Sherry Adams has been on the State coordinating staff for the NC Main Street & Rural Planning Center since 2008. Prior to joining the State staff, Sherry was one of the first 50 in the US to become a Certified Main Street Manager and spent 18 years on the local level as a Main Street director or working on a contractual basis with NC downtown organizations.
Sherry is one of two Coordinators for Downtown Programming & Technical Assistance where she facilitates, as the saying goes in North Carolina, from Murphy to Manteo, covering the entire state. Her focus areas include strategic planning, vision forums and training in Main Street best practices, training the 88 Main Street, Small Town Main Street and Downtown Associate Community programs she currently serves. Sherry is also a regular session speaker at the NC Main Street annual conference.
Brenda Buck is the Main Street Manager and Cultural Arts District Director for the City of Winnsboro. Prior to this she was a small business owner in the 90’s, a Media Literacy educator and coalition liaison in East Texas from 2001-2013, and a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for the State of Texas for three years. Her eclectic skill set has fueled her passion as a lifelong advocate to help others succeed. Brenda believes supporting an entrepreneurial culture creates prosperity not only today, but for future generations as well, and creates a healthy and vibrant destination market place.
She heard Jon speak in 2017 and 2019, and made it her mission to connect downtown businesses to the expansive knowledge and expertise of Jon Schallert.
Mat’s experience as an entrepreneur and business coach spans over 25 years. He has helped small businesses grow and compete in a global market using leading-edge marketing and communication strategies. Over the past 15 years, he has grown his marketing consulting business, Redlogic Communications, Inc. from the small, rural town of Mound City, Kanas (pop. 650).
A former mayor and chamber of commerce president in Mound City, Casner has an acute understanding of the unique challenges common to business owners in small, rural communities. A certified Destination Creation Course facilitator, Casner uses his own personal experience and Jon Schallert’s proven training to help businesses expand their reach and find new horizons of business growth.
Brayden Connour is the Business Development Director at Goshen County Economic Development Corporation in Torrington, WY. He cut his teeth in economic development by helping manage the state’s economic development fund housed at the Wyoming Business Council. He is a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional from the National Development Council. He earned dual bachelor’s degrees from the University of Wyoming in Agricultural Business and Finance.
Brayden is a Wyoming native that believes small business and agriculture is the true backbone of this great nation, and wants to do everything he can to keep them both viable for future generations.
Angie Cue is the Community Development Manager for the City of Lamar and Executive Director of the Lamar Partnership Inc., a state and nationally recognized Main Street community. Her focus is on small business retention and downtown revitalization, as well as historic preservation, community planning, grant writing and project management. With over 18 years of experience in rural leadership, government, and non-profit management, she is committed to small business and non-profit development in rural communities, through collaboration with each other and resources available.
She is a Lamar native with a passion to revitalize downtown and small businesses as compellingly unique destinations.
Donna has served as Main Street Director for Denison, Texas since October 2010. She has over 22 years of Main Street management and has been a Certified Main Street Manager since 2002. Dow has served on resources teams, written for the National Main Street newsletter, and spoke at National Main Street conferences and Statewide Historic Preservation conferences throughout the United States. Annual national conferences and quarterly statewide trainings keep her abreast of current trends and solutions, along with enhancing her advanced tools and problem-solving skills. Dow’s latest quest for in-depth knowledge began in 1998 when she heard Jon Schallert speak. After taking local businesses to Destination BootCamp, Dow was excited to become a Certified Facilitator who can teach the Destination Creation Course.
Kerri Falletti has served as the Director for Cowley First – Cowley County Economic Development Partnership, Kansas, for 10 years. Cowley First is a countywide partnership dedicated to provide services and program creation to support of local entrepreneurs and small businesses, in expansion and retention of existing businesses, workforce development services, and attraction of new businesses and industries. She is a Certified Economic Developer, has experience as a Consultant with the Kansas Small Business Development Center as well as an adjunct Entrepreneurship Instructor for Cowley College. Throughout her experiences, Kerri has been passionate about providing assistance to businesses starting and growing throughout Cowley County. She believes getting to know business owners and working one-on-one helps build the relationships that strengthen our communities.
Alex Filbert is the Executive Director for the Larned Area Chamber of Commerce and Pawnee County Economic Development Commission since April 2017. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, and an outside concentration in Hospitality Management from Kansas State University.
Alex is a rural Kansas native with a passion for giving back. She brings a creative outlook to the table, along with plenty of enthusiasm and energy.
Robbie Grady has been working with small business owners for over 20 years. She recognized the importance of training and collaboration for owners early on when she developed a pilot program for the Department of Defense to encourage, train, and support military spouses who were or wanted to become entrepreneurs. A Certified Main Street Manager, Robbie has worked with retail, professional and personal services, as well as hospitality owners in two New Hampshire communities.
Currently, she is a consultant with a non-profit group providing support to a regional economic development agency. She’s been a Jon Schallert fan for many years, and has used his recommendations with her clients over and over again.
JoAnn has been the Executive Director of the Coffey County Chamber of Commerce, Burlington, KS, since February 2019. She has 35+ years of marketing and management in various fields.
As a small business owner of a quarterly publication for 10 years in home state of Ohio that she sold in 2017, JoAnn developed a passion for mom and pop businesses in mid 80’s after watching a client lose their family owned grocery store to a Walmart that opened up one block away.
In May 2019, she was invited to hear Jon speak and knew she needed to hear more!
Hannah Hilker is the Training Specialist for the Management Development Center (MDC), where she trains & develops content on a variety of different topics, including CliftonStrengths, customer service, organizational culture, and communication. Hannah’s primary experience is in the tourism & hospitality industry. At Visit Wichita, the Convention & Visitor’s Bureau in Wichita, KS, Hannah managed the CVB’s social media platforms and website, assisted in digital content development and marketing strategy, and worked on public relations efforts. She completed her M.A. in Communication Studies at Wichita State University & her B.A. in Mass Communication at Southwestern College, where she played collegiate golf. Hannah loves working with individuals and businesses to help them achieve their professional goals.
Nationally certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners in 1993, Tom has over thirty years of professional planning experience in city and regional government. Since becoming Central Point’s Community Development Director in January 1998 Tom has initiated a Downtown Revitalization program and assisted in the formation of an urban renewal agency. He has overseen the City’s Comprehensive Plan review and strategic plan implementation processes, facilitated mixed-use development, assisted the Central Point school district with facilities planning and participated in local and area-wide transportation funding efforts. Tom is a proponent of creating ‘Destination Businesses’ in Southern Oregon. He has personally introduced over 25 business owners to Jon Schallert’s Destination Business BootCamp® and then helped them implement its fundamental principles.
Vernon Hurd has been helping business owners develop unique solutions to the issues they face for the last 18 years. He is the Executive Director for Thomas County Economic Development Alliance in Kansas and has taught and facilitated classes across the United States for small and large businesses alike.
His methodical, yet out-of-the box approach has helped countless business owners see opportunities that were just waiting to be plucked from the crowd. He’s also a much sought after Santa Claus!
As a former educator and current small business owner, Tena King brings a unique perspective to creating a destination business. She opened her business in late 2013, heard Jon Schallert in early 2014, and knew she had to learn more. As a result, she attended Destination Bootcamp in May 2014. From that point forward, she has built her business, located in Gadsden, Alabama, as a destination place.
Her background in business, education, and nonprofits allows her to understand budget constraints and the day-to-day challenges of being a business owner in today’s competitive climate. She has helped many people write business plans, marketing plans, and has provided mentoring for other small business owners. Tena is excited to become a certified trainer and offer the information of Destination Creation in the southeast.
Dedicated to discovering, empowering & inspiring the unique authenticity of individuals, businesses and communities, Kansas born, Jenn Laird resides in the beautiful Flint Hills community of Cottonwood Falls, Kansas. After serving as the Chase County tourism and economic development director for 6 years, Jenn launched Authenticity Inspired Community Development Consulting in 2019.
Jenn became one of the original 12 Destination Creation certified facilitators in 2019. She looks forward to sharing her enthusiastic, optimistic and motivational personality as a facilitator of Jon Schallert’s Destination Business Principals. Jenn is also an Ice House Entrepreneurial Mindset facilitator and a member of the International Association of Community Development.”
Frieda Lasater is the Main Street Manager and Visitor Center Director for the City of Decatur, Texas. A graduate of Decatur High School she attended nearby University of North Texas earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design. Lasater received her Certified Main Street Manager certification from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Main Street Center in 2007 serving as one of only 3 in the State of Texas. She has served on the board of directors and is a past president of the Texas Downtown Association.
Lasater has served as the Manager of the Decatur Main Street Program for 22 years working with downtown partners and community leaders to bring business and tourism back to the heart of the town, and making Downtown Decatur the place to be.
Andy Long is the Executive Director of McCook Economic Development Corporation and the President of the non-profit Cultivate Rural Leaders.
He started his career in teaching and coaching and has worked as a training manager with Gallup and higher education administration.
Andy currently works to grow the McCook economy and facilitate rural community and organizational leadership programs.
Janet McRae has served as economic development director of Miami County, Kansas, for almost 15 years. Prior to that, she worked more than a decade at the community level leading a combined chamber of commerce/economic development organization. Her efforts focus on helping existing businesses thrive, supporting new businesses and attracting new investment to the county and its five communities. In addition to being certified as an Economic Development Finance Professional, Janet has a marketing background and loves to engage technology.
Her interest in overall community development lends itself toward creating public-private partnerships that help sustain business growth.
Katie Mercer has worked in the field of marketing for fourteen years with the last five years in local government under the structure of the national main street program- a program built to support downtown communities with programs and initiatives that help the local economy thrive.
From event planning, to public art, to small business support and marketing, Katie’s roll is a vital piece in the success of Woodstock, Virginia. Katie is a member of the “pioneer” class of facilitators of the Destination Creation Course and plans to fully execute this program in her area in the coming months.
Janet Miller has served as the Economic Development Director for Cherokee County, Kansas since November 2013. Prior to this role, she headed the Economic Development Center at Laredo Community College in Laredo, TX (2011-2013) and served as a Business Coach for five counties in Northeast Kansas (2003-2010).
She is a Kansas native with a passion for entrepreneurship and rural economic development and resides in Columbus, Kansas with her husband Tim.
Economic development, historic preservation, grant administration, grant writing, non-profit management, project administration, seminar development and presentation, community development, and business coaching have been her focus. Her most recent positions were as the Director of the State Historical Fund, and she is currently engaged by the City of La Junta as the Director of Development, Main Street, and the Urban Renewal Authority. She likes to help people.
Cynthia believes that “Jon Schallert’s Destination Creation Course is a game changer. All participants learn so much that they can apply in their businesses, well, they can draw from that bounty for years.”
Raejean Palko is a Colorado Native, now settled in Limon, CO. Raejean earned her BA in Humanities and an AA in Agriculture at Fort Lewis College. She has continuously found herself working among small businesses and local non-profits within the communities. She has successfully maintained a mobile mechanic business for 20 years and managed Honeyville’s retail and holiday store for 25+ years.
Now a Small Business Development Center consultant, Raejean can share her business skills with others. Raejean is eager to work with you and your business to explore and implement new strategies to improve your bottom line.
Missy is the Main Street Manager in Levelland, TX. Her career in Main Street started in 2011 when the program was under the direction of the Chamber of Commerce. Missy moved with the program in 2016 when the Levelland Main Street Program transitioned back under the leadership of the City of Levelland. Missy is passionate about downtown. She is a Texas native, but her experiences have taken her as far as L.A. She may be from a small town, but her love for helping small businesses is bigger than a West Texas hair-do. Under Missy’s leadership, the Levelland Main Street Program has been recognized for state wide awards, implemented an Endowment Program, and the downtown vacancy rate has improved to less than 20%. Missy believes in partnerships and working together for the sake of community. She looks forward to adding your name to her network of friends!
Nathan Reiff works for the Great Falls Development Authority (GFDA) as an SBDC Business Advisor focusing on the response to COVID-19. Nathan moved over from his position as a Business Development Office for GFDA focusing on business retention and expansion. Before joining the GFDA team, Nathan worked for the University of providence as the Director for Student Engagement. Nathan was in charge of orientation, first year experience, outdoor recreation, and intrumurals. He has also been an assistant wrestling coach at the University.
As an SBDC Business Advisor, Nathan helps businesses in the Golden Triangle deal with the COVID-19 impacts. Nathan grew up in Whitehall, Montana and has a master’s degree in Organization Management from the University of Providence. Nathan lives in Great Falls with his wife, daughter, and two dogs.
Susan Rios has served as Main Street Manager for the Uvalde, Texas Main Street program for over 4 years. She oversees the historic preservation, economic development, tourism and overall promotion of the historic downtown district. She has over 20 years’ experience working in economic development, tourism, hospitality management, and finance. She has an AA in Anthropology, is an avid community volunteer, and is a frequent workshop instructor and trainer all over South Texas.
Susan completed the Train-the-Trainer course with Jon Schallert in April 2020.
Greg has vast experience in a number of fields that provide truly unique insight for small businesses. In the 90’s, Greg originally pursued a producing career in TV and Radio. He later used his previous retail management experience and successfully devoted nearly 20 years to banking, finance and investment. During that time, Greg felt the strong desire to serve his community of Raymond, Alberta, Canada and ran for public office. Greg served as a Councillor for 8 years, including chairing the local Economic Development Committee as well as serving for 5 years as Chair for a 24 municipality member regional economic alliance. These experiences contribute to an acute understanding of how small businesses in small urban and rural areas succeed or fail in today’s 21st century economy. Greg now uses his experience and the proven Destination Creation training to help small businesses in Canada.
Cheryl is currently the Project Coordinator for Prowers Economic Prosperity, Baca County Economic Development Coordinator and Business Consultant for Southeast Colorado Small Business Development Center. Cheryl is a native of southeast Colorado. She has a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management. She understands rural communities and small business operations. Her expertise is in leadership, management and planning. Through experience in the banking industry, small business ownership, community college business education and leadership roles, she has the business experience and skills that makes her a great fit for business consulting and economic development. She looks forward to helping people achieve their business dreams and be a part of encouraging economic growth.
Lea Ann Seiler
Lea Ann Seiler, Economic Development and Tourism Director for Hodgeman County, is a native Kansan with a passion for rural entrepreneurship and innovation.
She believes that her experience as an ELI entrepreneurial mindset facilitator and MakerSpace creator – as well as B&B owner – provide valuable insight for a Destination Creation facilitator.
A little-known fact about Lea Ann is that she is a “real-life zombie” for the local Agritourism site every October!
Lynelle Shubert is a business owner and rural living community advocate. Raised in Ft. Collins, Colorado, she has made her home in Western Kansas for 20 years. Lynelle first heard about Destination Creation 4 years ago while attending Destination BootCamp. Lynelle has a passion for rural communities that want to come together to strengthen their individual business, services and attractions, but for several in a community to re-invent together and redefine their community as a whole. Even with the need to “social distance”, businesses & communities still have to be able to sustain themselves and lend moral support to one another.
Lynelle prefers doing this workshop with attendees from the same area, so owners keep each other accountable & motivated to make the changes they want for their businesses and community.
Kim Stevens is the Executive Director of Frankfort Main Street, Inc. She has been the director for the past eighteen years. Kim is a certified speaker, teacher and coach with the John Maxwell organization and most recently became a Certified Facilitator for Jon Schallert’s Destination Creation Course.
Kim is a frequent speaker for the Indiana State Festivals Association, Indiana Main Street Programs, Indiana Arts Commission, Indiana Municipal Power Association as well as, communities, churches and events across the state of Indiana. Kim’s passion to add value to people keeps her motivated to turn perspective problems into opportunities.
An independent consultant, Verona Thibault has provided management, marketing and business development services to communities and the not-for profit sector for over thirty years.
As CEO of the Saskatchewan Economic Development Alliance(SEDA), Verona works to strengthen and maintain resilient and vibrant communities across the province.
Business and community are interdependent and ensuring the success of small business is a priority.
Michelle Clark Trevino
Michelle Clark Trevino in the Main Street Director for the City of Beeville. She has worked for the BeevilleMain Street for 5 years. Michelle directs downtown revitalization projects and activities and assists with quality of life projects within the City. Beeville Main Street was recognized as an accredited program in 2017,2018, 2019, and 2020 by National Main Street America.
Michelle is a member of the Texas Economic Development Council and is the liaison for the Beeville Economic Improvement Corporation for the City. She has assisted businesses with community grant programs/incentives and promoted historic preservation. Michelle completed the Train-the-Trainer Course with Jon Schallert in April 2020.
Melanie Truxal is the Main Street Coordinator for the City of Denison. She has worked for Denison Main Street for over two and a half years. Her focus is on the business district and supporting businesses becoming destinations as well as working with realtors and investors purchasing historic buildings. Melanie attended Jon Schallert’s Destination BootCamp with several other Denison businesses in February, 2020 after becoming a Facilitator of his Destination Creation Course in January. Prior to working for Main Street, Melanie worked for her local Chamber of Commerce as the Tourism Coordinator for several years.
She believes that tourism and Main Street should have a strong partnership in helping foster the local economy.
Julie Turnipseed has 30+ of executive non-profit experience with a proven track record of developing, directing and motivating organizations from small operations to thriving, successful and sustainable entities. She has extensive experience working with small businesses on Main Street. As a director of two accredited Main Street Programs she has helped to coordinate and oversee growth and development of many small businesses. Julie is currently Executive Director of Anderson County Kansas Economic Development in Southeast Kansas where she works with small and large businesses, and has started programs to develop the workforce such as ACT Work Ready Community, brought the Kansas Works Mobile Unit to Garnett, created Morning Mingle a business networking group as well as spearheaded a local campaign to promote keeping dollars local.
Louise Wadsworth is the Downtown Coordinator for the nine villages in Livingston County, Western New York State. Working with the Livingston County Economic Development team for the last 15 years, she has administered business development programs, historic renovation incentives, and marketing initiatives, all geared toward creating destination businesses. In her previous career Louise owned and operated several retail stores on “Main Street” in different parts of the country, so she understands the challenges these businesses face.
When Louise first heard Jon Schallert in 2006 at a National Main Street Conference and realized the importance of Destination Creation, she knew it was critical to bring this information to a wider audience. Louise is a Destination Bootcamp graduate who completed the Train-the-Trainer Course in May 2020.
Maureen Wheeler is the Deputy Director of Economic Development for Livingston County in Western New York State. She has worked with the county for seven years focusing on business retention and expanion, downtown revitalization, grant writing, and project management. Livingston County has been asknowledged as a leader in downtown revitalization projects in New York State.
Prior to working in Livingston County, Maureen worked as a community developer running the New York Main Street program in the Western New York and Finger Lakes Regions.
Maureen competed the Train-the-Trainer Course with Jon Schallert in May 2020.
Keith Winge is the Community Development Director for Missouri Main Street Connection. He has been working to revitalize downtown communities since the mid-1990s. Prior to his role as Executive Director for Downtown Excelsior Partnership, a Main Street program in Excelsior Springs, Missouri, he served as a board member and officer from 2006 to 2010. Keith also has over 20 years of experience in the hotel/hospitality industry which included managing two historic hotels. His Main Street experience encompasses commercial district revitalization, grant writing, funding strategies, project management, tourism marketing, customer service, and community engagement. While in Excelsior Springs, Keith helped lead the effort to create a Community Improvement District to aid in the further expansion of tourism marketing and economic development in the Main Street district.