SAFS President: Joe Marx
Following a 35-year career as an analytical chemist and operations manager of a chemical company in the northeast, Joe turned off that side of his brain, retired to Florida with his wife Andrea, and began dabbling in more artistic pursuits.
Joe and Andrea joined a play reading group, The Margin Playersin 2004 that gets together monthly for a play reading and potluck dinner Joe took over leadership of the organization in 2007. Joe has appeared on stage in St Augustine with A Classic Theater as well as fundraisers for Artbreakers and other organizations. His A Classic Theater credits include “A Child’s Christmas in Wales”, and “It’s a Wonderful Life” in which he portrayed 5 different characters.
In college, Joe had taken electives in film history ad always enjoyed going to the movies, He befriended a Professor of Film Studies as Flagler College who allowed him to sit in on her classes. Together, they formed the St Augustine Films Society in 2012 as a 501.c.3 nonprofit.
Joe’s other pursuits include being President of A & J Associates, an IT company specializing in computer repair and training; playing golf and beach volleyball; attending symphony in Jacksonville, and ushering at the Amphitheater as well as sitting on several Boards. He has taught at Flagler College and UNF.
SAFS Board of Directors
Barbara Ottaviani Jones
SAFS Co-founder, and Visiting Professor of Film Studies Flagler College from 2009, Barbara has been Flagler College Director of Study abroad, and International Student Academic Advisor from 2012. Barbara is also Flagler College Visiting Professor Italian Language and Culture. Outside her academic life, she is President and Founder of the St Augustine Italian Club; a promoter and organizer of fundraising events, and a Certified Advance Health Care Planning Facilitator-Honoring Choices Florida, collaborating with the Community Hospice of North-East Florida.
In 1999, the Honorable Hon. F McCluskey founded the law firm of Schuman McCluskey and Seisler in Charleston, WV. Following his service as the 70th Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals of WV, the State’s highest court. Born and educated in Clarksburg, John’s law career was preceded by his election to the State Legislature in 1972, while still a law student an UWV. After serving as WV Commissioner of Finance and Administration from 1985 to 1988, he spent 10 years representing clients in Federal and State court trials. He is now semi-retired and served recently as the moderator of the panel discussion following the streaming of Reunited States, which was a co-production of the Golden Way, Compassionate St Augustine, and the Flagship initiative of Flagler College.
Kelly A Truman
Kelly is the CEO of TruBasa Consulting LLC. She obtained her Bachelors degree in accounting from Flagler College/ Kelly has 21 years of professional experience as leader in several different business management, audit, tax, finance and accounting roles. As public accounts auditor, Kelly performed numerous internal and financial statement audits of local governments, not for profits, and government authorities. As Senior Accountant, she has undertaken financial statement audits of various types of entities, and provided tax services for individuals, corporations, and partnerships. Additionally, Kelly has acted as the Chief Financial Officer and Controller positions in real estate and land acquisition and development space. Through these roles, she has been heavily involved in raising funds and managing capital for these entities. Kelly is the mother of four children and understands the value of time and uses he experiences to apply a direct approach to services she provides.
Louis is a clinical psychologist who did graduate training a Colombia University, and clinical training at Yale. He served on the clinical faculty of Michigan State University Department of Psychiatry, where he taught and trained medical students and residents, and served as chief psychologist on an inpatient psychiatry unit. Louis serves on the Board of the Beaver Island Archipelago Trails Association, a role that has involved raising fund from townships, and currently developing grant applications, for trail design and development. Louis and his wife, Clare moved to St Augustine in 2016, where they spend 8 months each year. They depart for the summer months to an island home in the middle of Lake Michigan.
SAFS Committee Volunteer Chairs and Vice-Chairs
Murrell Weissinger & Gail Hulslander
Gail Hulslander & Ruth Hope
Website and Social Media Publicity
Joe Marx & Jim Gilmore
As we are growing, we could benefit from more committee members. Please email email@example.com if you are interested in joining a committee as a volunteer
Your support and contributions will enable us to host more events addressing important social issues, and to screen more interesting films. Your generous donations are gratefully received as they help us to do more to achieve our mission
Reminder: Special Event on Sunday May 21st at 7:00 PM at Temple Bet Yam 2055 Wildwood Dr.. The film is "Ghost Mountain" and the film maker, film editor, and the subject of the documentary will be present to take questions from the audience. The documentary details the harrowing escape from the Khmer Rouge and the killing fields of Cambodia by one man seeking asylum in Thailand. The Thai were overwhelmed by the number of refugees and commited atrocities of their own. Even though these events happened many years ago, the struggles of asylum seakers go on to this day, even in our country. It sh