Board of Directors & Staff

RoberT
Onesko

Chair

At Large

I am a proud graduate of Berkley High School and currently reside in Huntington Woods.  For the past 10 years I have worked for Fifth Third Bank in Berkley and Royal Oak as well as volunteering in many organizations in the community including being on the Board of the DDA since 2013.  I am excited to be part of the continued growth of the Berkley and its downtown.

Contact: Robert.Onesko@53.com

 


Bridget
Dean

Vice Chair

Have You Any Wool

I'm a small business owner and Berkley resident. I started my yarn shop, "...have you any Wool?", 13 years ago. I bring experience as a small business owner and knowledge of the business district to my position on the DDA. I believe that this is an exciting time in Berkley and I'm delighted to be part of the growth of our downtown.

Contact : info@haveyouanywoolmi.com


Matt Baumgarten was appointed to Berkley’s City Manager in February, 2016. Prior to joining Berkley, Matt served as the City Administrator for the City of Lathrup Village.

Originally from New Baltimore in Macomb County, Matt lived in Arkansas from 1996 to 2006. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Arkansas at Monticello and his Master’s degree in Public Administration from Oakland University.

In early 2017, Matt was named one of the Elite 40 under 40 leaders by Oakland County Executive Brooks Patterson, which recognized Matt for achieving excellence in his field and making a positive contribution to the quality of life in the communities for which he serves.

Matt, his wife Rebecca, and their young twin boys live in Berkley. He looks forward to working with the City Council and the residents of Berkley to retain the City’s unique charm, while finding new ways to move the City forward.

Contact: mbaumgarten@berkleymich.net

Matthew
Baumgarten

Secretary

City Manager


Ross
Gavin

Treasurer

At Large

Ross is the Deputy Treasurer for Public Policy and Outreach in the Oakland County Treasurer’s Office. Having been in this position since 2013, Ross primarily deals with the legislative priorities and legal issues of the Treasurer’s Office and serves as an alternate for the Tax Increment Financing District Review Policy Ad Hoc Review Committee. 

Ross is currently the Treasurer for the Berkley Downtown Development Authority, as well as the Chair of the Finance Committee. Additionally, he is a member of the City of Berkley’s Citizens Advisory Committee for Infrastructure Improvements.

Ross earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science and History from Albion College and a law degree from Wayne State University, and is a member of the State Bar of Michigan. Ross and his wife Allie live in Berkley with their son Isaac.

Contact: ross.s.gavin@gmail.com


Bio and contact info coming soon

Kathy
AbrahamiaN

Director

Alice's Perfect Fit


Bio and contact info coming soon

Larry
Gallagher

Director

At Large


Bio and contact info coming soon

Alanda
KNox

Director

Me2U


Bio and contact info coming soon

Karen
Koerber

Director

Farina's Banquet Center


Matteo Passalacqua developed an interest in real estate and urban development at a young age after being exposed to urban areas via frequent trips to Detroit and other cities as a child. After travels both nationally and internationally, Matteo sought and obtained a Masters in Urban Studies and Planning from Wayne State University.

In June of 2016, Matteo completing the Larson Center for Leadership Program through the Urban Land Institute of which he sought to continue his professional development traits and expand his network. Currently, Matteo is a Commercial Property Manager for Etkin Management in Southfield MI. After working in the non-profit and government sectors, he wanted to gain experience in the for-profit sector. Etkin has provided a wealth of knowledge to his career and he hopes to grow and expand his abilities in the real estate sector while working there.

Matteo’s primary drive and passion is to influence the way in which people interact with the built environment in a manner that is efficient, inspiring and interactive. The combination of his personal drive and leadership along with knowledge of real estate management and development serve the purpose of Matteo obtaining his goals. He is currently pursuing his Real Property Administrator designation through BOMI Detroit and is an active member of the Berkley Downtown Development Authority Board.

Contact: mrp0227@gmail.com

Matteo
Passalacqua

Director

At Large


Bio and contact info coming soon

Dottie
Popp

Director

Poppendott Designs


With more than 15 years of downtown development, brand identity, marketing, and event experience, Vivian has achieved a reputation for producing outstanding results for downtown districts and their various stakeholders.

As a National Main Street Program Director, Vivian managed all aspects of the program including marketing, social media, PR, fundraising, strategic planning, and budgets. She's partnered with local realtors and property owners to ensure the right tenant mix was recruited for the various business districts in which she worked. She has collaborated with City Staff and Commissions on key downtown issues, including zoning and ordinance updates relating to pedestrian districts, signage, and parking.

In addition, she has coordinated multiple arts-related programs including local mural events, regional public art initiatives, and a juried art show. 

Vivian was a session presenter at the 2014 National Main Streets Conference (Brand Development: A Work in Progress) and served as a Great American Main Street Judge for two years.

contact: vcarmody@berkleymich.net

 

vivian
Carmody

Executive Director