Candidates


We are proud to showcase our local candidates for Society King & Queen 2017!  Society King & Queen is a longstanding tradition at the Junior Service League of St. Augustine.  Community activists, prominent leaders, and business owners come together in a charitable bid to raise funds for the local community.  Each candidate will be hosting different events, programs and parties to rally support.  Please like and follow our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/JSLGala/ to know all of the upcoming events and fêtês!

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Amanda Alton

Amanda Alton has been involved with the community for the last ten years. She is very passionate about St. Augustine and enjoys serving the community. She is an active sustaining member of The Junior Service League of St. Augustine and in 2013 was president of the organization. She is currently serving her third year on the All American Air Charitable Foundation Board. Amanda has worked with Dr. Deirdre Leake of The Facial Rejuvenation Centre for the last ten years. Through the generous giving of Dr. Leake, Amanda has been able to organize the donation of company funds to many organizations in St Johns County such as the St. Francis House, SAYS, TAG and many others. Amanda is a member of the She IS Fierce Community and has a passion for helping women.

She has recently started a creative business, Revival Home and Co.   The business combines her passion for vintage items and creating character in a home. Her family is the most important part of her life. Her husband Ryan and her two daughters Sophie and Lila are her main focus. Creating a life and a home for them is what drives her on a daily basis.

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As the Assistant Director of Educational Technology at Florida State College at Jacksonville, Brandi works to enhance teaching and learning while focusing on accessibility and creative problem solving.  She co-hosts In Focus, a live program produced each month to educate the College audience about tech initiatives.  She also conceptualized Innovate to Educate, a segment highlighting professors who are integrating innovative technology into their classroom.

Brandi furthers her reach to the community as a guest on the local tv show, The Chat, as a Tech Expert reviewing useful apps, gadgets and trends in technology.  She also serves as Creative Director for the TEDxFSCJ team.

Brandi joined the FSCJ Technology department team in 2011 after working as a graphic artist for a local TV news station.  She earned her Bachelor of Science in Communications from the University of North Florida, with a concentration in Advertising. Originally from Indiana, Brandi grew up in Dayton, Ohio, but has lived in Jacksonville since 2004.

Brandi has created portrait work that was exhibited in multiple FSCJ art galleries.  Her 2016 exhibit, Faces of Engagement focused on engaged members of the Jacksonville community while this year’s exhibit encouraged viewers not to judge individuals on a first glance, rather on unique characteristics and abilities, and was titled, Faces of Autism.

Along with her career, Brandi has a love for women’s portrait photography and has created a business around the model that everyone deserves to own a professional photo of themselves. To intrigue each client, she designs a unique portrait experience that includes spending the afternoon being pampered by a stylist and offers luxury printed products that can be cherished for a lifetime. Brandi most enjoys getting to know each person that sits before her camera and being connected to them for that moment.

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It has been my pleasure to serve the St. Augustine community through some outstanding organizations. I have been the President and Chairman of the Council on Aging since 1998. I am currently Vice Chairman of the St. Johns County Welfare Federation, Buckingham Smith Benevolent Association, Rotary Club of St. Augustine (currently), (formerly) board member of Flagler Hospital, Flagler Hospital Foundation, CHILD Cancer Fund, American Cancer Society, St. Augustine Art Association, founding board member of FIRST TEE of St. Johns County, the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum Inc. (President) and Mayor of the City of St. Augustine for 8 years (2006-2014).

It was my association with the Lighthouse, (a premier project of the JSL), that gives me the passion to raise funds for their beneficiaries. (My wife Jane is a former President of the JSL and of the Light Keepers Committee that accomplished the amazing Lighthouse renovation gifted to the community. I have immense passion for her!)

I am pleased and proud to be the JSL candidate and hope to raise lots of funds!

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It took one weekend getaway to beautiful St. Augustine back in 2005 for Nick & his wife Christie to know this is where they wanted to start their family and become members of our community.  Nick loves spending time with his wife Christie and two children Sofia and Maximo.  He also loves being out on his paddleboard exploring our beautiful waterways.

Nick is proud to work with Honoring the Brave, an organization that supports Veterans and First Responders in St. Augustine as well as Hospital Creek Rowing, a group of water activity enthusiasts that help keep our waterways clean.

Nick is so pleased to support JSL this year.

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After years of vacationing to St. Augustine, Ashley was thrilled to call the oldest city home when she moved here in the fall of 2008 to attend Flagler College.  During her time at Flagler, Ashley founded her first business, Pedicab of St. Augustine, a green transportation initiative focused on showcasing the historic district to visitors from near and far.  Additionally, she ran for the women’s cross country team and volunteered with the local Big Brothers Big Sisters program.
Committed to our community, Ashley enjoys spending time volunteering at the Wildflower Clinic helping to make healthcare accessible to St. Johns County residents.  In her free time she enjoys attending concerts at the St. Augustine Amphitheater, and indulging in dinner downtown.  An outdoor enthusiast, she loves being out on the water fishing and running the trails at the local state parks.
Ashley is excited at the opportunity to further give back to the community through her pledge to volunteer her time fundraising for local non-profit organizations in St. Johns County by running for Junior Service Leagues Gala Society Queen.

FullSizeRender (2)Nelson Sanabria 

Nelson Sanabria has called the First Coast home for the past six years. Born and raised in Tampa, he is a lifelong Floridian. Nelson currently works at the Energy Authority, specifically the Southeast Energy Trading Team, to procure public power for JEA and the Jacksonville area.

Nelson is also an active realtor with Florida Homes Realty where guiding clients through the home buying process with exceptional care and precision is top priority.

Nelson likes to spend his free time being outside and enjoying nature while throwing a line in the water or playing a round of golf.  He attended the University of West Florida for two years while playing college baseball and then transferred to the University of Florida and graduated with a degree in Business.

He has a passion for animals, traveling the globe, photography, and spending time with his JSL girlfriend, Rebecca and their orange, angry, hungry cats.  On a walk back to their Airbnb after the Nathaniel Rateliff Concert at the St. Augustine Amphitheater, Nelson pledged to be a candidate for the 2017 JSL Gala.  He is looking forward to making a positive impact in St. Augustine and the First Coast.

DSC_0380 Ashby Underhill

Ashby Underhill is a local St. Augustine attorney and candidate for St. Augustine Junior Service Leagues Moonlight and Magnolia’s Gala Society King.   Ashby has pledged his time and efforts to raise money for non-profit organizations in St. Johns County by running for JSL’s Gala Society King.  

Ashby moved to St. Augustine in 2009 while attending law school in Jacksonville, FL.  His beautiful wife, Samantha Underhill, was raised in Ponte Vedra, Beach and is currently in school to become a nurse anesthetist.   Ashby and Samantha love living in St. Augustine, FL.  They both appreciate the outdoors and spending time together doing their hobbies.  Ashby enjoys shooting skeet and sporting clays, even Samantha does better than him.  Ashby and Samantha hunt, fish, and boat together as much as possible.  Ashby also enjoys flying airplanes, which blends seamlessly with his passion for aviation law.   He is a member of the St. Augustine Sunrise Rotary, St. Augustine Rod & Gun Club and St. Augustine Airport Pilots Association.

Ashby was born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana. He attended Northwestern State University in Natchitoches Louisiana where he competed in College Rodeos and graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration. Ashby graduated Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Florida in 2010.

Ashby is a Board-Certified Aviation Attorney and founding partner of Coquina Law Group P.A. in St. Augustine, Florida.  His litigation practice includes: aviation law, business & commercial litigation,construction litigation, liability defense, and real estate litigation.

Prior to founding Coquina Law Group with Jeremiah Mulligan, Ashby was a trial attorney at an insurance defense firm in Daytona Beach.   Ashby was a prosecutor at the State Attorney’s Office in Flagler and St. Johns County and was awarded the Trial Top Gun for the Seventh Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office in 2013.

Ashby and Samantha love their community.  They are extremely grateful for the opportunity to give back to St. Augustine and St. Johns county residents.  Ashby was inspired to become more involved with local children charities after participating in a local sporting clays charity shoot that raised over $50,000 to significantly improving the lives of local youth.  Immediately after, Ashby joined St. Augustine Sunrise Rotary, whose motto is Service Above Self.   Ashby and Samantha are honored to be a part of this JSL fund-raiser for nonprofits in St. Johns Count.

Please visit Ashby’s Facebook page to support his candidacy and learn more!  https://www.facebook.com/Ashby4SocietyKing/