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.
Chris Alvarado is an award winning singer/songwriter and recording artist who is currently based out of Santa Rosa Beach, FL. For the past two years, Chris has been named as a finalist in the Nashville Music City Songwriting Competition. His song “This I Need You To Know” was a finalist in the 2014 American Songwriting Awards and a Semi-finalist in the Unsigned Only Music Competition that same year. In May of 2013, Chris competed in the Wildflower Music Festival's Songwriting Competition Finals and walked away with top honors as the 2013 Michael Terry People's Choice award winner. He also placed 3rd in the prestigious 2013 Telluride Troubadour Competition at the 40th annual Telluride Bluegrass Music Festival in June of 2013. Last year, the National Recording Academy selected Chris to perform at the Florida Grammy Showcase in Orlando, Florida where a panel of industry judges and executives selected him as the winner out of the six acts that were selected from the entire state of Florida. Chris was also invited by BMI to headline at the BMI Acoustic Showcase during the 2012 Florida Music Festival in front of leading music industry professionals. In 2012, he was asked to open up for GRAMMY nominated recording artist Shawn Mullins along with Daphne Willis. In 2013, Chris received 3 Beachcomber Music Award nominations, and won "Best Solo Artist". For the last three years, Chris has performed at the 30A Songwriters Festival, an event that draws some of the nation's most accomplished Singer/Songwriters
Katherine Beck, the Main Street Coordinator for the state of Florida has spent most of her life in the Panhandle of Florida making a move to Panama City as a child and then permanently to Tallahassee when she attended Florida State University. Her background is in land use issues where she worked heavily with local governments and state agencies to address comprehensive plan issues. An additional responsibility as a Main Street coordinator will be working with the communities impacted by Hurricane Michael.
Katherine Beck, Florida Main Street Coordinator
Cate is a transplant from Texas to DeFuniak Springs. She retired to the area after 33 years in the retail industry. Cate began her life here as the resident manager of Hotel DeFuniak in 2010. She can tell you many stories about the hotel and its beauty. Still considered new to the area, she has successfully adopted the view of volunteering in the community. She buzzes around town from the museum, library, Grit & Grace, and spent many nights at Christmas Reflections. Cate enjoys retirement and loves life in DeFuniak Springs
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
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
Dr. Glenn is currently a Family Nurse Practitioner at Emerald Coast Urgent Care in Miramar Beach and Panama City Beach, FL. Inspired to pursue her interest in health care by her travels; and, specifically, by the story of the loss of one girl's mother in Vietnam, Glenn returned to university after over a decade post-graduate work, receiving her Masters of Science in Nursing from Columbia University in 2007 and her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Florida State University in 2013. After her doctorate, lead by a personal health journey, she pursued and became a Certified Functional Medicine Provider through the Institute of Functional Medicine. She is also a co-founder, healthcare provider and board member of the Point Washington Medical Clinic, where her vision of healthcare supports prevention and healthy living to maintain optimum wellness for her patients throughout their lifespan. Creating, with her patients, programs designed to solidify healthy lifestyle habits to perpetuate the individual’s best health for the longest time. These programs weave components that include (but are not limited to) proper nutrition, movement (exercise), healthy sleep practices, mindfulness and the individuals interaction with the build environment. Glenn is also the health care director for an international nonprofit One Ndoto, Inc. heading programs in Tanzania and the DRCongo, bringing her two interests, healthcare and travel, together.
Hillary Glenn, DNP, FNP-BC, IFMCP
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.