WK preservation group inc.
Founders, Directors, and Officers
The following individuals are all founders of WK Preservation Group Inc. and serve as officers of the incorporated company, directors of the corporate board, or founding members of the group’s Steering Committee.
BOARD CHAIR: Broderick “Brad” Husserl
Brad is President of the Husserl Group (est. 1987), a building design firm in Tarpon Springs, Florida. A graduate of Northeastern University, Boston, he holds memberships in the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, Southern Code Congress International and is certified through the National Council of Building Design.
Brad created a new era in Florida exterior architecture by being the first to apply arches and columns to the front streetscape of homes, a design which has now permeated nearly every contemporary neighborhood in Florida. Brad has developed residential creations throughout the United States as well as overseas from his office in Tarpon Springs, Florida.
PRESIDENT and DIRECTOR: W. L. “Tex” Carter
Tex has fifty years of project development and construction experience, working and living in both the US and globally, and leading teams from a few to thousands. With experience and expertise in a wide range of assignments, Tex has served on corporate and service boards, and actively contributes to the development of people and groups interested in improving the quality of life in our world. Tex, married to Kay Carter, resides in Tarpon Springs, Florida.
VICE PRESIDENT and DIRECTOR: Don Richter
Don was a firefighter and paramedic with the city of Largo, Florida from 1982-2008. He is now an RN working for Florida Cancer Specialists in chemo infusion. He is also a licensed Florida State Sales Associate-Real Estate. An ardent watchdog over his neighborhood’s transitioning, he is the inspiration for the formation of this group and lives in Palm Harbor, Florida.
TREASURER and DIRECTOR: Kay Kennedy Carter
Kay has fifty years of experience in leadership roles in education, business, social, church and volunteer activities worldwide. She has been a founding member and board member of several groups and has led volunteer organizations of as many as 400 people. Her special skills are mentoring future leaders, organizing successful teams and creating effective communications across groups. With her many talents, she is a valuable asset to the WK Preservation Group.
SECRETARY and DIRECTOR: Beth Hovind
Beth has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin Madison, and has served as a practitioner with families and children, as a professor of Social Work, as a statewide manager of grant programs for the State of Wisconsin Department of Health and Social Services, and as Director for a non-profit agency. She continues to be active in the League of Women Voters and is the chair of the LWVF Poverty Action Team—encouraging better outcomes for low income residents. Beth resides in Tarpon Springs, Florida.
DIRECTOR: Ken Dambrosio
Ken is an overachiever in the field of marketing, advertising and design. Among his many awards in his field are two Clio Awards and over twenty-five Andy Awards. After nineteen years as a creative freelancer on Madison Avenue, New York, he formed his own ad agency in 1999 in Rhode Island and expanded it into four states. He has served on state development boards, local town councils and many Boards of Directors in Rhode Island and Florida. He is also an excellent wood-carver and donates all his works to charities and loves connecting with people. He resides in Tarpon Springs.
DIRECTOR: Martha Ryan
Throughout her career, Martha has managed several large-scale interdisciplinary projects in the automotive, communications and footwear industries. Martha has an MS degree in Education from Bucknell University and a BS degree in Marketing from Penn State University. Over the past 20 years, Martha has volunteered for organizations committed to watershed restoration, native wildlife rehabilitation, and habitat preservation for both terrestrial and aquatic life in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland. Martha has wintered in Tarpon Springs for the last 15 years. Her interest in working with the WK Preservation Group stems from her experiences in the mid-Atlantic region, volunteering with organizations committed to preserving local ecosystems. Martha resides in West Grove, Pennsylvania.
DIRECTOR: Peter Ripa
Peter’s responsibilities include leading WKPG’s marketing and capital campaign efforts to raise $3.2MM to acquire and conserve the West Klosterman Preserve.
Peter believes that events succeed when they connect to and serve the community. Prior to returning home to Tarpon Springs in 2019, Peter led community PGA TOUR events in San Diego and Fort Worth for 13 years. He also served in leadership roles for the American Junior Golf Association and for PGA of America and his projects often attracted recognition and awards. These nonprofit events and organizations have provided Peter with solid experience and expertise that will help WKPG succeed in the WK Preserve project and future conservation projects.
Peter is a graduate of Tarpon Springs High School, received his B.A. in Finance from the University of South Florida, and his M.B.A. in Marketing from Kennesaw State University. He served on the Board and Nominating Committee for Visit San Diego, was an Advisory Board Member of San Diego Sports Innovators, and served two terms on the Board for the PGA TOUR Tournament Advisory Council.
The WK Preservation Group looks forward to putting Peter’s talent and expertise to work in preserving and conserving the remaining natural habitats in Pinellas County before they disappear forever.
WK Preservation Group Inc. a Non-profit 501C3, was formed in 2020.