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Meet the Team

Our Staff

Glenda Berry | Executive Director

Glenda was born and raised in Athens, GA. During her college years, her parents relocated from Athens to Dublin and she has called the Emerald City home ever since.

With over 30 years of experience in nonprofit management, Glenda has built a highly successful career based on her abilities as an accomplished fundraiser, creative motivator, and energetic leader. In addition to fundraising, her areas of expertise include community engagement, corporate and economic development, board and volunteer recruitment, strategic planning, and marketing/communications. She has served in executive leadership roles with the Muscular Dystrophy Association in Atlanta, the Arthritis Foundation in Atlanta and San Diego, the American Diabetes Association in Tampa and Nashville, and most recently, as the Area West Leader for Alzheimer’s Association. In this senior executive position, Glenda covered 26 states in the Central and Western US, and managed a fundraising budget of $160 million dollars – all while working remotely and traveling frequently from Dublin.

Stepping into her new role as the executive director of Dublin’s Downtown Development Authority, Glenda is thrilled to have the opportunity to “stay local” and to serve as an integral part of furthering downtown’s growth. She considers the venues under the DDA’s oversight – Theatre Dublin, Carnegie Library, Bicentennial Plaza, Jackson Plaza, and Market on Madison to be the “true gems” of the community and encourages local and out of town visitors to frequent them as often as possible.

Lauren Patterson | Main Street Manager

Lauren Patterson joined the Downtown Dublin team as the new Main Street Manager in May 2024. Lauren is a native of Dublin and a graduate of West Laurens. Over the past five years, Lauren has worked seasonally for The Exchange and gained a huge enthusiasm for downtown. She also completed an extended marketing internship at Bank of Dudley during the summer of 2023. In her most recent position, Lauren served as the Social Media and Marketing Coordinator for Hendley Properties in Statesboro.

She graduated from Georgia Southern University in May 2024 with a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations. Lauren brings a great energy and positive spirit. Combined with her impressive marketing skills and friendly demeanor, she will be a wonderful addition to the Downtown Dublin team.

Nichole Padgett | Operations Manager

Nichole Padgett joined the Downtown Dublin team as Operations Manager in May 2024. With 27 years experience in the banking industry, Nichole brings an exceptional level of skills in customer service, financial oversight, and organizational administration. She began her career at Bank of Dudley, later moving to Morris Bank. She worked for Morris Bank for ten years, most recently as Head Teller where she gained a well earned reputation for building outstanding customer relationships.

In her new role as Operations Manager, Nichole will handle the financial side of Downtown ranging from accounts payable to vendor payouts. She will also serve as primary point person for venue rentals, inventories, and Farmers Market inquiries.

Our Board of Directors

Rob Miller

Josh Crews

Clara Guyton

Lucas Cowart

Jack Walker

Jerry Pitts

Derrick Johnson

Bill Brown

Brenda Chain