Change has been afoot at Northeast Florida Association of Realtors® Resource Center with the addition of two new staff members.
Positions have been added to the Communications and Marketing Department upon the departure of longtime Communications Director Melanie Green, allowing for two new but seasoned professionals into the fold to handle media relations, internal communications, and creative needs within NEFAR’s membership.
“We appreciate Melanie’s long and faithful service to NEFAR, particularly her dedicated commitment to her role as communications director. With changes in life, there also come opportunities, which in this case gave us a chance to re-evaluate our needs in the communications, social media, and marketing areas of NEFAR. We are looking forward to building a robust internal and external communications platform utilizing all media,” said William Glenn East, chief executive officer for NEFAR.
Bringing a fresh take to all things creative at NEFAR is Joshua Garrett, a graphic designer with an extensive background in web design as well as digital and print publications. Garrett’s many talents include publication design, art direction, web design, photography, photo retouching/editing/manipulation, branding and identity design, and illustrative work.
A native of Jacksonville’s historic neighborhoods, Garrett attended Ruth Upson Elementary School, James Weldon Johnson Middle School, and Paxon School for Advanced Studies before heading to Tallahassee to study art at Florida State University. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in graphic design and studio art and a minor in art history, Garrett worked as a designer at various publications before heading to New York City to serve as the art and design director for Essential Homme magazine, a bi-monthly millennial men’s fashion and lifestyle guide.
After several years in the Big Apple, he returned to Jacksonville to work as art director for the various publications produced by the Resident Community News Group, Inc. During his tenure at the Resident he not only was instrumental in producing creative layouts for two monthly community newspapers that focus specifically on the historic neighborhoods of Jacksonville, but he also fashioned the design of the group’s two annual magazines, Circles, Social Datebook & Charity Register, and Historic Life, Community & Newcomers Guide. In his spare time, Garrett has also kept his hand in as a freelance graphic designer assisting small and medium-sized businesses with their design needs. He is a co-founder and owner of a local clothing company that creates unique apparel inspired by the diverse cultures and lifestyles of Northeast Florida.
Garrett owns a home in Murray Hill which he shares with his girlfriend, Leigh, and her son, Caden.
Garrett’s colleague for many years at the Resident, Marcia Hodgson, joins him in the Communications and Marketing Department as NEFAR’s new communications director. A veteran journalist with newspaper experience in Boston, Alaska, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Florida, Hodgson will be NEFAR’s liaison with the media and provide communications with NEFAR members, including in-house copy, as well as assisting in the coordination of NEFAR events. She will also be providing original stories about housing market trends and other topics of specific interest to our members that can be viewed on NEFAR.com.
A native of Wellesley, Massachusetts, Marcia has a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from George Washington University, as well as a certificate of creative writing from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from the University of Tampa. As an undergraduate student, Marcia worked parttime in the sports department of The Washington Post. After graduation, she wrote feature articles and worked in the newsroom The Christian Science Monitor in Boston. She has also served as a sports reporter for the Anchorage Daily News in Alaska, The Day in New London, Conn., and as sports editor for The Milford Cabinet and Wilton Journal in Milford, New Hampshire.
As a student in Washington, D.C., she was part of an investigative team that won the collegiate award for regional depth reporting from the Sigma Delta Chi Society of Professional Journalists for a series on the West End, a transitional neighborhood near the George Washington University campus. The series appeared in the Real Estate section of The Washington Post. At the Anchorage Daily News, she won three writing awards from the Alaska Press Club.
Marcia and her husband, Bob, moved to Florida in 1993 and own a home in Ponte Vedra Beach. Upon her arrival, she served as a reporter and photographer for The Beaches Leader and The Ponte Vedra Leader. After taking nearly a decade off to raise her daughters, Celia Hope and Hillary, and take care of her ailing mother, who passed away in 2010, she headed back to school to earn her masters. Upon graduation she became first the news editor of the Resident News and later managing editor of all the Resident News Group’s publications including Circles, Social Datebook & Charity Register, Historic Life, and Powerful Partners. During her six-year tenure at the Resident, she focused on all news pertaining to the historic districts of Riverside, Avondale, Ortega, Murray Hill and San Marco, St. Nicholas, and San Jose. She also occasionally wrote stories historic housing renovations and housing market trends relating to Jacksonville’s historic communities.