|Steering Committee member bios|
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Robert Croft: 718 W. Roosevelt. President. I grew up in Los Angeles and San Diego, California and moved to Phoenix during high school, studying at Phoenix Central High and ASU. In 1974, I founded C B N Building Maintenance, a metro-wide commercial janitorial service focusing on health; environmental and indoor air quality issues. I moved to F.Q. Story 12 years ago where, in my spare time, I restored my 1926 Bungalow, and am currently completing restoration of my 1914 Prairie style office in the Roosevelt neighborhood. I founded, and for 18 years managed the Salt River Brass Band and still play in it. I’m a member of the city of Phoenix Environmental Quality Commission, a volunteer arbitrator for the BBB, and active in the Metro Chamber of Commerce. I currently chair the Story Preservation Assn., and have worked on street lighting and historic preservation issues. You’ll see me walking my three dogs around the neighborhood.
Cheryl McGregor: 710 W. Moreland St. Secretary. I was an Army brat and lived mostly in rural Massachusetts with stints in Germany and Turkey. When my dad retired we moved to Phoenix in 1973 and purchase this house. I finished High School at West High and attended Phoenix College and ASU. You will see me walking the neighborhood with my westie, Seamus the wee fiend. He gets the luxury ride in the stroller due to bad knees. I on the other hand need the exercise J Over the years I have watch the neighborhood grow from wounded but spirited to one with a vision of what it wants to be. We have kept the old fashioned definition of neighborhood along with our old homes. We know our neighbors and work hard to keep our community inclusive. I am proud to call this neighborhood home and my goal is to work to keep our neighborhood an inclusive community.
Doug Towne: 1105 W. Willetta. Treasurer. I have provided my services as the Treasurer for the Story Preservation Association (SPA) since 2014 and would like to continue to provide my services in this role. I am currently employed as a Regional Manager for General Dynamics in Scottsdale, managing multimillion-dollar contracts with the federal government. I have served on the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Advisory Committee and am an alumnus of Scottsdale Leadership, Class XXI. I hold Bachelor of Science and MBA degrees from Arizona State University. I also worked in the banking industry for 5 years. As a history buff and an amateur family genealogist, historic preservation is important to me. I’ve lived in FQ Story since 2010 with my wife, Maureen, and our two children. I’m familiar with the bylaws of the SPA as well as how the Steering Committee conducts business. We love living in downtown Phoenix, in FQ Story, for its beautiful homes, and for the caring families that live here.
Will Denny: 1118 W. Culver. Vice President. Born in Texas, the Air Force allowed me to travel to places I’d only dreamed of going to (some I could have done without), but Phoenix was always tops on my list. Finally arriving in 2001, I lived in Glendale where everything was brown, tan, or some variation of those colors. It was upon meeting my wife, Heather, that I found the colorful historic districts that made up Central Phoenix, with green lawns and palm trees. I immediately fell in love with the charm and history of the neighborhood Heather and her family has been residents of for more than 40 years. And already having had an appreciation for history from the Air Force in working on aircraft only a few decades younger than Story, I have gained a newfound appreciation for what is involved in the upkeep and restoration of a historic home. And with that, also came an appreciation for those involved in crime reduction efforts, pride in our neighborhood, and preservation/improvement of FQ Story. I’m looking forward to working with the Steering Committee. In the next year, I hope to get the opportunity to meet more of my Story neighbors, and with their help, further F.Q. Story's reputation as being one of Phoenix's premiere historic neighborhoods.
Members at Large:
Maureen Towne: 1105 W. Willetta. Twenty years before the first house in FQ Story was built, my great-great grandparents moved from the Netherlands to Phoenix and bought a ranch nearby. Having lived in many places, including the Netherlands, I’ve returned, living in FQ Story for nearly 9 years now. My husband, Doug, and I have two young children. This is home, and we really like the people here. I’m active in several community groups, including the Hance Park Conservancy. In FQ Story, we typically help with the Home Tour, picnic, and costume parade, as well as other neighborhood activities. It feels good to be a part of the neighborhood we all love. As Member-at-Large for a second year, I'd like to help make our streets safer and help ensure that Story, present and future, is a place we all want to call home.
Diane Hochstetler: 705 W. Portland. Gary and I have lived in the FQ Story neighborhood since December 2003. We love the feeling of the way things used to be “in the hood”, as people stroll with their dogs, and enjoy their front porches to actually “sit a while”. I've enjoyed being part of the steering committee as Welcoming Chair Person and working with the great folks of this neighborhood for the past ten years. Our ongoing goal is to maintain the historic integrity and peaceful atmosphere of this wonderful place in which we all live.
Gary Hochstetler: 705 W. Portland. I was raised in this area and attended Encanto, Clarendon, West High, Phoenix College and ASU. I moved into my home on Portland in December 2003. I have worked as a Computer System Analyst for many years. Currently I am retired, but still enjoy repairing home & business computers. I have served on the Steering Committee for the past ten years.
Diego Delgadillo: 738 W. Moreland St. Hello neighbors, I consider myself lucky to be surrounded by such beautiful homes and wonderful neighbors. But it’s not by luck that FQ Story got its charm and resilience to be a great place to live, it took work, contribution and dedication to make it a great place to live. It is important to participate, no matter in what capacity one chooses. Our diverse support to our neighborhood should be as unique as FQ Story architecture. Every small deed or action helps to maintain our community. This connection and spirit starts at home and spills out into our streets, to our neighbors and our neighborhood business’, then to surrounding parks, library, museums, and into downtown Phoenix. It will take a collective voice to meet our unique needs and a united participation to sustain this charismatic FQ Story neighborhood for years to come. Be a part of this Story.
Joe Zbick: 1105 W. Latham. - I moved to Arizona in January of 1996 from Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. I grew up in the Rochester, New York area. My wife Susan and I lived in the Willo neighborhood for about 1 year, prior to moving into the FQ Story neighborhood in February of 2000. We had been looking to buy a house in any of the historic neighborhoods and found the one we now live in to be exactly what we were looking for. I am a self employed Structural Engineer. If re-elected, I would like to continue working with the concerns of development/ redevelopment of the immediate surrounding communities, while helping our neighborhood maintain it’s charm and character.
Earlene McDonald 933 W Lynwood. Earlene has lived in Story for 46 years. Not only is she one of the founding members of the neighborhood steering committee, she also is the grand lady of the annual home tour, coming up with the idea & motivation 28 years ago. She rejoined the board in 2000. Earlene brings a wealth of historical perspective to neighborhood matters, and would like to serve another year on the committee. In the past, she has also served as Vice-President of the Steering Committee.
Dave Stanton: 1122 W. Lynwood St. Living in this historic neighborhood since 2000 has been very enjoyable. I appreciate the unique and diverse architecture these homes exhibit, providing us a very special privilege to be caretakers for the short time we may be occupiers of our homes. Being active in the preservation of the character of this neighborhood for many years, as a volunteer has led me to again serve on the board.
Rob Shupe: 1115 W. Willetta. F.Q. Story resident and homeowner 1978 to present.
Steve Dreiseszun: 1125 W. Culver. I've been a Story resident for more than 40 years, am a native Phoenician and live here with my wife, Toni, and our son, Spencer.
Ginger Mattox: 1606 W. Lynwood St. I moved to my little bungalow in 1986 with the thought that I would only stay a couple years. Twenty-nine years later I am still here. During those years I traveled much of the time for business and when I came home I was not interested in what was going on in the ‘hood. I just wanted some down-time to decompress.
Jacob Zonn: 925 W. Lynwood St. I am a five-year resident along with my wife, Rhoda, and two sons, Nathan and Leo. I am a senior planner at Tiffany & Bosco, PA. I have 10 years of public and private sector urban planning experience including eight years at the City of Phoenix Planning and Development Department. I am experienced in all aspects of land use entitlements, which include rezoning, use permits, variances and site planning. In addition, I have vast experience in community outreach and communication regarding development projects with stakeholders, surrounding property owners, and appointed and elected officials.
Lynn McFarland: 1106 W. Willetta St. I have lived in Phoenix since I was 5 years old so I am almost a native. I had a childhood friend who lived at 3rd Ave and Virginia long before it became known to all as Willo. I always loved going to her house to play and dreamed that someday I would live in a historic home in one of the old neighborhoods. In 1988 that dream came true. With the help of realtor Earlene McDonald, I bought a home in Willow and lived there for 12 years. I then bought my current home in FQ Story and a historic home in Bisbee and split my time between both places. I now line in FQ Story full time. I worked in the corporate world for 27 years, first as a mechanic and then in a managerial position. I would like to volunteer my time to working on the Steering Committee to help preserve what we all love about living in this neighborhood and downtown Phoenix.
Milt Jacobs: 934 W. Willetta St.
Jason Roberts: 734 W. Portland St. I grew up in the Detroit metropolitan area. Living in this area gave me a deep appreciation of the history and architectural style that came about during Pax Americana time frame. My family chose the FQ Story neighborhood due to the connection it has to the past, as well as the commitment to preserving this heritage. We have owned our home on Portland Street since 2001. Since moving in, my family has worked on improving both our home and community. My wife works for ASU downtown and I have been working as a Certified Financial Planner. We’re both active in the local art community, and often do volunteer work on Roosevelt Row. Our second child arrived in March of 2015, and we cannot imagine raising our family anywhere else in Arizona. I want to make sure that my children can enjoy what this area has to offer for years to come.
Jason Brown Martinez: 718 W. Culver St.
Christopher Dillman: 926 W. Willetta St. I am native of Overland Park, KS, and a graduate of the University of Kansas. My wife, Melanie, is a native of Edmond, OK, and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. We are giddy to be in F.Q. Story, and look forward to helping our community any, which way we can.