An award winning artist, writer, and television producer for HGTV, A&E, and The History Channel, Alex Alexander relocated to the Florida panhandle 16 years ago. She now works locally as a real estate agent, specializing in Chautauqua-era homes in the DeFuniak Springs Historic District. As a regular attendee and occasional Special Studies course instructor at both the New York and Lakeside Ohio Chautauquas for over 11 years, Alex believes strongly that the Chautauqua Institution must be experienced in order to be understood. Alex is currently working on a novel, featuring a fictitious small town in Northwest Florida and the search for the possibly extinct Ivory Billed Woodpecker.
Tom Cloud, attorney and historian, has practiced law in Florida for four decades, primarily handling utilities, environmental, state and local government, land use and administrative matters. He has been Chairman of the Florida Environmental and Land Use Law Section and President of the Florida Municipal Attorneys Association. He is Board-certified by the Florida Bar in City, County, & Local Government Law. He has served as general and special counsel to over 100 cities and counties throughout Florida, the Florida League of Cities, the Space Coast League of Cities, and is City Attorney to the City of Wauchula, Polk City, and the City of Fort Meade, as well as General Counsel to the Utilities Commission of New Smyrna Beach. He has authored numerous articles and made presentations on Florida legal and historical topics to a variety of audiences around the country.”
Thomas Cloud, Esq.
A native of Ohio, Bruce has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theatre from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio and a Juris Doctor degree from Tulane Law School in New Orleans. He worked for four years as a public defender in New Orleans. In addition to college and non-professional productions, Bruce has performed professionally in summer stock in Ohio, at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, the Courtyard Playhouse in New York City, New Horizons Theatre in Michigan, The REP at Seaside, and Emerald Coast Theatre Company. At Emerald Coast Theatre Company he has been seen in Bakersfield Mist, A Wrinkle in Time, and most recently in his one-man show Winston Churchill: Through the Storm. Since 2001 Bruce has also acted in area productions of The Fantasticks, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Proof, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Loot, The Homecoming, Den of Thieves, A Beach Home Companion, (which he co-wrote), Big Boys, and True West. Bruce is editor of the DeFuniak Springs Herald - Beach Breeze, and contributing editor of The Beachcomber, where he reviews books, albums, restaurants and spirits. He is also developing an international clientele for voiceover recordings.
Bruce Collier as Winston Churchill
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My life is well lived; crafted by an amazing journey with a beautiful wife, three adorable daughters and a career spanning construction, fundraising, disaster relief, and community redevelopment. My journey helps me see the value in every person and the gifts they have to offer our community.
I graduated with honors earning my bachelor’s degree in health services administration and master’s degree in Business Administration from the University System of Georgia. I have served on many literacy boards and committees throughout my life because I believe the gift of literacy is the greatest gift we can give our children. With degrees in hand, I began a career in nonprofit with American Red Cross and then United Way of Central Georgia. While with United Way, I helped found the Read to Succeed program and Summer Reading List Program for 14 counties in Central Georgia. The program now serves every elementary student in the 14-county territory. Concurrently, we launched the Play United program connecting inner city youth with MLB programs to build their baseball and softball skills.
Currently, I serve as the Executive Director for Main Street DeFuniak Springs. Downtown DeFuniak Springs is the embodiment of historic Walton County, where annual celebrations of our history, culture, natural resources, and artisanal talent highlight the calendar. A movement is building in DeFuniak Springs, as new business and investments are changing the face of downtown. Together with the help of the thousands of residents of DeFuniak Springs, we are building a future our children will be proud to have.
Jay Evans, Executive Director of Main Street DeFuniak Springs
Jan Faubel, a native of the Finger Lakes region of New York, has lived in DeFuniak Springs with her husband, Jack, since 2002. A life-long artist and an Art Educator for over 25 years, Jan earned a BA in Art Education, as well as MAs in both Humanities/Art History and English from University of West Florida. Specializing in 19th century topics ranging from the Pre-Raphaelites to Sarah Baker Milton to Willa Cather, Jan has presented numerous art history, Panhandle history, and literary lectures at local, regional, and international conferences, plus addressing the AAUW and DKG. From 2002-2005 Jan taught Art History for UWF, and currently Art History and English at the NWFSC Chautauqua Center in DeFuniak Springs.
Gregory L. Garland is a career Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State, currently serving as Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Bamako, Mali. His career includes postings in Africa, Mexico, Poland, and assignments in Washington with the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the National Defense Intelligence College. He has also taught high school and served on the staffs of the former Board for International Broadcasting and the Northeast Florida Economic Development Commission. Greg has spoken and written widely on U.S.-African relations, American history and culture, and public diplomacy. He grew up in Lakeland, Florida, and went on to earn a B.A. from Duke University, an M.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a J.D. from California Western School of Law. He is married and has two daughters.
Gregory L. Garland, JD
For over 15 years Tim Heintz has been collecting and restoring vintage RV’s and trailer coaches and displaying them at classic Recreational Vehicle shows. His business, Heintz Designs Vintage Trailer Restorations grew from Tim’s passion for the hobby. For over six years Tim has been a member of, and southern representative for the Tin Can Tourists, the oldest international vintage RV and trailer coach club in the world. He has the honor of being the youngest inductee into the Tin Can Tourist’s Hall of Fame.
Dr. Henderson is a graduate of the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Florida State University and Oxford College of Emory University. A Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, she is currently certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and was previously certified as an Adult and Gerontological Nurse Practitioner and in Nursing Administration, Advanced.
In addition to clinical practice, Dr. Henderson has been an educator (graduate, undergraduate and continuing education) with recent presentations on Alzheimer’s Disease and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder at the national level and a published researcher (24 research and technical articles and a book chapter.). As an administrator she served VA Central Office as Chief, Nursing Programs, Gerontology (62 Nursing Home Care Units), as Chief, Nursing Programs, Region IV (25 VAMCs in the Great Lakes Region) and locally as Chief Nursing Executive.
In semi-retirement, Dr. Henderson is active in the community, serves as Parish Nurse for St. Agatha’s Episcopal Church, does periodic, pre-deployment and post-deployment physical exams for reserve and guard units (all service branches), is a member of the Commission on Affirmative Aging for the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast and a governing board member and past president of the West Florida Area Health Education Center.
Mendy Henderson, PhD, APRN, FAAN
Educated at Memphis State University and Memphis Academy of Arts, Chick then served in the US Army Artillery and Counter-Intelligence Units. After military service, he rose in business to manage a large paint and manufacturing company. In his civic volunteer duty he worked on the Memphis Police Department as an auxiliary Patrolman for 27 Years. He and his wife relocated to Santa Rosa Beach Florida in 1998. Using his talent and experience in Law Enforcement he became a key participant with four individuals in October 2009 to reestablish and restructure the Walton County Sheriff Posse at Sheriff Atkinson’s request.
Chick Huettel (right) will co-present a session with Joe Stanko (left) at the 2019 Assembly.
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John Lohr’s background is varied. After returning from WW II, he studied electrical engineering at Washington & Jefferson College and then independently studied rocket science, aviation, chemistry, and world travel. At various times he was known as a soldier, sailor, explorer, navigator and entrepreneur. He has maintained households In Japan, Mexico and Argentina as well as the U.S. While a sailor he circumnavigated the globe twice and has visited most of the countries in the free world. His experience at sea included travel on cruise ships, tankers, bulk carriers, container ships and sailboats. He has held licenses issued by USA, Bahamas, Panama and Liberia during his 40 years at sea. Today he lives in Mossy Head Florida where he makes and refurbishes violins and practices charcoal portrait painting. John Lohr is 95 years old.
Bart Moore graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Political Science and Juris Doctorate. He also graduated from the University of West Florida with a Masters in Educational Leadership. Bart is currently working as an attorney with the Florida Department of Transportation. He also served eight years in the U.S. Army JAG Corps.
Jennifer Moore graduated from Emory University with a degree in Anthropology and Religion and received her law degree from Florida State University. She is working as an attorney in the Office of the Attorney General, where she does criminal appeals. Bart and Jennifer moved from Tallahassee to Madison County, Florida in 2014, to build a farmstead that specializes in heritage breed livestock and heirloom crops. Jennifer is an avid Little House on the Prairie fan, which started when she read all of the Little House on the Prairie books as a child. Based on Jennifer’s love of all things “Laura,” Bart and Jennifer traveled a couple of years ago to each of the places that Laura lived during her lifetime, gathering an extensive knowledge about the lives of Laura and her family. Bart and Jennifer enjoy sharing their farmstead with the community by hosting events at the farm geared toward teaching about how people lived during the time period that Laura Ingalls Wilder was raised.
Bart and Jennifer Moore
John is a native of Roanoke, Virginia. He has been a fine arts artist for most of his adult life, first as a photographer in Knoxville, Tennessee and later as a fine art painter in Memphis TN and DeFuniak Springs, FL. He has been the caretaker of Wallace Bruce’s original home on Circle Drive for the last fifteen years. He is also a writer and is active in St. Agatha’s Episcopal Church on the Circle.
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Penny Pinkham is the mother of three wounded warriors. She states, “After seeing them struggle with the invisible scars of war, post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, the organization Healing Tools For Warriors was born! When asking a Warrior what it means to have the community involved, the response was overwhelming, “It means Everything.”
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Leslie Spencer is an Associate State Director for Advocacy & Outreach and lead for the Tallahassee and Big Bend area. She was hired in 2004 and works in the Tallahassee state office. Her primary role is as Outreach Coordinator for the Tallahassee area. Prior to working for AARP, Leslie worked with the Alzheimer Resource Center in Tallahassee, an agency devoted to caregivers and individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. Her experience includes aging research, public policy, and coordinator for volunteer activities in the state capitol. Leslie received her Master’s degree in Social Work Policy and Administration from Florida State University as well as a Certificate in Aging Studies from the Claude Pepper Center at FSU.
Joe is an alumni of Kent State University and began his business career joining the IBM Corporation as an Engineer in Youngstown, Ohio. In his 32 years with IBM, 26 of those were in various management positions in a number of field and headquarter locations. Retiring after 32 Years in IBM, he and his wife moved to Seagrove Beach Florida in 1996 and formed his own Management and Executive training company. He answered the call from Sheriff Adkinson for Volunteer assistance in October 2009 to re-create today’s Walton County Posse.
Joseph Stanko (left) will co-present a session with Chick Huettel (right) during the 2019 Assembly.
An avid paddle boarder and nature photographer, artist Joan Vienot often returns to scenic areas, palette in hand, attempting to capture the light on canvas en plein air, to share the beauty she experiences. Born and raised in Colorado, Joan received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Colorado with majors in Fine Art and in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation. Joan taught basic design, drawing, painting, and commercial art in the public high school in her hometown for 3 years, also coaching the girls swim team and the junior varsity basketball team. The following year, Joan moved to Seagrove Beach in Northwest Florida. She recently sold the successful swimming pool service business she started in 1983, which grew to employ 12 people fulltime, and another 6 seasonally. Joan’s art can be seen by appointment at her studio in Point Washington in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. Selected works are at Bohlert-Massey Interiors in Panama City Beach, A. Wickey Gallery in Santa Rosa Beach, Artful Things in Niceville, FL, and at On the Waterfront Gallery in Apalachicola, FL. She blogs and posts her work online at www. joanvienot.com and on Facebook at Joan Vienot Art, and on Instagram @joanvienotart.