Don worked 25 years for the Federal Aviation Administration, retiring in 2006. During that time, he helped found the National Air Traffic Controllers Association and wrote a column on ATC for the internet magazine AVweb. An avid outdoor photographer since the mid-80’s, he has chosen to remain a dedicated amateur since his retirement. You can find him photographing the sunrise — somewhere — 7 days a week. Rain or shine. Sleet or snow. It was this habit and his involvement with the local community that kindled the idea of a Photography Park. A place always accessible to photograph the sunrise and sunset with a visually interesting landscape, no matter what the season or weather.
When he’s not binging Netflix, listening to Hall & Oates or obsessing over his toy collection, he also likes to tell stories. Sam is host and co-founder of Tin Can Stories and a proud member of Out Loud HSV. He has been featured at Write Club ATL, Tenx9 Nashville, the Princess Theater: Center for Performing Arts and at The Flying Monkey Arts Theater. He also leads discussions for the Joseph Campbell Foundation Mythological RoundTable® Group of Huntsville, AL.
Darlene has a history of volunteer work stemming from the PTA (as president) to the Junior Warden of her church. As Warden, she was responsible for the building and grounds of a 150 year old church and made vast improvements in design and dealt with the Vestry on all issues concerning the operations of the church. She is a founder of the Spalding Samaritans, started in 2003, works at the Food Pantry and is a captain of the Altar Guild. She chaired the Parish Life Committee for over 10 years bringing fellowship to over 150 people. Her experience before children was in retail management in NY and Vice President of National Apparel in Atlanta. Darlene is the wife of Don Brown and would love to make his dream of a Photography Park a reality.