Karen served as President of SPDNA in 2019 and 2020. She also served as Vice President and events chair for 2018. She managed the 2019 Tour of Homes and was instrumental in increasing the organization’s online presence and streamlining the membership process. Karen is also a graduate of the Council of Neighborhood Associations (CONA) Leadership Program and a member of the CONA Transportation Committee. She originally moved from New York to St. Pete in 1977, 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 near her daughter and grandson. Karen resides at The Sage Condominiums where she serves as the HOA Secretary and on the Social Committee. Her interest in being a member of the board for SPDNA comes from the experiences being a part of this community has given her and provides her with the opportunity to give back to a city that is such a rich part of her life.
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., and Boley-PAR, 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 2017 Tour of Homes event committee and is currently serving on the Planning & Development Committee.
After accepting a new work opportunity with his firm, Jonathan and his wife relocated to downtown St. Petersburg in January of 2019. Like many others, they visited several other different communities surrounding the Tampa Bay area, but once having visited downtown St. Pete they knew that they were home. In practically no time they were shopping at the Saturday morning market, taking long daily walks along the waterfront, and dining out several times a week at one of the many excellent sidewalk restaurants around town. Jonathan currently works for BNY Mellon Wealth Management and has spent all of his career in the financial services industry. Outside of work he has always looked for ways to serve his community. Some of his prior volunteer experience includes serving as Board President for a multi-campus nonprofit senior living community, the Audit Chair for the Atlanta Chapter of the United States Sail and Power Boat Squadron, the Treasurer for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in GA, and many more. He is currently serving on one of the fundraising committees of the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital and believes that the SPDNA will give him the opportunity to align both his interest and experience with the organization’s mission in serving the downtown St. Pete community.
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. Al’s goal is to work with other St. Pete Downtown Association members to maintain and enhance the quality of our neighborhood. Al has served as the DNA’s Treasurer for the past five years.