DKI STAFF ROLES

 

 

Andrew HaanPresident

 

Haan brings over 10 years of experience to his new position at DKI. Most recently, Haan served as Associate Director of the Governor’s Office of Urban Initiatives, working to establish and maintain collaborations with state departments, local governments, the foundation community, residents, and businesses to create and support initiatives that catalyze economic development. Haan also partnered with the City of Kalamazoo to convene and design Kalamazoo’s Urban Growth Initiative, an ongoing partnership between the City, local anchor institutions, downtown businesses, philanthropy, state departments, and economic development partners to identify transformative projects and strategies to grow the economy of Greater Downtown Kalamazoo. Prior to being appointed to the Governor’s Office, Haan was the Executive Director of Downtown Muskegon Now, the lead promotion, events, and development entity in Muskegon.

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.