Meet Your Board of Directors


Adam Halstead


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.

 Debbie_Thompson.jpgDebbie Thompson
Vice President


 Debbie is a long time Springfield resident and has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations.

Chris Farley


Chris moved to Historic Springfield in 1999 and has been very active in the community ever since. If there is anything you want to know about the history of the neighborhood, Chris is the person to ask!

 Shannon.jpgShannon Elian


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.

 Lena_Castro.jpgLena Castro


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.

 Jeff_Gardner.jpgJeff Gardner


Jeff was a professional archaeologist and historical researcher for 37 years, before retiring in June 2015. He and his wife, JoLee, have been Springfield residents since 2006, living in both old and new homes. Jeff is passionate about local history and genealogy, and loves to assist others in exploring their past. As chairman of the SIAA Archives Committee, Jeff makes it his responsibility to organize and preserve our various historical collections, which include extensive papers of our predecessor organizations: the Springfield Improvement Association (established in 1904) and The Springfield Woman's Club. We also house exhibit materials from the former Springfield Heritage Education Center. To make this information available to our neighbors, we have been compiling, scanning, and uploading Springfield's historical and architectural data to our website.

Austin_Rieley.jpg Austin Rieley


Austin is an extremely talented graphic designer and very organized person. She has worked very hard on the Holiday Home Tour Committee for over three years.

 Annie.jpgAnnie Howe


Born and raised in Jacksonville, Annie and her husband Tim moved to Springfield in 2014 having fallen in love with the neighborhood after experiencing several Home Tours. Annie is a Past President and Chairman of the Board of the Southside Business Men's Club and the Executives' Association of Jacksonville. Annie is currently a Vice President for Fidelity Bank in the area of Residential Construction Lending.

 Kiley.JPGKiley Secrest

   Kiley has been a proud Springfield Resident for two years. He has a Bachelor's of Fine Art from The University of North Florida. Kiley is a local artist who uses the architecture of Springfield as his primary subject matter. Kiley is on the Home Tour Committee and helps maintain the SIAA archives.