Directors & Committees
Downtown has a concentration of buildings dating from a variety of periods under multiple ownership
and the structures form a unique character that reflects the community's character.
Cristina Sheppard-Decius, Chair
POW Strategies, Inc.
Molly LaLone, Vice Chair
Thomas Gerdom, Treasurer
Gerdom Management Group
James Alt, Secretary
Lapeer Main Street/DDA
Becky Goodman, Past Chair
Downtown Harbor Springs DDA
Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Downtown Management Strategies
South Lyon DDA
Ada Twp DDA
Charter Twp of Union DDA
Emeritus Board Member
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 or download the application here.
If you are interested in joining one of our committees, please complete the Committee Application Form found here and return the completed document to the MDA.
Membership and Marketing
Assists director contact past due members, provides updates to membership dues and benefits. Helps recruit new members to organization. Promotions and marketing of organization using social media, print, website. Works closely with Conference Committee. Revises and provides updates to marketing pieces. Meets virtually the third Thursday of every month at 2pm.
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. Meets virtually the third Wednesday at 4:15pm.
Creates all aspects of annual Workshops and Conference and Webinars. Including: sessions, speakers, sponsors, location, logistics, promotions. Meets virtually every Tuesday at 2:30pm.
Professional Development 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. Manages 'In MI Downtown' podcast channel. Meets virtually third Tuesday of every month at 1:30pm.