Board of Directors

EXECUTIVE BOARD

2020 President

Brian Wojcicki, Illinois Capitol Group

Brian is the founder and CEO of a state government relations and association management firm, and is also a practicing attorney in the downtown area. Brian was born and raised in Springfield, and after spending nearly a decade in Chicago to start his legal practice, he returned home. After being awarded as Downtown Advocate in 2016, Brian joined the DSI board and has been active in DSI events, policy and government advocacy. Brian not only works downtown but also lives in the district, and he hopes to continue the recent momentum of development and activities as board president.

2020 Vice President

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 joins the missions of both of these organizations by improving the health of the people and promoting the community businesses and stakeholders of downtown Springfield.

2020 Secretary

Kendra Boesdorfer, Custom Cup Coffee

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!

Melissa Hamilton

2020 Treasurer

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. Melissa has served on DSI’s Executive Board for two years as Vice President.


Kevin Kuhn
2020 Past President

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.

DIRECTORS

Andrew Denton, Floyd’s Thirst Parlor | Hair of the Dog Bar/bershop

Andrew was appointed to the Board by the Board President in 2018 to help represent the interests of the downtown bar owners. He and his partners purchased long-time bar Floyd’s Thirst Parlor in 2015 (winner of DSI’s Creative Promotion Award in 2016) and started Hair of the Dog Bar/bershop in July 2017, winning that year’s Innovative Business Concept Award at DSI’s Annual Dinner.

 

Anthony Schuering, Brown Hay + Stephens LLP

Tony is an attorney at Brown, Hay + Stephens LLP, a law firm which has continuously operated in Downtown Springfield since the firm’s founding in 1828. Tony focuses his practice in civil litigation and municipal law, including counseling units of local government throughout Illinois on economic development programs such as Tax Increment Financing, Business Development Districts, Special Service Areas, and Enterprise Zones. When he isn’t working, you’ll likely find him at one of the many great events, restaurants, or shops downtown.

Blake Pryor, Coldwell Banker Commercial Devonshire Realty

Blake has been involved in commercial real estate, sales, and leasing since early 2012. He worked as an intern at both the Springfield and Champaign offices from 2012-2013 while earning his Bachelor of Finance degree from UIUC. Upon graduation in 2013 he obtained his Broker license and joined the Springfield office full time. Since then, Blake has been successful in representing Buyers, Sellers, Landlords, and Tenants in commercial property transactions all over Central Illinois.

Brenda Stroh, Bank of Springfield

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.

Destiny Nance Evans, Security Bank

Destiny is Marketing Director for one of Springfield’s downtown headquartered banks. 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.

Erin Svendsen, Springfield Art Association

Erin is the SAA’s Education Director, managing the School of Art, Art Outreach and Art As Therapy programs. In 2014, she joined DSI’s Design Council and has been instrumental in the success of such downtown initiatives as Art Alley and the ARTification public art program. She is the founder of SAA’s Paint the Street, a participatory community block party fundraiser that paints the downtown streets of Springfield. Erin is excited to activate downtown spaces and bring even more vibrancy to the community.

Heather Wietzel, Horace Mann

Heather is Vice President of Investor Relations, overseeing relationships with investors, analysts and rating agencies for Springfield’s only publicly traded company. As a relative newcomer to Springfield and new downtown resident, she is a strong believer in city centers that offer live/work/play opportunities. Heather earned the IRC charter from the National Investor Relations Institute in 2016 and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Johns Hopkins University.

Jason “Jay” Shanle, Conn’s Hospitality Group, Inc.

Jay joined the team at CHG as Corporate Administrator in late 2017. A few of the primary focuses in his role are employee relations, community partnerships, and event coordination. He aims to take his passion and skill in these areas and apply them to the initiatives of DSI to make downtown Springfield a vibrant community for everyone to enjoy.

Josh Flanders, Buzz Bomb Brewing Co

Josh is a founding co-owner of Buzz Bomb Brewing Co which opened downtown in 2018. He is responsible for the business and marketing side of things but still fits in time to brew now and then. In his day job, he is a computer science engineer working for COUNTRY Financial and has a background in psychology as well. A Springfield native who has lived on both coasts, Josh is passionate about downtown and hopes to bring both renewed vitality and progressive ideas to Springfield.

Linda Renehan, Springfield Vintage

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.

Mike Johnson, US Bank

Mike, a native of Rockford, joined US Bank in 1994 and became President in 2010. In 2019, he was named Regional President for US Bank for the State of Illinois outside of Chicago. Mike is a graduate of the University of Illinois, where he received a degree in finance and a master’s degree in business administration. Mike served on DSI’s Board of Trustees for many years and served as DSI Treasurer from 2017-2019. Under his leadership, US Bank has helped DSI reactivate the Old State Capitol Plaza, create the program Momentum on Main Street, and present Levitt AMP concerts to the community. US Bank strongly supports the National Main Street Center and its members like DSI.

Peter Marshall, President Abraham Lincoln a Doubletree by Hilton

A 31 year veteran with Hilton Worldwide, Peter has served as General Manager for President Abraham Lincoln Springfield a DoubleTree Hotel since July 2018. Under his leadership, the Nashville & Durango properties  earned Doubletree Hotel of the Year & CARE Cup award honors respectively. Peter’s community service has included Board of Director for Durango Chamber of Commerce, La Plata County Economic Alliance and La Plata County Boys & Girls Club. He is married to Lisa Marshall. They have four children.

Sean Fischer, St. John’s Hospital

Sean is the Vice President of Finance at St. John’s Hospital and the Central Illinois Division Controller for Hospital Sisters Health System. He 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.

Sheri Koch, Murphy’s Loft and Star Graphics

Sheri graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 1989 with a degree in marketing. She worked at Jeffrey Alans as the store manager for over 25 years. She and her husband, Bob,started Star Graphics in 1998 and Murphy’s Loft in 2014. In 2017, they purchased the building at 210 South Sixth and built a beautiful apartment in which they live, two floors above Murphy’s Loft.

 

PAST PRESIDENTS
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
Kevin Kuhn – Kuhn & Trello Consulting Engineers

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