Meet Your Board of Directors


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Adam Halstead
President

 

Born in Elmira, New York, and moved to Jacksonville in 1997. I first visited Historic Springfield in 1999 and immediately fell in love! Within a couple weeks I moved to the neighborhood and it didn’t take long to get involved! Springfield is unlike any other community I’ve encountered. People are very friendly, there is always something to do, there are beautiful homes, and gorgeous parks. I’m happy to call this home for life! :)

I’ve been very active in the community by serving on the Board of Directors of the Historic Springfield Community Council (HSCC), Springfield Improvement Association & Woman’s Club (SIA/WC), Springfield Improvement Association & Archives (SIAA) and Springfield Preservation and Revitalization Council (SPAR). I’ve been a member of the Springfield Area Merchants and Business Association (SAMBA) and also assisted with the merge of The Historic Springfield Community Council (HSCC) and Springfield Preservation and Restoration (SPAR). I guess it’s safe to say I’m pretty active and have a passion for the community.

I joined Trautmann & Company in 2000 acting as Property and Office Manager until 2004, when I made full partner in the firm. Prior to joining Trautmann & Company, I was Voice & Data Systems Manager for Medical Services Company, Technical Support Representative at America Online, Customer Service Representative for T-Mobile, and Operator for Trailer Bridge Industries.

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Shannon Elian
Secretary

  Shannon is a Jacksonville native and a licensed real estate broker in the State of Florida. Shannon has twice been elected president of the Northside Business Leaders, Inc. which is an organization committed to improving the quality of life and business environment of north Jacksonville.

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Lena Castro
Director

 

Lena has lived in Springfield since 2000. She serves as chair of the building committee and is on several others. Lena has a passion for decorating and adds a fair to the Holiday Home Tour each year.

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Lissa Dunn
Director

 

Lissa and her husband Bill moved to Springfield in 2015. After nearly 30 years in suburban Orange Park, they fell in love with the historic homes and community. Lissa retired from a career in education and teacher development and now owns Grant Development Consulting Services. She is active in many neighborhood groups and leads Springfield Stories, an oral history project committed to capturing and preserving the memories of individuals with deep ties to the community.

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Cherri Picard
Director

 

Cherri Picard was born and raised in Jacksonville and is a graduate of Florida State University with a BA in History. She has had a lifelong interest in local history, Historic homes, and vintage clothing.  She first came to Springfield for the Holiday Home Tour in 2000 and immediately fell in love with both the homes, and the amazing sense of community she found among the residents.   She was finally able to fulfill a lifelong dream when she purchase her home here in 2013.  While active in many neighborhood groups, SIAA is her favorite due to their mission to preserve the outstanding history of this neighborhood.  When not flying the world for a major US airline, she is active in local living history groups and enjoying her Springfield porch.

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Julie Rider
Director

 

In 2014, when I mentioned to a friend of mine that I was going to be relocating to Jacksonville, she mentioned that there was no place in the City that would fit me better than Springfield. While I am still fairly certain she meant on HER side of the neighborhood, my husband, young son, and myself found a home that spoke to us on the east side and settled in.

I have been an active administrator in one non-profit or another since 2006, and so it was just logical to get involved here, where the culture of the neighborhood is so diverse and special. I have never seen a place so actively involved with each other, and so it is a pleasure to serve this community.

As a medieval living history hobbyist and a former archivist for a city government, the archives hold a near and dear place in my heart. I hope to help make it an easier place to access for people in the neighborhood, and to help recreate the best part of Jacksonville...Springfield.

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 Lindsay Shugerman
Director

  Lindsay has done genealogy professionally for over 20 years, recently moved from Austin, mom of three, MBA, PhD Poli Sci from U of Utah, and now restoring her third historic home. 

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Debbie Thompson
Director

 

In my teens, we had friends who lived in Springfield so in 2005, when we made the decision to move nearer to downtown where we worked, I remembered the great old historic houses in Springfield, knew of the restorations being done, and we came looking. We purchased a beautifully restored duplex and settled in. Before we even moved in, we were attending meetings of SPAR and SIAA. We had never met such friendly and involved neighbors.

Soon after, bitten by the restoration bug, we purchased a home from one of Springfield’s early families (who had built the home and lived in it since 1906) restored it and moved in. We currently live in our third Springfield home, a 1906 bungalow. We aren’t tempted to leave Springfield because, along the way, we found out the saying is true. “Come for the houses, stay for the people.”

I’m involved in multiple Springfield non-profits and organizations. I’ve been involved with SIAA since 2005 when we moved here, and am a past president of the organization. I’m proud of the Quality of Life projects we do for the community and our commitment to its history.

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Michael Truatmann
Director

  Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and graduate of Miami University. I was recruited by General Motors Corporation out of college and has worked for the last 15 years as a real estate developer in Ohio, Texas, Georgia, and Florida.I moved from Atlanta, Georgia, to Jacksonville in 1990 after purchasing several properties in Jacksonville Beach and Historic Springfield. I've been active in many Jacksonville organizations, including Springfield Preservation and Restoration, Springfield Community Business Roundtable, and Neighborhood Housing Services.Appointed by Mayor John Delaney to the Urban Core Code Enforcement Board and served as Vice Chairman for 5 years. Mayor Delaney also appointed me to the Historic Springfield Arts and Amenities Commission; this Commission initiated the designs and concepts for the redesign of Historic Main Street, including the illuminated medians, new landscaping, and historic bus stops.Trautmann & Company, LLC, has received numerous awards for historic preservation from the Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission, The National Trust for Historic Preservation and the United States National Neighborhood Works Program. Several of our projects have been featured in local and national news and on Home and Garden Television.

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Kevin Wills
Director

 

A native of Detroit, Kevin and his wife, Kim Link-Wills, lived in metro Chicago, Gwinnett County, Ga., and Charlotte, N.C., before finding the forever home in Springfield they share with their sons, Aidan and Andy, Labradoodle Gracie and cats Phoenix and Goodbye.

 

Kevin has more than 20 years of experience in third-party logistics and leads XPO Logistics’ Jacksonville freight brokerage branch. He attended Northern Michigan University and is a lifelong fan of the Detroit Lions. Kevin also loves playing guitar and trying new beers. That said, if you’re looking for him, try Hyperion or Main & Six.