Members of our Board of Directors volunteer their time and expertise to manage all day-to-day functions of the organization.
Rita Reagan, Board Chair, Historian, Community & Education Outreach Director
Rita is a retired Duval County educator. Since 1997, she has been a full-time community activist in historic preservation and youth issues, primarily in the Springfield Historic District. She has been deeply involved with the preservation of the Norman Studios since 1995.
Devan Stuart Lesley, Board Co-Chair, Media & Publicity Director
Devan is a freelance writer and producer. She is a correspondent for People magazine; and produces and co-hosts Jax Life Radio, a weekly, hour-long radio program covering history and culture in Northeast Florida; and founder of Bua Pictures a new film, TV and Web TV production specializing in documentary and series projects with an educational, historical and family-friendly focus.
Barbara is an attorney, higher education consultant and historian. She is certified as a specialist by The Florida Bar in Education Law and in State and Federal Administrative and Government Law. She also has extensive experience researching and teaching United States history at the college level. She is the proprietor of an art and antiques shop and has a long-standing involvement with historic preservation.
Mitchell Hemann has a background in archives and museum administration. He studied at the Modern Archives Institute at The National Archives and Records Administration and the Library of Congress in Washington DC. He has managed the Corporate Archives for the Estee Lauder Companies in New York City and worked in Membership and Development at The Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, TN. Mitchell moved to Jacksonville in 2015 with his wife and two children.
Stacy is a Visual Information Specialist and Graphic Designer with Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. She holds a degree in Digital Media from Full Sail University in Orlando and a Certification in Film, Television and Digital Media from the Banner Center for Creative Industries, University of North Florida.Emily Rose, CTL, Corporate Outreach Director
Tony De Simone
Tony received his BA in Theatre Arts from Chapman University in 2006 with additional undergraduate work at The American University, Washington, D.C.; The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Los Angeles, CA; and Belmont University, Nashville, TN. He is a professional actor and member of the Screen Actors Guild and has appeared in feature film, stage and television. He has additional background working in artist promotions and talent booking in Nashville.
Erminda studies media arts, animation and web design at the Art Institute of Jacksonville and is a classic film enthusiast.
A graduate of the University of North Florida, Christina began volunteering with Norman Studios in 2014. She oversees blogging for the Norman Studios website and assists guests during volunteer events.
Chris is an award-winning painter, sculptor and theme park artist whose work has been featured in the U.S. Capitol Building’s Rotunda Hall and the Metropolitan Museum of New York City.
James is a retired US Navy Lieutenant an investigator with the Florida Fire Marshall’s Office. He and wife, Lauren, own two Edible Arrangements franchises in Jacksonville, FL. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Columbia College in Missouri and a Master of Business Administration from Webster University.
Emily is a marketing professional with extensive experience in marketing, advertising, and non-profit fundraising and marketing. Her clients have included non-profit organizations, labor organizations, small businesses, and companies from the transportation logistics industry. She implements marketing programs to promote planned gifts and corporate sponsorships via multimedia campaigns. She holds a certification in Transportation and Logistics, and a BA in Literature and Public Relations from the University of North Florida.
Jeffrey grew up in Jacksonville and attended Stanton College Preparatory School and Robert E. Lee High School before moving up north for several years, returning in 2004 with a new family in tow. Jeffrey is a lawyer in private practice with an office in Historic Springfield. He maintains an affinity for local preservation causes and an intense interest in the ever burgeoning creative art scene in and around Jacksonville.
Capt. Richard E. & Kathy Norman
Capt. Norman, son of silent filmmaker Richard Norman is an aviation consultant and FAA Aviation Safety Counselor whose career was inspired by his father’s famous film, The Flying Ace.