Board of Directors
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.
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.
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!
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
Cody has been a resident of the Riverbend area her entire life and takes great pride in her community. Growing up in a family that owned small businesses in Alton, she realized how growth is essential to the success of the Alton area. Now, she and her husband, Chris Hinkle, are small business owners and aspire to continue the advancement of Alton Main Street.
Cody received her BS from SIUE in Psychology, Women’s Studies, and Business. She proudly holds the Director of Marketing and Communications position at Beverly Farm Foundation in Godfrey, IL. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Association on Aging and Developmental Disabilities in St. Louis, MO and volunteers with the East Alton Beautification Committee. Cody is the proud parent of a 7 year old son, Memphis, and hopes that he too will become a part of making the Alton community an amazing place to live!
- Organization Committee Vice Chair
Jeff came to Alton’s Argosy Casino in 1999 hired as the Executive Chef. He is now their Food and Beverage Manager. He began his culinary career in his hometown Louisville, Kentucky as a Sous Chef at Churchill Downs. In the surrounding Alton area, Jeff has become involved with numerous community service events. Jeff has always spent his free time assisting others. He coached his three children in multiple sports. He enjoys traveling with his wife of 23 years (teacher at East Alton – Wood River High School) and children, watching Kentucky basketball games, and playing sports. Jeff Ledford is excited to be a part of Alton Main Street and the Alton community.
- Design Committee Chair
Nate Keener lives in the Milton District with his wife Emily and daughter Violet. He is the director of Sustainability at Lewis and Clark Community College. A key component of sustainability is local empowerment and strengthening local economies. Keener has a BA in Political Science from Bradley University and an MA in Environmental Studies from University of Illinois – Springfield. He is an avid naturalist who enjoys gardening and hiking.
- Design Committee Vice-Chair
Sally moved to Alton in 1993 at the age of 7 from Jacksonville IL. Post high school she studied at Lewis and Clark Community College and has worked in child care, health care, and in the retail and food industries. In 2013, she started her own Independent small business; Kind Vibe Creations. She sells her handmade accessories, apparel and many of her own designs. In 2015, she joined Alton Main Street Design committee and in 2016 was co-chair of The Night Market. She is a proud wife and mother of two and enjoys gardening, hiking, and learning new skills and crafts.
- Promotions Committee Chair
- Promotions Committee Vice-Chair
Donna Wagner-Nunnally returned to her Illinois roots after satisfying a decades-long wanderlust of traveling the country.
An accountant by training, credentialed human resources director by opportunity, business operations director by necessity, dreamer by destiny and spiritual seeker by lifestyle, experience & education, she retired after 30 fast-paced years in the boardrooms of Wendy’s, Ticketmaster and Sprint.
Possessing a driving passion to creatively help others, but drained from the corporate lifestyle, she started Owl Creek Designs, a boutique home décor and antiques business, while living in Memphis nearly a decade ago. Customers took note of her creative positivity and, over time, began to focus more on emotional and spiritual health and less on stuff. Enabled by decades of formal training and informal experiences, guided by the pursuit of life’s meaning and purpose & encouraged to help others, It’s Raining Zen was born. And Donna has never looked back.
In her free time, Donna loves driving the River Road, bonfires, meditation, and watching sunrises and sunsets on her farm with her husband, rescue dogs and misfit horses. She is also a Master Reiki Teacher and relentlessly promotes Alton, the Broadway business district, Mineral Springs, local art, dreamers and laughing.
- Economic Gardening Committee Chair
Scott Yanta is a proud Alton native who works as a Real Estate Broker for Paul R. Lauschke & Associates, specializing in both residential and commercial sales and in investment property and development. He studied economics at Vanderbilt University before graduating with a bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism with an emphasis in Strategic Communication. Scott serves as treasurer of the East End Improvement Association, with whom he helps organize Alton's annual Halloween and Memorial Day parades, as well as provide support for the future all-inclusive playground at Gordon Moore Park and the Benjamin Godfrey Legacy Trail,. Scott enjoys volunteering to other local causes including the Pride, Inc. Bucket Brigade and the Boys & Girls Club of Alton. Scott is an avid sports fan and men's league soccer player, and in his spare time, he can be found with his girlfriend Sara and chocolate Labrador Lucy at the dog park or walking Riverfront Park. Scott cares deeply about our downtown and the local community at large, and he is thankful for the opportunity to represent and serve it through Alton Main Street.
- 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
Jamie Ruyle - Upper Alton Association
Zeke Jabusch - North Alton-Godfrey Business Council