US Navy. John is a piper and has played with the House of Scotland Pipe Band in Balboa Park, Rosie O’Grady’s Highlander Pipe Band in Orlando, Orange County Sheriff’s Office Pipe Band and Pipes and Drums of the Orlando Fire Dept. John moved to the Tampa Bay area to play with the City of Dunedin Pipe Band. John is now retired and lives with his partner Norma in Holiday. They are both Balmoral members of the Scottish American Society of Dunedin.
Director Joan McHale. Joan is an experienced administrative manager, with over 20 years of volunteer service for Suncoast Hospice Empath Health. Joan has volunteered for Scottish organizations in Dunedin since 2008. Joan’s parents emigrated to the USA from Edinburgh, Scotland. Joan manages our SAS membership, marketing, maintains the SAS media, and is our Hall Manager.
Director Sarah Bynum. Sarah enjoys Dunedin’s thriving music and cultural events with her husband John MacDonald. With her Irish roots in Donegal and John’s upbringing in the Highlands, they have a love of Celtic music, history and researching ancestors who moved to America to pursue their dreams. Sarah supports all aspects of the Center, but especially enabling it to grow as a meeting and drop in place for locals and visitors.
Director Paula Smith. Paula is of Scottish descent and is the coordinator of our Genealogy workshops on a Sunday evening. Paula is a member of the City of Dunedin Pipe Band and plays the bagpipes.