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



Karin has been an attorney in McMinnville since 2008. McMinnville has been the perfect spot for her to practice her profession while raising two lovely children. She is a big fan of something McMinnville does well: fostering a profound sense of community. In her spare time she loves reading, cooking, hiking and travelling, but her main passion is sports! Both playing and watching. Karin is an active member of the board, offering her professional opinion and always steering us right.   |   503-472-5141




The always dazzling Mary Beth Branch has played a key role in the McMinnville Downtown Association.  She has served as MDA treasurer, chaired multiple MDA committees, and was recently appointed to the city’s Historic Landmarks Committee.  Additionally, Mary Beth is a driving force behind the alien pet costume contest at the UFO Festival.  Mary Beth is committed to making downtown McMinnville sparkle.  Outside of her work with the MDA, Mary Beth operates a successful design firm, Branch Studio, and is involved with the family business, Buchanan Cellers.  Most importantly, Mary Beth enjoys being active with her growing family.  The Branches can often be found enjoying dinner or an event in beautiful downtown.  |  503-474-1721




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



Scott Cunningham


Scott Cunningham's resume spans the breadth of the restaurant industry including positions in professional brewing, fine dining, and general management in both his native California and his home now in Oregon. Walk in to the cozy confines of Scott's restaurant, Community Plate, and you'll easily see how Scott is not only in love with Downtown McMinnville and the community surrounding and supporting it, but is committed to being a constant source of energy and a bastion of vigorous ideas that move the McMinnville Downtown Association forward together.  |  503-687-1902



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




Our past MDA president, Kyle Faulk epitomizes the qualities of hard work, dedication, attention to detail and professionalism that successful organizations look for in their officers. Kyle attended the Air Force Academy and Portland State University. After graduation, Kyle began his banking career and is currently serving as Vice President and Branch Manager for Citizens Bank in McMinnville. As a town that values commitment to community, Kyle fits right in. In both business and his service to non-profits, Kyle gives 100% effort to any task he takes on. His wife, Jodie, summarizes Kyle's dedication to our cherished downtown best - "He believes you must put in the time and effort into your community if you expect it to thrive."  Besides his service to the MDA, he is also a long-standing member of the Lions Club serving as their secretary and treasurer as well as a past recipient of the Distinguished Service Award for Junior Citizen of the year.

When Kyle isn't working or volunteering, you'll likely find him running while pushing the stroller with his two adorable kids, traveling with his family or taking on home improvement projects with gusto.  | 503-474-9441



Zack Geary is Project Manager for Cellar Ridge Construction, here, in McMinnville, where he makes sure that all things green continue to happen in his building world.  Although Zack is originally from McMinnville, he spent some time in Eugene, where he pursued his passion of learning at the University of Oregon.  Besides serving on a number of local boards, working at Cellar Ridge, being a stellar volunteer for the community, Zach enjoys hanging out with his wife, (Sam) and son, (Hiram).  |  503-560-0617




Debbie has been a McMinnville resident nearly her entire life and has deep roots in the community. She deeply cares about the vibrancy and growth of downtown McMinnville and is engaged in not only the MDA but is also a 20 year board member of Gallery Theater, along with acting and directing. When not at Linfield or home with her family you can catch her immersed in the shelves at Third Street Books or dominating Trivia Night at The Oak. |  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


United Capital

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



David grew up in Carlton, OR. While living in Sonoma County, he was presented with an opportunity to open The Bitter Monk in McMinnville. His understanding of the growth potential in downtown McMinnville, combined with his enthusiasm for beer and a desire to move back to Oregon made his decision to relocate an easy one. 

In addition to well-crafted beverages, David enjoys dining out. One of his favorite locations in downtown McMinnville is Thistle, where locally sourced food is prepared, presented, and served in a great setting.

Outside of work, David is fond of hiking in the Gorge with his dog Rye. The rest of his spare time is spent visiting breweries up and down the West Coast, trying different restaurants and cocktail bars in Portland, working on other business and volunteer projects, and finally sleeping if he actually gets a chance.  |  503-379-9559


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