Board of Directors
Being the change that she wishes to see in the world (thanks Ghandi!) is the mantra behind Debby’s personal and professional life. She considers Alton Main Street a chance to be a part of something bigger than herself and feed the energy of this corner of the great big world. A Christian, wife, mother of two and development director for a College that changes lives is fulfilling, however, Debby feels called to serve in even more ways. A long-time supporter of Alton Main Street, she is honored to carry the torch lit by the leaders before her. She calls on anyone wanting to make the world a better place to invest their skills in Alton Main Street’s vision. United in spirit and mission with National Main Street’s vision for a vibrant America, Debby is eager to help make Alton’s dot on the map a great big exclamation point!
Jen moved from St. Louis to Alton in the summer of 2015 after seeing the wonderful economic development happening in this vibrant community. She has a master’s degree in sociology from the Universiteit van Amsterdam and a bachelor’s degree with a double major in sociology and women’s studies from Cornell College. Since 2012, Jen has been teaching sociology at Lewis and Clark Community College. In her five years living in St. Louis, she served on the board of the Benton Park Neighborhood Association, most recently as President. She also has served on the board of the St. Louis Association of Community Organizations (SLACO). She believes in the power of grassroots organizations to shape community and is ready to see continued development in the Riverbend area.
Gabriel works for Illinois American Water. He began his career with American Water in 2005 and has progressed through a series of increasingly responsible positions and is currently an Operations Superintendent managing a district. Gabriel has assisted American Water through a number of system integration projects, leading training efforts and as a program manager. Before American Water Gabriel worked for a Non Profit in Canada working with young families, teaching parenting classes, premarital classes and leading a volunteer staff of about 40. Gabriel has also been a Letter Carrier for the U.S. Post Office, worked in a Children’s Home in Arkansas and owned a business while attending college in Springfield MO.
Gabriel has an Associate’s degree in Biblical Studies from Central Bible College – Springfield MO, a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Lindenwood University in Belleville.
Alexandra was born in the Alton area and is currently a resident of Godfrey, Illinois. She graduated magna cum laude from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language and Literature, as well as Mass Communications. She works as a Graphic Design Specialist at Centerstone in Alton.
In her spare time, Alexandra enjoys reading, starting (and occasionally finishing) DIY or art projects, learning, volunteering and making the world around her a better place.
- Organization Committee Chair
Sasha is beyond thrilled to be back in her home community of Alton after much time away. She moved away at age 7, and since then has been a rolling stone through Grenada, St. Vincent, Chicago, England, Nebraska, Springfield IL, Olympia WA, Thailand, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Washington, DC. The rolling stone has come home to roost.
She’s a mission-driven young professional, with an eye toward building a strong community with opportunities for all. She hopes Main Street will be a vehicle for bringing people together to realize their collective power. She believes strongly in the importance of beauty & the arts in raising people’s spirits and creating positive change.
Before joining Alton Main Street, Sasha received her BA from the Evergreen State College in International Relations and Philosophy. She received her MA in International Nongovernmental Organizations through Webster University. She has worked with several nonprofits including: United Cerebral Palsy, the YMCA, a youth shelter, and the Syrian Emergency Taskforce. Reflecting her community-driven spirit she has volunteered for animal shelters, the International Institute, Downtown Springfield Inc, back-to-school clinics, Human Rights Watch, and more.
When not volunteering, she can be found practicing Brazilian martial arts (capoeira), yoga, and traveling.
- Organization Committee Vice Chair
- Design Committee Chair
- Design Committee Vice-Chair
- Promotions Committee Chair
- Promotions Committee Vice-Chair
Cory Davenport is a 2007 graduate of Marquette Catholic High School. During his time as a student, he was awarded several service honors due to his extensive fundraising utilizing local music and art. He became the Promotions Director for 89.9 WLCA FM, the college radio station at Lewis and Clark Community College in 2008. He also co-hosted the Wake Up Call with Jon and Snix (he was Snix) during his time there. He has worked for the Alton Telegraph for the last five years in some capacity, attaining full-time staff status in July 2014. He has recently volunteered for the United Way of Greater St. Louis with their holiday toy drive, and raised money for the TreeHouse Wildlife Center through his somewhat annual concert, Snixfest. He is bursting with Alton pride and can often be found meandering about town at random. He wants to see Alton become a cultural center for people of all ages and is excited to contribute to a place bursting with such potential.
In his spare time, Cory can be found reading Kurt Vonnegut and hiking on the bluffs at night.
- Economic Gardening Committee Chair
Monica Mason is a St. Louis native who moved to Alton in 1995. She holds a masters degree in Art and Art History and Theory from Vermont College of Norwich University, and a bachelors degree in Fine Arts from Washington University. Monica taught art and art history for 20 years at St. Louis Community College, SIUE, Webster University and other area colleges.
Monica's interest in historic architecture and adaptive re-use of older buildings lead to current positions with the Alton Historic Commission, the Alton Main Street Board and Economic Gardening Committee. Monica is also co-founder of The City with a View, an independent citizen's coalition which advocates contemporary strategies in sustainable development and citizen engagement in local governance. Monica formerly served on the Alton Area Landmarks Association, chairing the annual Historic House Tour from 2011-2013.
- Economic Gardening Committee Vice-Chair
Sharon is an urban planning professional with 25 years of experience, which include five years as the City of Lake Worth Director of Planning, Zoning and Historic Preservation Department and two years as the City of West Palm Beach Director of the Economic and Community Development Department. Sharon's experience includes, administering and coordinating municipal planning, zoning and historic preservation programs, processing a wide range of development applications and preparing both minor and major amendments to municipal comprehensive plans, coordinating staff support for the Planning and Zoning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals and the Historic Resource Preservation Board, coordinating with the City Building Department to process occupational licenses, administering programs funded through Community Development Block Grants, and achieving consensus through inter-departmental and citizen participation. Her education includes B.S. from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Master of City Planning, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, Economic Development Finance Professional, National Development Council, St. Louis, MO. Her memberships include: American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), Florida American Planners Association (FAPA), National Association of Black Women in Construction (NABWIC), International Mastermind Association (IMA).
- Team Building Committee Chair
Kitty was born in Japan and has lived in several different places, including Calhoun County, before sertling in Alton and calling it her home. She started working for Crown Vision Center in 1978 where she was well known as the manager of the Broadway location (in the downtown district). Currently she is Crown's Riverbend Outreach Coordinator. Crown Vision Center has been a long time supporter of Alton Main Street, partnering with them since day one, which was her first exposure to the organization. She has witnessed many changes in the Downtown area, starting with long-time merchants leaving the area, or just going out of business, due to economic deterioration. Now downtown is blossoming and thriving due to the hard work of volunteers and members of Alton Main Street. Kitty understands that there is still a lot of work ahead and hopes her small role will someday influence others. Kitty has one son and is the proud grandmother of five, all of whom keep her quite busy.
- Team Building Committee Vice-Chair
Vickie is a resident of Hartford and has lived in the Riverbend area all of her life. In 2015, she took her knowledge from the corporate world where she has done administrative work, circuit design & sales, and opened a retail store called “Party On Broadway”. There she offers Wine & Canvas, and Pinterest-Inspired parties for adults & children (either at her location, or the location of the customers choice). Vickie also sells supplemental benefits with Aflac. All of her past volunteer work has also played a part in her growth as a small business owner. She loves playing in the community and giving back; therefore, choosing to be involved with Alton Main Street when she opened her business made sense. She chose Alton for her location because she likes the feel of Downtown, and felt that she could provide a service that was missing. Vickie is looking forward to serving the board and using her networking skills to build strong teams. She knows that the more interested volunteers she recruits for Main Street, the stronger our community will become - because great things happen when people choose to work together!
- Executive Director
Sara McGibany has been the Executive Director of Alton Main Street since December of 2006. She holds a bachelor's degree from Illinois State University, with a major in Public Relations and a minor in Psychology. Besides working on various events and projects that promote and improve downtown Alton, Sara also enjoys serving on the Board of Directors for the Mustard Seed Peace Project and Senior Services Plus, as well as the Advisory Board of the Riverbender.com Community Center and the Steering Committees of the Upper Alton Association, and Greater Alton United. She also enjoys volunteering for such committees & organizations such as the Sierra Club, Alton Beautification & Clean City Committee, and Riverbend Head Start & Family Services. Her spare time is spent playing guitar with her husband Matt and her band Typsy Gypsy, as well as creating clothing, jewelry and paintings.
Jim Ryan - 1st Ward Alderman
Michael Velloff - 3rd Ward Alderman
Megan Williams - City Attorney
Scott Neudecker - Upper Alton Association
Zeke Jabusch - North Alton-Godfrey Business Council