Krewe Members 2020-2021

Updated: Feb 10

Sarah Bembinster

I was born and raised in DeLand, FL. I’m the youngest of 4 children and grew up in a fun-loving, soccer-playing family. I graduated from Auburn University in 2016 with a degree in Apparel Merchandising. I married my high school sweetheart this past November and we bought our first home in DeLand. We recently rescued a sweet grey Weimaraner, named Winnie, who has stolen our hearts. I currently work as a Communications Specialist within the Admissions Department at Stetson University. I am also working towards my Masters of Business Administration from Stetson. I like to spend my free time hanging out with friends and family and doing anything that involves being outdoors.

Mimi Carter

I am Mimi Carter and I am rejoining the Krewe of Amalee this year. I am a teacher at Easter Seals. While in the Krewe, I formerly served as Chairman of Food & Beverage, Debutante, Public Relations, among others. I utilize my skills to bring forth fun and creative ideas for entertaining. I enjoy social gatherings and spending time with my three grandchildren. I love gardening, photography, traveling, and decorating for every holiday. I have lived in DeLand for over 25 years with my husband Jim and our four children. We reside on Lake Charles.

Gabby Huddleston

My name is Gabby Huddleston and I am the daughter of Krewe member, Aimée Duke Huddleston and Michael Huddleston. I was born and raised right here in DeLand and graduated from DeLand High School in 2015. After graduating, I lived in Tallahassee and Monticello, Fl., where I worked for Farmers Merchant Bank. I came back to Deland in 2019 to work for my father at Huddleston & Associates, P.A. as well as The Elusive Grape and Byte Bistro. While living in DeLand, I coached DeLand Pop Warner Cheer and was also an Assistant Cheer Coach at DeLand High School. I am the President of Deland Dishes Back which is a charitable organization founded in 2019 to support our community and to provide sit down meals and offer comfort and peace in a time of need.

I had the honor of serving as a Krewe of Amalee royal page to Queen Brynda Greer in 2009 and as a Krewe of Amalee debutante in 2016. I danced and was part of the entertainment in both Wicked and We Will Rock You Krewe years. My entire family helped my mother behind the scenes in 2015 when she was Chairman of From London with Love!

October 2020 brought about a move back to Monticello and an incredible new job as Marketing Director and Sales Rep for CopyFax in Tallahassee. We are a family owned and operated local business that specializes in dealing and servicing office equipment in north Florida. I enjoy traveling, cooking, fishing, boating and hanging out on my farm with my Goldendoodle, Snook.

I love my hometown of DeLand and look forward to finally being an official member of the Krewe of Amalee and getting to know even more of you incredible ladies!

Carol Koehler

I was born and raised in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio until 1968 when I married and moved to California. That was another life-time ago. Twenty-three years ago, I married an old friend, Gary Koehler, and moved from California to Gainesville, Florida. Gary is now a retired UF professor and we currently live in DeBary. We have a very large blended family consisting of 7 children and 21 grandchildren, all of whom live out-of-state. Fortunately, living in Florida, we are visited by them often.

I was a stay-at-home mom while my children were young and that explains my crafting abilities. I did work for sixteen years as a Purchasing Agent and Project Manager for two different interior design businesses, Ethan Allen Furniture and Interior Design Resources.

My hobbies include jewelry making, greeting card making, scrapbooking, and making miniature room boxes. Other than crafting, I also enjoy fishing, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

I learned about the Krewe from a group of friends that get together once a week (before the pandemic) at the “Grape”. I gave a class on jewelry making that four of the ladies attended. They loved the necklaces that they each made. After that they started talking to me about the Krewe. Last February we were invited to the Krewe’s Mardi Gras Ball. It was so fabulous. So four of my friends recommended and sponsored me for the Krewe and I am so excited that I was accepted.

Diane Lewis

I am new Krewe member Diane Lewis. I grew up in a small town in Iowa but after graduating from the University of Iowa life expanded to the Washington DC area and Wisconsin. I was a part time teacher and Festival of Trees organizer. I have lived in Florida the past five years. My husband, John Cascio, and I like to travel and golf together. In addition I enjoy swimming and cooking. We each have one son, with John’s son and wife and two young grandsons right down the street from us. We loved the Krewe Ball last year and look forward to a year of new friends and new experiences.

Mallory McDonald

My name is Mallory McDonald. I am a DeLand born and raised gal, I have lived in our sweet little town for the majority of my life. I now reside back in DeLand after briefly relocating to Atlanta, Georgia for a post-grad change of pace and start to my career. My fiancé Giovanni and I are getting married in the fall of 2021 and look forward to starting a family some day, but for now it is just the two us (until I convince him to get a furry friend). I graduated from Stetson University with my bachelors in business. I am an accountant at Dickinson & McDonald, P.A, following in the footsteps of my mom, Becky McDonald. I love being a part of this community and try to stay as involved as I can. I sit on the Fall Festival of The Arts DeLand Executive Board as 1st Vice President, a member of the WV Police Athletic League Board of Directors, assistant coach/treasurer to the DHS cheer squad, and an inaugural female member of the DeLand Quarterback Club. I enjoy spending time in town but also love to travel and explore what the world has to offer. I look forward to being a part of the Krewe!

Lisa Peterson

My name is Lisa S Peterson. I was born in DeLand, raised in DeLand, currently reside in Deland. I am married to Lamar “Pete”, love of my life, we have two children, Michael and Emily. Emily graduates in July from UCF. I have two precious granddaughters Michaella and Nixon.

Jeanne Peterson is my sister-in-law, our husbands, Ernie and Lamar, are brothers. I attended Florida School of Banking University of Florida. I am an SBA certified Lender.

I have worked over thirty years in the Banking Industry. I am a Private Banker for Fifth Third Bank and am a member of our Wealth and Asset Management Team. I work with high net worth clients and families to help them achieve their financial goals. I am involved in my local community as a Board member of Healthy Start in Daytona, Financial Board Member for the Good Samaritan Clinic and Board Member of the Fall Festival of the Arts.

I always tell my clients and people I meet when they ask me where I am from.. I tell them born and raised in DeLand, still live in Deland, why go anywhere else? DeLand is wonderful! I am passionate about my family, my faith, my friends, my job and my community. I love to cook, read, and spend time with family and friends.

Bee Powell

I am Bee Powell, an Architect by trade and have lived and worked the first 33 years of my life in Germany, US and Australia. I moved to DeLand in 2004 and started a family with my husband Terry. We remodeled our freshly acquired house in the historic district and had a boy and a girl. In 2012, after several entrepreneurial excursions, I became a Realtor and with my professional background hit the ground running. I opened up Bee Realty Corp in 2012 and have taken the West Volusia Real Estate Industry by storm ever since. I retired from competitive Skydiving on the German National Team in 2006 and now enjoy being a competitive Equestrian in the Jumper division on my German Warmblood Laila. I serve as a Board member in the Rotary Club of Downtown Deland, Hope Reins, Founding Member of the West Volusia Gang of Givers and hold the Chair of the Business Retention and Economic Development of the Chamber of Commerce.