Jenny Berg, President


Jenny has lived in Yamhill County for since 1997 and has a passion for the community, especially Downtown McMinnville.  She enjoys shopping, eating and drinking at all the wonderful retailers and restaurants along 3rd Street.  She grew up in Tualatin and attended UCLA briefly before graduating from Lewis and Clark College in Portland.  Jenny worked in a wine and brewing supply store when she was swept into a career in the local wine industry where she worked over 10 years, mostly at Elk Cove Winery.   It was her experience at UCLA that inspired her passion for libraries leading her to volunteer and eventually work here way up to the director of our local library. 

When she is not at the library you can find her reading, enjoying vacations with her husband, getting back into skiing, running with her dog or most likely strolling beautiful 3rd Street in McMinnville and stopping in at all of our great eateries and shops.  She absolutely loves the Alien Days, especially the parade.  Jenny enjoys serving on the McMinnville Downtown Association board and being a resource for the staff and the team that helps serve our wonderful community.   |    503-435-5550

dustin wyant, Vice President


Dustin is a Hospitality Entrepreneur in the local vacation rental and restaurant world.  He currently is the owner/operator of The Barberry and 1882 Grille in downtown McMinnville.  He also has businesses in Carlton and Newberg, keeping it local.  Owning a business in downtown McMinnville helps him to appreciate the MDA and how it champions and guides our great city to be even better.  When not working downtown he enjoys time with his wife, 3 beautiful girls and gardening heirloom varietals for his restaurants.  |  503-857-0457


Casee Clark, SECRETARY 


Casee Clark came to McMinnville in 2008 to attend Linfield College and decided to make it her home.  She has worked in downtown McMinnville since 2011, and is now the  Direct Sales and Marketing Manager for R. Stuart & Co. Winery & Wine Bar.  Casee’s favorite thing about the MDA is that it creates opportunities and provides the tools for business owners, residents, and visitors to participate in community events year round. Casee is a ping pong wizard and always accepts a challenge!  |  503- 472-4477

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Gerry Hunter, TREASURER


Gerry moved to McMinnville in 1997 to open 3rd Street Pizza Company. He is the father of three awesome kids, all of whom have enjoyed the idyllic circumstance of having 3rd Street and all that it has to offer be part of their growing up. He is passionate about supporting local businesses and our community, and is grateful for the opportunity to serve on the MDA board enabling him to contribute to an organization that has done so much for our street and our town. Gerry also serves on the boards of McMinnville Art & Wine Walk and Zero Waste McMinnville. When not on 3rd Street, he enjoys getting outside to enjoy all that the beautiful Pacific Northwest has to offer, especially on a bicycle or sailboat, and most especially with his fiance Linda Hays, the amazing Toy Store Lady. |  503-434-5800

Rodrigo lagunas, McMinnville area chamber of commerce board liaison


Rodrigo co-owns Third Street Oil and Vinegar, a locally owned and family run business. They are proud to have the highest quality of extra virgin olive oil and aged balsamic in the world.  It is their family passion to find the best and bring the best to McMinnville.   The store is set up as a tasting room and includes over 20 extra virgin olives and 24 balsamic vinegar varieties.  There is something for everyone.  They encourage everyone to taste before you buy.  |  503-472-6188


Dani Chisholm

McMenamins Hotel Oregon

Dani and her husband Todd Niehus moved from Portland to McMinnville in 1991.  They have four adult children, all of whom attended McMinnville High School and are living in Oregon, Washington, and Texas. Dani began her career in hospitality nearly 27 years ago, working for Jule Gradek at Sir Hinkleman’s Funnyduffer Restaurant and Catering. After taking some time off to raise her family, and a brief stent with the McMinnville School District, Dani started working for McMenamins company in 1996.  As Hotel Oregon's property manager for the past four years, Dani has worked hard to create a welcoming and fun environment for locals and visitors from all across the globe.  In 2017 Dani joined the Visit McMinnville board of directors, and has enjoyed learning about tourism and its impact on economic development in McMinnville and the communities of Yamhill County. She is a vocal advocate for the growth of McMinnville’s downtown, and has worked to build strong relationships with local business owners and city officials.  When Dani is not at work, she enjoys traveling anywhere warm, and spending time with her family and friends.  |  503- 472-8427




Entrepreneur Lucetta Elmer has lived in McMinnville since 1999.  She and her husband, Denny, own 18,000 square feet of property and businesses in downtown McMinnville, including Union Block Coffee, The Oak, and Douglas on Third Vacation Rentals. She loves life in McMinnville as it allows a safe place to raise her wonderful family and provides the opportunity to successfully live out her business adventures. Lucetta is a fan of the MDA organized Farmer’s Market, and she loves Safe and Sane Halloween on Third Street where she dresses up like Minnie Mouse to pass out candy to all the costumed kids!  |  503-437-1380


Kate Gowell


Kate  is an attorney specializing in community building, business services, mergers and acquisitions, and real estate. Coming from a family of serial entrepreneurs, she grew up helping run various family companies, and applies her experience in serving other business owners today. She wholeheartedly believes thriving natural environments and culture are fundamental for strong economic communities. She earned a  J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, and moved to McMinnville to join Haugeberg, Rueter, Gowell, Fredricks & Higgins, P.C. She loves McMinnville, and appreciates the opportunity to support local downtown businesses through the MDA.  |  503-883-2607




Sylla describes herself as a book person. So, perhaps it is no surprise that she jumped at the chance to purchase Third Street Books when it became available in 2003. She and her husband have been active members of the McMinnville business and wine communities since that time. In 2011, Sylla added a second business downtown when she opened Yamhill Valley Dry Goods specializing in cute, yet comfortable shoes and clothing for men and women. In addition to being an advocate for the downtown and the owner of two Third Street businesses, Sylla is also the mother of two teens.  |  503-472-7786


Heather Miller


Heather owns and operates Local Flow Health Bar in downtown McMinnville. The concept of Local Flow is to provide quick and healthy food to "fuel" locals and visitors. Heather first visited McMinnville to visit Linfield College in 2002 and the downtown eventually became the tipping point in her decision to be a Wildcat. After graduating in 2007 with a degree in Exercise Science, she remained in McMinnville and worked in the healthcare industry. She and her husband moved to Maui in 2013 and spent 3 years loving Island Life. The Millers returned to McMinnville in early 2016 and Local Flow opened in October of 2016. Heather has a great passion for the community, health, food and people and enjoys the opportunity to be apart of our vibrant downtown. When Heather is not in the shop you can find her spending time outdoors, traveling, enjoying local wines and volunteering with the McMinnville Kiwanis Club.  |  971-318-9318


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TYPE A PRESS  |  971-237-1400




Having grown up in McMinnville and having attended Linfield College, Tommy Paterson has developed close ties to the community.  Although he left the area after college to play professional baseball and start his career in financial consulting, Tommy and his wife, Chelsea, chose to move back to McMinnville to raise their two young daughters. They love to spend family time in beautiful downtown – whether they are having dinner, grabbing an ice cream cone, or catching a movie.  Tommy advises clients as a financial planner with Wickman Paterson Corrigan and has served as a board member for the MDA since 2014.  |  503-472-4631




Katie has worked with the Western Oregon Center for Pediatric Therapeutic Lifestyle Change (WOC) since 2016. She directs all WOC programs including its signature offering Student Nutrition and Activity Clinic for Kids (SNACK), which trains students from Linfield College to provide free nutrition education and physical activity opportunities to youth and families in Yamhill County. A Linfield College graduate (class of 2010), Katie returned to the McMinnville area in 2013 after completing graduate school in Boston. She loves the vibrant downtown McMinnville community and is looking forward to promoting and representing non-profit membership and youth engagement in the McMinnville Downtown Association. Her favorite MDA event is Concerts on the Plaza.  |  503-434-8278



Born and raised in Portland, OR Kent is a graduate of Central Catholic High School, University of Oregon and Pennsylvania State University. Kent served at the McMinnville City Manager from 1986 to 2015. He Resides in McMinnville with his wife, Sylvia. They have six children between them and four grandchildren. Kent decided to join the MDA Board to help contribute to insuring the continued vitality of McMinnville’s cherished downtown.   | 

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