Board of directors
Susan originally lived in the UK working in accounting and administration in the commercial sector of computer and associated products for large corporations. She moved to Florida with her family in 1999, and established her firm, Harding, Bell International, Inc. representing domestic and international clients. Susan and her husband Alan have two sons one of whom experiences disabilities. Susan is past president of Noah’s Ark of Central Florida, a nonprofit that advocates on behalf of individuals with developmental disabilities.
Scott is a Lakeland native and Finance Manager at Payne Air Conditioning & Heating. Prior to joining Payne Air in May 2021, Scott enjoyed an 18-year career as a commercial banker, having worked with some of the best banks and clients in the Lakeland, Plant City, and Winter Haven markets. Community service includes past treasurer of Noah’s Ark of Central Florida, current member of Rotary Club of Plant City, prior member and past president of Kiwanis Club of Lakeland, and prior board member and past president/treasurer of Explorations V Children’s Museum.
David holds degrees from The Ohio State University, the University of Saint Francis and the University of Toledo. He taught at several colleges while serving in leadership positions in major school districts across four states. Inherent in those roles was the development of transition and employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. He was involved in the design, construction and occupancy of private homes and school facilities across those same states. He and his wife, Linda, are the proud parents of two daughters, one of whom has special needs.
Margaret was born and raised in Long Island, New York. She attended Nassau Community College where she was hired by Volunteers of America to help students find volunteer opportunities that would expose them to various career paths. While raising two busy boys, she served on various School Advisory Councils and was an active member of the PTA. Margaret was a graduate of Partners in Policymaking, a leadership and advocacy-training program funded by the state. She is a Founder and Board member of Noah’s Ark of Central Florida.
Gail has lived in Florida since 1970 and in Lakeland since 2002. She is a graduate of the University of South Florida. Gail has dreamed of living in an intentional community for decades, and in 2015 began an earnest effort to discover how the most successful cohousing communities were created. Gail has visited over 20 cohousing communities throughout the U.S., attended and presented at regional and national conferences and workshops. She founded the cohousing organization Friends and Neighbors LLC in 2017.