We love historic downtowns!

Enhancing the economic, social, cultural and environmental well-being of historic downtown business districts in Missouri.

Board of Directors & Advisory Board

Board of Directors

  • Board President
    Steven Hoffman

    Professor, Department of History
    Southeast MO State University
    Cape Girardeau, MO
  • Board Vice President
    Robert (Bob) Lewis
    Professor, Urban Planning & Development
    St. Louis University 
    St. Louis, MO
  • Board Treasurer
    Bridgette Kelch

    Executive Director
    Downtown Washington, Inc.
    Washington, MO
  • Board Acting Secretary
    Joe Lauber
    Attorney at Law
    Lauber Municipal Law
    Lee's Summit, MO

  • Board Member
    Karen Bode Baxter
    Preservation Specialist/Consultant
    St. Louis, MO
  • Board Member
    Robert Espeland

    Vice-President, State Tax Credit Clearinghouse
    US Bancorp
    St. Louis, MO
  • Board Member
    Christine (Chris) Johnston

    MarksNelson, LLC
    Kansas City, MO
  • Board Member
    Mark Pauley

    Manager, Development Finance
    Missouri Department of Economic Development
    Jefferson City, MO
  • Board Member
    Dan Ross

    Executive Director
    Missouri Municipal League
    Jefferson City, MO
  • Board Member
    Russ Volmert

    Director of Planning
    Arcturis, Inc.
    St. Louis, MO

Advisory Board

  • Diane Hannah
    Downtown Revitalization Specialist
    Clinton, MO
  • Jonathan Kemper
    Chairman, Commerce Bank
    Kansas City, MO
  • Sandy Lucy
    Mayor, City of Washington
    Washington, MO
  • Senator Jay Wasson
    Missouri Senate District 20
    Nixa, MO

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