DKI STAFF ROLES
Steve Deisler, AICP, President
Steve Deisler served as Vice President of Downtown Kalamazoo Incorporated from 1999, until taking on the role of President in January of 2013. He manages the planning and development activities for downtown Kalamazoo, including the organization’s real estate holdings, implementation of the Downtown Vision Plan and economic development projects. He also coordinates business development functions and the downtown parking system. Steve has over 27 years of experience in the urban planning, urban design and economic development field, managing projects in excess of $100 million dollars. He serves as Vice-Chair of the Michigan Downtown Association and is also a member of the American Planning Association, International Council of Shopping Centers and International Economic Development Council. Steve has also been affiliated with International Downtown Association since 1999 and is a 2003 Leadership Kalamazoo graduate.
Deb Houseman has been the Finance Director for Downtown Kalamazoo Incorporated since July of 2008. She manages the accounting for all of the DKI entities and performs payroll and various other human resource responsibilities. Deb has 27 years of experience in accounting.
Denise returns to Downtown Kalamazoo Incorporated after serving as Marketing Intern from September 2012 to October 2013. Denise graduated from Western Michigan University in April 2013 with a Bachelor’s of Art in Public Relations. Denise is responsible for providing community relations and marketing support to all the D’s Boards. In particular, she coordinates and manages budgets for the Communications and Events Committee and directs the sponsorship program. She helps develop and implement downtown promotional strategies to ensure consistent messaging. Denise will be out in the field meeting with retail, restaurant, residents and other small businesses providing advocacy support and building social media partnerships.
Lauren has been the marketing intern for Downtown Kalamazoo Incorpated since September of 2013. Her responsibilities include: writing feature stories for a weekly eNewsletter and blog, updating the DKI website to coincide with current events, assisting with the distribution of marketing materials to downtown merchants, and managing all of the social media on a daily basis. Lauren is currently a student at Western Michigan University and is persuing a degree in Organizational Communications.
Sharlene Stockwell has worked in accounting for Downtown Kalamazoo Incorporated since March of 2004. Shar is responsible for performing the accounts payable and accounts receivable functions for all of the DKI entities and assists in various other accounting duties.