Downtown Inc staff
silas chamberlin, chief executive officer
Chamberlin has served as CEO of Downtown Inc since October 2016. After growing up in York County, he spent 15 years living and working in Philadelphia and Allentown. Prior to returning to York, Chamberlin served as executive director of the Schuylkill River National Heritage Area, an organization promoting economic revitalization in five counties of southeastern Pennsylvania. He also held leadership positions in the non-profit sector and state government. Throughout his career, Chamberlin has focused on helping communities leverage their unique assets to create opportunities for economic development and a higher-quality of life.
Chamberlin holds a PhD in Environmental History from Lehigh University and is a nationally-recognized authority on all aspects of trail development, a topic on which he has spoken and written widely. His book, On the Trail: A History of American Hiking (Yale University Press), is the first national history of America’s hiking community and trails movement.
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
Chamberlin serves on the boards of Better York, YorkCounts, and the Partnership for Economic Development of York County. He also serves on a statewide level as incoming chairman of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, an independent partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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.
Debbie Bailey, Manager of Business Services
Debbie has been a Downtown fixture for the past three years, volunteering at events like First Fridays, the Downtown Hoedown, the Downtown Masquerade Ball, Kable House Presents, Oktoberfest York, Restaurant Week York, and more. Her support of Downtown York has earned her a peer-nomination as a Downtown First Awards Outstanding Volunteer two years in a row.
As Manager of Business Services, Debbie oversees the organization’s day-to-day business recruitment, retention and expansion strategy, with an emphasis on providing technical assistance and support to existing businesses within the business improvement district. She serves as a key point of contact and resource for Downtown York’s business community.
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. In addition, she provides administrative support to Better York. 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 President.
Mark Rooney, Project administrator
A York native and Red Lion Area Senior High School graduate, Rooney is also an alumni of Leadership York’s Future Leaders of York program.
Rooney recently graduated from Franklin & Marshall College, where he majored in government and minored in environmental studies. He has held internships with Representative Kevin Schreiber, Senator Robert Casey, and several Lancaster non-profits where he worked on a range of transportation, community and economic development projects. He currently lives in Red Lion.
The Project Administrator position oversee the projects and programs relating Urban Landscapes: 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, as well as managing the Downtown Clean-Up Crew.
Stacy McClain, Marketing & Events Coordinator
McClain most recently served as Programs Director for The Parliament Arts Organization, managing special events like the Holiday Art Market, Summer Art Market, Spring Forward and Decked Out. She was also a Graphic Design Intern for the York City Department of Economic and Community Development. McClain holds a Bachelor of Science from the Art Institute of York.
As Marketing and Events Coordinator, McClain provides support to all community events and promotions managed by Downtown Inc, including First Fridays, Go Green in the City, Sweetest Pint and York City Boutique Week. In addition, McClain oversees marketing and communications for the organization, including the triannual Downtown York Magazine, regular e-newsletters, social media accounts and DowntownYorkPa.com.