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2021-22 Slate for Board of Directors

President

DEBRA CALDWELL

Prior to making the decision to move to Savannah with her newly retired husband, Dr. Chuck Caldwell, Debra was a small business owner in Texas. They were originally part-time residents, but in 2013, chose to make Savannah their permanent home to spend more time with their granddaughters. As a result of their interest in historic preservation, they have restored two homes in the Historic Landmark District, including their current home on Jones Street. 

Debra served on the Historic District Board of Review for six years. During her service on the HDBR, members of the DNA and the board appreciated her efforts to protect the integrity of our National Historic Landmark District. Her commitment to the Landmark District, as well as her previous business experience and leadership on various boards, including previous neighborhood and homeowner associations, gives her the knowledge and ability needed to lead our organization.

Vice President

 - CHRISTIANA RANDALL-TURNER (Incumbent)

Christiana has served as Vice-President of the Downtown Neighborhood Association for the past two years.  A native of North Carolina, Christiana moved to Savanah in May, 1988 with her husband Bart.  As young newly-weds, Christiana and Bart chose to begin their Savannah life on Jones Street in the Historic Landmark District.  They joined the DNA shortly thereafter.

During her Savannah career, Christiana served in management positions in local hotels and, later, with The Chatham Club.  Given her career in event planning, she has frequently been called to chair various large fundraising events including the Georgia Historical Society, The March of Dimes and St. Joseph's/Candler Foundations.  The biggest honor was Chairing Historic Savannah Foundation's 2005 Gala celebrating the foundation's 50th anniversary.  Christiana has served St. Johns’ Church as ECW President and as a member of the Vestry.  Christiana is a sustaining member of The Junior League of Savannah.  

The Turners took a twenty-year break from living in the Historic District to raise their three children on 4 acres in the Savannah Yacht Club neighborhood.  In 2018, with an empty nest, the Turners purchased a home on Calhoun Square and returned to the Historic Landmark District.

 - MICHAEL MESSER

Michael fell in love with the Historical Landmark District when he and his spouse first visited Savannah over President’s Day Weekend in 2017.  Within two months of his first visit, he had purchased a vacation home in the neighborhood and was already actively plotting his permanent escape from New York City.  In the summer of 2020, Michael and his family decided to leave New York and make their townhome on Perry Street into their permanent residence.

Michael spent 20 years on Wall Street in several senior executive roles, most recently acting as the Chief Risk Officer for the U.S. subsidiary of a large European banking group.  Prior to his career in finance, he was active in the field of international economic development, holding positions at the U.S. International Development Finance Corp (formerly known as the Overseas Private Investment Corporation) and the United Nations Development Programme, where he worked with Congress, government agencies, and the private sector to support poverty elimination programs in low- and middle-income countries.  Michael’s interest in the DNA Board stems from his desire to advocate and support measures necessary to sustain a high quality of life for neighborhood residents and that are intended to maintain and improve upon the unique beauty and charm of Savannah.

Secretary

AMY BROCK

Amy Brock has served on the DNA Board off and on over the past 8 years and also  serves as the Ward Captain for Greene Square. A native of Oklahoma City, Amy has called the Historic Landmark District home since 2004. After eleven years working at Visit Savannah in various marketing and communications roles, she founded Amy Brock Marketing, working with a select group of clients on digital marketing strategies and campaigns. Additionally, Amy and her husband Chad own and operate an outpatient mental health practice, Shrink Savannah. They live on Greene Square with their daughter and two bulldogs.

Treasurer

TIM NICHOLS

Tim is a recent transplant to Savannah following the sale of his real estate business in Dallas, TX.  Tim and his wife Susan were raised in Atlanta, attended UGA and vacationed along the GA coast for many years.  In Atlanta, Tim served as President and Treasurer of the 550-home Peachtree Park Civic Association and was organizer of the Peachtree Park 5K Fun Run.   Offering to serve as the DNA’s Treasurer, he looks forward to participating in the Association.

Historic Preservation

CHASSIDY MALLOY

A native of the metro Atlanta area, Chassidy moved to Savannah in 2004 to enroll at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and received a BFA in Historic Preservation with a minor in Architecture in 2008.  She is currently employed by the Historic Savannah Foundation (HSF), serving as their Membership and Volunteer Coordinator.  In 2015 she joined and began volunteering for the Savannah Downtown Neighborhood Association.

Government Affairs

ELLEN HARRIS

A certified planner, Ellen Harris, LEED, AP, AICP, is the co-founder and principal of Ethos Preservation, a preservation consulting firm founded in 2019.  Based out of Savannah, Georgia, Ethos provides a wide range of preservation planning services. Rooted in the idea of Preservation With Purpose, Ethos believes that communities are shaped and enhanced by historic buildings and context, and integrity and honesty should be at the core of business practice.

She previously worked for the Savannah- Chatham County Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC) for 13 years. As the former Director of Urban Planning and Historic Preservation, she oversaw all municipal preservation activities to include managing the Historic District Board of Review, developing the Savannah Historic District height map, managing survey projects, developing local districts, and consulting on comprehensive and long-range planning.

Membership Chair

DENISE FLOJO

Denise grew up in Philadelphia and received her BA from St. Joseph's University.  In addition to being a wife and mother, she has enjoyed a variety of careers from systems management to fine jewelry design production, and even owned her own traveling boutique while residing in Bucks County, PA. In 2013, Denise and her husband, Norman moved permanently to Downtown Savannah after frequently visiting their daughter, a student at SCAD.  They found the perfect side-by-side duplex to start a new business, welcoming visitors from all over the world into their vacation rental home.  In addition, Denise found another new career working on many of the projects filming in Savannah.  Both Denise and Norman have appeared in over a dozen movies and TV series filmed in the Savannah area since 2013.    

Holiday Tour of Homes Chair

 - KATHY VIRANT  

Kathy has lived in the downtown historic neighborhood since 2013 and enjoys "everything" Savannah including a walk/jog three miles every day in Forsyth Park. Activates include membership at the Telfair Museum, the Telfair Art Guild, the SCAD Museum and the Davenport House Museum. She belongs to the Chatham Commerce Club, the Downtown Garden Club of Savannah, and a downtown Savannah book club. She loves old houses, decorating, reading, and entertaining (and being entertained!). Recently retired, she is looking forward to visiting her oldest son in California and youngest son, wife, and precious new granddaughter in Sweden. Her middle son, who she can thankfully visit often, lives in Ardsley Park. 

 - JENNY RUTHERFORD

Jenny was a resident of Charlton Street for over 12 years and has been part of the downtown Savannah community since first attending SCAD in 2004.  She now has an office on Habersham Street and a second home on Harris Street.  She shares her time between Tybee Island and Downtown Savannah. Jenny is extremely involved with the downtown community and would love to take on this role! Great at team-building, she has the connections to pull together the homes, inns, and museums as well as the advertisers and activities for this event. 

Neighborhood Outreach

STEPHEN MORTON

Stephen chose to call Savannah home in 1999 when he moved here from Gainesville, Florida. Drawn to Historic Downtown Savannah, Stephen has lived in the Historic Beach Institute Neighborhood since 2002.

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 the DNA, 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.  His regular editorial clients include news agencies such as: The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Associated Press, Washington Post, Getty Images, and USA Today.

Economic Impact

STEVE EDWARDS

Steve and his wife live on Chatham Square and bought their first place in Savannah over 20 years ago. However after splitting their time between Atlanta and Savannah, they finally moved here full-time several years ago. 

Prior to his retirement in 2018, Steve was a lawyer practicing with several large firms and ending with Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton in Atlanta as a partner. He practiced for four decades in the area of public finance, municipal law, and the approval and structuring of governmental projects. He also served as Treasurer of the National Association of Bond Lawyers, a professional organization representing lawyers involved in the financing and approval of projects by state and local governments.  In his own practice, he worked on financings and projects throughout Georgia, as well as in many other states. Those projects involved preparing the documentation for the approval by governing bodies of public entities, providing advice on municipal law, and preparing opinions on the legality of municipal actions.

Steve loves living in the Historic District and is eager to help preserve it and support its residents.

Public Safety

MARYSUE McCARTHY

Marysue became a full-time resident of Savannah in 2015 and attended the Savannah Citizen’s Police Academy. This began her association with the Savannah Police Department and qualified her to become an SPD Volunteer. Along with the other volunteers she assists with many special events, various ceremonies, and a myriad of other assignments. In 2019, she was asked to become the liaison between the 20+ volunteers and the department, which puts her in contact with many aspects of police work and direct interaction with everyone from the Chief all the way to new recruits.

Utilizing her education, she has been privileged to teach both Report Writing and Public Speaking at the Professional Training Center of the Savannah Police Department. As a volunteer and instructor, she has developed positive relationships with individuals of all ranks and divisions within.

Events

CONNIE HOITT

Connie is a native of Savannah and has been a downtown resident for more than twenty years. She and her husband Mark bought one of the Anderson Row houses on State Street and have spent a lot of time and energy in refurbishing the entire space. Especially the courtyard space which is a neighborhood favorite gathering place.


Most of her adult life has been spent being a wife and mother and now grandmother to 4 grandsons. However, for about twenty years was employed in the Human Resources field in various local companies.
Volunteering is a passion that now fills her days... America’s Second Harvest, United Way, Historic Savannah Foundation, etc.  She also has served as Arrangement Chair for Change Commerce Club and as Ward Chair for DNA for the last two years.

Wards Captain

PAUL COBET

Paul currently serves DNA as the Ward Captain for Crawford Ward where he and his spouse Caren are full time residents.  He holds B.Sc. degrees in Bacteriology and Fermentation Science from The University of California at Davis.  Retiring from a 40 year career in the Brewing industry, he held positions ranging from Resident Brewmaster in Cartersville, GA, Group Director of Brewing and Director Technical Center and Eagle Packaging, Inc for Anheuser-Busch, Inc.

Paul has served on the boards of several organizations: Budweiser Wuhan, Inc., Eagle Packaging, Inc., Etowah Education Foundation (Cartersville, GA), and more recently, here in Savannah at the DeRenne Plaza Owner’s Association.  Paul would like to continue the efforts of past Ward Captains to engage ward residents in becoming more acquainted with one another and build upon the current sense of community in the Historic Landmark District. He believes that a strong sense of community enhances the quality of life for residents in the Downtown Wards and adds to the positive efforts of our Public Safety Officials.

Paul can be easily recognized walking his blonde Irish Wolfhound (sometimes confused as a polar bear) and his Corgi, known locally as “Moose and Squirrel” throughout the Historic District”.

 

 



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Downtown Neighborhood Association of Savannah, GA Inc.
P.O. Box 9416
Savannah, GA 31412

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