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2020-21 Slate for 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. David and Joyce moved to Savannah in 2007 and both have been active in the community for the past several years

Vice President


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.

Secretary (write-in)


---STEVE BRENNEMAN (Incumbent)

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.  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.  Following Steve’s retirement from the State of California in 2013, he and Kathleen purchased a home in the Landmark Historic District and moved to Savannah.


Tim is a recent transplant to Savannah following the sale of his real estate business in Dallas, TX.  Tim and his wife Susan were raised in Atlanta, attended UGA and vacationed along the GA coast for many years.  In Atlanta, Tim served as President and Treasurer of the 550-home Peachtree Park Civic Association and was organizer of the Peachtree Park 5K Fun Run.  He has offered to serve as the DNA’s Treasurer and looks forward to participating in the Association.


Historic Preservation

----CHASSIDY MALLOY (Incumbent)

A native of the metro Atlanta area, Chassidy moved to Savannah in 2004 to enroll at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and received a BFA in Historic Preservation with a minor in Architecture in 2008.  She is currently employed by the Historic Savannah Foundation (HSF), serving as their Membership and Volunteer Coordinator.  In 2015 she joined and began volunteering for the Savannah Downtown Neighborhood Association.


Dicky, a native of Savannah has lived in the Landmark District for 52 years .  With 45 years experience in real estate, he started as Mopper Stapen, REALTORS and today is the President of Engel & Voelkers, Savannah. His entire career had been focused on the preservation and restoration of Savannah's historic districts. Dicky is pleased to have been a founding member of the DNA and continually, a member since. He would like to become more involved and would be pleased to serve on the Board for Historic Preservation.

Dicky served as the chair of the Savannah Development and Renewal Authority for two terms and served on the Board of DNA in the past, is the founder and former President of the Downtown Business Association, a two-time former member of the Historic Board of Review, former Board of Directors of Historic Savannah and a two term Trustee of the Georgia Trust for Preservation. In addition, he has renovated or restored over 30 buildings in our Historic Districts, many of which have won awards.  Dicky stated that it would be an honor to serve and promises to commit to the time and effort required.

Government Affairs


Bob. and spouse Jeanne, retired to Savannah in early 2014. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin and obtained a Master of Public Administration degree from The George Washington University. In addition, he served two years active duty as an officer in the U.S. Army.  Bob 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 uses 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.   

Membership Chair

DENISE FLOJO (Incumbent)

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 2013, Denise and her husband, Norman moved permanently to Downtown Savannah after frequently visiting their daughter, a student at SCAD.  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.  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 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.

Neighborhood Outreach

---STEPHEN MORTON (Incumbent)

Stephen chose to call Savannah home in 1999 when he moved here from Gainesville, Florida. Drawn to Historic Downtown Savannah, Stephen has lived in the Historic Beach Institute Neighborhood since 2002.

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 the DNA, 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.  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.


An East Tennessee native and graduate from East Tennessee State University with a degree in Business Management, Farrell Click moved to Savannah, GA 4 years ago and quickly fell in love with the city.  Led by her passion for the historic architecture of the city, she decided to leave her career in finance to pursue her passion of Savannah real estate.   With her husband, Farrell has purchased and renovated many downtown properties.  When not showing homes, Farrell spends her free time traveling and spending time in Downtown Savannah.   She loves getting to know the community on a personal level through her work and enjoys building long lasting relationships. She enjoys serving her community by volunteering with the Historic Savannah Foundation, Savannah Area Chamber, Telfair Museums and the Savannah Downtown Business Association.

Economic Impact

JOHN NEELY (Incumbent)

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. 

Public Safety

JOHN PICKER (Incumbent)

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 but currently 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 REIFF (Incumbent)

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 earned a master’s degree in leadership development from the Pennsylvania State University. 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. Over two years ago they permanently moved to their new townhouse and made Savannah their home.

Wards Captain

CONNIE HOITT (Incumbent)

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.


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Downtown Neighborhood Association of Savannah, GA Inc.
P.O. Box 9416
Savannah, GA 31412

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