About the Downtown Brattleboro Alliance

 Our mission is to promote the vitality of downtown, the primary center of commerce, culture and community life for Brattleboro and the surrounding area. DBA is the official non-profit Designated Downtown Organization for the Town of Brattleboro, providing access to grants, technical assistance and networking opportunities.

Programming is funded primarily through a special assessment tax on downtown properties.

DBA works with members, including the downtown property owners, to develop a work plan and budget, before submitting these to the town, DBA members vote and approve the work plan and budget.

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.

We thank our current volunteer board:

Annie Richards: 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.

Cindy Ludlam: is an adjunct professor at Endicott University and Landmark College. Cindy earned her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA from The College of Fine Art at Boston University.  She is also a certified yoga and meditation instructor and is founder and Executive Director of You Go Girl Yoga. When she’s not in the studio, you can find her training teachers and teaching yoga, visual art, Peace Studies, and meditation. She is a former art instructor and a field associate in the Art and Education Department at Boston University.  She has also taught at Monserrat College of Art, the Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School and in the Waldorf Schools. She is a former Dean of Faculty, Visual and Performing Arts Department Chair, and Gallery Director at the Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School. She uses her empathy as a mother, sister, daughter and partner, to address the many needs and challenges of her students and colleagues with creativity and compassion.  

Erin Scaggs is the co-owner of Elliot St. Fish & Chips and the chief creator in every wacky, wild and strategic post on their social media accounts. Elliot St. Fish & Chips has hosted Feeding Frenzy, a night where one local non-profit is awarded profits for the evening. Erin is also the founder of the Chesterfield Outdoor Music Concert Series, Elliot St. Block Parties and ensures that many of DBA’s promotions happen with great flourish.

Francesca Bourgault 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 Worden 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.

Kate O’Conner: is the Executive Director of the Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce. She began her career in public service as an aide to former Vermont Governor Madeleine Kunin. For fourteen years she was a top policy and political advisor to Howard Dean during his tenure as Vermont governor and as a candidate for U.S President. She is past Chair of the Brattleboro Selectboard.

Mike Ekblom is the radio and digital media consultant with Saga communications. He currently sits on the membership committee of his community YMCA.  

Peter F. May: 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.

Stephanie Huestis:  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.

Steve Heim: 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.

Sue Fillion:  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.

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