Who We Are

About Dover Main Street

Dover Main Street is a non-profit downtown revitalization organization established in 1999 that operates under the auspices of the National Main Street Center, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Our mission is to preserve the past, promote the present & facilitate the future. This is accomplished through supporting and organizing downtown community events and programs that encourage economic development, within the context of historical and cultural preservation.



Program Director


Amelia Evans-Brown

Program Director

Works at Dover Main Street and Owner of Big Dreamer Studio

Laughter enthusiast, coffee connoisseur, pun specialists, and history lover; Amelia became the Dover Main Street Program Director in February of 2017. She brings a creative flair to the organization as an artist and events coordinator along with a “get-it-done” farm girl attitude. Amelia’s enthusiasm for community service, bringing people together and preserving the historical aspects of our downtown make her the perfect fit for this position. You will often see her walking throughout downtown with her Great Dane, Stowe, so make sure you stop her to find out all that is happening in Downtown Dover. “I’m here to make my community the best it can be and make the world smile.” Check out www.linkedin.com/in/AKEvansBrown to learn more!

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I’M POSSIBLE”

Executive Board


Eric Hagman

Chair

Fire Chief, City of Dover and Resident of Dover

Part-time Instructor, Lakes Region Community College Fire Technology Program & The NH Fire Academy and Self-employed, Project Management Consulting for the Fire & Emergency Management Industry Eric serves as a representative for the City of Dover on the Dover Main Street Board. As a resident of Dover since 2002, Eric lives with his wife, in-laws, and college age children within walking distance to downtown on Silver Street and enjoys the proximity to Dover’s great restaurants and community events.


Carrie Vaughn

Vice-Chair

Committee Chair of Run Before You Crawl

Graphic Design/Sales, Portsmouth Sign Company

Carrie is a former Executive Director and Program Director of Dover Main Street that has chosen to stay involved in the organization through the Board of Directors. Prior to her involvement with Dover Main Street she was the Vice President for the Greater York Region Chamber of Commerce. She strongly believes in the success of our locally owned small businesses and the ideals of Shop Local. Carrie helps with promotions of our events and is on the committees for the Run Before You Crawl, Restaurant Week and Holiday Events. She was awarded the Volunteer of the Year in 2015.

Member since: 2010 (Former Program Director 2010-2012)

The Golden Rule: “Do unto others, as you would have others do unto you.”


Gail Daudelin

Secretary

Chair of Sponsorship Committee

Chair of Beautification Committee

Co-Chair of Adopt-a-Spot

Works at Profile Bank, AVP of Compliance

Gail has been an active Dover Main Street Board member for the last three years. Gail serves as co-chair of the Adopt-A-Spot program, the Dover Dollars program, and Dover Pride Clean Up Day. Always willing to volunteer at events, overseeing the agendas and minutes, and leading programs, she was awarded as Dover Main Street’s Volunteer of the Year in 2013. She also serves as Secretary for the Dover Kiwanis.

"Life's not the breath you take, it's the moments that take your breath away."


Jennifer Brown

Treasurer

Member of Sponsorship Committee

Owner of Cornerstone Tax Service

Cornerstone Tax Services, LLC provides tax, bookkeeping and payroll services to individuals and businesses, as well as guidance with small business start-up. Jennifer helps Dover Main Street prepare our tax reports as a 501-C3 non-profit corporation. Her business recently moved from the downtown, to another location on Dover Point Road, but as a former downtown business owner she represents the interests of the service industries on the Board of Directors. She is a member of the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce, Cochecho Networkers, NATP – National Association of Tax Preparers, the Association of Professional Bookkeepers and Better Business Bureau of NH.

“Treat others the way you would want to be treated”

Board Members


Robert Carrier

Board Member

Self-employed contractor and has lived in Dover all his life.

Bob is a native of Dover, graduating from Dover High School in 1970. He loves this city more than anyone and has been involved in almost every major progressive undertaking that it has tackled. Bob has served on Dover’s Recreation Advisory Board for over twenty years. He served on the McConnell Center Building Committee and is a member of the Master Plan Committee. He was on the Joint Building Committee for the Horne Street School and recently served as Chair of the Police & Parking Garage Building Committee. He currently serves as the Deputy Mayor and is Chair of the new Dover High School and Career Technical Center Building Committee.

Member since: 2010

"Get IT done!"


Board Member

Business Owner of Thrive Family Chiropractic

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Danielle Festa

Board Member

Director of Dover Art Walk

Freelance graphic/web designer at Dgraphics and visual artist

As an artist and designer, Danielle enjoys her role as the Director of Dover Art Walk. After moving to Dover in 2016, joining the Dover Main Street board has been an excellent way to become a part of the community. It has been a pleasure designing the websites for DoverArtWalk.com and DoverMainStreet.org in order to better highlight the benefit each provide for promoting Downtown Dover. Danielle was the recipient of the 2017 Dover Main Street Volunteer of the Year Award.

“A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others.” - Salvador Dali


Rebecca Johnson

Board Member

Dover Gardening And Beautification Club Lead of Beautification Committee

Member of Sponsorship Committee

Owner of The Flower Room and Resident of South Berwick

Rebecca is the owner and founder of The Flower Room, a unique floral boutique in Dover, NH. She founded The Flower Room in 2014. Rebecca has over 15 years of experience as a floral designer and over 10 years of experience in flower shop management. She has gained experience in small flower shops and large retail flower shop chains. Rebecca began her journey in the floral world at Dover High School’s vocational center and continued to take classes at The Thompson School at UNH. Currently, Rebecca is a member of the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce’s Business Education Partnership, Dover Main Street Board and the Dover High School CTC advisory committee

Member since: 2017


Brendan Markey

Board Member

Works at Kennebunk Savings Bank

Brendan joined the Dover Main Street Board in early 2013 and has been contributing his talents and ideas to many of our Dover Main Street programs, representing the banking industry on the Board of Directors. Not only does Brendan work in the lending industry, he is always willing to lend a hand at Dover Main Street events, and for program and organizational needs. Brendan is also an active member of the Dover Rotary Club, and acts as a liaison between the Rotary and Main Street to keep us informed of the many projects Rotary sponsors in the Central Business District. He resides with his family in Dover, and is originally from London, England.


Tom Massingham

Board Member

Member of Downtown Dover Business Committee

Adopt-A-Spot Co-Chair of Beautification Committee

Works at Garrison Hill Florists, Inc. and Resident of Dover

A long standing member of the Dover Main Street Board, Tom represents the retail & services of downtown and promotes preserving the character and history of the City while encouraging and promoting growth and improvement. He brings a great deal of knowledge of the history of the City, the business climate, familiarity with City government in his role. He has served on the Boards of the Dover Adult Learning Center, the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce, the Retail Merchants Association of NH, and as a member of the Dover Parent’s Music Club. He is a life-long Dover resident, and has two sons, Preston and Webster.


Elena Piekut

Board Member

Chair of Beautification Committee

Works for the City of Dover and Resident of Rollinsford

Elena joined the Board of Directors in 2015 upon becoming Assistant City Planner and Zoning Administrator for the City of Dover. Elena is a native of Effingham, NH, and previously served on the Board of Directors for Downtown Ellsworth, ME. She lived in the center of downtown Dover before purchasing a home nearby in “downtown” Rollinsford. With additional non-profit experience through co-founding and working for Green Mountain Conservation Group--an Ossipee Watershed-focused organization--as well as years of experience in the municipal planning field and a BA in Human Ecology, Elena has a strong interest in how the smartly built environment can foster downtown vibrancy, ensure popular public and green spaces in dense urban areas.

Member since: 2015

“The unexamined life is not worth living.” - Socrates


Steve Piper

Board Member

Member of Beautification Committee

Works at the NH Dept of Transportation and Resident of Dover

Steve graduated from UNH with a BS in Physics and has worked in the Construction Bureau of the NHDOT for 33 years. As Station Host at the Dover Transportation Center, and serving on the Board of Directors at TrainRiders/Northeast and the NH Railroad Revitalization Association, he joined the DMS Board to help ensure that passengers of the Amtrak Downeaster have access to information about Dover’s many amenities, restaurants and events. Steve has volunteered for many Dover Main Street events over the years and currently serves as co-chair for the Dover Pride Cleanup Day event. He helped facilitate the Dover Main Street capital campaign to build the sign at the Dover Transportation Center and reconstruct the historic baggage cart that now resides within. He has resided in Dover with his wife Sue and son Aaron since 2006 and loves supporting locally-owned businesses.

Member since: 2012


Jeff Spires

Board Member

Spokesperson of Dover Art Walk

Owner/Producer, Spires Creative Media, LLC (est. 1994) and Resident of Dover (since 2001)

As a downtown business owner and Dover resident, Jeff helps Dover Main Street accomplish its mission by bridging the connections between community, business, and the City. As a media producer he brings expertise in design and branding for a variety of media output, including video, web, and print production. His love for historic preservation can be seen in the downtown historic markers and the Faces of Dover program, which seeks to highlight the history and unique people of Dover in a variety of mediums for public presentation. In addition to Dover Main Street, Jeff is Vice-Chair of the Downtown Dover TIF Advisory Board, Vice-Chair of the Dover Heritage Committee, and is the Technical Director for the United Way's Granite Youth Film Festival which is produced in part by the Dover Police Department and the Granite Youth Alliance.

Member since: 2005 (Former Board Chair 2008-2012)

"Just keep swimming" - Dory


Erin Tellez

Board Member

Chair of Beautification Committee

Works at Cinco de Mayo Bar & Grill, Dover & LPL Financial, Portsmouth and Resident of Dover

A licensed assistant and office manager with Portsmouth financial advisory firm LPL Financial, Erin Tellez has more nearly twenty years of experience in the financial and banking industries. Prior to her position with LPL Financial, Erin worked at Waddell & Reed as a financial advisor and as a branch manager at Wakulla Bank in Tallahassee, Florida. In addition to her full-time job, Erin assists her husband, Cresencio, with marketing and administration duties at their restaurant, Cinco de Mayo, in downtown Dover. A Cum Laude graduate of Flagler College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Erin also serves on the SEED Board of Directors. She and her husband live in Dover with their four children.

Member since: 2014

“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.” ? Dr. Seuss

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Dover History

Settled in 1623, Dover is the oldest permanent settlement in New Hampshire, and the seventh oldest in the United States. The town was first called Dover in 1637. The settlers felled abundant trees to build garrisoned homes for protection, thus earning it the appropriate nickname “the Garrison City” which sticks to this day. The City blossomed into a quintessential New England mill town over time- but not after its lions share of calamities including a massacre, a great flood, fires and more that shaped the City of today. This rich history can now be explored through displays at the Cocheco Millworks, on Dover Main Street’s historic markers around downtown, at the Woodman Institute Museum, the Dover Public Library, through www.facesofdover.org and through guided history tours at the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce.

The City of Dover today is a vibrant, picturesque town with an eclectic and traditional mix of artisans, eateries, shops, offices and museums located in beautifully renovated mills surrounding the large downtown waterfall, and in the surrounds of Central Avenue. We are a true “Main Street” community!

Come downtown and explore what residents love about Dover. With everything located within short walking distance around our Central Ave. square you will easily find a full day of family-friendly enjoyment and a broad range of nightlife within the City of Dover downtown.

We take pride in our locally-owned businesses, our well-manicured downtown and parks and trails, and in our hundreds of years of history.



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