About


Formed in 1988, the Crescent Heights Neighborhood Association (CHNA) is a volunteer-run 501(c)(3) organization serving the Crescent Heights neighborhood in St Petersburg, FL. With its brick streets, hex-block sidewalks, acorn lights, and old shade trees, our neighborhood is located just north of Crescent Lake Park, bounded on the South by 22nd Ave N, on the North by 30th Ave N, on the East by 4th St N, and on the West by 9th St N (also known as MLK St). The unique CHNA logo – seen on the front page of our newsletter and on the beautiful neighborhood markers was inspired by the variety of home architectures in Crescent Heights. The logo was created by Peter Bramley (1945-2005), a nationally known artist and one of the first CHNA members.


Thomas Paterek, President

Originally from New Jersey, Thomas attended the University of Tampa and soon there after fell in love with the Bay area. Heavily involved in non-profits (Surfrider Foundation / Big Brother Big Sister / SYRV / CHNA), Thomas can be found walking his Boxer Kojak around the neighborhood, playing sports at Crescent Lake Park or indulging at one of the many craft breweries/ music venues in the area.

 

 

 

 

Kristen Noakes-Fry, Immediate Past President

Originally from of upstate New York, Kristen Noakes-Fry has been in Florida since 1993 and in Crescent Heights since 2003. Her love for the arts and music explains why she’s an active supporter of Museum of Fine Arts and Florida Orchestra.

 

 

 

Sarah_Suits_PhotoSarah Suits, First Vice President, Business Relations

Sarah, a St. Pete resident since 2004, moved to Crescent Heights in 2011 after falling in love with its charm, convenience and neighborly support. She has way too much fun at work as a Senior Producer for a large advertising agency in Tampa. Sullivan, her son and Sean, her husband, keep busy finding new places to explore around the Bay area. When passing by their house, you’ll be greeted by their two Boston Terriers, PollyEster Suits and Three Piece Suits.

 

 

 

Greg Fallon, Second Vice President, Programs


Louise Barrett, Treasurer

Born in Connecticut, Louise attended New College in Sarasota, lived in Lourdes, France and a New Mexican monastery, and returned to Florida for social work with the elderly when she needed a real job. A stay at home mom for 4 kids and volunteer for 30 years, she now works a real job again at her husband’s law office.  She loves Crescent Heights since moving here in 1987.

 

 

 

Susan O’Gara, Secretary

Susan has lived in Crescent Heights for over 20 years.  Raised in St. Petersburg and then lived in Dublin, Ireland, for 14 years before returning.  She is a retired Speech Language Pathologist and now is actively involved in film and theatre work as well as travel and volunteer work.

 

 

 

 

Amy Kelso, Membership

After living on Snell Isle for 25 years Amy and husband Kevin built a new home in Crescent Heights in 2015 and joined CHNA even before their home was completed! Amy loves her new neighborhood and frequents Jazzercise, St Petersbark, Tripps and Trader Joes.

 

 

 

 

Karri Morrison, Newsletter Editor

Originally from Northeast Ohio, Karri and her family have lived in Crescent Heights for four years now. She enjoys the beautiful Florida winters, being a homebody, and walking the neighborhood with her family.

 

 

 

 

Cory Kapes PictureCory Capes, First Vice President, Business Relations

Cory and his wife Emily moved to Crescent Heights in 2009 and were joined a couple of years later when they had their twin sons Owen and Parker. Cory’s job is to provide adaptive sports training for veterans
with disabilities.  When not planning activities for others, he and his family enjoy a multitude of sports and outdoor activities. Being this close to Crescent Lake, to the waterfront parks, and the beach make this a great location for the Kapes Family.

 

 

 

Will Payne, Web Editor

Will is a Crescent Heights newcomer, arriving in St. Pete in 2015 by way of Richmond, VA and Austin, TX with his girlfriend Bonnie, a St. Pete native. They are happy to be “home” and settled in warmer climes. They enjoy walking the neighborhood, exploring St. Pete’s ever-changing downtown, and being amused by their two goofy dogs, Sadie and Rose.


 

 

 

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