Lisa Clemmons Stott, Executive Director
Lisa moved to Springfield in 1994 for the Sangamon State graduate legislative internship program, after earning her journalism degree from UIUC. She worked 18 years in public sector and non-profit communications and fundraising positions for institutions including the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation, WUIS Public Radio and the Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, before launching her consulting firm. In 2015, her firm received both the Illinois Outreach Award from the state chapter of the American Planning Association for the Cairo (Illinois) Comprehensive Plan; and Edgewise Consulting was also a nominee for The Chamber’s New & Emerging Business Owner of the Year. Lisa was appointed by Mayor Houston to co-chair the Sustainable Design Assessment Team Action Committee, working to implement the recommendations in the 96-page SDAT report for downtown sustainability and was also tapped by Mayor Langfelder to coordinate city planning activities. Lisa was named Executive Director of DSI in December 2015.
FUN FACT: While at UIUC, Lisa co-wrote the documentary, “Whatever Happened to Saturday Night,” about the rise of the mall at the expense of downtown. You can still find it in the Champaign Public Library, probably on VHS.
Kayla Graven, Program & Events Manager
Kayla’s job is to develop and implement fundable programs and events that increase foot traffic in our downtown district. She has a strong passion for advancing Springfield through her work in nonprofits and volunteer organizations. Previously she served as the Fund Development Manager at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Illinois Capital Region and prior to that, as Membership Coordinator at WSEC/PBS Springfield. Kayla is also the co-founder/writer of the lifestyle blog Blooming in LOL which showcases, through first person narratives, all that the Land of Lincoln has to offer. She is a member of the Springfield Jaycees and Illinois Women in Leadership, a Girls on the Run coach, and recent graduate of Leadership Springfield, where she received their 2018 Community Service Award. Kayla is also one of the youngest “40 under 40” recipients ever recognized, receiving that honor in 2015.
Lyn Young, Office Manager
Lyn has been working part-time for DSI for nearly a decade, contributing to nearly every facet of the organization over the years, so her institutional knowledge helps keep everyone on the same page. She also coordinates membership invoices and benefits, maintains our data sets on vacancies and apartments, and implements other projects that benefit our members.
Cassandra Pence Ostermeier, Marketing Manager
Cassandra works part-time on behalf of DSI to tell the story of the downtown district, introducing the public to her fellow shop owners through DSI’s popular social media channels, website and blog. As the owner of two downtown shops, Urban Sassafras and US Kiddos, Cassandra has excelled in marketing her personal brand of whimsical, artistic cool and DSI is excited to have her as part of our Main Street team.