Board of Directors & Staff

Downtown Manhattan Inc.

Did you Know? Downtown Manhattan, Inc is a non profit community volunteer organization
working in the areas of economic development, street design and place making, retail and business
recruitment and marketing and promotion. It is our mission to increase consumer awareness; to
strengthen retail and professional business institutions; to increase the economic vitality of the City’s
center and to promote and attract new businesses to the downtown.

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President:  Jocelyn Guilfoyle, General Manager at Bling

Vice-President:  Ben Burton, Owner of Community House & Switchgrass Development

Treasurer: Donna Scheele, Senior Vice President at United Bank & Trust

Board Members at Large:

James Bond: Owner of Manhatchet

Caleb Hartig: General Manager of 324 Speakeasy

Jake Voegeli: Owner of Manhattan Brewing Company

Jeff Sutton: Marketing Manager of Manhattan Town Center

Dan Michaels: Production Director at Eagle Radio

Ex-Officio Board Members:

Stephanie Peterson: Director of Community Development

Amanda Webb: Planning and Special Projects Director for Riley County

Kurstin Harris (Community Member at Large)


Gina Snyder: Executive Director, DMI

Tanya Ram: Office Manager, DMI

Danielle Parson: Event Manager, DMI

Heather Hnizdil: Arts & Culture Coordinator, DMI

Donovan Barber: Groundskeeper, DMI


Downtown Manhattan, Inc. Goals and Objectives

  • Initiatives Within Five Years
    • Create and support economic opportunities by promoting and advocating for the Downtown district through any and all viable options
    • Advocate for both public and private venues and spaces that are unique and available to all in an aesthetically appealing and walkable district
    • Mall Plaza Renovation
    • Advocate for Linear Trail access from Downtown (for event utilization and patron/visitor use)
    • Advocate for the District Loop ATA bus shuttle to promote economic vitality, sales tax generation, and parking ease
    • New website
  • Organizational Processes and Efficiencies
    • Grow Friends of the Neighborhood Associate membership program
    • Design and implement the Featured Partners Corporate Sponsorship Program
  • Partnerships, Sponsorships and Collaborative Efforts
    • Work with Public Works to develop a process for use of public rights-of-way during construction
    • Work with Public Works to ensure maintenance on infrastructure is done in a timely manner
    • Work with City to create ordinances and initiatives that further enhance downtown
  • Events, Programming and Management
    • Develop public art projects and private partnerships
      • Identify locations
      • Identify funding sources
    • Grow our catalog of artists and entertainers for Third Thursday
    • Create new event for main fundraiser; replace Plates & Pours