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Robinson fights cancer through volunteer efforts

By Julie Kerns Garmendia Resident Community News Valerie Robinson, 51, followed a path from Toronto to Manhattan then to Jacksonville, largely due to meeting her husband William, 67, a Jacksonville native, while on vacation in Key West. The couple met at the Margaritaville Bar at exactly 5 p.m. on May 19, 1995 – a date […]

Go Givers: Deborah Stapp

By Julie Kerns Garmendia – Resident Community News – Deborah Stapp, 61, who has lived in her Christopher Creek home 22 years, was a passionate college classical archeology major who has had a fulfilling archeology career in North Florida while raising a family. She credits the support of her husband Fred, a local attorney, with […]

Go-Givers: Stephanie Welchans

By Julie Kerns Garmendia Resident Community News Stephanie Welchans cheerfully recalls her mother Susan Sumner “volunteering” she and her two younger brothers from a very early age to help out at the local hospital when the women’s auxiliary would hold raffles or sell baked goods. “The idea my mother tried to instill in us was […]

Go-Givers: Mary Swart

Go-Givers: Mary Swart

By Julie Kerns Garmendia   After retirement from Bellsouth’s Human Resources department in 2003, Mary Swart’s years of volunteering meant that her charities just moved higher on her priority list. She refers to husband Michael, a retired colonel of the U.S. Army Reserves who also worked for the U.S. Department of Labor, as her dependable […]

Go-Givers: Kevin Kuzel

Go-Givers: Kevin Kuzel

By Julie Kerns Garmendia   In 2001 Kevin Kuzel, a former U.S. Navy Pilot who heartily calls himself a diehard Texan, moved to Jacksonville from Dallas. His roots in a Dallas historic district neighborhood meant that Commander Kuzel was immediately drawn to the Avondale Riverside area. The Kuzels are currently in the midst of a […]

Go-Giver: Melissa Bartley

Go-Giver: Melissa Bartley

By Julie Kerns Garmendia   Volunteers commit to charities for a variety of reasons. In Melissa Bartley’s case, it was her grandfather. Henry Solomon’s rapid diagnosis and death from brain cancer led Bartley to the Northeast Florida American Cancer Society. After a difficult experience with hospice and Bartley’s personal feelings of loss and grief, she […]

Go-Giver: Lanelle Phillmon

Go-Giver: Lanelle Phillmon

By Julie Kerns Garmendia   American Cancer Society volunteer Lanelle Phillmon credits the U.S. Navy’s  volunteer service program — and her mother’s example — for setting her on a course of helping nonprofit organizations. Chief Phillmon, who just completed a 27-year naval career, retired to the San Jose area in November 2010 and jumped right […]

Go Giver: Sander Moody

Go Giver: Sander Moody

By Julie Kerns Garmendia   Sander Moody is a devoted father, husband, attorney and volunteer who relocated to Jacksonville from a successful law practice in New York City in 1998 when he and his physician wife, Laura, were ready to start their family. The couple chose an Avondale Tudor style home that had been remodeled […]