Our Board

 

Below you will find the officers and staff of Treasure Coast Photography Center, Inc. These officers and staff make TCPC run smoothly and seamlessly, but we are always looking for new people to add to the team. 

You will find descriptions underneath the staff and can click on the links if you need to email our staff for any reason. 

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Officers

Robbie Sheets

President

I remember becoming fascinated with photography when I was around the age of 7 or 8. My parents had a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye box camera they let me experiment with. My favorite photo subjects were Landscape and the family (portraiture). For those of you too young to remember, the Brownie looked like a box. It took 2¼” square negative (black and white, of course!)

I got my first “real” camera, a 35 mm Pentax Spotmatic, in the early 1970s while in the Navy, after the Navy I returned home and joined the Ft. Pierce Camera Club where I honed my skill and my interest in this amazing art form. I started to do outdoor portraits and before long, I decided that I wanted to make photography a career. When I learned of a photography studio in Ft. Pierce coming up for sale, Studio Charles, 222 Orange Ave. I purchased it and operated it until mid-‘80s. Much of my work involved creating oil-tinted black and white portraits using a 5×7 view camera. I also photographed weddings, created portfolios for models and did some commercial photography using mostly medium format, Hasselblad & Rolleiflex equipment.

In 2008 I joined the Treasure Coast Camera Club, which shortly thereafter changed its name to the Treasure Coast Photography Club, because the members believed the name implied that we were a club collecting cameras not a club of photographers! Although I haven’t worked as a professional photographer since the mid 1980’s, I have never lost my love and passion for it. I was able to transition into the digital age relatively smoothly and find that I greatly enjoy the many benefits digital cameras provide, such as being able to immediately see the photo you took as well, and all the digital editing tools like PhotoShop. My first DSLR was a Canon 40D then I went to a Canon 60D and now my current equipment is a Canon EOS R5 mirrorless camera with an RF 24-105mm f4L IS USM lens and an EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens. I’m excited to be the president of the Treasure Coast Photography Center, which has grown to over 100 members. One of my favorite duties is facilitating an online discussion group among members who submit their images for the group to critique. Another favorite activity is reaching out to people in the area interested in our organization, finding out where their talents and passions lie, and welcoming them into this warm and amazing group.

Mark Smith

Vice President

I love art, and photography is certainly a part of that.  I have been drawing for as long as I can remember.  I have degrees in both commercial and fine art from JCA in New York.  I have completed 5 years of evening photography classes at IRSC including intermediate and advanced classes.  I shoot with a Sony a7R5, Olympus TG-6, and Nikon 5500, 5600, 780.  Both my art and my photography are very diverse.  I love taking photos of landscapes, animals, architecture, weather, nighttime, still life and people.  I am vice president of the TCPC and in charge of the “Creative Alternative Artistic Photography.”  My art photography can make you feel as though you could shut your eyes and envision the morning fog along the pond, a baby black bear walking along the edge of the water, the dew on the beautiful flower petals. . . to sticking your finger in a light socket or getting hit in the head with a hammer. 

All in all, when I looked inside myself, I loved what I saw. . . art, and some things that I cannot explain.

Facebook: Mark Smith

Instagram:  Mart_Photography

Instagram: Dangerous_curves_art

Email: marks.art1212@gmail.cpm

Cell: 772 370-6347

Peter Koch

Secretary

I have been an amateur photographer for 50 years. I have taken family pictures and slides extensively since 1963 after graduating from college. It seems that I took a role of film to the local pharmacy photo shop almost weekly for processing. I recently converted 40 trays of slides to disks. I am very excited to be part of this very active photography organization and look forward to having the many talented members help move me out of the amateur status into being a more skillful photographer.
My wife Karin and I are from Massachusetts and New Hampshire but moved to Port Saint Lucie, at DelWebb Tradition in 1919.
I have extensive management and administrative experience in the private, government, and education sectors, which I can bring to this Secretary position and I look forward to making my contribution.

Cheryl Shaw-Burgess

Treasurer

Board Members

John Furlong

Interest in photography was sparked by receiving two Nikon 35 mm cameras, for safe keeping, from my brother stationed in Japan in the mid-sixties. From there a progression with more film cameras while learning to develop and print with B&W film fed a desire to learn more and more about photography. A Fellow photographer suggested that since I was involved with nature/landscape photography, I should also try capturing similar scenes underwater. This lead to several years of exploring and capturing images of many different creatures in their underwater environment. It also ushered in learning to shoot using manual settings since flooding Nikonos cameras fries the electronics and I ended using underwater light meters to determine camera and strobe settings. I eventually surfaced and went back to above water nature/landscape scenes, using DSLR’s, lens and the new world of post processing. Have found that there is always a challenge and sometimes the unexpected with this type of photography along with applying what you learn in exploring other areas of photography.

Spencer Rutledge

John Nelson

John Nelson has been actively involved in photography since he was 8 years old. His father instilled a passion for photography in John and taught him his darkroom skills so that he could develop his own film and create his own prints. In 1972, John’s family moved to Rwanda in central Africa, and he attended Rift Valley Academy at Kijabe, Kenya, a boarding school for missionary kids. Already an accomplished photographer for his age, he became the editor and principal photographer for the school yearbook. John also began to experience the joy of wildlife photography at many of East Africa’s national parks. After graduating from RVA and Seattle Pacific University, John started a wedding photography and portrait studio business with his wife in Seattle, Washington. Moving to Florida in 1990, they continued to shoot weddings and portraits. In the early 1990’s they also partnered with Burdines and Estee Lauder to do glamour makeover events at the Treasure Coast Square location. In 2006, John changed his primary focus to wildlife and bird photography. He served as President of Audubon of Martin County for 8 years, and John continues to serve on their board as their conservation chair. Since 2010 he has also been the voice and producer of The Audubon Moment as heard on WQCS, Public Radio for the Treasure Coast. In 2018, John became the oldest (age 62) student to earn an Associates Degree in Digital Media Technology from Indian River State College while creating the documentary film “America’s Amazon, the Story of the St. Lucie River”. From weddings, portraits, photojournalism, wildlife and landscapes, John’s 58 years of photographic experience continues to be one of his greatest joys in life.

Val Bormanis

June Bormanis

Kathy Graham

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I was born in Idaho Falls, ID. I became interested in photography in 1978 when my aunt gave me my first camera as a graduation present. I joined several camera clubs as we traveled around the country. I began working at Picture People in Poughkeepsie, NY, and loved taking photos of children and families. I wound up managing the studio for 6 years before moving to Florida where I am able to take advantage of the many photography opportunities.