A Graduate Once... An Alumni Forever

MISSION STATEMENT

The purpose of this association is to support St. Augustine High School students and alumni through scholarship, mentorship, fellowship and community involvement, the support of such purposes to be exclusively charitable, to make and receive contributions as and for this association that qualify as exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and any corresponding law of the State of Florida.

Deborah Adams, President, Class of 1989

Debbie Adams is an educator-turned-principal passionate about making a difference in the lives of all students. As an instructional leader at the Florida Virtual School, she is responsible for implementing teaching strategies that are challenging, engaging and in the end increase student success. Making an impact is what drives Debbie to volunteer in the community. Some notable learning experiences included volunteering with the Junior Service League, St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum, Kids Bridge, SAHS Football Boosters and now the SA/KHS Alumni Association.

Other fun facts:

• She was born in New Jersey and has lived in Virginia, Hawaii, California, Nevada and Florida! Her dad was a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy!

• She graduated from SAHS Class of 1989, Florida State University 1992 and pledged Delta Zeta Sorority.

• Huge fan of the Dallas Cowboys!

• She has two dogs – Troon and Buffy!

• She’s an Avid Traveler who has TRIPOPHOBIA (n) – It’s a real thing – The fear of not having any travel trips currently booked!

• She’s the COO of the Adams Family – wife to Bill and mom to their son Matt, who is a junior at the University of Florida – yes, you read that right – UF.

Feel free to connect with Debbie on social media, she enjoys meeting interesting and fun people!

Douglass Wiles, Vice President, Class of 1970

Lifelong resident Douglass F. Wiles has had many titles since his SAHS graduation in 1970. Around Herbie Wiles Insurance, Inc., he’s the president. For 2016 – 2017, at the Florida Association of Insurance Agents, Doug is the chairman. At the Florida National Guard (1979 – 2000), he’s Lt. Col. (Retired), and before that, in the U.S. Army (1974 – 1979), he was Lt. Wiles. During most of his time in Tallahassee (1996 – 2002), he was State Rep. Wiles, but during his last term (2002 – 2004), he was Minority Leader.

Doug is active throughout the community, including serving on the boards of Whitney Labs, Flagler Hospital, St. Johns County Education Foundation, the Chamber of Commerce, United Way, and the Arc of the St. Johns. He and wife (for 41 years and counting), Doris, spend most of their leisure time with family, including their two daughters and five grandchildren. Doug is also an elder at Memorial Presbyterian Church and, as a 1974 University of Florida graduate, he is an avid Gator fan.

Paula Steele, Secretary

It was while she was principal of SAHS that Paula Steele and current President Emeritus Brad Davis launched the SA/KHS Alumni Association. The Michigan State University graduate went on to become principal at East Lansing High School in Lansing and Perry High School in Perry, both in Michigan, before returning to St. Augustine. Today she is Director for Leadership and Learning for the St. Johns County School District.

Paula also earned her master’s in education from Northwest Missouri State. She has been principal, assistant principal, or a teacher at several Florida schools, earning several awards and honors. She was also an adjunct professor at Flagler College, and is a member of Rotary International and Phi Delta Kappa.

Trevor Davis, Treasurer, Class of 1992

As a Davis in the firm Davis & Davis, Certified Public Accountants, P.A., Trevor and his family offer sound tax management advice to individuals, small businesses and nonprofits in Northeast Florida. Growing up in North City, he attended Fullerwood Elementary, Ketterlinus Junior High, and St. Augustine High Schools, where he graduated 5th in the Class of ’92. He was also a member of the varsity of baseball team, after being active in Little League from age 4.

Trevor went on to become a double Gator, earning both his bachelor of science degree in accounting (with honors) and master’s in accounting at the University of Florida. He’s been a member of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants since 1999.

Katherine Batenhorst, Board Member, Class of 1991

St. Augustine native Katherine Keller Batenhorst didn’t stop with her SAHS diploma in 1991. She went on to earn a bachelor of science in elementary education from Delta State University in Mississippi, then a master’s in speech and language pathology from the University of Alabama. She also completed post-graduate work in the Brooks Rehabilitation residency program. She is a speech and language pathologist with the St. Johns County School District.

Her community service reflects a variety of interests. She’s been president of the Rotary Club of St. Augustine and the St. Augustine Junior Service League. She is chair of the Community Hospice Advisory Council, and is a member of the Flagler Healthcare Foundation Board, as well as having been active with 4-H, the St. Augustine Humane Society, and St. Johns County Community Leadership Council. She is the recipient of the St. Johns County School District Learning Legacy Lifetime Achievement Award and the Florence Evaline Williams Angel of the Arc award from the Arc of the St. Johns. She and her husband, Dr. Todd Batenhorst, like to travel and garden.

Joseph Boles, Board Member, Class of 1970

Joe wasn’t born in St. Augustine, but he got here from North Carolina as soon as he could, in 1967. He graduated in the SAHS Class of ’70 and became a double Gator, earning both his bachelor’s degree and juris doctor from the University of Florida. The law practice he began in 1984 specializes in elder law, estates and trusts, and business and family law. He and his wife, Jane Reynolds, are the parents and step-parents of seven children. He’s also a member of Memorial Presbyterian Church, where he has been a deacon and trustee.

Though he enjoys golf, fishing, and painting, Joe spends a lot of his time serving the community. He was mayor of St. Augustine for eight years, a city commissioner for two, and chair of the St. Augustine Planning and Zoning board. He is chair of the board of the St. Johns County Council on Aging, vice president of the St. Johns County Welfare Federation, a board member for Buckingham Smith Benevolent Association, and a Rotary member and past president. He also served on the boards of Flagler Hospital and the Flagler Foundation, St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum, First Tee of St. Johns County, and American Cancer Society.

Bradley Davis, Board Member, President Emeritus, Class of 1972

Brad has led the Alumni Association since it began in 1997, organizing and building it and serving as its founding President. He and his family claim original Minorcan descent, counting St. Augustine settlers among their ancestors.

He and his wife Dawn, along with their son Trevor, opened Davis & Davis Certified Public Accountants, P.A. in 2001. They continue to welcome clients as members of the family, focusing on developing relationships that reflect this special strength. Don’t be surprised to see Brad walking to work on a nice day. The Davis Family continue to live in the North City, a few blocks from their North Ponce de Leon Boulevard office.

After graduating from SAHS, Brad earned a bachelor’s in business administration at the University of North Florida. He became a member of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants in 1981, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants in 1982.

Christopher Way, Board Member, Class of 1974

Chris grew up in St. Augustine and attended Orange Street Elementary, Ketterlinus Jr. High, and graduated for SAHS in 1974.   His wife Pam is an Environmental Scientist at the St. Johns River Water Management. He has one daughter, Ashley, and two granddaughters, Bennett and Scout. Chris has started multiple businesses in his career. He started Barnacle Bill in 1981 and several other restaurants including, Florida Cracker Café, Culinary Outfitters, and Coquina Beach Surf Club. Chris also started the hot sauce company, Dat’l Do-It in 1983 and No Profile Boat Lifts in 2005. He recently sold all his restaurants and currently is the CEO of No Profile Boat Lifts and serves on the Port & Waterway Board.

Jennifer Sartiano, Board Member, Class of 1992

Jennifer Sartiano is a lifetime resident of St. Augustine and graduate of SAHS Class of ’92. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising from the University of Florida.

Sartiano served as St. Augustine’s Boys & Girls Club Community Liaison for 5 years where she’s credited with elevating their visibility, sustainability and fundraising events including the creation of their signature event & donor program. Her work with at-risk youth led to serving as the Development Director at St. Augustine Youth Services within the Child Welfare System. Prior to Sartiano’s six years of service in non-profit she worked in the special events sector with careers as a wedding planner & corporate events coordinator.

Sartiano is actively involved as a board member of Compassionate St. Augustine and as a member of Rotary, SAHS PTO and the Church of 11:22. Her involvement with St. Augustine’s Junior Service League kicked started her passion for volunteerism. She enjoys theater shows, foodie adventures and traveling with her husband, TJ and daughter Alexis (SAHS c/o 2023).

Daryl Cullipher, Board Member, Class of 1999

Daryl Cullipher is a second-generation SAHS alum, graduating with the class of 1999. Not only did her mother, father, husband, brother, aunts and uncles all graduate from St. Augustine High, her grandfather, Ray Rollins taught at Ketterlinus Junior High School in the 60’s and retired from a long educational career serving SAHS students at what is now known as FCTC. Growing up in his classroom, Daryl always knew she wanted to be a teacher, so she attended the University of North Florida where she earned both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in English, and she later earned a second Master’s degree in Educational Leadership.

Following in her grandfather’s footsteps, she came back home to SAHS where she started her career in teaching in 2006. While at St. Augustine High, she co-founded the St. Johns County Academy of Future teachers, and taught all grades of English. In 2013, she was chosen as Teacher of the Year for St. Johns County and was selected as a top 5 finalist for the 2014 FLDOE Florida Teacher of the Year. She was also awarded the Governor’s Shine Award by Governor Rick Scott in February of 2014, which is an award that recognizes educators in the state of Florida who make significant contributions in the educational field. Currently, she serves the community of St. Augustine as an Assistant Principal at Allen D. Nease High School.

Tracy Litzinger, Board Member, Class of 1987

Tracy’s family moved to Florida when she was 1 year’s old landing first in Palatka before moving permanently to St. Augustine in 1976 where she attended 1st grade at R.B. Hunt Elementary School. After graduating from SAHS in 1987, she attended Flagler College earning a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Tracy comes from a family of educators including her mother who was an elementary school teacher at R.B. Hunt and her father who retired after 29 years as an administrator at Flagler College. Tracy currently teaches at Flagler College as Assistant Professor of Psychology and coordinator of the Psychology program. She received both a Master’s degree (2006) and PhD in Human Factors from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) (2017). She has published in peer-reviewed academic journals and presented at various national industry conferences.

Over the years, Tracy has been an active member in the community, most notably, she was instrumental in helping to open the doors of Betty Griffin Center in 1992 and currently serves on the board of Hands for Hope, Inc.,a new non-profit whose mission is to employ, educate, and empower women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Tracy and her husband, Mark, have a son, who is a senior at Pedro Menendez High School, and a daughter, who is an environmental engineering major at FIU in Miami.