Faces of Downtown Bellefonte Inc.

Downtown Bellefonte Inc. Board of Directors

Ellen Matis

Ellen is the president of Downtown Bellefonte Inc.'s board, and owner of downtown businesses Hello Social Co. and Studio 1795. In both her work as a social media agency owner and through volunteering, she uses social media to connect more people to their communities and neighbors. 

Ellen sits on the Marketing and Business Owners committees for Downtown Bellefonte Inc.

When she's not at Studio 1795, you can usually find Ellen grabbing a Bonfatto's latte or walking her dogs around the neighborhood.

Rod Beard

Rod Beard is the Vice President of Downtown Bellefonte Inc. He is the owner of Beard Law Co. in downtown Bellefonte.

Taylor Decker

Taylor is currently serving as the DBI Treasurer. She is a graduate of East Carolina University where she obtained a B.S. in Accounting. After graduating she has worked in the financial services field as a Research Analyst, Portfolio Manager, and Performance and Attribution Analyst. Taylor has also worked on GIPS Compliance for a large mutual fund company.

Taylor grew up in Central Pennsylvania and has proudly called Bellefonte her home for the past 11 years. In her spare time, Taylor enjoys tap dancing, camping, and spending time with her husband, two daughters, and three dogs in beautiful Bellefonte.

Virginia DiRienzo

Virginia DiRienzo is the secretary of Downtown Bellefonte Inc. She is currently a manager at KPMG in the Resource Management Support Team. She has spent the bulk of her career working with professional services firms in the areas of scheduling, reporting and compliance. She and her husband are in the process of renovating one of the homes in the historic district and are looking to find ways to make a positive impact on their adopted community.

Melissa Hombosky

I first joined DBI at as a representative of Bellefonte Borough Council, but quickly realized what a great booster it could be for the larger revitalization of Bellefonte. I'm involved in a few committees, but feel like I make the most impact with the Events committee, where we are committed to developing events that highlight our downtown businesses and natural assets, while working to change the perception of what's possible in our beloved community.

Outside of DBI, I co-own 3twenty9 Design, a web and graphic design shop with my husband, Troy Weston. I love getting my hands dirty with new projects or learning new skills, camping adventures in yurts where we bike to the next brewery, or cooking for and sharing with the people who make you laugh the most.

Mike Scott

Mike Scott is a Downtown Bellefonte Inc. board member, and a the chair of the Economic Vitality Committee.

Chad Feather

As a sales professional throughout my career I have always been passionate about building relationships and adopting new concepts that better myself, my company and my client's experience.

During this time, I have had the privilege of working alongside talented individuals with various businesses throughout Central Pennsylvania.

I have worked in the financial industry since 2001 assisting Individuals and Businesses with their Financial Well Being.

Fulton Bank's Cash Flow Conversation assists me in helping small businesses Accelerate Receivables, Manage Payables, Forecast their Future Cash Flow Position and make sure they have Access to Credit when needed. Our proprietary tools position us as an Industry Leader.

My areas of expertise include: Health Care, Agricultural, Professional Services, Manufacturers and Wholesalers, focusing on Small Businesses with Annual Revenue between $1 and $5 Million.


Main Street Manager, Gina Thompson

I've lived in Bellefonte Borough since 2005, moving here after graduating from Penn State. I taught 9th grade World History at State College Area High School for nine years and 7th and 8th grade at Centre Learning Community Charter School for one year. After completing my M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction in 2018, I was eager to explore new professional opportunities. It was around that time that I got involved in the Bellefonte community, first by serving on Bellefonte Borough Council and then by volunteering with Downtown Bellefonte Inc. to help plan and organize its special events.

I've always been passionate about community, but didn't exactly know what that looked like for me until I met the folks at DBI and got involved with the organization. I was and continue to be inspired by the dedication and hard work of its volunteers. While I will always hold a special place in my heart for teaching, I am so excited for this next professional chapter and to be a part of this rapidly growing community.

Bellefonte is a special town and its residents, business owners, and volunteers are special people. It's exciting to be a part of the energy that exists right now. When I'm not being a Main Street Manager for DBI, I'm off playing in the outdoors. I love to hike, ski, camp, and backcountry canoe with my husband and daughter, mountain bike in the local state forests with my friends, and just generally be immersed in nature. I'm happiest when I'm waking up in a tent in the middle of the forest or by a lake.

Downtown Bellefonte Inc. Committees


Ellen Matis, Chair
Melissa Hombosky
Mark Dello Stritto
Loren Stamm
Sarah Moyer

Economic Vitality:

Mike Scott, Co-Chair
Joseph Griffin, Co-Chair
Jenni Kahler
Kathryn Spielvogel
Sean Yoder


Nancy Perkins, Chair
Joanne Tosti-Vasey
Taylor Decker
Maria Day


Robbin Degeratu, Chair
Rod Beard
Lesley Kistner
Taylor Decker


Melissa Hombosky, Chair
Loren Stamm
Virginia DiRienzo
Sarah Moyer
Helen DeFilippis
Ellen Matis
Troy Weston
Lori Miller
Lesley Kistner
Dana Donofrio