Tag Archives: Get to Know

Get To Know … Harry Smith

By Ken Gillespie
mail@floridanewsline.com

Upon entering Harry Smith’s Ponte Vedra Beach house, he points to a large screen television. Sprouting behind it is an array of antennae: long vintage rabbit ears topped by a bunch of aluminum shards pointing north. Thanks to this assembly, he and wife Sondra enjoy free over-the-air access to more than 30 channels. No Netflix, no HBO, no cable bill. Further, they have no internet service, thus no email capability. They don’t own a computer or a smartphone; he relies on a dated flip-top phone.

Get to Know … Stacey Goldring

By Martie Thompson
editor@floridanewsline.com

During Stacey Goldring’s first visit to Mandarin about 30 years ago, she met her future husband. On her second visit, she found her new hometown. Goldring earned a journalism degree from Ohio State University and it was while on Spring Break that she visited her cousins in Mandarin and met Bruce, who attended the University of Florida and was her cousin’s roommate in Gainesville. After getting married, the couple spent time in South Florida, where Stacey wrote for several newspapers and Bruce, an airline pilot, had easy access to three airports.

Get to Know … Mark Tillman

By Martie Thompson
editor@floridanewsline.com

Mark and Alisa Tillman moved to St. Johns about eight years ago with their young, autistic son Lucas. They had both sets of parents living in Florida, in Tallahassee and Tampa, and decided that Northeast Florida would be a good middle ground. Research into area schools with good ESE programs led them to St. Johns County.

Get To Know … Lindsay Hardy

By Ken Gillespie
mail@floridanewsline.com


Lindsay Hardy has found a career in the travel business and it couldn’t be a better match for her passion — even her major at Florida Atlantic University was in geography. Early on, her parents recognized her curiosity about places and cultures. They encouraged her travel bug and frequently asked her to accompany them on business trips, including many trips to Washington, D.C. with her dad, who worked as a contractor for the Department of Defense.

Get to Know …  Holly Donohoe

By Martie Thompson
editor@floridanewsline.com

Holly Donohoe hails from Ottawa, Canada, but loves living and being a business owner in Mandarin. Her path to the present was circuitous, but all of her life experiences built upon each other to bring her where she is today. She earned a PhD in geography from the University of Ottawa and moved to Gainesville to become a professor of tourism and leisure management and marketing at the University of Florida. She was well qualified for this position, having already travelled the world (“every continent except Antarctica”) with her international marketing company and giving lectures to large audiences about leisure development and destination marketing. At one point she worked with the Chinese government, developing their leisure industry.