2018-2019 DOWNTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS
David, a native of Washington, D.C., earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland and a Master’s Degree in Applied Behavioral Science from Johns Hopkins University. David has spent more than 30 years working in the law enforcement community first serving as a sworn officer in Washington, D.C., retiring as a Deputy Chief with the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department. After retirement from the department, he provided public safety consulting to police organizations around the world and also ran a large U.S. public safety software company. David and his wife Joyce came to Savannah to visit relatives, and like many other visitors, decided it was an incredible place to live. They moved to Savannah in 2007 and both have been active in the community for the past several years.
A native of North Carolina, Christiana moved to Savannah in May, 1988 with her husband Bart. As young, newly-marrieds, Christiana and Bart chose to begin their Savannah life on Jones Street in the Historic District. As new residents of the Historic District, they joined the Downtown Neighborhood Association.
Christiana has served as Director of Catering for The DeSoto Hilton Hotel, Opening Director of Catering for the Radisson (now Marriott) Riverfront and Director of Membership for The Chatham Club. Over the years, she has supported the community by chairing multiple fundraising events: March of Dimes Gourmet Gala, Georgia Historical Society's Georgia Day Luncheon, Historic Savannah Foundation's 50th Anniversary Gala and the St. Joe's/Candler Foundations' SmartWomen Luncheon. The Turners took a twenty year break from living downtown to raise their three children on four acres in the Savannah Yacht Club neighborhood. In 2018, Christiana and Bart purchased a home on Calhoun Square and officially moved back to the Historic District in 2019.
Steve is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Engineering, with a BS in Computer and Information Science. After working as a computer programmer for four years with International Business Machines Corporation, he returned to The Ohio State University to obtain a law degree. Finishing in the top ten percent of his class and earning membership in the Order of the Coif, he took his first legal job in Atlanta, Georgia, as a labor lawyer. After two years, he moved to San Jose, California, in order to take advantage of his computer background to work as a litigation attorney defending various tech companies. After five years of litigation work, Steve moved on to a senior staff attorney position with the State of California, Court of Appeal in Sacramento, California, where he worked for the next 25 years. During this period, he also volunteered as a judge pro tem in both small claims and traffic court and contributed a regular column on legal affairs in a local newspaper.
While still working at the court, Steve and his wife, Kathleen, moved to the Sierra Nevada mountains north of Lake Tahoe to build what they thought would be their future retirement home. Immediately following that move, they helped found School Pathways, a computer software company serving the K-12 education field, where Steve works as general counsel and chief financial officer. Following Steve’s retirement from the State of California in 2013, he and Kathleen discovered Savannah, where it was love at first sight. A year later, they purchased a home in the Landmark Historic District and moved to Savannah, retaining their home in California as a summer getaway. They have two children and six grandchildren, spread between Ohio and Wisconsin.
Downtown Business Association Representative
Matthew moved to Savannah in 1994 to study Architecture and Furniture Design at The Savannah College of Art and Design and has lived here since. Working in preservation since 2000, he has restored and sold a number of historic properties in several of Savannah’s historic neighborhoods. He now owns HALLETT & Co, a Historic Preservation and Interior Design firm based in Savannah. He and his husband Daniel E. Smith live on Crawford Square.
He has been a member of the DNA since relocating back into the historic district in 2011 and has served as a co-ward captain for his ward the entire time. He serves on various boards including the SDRA Planning and Advocacy Committee and was on the local host committee for the Congress for New Urbanism. Since becoming Chair of DNA Ward Captains in 2016, he has been working to get the ward captains more engaged in community building as part of an ongoing effort to get neighbors acquainted with each other, strengthen the resident community in each ward, and have a positive impact on reducing crime within the Savannah Landmark District.
WILLIAM (BILL) LOVETT
Bill is a Graduate of The Citadel with a degree in Civil Engineering and an MBA from Georgia State University. He is a decorated Viet Nam combat veteran. Bill retired as President of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineers after 37 years in various capacities. He served as former Chairman of the Board of Historic Savannah Foundation and is presently DNA’s representative to the City of Savannah on the Tourism Advisory Committee (TAC.) As DNA’s representative to the TAC, Bill hopes to help in getting a workable tourism management plan in place as soon as possible.
Chassidy is a native of the metro Atlanta area. She moved to Savannah in 2004 upon enrolling at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), where she received her BFA in Historic Preservation, including a minor in Architecture, in 2008.
She is currently employed by the Historic Savannah Foundation (HSF), serving as their Membership and Volunteer Coordinator. Prior to joining HSF, Chassidy was an Historic Interpreter for the Isaiah Davenport House and Owens Thomas House Museums. In 2015 she joined and began volunteering for the Savannah Downtown Neighborhood Association. She is also an active supporter of the 100 Black Men of Savannah. Chassidy resides in Savannah’s Historic Landmark District with her French bulldog mix, Whiskey.
Bob. and spouse Jeanne, retired to Savannah in early 2014 and are happy to live downtown in this vibrant city. Bob was born in Chicago; graduated from the University of Wisconsin; obtained a Master of Public Administration degree from The George Washington University; and served two years active duty as an officer in the U.S. Army. Bob and Jeanne have two adult daughters and four grandchildren. The bulk of Bob’s civilian professional life was spent with the Department of Defense in the Washington, D.C. area, along with overseas assignments in England and Germany. Bob also served on the Joint Congressional Inquiry investigating intelligence information related to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, followed by a couple years with Northrop Grumman Information Technology. He is also working with the National Holocaust Museum in Washington to help document the emigration of Jews from Germany to the U.S. prior to WWII.
On arriving in Savannah, Bob quickly immersed himself in learning about issues facing the Landmark Historic District, including the alcohol ordinance revision, hotel density, zoning, tourism policies, and residential density, to name a few. He worked on the campaign staff for Bill Durrence’s successful candidacy for 2nd District alderman, in the process learning about Savannah’s intricate political process and how things get done here. He also became a member of the Downtown Neighborhood Association, and in 2016 joined the board as its Government Liaison, becoming Vice-President in 2017, and returning to Government Liaison for the 2018-19 term.
Bob is using investigative, analytical, and leadership skills developed during his career in intelligence to help DNA stay in front of and influence the many quality of life challenges facing downtown residents.
Denise grew up in Philadelphia, and received her BA from St. Joseph's University. In addition to being a wife and mother, she has enjoyed a variety of careers from systems management to fine jewelry design production, and even owned her own traveling boutique while residing in Bucks County, PA.
In 2007, Denise and her husband, Norman, began visiting Savannah regularly to spend time with their daughter April who was attending SCAD. In 2013 the warm winters, friendly people, and Southern hospitality convinced them to move permanently to Downtown Savannah. They found the perfect side-by-side duplex to start a new business welcoming visitors from all over the world into their vacation rental home. In addition, Denise found another new career working on many of the projects filming in Savannah. Both Denise and Norman have appeared in over a dozen movies and TV series filmed in the Savannah area since 2013.
Holiday Tour of Homes Chair
Kathleen received a BS in Clothing and Textiles with a minor in Business Administration from The Ohio State University and a teaching certificate from the University of Kentucky. After teaching in various capacities in elementary, middle and high schools in California for 18 years, she and a few others, including her husband Steve, founded School Pathways, LLC, an educational software company. She recently retired as the Chief Operating Officer for the company which serves K-12 education in the areas of student information and student work product tracking.
Steve and Kathleen have two children and six grandchildren. They discovered Savannah in 2013 and decided to make it their home, retaining their place in the northern Sierra Nevada mountains for their summer retreat. They enjoy Savannah for many reasons, but the walkability of the city, the access to great restaurants, the symphony and most of all the amazing friends they’ve found are at the top of the list. Kathleen hopes serving on the DNA Board in some small way will help support all the great things the Savannah’s Landmark Historic District has to offer.
Stephen chose to call Savannah home in 1999 when he moved here from Gainesville, Florida. Stephen threw caution to the winds, resigned his staff photography position at The Gainesville Sun newspaper, sold his 1903 Colonial Revival home in downtown Gainesville, his antique car and sailboat and moved North. Drawn to Historic Downtown Savannah, Stephen has lived in the Historic Beach Institute Neighborhood since 2002. In 2003, he bought a 3,000-square foot vacant lot on the corner of East Jones and Broad Street and designed a new home with old world charm. In the summer of 2004 Stephen met his soulmate Chantel Granville. In the fall of 2004 Stephen and Chantel broke ground to build a charming two-story home with a side yard you can mow with a goat. (Relax, there are no goats). Over the past 13 years the house on the corner of East Jones and Broad has been pointed to as a prime example of "proper infill" by several historic tours of the Beach Institute Neighborhood. With painstaking research, vintage accents and a touch of modern materials, our home was designed to look like it's been there since the neighborhood was establish in the late 19th century.
Stephen is a photojournalist and is honored to donate his time and talent for several organizations that he believes in throughout Savannah. In addition to our very own Savannah Downtown Neighborhood Association, Stephen contributes his photography talents for other organizations such as Ossabaw Island Foundation, Savannah Children's Choir, Collective Face theater group, and Savannah Tree Foundation.
Professionally, Stephen is an award-winning photographer / photojournalist and travels extensively throughout the Southeast. His photographs capture the moments of news and events throughout the region along with the lifestyles of Southern culture. His regular editorial clients include news agencies such as: The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Associated Press, Washington Post, Getty Images, and USA Today. Stephen’s work has been published worldwide in publications such as The Guardian, British Broadcasting Corporation, Newsweek, New York Times' International News, and Spin Magazine.
John and his wife Carolyn moved to Savannah in 1979, when John became Economic Development Director with the City of Savannah, working on downtown revitalization and historic preservation. For the past 30+ years, John has worked as a broker in commercial real estate in Savannah, specializing in port-related, downtown and historic properties. He is currently principal with Colliers International – Savannah, a diversified commercial/industrial real estate firm. For most of their time in Savannah, John and Carolyn have lived and worked downtown.
John’s civic activities have included leadership roles with: Leadership Savannah (President), the Georgia Downtown Development Association (founding President), the Savannah Development and Renewal Authority (Chair), the Historic District Board of Architectural Review, the Savannah Council on World Affairs, Step-Up Savannah, and The Rotary Club of Savannah East (President). He has also served as District Governor of Rotary District 6920 (southeast Georgia), and is currently responsible for a number of Rotary humanitarian grants in India, Brazil, Sri Lanka and elsewhere.
John, and his professional artist wife Denise Regan, discovered Savannah about 10 years ago while on vacation. In 2012 they purchased a house on E Broad Street in the Trustees Garden. After 3-4 years they sold their property on Shelter Island (east end of Long Island) to become full time residents.
They have since sold their first home and now live on Perry Street.John's career involved designing and creating computer systems for the home health field, and fringe benefits for large corporations. In addition to his business, John was a serious private pilot using his plane for business, pleasure and for charitable flights, flying over 100 flights for Angel Flight NE and SE. John served on the Savannah Classical Academy Board for over two years, and currently serves on the Library Foundation Board and the Senior Citizens Inc. Board. He also prepares meals once a month for the Inner City Shelter.
Birgit was born and raised in Berlin, Germany. She worked for over 20 years in healthcare as a radiology technologist and radiation therapist and in the health care industry for Siemens Healthcare. Birgit graduated from Immaculata University with a degree in healthcare management and, then, earned a master’s degree in leadership development from the Pennsylvania State University.
In 2004, she and her husband Kurt moved to Pennsylvania for his job. The definite plan was to go back to Germany but the warmer weather, much more friendlier people and the beauty of the country made them stay. In 2013, receiving the United States citizenship was a very special and emotional moment.
Birgit and Kurt discovered Savannah while traveling from Germany on a vacation. While they were still living close to Philadelphia, they bought a second home on Habersham Street in the Historic District and enjoyed many long weekends there. At this time they started to get used to the walkability and easy access to restaurants and shops. Over two years ago they permanently moved to their new townhouse and made Savannah their home.
Connie is a native of Savannah and has been a downtown resident for more than twenty years. She and her husband Mark bought one of the Anderson Row houses on State Street and have spent a lot of time and energy in refurbishing the entire space. Especially the courtyard space which is a neighborhood favorite gathering place.Most of her adult life has been spent being a wife and mother and now grandmother to 4 grandsons. However, for about twenty years was employed in the Human Resources field in various local companies. Connie is always up for volunteering for a worthy cause.
Immediate Past President
Melinda and her husband Matthew moved to Savannah in 2002 after falling in love with the charm of the City. They became Downtown residents in 2010 after starting their family in Ardsley Park. Melinda is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio and a graduate of the University of Toledo holding an honors degree in Biology and Chemistry. She spent the majority of her career in the pharmaceutical industry as a product specialist in cardiac care and marketing manager before leaving the industry to concentrate her efforts on raising her family, serving her community, and playing an integral role in the marketing and expansion of the family's dental business.
Melinda has served on the DNA board for 4 years, serving the roles of membership chair, vice-president, and president. She also maintains active roles in the Savannah Garden Club, HSF, Hancock Day School, and various City boards. She is a past member of the Junior League and former vice-president of the Christ Church Children's School. Melinda and her husband currently operate a large dental business and land holding company based in Pooler with a secondary location in Lexington, South Carolina. They are the proud parents of three children and enjoy raising them in the exciting and vibrant community of the Landmark Historic District.