2019 Faculty I - Z

Juhász, Tamás

Tamás Juhász is a Walton County based contractor who specializes in remodeling and restoration work   He has worked on a variety of both residential and commercial projects for over a decade in the panhandle of Florida after relocating from Hungary.   Tamás credits the historical significance of T.H.E. Post in making this project the most inspiring and rewarding project he has worked on to date.



Tamás Juhász

Tamás Juhász

Kempson-Thompson, Rev. Deborah

A lifelong Episcopalian, the Rev. Deborah Kempson-Thompson received her Master of Divinity from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP) in Berkeley, California. Licensed as a priest in the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast, she lives in DeFuniak Springs, Florida. Deborah is a published author and, prior to ordination, she was a small business administration consultant and manager. Having a MA in English and teaching credentials in California and Florida, she taught for many years after leaving her first career as a media producer-director. She enjoys her family, socializing with her many friends, writing, reading, walking, needlework, and travel.This is a long form text area designed for your content that you can fill up with as many words as your heart desires. You can write articles, long mission statements, company policies, executive profiles, company awards/distinctions, office locations, shareholder reports, whitepapers, media mentions and other pieces of content that don’t fit into a shorter, more succinct space.

Rev. Deborah Kempson-Thompson

Rev. Deborah Kempson-Thompson

Lohr, John

  

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. 

John Lohr

John Lohr

Moore, Bart and Jennifer

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

Bart and Jennifer Moore

Murphy, John

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. 

John Murphy

John Murphy

Pendery, Rosemary

As a teenager, Rosemary attended different churches, questioning religious leaders about spirituality.  Today, an internationally recognized American author of poetry, secular articles and books, an ordained minister for armed forces at both Eglin and Hurlburt Fields and a chaplain for Okaloosa, Walton and Santa Rosa correctional institutions and Eglin Federal Prison, she will take you on a journey to find “the kingdom of heaven within you” as she elucidates her ideals from sense to soul. After a brief written question and answer session following her talk, she will share a testimony of healing from an inmate at Walton Correctional who had a change of heart, and an article called, “The A Word.”   Several of her books may be reviewed on Amazon.com.  “Little Lights for Your Journey”; “Angels Were There”; and most recently, “Little Lights at Christmas” will be available for purchase following her talk.  All proceeds generated from sales of her books benefit The Walton-DeFuniak Friends of the Library.

Rosemary Pendery

Rosemary Pendery

Pinkham, Penny

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.”

Penny Pinkham

Penny Pinkham

Powers, Gayle

Gayle Powers moved to the Gulf Coast from Nashville, where she had a psychotherapy practice, was President of the Nashville Psychotherapy Institute, lectured at Vanderbilt Univ. and led workshops.  Currently she volunteers for nonprofits serving on the Board of Directors: IMPACT 100, Shelter House, President of Library Friends and the Vestry of her church.  She and her husband enjoy traveling and duplicate bridge. 

Smith, Julie

Julie Smith is the founder of Veterans Lodge Holdings, Inc., a nonprofit organization developing a unique community for veterans called Veterans Lodge in DeFuniak Springs, Florida.  Julie’s professional career was comprised of brokering the selling and purchasing of large tracts of land between some of the largest purchasers  in  the  United  States.  Personal  experiences  with  wounded  veterans  inspired  her  to  create  a  place  of  love, healing, and support for servicemen and women and their families, that became Julie Smith’s personal mission and life passion.  For  the  last  several  years,  Julie  has  turned  her  boundless  energy  and  relentless  efforts  towards  aiding  returning  and  retired veterans. She conceived Veterans Lodge as an environment where veterans can safely begin transitioning back to civilian life..

Spencer, Leslie

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.

Leslie Spencer

Leslie Spencer

Stanko, Joseph (Joe) M.

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.

Joseph Stanko (left) will co-present a session with Chick Huettel (right) during the 2019 Assembly.

Vienot, Joan

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.

Joan Vienot

Joan Vienot