About the DBA

The DBA is the official non-profit Designated Downtown Organization for the Town of Brattleboro, providing access to grants, technical assistance and networking opportunities. The DBA is led by a volunteer Board of Directors which includes local business owners, property owners, educators, and town representatives. In November 2017, DBA hired a new Executive Director, Stephanie Bonin.

Our Current Staff

The team that makes the magic happen!

Stephanie Bonin
executive director

Stephanie is a successful entrepreneur  owning 3 restaurants on similar neighborhood main streets in Denver, CO. Created and owned duo Restaurant in Brattleboro, VT October 2014-February 2020. A graduate of the Women’s Leadership Circle of Windham County, Green Corps: a field school for environmental organizing and a former advocate and lobbyist for COPIRG (Colorado Public Interest Research Group), Environment Colorado and NARAL Colorado; advocating for change and supporting small businesses is in her past, her present, and her future. Stephanie’s childhood was supported by The Book Cellar which operated for 52 years on Main St. in Brattleboro.

Amanda Witman

Amanda loves creating efficient systems to handle administrative and logistical challenges. She works with local business owners to improve efficiency and productivity, helping them assess challenges, develop strategies, and solve problems confidently. Amanda organizes restaurant participation, logistics, and scheduling for the Everyone Eats! program. She also coordinates the DBA’s one2one project, supporting downtown Brattleboro business owners in navigating challenges throughout the pandemic. Amanda is a Core Counselor with the Center for Women and Enterprise and has a private administrative consulting practice in Brattleboro.


Frances has a BA in Studio Art from Smith College where they focused on analog and alternative process photography. They have a background in event coordination after doing internships at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts and at the Northampton Arts Council in Northampton, Massachusetts. Frances is passionate about food justice and having always lived somewhere in the Connecticut River Valley, is committed to supporting local food systems.


Lizzy (Newark, DE) is currently a senior at the University of Vermont where she majors in Studio Art and minors in Nutrition and Food Sciences & Public Communication. Her current coursework focuses mainly on ceramics and photography, but she also has a passion for design work and branding. With her background in promotional marketing for UVM Athletics, she continues to work with the Adobe Creative Suite. Lizzy also enjoys illustrating paintings for personal clients, cooking, and exploring new mediums!

Erin Scaggs
Gallery Walk Program Coordinator

Erin most recently was the co-owner of Elliot St. Fish & Chips and the chief creator in every wacky, wild and strategic post on their social media accounts.  Erin is also the founder of the Chesterfield Outdoor Music Concert Series. Along with Gallery Walk Erin ensures that many of DBA’s promotions happen with great flourish. Some of her phenomenal DBA ideas have been Brattleship and Elliot St. Block Party.

Our Volunteer Board

Many thanks to our current volunteer board.

Stephanie Huestis

Stephanie is a vice president and commercial banking officer at Brattleboro Savings & Loan. She is Vice Chair of the United Way of Windham County board of directors, treasurer of Groundworks Collaborative, as well as an Incorporator of Kurn Hattin Homes for Children and past President of the Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce.


Francesca is the creator and owner of Windham Movement Apparel, a downtown store with everything one might need for the movement arts. The mission of Windham Movement Apparel is to supply the movement arts community with quality products in an environment that encourages fellowship between participants and increases awareness of the benefits of the arts.

Greg Lesch

Greg is the Interim Executive Director of the Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce.


Sue is the Planning Director for the Town of Brattleboro. Sue was the lead staff person both for Brattleboro’s award winning Town Plan in 2013 and the update of Brattleboro’s land use regulations in 2015. She has 17 years experience in community planning including grant writing and management, community outreach, and managing consultants.

Peter F. May
Board president

Peter is a versatile international consultant with more than 25 years’ experience in the global education and development assistance sectors.  Peter advises US and international institutions on matters driving internationalization strategy, including business structure, governance, strategic program partnerships, contracts, employment, risk and crisis management, compliance, and global expansion.  He has served two major institutions as a presidential cabinet member, managing a broad portfolio of business, legal and governing board functions across more than 45 countries. Locally, Peter is a former Chair of the Putney Town School Board and has also served as Moderator for the Town of Putney, VT.

Annie Richards

Annie is a family psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner. Annie brings the perspective of our community’s children to the work DBA accomplishes.  She is a panel member for the Diversion Committee at Youth Services and a member of the Multidisciplinary Team for Windham County Safe Place which is our region’s child advocacy center for victims of sexual abuse and severe physical abuse.


Greg is the owner of Vermont Artisan Designs and Kitchen Sync. Vermont Artisan Designs, a cornerstone business in Brattleboro, has been representing Vermont artisans for over 40 years on Main Street. Greg is president of CRAFT (Craft Retailers and Artists for Tomorrow), a national organization focusing on promoting American-made art and craft; a trustee of Kurn Hattin Homes for Children; secretary of Strolling of the Heifers; past chair of the Brattleboro Selectboard; a past president of the Brattleboro Rotary Club; and a founding member of the Brattleboro Foreign Trade Zone.


Katie is the Director of Project Development at M & S Development. Katie has led a broad range of initiatives from community-driven and non-profit development work to statewide policy creation in the areas of housing, land-use, community and economic development and historic preservation. Katie is a thoughtful collaborator and is adept at forming creative partnerships that advance projects. As Director of Project Development, she connects economically challenged communities and leads stakeholders through the demanding process required for successful and sustainable downtown revitalization projects.

Katie has held leadership roles involving municipal management and finance, sensitive redevelopment of historic buildings for adaptive reuse, non-profit affordable housing, and community and economic development. Most recently she served as the Commissioner of Housing & Community Development in the Agency of Commerce & Community Development for the State of Vermont, appointed by the Governor.


We are excited to find out who our next Vice-President will be…. is it you?

Akosua Nyako
Board Member

Akosua is an international HR manager at a local organization whose work focuses on international education and development. She provides guidance and support for internationally-based employees in areas such as talent acquisition, performance management, policy development, and review as well as compliant operations within the global context.  She is a longtime resident of Brattleboro who enjoys participating in and contributing to our vibrant community.


Jennifer has lived in Brattleboro for the past 24 years and has worked at the Community College of Vermont for 18 of those years, but only started working in Brattleboro 5 years ago, after traveling up and down 91 to the Springfield location. Phew! At CCV, she has gone from faculty member to academic advisor, to enrollment manager, to director of online teaching and learning. After raising two kids in town, her focus is now on bettering her running speed, hiking as many of the Mass. Trustees’ trails as possible by December, and meeting her Good Reads reading goals.


Steve is the owner and manager of Heim Properties LLC, a local portfolio of commercial and residential buildings. As a carpenter, and a founding member of Preservation Partners LLC, Steve has restored properties of historical significance in Boston and the Philadelphia Area.


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