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2018-2019 DOWNTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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 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 MCDONALD
Vice President
David, 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 ALTSCHILLER
Secretary
Nina 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 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.

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 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 BROCK
Operations
Amy 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 HALLETT
Ward Captain Chair
Matthew 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 LEE
Historian
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.

WILLIAM (BILL) LOVETT
Tourism
Bill 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 MALLOY
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. 
 
HENRY M. REED II (HANK)
Immediate Past President
Hank 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.

BOB ROSENWALD
Government
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, and returning to Government Liaison for the 2018-19 term.

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.   

ERIKA SNAYD
Membership Chair
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.

CAROL DAY
Holiday Tour of Homes Chair
Carol came to Savannah in 1995.  She and her husband Steve purchased the Eliza Thompson House, a 25 room historic Inn, and in 1998 Carol started Savannah Fine Linens. Steve retired from Caterpillar Inc.  They live on Jones Street and spend most of their time at their horse farm near Levy, S.C. 

STEPHEN MORTON
Neighborhood Liaison
Stephen Morton choose to call Savannah home in 1999 when he moved here from Gainesville, Florida. Stephen threw caution to the winds, resigned his staff photography position at The Gainesville Sun newspaper, sold his 1903 Colonial Revival home in downtown Gainesville, his antique car and sailboat and moved North. Drawn to Historic Downtown Savannah, Stephen has lived in the Historic Beach Institute Neighborhood since 2002. In 2003, he bought a 3,000-square foot vacant lot on the corner of East Jones and Broad Street and designed a new home with old world charm. In the summer of 2004 Stephen met his soulmate Chantel Granville. In the fall of 2004 Stephen and Chantel broke ground to build a charming two-story home with a side yard you can mow with a goat. (Relax, we don't have goats) Over the past 13 years the house on the corner of East Jones and Broad has been pointed to as a prime example of "proper infill" by several historic tours of the Beach Institute Neighborhood. With painstaking research, vintage accents and a touch of modern materials, our home was designed to look like it's been there since the neighborhood was establish in the late 19th century.
Stephen is a photojournalist and is honored to donate his time and talent for several organizations that he believes in throughout Savannah. In addition to our very own Savannah Downtown Neighborhood Association, Stephen contributes his photography talents for other organizations such as Ossabaw Island Foundation, Savannah Children's Choir, Collective Face theater group, and Savannah Tree Foundation.
Professionally, Stephen is an award-winning photographer / photojournalist and travels extensively throughout the Southeast. His photographs capture the moments of news and events throughout the region along with the lifestyles of Southern culture. His regular editorial clients includesuch news agencies such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Associated Press, Washington Post, Getty Images, and USA Today. Stephen’s work has been published worldwide in publications such asThe Guardian, British Broadcasting Corporation, Newsweek, New York Times' International News, and Spin Magazine.

JOHN NEELY
Economic Impact
John and his wife Carolyn moved to Savannah in 1979, when John became Economic Development Director with the City of Savannah, working on downtown revitalization and historic preservation.  For the past 30+ years, John has worked as a broker in commercial real estate in Savannah, specializing in port-related, downtown and historic properties. He is currently principal with Colliers International – Savannah, a diversified commercial/industrial real estate firm. For most of their time in Savannah, John and Carolyn have lived and worked downtown.
John’s civic activities have included leadership roles with: Leadership Savannah (President), the Georgia Downtown Development Association (founding President), the Savannah Development and Renewal Authority (Chair), the Historic District Board of Architectural Review, the Savannah Council on World Affairs, Step-Up Savannah, and The Rotary Club of Savannah East (President). He has also served as District Governor of Rotary District 6920 (southeast Georgia), and is currently responsible for a number of Rotary humanitarian grants in India, Brazil, Sri Lanka and elsewhere. 

JOHN PICKER
Public Safety
John, and his professional artist wife Denise Regan, discovered Savannah about 10 years ago while on vacation. In 2012 they purchased a house on E Broad Street in the Trustees Garden. After 3-4 years they sold their property on Shelter Island (east end of Long Island) to become full time residents.
They have since sold their first home and now live on Perry Street.John's career involved designing and creating computer systems for the home health field, and fringe benefits for large corporations. In addition to his business, John was a serious private pilot using his plane for business, pleasure and for charitable flights, flying over 100 flights for Angel Flight NE and SE. John served on the Savannah Classical Academy Board for over two years, and currently serves on the Library Foundation Board and the Senior Citizens Inc. Board. He also prepares meals once a month for the Inner City Shelter.

BIRGIT REIFF
Events
Birgit was born and raised in Berlin, Germany. She worked for over 20 years in healthcare as a radiology technologist and radiation therapist and in the health care industry for Siemens Healthcare. Birgit graduated from Immaculata University with a degree in healthcare management and, then, earned a master’s degree in leadership development from the Pennsylvania State University.
In 2004, she and her husband Kurt moved to Pennsylvania for his job. The definite plan was to go back to Germany but the warmer weather, much more friendlier people and the beauty of the country made them stay. In 2013, receiving the United States citizenship was a very special and emotional moment.
Birgit and Kurt discovered Savannah while traveling from Germany on a vacation. While they were still living close to Philadelphia, they bought a second home on Habersham Street in the Historic District and enjoyed many long weekends there. At this time they started to get used to the walkability and easy access to restaurants and shops. Over two years ago they permanently moved to their new townhouse and made Savannah their home.


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