Board of Directors
Michelle Wright, President, Michelle has been married to Jonathan Wright for 20 years and has 2 children, Isabella (16) and William (14). Michelle has been a resident of Jacksonville since 1998, and has lived on Miller’s Creek since 2002. She earned both an Industrial and Systems Engineering degree and Law degree from the University of Florida. After graduating from law school, she worked with IBM as a business consultant and then with Blue Cross Blue Shield as an IT project manager before having children. Michelle enjoys volunteering in her children’s school and has served as President in both Riverside Presbyterian Day School (2013-2014) and Episcopal School of Jacksonville (2018-2019) Parents’ Association. Michelle helped Tamara Baker (another Board member and engineer) organize and create the Millers Creek Special Tax District which initiated the dredging project. She looks forward to serving as the Board’s chair to cross the finish line for the Miller’s creek dredging project and restoring the creek to a fully accessible water tributary.
Derik Flint, Vice President, Derik Flint has resided on Millers Creek for 25 years.
Scott Bates, Treasurer, and his wife Deb were lifelong residents of Michigan before a job opportunity for Deb brought them to Jacksonville in December of 2009. Scott and Deb have lived on Mayfair Road since and love the area. They liked it so much they purchased the house across the road on Millers Creek and are renovating it and hope to move in soon.
Scott has a varied background in finance in manufacturing, wholesale, and construction, and is the division treasurer for a heavy civil and marine construction company. Outside of work Scott enjoys working in the yard, landscaping projects, woodworking and construction projects, and hopes to enjoy Millers Creek a whole lot more once the eco-restoration project is complete.
Scott enjoys being involved with the MCSD board and feels it is a great way to have some community involvement that not only benefits the residents on Millers Creek, but anyone who enjoys taking advantage of the St. Johns River and all it has to offer.
Louis Joseph, Board Member, has owned and operated Mudville Grille, located in St. Nicholas, since 1999. Louis has resided on Millers Creek with his wife Leslie and their three children for 15 years. Louis’ ancestors came from Syria to Duval County in 1897, and his family has resided in Duval County since that time. A Catholic, Louis grew up in Christ the King Parish and is a graduate of Bishop Kenny High School, Class of 1993. When he is not working at Mudville, Louis enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.
Tamara Baker, Board Member, has been married to Bobby Baker for 19 years this October. We have four children, Brandyn who is 23, Olivia (3) and Nate (1). Our fourth child is a 90-pound standard poodle that reins and rules the house. Her name is Sasha and she is truly a diva. As a family, we love to travel, boat, taste wine, and socialize. Bobby and I are both engineers and contractors. We work together and live together 24 hours a day! I guess we like each other! I have been very active in my career for the last 20-years and have enjoyed being a business owner. We are members of Southside Methodist Church and are both board members for our parish. My most outstanding achievements in my life are becoming a Christian as an 8-year old and my family. I am very blessed to have a loving husband and beautiful children.
In 2004, Ms. Baker started her own engineering design and consulting firm, Baker Engineering & Consulting, which became Baker Klein. In 2018, Ms. Baker formed a new design-build consulting firm – Baker Design Build – comprised of Baker Consulting & Engineering, LLC and Baker Construction Services, LLC. Baker Design Build. They provide structural engineering, civil engineering, threshold inspections, construction management and design-build services to federal, transportation, municipal, commercial, land development, healthcare, residential and historic clients in the Southeast. She has 23 years of engineering and construction experience and is also a licensed Special Inspector. Her engineering passion includes reviving historic structures and working within the historic commercial zones. Her geotechnical background has given her keen insight to deep foundation design requirements and ocean-front regulations and restrictions.
Michael Oster, Board Member,
Mike Shannon, Board Member, and his wife recently purchased and renovated a home on Millers Creek. Mike is an IT Systems Administrator for Cantata Health for the past 20 years. Before that, he worked for FedEx for 10 years and before that he managed American Fitness Center here in Jax. Before that he was Beverage Director at the Sheraton at St. Johns Place on the river next to the School Board building where he met his wife. Mike and his wife (Irene) and have lived in University Park in Arlington since 1979 and raised 2 kids, Mike and Carleigh. Mike owns his own trucking (Dump Truck) business here in Jax and Carleigh is an architect and lives in Amsterdam, Netherlands. He is from Long Island NY and Irene is from Washington DC and they have been married for 36 years. Irene is retired and supervising the construction of the river house. Mike looks forward to the peace and tranquility of living on the river and having a beautiful view to look at during both high and low tide.