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.
Mollie Ringer, Market Manager
Mollie is a lifelong resident of Springfield and comes from a farming family, so her new role as manager of the Old Capitol Farmers Market is a great fit. Her enthusiasm for nonprofit organizations started in college at Illinois State University where she completed an internship with the Children’s Discovery Museum. There she found passion working with youth and fundraising for the community. Mollie’s non-profit resume includes the Appalachia Service Project, Illinois Grape Growers and Vintner’s Association, and most recently, Hope. She had also been an active volunteer for DSI events.
You’ll find Kailey at the Old Capitol Farmers Market, helping it run smoothly in its 20th season. She graduated from UIS in August 2018 with a BA in Environmental Studies. Kailey’s interests include sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, and anything to do with the ocean (as her long-term goals include working with marine wildlife).
Abbie Varble, Fall Events Intern
Abbie is a senior at the University of Illinois Springfield majoring in Business Administration with an Economics Minor in Marketing. She is also a Resident Assistant and in Christian Student Fellowship, plus an active volunteer in non-profits, serving with Habitat for Humanity and Leadership for Life. We are excited to have her working with us this semester!