Flag Officers and Board of Directors
Ray Landgraf, Commodore
Ray and Pat Landgraf live in Sacramento, where they raised their three sons Raymond, Bryan and Scott. They have owned a home in Tahoe City since 1993. The Landgrafs are active boaters in the summer and Ray enjoys skiing in the winter. Members for 6 years, they enjoy making new friends at the Yacht Club. Ray is still actively working, selling medium and high voltage electrical equipment for industrial and renewable energy projects. Pat and Ray enjoy travelling and fishing together. Ray is an avid bird hunter, and duck season is just a few weeks away! Ray has been on the TYC Board for 4 years, during which he has been active in arranging wine dinners and tastings, treasurer for the past two years, and serving as Port Captain last year.
Margaret Holiday, Vice Commodore
Margaret and Judd Holiday joined the Yacht Club in 2011 shortly before moving to the West Shore of Lake Tahoe full-time in 2012. They now live in Incline Village. She retired from a career in education, teaching and administration, in Sacramento. Margaret has served on the TYC Board of Directors for several years before becoming Rear Commodore last year. She is also very active in the TYC Foundation and the Concours d’Elegance Boat Show Wine Village as well as being involved in other local area organizations.
Ross Arno, Rear Commodore
Ross has served as Port Captain, Director-at-Large and TYC powerboat committee chair. He also currently serves as Vice President of the TBCOA, representing the privately owned side of Tahoe City Marina. Ross recently retired from Merck and currently works at Amgen Biotechnology. Ross and his wife, Jamie, reside in Sacramento and spend their free time at their home in Tahoe City and Santa Cruz.
Bill Krivan, Port Captain
Bill and his wife, Terry, joined the club in 2011 after retiring, allowing them to spend about equal time during the year at their homes in Tahoe City and San Jose. Bill has been a TYC Board Member-at-Large since 2015. He is a PICYA Delegate from TYC, a member of the Bylaws Committee and Chair of the IT Committee. Bill is a retired defense electronics professional, with a career in systems engineering and program management, mostly in electronic warfare systems. He also is a retired Navy Captain, with shipboard experience (destroyers) and, later in his Navy career, Engineering Duty assignments. Bill is avid fly fisherman and, along with Terry, a downhill skier and a bike rider. They both enjoy cooking as a team.
Steven Elek III, Director-at-Large & Treasurer
Steve and his wife, Katharine, joined Tahoe Yacht Club in 2011. Steve retired in June 2016 after a lengthy career at PricewaterhouseCoopers where, in his final role, he led the Healthcare Merger & Acquisition practice globally. He is also an attorney and CPA. Steve and Katharine enjoy boating on Lake Tahoe in their 1946 19’ Gar Wood and 2000 24’ Hacker-Craft.
Shannon Madison, Director-at-Large
Shannon and her husband, Giles Douglas, joined TYC in 2014, shortly after purchasing their house in Homewood’s Tahoe Swiss Village. There, they met their neighbors Nancy Cunningham, Wes Schimmelpfennig, and Herb and Frances Pierce, who encouraged them to join the Tahoe Yacht Club. Shannon spent the past decade working as a software engineer at Google, before quitting high tech for the frenetic life of a chef. Since joining the yacht club, Shannon has held technology training classes, volunteered as a host for First Fridays, produced three seasons of Mahogany Magic, taken over as Managing Editor of the Block & Tackle publication team, and serves on the IT committee.
Frances Pierce, Director-at-Large
Frances and her husband, Herb, joined TYC in 2012, shortly after retiring and moving to Lake Tahoe. Frances worked for the U.S. Geological Survey for 37 years as a geologist specializing in minerals, energy, and the environment. 2017 marks Frances’ second year on TYC Board of Directors. She is currently the secretary for the Board and is a member of the Membership, IT, and Trophy/Awards Committees. Frances is a member of the Tahoe League for Charity and is a docent at the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center. Herb and Frances enjoy boating on the lake and spending time with their children and grandchildren.
Mike Simmons, Director-at-Large
Michael (Mike) Simmons is an executive with a nationwide insurance brokerage firm. He specializes in providing risk management consulting to California cities, Nevada rural hospitals and public universities. Mike and his wife Cathy live in Alamo, California where they raised their intelligent and good looking adult children. Nate and Tori, who both live out-of-state, visit Mike and Cathy often at their second home in Northstar. The Simmons come from a long line of sailors and fishermen, dating back to Mike’s great-grandfather, a long-line Grand Banks fisherman out of Gloucester, MA. Mike starting sailing at age three with this father, Hank, on the Charles River in Boston. They continued sailing and racing as they moved through various inland waterways in Ohio, lakes in Italy, and finally settling and sailing on San Francisco Bay in a variety of 30 to 40 foot sloops. Now, between May and October, Mike can frequently be found on the water either paddle boarding, powerboating on Lake Tahoe in Above Water, or whitewater rafting on any one of many Oregon, Idaho or Colorado rivers. The remainder of the year, Mike will likely be scuba diving or involved in Tahoe snow activities including skiing, snowmobiling, and ice skating – the common thread involves water.
John Sakrison, Director-at-Large
John David Sakrison and his wife, Carla, along with their two kids, Sierra and Skyler, live in Menlo Park; but they call West Shore their home. He grew up skiing at Sugar Bowl, starting at age four with a bunch of crazy Austrians. Later, he attended the University of Nevada, Reno, but graduated from a non-ski school, University of Arizona. It wasn’t until a cross-country bike trip in Europe that he found his passion for cooking. He started as a chef at LuLu’s in San Francisco, then off to Vail for a season at Sweet Basil. He then moved to Stars in Oakville, where he also spent time perfecting his talents at Chez Panisse and French Laundry. Today, you can find him at his restaurant and conference center, Quadrus, located on Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park. That is, when he’s not up at the Tahoe Yacht Club!
Bruce Ells, Sr Staff Commodore
Bruce Ells joined the Tahoe Yacht Club in 1984 to participate in the Wednesday Night Beer Can races, first with a little Catalina 22 and then trading up successively to a Nelson Marek 28, an Olson 29, a Mumm 30 (now called a Farr 30), and then a Farr 36. Along the way the powerboat bug kicked in, so the same trading up process now has Bruce in his 4th fossil fuel guzzler, a Chris Craft Corsair Heritage 25. Having served on the TYC Board from 2003 to 2006 as a Director and Secretary, Bruce came back onto the Board in 2012 as a Flag Officer and is now wrapping up his final year of Board service as Sr. Staff Commodore. Outside of the club, Bruce is a real estate broker with Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty in Tahoe City, having also served the local real estate community as President of both the Tahoe Sierra Board of Realtors and Tahoe Sierra Multiple Listing Service.
Rick Raduziner, Jr Staff Commodore
During the past 28 years Rick has been a regional Tahoe/Truckee real estate broker. He currently works for Sierra Sotheby's International Realty providing professional representation for his clients in the Tahoe City, Squaw Valley, and Truckee areas. He teaches and coaches part-time at Squaw Valley and concurrently serves as a Professional Ski Instructor of America Western Divisional Ski Examiner and Homewood Snowcat Adventure Guide. Rick discovered sailing 8 years ago and racing the Laser dinghy and Melges 24's remains one of his passions. Rick and Jill, his wife and the love of his life, are looking forward to many more glorious days schussing the slopes with the Penguins and on Lake Tahoe in their sport runabout fiberglass boat, "Red Sled" and joining the 2017 Division 3 sailing fleet in their newly acquired 1977 Santa Cruz 27 aptly named, "Lickety-Split".