George Conklin

George Conklin



George H. Conklin is professor emeritus of sociology at North Carolina Central University. He joined Torch 20 years ago and was president of the Durham/Chapel Hill Torch Club twice and a regional representative for Region 8 for four years. He is also a member of the High Country Torch Club, which he helped found. George did his undergraduate at Colgate University and graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania following a Fulbright to India, where he met his wife Verna, a retired public health nurse. George has been active in community activities including chairperson of the Board of Adjustment in Durham, NC, member of the airport authority for RDU and member of the planning advisory committee in Durham, NC. George is also the past president of the North Carolina Sociological Association. He collects Edison phonograph cylinders, new and old, as a hobby. He is a bluegrass music fan. George is listed in Who’s Who in America.  George received the Torch Gold Award in 2016 and was elected Vice President of IATC in 2017.

Dorothy Driskell

Dorothy Driskell

Vice President


Dorothy received an R.N. from Diploma School of Nursing  Mansfield General Hospital, Mansfield, Ohio, Bachelor of Science in Nursing,  Bob Jones University, Greenville, South Carolina, Master of Science,  Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. She joined The Columbus Torch Club in 2008. In 2009 became the Membership Chair, a position she still holds,  inducting an annual average of 10-11 new members per year. In 2012-2013 she became President-Elect and was responsible for securing the speakers for 2013-2014. In 2013-2014 she was President and then Past President in 2014-2015 and responsible for Chairing the Nominating Committee. She served as Past President again in 2015-2016 (due to the immediate Past President being unable to serve and moving out of state).  Dorothy received the Silver Torch Award at the 2015 Torch Convention held in Lincoln, Nebraska, and received the Gold Torch Award at the 2018 Torch Convention held in San Antonio, Texas

Gerald Stulc

Gerald (Jerry) Stulc

Region 1 Director


Gerald obtained his MD degree at the University of Iowa, and completed his General Surgery residency at Georgetown University. He completed a Transplant Surgery fellowship at Loyola University in Chicago, and a Cancer Surgery fellowship at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, where he remained as a staff member. He then became a clinical assistant professor in surgery at the University of Louisville, and entered private practice. He has written a number of scientific articles for surgery journals, was involved in cancer research, and was scientific editor of the state medical journal. He served for almost sixteen years in the US Naval Reserve as a flight surgeon, retiring with the rank of Captain (06). Following his retirement, he obtained his MFA in Creative Writing at Spalding University in Louisville. He is about to publish a historical fiction novel, is completing a nonfiction biography, and is working on a comprehensive history of military medicine, from Greece and Rome to Iraq and Afghanistan. He teaches Advanced Learning for Life courses at Empire State College. He is a member of the Society for Military History, the Association for Military Surgeons of the United States, and current president of the Saratoga Torch Club.

Jim McNeely

Jim McNeely

Region 2 Director


Jim has been active in Torch for over 30 years in a variety of positions (including President, Secretary-Treasurer) of the Torch Club of Delaware. He was Co-Chairman IATC Convention in Delaware 1997. IATC Silver Award 2001 at St. Catharine’s (Ontario, Canada) Convention. Membership team (with Alan Powell, George Conklin) that created the High Country Torch Club in Boone, NC in 2011. Jim has chemical engineering degrees from Purdue (B.S. Chem Eng ’55) and MIT (S.M. Chem Eng ’57), and a physical chemistry degree from Washington University (M.A. Chemistry ’68). He served as President of the MIT Club of the Delaware Valley, with over 3,000 alumnae in SE PA, DE, & southern NJ. He has enjoyed a productive career in the fields of semiconductor materials, solar energy, and photonics technology with start-up companies in Silicon Valley and Delaware. Jim is an active Presbyterian church elder and is currently Chair of his church’s Human Resources Committee. He continues to work part-time in writing R&D contract applications for a Delaware small business commercializing industrial chemical separations. He is a member of the engineering honorary society, Tau Beta Pi.

Lynn Bernard

Lynn Bernard

Region 3 Director


Lynn Woltz Bernard’s Torch Club association is a long and committed one: Born and raised in Winchester, Virginia, she is a “legacy” of a Winchester Torch Club member, has been a member since 2010 of the Richmond Torch Club, where she currently serves on its Board and is Membership Chair. She helped to found and is a charter member of the Fredericksburg, VA Torch Club, where she has continued membership since its inception. She has been a voting delegate at three IATC Annual conventions and has strong ties throughout Torch’s Region 3. Based on those qualifications, which surpass the mandates of the IATC Constitution, the IATC Board confirmed Lynn’s mid-term appointment to the Region 3 Director seat upon the vacancy created when her immediate predecessor resigned.

Ms. Bernard obtained her BA in Studio Art from the University of Virginia and was graduated Cum Laude from an accelerated Fashion Design program in Sportswear at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Her diverse professional background includes being a 5th Avenue New York City fashion designer handling multi-million-dollar clothing accounts for internationally known retail and catalogue companies; certification in several holistic health areas; coordinating community events, and being a trainer on varied topics for people across the age spectrum, including centenarians. Her artwork, photography, and writing have been published in hard copy and on the internet. She is Vice President of the Woltz-Winchester Foundation, a charitable corporation.

Flynn Warren

Region 4 Director


Flynn Warren is a native of North Carolina. He attended Belmont Abbey College and received a BS in Pharmacy from the Univ of South Carolina and an MS in Hospital Pharmacy from the Univ of Georgia. Flynn practiced both retail and hospital pharmacy in NC, GA, SC and Saudi Arabia. As a faculty member at the Univ of Georgia from 1967 to 1977 and 1985 to retirement in 2007, Flynn taught a myriad of courses and retired as Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Clinical Professor. Flynn served as President of the Georgia Pharmacy Association in 2003-2004 and has received numerous recognitions. Flynn joined the Athens (GA) Torch Club in 2002 and is currently President of that club as well as Director for Region 4.

Elizabeth Short

Region 5 Director


Bio pending

Roger Kramer

Region 7 and Region 9 Director


Roger Kramer attended Rochester Institute of Technology and earned an AAS, BS, and MS in the chemistry and physics of imaging science and later employed by Eastman Kodak labs and Calumet Scientific. He was a commissioned Air Force officer (colonel) and pilot and served a variety of staff and command positions.

Retiring from the military, Roger received a BA degree in history and secondary education from University of Texas at San Antonio. He taught high school honors and AP chemistry and physics, and physical science, and astronomy. He later received a Masters in Educational Management and served as an elementary school principal, academic dean, and district curriculum director. He then joined the faculty of the Texas Military Institute as science department co-chair and taught AP chemistry and astronomy. Now fully retired, Roger and his wife travel the world. He has been a member of the San Antonio Torch Club for ten years and serves as club president.

Walter Van Eck

Walter Van Eck

Region 8 Director


Bio pending

Tim Spaeder

Tim Spaeder

Region 10 Director


Tim joined the Erie Torch Club in 2010. Soon thereafter, he was appointed Membership Director, and was elected Club President in 2014. At the 2015 IATC Convention, the Erie Torch Club received the Presidential Award for Membership Growth, and was also named IATC Outstanding Club of the Year.

Tim earned a BA from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. He enjoyed a fulfilling 40-year career, before retiring as a partner in the Wm. T. Spaeder Company, a mechanical contracting firm established by his grandfather over 100 years ago.

Tim is a Founding Member, and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of The Jefferson Educational Society, a non-profit organization founded to promote civic enlightenment and community progress for the Erie Region. Tim enjoys riding recumbent bicycles, as well as RowBikes for recreation and fitness. He resides in Erie, Pennsylvania with his wife, Marlene.

Edward Latimer

Ed Latimer

Director-at-Large Emeritus


Edward Brandt Latimer (Ed) of Columbia, S.C., received his Bachelors of Science degree from the College of Charleston, SC. in 1948  and his Juris Doctor (law) degree from the University of SC in 1951.

He retired as the Assistant Attorney General of South Carolina in 1980 and continues the private practice of law.

He was Colonel (Ret.) Judge Advocate General of the S. C. State Guard.

He served in the U. S. Army Air Corps/Force during World War II.

He joined the Columbia, SC, Torch Club in 1950 and has served as a Regional Director and past  President of  the IATC.

Anne Sterling

Anne Sterling

Recording Secretary,
Director for Establishing New Clubs


Anne was President of IATC from 2006 to 2008. She served earlier as Director of Region 3. Her region grew to 16 Torch Clubs, so was split in half– into the current Region 3 and Region 8. The Torch Foundation has been of particular interest to her since its reorganization in 2009. Elected President of the Foundation in June, 2017 for a two-year term, Anne currently serves ex officio on the IATC Board, as a full voting member. She has also served as President of the American Library Trustees Association; President of the School Board of Harford County MD, and State President of the League of Women Voters of VA.

Reed Taylor

Director-at-Large for Club Relations


Bio pending

Sue Breen-Held

Director Ex-Officio
President, The Torch Foundation


Bio pending

Rich Davis

Rich Davis

Treasurer, Director-at-Large for Conventions

Richard B. Davis has been a member of Columbus Torch Club since 2011, joining its Board in 2015 and the Convention Planning Committee for the year preceding the 2016 IATC Convention in Columbus. Serving as President-Elect in 2016 and President the following year, he remains on the Board for 2018. He has also served as the Chair of the Program Committee and the Publications and Awards Committee.
Rich completed his Bachelors and Masters degrees at Carnegie Mellon University and Doctorate from The Ohio State University, all specializing in BioMedical Engineering. After 3 years developing a biomedical engineering center in Akron, Ohio, he moved to Columbus to direct the Ohio State University Hospital biomedical department. Serving in multiple roles until his final retirement after 39 years there, Rich directed and taught in an allied health baccalaureate program for 17 years and lead the cardiovascular services program, culminating in the construction and operational leadership of the OSU Ross Heart Hospital. Returning from a brief retirement as the associate project manager for the $1.1B OSU James Cancer Hospital replacement, he coordinated the acquisition and installation of the medical equipment for the facility.
Inspired by the need for cancer research funding at The James, Rich has been an avid cyclist for the last 10 years. Leading a fund raising peloton focused on lymphoma, he trains year round for an annual 100 mile ride.

Scott Stanfiled

Scott Stanfield

Editor, The Torch


Paul Scott Stanfield was educated at Grinnell College and Northwestern University and is now Professor of English at Nebraska Wesleyan University. He is the author of “Yeats and Politics in the 1930s.”

He is the son of Paul and Salee Stanfield, both of whom were members of Des Moines Torch Club, Paul serving as president of the IATC from 1984 to 1986.

He lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, with his wife, Barbara Straus. They have two adult daughters. He has belonged to the Lincoln Club since 1986.

He is currently editor of The Torch.