Downtown Inc staff
silas chamberlin, chief executive officer
Originally from York and a 2002 Northeastern High School graduate, Chamberlin most recently served as executive director of the Schuylkill River National Heritage Area in Pottstown, PA. He also served as the regional advisor for the PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources in Lehighton, PA. He holds a PhD in American Environmental History from Lehigh University and has recently published a book, “On the Trail: A History of American Hiking."
Chamberlin is the leader of all aspects of the organization’s mission, leading the charge in enhancing and encouraging investment in York’s central business district. Chamberlin's core responsibilities include:
- Organizational Leadership
- Community Relations
- Economic Development
TIMOTHY MILLER, chief operating officer
As COO, Tim Miller supports the organization’s efforts with community partners and mission-similar entities, organizational strategy and community positioning. Miller oversees the enhancement of all downtown public spaces including the Heritage Rail Trail, parks and Codorus Creek, implementing the objectives of the Downtown Inc Public Safety committee, working with property owners and developers to enhance facades and public areas, the installation of street amenities such as public art and banners and comprehensive improvements to the Central Business District physical environment, including the Downtown Inc Clean-Up Crew and floral plantings.
Previously, Miller served as Deputy Director and Project Administrator at Downtown Inc, overseeing the projects and programs relating to the Moving Plans into Action initiative. Moving Plans into Action is a collaborative approach to achieving long-held community goals in the heart of York’s downtown.
Prior to the arrival of the Moving Plans into Action initiative at Downtown Inc, Miller provided support to the initiative for three years as a specialist in community information and coordination at the York College Center for Community Engagement and later as an independent contractor. He has also provided support to the YorkCounts initiative of the York County Community Foundation, acting as a consultant to the YorkCounts Indicators Committee and producing all data and research used in the YorkCounts 2012 Indicators Report, a collection of York County quality-of-life measurements which are used to inform community decision-making.
A strong believer in downtown York’s ongoing transformation and its regional impact, Miller is proud to be a part of Downtown Inc’s efforts to keep the downtown revitalization momentum going.
Meagan Feeser, Chief Marketing&Development Officer
Born and raised in York, PA (and back after 10 years city-hopping up the East Coast), Feeser has a love of all things Downtown York.
As CMDO, Feeser is responsible for all Downtown branding and messaging and will oversee marketing and communications for the organization, downtown public relations and assisting Downtown districts and merchants in their marketing efforts. Feeser manages Downtown Inc events including First Fridays, Go Green in the City presented by White Rose Credit Union, Sweetest Pint, Boutique Week, the Masquerade Ball powered by Shipley Energy, Downtown Updates and the Downtown First Awards. In addition, Feeser is also the editor of Downtown York Magazine, the triannual Downtown Destination Guide.
NATALIE E. WILLIAMS, SMALL BUSINESS LIAISON
As the small business liaison, Williams collaborates with the Economic Development Department of the City of York and the York County Economic Alliance to identify and recruit local, regional and national retailers to downtown York. She focuses on researching and compiling trade area demographic information to market downtown York to prospective businesses, and to assist businesses in understanding the City permitting and inspections processes. Williams also works to develop retention strategies and programming for the small business community in the City of York.
Williams previously worked for the REALTORS Association of York and Adams Counties in Community Development, where she forged relationships with the real estate community and many non-profit organizations in the York area. She is passionate about the “downtown scene” and very excited to be a part of the energy.
Jody Chesla, Office Manager
As office manager, Chesla provides staff support, maintains the database listings for Main Street York, Inc. and the York Business Improvement District Authority, and oversees day to day operations of the office. She holds an Associates in Specialized Business in Accounting and Business Administration from Cambria-Rowe Business College, and a Bachelor of Science in Technical Management from DeVry University.
Prior to her 2011 start with Downtown Inc, Chesla worked as an Office Manager and Tax Preparer for H&R Block. She serves on the Board of the York Young Professionals as their Treasurer.
Tim Fulton, Program Coordinator
Fulton provides leadership and a strong community connection to the York area in his role at Downtown Inc. Prior to joining, Fulton served as Vice President of Susquehanna Real Estate, LP for 30 years after joining Susquehanna Real Estate in 1983 as Assistant Director. Before joining Susquehanna, Fulton served as Executive Director of the Redevelopment Authority of the City of York, and is a graduate of American University in Washington with a degree in Sociology.
Adam Walters, Project administrator
A York native, Walters has a B.A. in International Relations with a minor in Spanish from York College of Pennsylvania and will be receiving his Master of Public Administration Degree with certificate in Policy Analysis and Evaluation from Penn State University Harrisburg in May 2016.
Walters previously served as an Office Support Assistant at Stock and Leader, Attorneys at Law. Last summer, Walters worked as Downtown Inc’s Economic Development Intern. During his internship, Walters facilitated a comprehensive Downtown Streetscape Inventory, evaluating the safety and walkability of our downtown, yielding almost 900 data points.
The Project Administrator position oversee the projects and programs relating to the Moving Plans into Action initiative: efforts to improve the overall economic health of the City of York through enhancements to Continental Square, the Heritage Rail Trail, the Codorus Creek, and downtown housing and placemaking.