Savannah Downtown Neighborhood Association
2018-2019 DOWNTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORSMELINDA ALLENPresidentMelinda and her husband Matthew moved to Savannah in 2002 after falling in love with the charm of the City. They became Downtown residents in 2010 after starting their family in Ardsley Park. Melinda is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio and a graduate of the University of Toledo holding an honors degree in Biology and Chemistry. She spent the majority of her career in the pharmaceutical industry as a product specialist in cardiac care and marketing manager before leaving the industry to concentrate her efforts on raising her family, serving her community, and playing an integral role in the marketing and expansion of the family's dental business.Melinda has served on the DNA board for 4 years, serving the roles of membership chair, vice-president, and president. She also maintains active roles in the Savannah Garden Club, HSF, Hancock Day School, and various City boards. She is a past member of the Junior League and former vice-president of the Christ Church Children's School. Melinda and her husband currently operate a large dental business and land holding company based in Pooler with a secondary location in Lexington, South Carolina. They are the proud parents of three children and enjoy raising them in the exciting and vibrant community of the Landmark Historic District.DAVID MCDONALDVice PresidentDavid, a native of Washington, D.C., earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland and a Master’s Degree in Applied Behavioral Science from Johns Hopkins University. David has spent more than 30 years working in the law enforcement community first serving as a sworn officer in Washington, D.C., retiring as a Deputy Chief with the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department. After retirement from the department, he provided public safety consulting to police organizations around the world and also ran a large U.S. public safety software company. David and his wife Joyce came to Savannah to visit relatives, and like many other visitors, decided it was an incredible place to live. They moved to Savannah in 2007 and both have been active in the community for the past several years.NINA ALTSCHILLERSecretaryNina started her career as a newspaper reporter. She quickly realized that investigative reporting wasn’t either lucrative or fun and transitioned to her first love: fashion, first as a retail executive, then as head of marketing for Waterford Crystal and then onto publishing with Marie Claire and Harper’s Bazaar. In 2001 her husband made her an offer she couldn’t refuse, so she left publishing (which was more lucrative than reporting, but no more fun) and became his partner at Altschiller Associates, an advertising and marketing company. After nine years, she decided it was time to be a pro bono marketer. She joined the Board of Dress for Success, and several social services organizations in the Trenton/Princeton area.In 2011 she and her husband David visited a friend in Savannah. They bought a house that weekend. At first they were part-time residents, but after the winter of 2012, decided Savannah was perfect place to settle permanently. Her first foray into the DNA was to have her house on the Holiday Tour. The next year she became HTOH Chair, which she did for two years. She will be Secretary for the 2018-19 term. In addition to DNA, Nina serves on the Board of Planned Parenthood Southeast.STEVE BRENNEMANTreasurerSteve is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Engineering, with a BS in Computer and Information Science. After working as a computer programmer for four years with International Business Machines Corporation, he returned to The Ohio State University to obtain a law degree. Finishing in the top ten percent of his class and earning membership in the Order of the Coif, he took his first legal job in Atlanta, Georgia, as a labor lawyer. After two years, he moved to San Jose, California, in order to take advantage of his computer background to work as a litigation attorney defending various tech companies. After five years of litigation work, Steve moved on to a senior staff attorney position with the State of California, Court of Appeal in Sacramento, California, where he worked for the next 25 years. During this period, he also volunteered as a judge pro tem in both small claims and traffic court and contributed a regular column on legal affairs in a local newspaper.While still working at the court, Steve and his wife, Kathleen, moved to the Sierra Nevada mountains north of Lake Tahoe to build what they thought would be their future retirement home. Immediately following that move, they helped found School Pathways, a computer software company serving the K-12 education field, where Steve works as general counsel and chief financial officer. Following Steve’s retirement from the State of California in 2013, he and Kathleen discovered Savannah, where it was love at first sight. A year later, they purchased a home in the Landmark Historic District and moved to Savannah, retaining their home in California as a summer getaway. They have two children and six grandchildren, spread between Ohio and Wisconsin.KATHLEEN BRENNEMANCommunicationsKathleen received a BS in Clothing and Textiles with a minor in Business Administration from The Ohio State University and a teaching certificate from the University of Kentucky. After teaching in various capacities in elementary, middle and high schools in California for 18 years, she and a few others, including her husband Steve, founded School Pathways, LLC, an educational software company. She is currently the Chief Operating Officer for the company which serves K-12 education in the areas of student information and student work product tracking.Steve and Kathleen have two children and six grandchildren. They discovered Savannah in 2013 and decided to make it their home, retaining their place in the northern Sierra Nevada mountains for their summer retreat. They enjoy Savannah for many reasons, but the walkability of the city, the access to great restaurants, the symphony and most of all the amazing friends they’ve found are at the top of the list. Kathleen hopes serving on the DNA Board in some small way will help support all the great things the Savannah’s Landmark Historic District has to offer.AMY BROCKOperationsAmy and her husband, Chad, moved to downtown Savannah in 2004 from Charleston, SC. Amy, a graduate of Oklahoma City University, worked in the marketing and communications department at Visit Savannah and the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce for 11 years overseeing the management of the organization’s award winning social media program as well as content management of the organization’s multiple websites. She left her role in 2015 to devote more time to family and pursue freelance projects with small businesses and organizations on their marketing and digital strategies. Amy also oversees the operations for Shrink Savannah, the family’s thriving mental health practice.In addition to volunteering time with the Downtown Neighborhood Association Board, Amy serves as Corresponding Secretary for the Downtown Garden Club of Savannah and is a Trustee for the Historic Savannah Foundation’s Board. Amy is a member of the 2018 Leadership Savannah class and also volunteers time with the Savannah Bicycle Campaign and Hancock Day School. She and her husband, Chad reside on Greene Square with their daughter.MATTHEW HALLETTWard Captain ChairMatthew moved to Savannah in 1994 to study Architecture and Furniture Design at The Savannah College of Art and Design and has lived here since. Working in preservation since 2000, he has restored and sold a number of historic properties in several of Savannah’s historic neighborhoods. He now owns HALLETT & Co, a Historic Preservation and Interior Design firm based in Savannah. He and his husband Daniel E. Smith live on Crawford Square.He has been a member of the DNA since relocating back into the historic district in 2011 and has served as a co-ward captain for his ward the entire time. He serves on various boards including the SDRA Planning and Advocacy Committee and was on the local host committee for the Congress for New Urbanism. Since becoming Chair of DNA Ward Captains in 2016, he has been working to get the ward captains more engaged in community building as part of an ongoing effort to get neighbors acquainted with each other, strengthen the resident community in each ward, and have a positive impact on reducing crime within the Savannah Landmark District.KRISTIN LEEHistorianKristin was born and raised on a farm in Iowa and lived in Iowa for the first half of her life. She moved to Savannah’s Historic District in 2003 after she retired from working as an Assistant United States Attorney in Atlanta. She moved to Savannah to marry her husband, the late Larry Lee, a long-time member and past president of the DNA. Kristin worked in the U.S. Attorney’s Offices for her whole legal career, starting in Iowa, then moving on to Washington, D.C. where she worked for the Department of Justice, ending her career in Atlanta. She is a 1982 graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law.Kristin is an active member of the Collegiate Church of St. Paul the Apostle (Episcopal) where she served as the church’s Treasurer for a number of years. She works in the church’s Thomas Park Food Pantry where she helps hand out bags of groceries to people twice a month.In Iowa, she served on the Board of Directors of the Living History Farms, a 500-acre open-air museum located in Urbandale, Iowa. For approximately five years she served as a volunteer and on the Board of Directors of the Social Apostolate in Savannah. She has also served as a volunteer at the Savannah office of Georgia Legal Services where she helped people seeking guardianships for children. Kristin lives in a house built in 2000, but built to look as if it were a historical home. The house where she lives with her dog, Maisey, is between Crawford and Troup Squares.WILLIAM (BILL) LOVETTTourismBill is a Graduate of The Citadel with a degree in Civil Engineering and an MBA from Georgia State University. He is a decorated Viet Nam combat veteran. Bill retired as President of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineers after 37 years in various capacities. He served as former Chairman of the Board of Historic Savannah Foundation and is presently DNA’s representative to the City of Savannah on the Tourism Advisory Committee (TAC.) As DNA’s representative to the TAC, Bill hopes to help in getting a workable tourism management plan in place as soon as possible.CHASSIDY MALLOYHistoric PreservationChassidy is a native of the metro Atlanta area. She moved to Savannah in 2004 upon enrolling at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), where she received her BFA in Historic Preservation, including a minor in Architecture, in 2008.She is currently employed by the Historic Savannah Foundation (HSF), serving as their Membership and Volunteer Coordinator. Prior to joining HSF, Chassidy was an Historic Interpreter for the Isaiah Davenport House and Owens Thomas House Museums. In 2015 she joined and began volunteering for the Savannah Downtown Neighborhood Association. She is also an active supporter of the 100 Black Men of Savannah. Chassidy resides in Savannah’s Historic Landmark District with her French bulldog mix, Whiskey.HENRY M. REED II (HANK)Immediate Past PresidentHank is a retired Army Colonel (Paratrooper, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star-Vietnam) and retired member of the Federal Senior Executive Service (SES Level 5.) From SC, a graduate of The Citadel, he also has an MSEE from Georgia Tech and an MBA from Auburn. During sixteen years In the SES he was the US Administrative Advisor to NATO in Brussels and the Secretary of NATO Summit Delegations led by Presidents Reagan, Bush, Clinton and George Bush. In 2004 the White House appointed him Director of Operations for the G-8 Summit hosted by President Bush in Georgia. In Savannah he has also served on the Historic Savannah Foundation Board of Trustees. He is currently on the Board of the Savannah Development and Renewal Authority (SDRA) and is a community representative on the Memorial Health Bioethical Services Committee. He and Heidi, married 55 years, have 2 children and 5 grandchildren.