Don Brown, Chair

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.

Sam_MitchellSam Mitchell, Communications

When he’s not watching Netflix, listening to Vampire Weekend or obsessing over his toy collection, Sam Mitchell pretends to be a designer and illustrator. He has had over 15 years experience working with for-profit and not-for-profit businesses. Sam also organized the artist collective Magic is Science which hosted several multi-media openings in Atlanta and Decatur.

Sam is a storyteller at A Novel Experience and volunteers his design talents with Dolly Goodpuppy animal rescue in Barnesville. His illustration work is a regular feature in Scene Missing Magazine. Visit here for his more.

Darlene_BrownDarlene Brown, Treasurer

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.