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, Finance Director
 
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 Negrea, Downtown Engagement Coordinator
 

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 Giannini, Marketing Intern
 
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. 
 

Brian Persky
, Planning & Development Coordinator
 
Brian has been with Downtown Kalamazoo Incorporated since April of 2008. As DKI's Planning & Development Coordinator, Brian is responsible for assisting in all DKI activities including downtown comprehensive planning, economic development, urban design, historic preservation, civil engineering, and tax increment financing. Additionally, he serves as the staff liaison to design and engineering consultants at the Arcadia Creek Festival Place. Brian manages the DKA Charities Board, CIP Committee, Safety Committee, DDA Citizen's Council, Project Review Committee, and co-chairs the Downtown Design Review Committee. Brian graduated from Western Michigan University in December of 2008 with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Secondary Education, majoring in geography. He is also a member of the 2012-2013 Leadership Kalamazoo Class and Portage/Arcadia Watershed Steering Committee, and a proud board member of the Kalamazoo Rotaract Club and Kalamazoo In Bloom.
 

Sharlene Stockwell, Finance Assistant
 
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.