The Main Street Four-Point Approach gives the framework for our four main committees:
Unless otherwise noted, meetings will be at the DDW office, 752 Main Street. This is the Emerald Management building, and you’ll enter the right-hand door on the front porch. Meetings are one hour long.
Design- 1st Tuesdays, 4:00 PM
Economic Vitality- 4th Thursdays, 8:45 AM
Organization- regular meeting time has not been set; contact the director if you are interested in joining this committee
Promotion- 3rd Tuesdays, 4:00 PM
Board of Directors
A founding member of the Downtown Westbrook Coalition in 2014, our Vice President was raised in Westbrook, graduating as the school’s Valedictorian in 1991. From an early age, he was heavily influenced from his father Phil Spiller (Sr), also a Westbrook native – who was Westbrook’s first Superintendent of Public Works, co-founder of the Westbrook Historical Society, Westbrook’s first post-Urban Renewal Mayor, and founder of one of the strongest US-Russian sister-city partnerships still in existence to this day – located In Greater-Portland, Maine.
After graduating Cornell University with B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and minor in Aerospace Engineering in 1995 – followed by an M.Eng. degree in Engineering Management with a specialty in Manufacturing in 1996 – Phil completed his Navy ROTC training and was commissioned a U.S. Naval Officer. After earning his Naval Aviation Wings of Gold in 1998, Phil completed a 20-year active- and reserve-duty career as a Navy Pilot, Mission Commander and Flight Instructor – and still continues to serve in the Individual Ready Reserves. He served in active conflict during the NATO Bosnian conflicts and Operation Iraqi Freedom, even taking live fire during one mission.
In 2005, Phil was hired by JetBlue Airways, and has served in various leadership roles including the ALPA pilot union’s Safety Officer for Portland Maine’s International Jetport, and serving on the 20-year Portland Jetport Sustainability Master Plan Committee.
Phil is uniquely positioned within the community due to his father’s background in the City of Westbrook while he was alive – as well as his godfather being the sole surviving member of the 1969-1981 Westbrook downtown Urban Renewal program, which had an immeasurable impact on the history of the downtown. His incessant drive to understand the failures of the past, and linking the nexus of Urban Renewal with the national Main Street America movement under the National Trust for Historic Preservation, serves to strengthen the foundation, necessity, and vitality of Discover Downtown Westbrook within the Westbrook Community.
In addition to his service on the board and his work with the Economic Development office and WEIC subcommittees in City Hall, Phil is active in the Westbrook Historical Society, Windham Historical Society, the Maine Historical Society, Greater Portland Landmarks, Westbrook Post 62 American Legion, Presumpscot Regional Land Trust, Portland Trails, is a Cornell University new student Ambassador, serves on the Westbrook Together Days and Memorial Day planning committees, the Greater-Portland Russian sister-city committee, is a promoter for the Portland Boxing Club, on the Westbrook-Gorham Rotary service organization, an advisory councilor for Westbrook’s My Place Teen Center, a mayoral-appointed Westbrook Recreation & Conservation Commissioner, and represents Westbrook on the regional “Visit Portland” tourism Board of Directors.
Because of his numerous volunteer efforts within the community, Phil was recently named the Pilot Volunteer of the Year award at JetBlue Airways – which benefited the Downtown Westbrook Coalition with a donation to their non-profit.
With a keen eye to Westbrook’s colorful and mill-driven historical past, strong engagement in its present, and an aggressive promotion of its potential future – Phil is dedicated to accelerating Westbrook and its downtown into a thriving, business-friendly, and customer-driven high-performance destination in Maine.
Cary Tyson is a Westbrook resident and serves as the Community Economic Development Specialist for the Kennebec Valley Council of Governments. Most recently he served as Program Officer for Economic Development and Community Engagement at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute. Prior to the WRI he served as Executive Director of the Washington State Microenterprise Association. He also served as the Deputy Director of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, Director and Assistant Director of Main Street Arkansas. While with Main Street, he served as Project Manager for the Rural Heritage Development Initiative which was a microenterprise and heritage-based economic development pilot program in the Arkansas Delta. He was elected to the national Main Street Advisory Council and served as its chair from 2011-2012. He served as a Trustee for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, on the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank’s Community Development Advisory Board and was appointed by Governor Mike Beebe to the Governor’s Advisory Council on Volunteerism. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s of Arts in English both from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Past Programs & Affiliations:
- National Trust for Historic Preservation
- Basic and Advanced Preservation Leadership Institute
- Community Development Institute
- Arkansas Public Administration Consortium
- Governmental Manager Program
- Certified Public Manager Program
- Certified Volunteer Manager Program
- North Little Rock Citizen’s Police Academy
- Arkansas Air National Guard veteran, 1991-1997
- Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas board
- Most Endangered Structures committee chair
- Historic Park Hill (North Little Rock) Neighborhood Association founder and past president
His most notable community project was leading an effort to have the rock band Def Leppard pose for a photo with the Arkansas School for the Deaf (Leopards) students and scoreboard replica in an effort to bring attention to the school. The photo trended number one on both Facebook and Reddit and helped raise money for the school.
Becky Albert is the Director of the Walker Memorial Library, a thriving modern library in a beautiful historic building in the heart of downtown. Becky grew up in Westbrook, but moved away to get her graduate degree in Library Science in 1986. After a 28-year career in New Hampshire libraries, Becky moved back to Westbrook to become the director of her childhood library. She is excited to be a part of Discover Downtown Westbrook, helping to revitalize the Main Street she remembers from her childhood. Becky also serves on the Westbrook Children’s Project Steering Committee and the board of Westbrook Arts & Culture. She is a new member of the Rotary Club of Westbrook-Gorham.
Heather is the owner and founder of the SunriseGuide, a media company that serves the green & healthy lifestyle market in Maine. They publish three titles including The SunriseGuide, the Green & Healthy Maine Visitor’s Guide, and the Green & Healthy Maine HOMES magazine. You may have seen her driving her all-electric car around town or in the Westbrook Together Days parade. Heather is a social entrepreneur with 20+ years of marketing experience in business, nonprofits and state government. She is an advisory trustee for Portland Trails, serves on the Communications Committee for the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, and the loan finance committee for the Greater Portland Council of Governments. She is passionate about Westbrook, the state of Maine, community and the arts.
Michael Dobkowski has been a member of the Downtown Westbrook Coalition Since 2014. Residing in Westbrook and also owning a business on Main Street he has served to enhance a positive culture of action. Michael grew up in Windham, Maine and attended both Cheverus and Windham High Schools. He received a BA in Political Science from the (UNH) University of New Hampshire and also achieved an MBA from (NYIT) New York Institute of Technology. Currently he is the CEO of Glacial Multimedia Inc, a medical marketing and web development company originally founded when he lived in Chicago. Glacial now employs over 30 people at the Westbrook location and serves over 500 medical practices across the country. He is passionate for the growth of the Westbrook main street area and engaging the residents to aid in the transformation process.
– Member of WEIC (Westbrook Environmental Improvement Corp)
– Discover Downtown Westbrook Board Member
– CEO of Glacial Multimedia Inc. (Google Premier Partner, Healthgrades Partner)
– Vice President of Westbrook Babe Ruth Baseball
– Past ASOA, ACES, AECOS, and Abbott Course Lecturer
– Former Yahoo Consultant with Smith Research
– Member of Riverbank Running Club
– COPE CE certification course lecturer for Ophthalmology/Optometry
– Former Westbrook Assistant Basketball Coach for 5/6 Travel Team
– Co-Founder of MIMS (Medical Internet Marketing Symposium)
Ann Peoples – Westbrook City Council at Large
She has served two terms on the Westbrook City Council (1994-96, 2003-2005) and is especially proud of her role in bringing to the area the environmentally friendly Calpine Power Plant. For 4 terms, she served in the Maine House of Representatives (2008-2014), ensuring the maintenance of our roads and bridges.
Currently, Ann serves on various PACTS (Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System) committees, including the Planning Committee, Policy Committee, and Implementation Committee. Ann is also on the Westbrook Housing Corporation Board of Directors and the Westbrook Downtown Coalition.
Ann has been honored with a Public Servant of the Year award (2007) from the Bicycle Coalition of Maine and the Maine Driver Education and Traffic Safety Association Leadership Award, 2013.
Michael Smith has been a member of Discover Downtown Westbrook since 2014. Residing in Bowdoinham, he was drawn to Westbook with the vision of bringing Sunset Ridge back to an operation golf course, after sitting fallow for 2 years. Growing up in Indiana, he settled in Maine with his family, following a 20 year career in the US Navy. Following the Navy, he was a Certified Driving Instructor, guiding 100s of teenagers to their drivers license. Currently he is General Manager/Golf Course Superintendent at Sunset Ridge, striving to make the facility a part of the Westbrook/Windham community.
– Discover Downtown Westbrook Board Member
– Maine Golf Course Superintendents Association Board Member
– JV Golf Coach Mt Ararat High School (1997-2010)
– Swimming Coach Mt Ararat High School (2000-2010)
– State of Maine Master Commercial Pesticide Applicator
Creating a vibrant downtown that supports business, culture and arts.
Judy Trepal has been a member of Discover Downtown Westbrook Since 2014. Judy grew up in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. She received a BFA in Art Education (SCSC) Southern Connecticut State College and a MFA in Design from Temple University, Tyler School of Art. A managing partner at Ethos | Vent (a multiple platform branding agency) Judy has been engaged and involved in revitalizing the downtown where the agency is located. With over 50 employees and offices that overlook the beautiful Penobscot river, she is committed to help continue enhancing the downtown area.
– Discover Downtown Westbrook Board Member
– Creative Director / Managing Partner Ethos | Vont
– Westbrook Arts and Culture Board Member
– WeBEA (We Belize Education Alliance) Board Member
– Executive Women’s Alliance Member
– Kappa Class, Lift360
Westbrook local Julie York has owned and operated Weekend Anime & Games since 2003! The hobby and game shop has supported the community interest in everything geek through retail and varied events throughout the years including helping to run PortConMaine, Maine’s Geek Culture Celebration. The store has also helped fundraise thousands of dollars for various charities under the #GeeksforGood movement. Visit her store website at www.weekendanime.com and her convention page at www.portconmaine.com. Julie is also a media and computer electives teacher and Career Preparation department chair at South Portland High School.