Board of Directors

Vincent Szymborski, Board Chair

Talmer Bank 

Joan Bittner, Board Co-Chair
Polish Art Center 

Joan is the owner of Polish Art Center since 1973 along with her husband, Raymond and children. It has become one of the country's premier emporiums of Polish cultural and traditional goods. Classes in folk art are offered and tour groups are given a whirl around Poland without ever leaving Hamtramck! She has been on the Hamtramck Historical Commission since 2004 and AIS School Board since 2011. She grew up in Farmington Hills but calls Hamtramck ‘home’.

Lawrence Ingram, Treasurer
PNC Bank 

Lawrence M. Ingram is VP and Branch Manager II of PNC Bank of Hamtramck. Specializing in Business Cash Flow Options and PNC local Supplier Diversity Initiative for Metropolitan Detroit area. Ingram joined PNC Bank in May of 2005 He won the Chairman’s Award in 2009 and the Manager of the Year recognition in 2013. Ingram is the current Treasurer for the Hamtramck DDA and the Co-Chair of the PNC/WSU Project One module that mentors minority business owner on their Supplier Diversity Initiatives.

Andrew Dow, Design Committee Chair
Painted Lady 

Dr. Shamiran Golani
Golani Dental Center 

Alissa Shelton
Bank Suey

Alissa is the owner of Bank Suey, a 1920s bank that she and her family have been renovating to create a community space. Prior to branching out on her own, she was most recently the publisher of both Model D & Metromode, where she was focused on engagement, events, and partnerships. She has also worked as director of strategic development for Model D's parent company, Issue Media Group, working with publications across the country that report on small scale economic development. Alissa has a background in community engagement and communications, working with organizations such as Detroit4Detroit, AdWater Media, the Detroit Music Hall, and I am Young Detroit. She also lives in Hamtramck, just off of Joseph Campau, and is very excited about Incremental and citizen-led development.

Mayor Karen Majewski
Ex officio: Mayor of Hamtramck, Tekla Vintage

Karen Majewski began her public service in the City of Hamtramck as a member of the Historical Commission. She was elected to City Council in 2003, serving as City Council President/Mayor Pro Tem. In 2005 she was elected Hamtramck’s first woman mayor, and was re-elected in 2009 and 2013. Majewski is a former president of the Michigan Municipal League and serves on the board of Metro Matters (formerly Michigan Suburbs Alliance.) With a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, she is employed by UM’s Institute for Research on Labor, Employment, and the Economy, working on community and economic development projects in distressed communities. In 2013 Majewski and her husband bought and renovated a historic storefront building in Hamtramck’s central business district, and in 2014 she opened Tekla Vintage, a retail store offering vintage clothing and accessories.

Kathy Angerer
Staff: Director, Community and Governmental Affairs 

Kathy Angerer has been with the City of Hamtramck since October 2012 and has continually worked to attract business and commercial development, improve the DDA district, renovate four city parks, and improve residential neighborhoods. Angerer’s goal is a safe, clean, beautiful and thriving Hamtramck that is a destination where people want to live, work, visit and build their business. Angerer is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University and before coming to Hamtramck was as a school administrator for a dozen years in the Dundee Community Schools district, served in the MI House of Representatives from January 2005-December 2010 where she was elected the Majority Floor Leader during her final term. Angerer also worked as a multi-client lobbyist and issue advocate on matters of health, utility and technology, banking services and other governmental concerns in the State of Michigan.


The DDA Board consists of primarily business owners in the DDA district. Board members are appointed by the Mayor with approval by City Council.

Interested in joining the DDA? Individuals should apply via this form: noticeofinterestform.pdf 
Completed form should be emailed to City Clerk August Gitschlag ( CCing Mayor Karen Majewski ( & board member Alissa Shelton ( to ensure the Board is aware of the form. 

Who is elligble to be a director?
See the Charter:"153.006 (A)The authority shall be under the supervision and control of a Board of Directors consisting of the Mayor of the city and not less than eight nor more than 12 members appointed by the Mayor, subject to approval by the City Council. Not less than a majority of the members shall be persons having an interest in property in the downtown district. At least one director shall be a resident of the downtown district, if the downtown district has 100 or more persons residing within it."