Pennsylvania Downtown Center Board of Directors welcomes Maria Boileau, Justin Dula, Jeanine Henry, Kathy Ramson, and Sonya Smith as new board members effective July 1, 2020.
Maria Boileau had been the Director for the Downtown Lock Haven, and has remained connected to the community, as well as local and county government in Clinton County, currently serving as the Director of Voter Registration/Elections. Maria brings the wisdom of a previous Main Street manager with the added perspective of the changes over the last fifteen years.
Justin Dula has been a champion for Pennsylvania Downtown Center and served on the previous Transportation Task Force. Currently, he is the Community Relations Specialist at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection focusing on environmental justice outreach and serves on the boards of the Delaware Valley Smart Growth Alliance and the Bywood Community Association and is active with the American Planning Association.
Jeanine Henry has been an active leader with Waynesburg Prosperous and Beautiful, their Main Street program since 2001. She has a strong background in banking and economic development and is happy to lend both her professional wisdom and volunteer perspective from a rural community to her role on the Pennsylvania Downtown Center Board.
Kathy Ramson is the Community Health Director and Community Liaison for St. Luke’s University Health Network. Kathy brings an incredible amount of experience and a community-health perspective.
Sonya Smith was also recently elected to the Pennsylvania Downtown Center Board of Directors. Sonya brings ten years of experience in a university setting, with eight of those years serving in different capacities at Kutztown University Small Business and has always strived to be an adaptable, change maker in her various roles.
Larry Newman from Diamond City Partnership in Wilkes-Barre has been reinstated as a Pennsylvania Downtown Center board member after serving as ex-officio and past president during the last two years.
“We are fortunate to have all of these incredibly talented and dedicated new individuals join the organization, and we look forward to their leadership throughout the next few years.” Julie Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Downtown Center.
Founded in 1987, the mission of Pennsylvania Downtown Center (PDC) is to build and support the capacity of local non-profit organizations, municipalities and individuals to enhance the overall well-being and sustainability of Pennsylvania’s “core” communities. PDC accomplishes this mission by engaging local community leaders and volunteers, and educating them, to advance the sense of place, quality of life and economic vitality of the Commonwealth’s downtowns, traditional neighborhood business districts and nearby residential areas.