• Seaside School, Inc. Board of Directors

    Seaside School, Inc. is governed by a 15 member Board of Directors each of whom serve 3-year terms. Applications for the Board are accepted and new Board members are elected each spring. The Board meets at least 10 times per year, unless there is a need for additional meetings outside of the regular schedule. All Board meetings are open to the public. Notices for each meeting are posted on the school website and at the school campuses. Meetings are generally held on the third Thursday of the 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 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 2019-2020 school year are listed below.

    • Community Advancement Committee: Kelly Nuckolls, Chair
    • Finance Committee: Marek Bakun, Chair
    • Governance Committee:  Shannon Widman, Chair
    • Strategic Development Committee: DeWalt Alderman, Chair
    • Student Excellence Committee: Christina Boatwright, Chair
 Elizabeth Forsythe, Chairman

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Elizabeth Forsythe, Chairman

Elizabeth Forsythe was raised in Atlanta, GA and is a graduate of the University of Georgia.  After college, Elizabeth returned to Atlanta where she began her career in commercial real estate, working for a commercial development company.  She wore many hats including property management, commercial office leasing, base-building construction management and tenant-interior construction management. 

In 2011, having long vacationed in the 30-A area, she fulfilled her dream and relocated here from Atlanta with her husband, Stephen, a native of Chicago. Shortly after relocating, Elizabeth continued her commercial real estate career, working at The St. Joe Company. Building on her prior work experience, she currently serves as Asset Manager at St. Joe, where she oversees St. Joe’s growing portfolio of lease operations (oversight which includes marketing space for lease, lease negotiations, property management, and tenant relations), pursues and manages various development opportunities/projects, seeks joint venture partners, and markets strategic commercial land for sale. 

Through her work at St. Joe, Elizabeth has been involved with the Seaside School and its annual Half Marathon and 5K for several years. Beginning in 2016, Elizabeth also served as the Seaside Half Marathon & 5K registration co-chair and looks forward to serving in this role for many years to come. 

Elizabeth and Stephen feel fortunate to be raising their two young boys, Will and Oliver, in this beautiful area which has such an incredible sense of community. You can reach Elizabeth at board.forsythe@seasideschools.net .

 Meg Norwood, Vice-Chairman

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Meg Norwood, Vice-Chairman

Meg Norwood grew up in Richmond, TX and moved to Santa Rosa Beach 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. Prior to moving to Florida, she worked in sales and public relations for a school district in the Houston area.

With a passion for non-profit organizations, Meg knew that she wanted to work with an organization based on a mission, and she found that in Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast, where she worked for 12 years in marketing and project management. During her time with the hospital, she helped promote new service lines, physicians, and foundation events, in addition to serving as the project manager for several major expansions at the hospital. She also had the opportunity to serve as the liaison between Sacred Heart and the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, which helped raise over $2M for children’s services at the hospital. In 2017, Meg joined Recreation Investments (d.b.a. The Track Family Fun Park and Fat Daddy’s Arcade) to lead the marketing initiatives at five parks and three arcades 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 also served as a founding member of the Gulf County Health Improvement Partnership and the Walton County Health Improvement Partnership to increase access to healthcare for the underserved population in our community. Most recently she had the opportunity to volunteer and support the Seaside School, and she and her family look forward to serving and supporting the continued growth and development of this organization for years to come. You can reach Meg at board.norwood@seasideschools.net.

 Marek Bakun, Treasurer

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Marek Bakun, Treasurer

Marek grew up in Massachusetts before relocating to Florida where he studied Accounting at the University of Central Florida. He is licensed in Florida as a Certified Public Accountant, Real Estate Broker, and General Contractor. His career spans over 20 years in corporate finance, including over 10 years as a CFO in the real estate industry. Marek is the Chief Financial Officer of The St. Joe Company (NYSE: JOE), a real estate development, asset management and operating company located in Watersound, Florida. 

Walton County has been his home since 2013 when he relocated with his wife, Kim, and two children, Lauren and Alex, to the picturesque Northwest Florida after spending majority of his career in Orlando. You can reach Marek at board.bakun@seasideschools.net.

 Greg Crouch, Secretary

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Greg Crouch, Secretary

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.

 Dewalt Alderman

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Dewalt Alderman

K. DeWalt Alderman is a native of Columbia, South Carolina. He graduated from The Citadel Military College of South Carolina in Charleston, SC, with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. He also graduated with Highest Academic Distinction from Air University in Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama with a Masters degree in Military Operational Arts and Sciences. DeWalt is a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve and currently works in the 28th Intelligence Squadron on Hurlburt Field. Immediately following graduation from The Citadel, DeWalt received a commission in the United States Air Force and served at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma. DeWalt remained on active duty and transferred to Eglin Air Force Base in 2002. In 2004, he moved to South Walton, continuing to serve on active duty until 2007. Since joining the South Carolina Air National Guard in 2007, then the United States Air Force Reserve in 2009, he has served in multiple permanent and temporary duty assignments on Eglin AFB, Tyndall AFB, and Hurlburt Field. Additionally, DeWalt won the Air Reserve Component Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Field Grade Officer of the Year Award in 2012 while assigned to the 84th Test and Evaluation Squadron on Eglin AFB. He resides in Santa Rosa Beach with his wife and daughters. You can reach Dewalt at board.alderman@seasideschools.net.

 Christina Boatwright

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Christina Boatwright

Christina Boatwright was raised in south Alabama where she went to Troy University and earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Science in Human Resources Management.  In 2010, after having their first child, she and her husband felt the call to move to the Panhandle.   This had been their beach growing up and with numerous family members here now, it just felt right.  The small-town atmosphere coupled with the beauty this area offered was a dream come true to serve as a place to raise their children.  For the past 13 years, Christina has worked alongside her husband in the family business; Worthington Millwork, a company that provides architectural products to both commercial and residential clients nationally.  Christina helps with the marketing and human resources side of the business. 

Christina has actively served on the Auction Committee and Sponsorship for the Seaside Half Marathon and 5K since 2017.  Her vision and commitment to education is unparalleled and she is excited to continue to help South Walton and their education endeavors for years to come.  Christina is married to Kyle Boatwright and they have three children, Gavin, Rinley and Sadie.  You can reach Christina at board.boatwright@seasideschools.net.

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 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.

 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 Vice President of Marketing and Sales Operations for Grandview, a business analytics and IT consulting firm based in Research Triangle Park in Durham, NC.

With over 15 years of experience in technology marketing management, Kelly has in-depth knowledge of enterprise IT vendors including IBM, Dell EMC and VMware. She is well-versed in digital transformation solutions such as cloud and edge computing, blockchain, artificial intelligence and machine learning. Kelly was recently named 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 Women Who Code and Girls Who Code 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 Seaside School Half Marathon and 5K, Kelly looks forward to assisting the Seaside Schools maintain and enhance their history of excellence.

Kelly and her husband, Jerimi, both play active roles in 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.com.

 Aleis Tusa

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Aleis Tusa

Born and raised in Louisiana, Aleis and her family had the opportunity to relocate to their go-to vacation destination, Walton County, and make it their home in 2016.

With over 25 years experience in public relations and marketing for industries including nonprofit, corporate and hospitality, Aleis has represented clients such as: Ruth’s Chris Steak House, LCMC Health, Peoples Health, International Paper, Popeye’s Famous Fried Chicken, Stewart Enterprises and Planet Hollywood New Orleans. She served as the Communications Director for New Orleans Habitat for Humanity in the immediate post-Katrina era.  Currently, Aleis is the Public Relations manager for HUB, an integrated marketing agency, servicing the tourism marketing accounts for the City of Clearwater and River Parishes Tourist Commission.  She is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America, having served previously as president of the New Orleans Chapter. In 2016, she was recognized by the Public Relations Association of Louisiana with the Professional Achievement Award. 

As a native of South Louisiana, Aleis truly bleeds purple and gold. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Journalism from Louisiana State University and is an avid Tigers fan. Aleis and her husband, Jay, have two children, William and Katie. You can reach Aleis at board.tusa@seasideschools.net.

 Brenna White

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Brenna White

Growing up in a military family, Brenna was frequently on the move as a child; but Clearwater, Florida was always home. After spending several years in north Alabama, she and her family relocated to Santa Rosa Beach in 2010 as her husband, Heath, was expanding his communications cabling business.

Brenna and Heath are the proud parents of three children. As her children have worked their way through the public school system, Brenna has been an active supporter, serving as PTO president and vice president, homeroom mom, a member of several advisory boards, a substitute teacher, and countless other roles. She has also served as a volunteer and committee chair for the Seaside Neighborhood School Half Marathon and 5K since 2011. With two children now in college and one entering middle school, Brenna has been involved with classroom and school projects from kindergarten through the high school level on almost a daily basis. Volunteering has allowed her to help each school continue to touch the lives of children, just as her children’s lives have been so positively affected.

Professionally, Brenna holds a Child Development Associate, and called on her education and experience in childhood development while serving as a preschool teacher. Now Brenna spends her time managing the family business, Resort Maintenance Partners, which provides maintenance, cleaning and repair services to a large number of rental homes and condominiums in the Panhandle area. You can reach Brenna at board.white@seasideschools.net.

 Shannon Widman

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Shannon Widman

Shannon graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Political Science from Syracuse University.  She earned her Juris Doctor at the University of Miami School of Law.  Upon graduation, Shannon moved from her hometown of Palm Beach Gardens to Santa Rosa Beach where she was admitted to The Florida Bar in 2000 and the Federal Court Northern District of Florida in 2001.  Shannon is the founding attorney of Porath & Associates, P.A. a law firm specializing in real estate transactions across the state, but specifically on Florida’s Emerald Coast.

Shannon is on the Board of Trustees for Attorney’s Title Insurance Fund, Inc., which has provided support for Florida real estate attorneys since 1948.  Shannon has always been an active member of the South Walton community, sponsoring many events, including the Annual Seaside School  Half Marathon and 5k Run, Via Colori benefiting the Seaside Institute, the Flutterby Festival and the local school athletic teams.  She has served as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem for foster children in the area since early 2001. In 2002 the State of Florida Guardian ad Litem Program recognized Shannon’s outstanding volunteer service.  In that year, she was awarded Pro Bono Attorney of the Year for the First Judicial Circuit, from Governor Jeb Bush.   Shannon served on the board for The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast, Inc. and she is proud to support Habitat for Humanity for Walton County, Inc. over the years by providing pro bono title services for their new home closings.  Most recently, Shannon has been a strong advocate and supporter of Food for Thought Outreach, Inc., an organization that helps provides food security to area school children in need.

Shannon has lived in Santa Rosa Beach since 1999, where she enjoys tennis and going to Grayton Beach with her husband, Brian, and their two children. You can reach Shannon at board.widman@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

 Dan Buckner, Past Chairman

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Dan Buckner, Past Chairman

Dan Buckner, a native of Cookeville, Tennessee, graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1997 with a degree in Business and Marketing.   He relocated to Santa Rosa Beach in 2003.

Dan brings over 15 years of extensive experience and knowledge in the home and association management industry.  Dan is the principal owner and chief operating officer of My Vacation Haven, LLC, an independent full-service vacation rental management company featuring more than 200 vacation rentals in Sandestin® Golf and Beach Resort, Tops'l Beach and Racquet Resort and surrounding South Walton areas.  In addition to My Vacation Haven, LLC, Dan is the owner and president of Virtuous Management Group, a full-service association management firm specializing in condominium and homeowner associations.  Virtuous Management Group maintains an elite client base throughout the Southeastern region of the United States.

Prior to his current position, Dan acted as Senior Vice President for FirstService Residential and as President of Emerald Shores Services.

Dan is a strong believer in giving back to community and cares deeply about contributing to the education and wellbeing of the next generation.  He has proudly given time, leadership and financial support to many local organizations serving children in need including the Children’s Advocacy Center, Food for Thought, the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, and several children athletic organizations. 

He and his wife, Stephanie, have two daughters, Hadley and Hayden. You can reach Dan at board.buckner@seasideschools.net

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