Downtown Inc staff
Elaine Bonneau, Director
Bonneau joined as the Director of Downtown Inc in January 2019. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, she moved to the area to attend college and started her career in marketing at an ad agency in downtown Baltimore. After growing through the ranks at various marketing/communications firms in the Baltimore area – from her first job as a media buyer to media director, Bonneau struck out on a new career endeavor. In 2005 she launched Expresión Magazine, a bilingual magazine for the Hispanic community of Greater Baltimore. Following that, she started a marketing/business development consultancy working with both national and local companies, government agencies and nonprofit organizations.
Entrepreneurship runs in Bonneau’s family. Growing up, she remembers her parents sitting at their kitchen table, discussing critical decisions on how to maintain and grow their family business. Now, she brings more than 20 years of experience to the Downtown Inc business community and is passionate about connecting the right people with the right resources, especially when it comes to working with small businesses and community partners.
Bonneau leads the daily operations of the five-person Downtown Inc team and serves as the primary point of contact for the business community and other city stakeholders.
Bonneau previously served on the board of directors for the American Red Cross of Central Maryland, Susan G. Komen Maryland and U.S. Hispanic Youth Entrepreneur Education among others.
Bonneau holds a Bachelor of Arts from Johns Hopkins University. She was a 2010 recipient of the Susan G. Komen Maryland Founders Award and the American Red Cross of Central Maryland’s William J. Casey Award for Community Commitment in 2009
Mark Rooney, Project MANAGER
Rooney has served as Project Administrator since August 2017. 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. Prior to his start at Downtown Inc, Rooney 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.
Rooney oversees the projects and programs relating to the Urban Landscape of Downtown York: 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.
Rooney is a recent graduate of Franklin & Marshall College, where he majored in government and minored in environmental studies.
Thompson has served as Events Manager since March 2018. She oversees all Downtown Inc events, including First Fridays, Go Green in the City, the Masquerade Ball, the Business Series and more.
A Los Angeles native, Thompson has called York her home for the past 15 years. She has nearly two decades of experience in community development and planning events in a professional and volunteer role for organizations such as the Community Progress Council, the YMCA and various other organizations.
During her time with the Community Progress Council, Thompson served as a facilitator for the Poverty Simulation and helped organize National Night Out events. As the CPC’s Work Ready Education Facilitator, Thompson also assisted clients with job retention and building customer-service skills, life skills, computer skills and more. She also has experience coordinating mentoring programs, running youth events and more.
In addition to her extensive event planning expertise, Thompson is a professionally trained vocalist, actress and fiber artist, who has performed and exhibited her work both locally and nationally. Her joy is in being creative.
Thompson holds a Bachelor of Arts from Norfolk State University and a certificate in Vocal Performance from Berklee College of Music.
Staub joined the Downtown Inc team in January 2018. He oversees the organization’s marketing and communications initiatives, including media relations, social media and e-newsletters. He also is responsible for publication of the triannual Downtown York magazine and management of DowntownYorkPa.com.
Before joining Downtown Inc, Staub served as the Communications Specialist with the York County Convention & Visitors Bureau. In his previous career, Staub was an award-winning journalist, covering local and state governments for Watchdog.org, The News-Journal (Wilmington, Delaware) and The Citizens’ Voice (Wilkes-Barre). He began his journalism career as a copy editor at The York Daily Record/Sunday News. He was a 2015 Robert Novak Journalism Fellow.
Staub is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and a past member of the Mid-Atlantic Tourism Public Relations Alliance, where he served on the Media Committee.
A York County native, Staub graduated from Penn State University in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He resides in New Freedom.
Shannon Hamblin, Communications Coordinator
Hamblin has served as Communications Coordinator for Downtown Inc since January 2019. Her main responsibilities include content creation, brand management and social media management. She also provides support for planning and executing the organization’s events.
Prior to joining Downtown Inc, Hamblin was employed with Woodstream Corporation (Lititz, Pennsylvania) as a digital content writer, where she created high-quality content for the company’s websites and social media platforms. She has also worked for Carlisle Events, one of the world’s largest classic car and truck event companies, and interned with Susquehanna Style magazine.
Aside from her career as a communications professional, Hamblin is a certified indoor cycling instructor. She instructs classes twice a week.
Hamblin is a graduate of Millersville University, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Communications, with an option in public relations and minor in journalism.
silas chamberlin, Vice President, Economic & Community Development, YCEA
Chamberlin has served as Vice President of Economic & Community Development of the York County Economic Alliance since fall 2018. Prior to that, he served as CEO of Downtown Inc from October 2016-2018. In his role with YCEA, Chamberlin retains high-level and strategic oversight of Downtown Inc, an affiliate of the Alliance since fall 2018.
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 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 chairman of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, an independent partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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.