bruce johnstonBruce Johnston has lived in Avondale Estates for almost 21 years and one of the first things she did upon her move was to join Avon Garden Club, thanks to an invitation from Phoebe Stephens.  Since being a member of Avon, she has served as recording secretary, treasurer, 2nd vice president/program chair and president before re-joining the Board two years ago as First Vice President.  “The Club has meant so much to me throughout the years—members have seen me through good times and bad.  I’m always impressed at how many strong and interesting women we have as members.” 

She has recently retired after working 43 years in the Social Security Disability program.  Bruce enjoys being with her family, traveling, playing bridge, playing with her four cats, and digging in the dirt.

barbara swicegoodBarbara Swicegood Fisher joined the Garden Club in 2006, and served as treasurer in 2007 and 2008.  In 2008, she served a dual role of treasurer and 1st Vice President, but did not want to assume the presidency at that time. She has been a member of the wonderful Garden of the Month committee since 2011 and does the monthly GOM write ups. 

Professionally, Barbara is a psychotherapist working with a very distinct and specialized population-attachment disordered and traumatized kids and adolescents.  

Currently Barbara has created two new programs in an effort to deal with the painful situations in our world.  They are Heart Healing Resources, which is a series of spiritual workshops and Brain Healing Resources which is the utilization of neurofeedback to heal brain circuitry problems caused by Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, anxiety, depression and/or other traumas.

Barbara lives in Avondale at Stratford Green with her beautiful dog, Connor Paul and her equally beautiful and interesting cat, Chaz Franklin.

candy jonesCandace Jones grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  She is a retired public health program director and dietitian who joined Avon Garden Club in 2013.  Candy has currently been the 2nd Vice President for 2 years and will continue in this role next year.  She has planned varied, informative and enjoyable programs.  This year she also served on the Constitution and Bylaws Revision Committee. 

Candy enjoys travelling, gardening and home remodeling.  In addition to the garden club, Candy is very active in both Avondale Community Club and Second Century Avondale.

alicia laroccoAlicia LaRocco lived in the Boston, Massachusetts vicinity until she finished high school.  She graduated from University of Pittsburgh, worked for an advertising agency in Atlanta in the early ‘60s  and then taught school for 20+ years in San Diego, California, Schweinfurt, Germany, (where she met and married Andy); North Carolina and DeKalb County. 

She has traveled in Mexico, Europe, the Middle and Far East, and Africa.  Although Andy and Alicia still travel a lot, they are very happy to be living in Avondale Estates, with their 2 sons and families – especially 4  grandchildren in close proximity.  Alicia is still working part time in the family business but making every effort to retire!  As she put it, “I am currently researching Senior Labor Laws!”

alice guppyAlice Guppy was born and raised in Danville, Virginia where generations of her family had lived, as she said, “since the beginning of time.”  Alice, along with her husband of 44 years and their 3 children lived in Great Falls, Virginia for 35 years where she taught high school Latin. 

Alice has said that “Avondale Estates is so similar to Danville where I grew up – moving here in 2014 was like coming home!”

christine mcmahanChristine McMahan has worked for more than 35 years as a graphic designer, first for print and now website design and development. She specializes in small business marketing, branding and internet presence.  I would add non-profit organizations to the list of her specialties!   Christine has her own company called “The Biz Wizard”.  In addition to her high level of participation with Avon Garden Club, Christine is also very active with Avondale Community Club and a board member of the Avondale Historic Preservation Commission as well as the Architecturlal Review board. 

She is a long-time Avondale Estates resident.  She has said:  “ even though I love what I do, there are some days I would so much rather be out in the garden.”  Christine has served as recording secretary for several years.  Now that the club has created the position of Communications Secretary, Christine has been nominated for that new position.  Her duties will include maintaining the Club website as well as distributing our electronic newsletters.

kerry quinnKerry Quinn joined the club in '09 after Bruce invited her for several years, stressing she didn't have to be a wonderful gardener to be a member.  Since weeding is not one of her Top 10 fun things to do, indoor plants are more her bailiwick. The Club, however, quickly did become one of her Top 10 enjoyable activities, and she thanks Bruce and the other members for being so welcoming and tolerant of her occasional plantly ignorance. 

Kerry has served the club admirably as 1st VP, President, and Past President/Parliamentarian.  She also served on the Constitution and Bylaws Revision Committee this year.  When the Immediate Past President resigned from her position, Kerry agreed to continue in her role as Parliamentarian.  Kerry is also an active member of the Avondale Community Club.