Seaside Institute Gains New Leadership

Seaside Institute Gains New Leadership
Written by Lori Leath Smith, Seaside Director of Public Relations & Marketing

The Seaside Institute announces Janie Henderson as the new Director of Operations.

Henderson relocated from Atlanta in 2016 to serve as the operations manager of the Seaside Institute. Prior to the move, Henderson worked in nonprofit and event management for more than seven years, and earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Kennesaw State University.

Henderson will be responsible for the overall management of day-today operations, membership, programming, fundraising and community relations for the institute. Focusing on the four mission pillars of the organization — community engagement, the arts, education and innovation, Henderson will be developing new programs to better serve the community. In addition, she will be placing greater emphasis on the importance of the institute’s member and volunteer network.

The Seaside Institute is a nonprofit organization, dedicated to supporting the communities of 30A through civic engagement, the arts, education and innovation. Founded by the co-founders of Seaside, Robert and Daryl Davis, the Seaside Institute aims to make our towns better through the principles of New Urbanism.

Current Seaside Institute initiatives, such as 30A Mobility, 30A Sustainability and Aging With Grace, will remain a priority of the organization. In addition, the institute is looking to expand its efforts and to provide a stronger presence throughout Walton County, and beyond.

“I look forward to serving and working alongside the people who help make Seaside the wonderful community that it is,” says Henderson. “I’m excited to see what we can accomplish together!”

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Seaside Institute Announces Networking Event

Seaside Institute to host The Movement: A Networking Event for New Urbanists, in conjunction with Dhiru Thadani’s ‘For the Love of Drawing’ Art Exhibit

On October 20, professionals are invited to gather at the Seaside Institute for an educational session, and networking reception. The educational session of the event will include a panel discussion with Dhiru Thadani, Robert Davis and David Bailey. Following the discussion, attendees are invited to enjoy a networking reception in the Academic Village Courtyard. In addition to the discussion and reception, Dhiru Thadani will be opening his art exhibit, “For the Love of Drawing.”

Dhiru Thadani is a renowned architect and urbanist. Thadani is a charter member of the Congress of New Urbanism (CNU), a 2001 Fellow in the Knight Program for Community Building, a five-time recipient of the CNU Charter Award for Design, and the recipient of the 2011 Seaside Prize.

Robert Davis is the co-founder of Seaside, which is widely known as the first New Urbanist community. Davis also founded the Seaside Institute, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to helping people create great communities. Davis is also a founding board member and chair of the CNU.

David Bailey is a licensed architect and urban planner, who is currently serving as the Town Manager of Rosemary Beach. Bailey also served as the Town Planner of Seaside from 2009 to 2013. Bailey serves on the Walton County Design Review Board.

Tickets are $25.00 for Seaside Institute Members, and $40.00 for non-members. Accommodations are available in the Academic Village for those who are travelling. Registration information can be found here.

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Let's Talk: Nutrition

Dr. Hillary Glenn shared an informative presentation on Nutrition at the Let's Talk event this month.

Sharing practical applications for increasing wellness, Hillary sparked a lively discussion on the ways we can "stay well" instead of "getting better."

For those who missed it, here is Hillary's presentation

We are certain she will be back in the near future, so please stay tuned for future Nutrition discussions. 

Hillary Glenn received her Masters of Science in Nursing from Columbia University in 2007. She went on to receive a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Florida State University in 2013. Glenn is a certified Functional Medicine Practitioner through the Institute of Functional Medicine, and a Family Nurse Practitioner currently practicing at Emerald Coast Urgent Care in Miramar Beach and Panama City Beach, Florida. She has recently opened and is providing health care services at a donation-based clinic in Point Washington. Glenn has a vision of healthcare for the new urbansim that supports prevention and healthy living, by creating lifestyle habits that perpetuate maximum wellness at the individual’s highest potential for the longest time. In this healthcare system, urgent healthcare needs are met, while simultaneously offering lifestyle programs to support proper nutrition, movement (exercise), healthy sleep practices and mindfulness.