DDA / Main Street | 269-535-5145

Staff and Board of Directors

Our Staff:


David Vago

Executive Director

Dave joined us in May of 2016 when we hired him as our new Executive Director. Having family roots in the area, he spent his childhood summers in and around Three Rivers; his grandfather was a pharmacist on our Main Street and an active member of the business community. Dave says that both the people and the place inspired him when he was young, and he was excited to see so many people involved and working to bring it new life. He has a 20-year professional background in tourism development, marketing, historic preservation, business management, and startup entrepreneurship. If you are thinking about getting involved in our revitalization as a volunteer, supporter, or current or prospective business owner, Dave is your first point of contact!

E-mail: threeriversdda@gmail.com

Phone: (269) 535-5145


Meritt Dickerson-Weed

AmeriCorps VISTA

Meritt is a Three Rivers native with a background in local community engagement and volunteerism. She comes to us through the AmeriCorps VISTA national service program, and is working for the year on helping to bring structure and sustainability to our volunteer program. She has been a downtown supporter since childhood, and in addition to her work on our volunteer program, has been instrumental in growing our relationships with other organizations and businesses in the community.

E-mail: merittdda@gmail.com

Phone: (269) 535-5145


Our Board of Directors:


Ron Buckhold

Board Chair

Ron works in sales with Kadant Johnson Corporation, a longtime Three Rivers manufacturer and employer. He is a native of Three Rivers, and joined the Board in November of 2017 after having helped to grow our fundraising initiatives during the previous year. He became Board Chair in March of 2018, and is helping to develop and grow our communications and business development work, in addition to maintaining his continuing role in fund development.

E-mail: ron.buckhold@kadant.com

Phone: (269) 366-5023


Amanda Yearling

Vice Chair

Amanda joined the board in the summer of 2017, and is helping to spearhead our communications and data collection work. She currently works in Data Analytics for Glen Oaks Community College. At the time she joined the board, she was Assistant Director of the Three Rivers Public Library, and was part of the conversation that led to that institutions impending move back to Main Street. She remains part of the committee planning for the new facility in the former Southern Michigan Bank and Trust building. She hails originally from Coldwater, and became our Vice Chair in March of 2018.

E-mail: mandalynn252@gmail.com

Phone: (517) 677-7642


Sherri Rivers

Secretary

Sherri Rivers joined our board in March 2018 and immediately became its Secretary. She has been involved in our communications, promotions, and events planning work since early 2017, when she and her husband John began building a new business on our Main Street. That business, Venue 45, will be an event venue and pop-up restaurant space. This innovative business model promises to be a test-bed for dining ideas and cuisines here by bringing in well-trained chefs of different types on a regular basis. Sherri and John are both Three Rivers natives.

E-mail: srivers@venue45.com

Phone: (269) 506-3592


Sharon Bachinski

Treasurer

Sharon Bachinski is the AVP Branch Manager for Southern Michigan Bank & Trust here in Three Rivers.  Sharon has been a branch manager for over 14 years.  She has also previously served on the Domestic Assault Shelter board and the Chamber of Commerce.  She is a lifelong resident of Three Rivers and is excited for all the positive changes that are getting underway downtown, and looks forward to what revitalization can offer to our citizens.

E-mail: sbachinski@smb-t.com

Phone: (269) 273-1715


Joe Bippus

Board Member, City Manager

For the last 16 years, Joe has served as the City Manager for the City of Three Rivers and as a board member for the DDA. Joe is the chair of the Economic Vitality Committee and serves on a variety of boards for the City, County and other professional organizations. He enjoys seeing the DDA plans come to fruition to make a positive difference in the community.

E-mail: JBippus@threeriversmi.org

Phone: (269) 273-1075 ext. 103


Brian McDaniel

Board Member

Brian is Senior Human Resources Manager at American Axle Manufacturing, Inc., and has been a DDA/Main Street Board member since March, 2015. He works for our board in fund development, human resources initiatives, and strategic planning.

E-mail: Brian.McDaniel@aam.com

Phone: (269) 244-0585


Timothy Raakman

Board Member

Tim and his wife, Rachel, are the owners of the future Speaking Stone Cafe, currently under construction at 51 North Main Street. Tim is also a pastor and a commercial truck driver, and has been a DDA/Main Street Board member since November of 2016.

E-mail: timraakman@gmail.com

Phone: (269) 278-0247


John Wolgamood

Board Member; Promotions Committee Chair

John, who also goes by “Charlie,” has owned the storefront at 32 North Main Street for many years. He recently became a downtown resident after moving to Three Rivers from Mattawan in 2016, but has been active in beautification and other work for our downtown community for much longer, as a co-founding member of the Three Rivers Improvement Movement (T.R.I.M.).  He became part of the committee behind HarmonyFest, Downtown Three Rivers’ signature outdoor concert, in 2015. Through his work with HarmonyFest, he became active with our Promotions Committee, and is now its chair. He joined the DDA/Main Street Board in February, 2017.

E-mail: jwolg60@yahoo.com

Phone: (269) 567-0474


Andrew George

Board Member, Economic Vitality Committee Chair

Andrew George comes to our organization with a background in political campaign work. He is currently the Night Manager at the Three Rivers Harding’s Super Market, and has embraced and taken leadership of our business recruitment initiatives. He joined the board in the summer of 2017.

E-mail: andrewmgeorge88@gmail.com

Phone: (269) 284-5151


BOARD POSITION OPENINGS

Seats on the board full but get involved in a committee – we always welcome new supporters!

Contact us at by email or phone if you’re interested in what opportunities we might have for you to get involved with our exciting efforts!

E-mail: threeriversdda@gmail.com

Phone: (269) 535-5145

Michigan Main Street

Three Rivers is a Select level community in Michigan Main Street, an official affiliate of The National Main Street Center, which is committed to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development.

DDA/Main Street Office

Contact us

Phone: (269) 535-5145
Address: 57 N. Main St., Three Rivers, MI 49093