Staff Bios Retired

Staff BIOS - Recently Retired

Jul 20, 2019

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The all-volunteer staff of the American Nudist Research Library come from a rich diversity of backgrounds. Two things they all share are an appreciation of naturist history, and a desire to be helpful.

This page records the recently retired Staff members.

Connie Torres
Connie Torres works behind the scenes, putting out the library newsletter since 2014. She began coming to Cypress Cove in 1983, with her husband and three daughters. After her family grew up, she moved here in 1999. Some of her grandchildren have lived with her at the nudist resort for up to a year. Seeing all of the kindly and trusting people, one of her grandsons asked, “Grandma, is this what it was like when you were growing up?” Now great grandchildren visit.

She worked many years as an Industrial Engineering Analyst in the shipbuilding and aerospace industries.

Connie was raised in a minister’s family where doing good deeds was a part of daily life. Besides helping at the library, she gives people rides to the store, and helps take care of the elderly. She says, “That’s what I was created for; I volunteer when needed.”

Barb Westen


Barb Westen has begun helping with the newsletter. She grew up in a small town in Wisconsin. Nudism wasn’t even a word in her dictionary. The closest she came to it was wearing a nightie to bed with no underwear. That would be considered pretty scandalous in those days.

She became a nudist in 2001 when she married Ed. Barb thought he was nuts when he first mentioned this idea, but she was looking for a good man and agreed to go along. They visited Valley View in Wisconsin and later joined Cypress Cove, where she belongs to the Cove singers and Cove players.

Barb’s background is strong in administration. Her last position was Project Manager for a steam generator replacement at a Nuclear Power Plant. While working full-time, she earned a degree in Health Care Business. She also found time to get her Emergency Medical Technician license and spent many years on call with her local ambulance service. When she married Ed, she became part-owner of a home health care business. As Policy & Compliance Director, she researched and wrote all the applicable policies and trained the employees.

Barb aspires to be a knowledgeable, capable, funny, and just over-all good person.

Gary Wright


Gary Wright brings 38 years of Air Force experience in communications and computers. With a degree in engineering, he has been part of the library scanning team since 2014.

A newcomer to nudism, he joined the Green Valley Club in Ohio in 2008. As network administrator, he keeps track of all their computer information. He and his wife now spend their winters at Cypress Cove, where they also volunteer with The Cove Players.

Gary enjoys fishing from his pontoon, and all sorts of sports. He prides himself on being a team player and a nice guy. When asked why he volunteers, he says, “I like books. I like electronics. And I like to help the cause.”

Tom Bergen, Ph.D.
Tom Bergen, Ph.D. has five college degrees. For 11 years, he taught Family and Child Studies at the University of Wisconsin and other colleges. Then he switched careers and did pharmacy for the next 35 years, before retiring. /public_html/Travel/Maps/Big%20Nude%20Boat.jpg In his student days, he attended the Halcyon nudist club near Pittsburgh. He was never really a joiner. In recent years, he and his wife have gone on five Bare Necessities cruises, eventually becoming members of AANR and The Naturist Society.

Every week since 2013, he drives an hour each way to help do scanning at the library because he feels the importance of preserving our historical documents. He finds it easy to get along with people, and considers reliability one of his great strengths. He says he enjoys listening to Ed’s jokes; that makes the work fun.