Matthew has been a resident of Saint Petersburg for nearly two decades. He is an attorney and downtown business and property owner with a practice that focuses on real estate and property issues. He is the president of the Eden Isle Property Owners Association, a member of the Barney Masterson Inns of Court and is on the All Children’s Parent Advisory Council. He lives on Snell Isle with his wife, Tiffany, and their two young sons, Thomas and William. Weidner has been active in efforts to improve and raise the profile of Saint Petersburg’s Mirror Lake neighborhood and enjoys working with local governments to advance community and client interests. He recognizes that neighborhood associations are a great asset to our community and looks forward to working with the SPDNA to support an agenda that benefits the community.
Karen discovered St. Pete in 1972 when her mother’s family moved here from Queens and became an official resident in 1977. She received an education degree at the downtown campus of USF and taught in Pinellas County Schools. She also earned two masters’ degrees in education from the same campus. In 2000, Karen returned to New York where she graduated from Michael Bloomberg’s Leadership Academy and became an assistant principal at a Manhattan elementary school. In 2014, she retired and returned to St. Petersburg to live close to her daughter and grandson. Karen has experience as part of a school based administrative team and has participated on school improvement committees writing action plans, goals, and planning events for the school communities. Karen serves on the Social Committee at the condominium where she resides and enjoys volunteering at a local arts venue. Her interest in being a member of the board for SPDNA comes from the experiences being part of this community has afforded her. Karen has an interest in the arts and the downtown parks which residents can enjoy. She would be happy to be involved with SPDNA as a member of the board as it would give her the opportunity to give back to a city that has been such a rich part of her life.
Al has lived in St. Pete since he was 5 years old. He is a graduate of Boca Ciega High School, St. Pete Junior College, and the University of Florida. He is a retired Banking Executive, and served as President of Home Federal Savings, Barnet Bank of Pinellas County and Republic Bank. Al’s goal is to work with other St. Pete Downtown Association members to maintain and enhance the quality of our neighborhood. Al served as SPDNA Treasurer for 2016 & 2017, and is currently serving on the SPDNA Board Election committee.
Steve has been a fulltime resident of St. Petersburg since 2012, part time since 2006. In 1997, he joined the faculty of the School of Education, Brooklyn College, in New York, and still tele-commutes as Coordinator of Alternative Certification Programs, a program which has prepared more than 3500 career-changers to become teachers since 2000. Prior to 1997, he was a high school teacher and principal in Syracuse, New York; Marcellus, New York; and New York City; then served for 14 years as Superintendent of Alternative High Schools and Programs, supervising 62 schools and programs, which served over 80,000 students annually. He received his BA and MA degrees from Stanford University. In addition to teaching at Brooklyn College, he taught part-time at Stanford, Syracuse, and Fordham Universities. Steve served as SPDNA Secretary for 2017 and the Chair for the Planning & Development Committee.
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Kristy moved to downtown in July 2016 from Raleigh, NC where she lived for over 20 years. Kristy also relocated her Talent Acquisition consulting business to become a Florida corporation that same year and is a member of the St Petersburg Chamber of Commerce. In her 20-year career in Staffing and Talent acquisition, Kristy has supported the hiring efforts of Enterprise level companies such as Cisco, Quintiles, IBM, Lenovo, Sony Ericsson and Red Hat, as well many startups and SMB companies. Kristy earned a BA in PR and Marketing from Virginia Tech and an MSEd from Old Dominion University. She has been a long-term sister sponsor for Women for Women International, helping women in war-torn countries learn skills to support their families and since 2016 a volunteer for Tampa Bay Blue Star Mothers. She is also a member of the St Petersburg Preservation Society. Kristy brings a fresh perspective to the board as part the growing population of newer residents who chose to live here because of their immediate connection with downtown St Pete. Kristy wants to serve on the board of SPDNA because she wants to help preserve what makes DTSP special while also helping to advance the downtown area to its full potential.
Andy was born and raised in St. Pete and has lived here all his life. After graduating from St. Pete Catholic High School, Andy received his bachelor’s degree in history & political science from Louisiana State University and attended law school at the University of Florida. He is now an associate attorney at Englander Fischer, practicing in the areas of commercial litigation and real estate transactions. Andy serves on the organizing committee of the Mainsail Art Festival, most recently as Chairman of the 2017 Artist Breakfast & Award Ceremony, and has also served as a pro bono attorney at the Community Law Program’s Housing Clinic. Andy’s interests include supporting his LSU Tigers (along with whoever happens to be playing Alabama) and stimulating the local economy by eating-out at downtown restaurants as often as possible. Andy grew up watching downtown transform into the vibrant community it is today, and views service on the SPDNA Board of Directors as an exciting opportunity to build on that momentum.
Joe has been a proud resident of beautiful downtown St. Pete the past 5 years. He enjoys the community’s vibe and flourishing growth. His professional background includes restaurant and retail management over the past 25 years. He recently started his Life Coaching & Consulting firm. He has been a member of the Downtown Toastmasters for the last two years, where he’s polishing his speaking techniques for his future in public speaking. He has been an active member of SPDNA since 1/2016. Joe regularly participates in SPDNA community service events and served as event Chair for the 2017 Tour of Homes.
Mark is the founder and executive director of Progress Florida, a statewide progressive advocacy organization. A graduate of the University of South Florida, Mark has been working for non-profit, public interest causes across the state for over two decades. Areas of expertise include non-profit management, internet organizing, social media, media outreach and event planning. Raised in south St. Petersburg, he has been living, working and playing in downtown St. Petersburg since moving back to his hometown in 2008. He joined the St. Petersburg Downtown Neighborhood Association at the beginning of 2014 and lives at 1010 Central Condos where he is active in the condo owners’ association and chairs the Landscape Committee. When not attending a Rays or Rowdies game, Mark enjoys saltwater fishing, biking and hiking, and the downtown nightlife. Mark served as SPDNA Vice-President for 2016 & 2017.
Dan has lived in the St. Pete since 1963. He founded the popular Harvey’s 4th Street Grill. Dan has participated as a voice for the community in several major downtown initiatives such as the Downtown Waterfront Master Plan and the redevelopment of the Pier. He is active in the Central Avenue Council and the EDGE District Business Association. Dan has served five terms on the SPDNA Board of Directors.
John has lived in downtown St. Pete for the past 22 years. Previously he has been active in regional organizations, serving as President of several. He also served as Midwest Regional Chair for the American Red Cross. His goal is to help the downtown neighborhood to continue to improve. John explains that his major interest is the livability of downtown as a place to live and work. As one whose lifelong interest is community involvement, he appreciates and recognizes the downtown neighborhood’s complexity and its challenges. He looks forward to the opportunity of contributing to the association’s work to make our neighborhood even better. John has served as SPDNA’s Council of Neighborhood Associations representative for the past several years.
Jerell was born and raised in St. Pete, Florida. He is a graduate of St. Pete High School c/o 2003, and St. Pete College, earning a B.A.S. in Management & Organizational Leadership, and is now a Business Development Executive with Reusable Transport Packaging in Downtown St. Pete. In 2017, he served as Vice Chairman of Membership for the St. Pete Young Professionals, where he and fellow Executive Board members grew membership 30% in less than 12 months. He is interested in serving on the SPDNA Board because he is a native of St. Pete, and has witnessed the renaissance of downtown, one of the fastest growing areas in the City. Jerell would like to see the organization grow alongside the neighborhood’s vibrant arts scene and flourishing businesses.
Ruth is a new resident of St. Pete, having relocated here in January 2017. She purchased a condo at the under construction One St Petersburg development and is currently renting at Signature Place until she moves into her new home. After graduating from Syracuse University with her BS and Northeastern University with a MS Ed, Ruth embarked on a successful 30-year career in Human Resources, both in NYC and San Francisco. She worked for top companies such as American Express, Citibank, Estee Lauder Cosmetics and Charles Schwab before retiring as an Executive Vice President at Wells Fargo Bank in 2012. Ruth then became an author and speaker after publishing her first book “Coming Alive: The Journey to Reengage Your Life and Career” in 2014. She served on many boards and advisory committees in San Francisco and is looking forward to getting fully involved in her new adopted hometown now that she is retired and has time to devote to great causes.
Martha has been a full-time resident in St. Pete for over twelve years. Martha is a Registered Nurse in the state of Florida and Missouri. After a successful sixteen plus years’ career in clinical, financial and operational health care management, Martha expanded her career into the Healthcare Information System industry. For the past twenty years, Martha has worked for Capgemini Ernst and Young, Accenture, Deloitte Consulting and HIS vendors as a clinical software professional consultant and project manager. Martha has worked at Allscripts, a top health IT company, for the past ten years with both experience US and international experience. Having been a “road warrior” for years, Martha now works part-time, primarily out of her home office in downtown St Pete. Since this change, she became a Guardian Ad Litem Volunteer for the 6th Judicial Court and has renewed her interest painting and riding her bike. Martha is interested in serving on the board of SPDNA to further integrating into the Saint Pete activities focusing on giving back to her community.
John was born and raised in St. Petersburg and has lived here all his life. He graduated from the University of Florida with an accounting degree and was a practicing CPA for three years before entering the securities business. He spent twenty-five years as the Executive Vice President of William R. Hough & Co. until the firm was sold in 2004. He then attended law school at Stetson University College of Law and is now a practicing attorney and partner at Englander Fischer in downtown St. Pete. John serves on the boards of the Transamerica Mutual Funds and WRH Income Properties, Inc. His charitable work includes board positions at Operation PAR, Inc., Boley-PAR, Inc. and Remember Honor Support, Inc. John is also a member of the finance committee of the Parkshore Plaza HOA. He enjoys snow skiing and spending time with his son and daughter and their families, who reside in the Old Northeast. John served on the SPDNA Tour of Homes event committee and is currently serving on the SPDNA Board Election committee in 2017.
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