Kevin Kuhn, Kuhn & Trello Consulting Engineers
Kevin is a founding co-owner of Kuhn & Trello Consulting Engineers, LLC, which started in downtown in 2013. The firm is now headquartered on the 3rd floor of the Springfield Grand Hotel building on Seventh Street, which he purchased in 2016. Kevin says he has invested in downtown’s future and knows that when people spend more time downtown, they realize how great it really is.
Melissa Hamilton, Your Corner Office
Melissa owns an award-winning consulting firm where she works with companies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their organization’s people. In 2016 she opened Your Corner Office, a shared office space in downtown Springfield to allow opportunities for individuals and businesses to develop and grow while experiencing the greatness of the heart of our city.
Brian Wojcicki, Whitt Law
Mike Johnson, US Bank
Anthony “Tony” Comerio, Hanson Professional Services
Tony believes strongly that downtown is the heart and soul of Springfield. A board member since 2012, Tony made ARTification, the downtown mural project, a reality as chair of DSI Image & Design Council; for that he was named DSI 2013 Volunteer of the Year. Tony served as VP and then was elected President of the Board 2016-2017. Tony is the Chief Water Resources Engineer at Hanson. He is married to Theresa, and they have two boys they hope will grow up to enjoy the treasures of downtown Springfield as much as they do.
Arvinder joined Springfield Clinic as its Information Technology Director in June 2016 and was appointed the organization’s Chief Information Officer later that year. In his role as CIO, he is responsible for the Health Information Management, Information Technology, MSO, Privacy & Information Security and the IT Project Management Office. Arvinder earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from University of Illinois at Chicago and holds Project Management Professional (PMP) and ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library) certifications.
Brenda is Chief Financial Officer at Bank of Springfield and served as a DSI Trustee before joining the Board of Directors. She also serves on the Sojourn Shelter Board of Directors and previously served on the Senior Center Advisory Board. Brenda enjoys the quaint experience of city center shopping, dining, farmer’s market and festivals. She says the Old State Capital, Illinois State Capital building, Bank of Springfield Center and the ALPLM bring tourists to Springfield’s downtown area. Some of her favorite places to visit include St. Charles, MO, Grafton, IL and Galena, IL. Her hope is to be a part of helping expand what downtown Springfield has to offer.
Sean is the Vice President of Finance at St. John’s Hospital and the Central Illinois Division Controller for Hospital Sisters Health System. Sean was born and raised in the Chicago suburb of Lemont. As relatively new residents of Springfield, Sean, his wife and two children, have been able to experience all the great activities that downtown Springfield has to offer. From the delicious restaurants and beautiful shops to the historical architecture and all the different events that are regularly taking place, Sean and his family enjoy spending as much of their free time as possible downtown. Sean is particularly impressed with the farmers market and sees parallels between his work in healthcare and the focus on healthy eating that the farmers market works to impart on the citizens of, and visitors to, the city of Springfield.
Debbie is VP, Senior Human Resources Business Partner at one of Springfield’s largest employers. She also worked in the public sector as the Director of Admin Services at CWLP for 23 years. Debbie has always had a strong desire for the growth and redevelopment of the downtown and central heart of the City and was a member of the original downtown association which morphed into DSI, “PRIDE,” (Positive Results in Downtown Efforts). As an Alderman in Ward 7, she was a consistently strong advocate and voice for various TIF projects downtown and elsewhere. Debbie has a BA in Management and MA in Human Resource Development, both from UIS. Prior to her time as Alderman, Debbie served as an elected member of the Sangamon County Board for 14 years.
Destiny is a professional meeting planner working for a national association management organization. Destiny has been recognized by the Springfield Business Journal’s Forty under 40 and is a 2015 Leadership Springfield graduate. She hopes to see the continued transformation of the district and preservation of its history. Downtown Springfield is a place she wants her kids to hold close to their hearts and have fond memories of as they grow older. In her “spare” time, you can find her instructing cycling at the downtown YMCA.
Graham Prellwitz, Memorial Health System
Graham is an Operations Improvement Project Manager for Memorial Health System. Graham is originally from Mount Pleasant, IA and is a Springfield transplant by way of Saint Louis. Graham fell in love with downtown Springfield when he moved into one of the renovated apartments above Cafe Moxo, which was featured in the Upper Story Tour in 2014. As an advocate for both DSI and MHS, Graham is excited to join the missions of both of these organizations by improving the health of the people and promoting the community businesses and stakeholders of downtown Springfield.
Jean is the Regional Director of Sales for Hotel Ventures Management, which owns and manages Carpenter Street Hotel located at 2nd and Carpenter. Jean grew up going to downtown Paris, IL where her parents took her to shop, eat and enjoy friends. She has been involved with DSI through events, service on the board, advocating, Annual Dinner and enjoying what our downtown has to offer for 18+ years. She says she is so passionate about downtown and excited to see the progress being made. Being part of the hospitality industry, it is so important to tell our story and promote the downtown to all!
Jessica is a proud small business owner who started Willow & Birch Salon in 2010; in 2017, she relocated her growing westside business to the heart of the Old State Capitol Plaza. The salon sees Downtown as a wonderful opportunity for growth on many levels. As a member of DSI, Jessica hopes to inspire other small business owners to plant their roots in our beautiful Downtown area & believes that together as a community, we can rebuild Downtown Springfield to the powerhouse it once was. As a child, she has many fond memories of coming Downtown to her mother’s workplace & visiting all of the unique establishments that give the neighborhood so much charm.
Kendra’s childhood started in New Jersey and ended in Kansas City. At college at Saint Louis University, she met her future husband and Pleasant Plains native, Brent. They married and moved to Springfield, where Kendra got active in the community, stayed home to raise their three boys, and worked PT for Illinois Stewardship Alliance. Brent and Kendra founded Custom Cup, Springfield’s one coffee roaster, in the fall of 2014. The two have grown the business from a Farmers Market booth to a downtown staple with their beans now featured in many other local businesses. Kendra is incredibly committed to improving our community. Stop in and say hello!
Linda Renehan is the owner of Springfield Vintage. She was been “peddling her wares” throughout the Midwest for over 20 years at vintage markets, flea markets, antique shows and other events, always reinventing her business to keep up with trends. Linda has a BS in Physical Education and a MA in Atheltic Administration from Kent State University. While at Kent, she was an athlete and coach on the nationally ranked gymnastics team. She also coached at Division II East Stroudsburg University, moving the team up the rankings from 82 to 15 during her tenure. Many people know her from 25 years of serving as Fitness Director at Springfield Racquet & Fitness Center.
Michael Higgins, Maldaner’s Restaurant
Michael is Owner and Chef of Downtown Springfield’s oldest business, Maldaner’s Restaurant since 1886. He is a longtime DSI member, Downtown Springfield advocate, and serves as President of the MacArthur Boulevard Association.
Mike Houston – Bank One
Carolyn Oxtoby – Oxtoby Properties
Dennis Bringuet – Ace Sign Company
Steve Myers – Myers Commercial Real Estate
Barb Malany – Flowers Legrand
Cindy Davis – Resource One
Mark Tomaw – McGladrey, LLP
Chuck Pell – CJP Architects, Inc.
Jane Mosey Nicoletta – Resource One
Scott Troehler – Monticello Media
Karen Conn – Conn’s Hospitality
Anthony “Tony” Comerio – Hanson Professional Services