Andrea L. Dono, Executive Director
Andrea has extensive experience in Main Street revitalization and community-based economic development. For 10 years, she worked for the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Main Street Center where she helped lead and inspire a nationwide downtown revitalization movement. She specialized in researching and analyzing revitalization best practices and trends and providing technical assistance and resources to Main Street programs throughout the U.S.
Andrea previously served as the economic development coordinator for the City of Manassas, Virginia. She holds a B.A. from George Mason University and a Historic Preservation Certificate from Goucher College. She has been working toward a Master’s degree in urban planning with a focus on economic development.
As Executive Director, Andrea’s main responsibilities include partnership development, facilitating community collaborations, fundraising, working with local businesses, community outreach, volunteer engagement, and managing the day-to-day operations of the organization. Prospective downtown business owners, entrepreneurs, and property owners can connect with Andrea on site selection and assistance programs.
Lauren Huber, Director of Resources
Lauren joined HDR in August 2014 with a diverse background in office management, fund raising, and community service. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology. After many years of working in the ski industry in West Virginia and California, Lauren chose to raise her family in Harrisonburg because of the vibrant downtown and the close proximity to outdoor recreation.
As Director of Resources, Lauren manages HDR’s fund-raising initiatives, including events and Friends of Downtown, the Downtown Dollars gift certificate program, community & diversity outreach, as well as ongoing communication with HDR's stakeholders.
Kim Kirk, Chief Marketing Officer
Having worked in the nonprofit sector for nearly 10 years, Kim brings extensive experience in marketing, communications, and event management. She holds a B.A. from James Madison University and a M.S. in Integrated Marketing Communications from West Virginia University.
As CMO, Kim oversees the organization's marketing strategies. She also collaborates with downtown businesses and partners to develop promotional campaigns and events that focus on the arts scene, culinary district, and retail environment in downtown Harrisonburg.
Jeremiah Jenkins, Events Coordinator
Jeremiah volunteered with HDR in various capacities for nearly ten years, serving on the Advisory Board and Organization Committee, and was awarded Volunteer of the Year in 2013. He brings a broad skill set to HDR, as an experienced downtown entrepreneur and business consultant, and as a producer of concerts and festivals in the area for 17 years. He holds a B.S. in Sociology from James Madison University and a Masters of Theological Studies from Harvard University.
As Events Coordinator, Jeremiah is responsible for planning and executing key downtown public events, and coordinating the management and administration of all special events for the City Harrisonburg.
Board of Directors
Lauren Penrod, Midtowne Market & Bottleshop
Chris Rooker, Harrisonburg Homes Team
Randy Seitz, Blue Ridge Architects
Gary Stiteler, Glen's Fair Price Store
Lori Snell, Organization Committee Chair
Rob Tucker, James Madison University
Steve Knickrehm, Board Member Emeritus
Glenda Rooney, Board Member Emeritus
President: Andy Perrine, James Madison University
Vice President: Kai Degner, Rocktown Realty
Chiedo, Chiedo Labs
Andrew Forward, Chathill & Associates
Hans Harman, Momentum Earthworks
Lisa Hawkins, Lenhart Petit, PC
Christopher Jones, WHSV TV3
Aaron Ludwig, Jack Browns Beer & Burger Joint
Sarah MacDonald, James Madison University