We wish to thank the following people for deciding to become nominees for the DNA Board of Directors. DNA members will elect 4 people to the board on Monday, January 11 at 6pm in the Carnegie Room (3rd floor) of the Downtown Central Library. Click/press here to become a DNA member.

Ruthie Clark – “I am seeking a seat on the DNA Board of Directors because I want to give back to our city. I am an energetic, ambitious individual who has a mature and responsible approach to any task or situation that I am presented with. As a professional Accountant with over 20 year’s experience, I have a proven-track record of leadership skills, and extensive financial and business knowledge in both the for-profit and not-for- profit sector. This will be a rewarding way to share my skills and talents with an organization that I feel passionate about.”

Ruthie Clark


Don Hawf – “I wish to volenteer to further the interests of DNA in making downtown a safe, clean and enjoyable community.”

Don Hawf


LaShana Lewis – “I would love to bring diversity and a different perspective to the board. I’d also like to bring a focus to the tech initiatives growing in the St. Louis and downtown area. A video of my background journey can be found here.

LaShana Lewis


Elisha Newsome – “I have lived in St. Louis for a few years now and most of my time has been downtown. I have lived in other major cities such as Chicago, Atlanta, and DC. I really like the community feel of downtown. Since my time here, I have heard so many negative things about downtown St. Louis and people are shocked that I love living downtown and feel safe. It amazes me how much time I spend talking to people about downtown and other places to go and events going on in St. Louis. I actually started a hashtag on my Instagram, #Elishaexploresstl to show others that there is so much going in St. Louis and to promote the positive things going on in the city. I just started going to the DNA events late last year and couldn’t really participate due to my work schedule. I came to the Holiday party and even though there were a lot of people I didn’t know, there were a handful I did know and a few new faces that I met. There was still a community feel at the event that made me feel so welcomed. I talked to a member that was on the board and then gave my email address because I really wanted to be involved somehow. I figured since I already have a desire to promote St. Louis and the community I live in, this would be a great opportunity for me to step up.”

Elisha Newsome


Daniel Pistor – “I have been a Downtown resident for the past 8 years in which I have actively promoted Downtown as a great place to live and work. I have also been active with the Planning & Zoning and Safety Committees for the past year and feel my experience can help Downtown, which is arguably the most important neighborhood in the region, build on its recent success and continue to be a vital and vibrant place. In the next year, I would like to strengthen the DNA committees and get more people to participate.”

Daniel Pistor