Tag Archives: Get to Know

Get to Know … Bryan Jones

By Martie Thompson
editor@floridanewsline.com

Bryan Jones is a seventh generation Floridian who was born in the old Flagler Hospital in St. Augustine. He grew up in the area and attended Episcopal High School in Jacksonville, where he met his now-wife, Burton. They live in St. Johns Golf and Country Club and have two young children who attend Liberty Pines Academy. Jones is a third generation farmer and current president of the Putnam/St. Johns County Farm Bureau.

Get To Know … Shirli Billings

By Ken Gillespie
mail@floridanewsline.com


Shirli Billings’ career spans more than 40 years, with achievement starting early in life. She was chosen as “Girl Mayor” of Cincinnati in 1954. After college she spent several years teaching in the classroom. Moving into administration, she took an assignment as junior high principal in Lansing, Mich. It was there she first met young student Erwin Johnson, later known as Magic Johnson. A signed basketball is one of her treasures. While in Lansing, she worked toward and earned a PhD Degree from Ohio State University. Billings would eventually progress through several superintendent positions in public systems across several states. As an African American woman holding leadership roles in mainly white school systems during the ‘70s and ‘80s, she was a trailblazer during times of societal change.

Get to Know … Blake Ingram

By Ken Gillespie
mail@floridanewsline.com

Movie buffs may recall the 1967 James Bond thriller, “You Only Live Twice.” Nancy Sinatra sang the bewitching theme which went on to become a hit: “You only live twice, one life for yourself and one for your dreams.” The song’s lyrics describe our featured resident this month, Blake Ingram. One part of him lives a predictable life, enjoying a stable position as head of First Coast Technical College’s automotive services program in St. Augustine. But his dream life can be summed up by a personal philosophy: “A bird is safe in its nest, but that’s not what wings were designed for.”

Get to Know … Angela Freyman

By Martie Thompson
editor@floridanewsline.com

Angela Freyman was born in Ukraine and was 13 years old when she relocated with her family to Brooklyn, N.Y. She attended New York University, earning both a bachelor’s degree (in finance and economics) and an MBA — and married high school sweetheart, Greg, in 2000. She said they were not in love with the “busy city” and decided to move to the suburbs, in New Jersey, in 2015. They did love the suburbs, but not New Jersey and so online research and talking with friends and acquaintances led them to relocate to St. Johns in 2017.

Get to Know … Kevin and Dawn Landers

By Martie Thompson
editor@floridanewsline.com

Kevin and Dawn Landers are high school sweethearts from Griffin, Ga., who eventually married and now have five children, ranging in age from 16 – 28. Kevin Landers first came to Jacksonville in 1988 when he was in the Navy and attached to Carrier Air Wing 20 in aviation maintenance. He moved away and worked as an air traffic controller before getting out of the military and getting a job with JP Morgan Chase in Louisiana. Dawn operated a child day care for 13 years, but found it difficult to maintain with the geographic moves required by the military.