• Seaside School, Inc. Board of Directors

    Seaside School, Inc. is governed by an 11-15 member Board of Directors, each of whom serve 3-year terms. The Board application period begins each December and runs through February. New Board members are elected each Spring. The Board meets monthly, unless there is a need for additional meetings outside of the regular schedule. All Board meetings are open to the public, and notices for each meeting are posted on the School website and at School campuses. Meetings are generally held on the third Thursday of each month at 5:30PM. Members of the public are given an opportunity to address the Board at each meeting. If you would like to schedule a special presentation to the Board, please email boardsec@seasideschools.net.

    The Board of Directors consists of five (5) committees, each of which has various subcommittees, which carry out the work of the Board. The Chair of each committee is responsible for ensuring the committee, and it subcommittees, meet each month and accomplish their ongoing oversight responsibilities and specific annual goals. Committee meetings are posted on the School website and are open to the public. The committee chairs for the 2020-2021 school year are listed below:

    • Community Advancement Committee: Kelly Nuckolls
    • Finance Committee: Nick Vlahos
    • Governance Committee: David Milam
    • Strategic Development Committee: Phillip Justiss
    • Student Excellence Committee: Lindsey Hoppe
 Meg Norwood, Chairman

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Meg Norwood, Chairman

Meg Norwood grew up in Richmond, TX and moved to Santa Rosa Beach, FL in 2004 after marrying her husband Austin, a long-time resident of the Destin area. She received a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Baylor University and a MBA at the University of Florida. With a background in marketing and project management, Meg worked with Sacred Heart Health System for 12 years locally before joining Recreation Investments in 2017, which operates seven locations for The Track Family Fun Park and Fat Daddy's Arcade throughout the Southeast.

Meg has been involved in a variety of community organizations through the years, including serving on the board for the Walton Area Chamber of Commerce, Mentoring Emerald Coast, Walton Education Foundation, Florida’s Great Northwest and Career Source Okaloosa Walton. She is honored to support the continued growth and success of the Seaside Schools. You can reach Meg at board.norwood@seasideschools.net.

 Greg Crouch, Vice Chairman

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Greg Crouch, Vice Chairman

Greg Crouch, a native of Montgomery, Alabama, graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1999 with a business degree in Marketing. Following his time in Texas, he moved back to the southeast to pursue a career in marketing and advertising. He worked for regional agencies in Nashville and Savannah before moving on to nationally recognized firm, Lewis Communications, in Birmingham, Alabama.  In 2004, shortly after marrying his high school sweetheart, Robin, unforeseen family circumstances took Greg out of the advertising world and into the beverage industry. Following in the footsteps of his late father-in-law, he took over operations of the family business, the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of Luverne, Alabama where he has been Chief Executive Officer and President for the past ten years.

After dreaming of living in South Walton since their wedding in the Seaside Chapel, Greg and Robin decided to move from Montgomery to Santa Rosa Beach in 2012, where they live with their three sons, Gardner, Conor and Jacob. Greg splits his time between Santa Rosa Beach and Luverne, successfully running a 90-employee distribution company, while also being able to enjoy our special community here on the Gulf Coast. In 2013, Greg received the most prestigious award in the beverage industry for independent Pepsi-Cola Bottlers, the Donald M. Kendall Bottler of the Year Award. This award is given to the most successful bottler in North America based on outstanding performance, including sales performance, customer service, retail and foodservice execution, and community support.

Greg has been involved with the Seaside Schools for several years through the annual Half Marathon and additional fundraising efforts. Since 2017, he has served on the Sponsorship and Road Crew Committees. Greg continues to run the Pepsi-Cola business, while remaining closely connected to the South Walton community through church committees, neighborhood associations, charitable organizations, and most importantly, through his sons’ academic and athletic pursuits. You can reach Greg at board.crouch@seasideschools.net.

 Nick Vlahos, Treasurer

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Nick Vlahos, Treasurer

Nick was born and raised on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and grew up vacationing along the Emerald Coast. He earned his B.S.M. in Finance from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA in 2000. While at Tulane, Nick was a member of the Men’s Varsity Tennis Team and was elected by his coaches and teammates to serve as Team Captain his Senior year. Nick then stayed on at Tulane, where he graduated with a Juris Doctor degree from Tulane Law in 2003.

Returning to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, he practiced law for two years before going into real estate shortly before Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. He then served as a member of the Mayor’s Post-Katrina Rebuilding Committee, and later was part of the team selected to work on the Master Development of Gulfport post-Katrina. It was in this capacity that Nick worked with the private equity firm that eventually moved him to 30A in early 2008. In December 2011, Nick formed Vlahos Solutions, LLC and has worked on real estate development projects locally and around the Southeast since that time. Nick is a licensed attorney in the state of Mississippi, and licensed real estate broker in the states of Florida and Mississippi.

Community and educational service have always been important to Nick and his family. He has served on various committees at his church – including chair of the audit committee and a member of the Greek Festival Committee. He has also continued his involvement with Tulane by serving on the Tulane Athletic Advisory Committee in addition to co-chairing both his law school and tennis reunion committees.

While working on a project in Baton Rouge, LA, Nick was introduced to his now wife, Candace. Nick and Candace were married in 2016 and today live in Miramar Beach with their two children, Kosta and Wynnie. You can reach Nick at board.vlahos@seasideschools.net.

 Rhea Goff, Secretary

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Rhea Goff, Secretary

Rhea Goff grew up in DeFuniak Springs before attending Florida State University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in 2001.  Rhea is currently the Senior Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer for The St. Joe Company where she has worked since 2003.  Rhea began working at St. Joe as an HR Assistant at WaterColor Inn & Resort focusing on human resources for St. Joe's resort and club operations in Walton and Bay Counties. Rhea now oversees Human Resources, Marketing, Information Technology as well as a variety of St. Joe corporate administration, policies, and compliance matters.  Rhea also serves on the Boards of The St. Joe Community Foundation, Florida’s Great Northwest, the Bay County Chamber and the Dune Lakes Elementary School Advisory Council. Rhea lives in Santa Rosa Beach with her high school sweetheart husband, Brian, and their three children. You can reach Rhea at board.goff@seasideschools.net.

 Farrar Barker

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Farrar Barker

Farrar and her husband, Kelly, moved to Santa Rosa Beach in 2012 from Atlanta to be closer to their families. She received a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Southern Methodist University and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Georgia. Farrar began her practice with the law firm of Alston & Bird LLP in its corporate transactions and securities group and practiced with the law firm of Clark Partington before co-founding Barker Williams, PLLC and Shoreline Title, LLC in 2017. Farrar represents individuals and businesses in a variety of transactional matters across a wide range of industries, including real estate, hospitality, technology and manufacturing.

Farrar is active in her church and community, including youth ministry and serving on the Board for Sandcastle Kids, Inc. In her free time, Farrar loves spending time with Kelly, their three children and two dogs at the beach or on the bay and cheering on her kids at the lacrosse field and at gymnastics meets! You can reach Rhea at board.barker@seasideschools.net.

 Grove Fisher

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Grove Fisher

Grove Fisher is a native Floridian who grew up in Jacksonville, FL. She graduated from The University of the South in Sewanee, TN with degrees in U.S History and Fine Arts. After gradation she was the college counselor, swim coach and dance teacher at the prestigious Texas Military Institute in San Antonio, TX. After three years of teaching, she followed an opportunity in the non-profit world as the director of the American Forest Alliance campaigning for clean water and air in Appalachia. In 2007, when her tenure as director was over, she and her husband, Adam relocated from Birmingham, Alabama to Santa Rosa Beach.

In 2008, they opened Fisher’s Flowers, a full-service design company specializing in weddings and special events along the Emerald Coast. They lend their talents and services to many non-profits in Walton County including the Alys Foundation, the Cultural Art’s Alliance, The Children’s Volunteer Health Network, the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, the Emeril Lagasee Foundation, Food for Thought and the Seaside Foundation. They are honored to work in support of the incredible services these organizations provide in our community.

Grove is passionate about education and committed to the schools in our area. She is a parent volunteer at Bay Elementary, volunteers on the Seaside Half-Marathon and 5K Committee as cochair of the Taste of the Race Event. She and her family look forward to serving on the Seaside Board furthering their goals to be a positive influence in this amazing South Walton community they have chosen as their home. You can reach Grove at board.fisher@seasideschools.net.

 Mark Foley

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Mark Foley

Mark Foley grew up in the military and has lived many places throughout the world, but considers Florida “home” after first moving here in 1999 when he was assigned to the Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field. He spent 12 years on active duty as a pilot with 114 combat sorties in Afghanistan and Iraq, and continues to serve in the Air Force Reserve. Mark is a former Legislative Assistant and policy advisor to a U.S. Senator on the Senate Armed Services and Defense Appropriations Committees and spent over a decade in Washington DC involved in regulatory, budgetary, and policy initiatives. He is the Founder and CEO of several businesses aligned with the aerospace/defense industry and is a technology entrepreneur and owner of an autonomous systems and unmanned aerial vehicle start-up. Mark also serves Walton County as a Fire Commissioner for the South Walton Fire District and a Board Member of the Walton County Tourist Development Council. He graduated from the United States Air Force Academy and has a Master’s Degree from Johns Hopkins University.

Mark has taught courses at the postgraduate level and in middle school, is actively involved in his community and church, and particularly enjoys volunteering as a youth basketball coach. He lives in Santa Rosa Beach with his wife Kristen, their son, Connor, and dog, Junior. Mark can be reached at board.foley@seasideschools.net.

 Tom Glavine

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Tom Glavine

Tom was raised in Billerica, Massachusetts, where he attended Billerica Memorial High School. He was a four-time league All-Star and All-Conference honoree in baseball and was named to All-Star and All-Conference teams three times in hockey. He also earned the Boston Globe's All-Scholastic and Player of the Year honors in both baseball and hockey. After graduating high school in 1984, he was drafted by both the Atlanta Braves (Major League Baseball, second round) and the Los Angeles Kings (National Hockey League, fourth round). Faced with the choice of playing two professional sports, he chose baseball. His induction into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014 serves as a punctuation mark on his illustrious 24-year professional baseball career, which included two Cy Young Awards, four Silver Slugger Awards, ten All-Star appearances and the honor of being named the 1995 World Series MVP. Since his retirement as a player, he has enjoyed a new career as an Atlanta Braves Color Commentator working an average of 50 home games per season.

His passion for making a difference in his community can be seen through his involvement and creation of at least four signature events raising over 15 million dollars. These events include Tom Glavine’s Field of Dreams Golf Tournament benefiting Georgia Council on Child Abuse, Tom Glavine’s Spring Training Casino Night benefiting the Georgia Transplant Foundation and CURE’s Believe Ball benefiting CURE Childhood Cancer, where Tom serves on the CURE’s Advisory Board).

Tom and his wife, Christine, have five children: Jonathan, Amber, Peyton, Mason and Kienan. After vacationing on the Emerald Coast for many years, Tom and his family have made it their full-time home. Together, they look forward to having a positive impact on their new community. In addition to his work with the Braves, Tom enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, exercising, boating, fishing, skiing and reading... and is a general sports enthusiast. Tom can be reached at board.glavine@seasideschools.net (for any Seaside School related issues only).

 McKayla Hale

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McKayla Hale

A Colorado native, McKayla attended undergraduate studies in Northern California, where she started working for lululemon athletica. Growing with the brand for over 5 years, she had the opportunity to train new store openings and loved building strong leadership teams within their stores.

McKayla reunited with her childhood friend, Aaron, living in Santa Rosa Beach, and after a medical tragedy, McKayla moved to the Panhandle to nurse Aaron back to health. Today, McKayla and Aaron run a successful chocolate company, Extra Ordinary Delights, and also are real estate investment enthusiasts. The two are raising three boys: Cameron and twins, Wyatt and Owen.

McKayla has become an advocate within the community spearheading the effort to revitalize the Emerald Coast Aquatic Center, founding the Santa Rosa Beach Buy Nothing Facebook page and mentoring at the Seaside Neighborhood School with her husband. McKayla also advocates for many military and veteran associations including Building Homes for Heroes, which has given mortgage-free specially adapted houses to eight local wounded veterans, The Boot Campaign, Team River Runner, E.O.D Warrior Foundation and The Fisher House of the Emerald Coast.

Her hobbies include riding her Peloton, personal development, refinishing furniture and being an active member of the community. McKayla can be reached at board.hale@seasideschools.net.

 Lindsey Hoppe

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Lindsey Hoppe

Dr. Lindsey Hoppe was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas and grew up vacationing along the emerald coast.  She and her husband Dirk dreamed of raising their family in this beautiful small town. That dream became reality with their relocation to the 30A area in early 2014.

LIndsey earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Texas A&M University in 1999.  She earned her Doctorate in Dental Surgery from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston in 2003 where she received numerous awards, including 2 scholarships and publication in a major medical legal journal. Lindsey has studied in some of the most elite post-doctoral programs in the country and was awarded the prestigious Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry in 2012. After a brief associateship in a dental practice in The Woodlands, Texas, Lindsey took over a small dental practice in Austin, Texas, and owned and operated it for 10 years, more than doubling its annual production and patient base in her tenure.   During that time, Lindsey was honored to be designated a “Texas Monthly Superdentist” every year from 2009-2013. This award is peer-nominated and elected by other doctors and dental professionals in Texas, and gave Lindsey statewide recognition.

Upon relocation to the 30A area, Lindsey immediately stepped into the role of Dental Director for the Children’s Volunteer Health Network, treating over 1,000 children and providing over $300,000 in free dental care for underprivileged children in Walton and Okaloosa Counties. While fulfilling her role at CVHN, Lindsey simultaneously planned and executed the opening of her state of the art comprehensive care dental office, 30A Smiles, which she co-owns in the Inlet Beach area.Lindsey still serves CVHN and the local children through her position on the CVHN Board of Trustees. She has a special interest in community involvement and serves in a number of additional roles in our community, including teaching Sunday School, volunteering for local schools and shelters, and volunteering and fundraising for many of our local beloved charities.

In her spare time, Lindsey enjoys being outdoors in our beautiful area as much as possible; deep sea fishing, college football (especially the Texas A&M Aggies), reading, writing and bicycling. Lindsey resides in Santa Rosa Beach with her husband Dirk, their son Hunter and their Golden Retriever Annabelle. You can reach Lindsey at board.hoppe@seasideschools.net.

 Philip Justiss

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Philip Justiss

Originally from south Florida, Philip moved to South Walton in 2003 soon after receiving both his BS degree in Finance and his MBA from Auburn University. Philip is a Managing Director of Sales & Trading at Mission Capital, splitting time between his Seagrove and New York offices. He has over 15-years experience and several billion dollars in transactions in commercial real estate finance, loan sale advisory, underwriting and asset management. His primary responsibilities include sourcing and executing the sale of REO, commercial, C&I and residential loans on behalf of banks, special servicers, private equity funds and other financial institutions worldwide. Philip also originates and executes commercial debt and equity raises for Mission’s Debt & Equity Finance Group.

Philip is active in his community and serves on several non-profit boards. He resides in Point Washington with his wife, Lauren, and their four children. You can reach Philip at board.justiss@seasideschools.net.

 David Milam

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David Milam

David Milam is a native of South Carolina. He has lived and worked in the Florida Panhandle since arriving at Florida State University in 1996 as an undergraduate. After obtaining his degree in Criminology, he attended the Florida State University College of Law and graduated in 2004 with honors.  David moved to Walton County to assist his firm, Dunlap & Shipman, in opening their Walton County office in 2004. The firm's Walton County office has grown to ten lawyers during that time and serves a wide range of clients.  David serves on numerous committees with the Florida Bar and is past president of the Walton County Bar Association. He also serves as a mentor with the Take Stock in Children Program in Walton County and provides pro bono legal representation to children in dependency matters. He resides with his wife and three children in Point Washington and attends the Point Washington United Methodist Church where he serves as Treasurer. You can reach David at board.milam@seasideschools.net.

 Kelly Nuckolls

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Kelly Nuckolls

Kelly was raised in Greenville, AL and graduated from Auburn University with a degree in graphic design and concentrations in both web development and marketing. Kelly has resided in Santa Rosa Beach since 2010 and works remotely as the Marketing Director, Northeast for Technologent, an IT solutions provider focused on enterprise-class infrastructure, based out of Irvine, California.

With over 15 years of experience in technology marketing management, Kelly has in-depth knowledge of enterprise IT vendors including IBM, Red Hat and VMware. She is well-versed in digital transformation solutions such as cloud and edge computing, blockchain, artificial intelligence and machine learning. Kelly has been named numerous times to CRN’s prestigious Women of the Channel list, recognizing outstanding leadership and vision in driving technology growth and innovation. Her professional outreach platform to promote women in STEM roles resonates through mentorships in the various organizations.

Having served as a member of the Board of the Directors of The Preschool at Point Washington from 2015 to 2017 and as the Marketing Chair for the 2019 and 2020 Seaside Schools Race Weekend, Kelly is driven to support the Seaside Schools in maintaining and enhancing their history of excellence.

Kelly and her husband, Jerimi, both play active roles in local community development and preservation and are proud to call South Walton their home. They have two sons, Grant and Taylor, and a dog, Alys. She can be reached at board.nuckolls@seasideschools.net.

 Mike Wintrode

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Mike Wintrode

Mike was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he studied Computer and Information Systems at Drexel University. Mike started his career in technology working at The Vanguard Group for nearly 10 years supporting the Stock and Bond trading floors before moving into Networking, Application Delivery and Data Center Technology.

Relocating to the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area shortly after his wedding to Melissa in 2007, Mike worked for Northrop Grumman designing, delivering and managing complex IT solutions for Federal Agencies such as the Social Security Administration and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. After earning an MBA at the University of Maryland Mike joined ReliaSource as their Chief Technology Officer where he supports a multi-purpose role focused on leveraging IT solutions to optimize internal operations, aligning investments to enable strategic growth initiatives, establishing industry partnerships to drive business development opportunities and solve unique customer challenges. He brings a true passion for utilizing Information Technology to solve problems and deliver effective solutions.

Mike, Melissa and their two children, Olivia and Jackson, reside in Santa Rosa Beach. You can reach Mike at board.wintrode@seasideschools.net.