Meet the Divan
The Divan is the “board of directors” or “executive council” of the organization and serves as the management team for both fraternal and business activities of the Shrine. Each Shrine Center has its own Divan, and the minimum number of Divan members is set by Imperial by-laws at five, with each of these being elected by the Nobility (membership). Therefore, all Shrine Centers have at least five members on the Divan.
Brian Johns and Lady Tracey
"Brian was born March 17, 1964 in Philadelphia and grew up in Central New Jersey in the shore town of Toms River. At an early age, he was bought an electronic keyboard and developed a love of music. By the time of high school, he joined the marching band and was introduced by a high school friend to the drum and bugle corps activity marching with the Eatontown Royales in 1980. He toured by bus all over the east coast forming a close bond with the group and having a great time.
After graduating high school, Brian held various jobs as a busboy, waiter and short-order cook. With no college education or life skills, he spoke to an Air Force recruiter and enlisted in the USAF in 1982. Brian received training as a Cardiopulmonary Technologist where he learned to perform diagnostic testing in a military hospital. He spent the majority of his enlistment stationed at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. After completing his military service, Brian received an honorable discharge in 1986 and returned to New Jersey with a new set of life skills and a sense of direction.
It didn’t take long before Brian found work in his new occupation, specializing in ultrasound. He worked for various hospitals and imaging centers until 1989 when his parents moved to Florida. Brian quickly followed and found similar work in Central Florida. Over the years of his career, he became quite proficient in his field. He worked as the lead cardiac sonographer for a cardiology group for 20 years, where he would meet his future wife Tracey. He was then hired in 2012 as Ultrasound supervisor at South Lake Hospital in Clermont, FL where his still works today.
In 1996, Brian was excited to see that a drum and bugle completion was being held at the Orlando Citrus Bowl. He was even more excited when he discovered that an all-age drum corps existed in Orlando called Heat Wave. It didn’t take long before Brian joined the group and rekindled his love for the activity. In Heat Wave, Brian met a man name Lynn Capraun who introduced Brian to Freemasonry and Shriners. By 1997, Brian was raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason in South Seminole Lodge 364. Not long after, he joined as a Noble of Bahia in the Drum & Bugle Unit with many other members of Heat Wave.
Brian’s step-father introduced him to motorcycle riding which would become another passion in his life. After a motorcycle accident in 2002 left him with 10 broken ribs, his then coworker, Tracey helped nurse him back to health. Brian fell in love with this pretty, kind, gentle, funny divorced mother of three. They married on April 12, 2003 with friends, family, and fellow Nobles in attendance during the reception at Bahia.
After over 20 years as a Noble, life has been good for Brian. He lives in Kissimmee with Tracey and their four-legged babies, all rescue dogs. His step children are grown and he’s become a grandfather. He still excels at his job and gained experience in a leadership role at the hospital. At Bahia, he still rides motorcycles and plays the tuba. He enjoys cigars and has driven (and crashed) a race car to raise money for Shriners kids. He demitted to Orange Blossom Lodge No. 80 and attends meetings as his cable-tow permits. Brian is serving as Bahia’s Assistant Rabban and hopes to continue serving the Shrine in a leadership role. His focus will be building membership, planning Fundraising activities and increasing participation of our current Nobles."
Mark Charlton and Lady Dawn
Mark was trying to find his way to give back to the community and better himself. A friend recommended Freemasonry. Mark began his Masonic journey back in England in 2005. He found he enjoyed the fellowship and the craft.
He moved to Florida still a member of his English Lodge, Trevelyan No. 9187 and visited Lodges here. He was introduced to the Shrine and immediately felt he had found his home. His zest and enthusiasm for this great philanthropic cause was clear from the start.
Through the Shrine he was introduced to members of Mokanna Lodge #329 where he later demitted from England and joined, and he is 2021’s Worshipful Master. He is also a member of High 12 and Scottish Rite.
He is in several units and enjoys each one. In 2018 he had the privilege of being asked to join Bahia’s leadership (Divan) and is currently serving as High Priest & Prophet.
Mark believes in a strong community and works with various other communities’ project such as Second Harvest Food Bank and Sunshine Foundation.
Marks formal training is as mason and he has run his own contracting companies for many years. He is also a qualified commercial diver and worked within the industry teaching and assessing.
Mark and his Lady Dawn have 3 children and seven grandchildren. In March 2021 Mark and his Lady became proud American citizens.
Brian Domian and Lady Joy
"Noble Brian Domian began his journey in Masonry over 40 years ago at Hunsruck Lodge #839 while stationed at Hahn Air Base in Germany. Although that lodge closed when the base did, he continues to maintain membership in the unified German-American Lodge. He has also been a member of Scottish Rite for almost 35 years entering in Dallas, TX. He entered the Shrine at Syria Temple in Pittsburg, PA almost 25 years ago and transferred to Bahia 20 years ago when he and his family moved back to Oviedo.
At Bahia he has served 2 years as an aide, President of the West Volusia Shrine Club (recently elected for a 2nd term), President of the RV Club, 1st and 2nd CM and several other officer and committee positions.
Noble Brian was born into a USAF family in Massachusetts while his father was stationed there. Brian is retired from the US Government with almost 50 years of Leadership and Management positions both in military and as a civilian. He is most proud of his proven ability to make timely life or death decisions under extreme pressure while flying the F-4 Phantom II. He has been decorated and recognized, both in the military and civilian world, for leadership success during war and peace, internationally and in the US.
Noble Brian has been married to Lady Joy Domian who has accompanied and supported him for almost 44 years through his entire Masonic journey and around the world, including living in Germany and Saudi Arabia. They have two children; their son proudly serves as a MSgt in the USAF at Patrick AFB and is a Master Mason.
Jason Souza and Lady Beth
High Priest and Prophet
I am Jason Souza and was born in Southampton, NY. I grew up most of my life in Catskill NY until I left for the service at the age of 17. I received my Associated degree from Marion Military Institute in 1997, received my Bachelor degree of International Communication and Conflict Management from the Oswego State University in 1999 and received my Master’s degree in International Communication, Conflict Management and Leadership from the Park University in 2015. I moved to Central Florida in 2018 and currently live in the Longwood area.
I spent 23 years in the US Army serving in various positions culminating my career as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Officer. Since leaving the service I have been employed by a company called PAE that provides Department of Defense services to include international training and advisement to both US and foreign countries. In addition to my work Life my wife and I helped establish a Children’s home in Archer’s Post Kenya where we provide housing, food, clothes and a chance for the children to attend school. I am a member of the Tin Lizzes at Bahia Shrine.
I was raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason at Herman Lodge 108 in Freeport Florida in 2007 and became a member of Bahia Shriners in 2018.
I have been married for 18 years to Beth and have 2 children, Emma and Liam.
Robert M. Leighton
Dear Nobles of Bahia Shrine
Born on December 4, 1956 in Lewiston Maine.
Graduated from Edward Little High School in Auburn, Maine in 1975 and Washington County Technical College in Calais, Maine in 1977 with an Electrical Degree.
After College On August 10th, 1977, went to work for the Bath Iron Works in Bath,Maine as an Electrician on the Frigate class ships that were being built for the United States Navy.
Later worked on the Cruiser Class and Destroyer Class ships and just before retiring worked as controls engineer on the USS Zumwalt a protype Destroyer for the United States Navy.
He retired from Bath Iron Works in August 2016 after 39 years of service. He now resides in Summerfield, Fl. He presently owns RML properties with investment properties in Maine and Florida. He started investing in apartment buildings at the age 18 years.
He Served on the Lewiston/Auburn landlord association board of Directors for 6 years. When I joined the board, they had 75 members and when I stepped down from the board there were over 600 members.
Raised as a Master Mason in Tranquil No.29 in 1989.
Member of York Rite, was commander of Lewiston Commandery No.6 for 2 years.
and a member of Scottish Rites.
Became a lifetime member of Kora Shrine in Lewiston Maine in 2004.
Immediately after becoming a Shriner, He joined the Cycle Corps and was a member of the Cycle Corps for 18 years and the last 7 years as the Director, from 2000 to 2006. I joined the Second Section in 2007.
1996 served on the Ladies night committee for Potentate.
1999 was President of the Androscoggin Shrine Club. I am also a lifetime member of the Androscoggin Shrine Club.
1999 worked on the Northeast Shrine Association for Potentate.
Coordinator for the Champion Bass Masters over 5 years, which raised over $200,000.00, for the hospitals and transportation fund for Kora Shriners.
2008-2014I Served on the Circus committee.
He is a DeMolay Dad and for over 10 years, President of the Kora DeMolay Council for Kora Temple. The main function was to raise money to support all DeMolay Chapter’s in Maine and in 2014 I was awarded the DeMolay Legion of Honor award.
He worked on the Kora family fun day committee for several years.
He was instrumental in bringing the Bass Masters Banquet to Kora Shrines which raised a few thousand Dollars each year for the Androscoggin Shrine club
Over the years I have attended the Imperial Sessions and the East West Shrine games in Florida.
He joined Bahia Shrine in 2019. He was approached to be on the Leadership team in 2020.
He became Chief Aide in 2021.
He is a member of the Bingo Committee
A Member of the Motorcycle Unit
Chairman of the Membership committee for Bahia and supports all functions of Bahia Shrine.
1st VP of the Villages Shrine club
On the Membership for the Villages Shrine Club and responsible for getting a membership table set up in the Town Square on Vendor nights
Shriner of the Month for the month of February 2021
Shriner of the year for the Villages Shrine Club 2021
For 7 years, my wife Claire and I have attended the PGA Shrine Golf Tournament in Las Vegas as a Shrine Volunteer.
In 1979 he married his Wife Claire where they built their home in Minot,
Maine and raised 2 wonderful children a daughter Heather who resides in Dyer Brook, Maine with her husband Jonathan. Heather is a middle school math teacher in Aroostook County, Maine. Jonathan is a Shriner of Anah Temple in Bangor, Maine. A son Robie who resides in Jacksonville, Florida with his wife Jessica. Robie is a Shriner here at Bahia. Robie works for Transocean as a 1st class engineer on a drilling ship presently in the Gulf of Mexico and was the first Shriner to play in the Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl Football Classic.
Thank you for your consideration and Hope that I can be of great value to Bahia Shrine.
Noble Robert Leighton
Ill Sir Bill Cianciola and Lady Joyce
Is married to Joyce Cianciola for 41 years. They have a son Marc, daughter in law Nichole and two Granddaughters Bella and Catie. They reside in NY. Marc is a member of the Grand Lodge of Vermont and a Life member of Tigris Shriners.
He is a retired Police Officer Syracuse PD, Syracuse, NY. After retirement he became President of Bill Cianciola Bail Agency. He also, owner Bill Cianciola Private Investigations. Licensed Insurance Agent NYS & held investment licenses NYS.
Member of the Lyncourt Union Free Schools, School Board. President of the Board 1996. Was a member of the Town of Salina Planning Board.
Raised to Master Mason in Konosioni Lodge 950 Grand Lodge of NY in 1975, Master of Konosioni Lodge 1983. Is currently a
Member of the Grand Lodge of NY Law Enforcement Committee.
Joined Scottish Rite 1975 Northern Jurisdiction Valley of Syracuse and currently a member of the Valley of Orlando.
Joined Tigris Shriners in 1978. Served as Director of Tigris Clowns, Circus Chairman, Membership & other duties. He was elected Potentate of Tigris Shriners 1998. Elected Recorder of Recorder of Tigris Shriners 1999 to 2001 as is an Emeritus member of the International Recorders Assoc.
Life member of the International Cabiri. Served as the President of Bahia Cabiri in 2021.
Emeritus Member of the Colorado Corporation Shriners Hospitals for Children after attending 15 sessions.
Was an Associate Member of the Springfield Hospital Board 2021 to 2014
Emeritus Member of the Imperial Marshalls Staff after serving 15 years.
Ryan Harris and Lady Silvia
Ryan was born and raised in the St. Louis, Missouri area, attending the St. Louis College of Pharmacy on faculty scholarship before moving to the University of Missouri – St. Louis where he graduated with Bachelor of Science degrees in Accounting, Management and Organizational Behavior, and Sociology with minor studies in Criminology and Criminal Behavior, Professional Writing, and Virology. He is a member of the Delta-Zeta Chapter Sigma Pi Fraternity International where he served as Chapter Herald, Chapter Education Chairman, International Ritual Committee Co-Chairman, and International Assistant Parliamentarian to the 1998 Convocation in Clearwater, Florida, as well as serving several terms on the Alumni Advisory Board.
After working his way through University as an AS/400 Systems Operator at Enterprise Rent A Car in St. Louis, he held a variety of jobs including selling soybean byproducts for Bunge North America, to Flight Attendant for United Airlines, to Director of Distribution for Salsa d’Haiti in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to Systems and Process Auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Kingston, Jamaica, to Commercial Operations Manager and Chief Commercial Officer for InselAir on the island of Curacao, and to Director of Client Relations for JR Technologies in Ireland. In January 2021, he co-founded the Allavance Holdings group of companies where he serves as Chief Operations Officer for the group subsidiaries including Allavance Insurance Brokers, Allavance IT Solutions, Allavance Business Services, Allavance Landscape, Clovebrook Limited in Ireland, and JR Technologies P.C. in Greece. He is a licensed Notary Public, Certified Information Systems Auditor, Travel Insurance Agent, Registered Pharmacy Technician, and Property and Casualty Service Representative.
Ryan petitioned and was elected to membership by Algabil-Freedom Lodge 636 of the Missouri AF&AM as an Entered Apprentice on November 3, 1998 and was raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason on January 9, 1999. He remains a member at Algabil-Freedom, as well as a 32nd degree member of the Scottish Rite Valley of St. Louis, Orient of Missouri. As a Noble Shriner of the Bahia Temple in Orlando, Florida since 2021 he was appointed Assistant Temple Treasurer in 2021 and elected to the 2022 Divan as Temple Treasurer. He is a Past Secretary and current President of the Bahia Directors Staff Unit and Parliamentarian of the Lake County Shrine Club.
In addition to his Masonic service, Ryan isa Past Senior Vice President of the Florida VFW Auxiliary District 18, Two-time Past President of VFW Auxiliary 4305 in Winter Garden, Treasurer of Club Holland Orlando, and Treasurer of his Homeowners Association. He is also an ordained Minister of the Universal Life Church, which named him a Cardinal of the Church and awarded him an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree in 2020.
Ryan and his wife, Silvia Nijhoff, met at the University of Missouri – St. Louis where she was a foreign exchange student from Inholland University in Amsterdam where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in International Business and Languages. Together they own Red Panda Enterprises in Florida. They have been married since 2015 and moved to the Orlando area in 2016 where they enjoy killing plants because it’s much easier than growing them. He has two adult sons, Collin and Tyler, both of whom live in the St. Louis area.