The District Executive Committee(EXCOM) shall be comprised of the District Commodore, as Chairperson, the District Chief of Staff, each District Captain, the Director, and the Immediate Past District Commodore. EXCOM is charged with managing the day-to-day operations and business of this District and will meet as determined by the District Commodore and Director. EXCOM will review the progress of the Auxiliary in the District, will study suggestions received from District members and will provide recommendations to Divisions and Flotillas where problems develop and when assistance is requested or needed.

Portrait of District Captain West Doug Willwerth

John “Doug” Willwerth District Captain-West (Divisions 15, 19, 20, 21)

Douglas (Doug) Willwerth is the District Captain for the Western Area of District 5 Northern Region, which consists of the central and eastern portions of Pennsylvania with 374 members. The areas range from State College down to Chambersburg, from the Poconos to Lancaster, northern New Jersey, and everything in between

Doug enrolled in the Auxiliary in 1991, and this year will recognize 30 years in the organization. He is a member of Flotilla 19-04 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He became interested in joining the Auxiliary while attending a Public Education class in 1990. The opportunity to learn more advanced training was why he wanted to join the organization. Doug has achieved numerous Auxiliary awards and recognition over the years that have included AUXOP, Division Auxiliarist of the Year, and most recently, The Auxiliary Achievement Medal. He is qualified as a Vessel Examiner, Marine Dealer Visitor, Telecommunications Operator, Instructor, and a Fingerprint Technician. He is a Paramedic in Pennsylvania and a CPR/First Aid Instructor, teaching thousands of students over about 40 years, including many Auxiliary members. Past leadership roles included Vice Flotilla Commander, Flotilla Commander, Vice Division Commander, and Division Commander. Doug currently serves as a Flotilla Member Training Staff Officer, and Division Public Education Staff Officer.

Doug is a native to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania where he currently resides. He is semi-retired from a long-standing and very rewarding career in the medical field, and a graduate of Harrisburg Area Community College. He started his own CPR and First Aid training business this past fall, and will also be starting a frozen yogurt franchise in Lancaster by early spring. One of Doug’s favorite sayings is, “Every day is a new adventure!” “There is always a reason to be thankful”, and Doug has a positive, “glass half-full” outlook. His boating and navigation experience include the Susquehanna River and Chesapeake Bay over the last 30 years. He is grateful for the knowledge, experience, and education provided to him by the instructors, Coast Guard, and Auxiliary over the years, and now is here to pay it forward.

District Captain Central Jim Hans

James Hans – District Captain – East,  (Divisions 7, 8, 16, 18)

A native of Southern NJ and a 1985 graduate of Rutgers University. 1st Career was serving as a special agent with Department of Defense stationed at Ft. DIX, Charleston Navy Base and Camp Lejeune. In the mid 90’s I entered the world of Hospitality Management, and worked in the Coastal Carolina’s, Florida, and Southern NJ.

Our primary mission will be to transition to a post Covid-19 Environment. Re-energizing our members to resume the task of ensuring safety to the boating public, continuing to work hand in hand with the active duty, while at the same time finding creative solutions for our members to serve safely in a post pandemic world. Accepting the role of leadership opportunities has provided a Segway to understanding a much broader vision of the needs of our Auxiliary. By interacting and working with diverse backgrounds and different challenges, I am given the opportunity to draw on experience that hopefully will be of benefit to others. Fellowship with such a diverse group of individuals, while at the same time knowing you and others are stepping up to provide genuine real substantive contributions that protect our boating public and could possibly save lives. The pandemic has and will continue to alter how we go about our daily lives.  Ensuring the health and safety of members while at time continuing to educate our boating public must be our highest priority. Encouraging growth, education and development of our members must be a priority.    All members must be encouraged to actively participate and share their talents and skills in appointed and elected offices. I listen, I read, and I enthusiastically engage. The door is always open, the phone is always on, and I will respond to every email. “Let’s talk”.

If I knew grandchildren were this much fun, I would have skipped raising my own kids, and gone straight to being a “Pop Pop”.

District Captain East Cynthia Chaimowitz

Cynthia Chaimowitz, District Captain – Central (Divisions 1, 4, 12, 17)

Cynthia (Cindi) Chaimowitz is the District Captain for the Central Area of District 5 Northern Region, which consists of Delaware, Trenton and surrounding areas in New Jersey and southern Pennsylvania with 550 members.

Cindi enrolled in the Auxiliary in January 2007 and currently is a member of Flotilla 12-09 in Lewis, Delaware which supports USCG Station Indian River Inlet (DE). She became interested in the Auxiliary after completing a USCGA safe boating class and got completely swept away with Auxiliary programs.  In particular, the excitement of the crew program quickly got her attention and has not subsided to this day. She is qualified as a Vessel Examiner, Public Affairs Officer3, Auxiliary Food Service (supporting USCG Station Indian River Inlet) Boat Crew, RBS and Paddle Craft Operator, the precursor to AUXPAD.  She was the first and only PCO in the State of Delaware). Past leadership roles include Past Commander Division 12, Flotilla Commander, Vice Flotilla Commander. Cindi currently serves as a Division Food Service Staff Officer, Past Commanders Secretary and in the D5NR Honor Guard. Cindi has achieved numerous awards and recognition during her years as an Auxiliarist.

As a top priority, Cindi intends to support the Divisions and Flotillas where needed, improve and retain their membership, encourage the leadership to award its members and any other issues that may arise.  Going forward virtually with COVID-19 I would like to find ways to bring back the enthusiasm to our members after this long shutdown. My message would be one of availability, consistency and reliability to assist my shipmates to reach their goals and their needs in the Auxiliary.

Cindi resides in Greenwood, Delaware with her family.  She currently works for the State of Delaware Emergency Medical Services and has been very active in supporting the State’s efforts in providing personal protective equipment (PPE) and currently working the vaccination PODs for the first responders.

Commodore Dever

Thomas Dever – Immediate Past Commodore (IPDCO)

As the District 5 Northern Region Commodore in 2019 and 2020, Tom led the District through the early 2019 federal government shutdown, the very active 2019 boating season, and the 2020 pandemic.  During the shutdown, Auxiliary members created and staffed food pantries throughout the district to serve Active Duty members and their families and provided other much needed assistance.  The summer of 2019 will be remembered for the valuable services provided by Auxiliary members to the boating public and the Active Duty and Reserve including four significant rescues and many lives saved.  Throughout the pandemic, while keeping members’ safety and health first, the district provided member training and public education and assisted their Active Duty brothers and sisters.

Tom joined the US Coast Guard Auxiliary in 2005 with his son Jimmy when they became interested in serving after attending a Boating Skills & Seamanship course.  Tom is a member of Flotilla 04-09 in West Chester, Pennsylvania where he served as the Flotilla’s Vice Commander and then Commander. He went on to become the Southeast Pennsylvania Division 4 Division Vice Commander and Commander, the District Captain for the Central Area and the District Chief of Staff.  Tom holds US Coast Guard Auxiliary Coxswain, Operational Auxiliarist (AUXOP), Vessel Examiner and Public Education Instructor qualifications.  Tom’s personal awards include a Coast Guard Auxiliary Commendation Medal, two Auxiliary Achievement Medals, a Coast Guard Unit Commendation, and a Coast Guard Special Operations Service Ribbon.  He has earned several annual service performance awards and multiple team and unit awards.  Tom has been very active on patrols and training for search and rescue on the Delaware River and Bay, the Chesapeake Bay and at the Jersey Shore.

Tom had a boat based in Somers Point, NJ for several years.  He has also enjoyed serving as part of a crew which took large boats to and from Florida many times.

Tom graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1979 and is a Registered Architect with registrations in 18 states.  He is the President of Dever Architects, a firm he founded in 1985 after working in Wilmington, Delaware and Philadelphia for other architectural firms.  The award-winning Glen Mills, PA firm has a staff of twelve and is best known for its hotel, adaptive reuse, retail, supermarket and residential projects throughout the East Coast and in Greece.  He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and is a Fellow in the Society of American Registered Architects.

Tom lives with his wife Laurie in Thornton, Pennsylvania in a house they designed and built themselves and in Ocean City, NJ where they first met.  They have a Carolina dog named Lyric and three great adult children with whom they remain very close – Katie who lives in Charleston, SC, Jimmy who lives with his wife Sarah in West Chester, PA and Jackie who lives with her husband Josh on the Upper West Side in New York City.