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.
Downtown Plymouth


Cristina Sheppard-Decius, Chair
POW Strategies, Inc.

Molly LaLone, Vice Chair
Lake Orion DDA

Thomas Gerdom, Treasurer
Gerdom Management Group

Patricia Rayl, Secretary

Annette Knowles
City of Monroe

Becky Goodman, Past Chair
Downtown Petoskey DDA

Robert Donohue

Susan Ireland
Van Buren Township DDA

Annaka Norris
Oakland County

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

Dana Walker
Director, MDA

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.

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.

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 and Webinars. Including: sessions, speakers, sponsors, location, logistics, promotions.

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.