The Board of Directors
Hudson Marvel - Board Member
Hudson has been in the marketing and advertising industry for over twenty years. An expert in corporate branding, his clients have included IBM, Sprint, Cable and Wireless, Seminole Community College, Orlando International Airport, Masco Contractor Services, and Orange Blossom Fudge, among others. A strong believer in community service Hudson has served as President of School Advisory Council for Glenridge Middle School and is a member of the Sierra Club. A life long resident of Central Florida, he and his family have lived in the Audubon Park Garden District for 16 years. In his spare time he enjoys bird watching.
Hudson contributes roughly 20 hours per week to Audubon Park Garden District.
Sandy Bitman - Vice Chair
With over 18 years in the music industry, Sandy Bitman owns Park Ave CDs, a nationally recognized independent record shop. The shop has served the central Florida community for over 24 years. Furthermore, he is currently the board chair of the Coalition of Independent Record Stores, a national co-op. Over the years, he also was involved in various positions of working with the local music community through radio, promotion, and management. He has also been on the board for the Audubon Park Garden District Main Street Program as well as serving on the organizational committee.
Sandy contributes roughly 15 hours per week to Audubon Park Garden District
Mike Lothrop - President
Mike has been a Florida resident for over 29 years (the past 9 in Audubon Park) and has become increasingly involved with community service. As an active board member of Slow Food Orlando, volunteer at the Audubon Park Community Market, and Org Chair for the Audubon Park Garden District; he shares much of his free time with others who also devote themselves to projects they’re passionate about.
Mike contributes roughly 10 hours per week to the Audubon Park Garden District.
Jeff Lambert - Board Member
Jeff originally hails from Chicago and has lived in Orlando for the past twenty years. He is currently co-owner of the award-winning Blue Bird Bake Shop, which specializes in made-from-scratch baked goods. Prior to opening the bake shop, Jeff worked in the corporate world for Safemark Systems as Vice President of Operations.
He currently sits on the Garden District’s Organziation Committee and serves as a hard working liaison between the nonprofit and area businesses.
Patti Cook - Board Member
Patti has more than thirty years of financial services experience and has served in various leadership positions, Branch Manager, Sales Manager, and Lending Officer.
Currently she is the Vice President/ Financial Center Leader for BB&T formerly Colonial Bank.
Patti contributes roughly 10 hours per week to the Audubon Park Garden District, providing expert advise to the Org Committee.
Jennifer Marvel - Executive Director
Jennifer’s professional background is in copywriting and marketing. One of the founding members of the Garden District, for the past four years Jennifer has been a volunteer with the group, serving on the Promotions Committee, Design Committee, and Organization. She is a passionate advocate for the area and brings great institutional knowledge to the Director’s position.
A resident of the Audubon Park Garden District for twenty-two years, Jennifer loves scotch, cats, and cheese popcorn. A lot.
Gabriela Lothrop - Promotions Committee Chair
Vashon Sarkisian - Board Member
Vashon has over 25 years experience as an Urban Design in the central Florida area. She has worked on projects ranging from one acre to over 25,000 acres. She is most proud of her extensive work on Baldwin Park and Horizon West here in Orlando. Her passion is in creating communities for people to live, work and play in. Vashon is a volunteer with the Lamson League Winter Park Public Library. She is past president of the Central Florida Macrobiotic Foundation where she taught holistic foods cooking classes.
She is a proud mother, world traveler, avid organic gardener, writer, and artist. She’s excited about her involvement with the Audubon Park Garden District.
Brittany Cagle - Board Member
Brittany is a Florida Registered Interior Designer and a LEED AP, BD+C. She recently moved back to Orlando after residing in Jacksonville for fourteen years where she was an active member of IIDA and the USGBC North Florida Chapter. Brittany started at Workscapes as a Project Manager but has recently transitioned into an Account Executive for Workscapes, Inc. Brittany has been working in the interior design and construction industry since 2003. After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Interior design from Florida State University, she went to work for an International Design/Build Construction Company in Jacksonville, Florida. While honing her skills working on a vast variety of projects, including several LEED Gold projects and North Florida’s first LEED Platinum Home, Brittany was a member of the company’s environmental stewardship. Brittany believes that the best way to lead is by example and that the encouragement of the next generation is paramount to our success. With her move back to Orlando, she stepped down from her position on Florida State College at Jacksonville’s (FSCJ) Advisory Board for the Interior Design Department where she also served as an Adjunct Professor since 2005. Brittany has joined the Central Florida chapter of USGBC where she serves as the Education Chair. Brittany believes in being a hands‐on team player and active participant in the solution.