Leadership Conference

for Creating Arts and Cultural Districts in Virginia

Friday, May 15, 2009
9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m
Fredericksburg, Virginia

Building Arts and Cultural Districts, Speakers

Building Arts & Cultural Districts
May 15, 2009
Speakers Bios

Stephanie Coppula serves as the Director of Marketing and Communications for the Bethesda Urban Partnership, Inc.. As the director of the marketing department, Stephanie oversees the organization’s overall marketing plan which includes: large-scale festivals such as the annual Taste of Bethesda, advertising and public relations initiatives; downtown Bethesda’s Web site (http://www.bethesda.org/); specialized brochures and publications; the promotion of Bethesda’s 200 restaurants, 400 retail shops and numerous arts organizations. Additionally, Stephanie serves as the manager of Bethesda’s Arts and Entertainment District. During Stephanie’s tenure at the Bethesda Urban Partnership, she has spearheaded new initiatives for Bethesda’s Arts & Entertainment District that include The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Awards, Bethesda Art Walk, Bethesda Fine Arts Festival, Dance Bethesda, Bethesda Painting Awards, Bethesda Artist Market and Play In A Day. Previous to joining the Bethesda Urban Partnership, Stephanie worked for Golin/Harris International, a public relations agency, where she worked on the McDonald’s Family Restaurants’ account implementing special events, media campaigns and crisis communication plans. Stephanie has also served as the Director of Communications for the Hotel Association of Washington, D.C. and on the Board of Directors for the Montgomery County Conference & Visitors Bureau and Suited for Change (SFC), a non-profit organization that provides professional clothing and ongoing career education to women who are transitioning from welfare to work.

Mark K. Flynn has been the Director of Legal Services at the Virginia Municipal League since 1998. A native of Southern Illinois and raised in Loudoun County, Flynn is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (B.S. Forest Management, 1976) and Washington & Lee University Law School (J.D. 1980). He has served as county attorney in Tazewell and was the city attorney for Winchester for 11 years. He worked in private practice with the Richmond law firm of Sands, Anderson in 1997, specializing in local government and transportation law. Flynn is a past president of the Local Government Attorney's Association, an organization in which he has been active during his career.

Steve Galyean is a native of Galax, Virginia, and a graduate of Emory & Henry College in Emory, Virginia. He currently serves as the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s Director of Tourism Development. Prior to joining the staff of the Virginia Tourism Corporation in November 2005, he served as the Director of Tourism for the Abingdon Convention & Visitors Bureau in Abingdon, Virginia. Preceding his move to Abingdon, he was Executive Director of the Galax-Carroll-Grayson Chamber of Commerce in Galax, Virginia. Mr. Galyean has served two terms as President of the Virginia Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus, as well as Vice-President of Tourism Marketing and Treasurer of the organization. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Crooked Road - Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail and has served on the boards of the Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association, the Virginia Highlands Festival, and the Tri-Cities TN/VA Regional Partnership.

Marjette Glass is the Director of the Office of Economic Development for the City of Lynchburg. Her responsibilities include working with existing businesses to help ensure their success in Lynchburg as well as interacting with businesses which may be considering locating here. To that end, she has helped foster communication and develop initiatives between City government, schools, colleges, and various business and manufacturing sectors. Marjette holds a degree from Mary Baldwin College and prior to her move to economic development, she was a successful sales professional in the trust banking and insurance industries and in telecommunications and data service sales. Her high energy style and varied talents serve her well in her commitment to service and the arts with numerous local organizations, which include serving as a Board Member for the Jefferson Choral Society, past Board member of the Friends of the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra, Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra and the Dance Theatre of Lynchburg.

J. Lance Mallamo is the director of the Office of Historic Alexandria, the department of the City of Alexandria that is responsible for the stewardship and promotion of the historic City through the preservation of the City's historic and archaeological sites, artifacts and records, museum system, and for the use of these resources in accordance with professional standards of scholarship and museum procedures. The Office of Historic Alexandria is charged with providing heritage programs to enhance the quality of Alexandria's urban environment for visitors and residents by building a sense of community identity and continuity, preserving the historic cultural diversity of the City, and contributing to the City's national and international reputation. Other responsibilities include the administration of the Historic Preservation and Open Space Easement Program in cooperation with the Alexandria Historical Restoration and Preservation Commission, as well as providing staff support for the Historic Alexandria Resources Commission, the Public Records Advisory Commission, the Alexandria Historical Restoration and Preservation Commission and the Alexandria Archaeological Commission. From 1998-2007 Mr. Mallamo was the Executive Director of the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum in Centerport, New York, the former country estate of William K. Vanderbilt II, now Long Island’s largest general museum. Before that he was Director of Cultural and Historic Services for the Suffolk County, New York Department of Parks, the largest local park system in the United States, where he administered over 200 historic buildings and sites. Mr. Mallamo holds a Masters Degree in Urban Planning from Hunter College of the City University of New York, where he was awarded the James Felt Fellowship. He is also an honors graduate, with a major in History, of the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Kyle Meyer, an urban and regional planner, specializes in community revitalization and historic preservation. While working at the Virginia Department of Historic Resources for the Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program, he developed a keen knowledge of certified historic rehabilitations, the historic registers, and preservation planning, in addition to green building and environmental management. Currently, Mr. Meyer is a Community Development Administrator for the Virginia Main Street program located in the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. Through Virginia Main Street he provides downtown and neighborhood commercial revitalization technical assistance and resources to designated Virginia Main Street communities and affiliates, to Community Development Block grantees, and to any other organizations, city, town or county governments across the state. He coordinates the Virginia Main Street training events and assists program managers in public relations and educational projects, and coordinates special downtown revitalization projects. Mr. Meyer grew up in the Richmond region, has an avid taste for music and art, and enjoys outdoor recreational pursuits and adventure travel.

Building Arts & Cultural Districts
May 15, 2009

Stephanie Coppula, Manager
Bethesda Urban Partnership
7700 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814

Mark K. Flynn
Director of Legal Services
Virginia Municipal League
13 East Franklin Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Steve Galyean
Director of Development
Virginia Tourism Corporation
901 East Byrd Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4048
http://www.virginia.org/ (consumer)
http://www.vatc.org/ (industry)

Marjette L. Glass, DirectorOffice of Economic DevelopmentCity of Lynchburg828 Main Street, 10th FloorLynchburg, VA 24504434-455-4492

J. Lance Mallamo, Director
Office of Historic Alexandria
220 North Washington Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Kyle H. Meyer
Community Development Program Administrator
Virginia Main Street Program
Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development
501 North Second Street
Richmond, VA 23219-1321