WHO WE ARE:
SPRING HOUSE INSTITUTE BOARD and officers
Pat Pepper Posner
Patricia Pepper Posner grew up in Tallahassee and graduated from Leon High School and Brown University, Providence, RI. She received a Juris Doctor from Pace University in White Plains, New York and worked as a lawyer for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for 20 years. She is now retired and enjoying life with her husband Roger Campbell. They have four adult children.
Patty is friend and neighbor of Spring House and began volunteering in 2019. Her family moved to Tallahassee in the mid '80's. She served as an academic program specialist at FSU for a number of years and is now retired. She has three grown children and one grandchild. She likes working in her yard, walking, reading and spending time with family. She appreciates the way in which Spring House embraces the natural beauty of its surroundings and provides a sense of serenity to visitors. She recognizes its potential as a venue for people to gather with common purpose to embrace SHI's mission and foster the arts, environmental stewardship, social justice and world peace.
Michael Morton grew up in Austin, TX where he was first exposed to the work of Frank Lloyd Wright in a documentary titled “Fallingwater” at the age of 12. He determined then to become an Architect. Michael attended Texas Tech University where he furthered his passion for architecture. This dream never became reality and another career path was taken. Michael is still an Architect at heart and has been to several of Frank Lloyd Wright’s buildings, including his home and studio in Oak Park, IL. Michael is currently living in Liberty, SC, and found the Lewis Spring House online while vacationing in Panama Beach, FL in 2016. Michael realized that the trip from his home in Liberty was a short drive to Lewis Spring House, so he decided to apply to become a volunteer. Michael has been to many work days in recent years. Michael is passionate about Frank Lloyd Wright design and preserving the structure and history of the Lewis Spring House.
Joel grew up and lives in Central Ohio. He has worked construction in plumbing and HVAC trades for nearly 25 years. He has a BA in communications from Ohio University, is a musician and avid hiker. Joel and his wife Leah live in a Usonian home in the Rush Creek Village development of Worthington, Ohio. Rush Creek Village is recognized on the National Register of Historic Places for being the single largest community of Usonian homes in the United States. It was from living in a Usonian home that Joel's interest in Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture grew. Joel visited Lewis Spring House while on vacation and was immediately enamored with it's pod hemicycle design and natural setting. He has since volunteered time making mechanical and structural repairs to Spring House and is excited and dedicated to the full restoration of this historic structure.
A resident of Mobile,Alabama, and former student at Florida State University, Victoria Tait is a volunteer and friend of Lewis Spring House. At Florida State, Victoria studied Design Fundamentals, Art History and Survey of Interior Architecture. She has interest in architecture and enjoys seeing artist push past standard practice and experiment with new ideas. Victoria is hopeful to see Lewis Spring House restored and opened to the public to continue to serve the community as a facility to learn, inspire, create and converse.
Granddaughter of George and Clifton Lewis
Bachelor: Geology, Hampshire College
Masters: Social Work, Western Carolina University. Olivia was instrumental in the early days of Spring House Institute and the groundwork for what it has become and will be in the future, she was essential in the development of Spring House Institute's first website, the basis for the current one; she organized and led the board meetings guiding us through the maize of applying for and receiving tax exemption for our 501(c)(3). Olivia does grant and other research for SHI.
Bachelor: Design, UF Masters: Architecture,
California Polytechnic State University. Has his own firm, KEVIN SCHWEIZER ARCHITECT located in New Smyrna Beach and Edgewater, Florida. Melissa Schweizer - Kevin's wife, four adult children. Kevin and his group, Nils M. Schweizer Fellows have been instrumental in the forward progress of Spring House Institute. He has been the consulting architect for the Lewises since his father, Nils Schweizer's passing. Nils was Mr. Wright's supervisor on the building of Lewis Spring House.
Byrd Lewis Mashburn
Byrd is the daughter of George and Clifton Lewis and grew up at Lewis Spring House with her parents and her three brothers, George Edward, Van and Ben. She earned her B.S. degree in MIS at USF, worked for the Tallahassee Democrat for four years followed by 12 years with Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Marketing and Development, is retired and now a full-time volunteer for Spring House Institute. She has one adult child.