Savannah Downtown Neighborhood Association
Melinda Allen – President
Melinda 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 3 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.
Robert "Bob" Rosenwald - Vice President
Bob and spouse Jeanne retired to Savannah in early 2014 and are happy to live downtown in this vibrant city. Bob was born in Chicago; graduated from the University of Wisconsin; obtained a Master of Public Administration degree from The George Washington University; and served two years active duty as an officer in the U.S. Army. Bob and Jeanne have two adult daughters and four grandchildren. The bulk of Bob’s civilian professional life was spent with the Department of Defense in the Washington, D.C. area, along with overseas assignments in England and Germany. Bob also served on the Joint Congressional Inquiry investigating intelligence information related to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, followed by a couple years with Northrop Grumman Information Technology. He is also working with the National Holocaust Museum in Washington to help document the emigration of Jews from Germany to the U.S. prior to WWII.
On arriving in Savannah, Bob quickly immersed himself in learning about issues facing the Landmark Historic District, including the alcohol ordinance revision, hotel density, zoning, tourism policies, and residential density, to name a few. He worked on the campaign staff for Bill Durrence’s successful candidacy for 2nd District alderman, in the process learning about Savannah’s intricate political process and how things get done here. He also became a member of the Downtown Neighborhood Association, and in 2016 joined the board as its Government Liaison, becoming Vice-President in 2017.
Bob is using investigative, analytical, and leadership skills developed during his career in intelligence to help DNA stay in front of and influence the many quality of life challenges facing downtown residents.
Steve Brenneman - Treasurer
Steve 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.
Meredith R. Dulany – Secretary
After coordinating and managing events in New York City with National Public Broadcasting, Meredith returned to her home town of Savannah where she directed the events for Savannah College of Art and Design.
Meredith is now a full-time volunteer serving as Trustee and Events Committee Chair for the Telfair Museums. She is an active member of The Women’s Board of Bethesda, where she has served as Secretary and also chaired the Academic Achievement Committee for seven years. She serves on the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens Board as well as the Advisory Board for Next Generation for the Children’s Hospital at Memorial University Medical Center. Meredith has been a member of the Downtown Neighborhood Association since 2009 and has served as DNA’s Events Chair and Secretary.
Meredith and her husband, Reed, have two children, four restaurants and an upscale bar, in Savannah and Atlanta.
Kathleen Brenneman - Communications
Kathleen 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 recently retired as 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 walk-ability 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 Brock - Membership
Amy and her husband, Chad, a psychiatrist with Chad Brock, MD moved to downtown Savannah in 2004. Amy 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 resigned from 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 successfully helped manage the social media and digital marketing for several political campaigns in the 2015 City election. In addition to volunteering time on the Downtown Neighborhood Association Board since 2012, Amy is a founding member and part of the 1804 Club Committee at St. Joseph’s Candler, serves as Corresponding Secretary for the Downtown Garden Club of Savannah and is DNA’s liaison on the Savannah Film Commission. She is an active member of the Historic Savannah Foundation and a parent volunteer at Hancock Day School.
Nina Altschiller – Holiday Tour of Homes
From 2001-14, Nina was a partner with Altschiller Associates LLC, an advertising and marketing agency. The agency’s clients included: Boar’s Head, Reuters, Express Scripts, Baldwin Brass, and the Family Violence Prevention Fund. Prior to joining AALLC, Nina spent over 30 years as a luxury goods marketing executive, including stints at Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, The International Wool Secretariat, Waterford Wedgwood, Lenox China, Garfinkel’s and I Magnin. She currently serves on the Board of Planned Parenthood Southeast. Her previous Board work includes Dress for Success International, Mercer Street Friends and Fernbrook Environmental Education Center. Nina has served as chair of the DNA Holiday Tour of Homes since 2016, raising funds to provide grants to the programs that fulfill the mission of the DNA
Barry Gale – Public Safety
Barry Gale was born and raised in Los Angeles California. He attended public universities and earned bachelor and masters degrees in communications and communication marketing.
After working in private industry for a number of years he returned to law school to earn his doctor of law degree. He was ranked in the top three of his class at graduation and subsequently became the alumni president of his law school.
Barry’ s legal career was designed with an eye towards public service. He was a Deputy District Attorney in Los Angeles County and retired from that position. During his service in the District Attorney’s Office Barry handled just about every type of crime, spending his initial years working in Compton, Inglewood, Torrance, and Huntington Park Judicial Districts. During this time, Barry worked the misdemeanor courts, called recorder courts here in Savannah. Barry also worked in superior courts handling felony cases from burglary, to assault, robbery, fraud, and murder. Deputy District Attorney Gale was also assigned to specialized units in sexual and child abuse, and juvenile justice, in addition to the being a filing deputy for misdemeanor cases in Compton and Huntington Park.
Barry was eventually transferred to the downtown headquarters to work in the major fraud unit. While there he lead a team investigating auto, insurance and workers’ compensation fraud. During this time Barry prosecuted complex cases involving thousands of pages of documents and hundreds of exhibits. He designed, lead, taught and prosecuted interdepartmental fraud investigations that included numerous local, county and state agencies.
Retired Deputy District Attorney Gale brings to the DNA a background and ability to comprehend, investigate and apply both law and common sense to the myriad problems that face us as downtown residents. Having worked closely with law enforcement allows him, as a retired law enforcement officer, to engage and understand the challenges facing the men and woman working in the law enforcement field today. Additionally, Barry’s background in the front line of prosecution and justice, allows him to understand and apply ideas, laws, concepts and assist on the local level to bring about the betterment of the downtown area.
Barry retired to Savannah 11 years ago with his wife of 28 years, Cookie Tenenbaum Gale. Barry had fallen in love with Savannah over those years with his constant visits to the hostess city to see the many relatives here. So when the time came to retire there was no hesitation as to where he wanted to call home!
Barry continues to work to improve our downtown safety with programs that involve police and ward captains and local residents. Among these is; a program to have dusk to dawn porch lights on every house, have the squares trimmed to improve police sight lines and increased foot and bike patrols in our downtown area.
Matthew Hallett – Ward Captains
Matthew moved to Savannah in 1994 to study architecture and furniture design at The Savannah College of Art and Design and has lived here longer than in any other place. 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 a design-build 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 HSF Education Committee, the SDRA Planning and Advocacy Committee, and various volunteer opportunities as they arise.
William (Bill) Lovett – Tourism Policy and Management
Bill is a Graduate of The Citadel with a degree in Civil Engineering as well as an MBA from Georgia State University. A decorated Viet Nam combat veteran. Retired as President of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineers after 37 years in various capacities. Former Chairman of the Board of Historic Savannah Foundation. Presently DNA’s representative to the City of Savannah 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 early as next year.
Chassidy Malloy – Events & Historic Preservation
Chassidy 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.
Roger Moss – Liaison with DBA
Roger is originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee. He holds a B.A. in Interpersonal Communication from Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois. He spent 15 years in radio advertising. Ten years ago he gave in to the art muse that so pervades Savannah and became a full time singer, vocal coach and most importantly co-founder and the Executive Director of the critically acclaimed Savannah Children’s Choir. He proudly calls Savannah home.
Roger is also on the boards of the Habersham YMCA, Savannah Downtown Business Association and Chatham County Board of Health. He was the Chairman of the Board for Savannah Classical Academy, a public charter school. He believes that the role of education is to produce better people and better citizens.
As the DNA Liaison with the Downtown Business Association, Roger has forged a strong alliance between the two organizations on issues of common concern.
Kennith Zapp - Economic Impact
Ken Zapp is a retired economist who has taught at Metropolitan State University in Minneapolis, Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids MI, Cleveland State University and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, the University of Houston and Savannah State and Armstrong Atlantic State Universities. He served as Honorary Consul for Slovenia in Minnesota. He now volunteers at SCORE Savannah and writes for the news publication “Business in Savannah” (BiS). He is Chair of the DNA committee responsible for economic analysis of Public Investments.
Ken and Cindy have rescued three abandoned houses on Tybee Island and won their Historical Society's award for best historical renovation in 2013 for work on a bungalow built in 1928.Bud Rosser – Liaison with Neighborhood Associations
Bud is an Atlanta native who, after years of long weekend vacations to Savannah, made the move to the Historic District with his wife Suzanne, four cats and one dog in 1999. Bud is a graduate of NGCSU, a veteran of Vietnam as a Medical Service Corps officer, and holds a Master’s degree in Health Care Administration from the “other” GSU. In 2010 he retired from a career in health care management, consulting, and outside technical sales in the pool & spa industry. He has served on the board of Coastal Pet Rescue, Inc., the Atlanta Astronomy Club, and President of Savannah’s Beach Historic Neighborhood Association (BHNA.) Bud maintains his musical skills and keeps clean lenses on his telescope to keep close watch on his beloved Savannah. He led the merger of BHNA with DNA Board and serves as our liaison with members in the Beach Historic Neighborhood and other neighborhood associations. He also serves on the Chatham County Sheriff’s Citizens Advisory Council.
Erika moved from Manhattan to Savannah fourteen years ago with her husband, Joel, so he could pursue his Masters of Interior Design at SCAD. During that time, and still today, Erika maintains her position at the Advertising Agency DDB Worldwide where she remotely runs an online research company. Falling in love with Savannah, Erika and Joel decided to stay and establish together Rethink Design Studio, a local Interior Design Firm, where Erika oversees the operations, client management and new business. Erika is a graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle, P.A. and is an active member in the Savannah Community. She is currently a member of Historic Savannah Foundations, Georgia Historical Society, Telfair Museum and a past Board Member of the Savannah Advertising Federation. Erika is a mother to a five-year old son named Rye who has inspired her to be part of and give back to our community that will watch him grow.
Kristin 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.
Gale Steves – At Large Member
Gale’s career was in consumer magazine publishing except for a 5- year hiatus to run a marketing office for the US Department of Commerce. She was Editor in Chief of Home Magazine for ten years and currently is the Chief Creative Officer of Open House Productions. A graduate of Cornell University, Gale has a MA from New York University
Gale’s previous board involvement includes NYC Center for Senior Services, the Catskills Center for Conservation and Economic Development and the Humane Society of Greater Savannah. She is currently on the Board of Friends of Massie Heritage Center, and Arts Resource Collective.