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Get to Know … Martha Sweet

By Martie Thompson

Florida native Martha Sweet said her life was changed six years ago when she, a recent breast cancer survivor, happened upon a booth at a concert at the University of North Florida promoting dragon boats. She had no idea what dragon boating was, but said she embarked on one of the greatest adventures of her life when she signed up.

Get to Know … Sheila Hickson-Curran

By Martie Thompson

Sheila Hickson-Curran has lived in nearly all the corners of the world, so for her to live in Ponte Vedra Beach for the past 23 years is quite an endorsement for the area. Born and raised in York, England, she moved to London to attend The City University, where she received her degree and trained as an optometrist. While working at an eye clinic in Kingston, Jamaica, several years later, she met her now-husband, Steve, who was there in the Peace Corps. They moved to Sydney, Australia for her job and lived there for three years before moving to Ponte Vedra Beach.

Get to Know … Doug Nunnery

By Martie Thompson

Doug Nunnery’s Gator roots run deep — not only did he earn his bachelor’s degree in business administration at the University of Florida, but he grew up in Gainesville. His father was a professor and his mother worked in the athletic department. After graduation, he took a job in Jacksonville with Prudential in its IT department. He ultimately earned his MBA at the University of North Florida while still working full time at Prudential.

Get to Know … Janice Cushman

By Ken Gillespie

If you are a parishioner at Nocatee’s Saint John Paul II Catholic church, you’ve seen Janice Cushman leading a choir and serving as Cantor at Sunday services. As a local resident she is often recognized and greeted by congregation members while shopping at Publix, dining out at M Shack, and relaxing at the Splash Park.
She and her family relocated from Pittsburgh four years ago, when husband Ron took a new job with CSX. She works as a guidance counselor at Pedro Menendez High School in St. Augustine and is the mother of two teens in the St. Johns County School District. Advising and coaching young clients is close to her heart as she has always valued the helping profession; however, music and song may be closest to her soul.

Get to Know … Susie Marshall

By Angela Higginbotham

Susie Marshall is a Jacksonville native who has enjoyed living in the Mandarin area since 1973. She graduated from Lee High School and then Florida State University with a degree in elementary education. Marshall served in the Duval County school system for well over 40 years. She passionately worked inside the classroom and later in her career, she worked with community education and as supervisor over all extended day programs. Marshall is currently serving her second term as president of the Mandarin Women’s Club, an honor in which she takes great pride and joy. She also gives her time volunteering with hospice care. With her daughter, son-in-law and grandson living nearby, Marshall loves spending time with her family.