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:

Peter F. May, president: 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.

Erin Scaggs, vice-president: 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.

Stephanie Huestis, treasurer: 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.

Annie Richards,
secretary: 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.

Akosua Nyako 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.

Claire Renaud was born and raised in Brattleboro Vermont. While working as a massage therapist she and her husband became first-time homebuyers in 2014.  She fell in love with the process from a home buyer’s perspective and now is a Berkely Veller Real Estate Agent. She lives in Guilford with her three daughters, 2 dogs, 3 cats, chickens, turkeys, guinea hens and one lone pig named Penelope. Being a Vermont native she has knowledge of this area and what it has to offer. She understands the value of raising a family in southern Vermont and has volunteered countless hours at her children’s schools.

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.

Jennifer Alberico 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.

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.  

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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