Jeff Syracuse Metro Council District 15
When it comes to a neighbor here in Donelson that has a true heart for the community that grows bigger with each new Spring season, Naomi Regensburg sets the bar. Much of Donelson’s ongoing beautification efforts can be attributed to Naomi’s leadership and involvement. There are many elements to creating a more vibrant, welcoming and strong community for both business to invest and good neighbors to move to. As we all know, our central business community along Lebanon Pike has a lack of green space and beautification with a great deal of pavement and wires. Naomi’s efforts contribute a great deal to improving that situation and it continues to make a big difference.
Naomi found a passion for landscaping as a teenager. She grew up on a big farm and she helped her father landscape their home. That passion continued to she and husband Ron’s home in Donelson when they moved here in 1965. In 1994, former 15th District Council Member Roy Dale asked Naomi to serve as the 15th District Beautification Commissioner, where she served until 2001. In 2009, Donelson Hills neighbor Virginia Clark encouraged Naomi to get involved in a new group of neighbors from around the community to form Friends of the Library, dedicated to beautifying our Donelson branch library on Lebanon Pike. Since implementing that effort, our library has transformed into a true landscaped showpiece.
Also in 2009, thanks to efforts of Virginia Clark, former 15th District Council Member Phil Claiborne and other neighbors, The Donelson Gateway Project was formed as a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to beautification Donelson’s physical and figurative “gateways” into the community. Naomi has been one of the most consistent and dedicated members of the Board of Directors of the group. In 2010, Councilman Claiborne asked Naomi to return to her role as 15th District Beautification Commissioner where I am very proud to have her continue serving in that capacity today.
When asked about her experience as a district Beautification Commissioner, Naomi says involvement in The Great American Clean-Up and litter pick-up in the community. Visit our local Nashville.gov website here to learn more about litter prevention and being involved in this effort. Naomi says one important trait needed to be successful in serving as a Beautification Commissioner is to be able to organize volunteers and coordinate and leverage strengths of others to make a strong impact in those efforts. Donelson is certainly very fortunate to have Naomi serve in this role and continue to keep Donelson clean and beautiful.
Naomi’s professional career included working for 30-years in the Mortgage Servicing Department for the Tennessee Housing Development Agency. In addition to serving on the Board of The Friends of the Library and as Vice President of the Board of The Donelson Gateway Project, Naomi also serves on the Board of Hip Donelson and has been instrumental in the Merry Oaks Neighborhood Watch. Naomi and Ron have been married almost 54-years. They have three daughters and a grandson. All three daughters graduated from Holy Rosary Academy and Father Ryan High School.