We love historic downtowns!

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

Our Team

Our team is an honest, hardworking group that provides resources, training and support to historic commercial neighborhoods in the state of Missouri. We all have huge hearts for downtown communities, small businesses  and historic preservation. We know that together, with our partners and members, we can make a difference in Missouri.


Gayla Roten

State Director

Gayla has served as State Director for MMSC since November 2007. She has over 20 years of experience in downtown revitalization and was one of the seven founding board members of MMSC. Gayla has effectively developed, administered and raised millions in funds from state, federal and foundation grant programs. These resources provide Missouri Communities the training and advocacy needed to revitalize the historic “heart” of their communities. She is passionate and driven to serve Missouri communities. Gayla is married to Ken and has three children and grandchildren. She enjoys and cherishes all the family time she can fit into her hectic schedule, the outdoors comes as a natural therapy garden to her, decorating is a second nature and travel is a must.

Keith Winge

State Community Development Director

Keith has been a part of the Missouri Main Street team since 2013 as the State Community Development Coordinator. He works with Missouri communities to organize, develop and grow their Main Street program. Before joining Missouri Main Street, Keith was a founding board member and then the first Executive Director for the Main Street program in Excelsior Springs where he resides. When he is not traveling the state, you can find him running 5Ks, gardening or cooking and eating good food.

Katelyn Brotherton

Executive Assistant of Network Services

Katelyn joined Missouri Main Street Connection upon her graduation with honors from Southeast Missouri State University in 2015. She received a B.S. in Historic Preservation with a minor in Management. Katelyn has always had an appreciation for history as well as travel, especially finding unique destinations which made working at Missouri Main Street a perfect fit. Her previous experience includes work in customer service and graphic design. In addition to these skills, she is also educated in downtown revitalization, preservation, and architectural assessment. Katelyn also enjoys genealogy, reading, watching movies and shopping for new finds at antique stores.

 

Janie DENNISON

Communications & Brand Specialist

This is Janie's first year with the Missouri Main Street team. She is excited to work with all the communities and to help brand MO Main Street! She is from Lee's Summit, but moved to Branson about 15 years ago. She has a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Counseling. She loves getting be creative with marketing projects, photography, and design. Janie enjoys spending time with her husband, Ryan, attending book club, watching movies, traveling, and taking her dogs to the community dog park.

Diane Hannah

Program Assistant

Diane joined the staff of Missouri Main Street Connection in 2016 and works as a grant writer and on special projects. She has been involved in Main Street work either as a volunteer or professional staff person since 1989 when she owned her own retail business in downtown Clinton, Missouri, and became the first board president of Clinton Main Street, Inc. Over the years, and through many changes, she became the Main Street Director in Clinton where she served for eleven years. She was one of the founding board members of MMSC in 2006, and has served on the Advisory Board of Directors since that time. Diane enjoys traveling with her husband, Ed, and trying to keep up with their four sons and thirteen grandchildren. Together they enjoy gardening and taking care of their country home, nine cats and one dog.

   

Susan Sheppard

Program Outreach Coordinator

Susan is a Missouri native, having grown up in St. Louis and Union, MO. She received a M.A. in History with a Historic Preservation emphasis from Southeast Missouri State University. She has worked at Landmarks Association of St. Louis and at the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office. Most recently she spent three years in Baltimore, where she was the Assistant Main Street Coordinator for the State of Maryland. She is excited to return to Missouri, where she lives in St. Louis with her husband Greg, their dog, and three cats. In her free time, she likes to play the guitar, sew, and travel.