Meet the Board of the WPPCA
Ever wonder who serves on the Winter Park Pines Community Association Board? Want to know more about the people who volunteer their time to make sure our community stays safe, beautiful and fun? We hope these bios will allow you to get to know these individuals a little better.
Ben moved into the Pines in May 2014 after he and his wife fell in love with the atmosphere. When driving around they loved seeing the children playing, people working on their yards, and the proximity to all the fun that surrounds the neighborhood. Ben is originally from Texas, growing up in Houston and then moving to North Texas where he attended college and started working in higher education. Today Ben still works in higher education. Ben joined the WPPCA board because after falling in love with the neighborhood, he wanted to help maintain the great community that exists in the Pines.
Vice President : Jessica Hazzard
My name is Jessica Hazzard and I’m pleased to be able to serve this year as the Vice-President of the Winter Park Pines Community Association. I love to stay involved in my community and meet new people so joining the board was an easy decision for me. Our family moved into the neighborhood in August 2017. While I’m originally from Tennessee, (Go Vols) we most had most recently lived in the Mills 50 district. Our family had outgrown our little bungalow. We were looking for a home in The Pines and the surrounding area for about two years before we finally found “the one”. We’re the third owners of our home and since moving in have been fortunate to become friends with both of the previous owners. How cool is that? I live with my husband, William, two young children, and one giant, friendly dog. A few years back I worked for Orange County Public Schools as an elementary school teacher and literacy coach. These days I spend my time chasing around my own kids and serving as a leader in several local moms’ groups.
Tom first moved into the Pines in 1968, as a youngster. He attended Aloma Elementary, Glenridge, and Winter Park High. After his college years, Tom was a systems programmer for IBM in North Carolina, and then served as a minister in the United Methodist Church. Although Tom lived various places, the Winter Park Pines neighborhood is the place that was always home. When searching for a house in the Orlando area in 2013, nothing felt quite right, except for the Pines. Today Tom enjoys meeting new residents, chatting with neighbors, sharing his roses, and brisk walks along the Cady Way Trail. Tom first became active with the WPP Community Association, coordinating the Needles distribution. Tom stepped into the Treasurer position in 2016.
Ansi is originally from Western NY. the Fernandes' have made the Pines their home since 2017. They chose Winter Park Pines as their home because of convenience and community. Her family loves to bike, swim and take nice walks on the Cady Way Trail. She is a mother of two, entrepreneur and business owner. Outside of WPCAA, she is running her bookkeeping business, Every Penny Accounting to help local business owners." Ansi joined the board in 2018 as Secretary. She is responsible for providing minutes of the meetings each month, so you know she is listening. Her favorite thing about being on the board, is connecting with neighbors who love their community.
Janell moved to the Pines, along with her husband, in 2007. They were originally from Memphis where Janell was a social worker and Founder of Dress for Success-Memphis non profit. For the past 19 years, she has been with IBM and retired January 2019. She enjoys spending time reading, trying out new restaurants and volunteering in the community, having volunteered with WPPCA in several positions, and is now the past President. Janell also participates in the Citizen on Patrol outreach.
NEW NEIGHBOR WELCOMING COMMTTIE:
Carmen, her husband Silas Giubilei, and their kids have been residents of the PINES since 2003 when she quickly joined the Board and became Welcome Chairperson. Sixteen years and over 700 “welcomes” later, she still enjoys meeting new residents, delivering flower plants and talking up the many benefits of supporting our WPPCA. A native New Yorker who left the city in 1984 to attend college, she and her Italian husband of 34 years lived abroad for the first 17 years before settling in FL with their two older kids, Ferruccio and Francesca in 2001. The Pines brought a new home, a new baby, a host of friends and the start of a new career. After 10 years of climbing the corporate ladder in International Business and Marketing Research, she "feels most at home" in her role as a Remax agent since 2002. She enjoys erasing the perception held by so many that “real estate can be stressful and nerve wrecking” by holding buyers and sellers hands throughout the entire process, taking care of all the details and paperwork, and helping instead to make the whole experience relaxing, enjoyable and memorable for her clients as well. Carmen enjoys a rich diversity of cultures, theatre, movies, reading, hosting dinner parties, trail-blazing as a Soccer mom with her teenager Isabella, staying fit and nowadays drools at the chance to dote on her grandchildren, 4-1/2 yr. old Silas and 10-month old Valentina. "Being a mother is the most important job in the world. But being a Grandmother is the most fun." Holler if you agree!
NEW NEIGHBOR WELCOMING COMMTTIE & Membership:
Making my way to Winter Park Pines started as a native Buckeye where I turned in to a forever Floridian when I met my husband at Florida State University. My husband grew up in Winter Park and knew I would love making this our home. After a few years of living in Downtown Orlando, in May 2013 we moved to Winter Park Pines with our growing family. I am proud to say we are a family of 4.5 with two amazing kids and our dog named Noley. I couldn’t be any more in love with Winter Park and our community, we are very fortunate to have met so many amazing people and friends we will have for a life time. I’ve enjoyed serving on the WPPCA board as Special Events Coordinator for the Community Garage Sale and Annual National Night Out neighborhood events. I also maintain our Winter Park Pines FaceBook page to help highlight local events in the area. I truly take pride in our neighborhood and believe in building a strong foundation for my family. I started the Winter Park Pines Mom’s Group for support and for a few fun wine nights! As a local Realtor I love bragging about our community and enjoy moving in more great neighbors in. You can find us at our local parks, biking on the Cady Way Trail, or playing with the kids on our front lawn.
Code Enforcement & Mall Maintenance:
Needles Editor/ Distributor: Denise Ertler
Along with her family, Denise came to the Pines in 1970 from Spokane Washington. Her father just retired from the USAF as many were doing during those years. After an existence of never staying in one place for more than four years, The Pines was the perfect spot on the map to start over. After marrying and moving away for a period of time she returned in 1990 to the same home she knew. Like many in the Pines neighborhood she considers herself to be a “Pines Second Generation”, living in the home her parents built. Denise was professionally involved in the ceramic industry for more than 40 years, as a studio owner, retailer, instructor and professional potter. She received a degree in Graphic Design later in life with the goal of working in both fields.Now retired, Denise spends her time enjoying the company of her granddaughter, traveling, playing in clay, volunteering and waiting for her husband to retire!Denise became active with the WPPA board to be part of a caring community which is actively growing and constantly changing. “It’s a good place to be”.
Website, Citizens on patrol, Code Enforcement:
Jack is a true Floridian, born and raised in Winter Park. The Pines is the perfect neighborhood due its proximity to both downtown for Jack's position at Orlando Health and Park Avenue where family lives. In his free time, Jack and his wife, Kim, love cheering on the Orlando Magic and visiting the Disney parks, especially during Epcot Food & Wine Festival. Look for Jack around the neighborhood as part of Citizens on Patrol.
David moved to the Pines in 2007 after short stays in Miami and Tampa and being originally from Memphis, Tn. David has held a variety of careers over his lifetime including practicing law, higher education and lastly, at Sea World, retiring from each one only to find a new niche. David has served in several positions with the WPPCA.
YARD OF THE MONTH: GEORGE & LIANNA HUDDLESTON
George and Liana Huddleston moved to Winter Park Pines from Nashville, TN in 2011. They are college sweethearts (Go Vandy!) and love to travel and play with their golden retriever, Zoe. They enjoy the community feel and wonderful neighbors of Winter Park Pines, and especially their street, Fitzooth Drive.
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Always looking for more volunteers to join the board. If you would like more information email Ben at or feel free to attend our monthly meetings.
Social Media, Special Events: Min Freeman
We, Caleb and Min, moved to the Winter Park Pines about 4 years ago. The neighborhood called to us because of the great schools nearby. Eventually, we’ve come to love the Pines for the community and neighbors. Caleb and Min are a part of the board. Caleb is a co-leader for the Nextdoor app and Min is the co-lead for social media and events. We are originally from Miami and went to high school together but lost touch through college and somehow reconnected. Caleb went away to UF for college while Min stayed home and attended UM (a house divided!). Here we are now with a very adorable son (maybe we’re biased) and extremely happy with where we are at life. We can’t be any happier with our decision to move to the Pines more than ever as it’s become such a family oriented neighborhood. Caleb and Min are both Korean but Caleb was adopted so he says he’s more white than Korean. We often have disagreements about cultural differences but the thing that always brings us back together is our love for Korean food! Caleb enjoys to work out (he says that he would rather workout more than diet so he can eat what he wants) and is quite handy around the house. Min enjoys all sorts of crafting but truly enjoys crocheting and baking. Ethan, our son, loves interrupting our progress in anything we do with a giant smile. He also loves Mickey Mouse. We are truly blessed to have so much in our lives. We hope over time to add another addition and many more memories in this lovely neighborhood.