Contact Texas Downtown Association
For additional information you may contact:
Texas Downtown Association
Texas Downtown Association
P.O. Box 546
Austin, Texas 78767-0546
Texas Downtown Association Board Members
Debbie Charbonneau, President, Huntsville
Debbie is a certified Main Street Manager who has been active in the tourism and downtown industries for quite a while. She currently serves as the manager of City of Huntsville Main Street. Her mother's family was one of the first 300 to come to Texas, so she is truly a Texas "girl".
Shane Shepard, Vice President, Lancaster
Shane is the Director of Economic Development for the City of Lancaster and is responsible for business recruitment and retention. He previously served as Community Development Director for the City of Sulphur Springs.
Alysia Cook, Treasurer, Opportunity Strategies, LLC
Alysia owns Opportunity Strategies LLC, a community and economic development consulting firm. She has been helping communities with customized training and strategic planning for over 20 years and is an international public speaker.
Ashley Abel, Secretary, Clifton
Ashley works as the Community Development Director and Main Street Manager for Clifton. Under those titles she directly works with the City's economic and business development, recruitment and retention efforts, the Main Street and downtown revitalization efforts, city planning, grant writing, special events and more.
Tony Rutigliano, Immediate Past President, Arlington
Tony is the President & CEO of the Downtown Arlington Management Corporation. The DAMC is responsible for revitalizing the historic center of Arlington; the 7th largest city in the State of Texas.
Cheri Bedford, Paris
Cheri is the City of Paris Main Street Manager and Historic Preservation Officer, a position she has held for six years. Before joining the city, she was a recreation and event coordinator for a fitness and aquatic center.
Anita Brown, Waxahachie
Anita is the Downtown Development Director and Heritage Preservation Officer for the City of Waxahachie, a position she has held for ten years. She has served on the TDA Board of Directors for three years, served as secretary in 2015, and has co-chaired the Anice Read Fund committee for three years.
Melinda Brown, Plainview
Melinda has served as the city's Main Street Director since January 2015. She also serves as the Convention and Visitors Bureau Coordinator and has most recently assumed responsibilities of managing the Fair Theater.
Donna Dow, Denison
Donna is the Main Street Director and Historic Preservation Officer in Denison. She began this position in October 2010 after serving as Durant Oklahoma's Main Street Director for the program's first 13 1/2 years.
Shelly Hargrove, Georgetown
Shelly has been the Main Street manager in Georgetown since 2003 and previously in two other Texas communities, Breckenridge and Taylor. One of Shelly’s passions is searching for her new favorite downtown around the globe to recommend to her friends and family to visit.
Melida Heien, Longview
Melida Heien is currently serves as the Main Street Coordinator for the City of Longview. She began her downtown career as the Executive Director for Pekin Main Street in Pekin, Illinois in 2010 and moved to Texas in 2014 to serve as the Main Street manager for the City of Kilgore. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, visiting roadside oddities and CrossFit.
Kyle Kramm, Seguin
Kyle has served as the Main Street and CVB Director for the City of Seguin since June 2014. In this role he actively works to preserve the unique architecture in Seguin while encouraging the continued revitalization of downtown.
Kim McAuliffe, Hutto
Kim McAuliffe is the Downtown & Tourism Manager for the City of Hutto. She is very active in her local community serving as Lions Club 2nd Vice President, Hutto Arts Today Board Member, Hutto Education Foundation Board Member, and is a mentor for students at Hutto ISD.
Robert Smith, Garland
Robert is a Garland-based commercial real estate developer and manager specializing in downtown redevelopment and revitalization. His goal is to create an "authentic sense of place one building at a time". He received his Masters Degree from SMU in Liberal Arts adn his Bachelor's Degree of Business Adminstration Degree in Real Estate and Insurance from Baylor University. He is a member of the Congress of New Urbanism, Dallas Planning Council, Garland Chamber of Commerce, and the Garland Downtown Business Association.
Clinton Tegeler, Ganado
Clinton is the current mayor of the City of Ganado. Downtown revitalization has been one of the highest priorities during his 11 years in office. He also serves on the boards of the Ganada Community Development Corporation, the Golden Crescent Regional Planning Commission, and the Texas Association of Regional Councils.
Genora Young, Gonzales
Genora Young is a Certified Professional Community & Economic Developer (PCED) and Business Retention Expansion Coordinator (BREC). She is a passionate advocate for empowering rural communities through active tourism programs, downtown revitalization, Business Retention/Expansion and prosperity through preservation. Genora joined the Gonzales EDC in September 2015.
Debra Drescher, Ex Officio Board Member, Texas Main Street Program
Debra Drescher has been State Coordinator for the Texas Main Street Program of the Texas Historical Commission for the past 10 years, and serves as team lead for both the state Main Street program and the agency’s Town Square Initiative.
Sarah Marshall, Ex Officio Board Member, Texas Main Street Program
Sarah is the Assistant State Coordinator for the Texas Main Street Program at the Texas Historical Commission. She earned her undergraduate degree in History from Texas A&M University, and a Masters in Public History from Texas State. Sarah has extensive marketing experience with both major retailers and small history-based organizations.
Catherine Sak, Executive Director
Catherine was hired as executive director in 2007. She holds a Bachelors from Emory University and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New Orleans. Her experience includes nonprofit management and development, city planning, and project management of historic renovations.
Committees and Annual Work Plan
Learn more about TDA committees and get involved today! There are a number of opportunities to volunteer with committees that plan programs and services for Texas downtowns.
Current committees include:
Anice Read Fund - facilitates awareness and growth of the Anice Read Fund, the grant fund founded by TDA and managed by Communities Foundation of Texas.
Annual Conference - provides a meaningful and affordable annual professional development opportunity for those involved in downtown revitalization in Texas.
President's Awards - provides a program that showcases the best in programs, projects and people in Texas downtowns. Spotlight downtown successes to a larger audience. Presents a program that provides a case study learning experience on which members can model local projects.
Education and Outreach - coordinates the Regional Roundtable and Downtown Assistance programs and identifies educational opportunities for members.
Legislative - ensures that TDA has a coordinated effort to monitor and provide information about legislation impacting downtowns at the state and federal levels to members. Please note that TDA is not a registered lobbyist.
Marketing - coordinates development of marketing materials and programs for TDA.
Membership - ensures that TDA membership continues to grow via recruitment and retention efforts.