I retired as a Police Captain from the Belleville, Illinois Police Dept. in 2009. After that I was the Deputy Director for the Southwestern Illinois Police Academy. We train all downstate police officers for Illinois. I retired from this position after 10 years in August 2019 and Rita & I are now fulltime RVing.
We bought our first ever RV in 2014, a 43-foot 2008 Country Coach Inspire FE (go big or go home). We joined CCI that first year and go to at least two rallies a year. The friendship & Country Coach knowledge we have gained from CCI is immeasurable.
I have been married to my high school sweetheart, Rita for over 43 years. We have two grown daughters and five grandkids. I am looking forward to getting away from the constant demands of work & enjoying the Country Coach life!
Pat Gauch, MD
Cell # 240-925-5687
I have been married for 48 years and have two sons! I graduated from Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in 1969 and my BSN from Metropolitan State College ( now University) in Denver, Colorado. Worked in PACU/OR at Calvert Memorial Hospital, Prince Frederick, MD, for 32 years. Retired in March, 2016 and loving it! My hobbies are traveling and reading, my newest endeavor is pickleball. My husband Chuck and I have been Country Coach owners since 2002.
Dianne Hegler, TN
Cell # 931-797-5181
My husband, Max Hegler, and I have been retired since 2004. We've been married almost 50 years and love to travel. Max was in the USAF for 33 years and I followed him to almost every assignment with the exception of Thailand back in the early 70's. I did fly over for a visit however. I have a Degree in Elementary Education and used it for a short while, about four years, but took off a few years to raise our two girls. When I did return to the workforce, computers had finally caught up with my passion and I worked as a Systems Administrator, Instructor, IT Analyst, Help Desk Coordinator, IT Technician for various school systems and finally EDS/HP. I worked to be very flexible for whatever job was available as we moved around in the military life. We bought our first motor coach in Nov 2017, named her Hazel, and it's been a love affair ever since. The RV life is perfectly suited for our love to be on the move and travel and we can include our wonderful fur baby, Jake, a yellow lab. He loves it too. I am honored and excited about serving as Treasurer for CCI. Nicest group of people ever!
Buddy Bordes, LA
Cell # 504-982-1635
Four years ago after retiring from Shell Oil and Ann retiring from teaching, we began our RV experience. Since our journey began, we have traveled over 30,000 miles and have met many wonderful friends. Joining several motor home clubs introduced us to people from all over the United States. We have traveled through 30 states and have seen hundreds of interesting sites. So far our trip to the Grand Canyon was our most enjoyable. In the future we are planning on attending more rallies visiting with old friends as well as making new ones. Our only barrier has been missing our three boys and five grandchildren. They all live in New Orleans and we are a very close family. The grandchildren stay with us a lot and we are attached to seeing them almost every day. Skype does help some and we are hoping to take a few trips with some of them soon.
Mike Sowers, FL
Cell # 321-355-8563
Mike is a past president of CCI. He and his wife Pam of 46 years have two children and three grand children. Mike and Pam started their RV adventures in 2000 with a Monaco Executive and quickly moved into their first Country Coach Intrigue. After 46 years leading Global Information Technology Teams, Mike retired in 2021 and he and Pam are now looking forward to increasing their travel. We currently reside at the Great Outdoors RV Resort in Titusville FL where we can see rocket launches regularly.
Tammy Toalson, FL
Cell # 850-866-5758
VP Rally Coordinator
Rick and I have been traveling in a Country Coach for 11 of our 12 years motor-homing and 10 of those we have been members in CCI. I became more involved with the Club in 2011 when CCI conducted a contest to come up with a new logo for our Club. I began embroidering the new logo on shirts, hats and other items for the Club and we started attended more rallies to bring products to you. As I have become more involved in the rallies, I have become more interested in serving as a Board member for CCI. I am looking forward to serving you as VP of Rallies.
Max Hegler, TN
Cell # 931-446-7856
CCI FMCA National Director
I retired from the United States Air Force in 2004 after 33 years. Dianne and I have been camping since 1969 and started looking at motor coaches in 2002. It was then I fell in love with the Country Coach. We had to put our dream on hold due to family obligations but finally found our 2008 Allure 470 Sunset Bay in November 2017. We joined CCI in January 2018, and SECC in February. Since that time we have been able to incorporate every CCI and SECC Rally into our travel schedule. What a blast! The friends we have met along the way are some of the best people in the world! Hopefully we can continue to enjoy traveling in our coach "Hazel" and meet more great people!
Debbie Glenn, TX
Cell # 325-669-6840
My husband, Gary Glenn, and I have been together since 2008. We have four wonderful children and six grandchildren. I retired in 2011 from the Abilene Police Department as a Detective and had a great time serving my community. I then joined my husband in running his cleaning and restoration business. We semi-retired and went full timing in 2017. However, in 2018, we decided to purchase a casita in Kerrville, TX and absolutely love it. We travel around to see the United States and sell our LED Lights and F11 at several different rallies. Thanks for allowing me to serve on the CCI Board!
George Sanders, AL
Cell # 205-914-6148
Eastern Area VP
My background is Financial/Business Management with IBM from which I retired in 2007. The last 15 years at IBM were spent running very large service delivery contracts as Project Executive. Janet & I have been married since 1966 and now live in beautiful Mountain Brook, AL, after many moves with IBM. Over the course of those years we have been both boaters and RVers. Having started RVing in 1994 with a travel trailer we quickly moved to motor homes in 1996. I have been pleased to serve in leadership positions in both boating and RVing organizations most recently as Treasurer for CCI. My objective as Country Coach International Eastern Area VP is to maintain CCI as a valued resource to regional CC owners and to encourage their membership in our organization.
Joe Mikan, IL
Cell # 815-405-0057
Western Area VP
Lynn and I live in Lockport Illinois, which is 35 miles southwest of Chicago. Our first motorhome was a classic front wheel drive GMC. In 2007 we purchased a 1995 Country Coach Intrigue, joined CCI, and attended our first rally at the Amana Colonies in Iowa. Since that time we have attended one or more CCI rallies every year, and joined three regional CCI clubs. We now have a 1999 Country Coach Magna. I am the third generation in our family business which is insurance and real estate investments. I was also very involved in local county government, serving terms as county auditor, county board commissioner, and finally as county board president. Our company owns several properties across Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana, one of which is a golf course where Lynn and I live. We have a second home in Fort Myers Florida where Lynn spends the winter, while I commute between Illinois and Florida.