Board of Directors & Committees

Cristina Sheppard-Decius, Chair
POW Strategies, Inc.

Molly LaLone, Vice Chair
Lake Orion DDA

Thomas Gerdom, Treasurer
Gerdom Management Group

Annette Knowles, Secretary
City of Monroe

Becky Goodman, Past Chair
Downtown Petoskey DDA

Robert Donohue
South Lyon Economic Development & DDA Director

Susan Ireland
Van Buren Township DDA

Steve Deisler

Patricia Rayl

Anne Gentry
Alpena DDA

Laura Krizov
Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Stacey Tobar
Giffels Webster

Jerry Dettloff
Downtown Management Strategies

James Alt
Lapeer DDA and Main Street

Interested in being a member of the MDA Board of Directors? Applicants must be a MDA member in good standing and there must be an opening on the board. To inquire, please contact us and download the application form.

MDA Committees

If you are interested in joining one of our committees, please contact us.

Assists director contact past due members, provides updates to membership dues and benefits.  Helps recruit new members to organization.

Legislative Committee
Direct contact with Lansing and State partners to keep a pulse on any actions/laws that would affect downtowns.  Helps with the invitations to legislators for Lansing Day, reach outs.  Provides Legislative updates at Workshops and Conference.

Conference Committee
Creates all aspects of annual Workshops and Conference.  Including: sessions, speakers, sponsors, location, logistics, promotions.

Marketing Committee
Promotions and marketing of organization using social media, print, website. Works closely with Conference Committee.  Revises and provides updates to marketing pieces.

Certificate Committee
Creation and implementation of the MiPDM certificate program.  Reviews annual applications.  Works with Conference committee to ensure relevant programming is part of Workshops and Conference.