WDI Board of Directors and Staff

A public-private partnership, Wilmington Downtown, Inc. (WDI) is governed by a 38-member board that represents various downtown constituencies, as well as city and county governments.

The board serves from July 1 to June 30, which is WDI's fiscal year. The full board meets quarterly and the five standing committees meet every month. The WDI board chair, vice chairs and treasurer constitute the executive committee, which meets monthly.

2017-2018 Board of Directors

Executive Committee

  • Board Chair: Tom Davis
  • Board Vice Chair:  Dane Scalise
  • Secretary: Spruill Thompson
  • Treasurer: Deb Hays
  • Chair, ENJOY Committee: Cathey Luna
  • Chair, PLAY Committee: Hank Estep
  • Chair, DREAM Committee: Stephen Whitney
  • Chair, WORK Committee: Tyler Pegg
  • City of Wilmington:  Margaret Haynes
  • New Hanover County Commissioners:  Rob Zapple
  • Immediate Past Chair: Colin Tarrant


Zach Adams

Hayley Jensen

Rob Beale

Jan Kennedy

Sharon Boyd

Billy King

Fredia Brady

Sylvia Kochler

Phoebe Bragg

Mike Lardieri

Dale Brown

Eric Laut

Nancy Bullock

Laura Miller

Dawn Carter

Paul Pascarosa

Deb Causey

Daniel Pena

Gary Coleman

Jennifer Rigby

Erris Dunston

Densay Sengsoulavong

David Gross

John Walker

Jeff Hovis

  John Willse


Ed Wolverton, President & CEO

Haven Holsinger, Director of Events/ Executive Assistant to the President and CEO

Carole Wirszyla, Content Developer and Manager