Safety Town Board Biographies


Justin Wetherington

President

Captain Wetherington began his career with the Pasco Sheriff’s Office in 2001 as a Corrections Deputy. He was appointed to Corporal in 2009 and promoted to Sergeant in 2011. He initially supervised Intake/Release and the Juvenile Assessment Center, and was later transferred to the Criminal Process Section where he supervised Warrants, Teletype, Operation Payback, and the Sex Offender/Felon Registration Office. In 2016, he was promoted to Lieutenant and was responsible for the Logistic Services Section. Throughout his career, Captain Wetherington has attended numerous training courses. He is dual certified in Law Enforcement and Corrections, and is a Certified Jail Manager. He has attended the FDLE Leadership Academy, Florida Sheriff’s Association Leadership Academy, and Saint Leo University’s Command Officer Management Program. Captain Wetherington served in the United States Marine Corps and has been a member of the Pasco Sheriff’s Honor Guard for 12 years. He has a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Saint Leo University and is currently seeking his Master’s Degree, through Saint Leo University.

Kurt Conover

Vice President

Kurt J. Conover joined Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in 1997. His current responsibilities as Marketing Director for Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point include community relations and governmental affairs. Kurt has served in many organizations, including leadership roles in most; Past President of the Land O’ Lakes Chamber of Commerce; Past Chairman of the Board of the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce; Past Chairman of Leadership Pasco; Junior Achievement of the Suncoast, Pasco Division; Board of Directors United Way of Pasco; Pasco-Hernando Community College TechPrep Scholarship Committee. Past President New Port Richey Rotary Club. He also has served as a Past Chairman and director for the Pasco Economic Development Council. He currently serves on the Concourse Council; Safety Town and Heritage Park Foundation, Board of Directors.

Ruth Reilly

Secretary

Ruth Reilly retired from the District School Board of Pasco County in 2012 after serving 40 years in education. She worked as a teacher, counselor, principal, director, and at the end of her career, as the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instructional Services in Pasco County.

James R. Campbell

Treasurer

Coming soon.

Tina Farrell

Board Member

Tina Farrell is Co-Owner of Farrell Roofing, Team Farrell and the Farrell franchise. Tina is active in the Rotary Club of Port Richey and a Past President of the club. She is involved with many community projects and organizations including Good Samaritan Health Clinic’s Festival of Trees and Nurses Gala, Cotee River Bike Fest, Diva’s & Diamonds, The Angelus House Charlie Daniels Rock the Park, Creator of Jeepin’ 4 Justice-Pasco, and a member of the New Port Richey Elks Lodge #2284.

The Honorable Kathryn E. Starkey

Board Member

Kathryn E. Starkey is a businesswoman and mother of four who has lived in Pinellas and Pasco counties for over 25 years. She has dedicated herself to working for improvements in education, the environment and economic development in our community. Kathryn was a member of the Pasco County School Board, she was elected in 2004, re-elected in 2008 without opposition, and served as Chairwoman in her third year. She has been appointed to various positions five times by three Governors: Governor Jeb Bush, Governor Charlie Crist, and Governor Rick Scott, as well as former Senate President John McKay. She is also the recipient of the FAC 2014 Presidential Advocacy Award for her work involving flood insurance reform. Kathryn Starkey was elected to the Pasco Board of County Commissioners in 2012 and re-elected in 2016, representing District 3. She served as Chairman of the Board from November 2015 to November 2016. Born in California, Kathryn lived in many places while growing up, including Arizona, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, France and Spain before choosing Florida as her home. She is a graduate of South Miami High School and attended Pinellas Technical Education Center; University of Madrid, Spain; University of Santander, Spain; Assumption School, Paris, France; and Florida State University. Kathryn is married to Jay B (Trey) Starkey III and is the mother of four children: Lindsey, who attended the Air Force Academy and UF and resides in Colorado with her husband, Air Force Major Tino Diaz. Hunter is a graduate of FSU & MIT and works for Wheelock Street Capitol in New York. Twins, Zachary and Madison, are college students at University of Alabama.

Lori Kwiatkowski

Board Member

Lori Kwiatkowski moved to Trinity from New York City in 1990. She is married and has an adult daughter. Lori has worked in various positions within The Auto Club Group (AAA) since 1993. In her current role she has oversight of three branch offices in Pasco and Hernando Counties. Lori is involved in travel, insurance, membership and auto touring. Her passions are family, traveling and cooking. She has been involved in Safety Town since its inception and loves being a part of this outstanding educational resource in Pasco County.

Steve Booth

Board Member

Steve Booth was born and raised in Hornell, New York and received his BA from Alfred University and law degree from Stetson Law School.
He has lived and practiced law here in Pasco County for the last 45 years. Steve is still actively involved in a number of charitable organizations in the area. He has been involved in the West Pasco Little League since 1973 and is the Chairman of the Board of the Angelus, which is a residential facility for cerebral palsied individuals. He and his wife Elaine and have been married for 39 years and have 5 children and 8 grandchildren.

Ray Gadd

Board Member

Deputy Superintendent Ray Gadd oversees Administration, Operations, Teaching and Learning, and Student Support Services. Mr. Gadd’s previous experience with Pasco County Schools included Assistant Superintendent for Administration and Support Services, Assistant Superintendent for Employee Services and Planning, Assistant to the Superintendent for Special Projects, Student Services Supervisor and School Psychologist. For the three years prior to his current employment, he served as President and CEO of Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services. Mr. Gadd’s previous voluntary board involvement includes the Pasco Pediatric Foundation, Advisory Council Wachovia Banks of Pasco, University of South Florida Collaborative for Children, Families and Communities, Pasco Hernando Catholic Charities, National Conference of Christians and Jews, Florida Coalition for Children and Gulfside Hospice. He currently serves as Vice Chair for Central Florida Behavioral Network and is a Board Member of Youth and Family Alternatives Foundation and the Angelus. He has also served on the Pasco Planning Commission and the Development Review Committee. Mr. Gadd was also instrumental in the original campaign in 2004 to pass the Penny for Pasco to fund schools. Mr. Gadd has received the Lawrence D. Wasser Humanitarian Award (Jewish National Fund Tampa), Florida Coalition for Children Chairman’s Award, Florida Association of School Psychologist Presidential Award, Pasco County District Supervisor of the Year Award and was recognized by the Parents for Quality Schools for leadership. Mr. Gadd received his B.A. in Social and Behavioral Sciences and his M.A. in Behavioral Science from the University of South Florida. He is a licensed School Psychologist and certified by the National Association of School Psychologists. Mr. Gadd is married to Cathy Peckett and has a grown daughter, Casey, and two grandchildren.

Mike Bishop

Board Member

Coming soon.