Board of Directors & Staff Come In!

Kim Granholm

Kim owns Aurora Fastprint located at 54 E. Galena Blvd. in downtown Aurora. She took over the family business from her late father, Tom, who served as a former president of Aurora Downtown.

Jon Monsma

Vice Chair
Jon is the Economic Development Specialist at Invest Aurora.

Jason Sunderland

Events Chair
Jason is a broker for Keller Williams Realty. Jason also works at SciTech Hands on Museum.

Kristine Walker

Kristine works at Presidio in Naperville.

Gina Salamone

Streetscape Chair
Gina is a lawyer for Huck Bouma. Gina is a director at the firm and concentrates her practice on elder law, estate planning and special needs planning

Penelope Torres

Governance Chair
Penelope is a downtown resident and serves as director of operations for Aurora Pride. She is dedicated to helping Aurora become a more equitable and inclusive city.

Brian Failing

BAR Chair
Brian is the executive director at Aurora Regional Fire Museum.

Cort Carlson

Marketing Chair
Cort is the executive director of Aurora Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Karen Christensen

Board Member
Karen is the city of Aurora's former director of downtown development. Karen also started A-Town Poetics, a poetry group that meets locally. She was named Aurora's first Poet Laureate in 2019.

Scot Bode

Board Member
Scot is the owner of PME Cake Supplies located at 35 N. Broadway in downtown Aurora. Scot has assisted in the efforts along the Broadway corridor.

Andrea Pikscher

Board Member
Andrea is the Programs Manager at Paramount School of the Arts.

Yvonne Toney-Thompson

Board Member
Yvonne is the owner of The Cotton Seed Creative Exchange, 8 N. Broadway in downtown Aurora. She was elected to the board in 2020.

Kim Caponi

Standing Director
Kim is the Director of Presidential Communications and Operations at Waubonsee Community College.

Kori Kasper

Board Member
Kori is the owner of Branch Gardens, an outdoor garden center and garden boutique in downtown Aurora.

Miriam Meza-Gotto

Standing Director
Miriam is the Communication Manager for Aurora Public Library.

Shannon Gutierrez

Board Member
Shannon owns Wyckwood House, a trendy home decor, clothing, and goods shop in downtown Aurora.

Bart Grometer

Board Member
Bart is divisional manager at Mentor Worldwide, and he serves on the board of The Neighbor Project.

Jesus Sanchez

Board Member
Jesus is the owner of La Quinta de los Reyes, a Mexican restaurant in downtown Aurora.

Jessica Linder Gallo

Standing Director
Jessica is the Executive Director of Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Marissa Amoni

Marissa is the Aurora Downtown Manager. She was the founder, editor, and publisher of Downtown Auroran Magazine for eight years.