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.
Patrick Halpin, Planning and Development Coordinator
Patrick Halpin began working at DKI in the summer of 2015 assisting with the Arcaida Creek Festival Place before joining the team as the Planning and Development Coordinator. Patrick holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Western Michigan University, and he has been a downtown resident for many years and has been a part of revitalizing many downtown buildings through his company Southwest Builders, Inc. He has experience overseeing the festival site and assisting with downtown maintenance projects, as well as planning, bidding, managing, and budgeting for commercial building projects. Patrick oversees CIP, Safety, and DDACC Committees, monitors downtown maintenance and ACFP, and assists with downtown development projects.
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.
Sue Huggett, Marketing and Engagment Manager
Sue Huggett started at DKI in March 2016 after serving in various Director positions at the YMCA of Lansing. Her experience includes creating strategic marketing/communication plans, grant writing and fundraising, event planning, and advertising sales. Sue holds a B.A. from Michigan State University in Communications. She oversees DKI's Brand & Engagement Committee and Business Recruitment Retention Committee, manages downtown events, assists with grant writing and fundraising, and is DKI's marketing and PR contact among other things.
Sarah Mead, Executive Assistant
Sarah Mead started at DKI in May 2016, after graduting from Western Michigan University with a degree in Communication and a certification as a Nonprofit Professional. She mangages all social media and assits with marketing downtown.
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.