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.

Thomas Don District Captain East

Thomas J. Don – District Captain – East,  (Divisions 7, 8, 16, 18)

I was born in Paterson, NJ and raised in the town of Saddle River, NJ. My family relocated to Rumson, NJ while I was still in school. Upon my graduation from High School I attended Johns Hopkins University before joining the United States Coast Guard in 1965. I followed in my Father’s and Brother’s footsteps in joining the Coast Guard. I spent the first four years on active duty. My first tour of duty after Boot Training was aboard the Buoy Tender Mistletoe stationed in Portsmouth Virginia. After serving on the Mistletoe my next assignment was serving at the Field Testing and Development Center at Curtis Bay Maryland. When my tour of duty was completed at FT&DC I received orders for Group Sandy Hook, NJ from there I served at Station Barnegat Light, NJ and Station Beach Haven, NJ performing SAR duty. I also had some active-duty time on the Buoy Tender Sassafras stationed at TRACEN Cape May. I also served as a CG Recruiter in the Coast Guard Recruiting Office in both Philadelphia, PA and Atlantic City, NJ. My last tour of duty was aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Hornbeam Stationed at TRACEN Cape May, NJ. Over the years I have been awarded many service Ribbons and Medals including the Cutter Device and the Coxswain Device. Both were awarded to me by the Coast Guard and the Coast Guard Auxiliary. I have been Honorably Discharged eight times in my career in the US Coast Guard. I retired from the Coast Guard in 1998 with 33 years of service. I joined the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary the same year I retired. This year marks my 24th year with the CG Auxiliary. I have served in the positions of VFC, FC, DCDR and currently DCAPT E 5NR. I have also served as DSO-PV, ADSO-PV and numerous Staff positions at both the Flotilla and Division level. I hold the following qualifications: Coxswain (archived), Instructor, Vessel Examiner, Program Visitor.

I consider serving the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary “A Great Honor and Privilege”. I try very hard to lead by example embracing the Core Values in which I took a solemn oath to uphold. I have had the privilege to meet some truly amazing members which has inspired and motivated me to perform my duties to the best of my ability. The past two years for the Coast Guard Auxiliary membership has presented challenges that I believe no one in the History of our organization could have possibly imagined. The COVID Pandemic literally caused upheaval within our ranks and our personal lives as well. Throughout the Pandemic our Shipmates have showed Great Resilience and Determination to carry on the duties that they pledged to uphold. The introduction of the Virtual Zoom platform enabled our Divisions and Flotillas to meet remotely and kept our Shipmates engaged in Business matters and Training. Without this technological wonder our CG Auxiliary would be in bad shape. We are finally beginning to emerge from the Pandemic after two years of shutdowns and quarantine restrictions. Our Division Commanders and Flotilla Commanders are busy at work making plans for the upcoming 2022 Boating Season. Many of our Training courses are now available online which should make it very convenient for our Shipmates to complete in a timely manner and remain qualified for the year. We need to promote our Recruiting efforts. Our membership has been in decline over the last few years and we need to find new members who show enthusiasm in joining our ranks. There is much work to be accomplished in the new year. We have a very talented group of Auxiliarists that possess the skills necessary to support the missions of the Coast Guard. I admire and respect our Shipmates for their Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty!

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.