Photos courtesy of William Raser
Jennifer Harrison – Chair
Jennifer Harrison moved from England to Denver, CO with her husband Mike and three young children in 1980. She taught math at the junior high school and completed a master’s degree with an emphasis on secondary mathematics at the University of Colorado. After eight years in the mountains the family was transferred to Gainesville FL where she continued to teach mathematics. Jennifer obtained a Ph. D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Florida 1992.
Allen Lennon received his BS in Electrical Engineering from NC State University and a Masters in Industrial Administration from Purdue University. After a 28-year career in food manufacturing and customer business development with Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, the Lennons relocated to Amelia Island in 1996. Allen pursued a consulting career with The Partnering Group until 2003. The Lennons (Allen & Sharon) graduated from docent training in 2003. Subsequently they have assumed the First Person roles of Kate and Effingham Bailey starting with the first History Alive event. They have made numerous appearances as the Baileys around town and as a part of the History Alive and Holiday Homes Tours. Allen’s non-profit board experience includes serving as president of the Ocean Club Villas Condo Assoc for five years, the Council on Aging for three years, and on the National Day of Prayer local leadership team for ten years. Allen is a member of Amelia Baptist Church and has served in several leadership positions there since 1996.
Joe Anderson – Treasurer
Joe Anderson moved from Malibu, California, 11 years ago and loves Fernandina. He is a consultant for financial institutions and people in the entertainment industry.
Susan Martin – Secretary
Having graduated with a History degree, Trish Dooley has come full circle since her days at Mississippi State University. She spent her career in Atlanta in high-tech sales and marketing before transferring those skills to the non-profit world as a development professional in the healthcare field. When she moved to Fernandina Beach in 2005, she rekindled her love of history by becoming involved with the Amelia Island Museum of History where she has served as chairman of History Alive! 2008, the spring fundraiser and as co-chair of the Holiday Home Tour 2009 as well as a Board Member.
Edgar Johnson is a native of Jacksonville, attending Ribault Senior High School. Before moving to Amelia Island in 2005, he spent a 34 year career in R&D with the Federal government directing a behavioral science laboratory for the U.S. Army followed by 3 years in a halfway house for retired government employees, The Institute for Defense Analyses. He quickly became involved in the Amelia Island Museum of History as a docent, walking tour guide, interviewer and trustee; he does not do windows. Consults in areas of applied psychology. Loves living on the Island, but dislikes the summer heat, especially in August.
I have been a patent lawyer, representing and opposing some of the brightest, oddest and meanest people on this planet. I have been an entrepreneur, with a record of spectacular successes and astounding failures. I have been an educator and teacher. And, while I am still a bit of each of the above, I am now mostly a local historian and Amelia Island History Museum enthusiast.
Judy is well known to the Museum community. She is a frequent a greeter, a Museum Madam and was Co-chair of Christmas on Centre Preview Party for two years. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of South Carolina and a Masters of Science in Library Science from Florida State University. She is very active in community service including: two term member and Chairman, Jacksonville Public Library Board of Trustees; member of the first Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women.; member, Amelia Plantation Chapel, Chair of Altar Guild 2000-2005. Worship Chair and Chapel Secretary for the Governing Board of the Chapel, 2006-2008; and Syndicated Ladies of Amelia Island Investment Club, 2000-present. Secretary 2001-2003, President 2004-2005.
William Tilson is the knowledgeable smith behind the scale model depicting the original settlement of Fernandina circa 1821, which holds a place in our front lobby. He is Assistant Dean for International Studies and Service Learning and Professor of Architecture at the University of Florida. Tilson has been lead researcher and consultant on numerous projects for historic sites and communities throughout the region, as well as Antigua, Barbados, Yucatán, St. Lucia, Jamaica, Bahamas, Trinidad, Tobago, and Miami. Locally, Tilson has worked as a consultant for the City of Fernandina Beach on numerous projects: he established design guidelines for Old Town and the Waterfront Community Development Area and new preservation guidelines for Fernandina Beach.
Jerry and Susie Kawecki moved to Amelia Island in 1996 from Hawaii via New York State. Immersing themselves in the community, Susie became a street walker (docent) and greeter for AMIH. Jerry a retired Air Force Colonel and pilot, joined the Civil Air Patrol and spent seven years as the Commander. Jerry’s’ support of AMIH started with the renovation of the second floor, where he cajoled and organized the “Mighty Men” to build a library and renovate Burns Hall. When part of the Florida State Grant for expansion was withdrawn, Jerry stepped in with his “Mighty Men” and completed the project; painting, tiling, and building a gift shop. Currently President of the Friends of Fernandina Aviation, promoting aviation awareness in Nassau schools plus raising funds for scholarships. A graduate of the Naval War College , his 28 years of military service spans being a B-52 Command Pilot to staff and command billets dealing with Command & Control, Execution of Nuclear Weapons and reconstitution of the government in event of a nuclear attack. Jerry’s proudest accomplishments is having the claim of being father to three fabulous young women, Liz, Cappy and Susie.
Born and raised in the Old Town section of Fernandina, Neil’s mother was Serena Traeye – a family that can be traced in this area back to the 1700s. He has a wife, Joyce Adams Frink, and son Sharif Adams Frink and daughter-in-law Dania who live in Haywood, CA. Neil lived for a number of years in South Jersey and Philadelphia. He was employed for 31 years and retired from the automotive industry, The Budd Company Thyssen Krupp. In 1996 he moved back to Fernandina, working for the Amelia Island Plantation for 17 years and entering his second retirement in 2013. Neil is a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal and of the FLAJAX Club as well as President of the A.L. Lewis Historical Society and the Peck High Alumni Assoc. He attended St. Peter Claver, Peck High School, Bethune-Cookman College, and the Apprentice School for Industrial Management (The Budd Company).