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2013-2014 Board of Directors & Staff
Members at the 2010 Board Retreat
Greg A. Beam | President/Promotions Committee Co-Chair. Greg currently works as an Employment Specialist with Goodwill Industries of the Valleys. Prior to working for Goodwill, Greg was employed for over ten years with the City of Staunton Recreation & Parks Department, serving as the Recreation Programs & Events Specialist and later as the department’s Public Information Officer. Greg now serves as the Artistic Director of Theatre for AMPERSAND ARTS and enjoys directing and producing plays during the summers with Oak Grove Theater. Greg a former Downtown Staunton business owner, has served on the SDDA board since 2006 and has and co-chaired the SDDA Promotions Committee since 2007.
Brenda Groah | Vice President. Brenda is a graduate of Holden School of Art & Design and the owner of Schmid’s Printery and The Olde Printery Guesthouse.
Claire Richardson | Secretary. Originally from Southwestern Virginia, she has lived, worked and played in Staunton for the past 6 years. As the Recreation Manager for the Staunton Parks & Recreation department she oversees the childcare division and coordinates the marketing and advertising efforts. Prior to working for Staunton, she was Youth Programs Supervisor at Sunriver Resort in Central Oregon, and worked on a military base in Italy at the Adventure & Travel Center. She enjoys event planning and finding new ways to coordinate with local businesses and organizations. Her passion for Downtown Staunton stems from the friendliness, graciousness, and energy put forth by Downtown business owners and locals alike. Claire’s husband Andrew works at the Frontier Culture Museum and son, Sam, loves the Downtown toy stores and puddle stomping at the Farmers’ Market. Claire serves on the SDDA Promotions committee, GAPP Coalition, WSA District for VRPS, and Kids Matter Day Committee.
Suzanne Dull | Treasurer. Suzanne is a Community Banker with Staunton’s local StellarOne.
Sarah Butterfield | Organizations Committee Chair. Sarah moved here fourteen years ago with her husband and two children to purchase Blue Mountain Coffees. The coffee shop has provided her with many friends and opportunities. She loves yoga, walking and reading (not all at the same time). Pet projects include the Farmers’ Market, Staunton Public Library, and Cat’s Cradle. Sarah has enjoyed her tenure on the board and has learned a lot about what SDDA does for the downtown.
Bruce Elder | City Council Liason.
Glendon Gill | Economic Development Committee Chair. Glendon K. Gill has lived and practiced law in Staunton since 1993. He established his solo law firm, Glendon K. Gill, PLC in 2008 and concentrates his efforts in the areas if estate planning, estate administration, elderlaw, and special needs planning. Glendon is a 1983 graduate of Bridgewater College and a 1991 graduate of the Washington University School of Law. He currently serves in his second term as the Treasurer of the Trinity Episcopal Church and has also been a member of the Church vestry. Glendon has two sons, Richard, age 20, who attends Roanoke College and Christopher, age 14, who will be attending Robert E. Lee High School in the fall.
Rob Mortenson | Member-at-Large.
Doug Sheridan | Design Committee Chair. Doug and his wife, Caroline, own Sunspots Studios. Doug is a 20-year business veteran, renovating at 75-year old brick warehouse in the Historic Wharf District. He served on the SDDA Economic Development Committee from 2004 – 2008 and SDDA Board from 2004 – 2006. He has served on the Lewis Creek Watershed Committee and on the Tourism Advisory Board.
Randy Taylor | Member-at-Large. Randy is the business owner of Taylor’d Hair at 111 South Lewis Street. He recently moved back to Staunton from Philadelphia where he lived for twelve years and worked as a hair stylist and designer. He is native to Staunton, born and raised. He graduated from Robert E. Lee High School. In the beginning of his career, he apprenticed at Renoir’s Hair Design which was located on West Beverley Street in Downtown Staunton, where he was in attendance for one and a half years. Following his apprenticeship he received his state board license as a cosmetologist and started professionally designing hair at High Tech Styling Salon. He spent fifteen years with High Tech and after seven years became his own manager and started training students under his apprenticeship. After a long journey in Philadelphia he has returned back to Staunton to continue his career goals as a professional hair designer and stylist.
Steve Rosenberg | Assistant City Manager – Ex Officio. Rosenberg brings twenty-three years of private and city, county, and state government experience, which has included land use, real estate, finance, zoning, grant, economic development, parks and recreation, public safety, and personnel matters, as well as intergovernmental relations and legislative affairs.
Julie Markowitz | Executive Director. Julie is originally from Luray, Virginia, where her family owned and operated several small businesses, including Markowitz Appliances, still located in Downtown Luray and the Holiday Motor Lodge, formerly located ½ mile from the Luray Caverns.
She has lived in Staunton since 1993. Julie came to Main Street in 2006 armed with ten years experience in mall marketing and promotions, working for Simon Property Group in Harrisonburg at Valley Mall and at Charlottesville Fashion Square. Simon Property Group is the largest REIT and commercial developer in the United States with several overseas developments recently added to their portfolio. She feels fortunate to have received the kind of corporate education that a large company brings to the table. Julie has a degree in Music from Bridgewater College and is pleased to be able to live, work and promote Downtown Staunton and the Shenandoah Valley.
Noah McBrayer Jones | Marketing Manager. Noah is an original native of Knoxville, TN. He attended Appalachian State University in Boone, NC and received his BA in Theatre Arts. Upon moving to Staunton, he attended Mary Baldwin College’s program of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance (Directing) and received both his Masters of Letters and Masters of Fine Arts. He has worked professionally with Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre and Heritage Repertory Theatre, interned with the American Shakespeare Center, owns and operates Clever By Half Productions, and comes to this position after serving as Court Square Theater Manager for the Arts Council of the Valley in Harrisonburg, VA.
Ilia Desjardins | Bookkeeper.