Board Member Bios
Brooks has been our lead volunteer advocate working on the Dog Park and contributed last year to its realignment and maintenance working collaboratively with the Parks Department and Dog Park patrons. He is an outdoorsman and Master Naturalist with career experience in engineering sales, client management and finance, worked with San Marco Preservation, and resides on Belvedere Avenue. Brooks will join our Parks/Trees Committee.
Jim has lived in Riverside for eleven years and has a passion for history, old homes and their craftsmanship. He contributed to a number of non-profit organizations in volunteer or board roles and looks forward to helping our neighborhood. In his professional life, Jim is a wealth management advisor for Merrill Lynch downtown. Jim and his wife, Ansley, live with their young family on Forbes Street near Five Points. He will join RAP’s Finance Committee.
Brian is already active on our Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. As Vice President of eCommerce for the Tom Bush Family of Dealerships, Brian has a vested interest in our community. He has been active on the board of the Friends of the St. Johns River Ferry and Arlington Council of the Jax Chamber. He is a Jacksonville native who is anxious to improve the historic district by bringing people together.
As an attorney and self-described history nerd, Dave loves historic preservation and is “passionate to see neighborhoods that flourish with compatible and complementary uses.” He is very involved in community and professional organizations including his current stint on the board of the Jacksonville Historical Society and Jacksonville Bar Association’s Young Lawyer Section.
Tenley runs her own boutique clothing store, Tenley Dietrich, which is now in the Shoppes of Avondale. Tenley’s passion is to help local business owners see their unique visions come to life. RAP seeks to have local business owners represented on our Board, and Tenley will assist RAP with local business perspective and support. Tenley lives on Riverside Avenue in Avondale.
Jeffrey Graf has participated with RAP in a variety of positions over the years including as a Board Member, on the Governance Committee and Luminaria volunteer. He has also worked on RAP’s last two strategic plans. Most recently Jeff is Past Chair of the Jacksonville Historical Society and head of its History Consortium Committee. Jeff is retired from working in the financial sector and is known for his organization, planning and implementation skills.
Laurie is a co-owner of the wonderful Cool Moose Café at Park and King with her husband Tony. She brings the local restaurant perspective to our board and will help RAP with our goal of supporting local businesses and artists. She and Tony and their young family reside in Springfield.
Michelle is a marketing and communications professional traveling the world with international companies. She currently serves as Director of Business Development with HighQuest Partners. Michelle has been instrumental with RAP working with the Community Garden and the Dog Park. She is a key contributor to the Memorial Park Association, where she is also a Board member. She and her husband live on Oak Street in Avondale.
Elizabeth’s love of Riverside Avondale led her to work in residential real estate for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty. Growing up in Medfield, Massachusetts gave her an appreciation of historic landmarks and an understanding of how “they have been meticulously and thoughtfully preserved for others to appreciate and enjoy.”
Debi Pyne is a long-time member of RAP’s Home Tour Committee and a frequent attendee of our First Friday events along with her husband, Michael. They moved to Riverside after Debi worked at the International Monetary Fund as a manager in all phases of residential and commercial base building, tenant and specialty interior design and construction for local and international projects. She and Michael are lovingly renovating their historic Riverside home.
Perry Reynolds retired to Avondale where is wife, Cindy Guy, grew up. During the last 20 years of his career, Perry worked for a global not-for-profit trade association where his responsibilities included member services, marketing and international trade development. His annual trade show attracted 60,000 global visitors. Perry volunteered to help a RAM committee develop a new strategic plan this year which was approved by the RAP Board of Directors last Fall.
Ben White has lived in Jacksonville for over 10 years but is a recent addition to the neighborhood attracted by what our vibrant community has to offer. Ben is a Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch. He volunteered with his former HOA and was a soccer coach as a way to give back to the next generation. Since coming to Riverside Avondale, Ben has joined RAP’s Membership and Development committee and will be taking over the leadership role in the next few months. He is also interested in assisting our Parks Committee.