Tag Archives: Get to Know

Get to Know … Ryan Dexter

By Ken Gillespie
mail@floridanewsline.com

Where were you at 4 a.m. this morning? Most likely in the sack. Not so with Ryan Dexter. The alarm clock’s bell signals the start of his weekday schedule (6 a.m. on weekends). He scampers out of the bed, finds his running gear, then heads out the door to join three other guys as they do their ritual eight-mile run through Nocatee. The “RunNoc” group is often joined by Dexter’s faithful four footed Weimaraner, Brody. Dexter believes this early routine physically and mentally preps him for the day’s challenges.

Get to Know … Karl Kennell

By Angela Higginbotham
angela@floridanewsline.com

Always passionate about people and mesmerized by the adventures and life tales that others have to share, Karl Kennell has many inspiring stories of his own. He grew up in Sarasota, Fla. and in the 1970s he moved to Los Angeles primarily to pursue his passion of theatre work, while also continuing his career working in building and development. He later retired into travel marketing.

Get to Know … Deborah Luke

By Angela Higginbotham
angela@floridanewsline.com

Deborah Luke is a Jacksonville native who has served in the Duval and Clay county school systems for 43 years. She is a graduate of Englewood High School and the University of Florida. Luke has spent her career in elementary education, teaching young children within four different Duval County schools and one Clay County school. Although many of her days are still filled with educating as a substitute teacher, she retired from Duval County in 2009 and from Clay County in 2016. She and her late husband of 32 years, Donald, began calling Mandarin home 35 years ago and the two have one son, Justin. Luke was recently named Educator of the Year by the Jacksonville Elk Lodge #221, an honor that she holds dear.

Get to Know … Belinda Macek

By Angela Higginbotham
angela@floridanewsline.com

Born in Vienna, Austria, Belinda Macek made the move of a lifetime when she relocated to the United States 25 years ago. Her early career days were spent mostly doing administrative work in Europe before becoming a stay at home mom to her daughter, now a student at Flagler College in St. Augustine.

Get to Know … Nandha Thesingh

By Elaine Omann
mail@floridanewsline.com

Nandha Thesingh lives and works on the Southside. He is an active member of Toastmasters. He is a man who is involved with community and leadership training, bringing changes to organizations in which he is involved — and as a millennial he thinks technology is key to change.