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 is the Vice President of Downtown Bellefonte Inc. He is the owner of Beard Law Co. in downtown Bellefonte.
Taylor currently serves 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 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 first joined DBI as a representative of Bellefonte Borough Council, but quickly realized what a great booster DBI was for the larger revitalization of Bellefonte. She is involved in several committees, but feels like she makes the most impact on the Events committee, which is 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, Melissa co-owns 3twenty9 Design, a web and graphic design business with her husband, Troy Weston. She loves getting her hands dirty with new projects or learning new skills. She and Troy love their camping adventures in yurts and biking to the next brewery. She also loves cooking for and sharing with the people who make her laugh the most.
Mike Scott is a Downtown Bellefonte Inc. board member, and a the chair of the Economic Vitality Committee.
As a sales professional throughout his career, Chad has always been passionate about building relationships and adopting new concepts that betters himself, his company and his client's experience.
During this time, Chad has had the privilege of working alongside talented individuals with various businesses throughout Central Pennsylvania. Chad has worked in the financial industry since 2001, assisting individuals and businesses with their Financial Well Being.
Fulton Bank's Cash Flow Conversation assists him in helping small businesses Accelerate Receivables, Manage Payables, Forecast their Future Cash Flow Position and make sure they have Access to Credit when needed. Their proprietary tools position us as an Industry Leader.
His areas of expertise include: Health Care, Agricultural, Professional Services, Manufacturers and Wholesalers, focusing on Small Businesses with Annual Revenue between $1 and $5 Million.
Lesley Kistner is Public Affairs Director for The Happy Valley Adventure Bureau, Centre County’s official tourism promotion agency. Lesley has nearly 30 years of experience in the PR/media relations field, working in the legislative, state and local chamber, and destination marketing industries in Harrisburg, PA and in Centre County. She loves helping organizations tell their story and elevate their profile within the community and before customers/clients. Lesley is a long-time volunteer with Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week, mentoring high school students on business and leadership. She enjoys cooking and spending time outdoors. Lesley and her husband, Jerry, reside in the Bellefonte ‘suburb’ of Milesburg.
Amy joined the DBI board in November 2019. As a member of the Bellefonte community since 2007,
Amy has been active in Non-profit groups such as Altrusa of Centre County, The Childbirth Education
Association, and now the DBI Board, including serving on the Design Committee. Amy holds an
Associate’s degree in Photography and Visual Arts, has taken courses in Wilderness Emergency
Medicine, Beekeeping, and a variety of independent artistic, herbal, and drumming workshops.
Amy has been employed with The Arc of Centre County since 2012 as an Employment Specialist, facilitator of
Office of Vocational Rehabilitation services, and a facilitator of Discovery services. Amy holds an ACRES
(The Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators) certification obtained through the Arc and is a
member of the CBICC.
Amy is active in community activities and efforts and volunteers at St. John’s
Catholic School. Her favorite activities include traveling, art, gardening, concerts, live theatre, and
spending time with her family, daughter Laurel and partner Anthony. Amy has an artistic vision for
Bellefonte that she would like to relay through serving on the board of DBI.
Monteca is the owner of Confer's Jewelers in downtown Bellefonte. She grew up working in the store and took over ownership of the business that her grandparents started. She is a Master Graduate Gemologist and an Accredited Jewelry Professional. Monteca is passionate not only about her business, but also her family and her church community. She loves her profession and the opportunity if provides her to meet so many wonderful people.
Gina has lived in Bellefonte Borough since 2005, moving here after graduating from Penn State. She 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 her M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction in 2018, Gina was eager to explore new professional opportunities. It was around that time that she 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.
Gina has always been passionate about community, but didn't exactly know what that looked like until she met the folks at DBI and got involved with the organization. She was and continues to be inspired by the dedication and hard work of the organization's volunteers. While Gina will always hold a special place in her heart for teaching, she is 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 for her to be a part of the energy that exists right now.
When she's not being a Main Street Manager for DBI, she is off playing in the outdoors. Gina loves to hike, ski, camp, and backcountry canoe with her husband and daughter, mountain bike in the local state forests with her friends, and just generally be immersed in nature. She is the happiest when she's waking up in a tent in the middle of the forest or by a lake.
Ellen Matis, Chair
Mark Dello Stritto
Mike Scott, Co-Chair
Joseph Griffin, Co-Chair
Nancy Perkins, Chair
Robbin Degeratu, Chair
Melissa Hombosky, Chair