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Tuesday, August 26, 2014   (0 Comments)
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Karen Stefl, President
Old Town Commercial Association


Megan Barrett will lead the continued revitalization of Lansing's vibrant Old Town district

LANSING, Mich. – There's a new face at the Old Town Commercial Association: Lansing resident Megan Barrett. Barrett will assume responsibilities as OTCA executive director as of September 2, 2014.

Barrett succeeds Louise Gradwhol, the outgoing executive director who has served the OTCA since 2011. Gradwhol leaves the organization to pursue graduate studies in medicine. Her contributions to the organization were many, including program development and increased community awareness.

With extensive experience working on cross-functional teams within a large non-profit organization structure and experience in public relations, community engagement, volunteer and staff management and event planning, the OTCA board of directors is excited about what Barrett brings to the table.

"Megan demonstrated a proven track record of successful community outreach and an ability to cultivate community partnerships resulting in increased company revenue and mission awareness," said OTCA board President and Such Video Partner, Karen Stefl. "We look forward to her presence in our neighborhood and our organization’s office."

Formerly the Director of Public Relations and Fund Development at Care Free Medical and Dental in Lansing, Barrett resides within the Old Town community and takes pride in the area.

"I am really looking forward to being more involved in the revitalization of the area," said Barrett. "In the five years I have lived here, I have enjoyed seeing it grow, and seeing the pride of the residents and business owners grow. I am excited to continue that in this new role."

A communications graduate of Framingham State College in Framingham, Mass., Barrett will oversee all aspects of the daily functions of the OTCA office and manage the Old Town Main Street Program, paying particular attention to fund development and oversight of the four active OTCA committees.

"Members, business owners and residents can count on the fact that I want what's best for our community," said Barrett. "I will always take their needs and wishes into account when decisions are made. I'm both executive director and resident, and I look forward to bringing that unique perspective to the position."

Old Town Commercial Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating the continued growth and revitalization of Lansing’s vibrant Old Town district through economic development, community empowerment and the celebration of culture and creativity. For additional information, please visit


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