Hello and a Belated Happy Thanksgiving, Woodbiners!
Below are the new WNA Board Members for 2014-2015. We hope you’ll come meet them personally at our annual holiday potluck on Monday December 15th at 6 PM at Casa Azafran (2195 Nolensville Pike).
Board Members 2014-2015
Andie Roberts, President
I’ve lived in Woodbine for 13 years.
I initially moved to this neighborhood because I loved the look and feel of the area and also that it was so convenient to everything. But after living here for so long, I love it because of the great people that make up this area who are constantly working to make things better in our neighborhood.
My vision for this neighborhood is to continue revitalization and growth, but at the same, to preserve the history, character, and diversity of our area.
In addition to serving as President of the Woodbine Neighborhood Association, I have also been involved with the South Nashville Family Resource Center for several years.
Jennifer Baker, Vice-President
I’ve been a Woodbine resident for 7 years.
What I love about the neighborhood: There is a good mix of long time residents that provide history and new residents with their excitement and ideas. Also, I really appreciate the socioeconomic diversity that you don’t find in most places – Woodbine doesn’t consist of clones. This means I can recommend living in Woodbine to anyone because it is affordable for most while at the same time being a desirable location for those on the upper end of the income scale.
My vision: My ideal Woodbine is simply a close-knit community. This involves having events and places for neighbors to gather.
My contributions other than serving as Secretary include starting the Scarecrow Contest and volunteering at the Woodbine Farmers’ Market.
Wim Codington, Treasurer
I’ve lived in Woodbine since December 21, 2009. I love that the people of Woodbine are down to earth, like good food, and are very friendly. I love the history, cultural diversity, affordability, and convenience of Woodbine. I also love the trees! One of Libby’s and my main goals for living here is to form long-term friendships with as many people as we can in the neighborhood and to see the neighborhood increase in unity and diversity (an admittedly tall order and seemingly contradictory!). For example, our street alone (Oriel between Foster and Miller) is represented by residents from 3 generations and about 4 or 5 different nationalities. I love the WNA. I’ve participated in neighborhood cleanup and neighborhood safety initiatives. In the long-term, one of my goals is to create ways to employ people that need work in the neighborhood, increase the value of homes, and increase the neighborliness of residents.
Tamara Price, Communications/Social Media Secretary
I’ve lived in Woodbine since 2006. I founded the Oriel/Peachtree Neighborhood Watch in 2008, then along with Mary Crimmins, David Morales, Toby Leonard, Jane Hooper and Tony Woodham and with help from the Neighborhoods Resource Center founded the Woodbine Neighborhood Association in 2010. I was also on the founding board of the former Woodbine Farmers’ Market. I love, love, love Woodbine and its diversity—families, singles, musicians, artists, nine to fivers—all of us, some born and raised right here and others from places all over the planet, living harmoniously together and teaching one another so many things…it’s why I’m here and why I believe so strongly in both Woodbine’s preservation AND growth. I can’t WAIT to see how this neighborhood and this neighborhood association grow.
Chris Kramedjian, Secretary
Chris is 32 and graduated from Vanderbilt in 2004. He is from California but has lived in Nashville for much of the last 10 years since graduating from Vandy. He is bi-lingual (English / Spanish).
He moved to Woodbine about 8 months ago because he believes in the long-term potential of Woodbine as a vibrant Nashville neighborhood.
His vision for Woodbine includes improving the following:
- walkability (sidewalks)
- quality of housing
- overall desirability as a place for people of all backgrounds to make a living and raise a family
He is a great communicator and has committed himself and his family to live in Woodbine for the longterm. He and his wife Della have 3 kids (ages 6, 3, and 1).
David Morales, Board Member
I have known Woodbine since my wife and I moved to Nashville in May of 2000. As immigrants from Mexico, we both became involved with the Woodbine Community Organization, helping out as volunteers for the Immigrant Services office that was there and now is at the Church of Guadalupe, on Nolensville Pike. We also became members of the advisory board of the South Nashville Family Resource Center, until about 3 years ago.
We started taking homebuyers classes there and, with that training, bought our first home right in the neighborhood, on Valeria Street, in 2003. We have always liked the pace and feeling of the neighborhood, the diversity and the variety of businesses and eateries, with the added benefits of its very convenient location and reasonable house prices.
Soon after we moved, I started giving housing counseling classes at the Woodbine Community Center, an activity I still perform on an occasional basis for Spanish-speaking clients.
We have seen the neighborhood change and improve significantly in these nine years, and would like to see this improvement continue. Because of this, we participated in the old Woodbine Neighbors Association. A few years after it dissolved, in 2010, I was invited by Tamara Price to become a founding member of the new Woodbine Neighborhood Association, of which I was the treasurer since its founding until serving as President from 2012-2014.
I envision a growing organization that will help improve the living conditions of our neighborhood and strive to add new members from all the backgrounds and origins that we have in this diverse area, and increase the sense of community.
I believe my multinational background and Hispanic heritage are useful assets in establishing links with these diverse citizens and aid them in engaging in the civic process and with the public servants that help us keep Woodbine a great place to live.