MEET THE BOARD
Steven Herzfeld - President
Steven was born and raised in Pinellas County, FL, and graduated from Seminole High School in 2006. At 17, he left Florida to attend the University of Colorado and stayed in Boulder, CO for 12 years and where he met his wife, Haley Kaiser. They, along with their adopted Wheaten Terriers, Daisy and Piper, moved to St. Petersburg in May 2017, and have been living at their house on the corner of 12th Ave N and 31st St N since September 2017.
Steven has served as President of the North Kenwood Neighborhood Association since 2019 after past President, Chris Ashley, did not seek re-election after serving as President for four years. Previously, he had served as Vice President in 2018, filling a vacant seat on the North Kenwood board of directors. His passion for civic involvement in the neighborhood was further cultivated when Steven participated in the 2018 Council of Neighborhood Associations Leadership Program, and had a chance to really learn about the behind-the-scenes working of city government and also meet many other neighborhood and community leaders.
Steven also serves on St. Petersburg’s Complete Streets Advisory Committee, which serves to improve our city by ensuring that all types of road users, including drivers, walkers, disabled persons, transit riders, and bicyclists, are considered when designing our streets, sidewalks, and trails. Previously, he owned two businesses, and most of his work history has been in the bicycle industry, which is a long-time passion of his.
Stephen Murray - Vice President
Stephen and his wife moved to North Kenwood in 2019 and have enjoyed getting to know their neighbors. They love the St. Pete food, craft beer and cocktail, and arts scenes, and of course, the amazing local beaches. You can find then most mornings and evenings walking our Shih Tzu, Obie, around the neighborhood or Booker Creek park.
James Brownlee - Secretary
James and his partner, Eddie Montez moved to St Pete 22 years ago with employment transfers. Their prior home was San Jose CA. James is a native of Sunnyside, NY and spent his first 35 years in an assortment of New York State localities. Their home here in North Kenwood is rounded off with their 'family' of all rescues. First is their senior Puggle, Bailey; next a Blue Healer, Hope (another senior); and lastly a Lab/Pit mix named Rocco. You may see them walking their 'family' individually around the neighborhood. They also assist a neighbor in walking his rescue, a Pit named Happy.
In addition to working in a finance department of a major .com retailer, James enjoys his hobby of genealogy and working around the house on a variety of projects. James and Eddie are just second owners of their home and much of the property is still original to 1951. Their furnishing include 'various' finds from over the years; and furniture from both of James' grandparents and a great grandmother.
Over the years James has been active with the Association in differing capacities from member to Vice President. James is excited the Association has grown with new individuals and their talents. James really likes living on 26th St and strives to know as many neighbors on a first name basis as is allowable.
Joan Finch - Treasurer
Joan Finch, SPHR, is the Controller for Key Packaging, a small manufacturing company located in Manatee County, and is responsible for Accounting, HR, and IT. She began her career in the Grocery business in Maine, and created a Bed and Breakfast from scratch with her wife Julie. With over 25 years of experience in the for profit worlds of Retail, Property Management, and Manufacturing, she is looking forward to adding to her non - profit experience with NKNA.
Haley Kaiser - Volunteer
Haley is a Senior Analyst at a remote research and consulting firm called Smarty Pants by day, and active socialite by night. She met her spouse Steven Herzfeld while attending CU in Boulder, CO and recently relocated to Florida in 2017. She is a cycling enthusiast, weight lifter and civic activist and completed the 2019 Council of Neighborhood Associations Leadership program. She is also a dog lover and shares her North Kenwood home with two Wheaten Terriers, Piper and Daisy.
Julie DiPietrantonio - Volunteer
Julie is a 16 year Florida resident, from Maine. She retired almost five years ago, from the field of Education. Her passion is gardening, and staying fit and healthy. She likes the neighborhood and is glad the neighborhood association has grown, with so many working together to make North Kenwood a place of community and pride.
Melanie Rattanchane - Volunteer
Melanie has lived or been around North Kenwood her whole life. The house she is living in now has been in her family since the 40's. She just opened a little shop on St. Pete Beach called Fresh Factory so between that, basketball practices, the gym and kids bday parties, Melanie is constantly running around with her hair on fire =).
She also sits on the board of directors for Great Explorations Children's Museum on 4th street and has been doing that for 4 years. She's pretty stellar at pool and chess. Melanie loves riding bikes from the neighborhood to downtown St Pete on the weekends for lunch at her family's restaurant, Pin Wok and Bowl, or to check out the morning market.
Bianca Ankoh - Volunteer
Bianca lives in North Kenwood with her spouse. More info soon!
Brittany Phillips - Volunteer
Brittany Phillips is a Florida native, who loves St. Pete. She works as a Marketing Strategist for a Clearwater based IT Distribution company and is passionate about learning and giving back to community. With her spare time she mentors middle and high school students through the Pinellas Education Foundation (NextGen Program), SPC exploratory lab program and Junior Achievements. Brittany enjoys the outdoors, gardening, craft beer and exploring the beauty of St. Pete.
Deirdre Kurnett - Volunteer
Deirdre moved to North Kenwood in 2015 from California. She works for a Healthcare IT staffing firm as a Compliance Manager. She has volunteered to craft and manage the NKNA.org website.