DIA

Board of Directors

Downtown Ithaca is the economic, social, and cultural heart of Tompkins County. The Downtown Ithaca Alliance strives to preserve and develop the central downtown core as the region's center for banking and finance, business and professional offices, government and community services, downtown residences, and as a retail destination highlighted by specialty shops, restaurants, arts and entertainment. Downtown serves people who live and work downtown, city and county residents, college communities, area visitors and tourists.
 
The Downtown Ithaca Alliance has a Board of Directors that helps to oversee and maintain these goals and is composed of the following members:
 
  • Steven Headrick, President of the DIA Board, Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley
  • John Guttridge, First Vice President; Vice President for Business Retention and Development, owner of Brightworks Computer Consulting and managing member at Urban Core, LLC
  • Doug Levine, Secretary, Executive Director of The State Theatre
  • Asha Sanaker, Treasurer, Owner of Buffalo Street Books
  • Nicole Pagano, Vice President for Downtown Operations Comittee, owner of Green Street Pharmacy
  • Joseph Gaylord, Vice President for Marketing Oversight Committee, manager at American Crafts by Robbie Dein
  • Joe Wetmore, Vice President for Downtown Events Oversight Committee, owner of Autumn Leaves Used Books
  • Fred Schoeps, Vice President in charge of the Nominating Committee, Downtown Property Owner
  • Phyllisa DeSarno, Deputy Director for Economic Development at the City of Ithaca
  • Chris Hyde, Vice President at Travis Hyde
  • Susan Riley, Deputy Director of Community Relations at Cornell University
  • Dean Zervos, owner of Simeon's on the Commons
  • W. Keith Bryant, Downtown Resident
  • Nathan Lyman, Ithaca Renting Company
  • Seph Murtagh, 2nd Ward Alderperson,  City of Ithaca
  • Svante Myrick, Mayor, City of Ithaca                                                                                                               
  • Peter Parkes, owner of Benjamin Peters
  • Domenica Brockman, owner of Petrune
  • Kenneth "True" Benton
  • Jason Sidle, of Tompkins Cortland Community College
  • David Prunty, of Ithaca College
  • Anna Kelles, of Tompkins County Legislature
  • Jodi LaPierre, of the Ithaca Convention and Visitor's Bureau
  • SJ Adams, Property owner