Volunteer Profile Page

Volunteer Profile Page

Feb 29, 2016

Ed Westen has served since 2012 as the library’s electronic scanning coördinator, responsible for the direction and supervision of the scanning department and its six dedicated volunteers. His 33 years as a high school Mathematics and Computer Science teacher helped prepare him for this position. So did his interest in serious photography.

The whole process of scanning, editing, formatting and archiving magazine files was developed over many months with much trial and error. The current procedures have been documented for future workers, and several volunteers have been trained in their use. Under his direction, hundreds of thousands of pages of historic nudist documents have been electronically preserved.

Ed joined The Naturist Society in 1990, and AANR about ten years later. Now a member of Cypress Cove, he holds fond memories of Valley View Recreation Club in Wisconsin.

Roger Vonland came to nudism only in 2000. He had already retired after 30 years as an economist with the federal government. That overlapped with his 35 years in the Naval Reserves—retiring as a Lieutenant Commander. Over the years, he also taught Economics and Business Administration at five universities.

He joined the library staff in 2003, serving 10 years as vice-president. And after retiring from that position, he volunteered to staff the library on Mondays, so it could be open six days a week.

Volunteering comes naturally to Roger. For more than 55 years, he has belonged to Lions Clubs in five states—serving for a while as the organization’s District Governor. He has volunteered Hospice service for over 25 years. He is also a licensed minister in the United Church of Christ and has served as an Associate Pastor in churches in Georgia, Alabama, and Florida over the past 25 years.

He belongs to Cypress Cove, Crossed Oaks Haven, and the Tampa Area Naturists.

Roe Ostheim grew up in Scotland, coming to New Jersey as a nanny. She then studied medicine at New York University, and worked 29 years for AT&T—first as an overseas operator, working her way up to Human Resources Manager. That last position required the preparation of many budgets. All of this experience prepared her for her current position as library treasurer since 2003.

She started going to clothing-optional Riis Beach in New York in 1980. In 1996, she moved to Cypress Cove. Here, she has also helped with scanning materials at the library.

Roe says, “My strengths are being available to help when needed, and feeling proud of what I do. I believe in volunteering and giving back a little of my time. I have volunteered at Give Kids the World in Kissimmee since 2004. This is a place where children with life-threatening illnesses get to have the time of their lives with their family ’n friends and other kids who are in the same position as them. Volunteering is something I do automatically and since I was very young; I enjoy helping others and it satisfies something in me.”

Paul LeValley, Ph.D. started skinny-dipping on the family farm in Michigan in 1948. He first visited the library for dissertation research in 1983. In 2015, he retired to Cypress Cove, where he now serves as research coördinator.

Dr. LeValley has taught Interdisciplinary Humanities at Florida A & M University, and Art History at Florida State. For more than 20 years, he wrote the art history column in Naturally magazine—soon available as a book. He is the leading authority on the Gymnosophists, those naked philosophers Alexander the Great met in India. On a related topic, he wrote the booklet Naturists: Upholders of Strong Family Values, distributed to thousands of lawmakers across the U.S. He currently writes family movie reviews in the AANR Bulletin.

A founding member of Tallahassee Naturally, Paul conducted the nude College Greek Athletic Meet for more than 20 years. On the founding board of AANR-Florida, he started the AANR Youth Camps and the Florida scholarship program. He also heads the Professors & Researchers Special Interest Group of The Naturist Society—compiling much scholarly bibliography.