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Board Members

dana gafford

Dana grew up in Opelika and graduated from Opelika High School. She went on to attend Southern Union and Auburn University. She worked for her family business, Comm-Pak, Inc. for 22 years, then later became a partner in her husband, Trey’s business, while raising two boys, Jackson and Davis. In 2012 she started, Revolution Images, a photography business specializing in panoramic and architectural photography. Trey started a new business, Baker Street Digital and in 2016 they both moved their offices to downtown Opelika.  She has been a member of the Opelika Main Street Board for three years and is currently working as the interim executive director for Opelika Main Street. She is thrilled with the changes that have occurred in the downtown area over the last 10 plus years and is excited to be part of the momentum of growth and improvement that is to come.

dana gafford

Dana grew up in Opelika and graduated from Opelika High School. She went on to attend Southern Union and Auburn University. She worked for her family business, Comm-Pak, Inc. for 22 years, then later became a partner in her husband, Trey’s business, Northstar Advertising, while raising two boys, Jackson and Davis. In 2012 she started, Revolution Images, a photography business specializing in panoramic and architectural photography. Trey started a new business, Baker Street Digital and in 2016 they both moved their offices todowntown Opelika. She spends most of her time either working, eating and shopping in downtown. She has been a member of the Opelika Main Street Board for two and a half years and is currently working as the interim executive director for Opelika Main Street. She is thrilled with the changes that have occurred in the downtown area over the last 10 plus years and is excited to be part of the momentum of growth and improvement that is to come.

robert elliott

Robert grew up just up the road in LaFayette, AL. After earning a BS in Sociology at Jacksonville State University, he decided to travel the world. He married his wife, Megan, in 2006, and they have been to nearly every continent. Following two years living in Kathmandu, Nepal, they found a house in Opelika in 2012. He now works at his father's insurance agency, Elliott & Associates Insurance, where he is in charge of marketing and IT. Robert is proud of his city and is glad he and Megan get to raise their three kids in Opelika

ROBERT ELLIOTT

Robert grew up just up the road in LaFayette, AL. After earning a BS in Sociology at Jacksonville State University, he decided to travel the world. He married his wife, Megan, in 2006, and they have been to nearly every continent. Following two years living in Kathmandu, Nepal, they found a house in Opelika in 2012. He now works at his father's insurance agency, Elliott & Associates Insurance, where he is in charge of marketing and IT. Robert is proud of his city and is glad he and Megan get to raise their three kids in Opelika

billy jackson

Billy graduated from Opelika High and Auburn University with a degree in Public Relations. He worked with the Opelika Fire Department, Opelika Parks and Recreation and then worked at EAMC for 21 years, before returning to Opelika Parks and Rec. Presently, he serves on the board of directors for Keep Opelika Beautiful, The Museum of East Alabama as well as Opelika Main Street. He grew up spending time in downtown Opelika in the 1960’s eating lunch at Woolworth’s and Haynie’s Drug Store. "It is a privilege to work with the Main Street Board of Directors to help return downtown Opelika to the destination it was back then."

BILLY JACKSON

Graduated from Opelika High and Auburn University with a degree in Public Relations. Worked with the Opelika Fire Department, Opelika Parks and Recreation and then worked at EAMC for 21 years, before returning to Opelika Parks and Rec. Presently serves on the board of directors for Keep Opelika Beautiful, The Museum of East Alabama as well as Opelika Main Street.Grew up spending time in downtown Opelika in the 1960’s eating lunch at Woolworth’s and Haynie’s Drug Store. It is a privilege to work with the Main Street Board of Directors to help return downtown Opelika to the destination it was back then.

graham hage | Vice president

Raised in Houston, TX, Graham Hage came to Auburn in 1995 to attend Auburn University. Zazu first opened in August of 2007. Two moves later, in 2015, Zazu opened its doors to Opelika in a beautiful 1800’s building that had been meticulously renovated. Graham has two sons, Lodan (11) and Hudson (8). He also just recently moved just a couple of blocks from downtown into a beautiful home in the historic district

GRAHAM HAGE

VICE PRESIDENT

Raised in Houston, TX, Graham Hage came to Auburn in 1995 to attend Auburn University. Zazu first opened in August of 2007. Two moves later, in 2015, Zazu opened its doors to Opelika in a beautiful 1800’s building that had been meticulously renovated. Graham has two sons, Lodan (11) and Hudson (8). He also just recently moved just a couple of blocks from downtown into a beautiful home in the historic district

aaron bushey | SECRETARY

Aaron Bushey is a graduate of Lee-Scott Academy and Auburn University and has been in the Opelika/Auburn area for 30 years.  He is the owner of Almost Anything which is located next the courthouse in downtown Opelika.  He and his wife, Wendy, and son, Mason, reside in Opelika where Mason attends Jeter Primary School.  The energy of the downtown community inspired Aaron to become involved with Opelika Main Street where he worked to help organize the member businesses to cooperate on projects and events.  He joined the Main Street board in 2017.

AARON BUSHEY

SECRETARY

Aaron Bushey is a graduate of Lee-Scott Academy and Auburn University and has been in the Opelika/Auburn area for 30 years.  He is the owner of Almost Anything which is located next the courthouse in downtown Opelika.  He and his wife, Wendy, and son, Mason, reside in Opelika where Mason attends Jeter Primary School.  The energy of the downtown community inspired Aaron to become involved with Opelika Main Street where he worked to help organize the member businesses to cooperate on projects and events.  He joined the Main Street board in 2017.

kathy penton

Kathy has lived in Opelika since 1972. She is married and has two grown children.  She is retired, but before retirement she was one of the previous owners of Southern Crossing. For 20 years she watched downtown grow. After retiring she wanted to stay involved in downtown and was delighted when asked to join the board.

KATHY PENTON

Kathy has lived in Opelika since 1972. She is married and has two grown children.  She is retired, but before retirement she was one of the previous owners of Southern Crossing. For 20 years she watched downtown grow. After retiring she wanted to stay involved in downtown and was delighted when asked to join the board.

nathan kastner

Nathan Kastner is managing partner of Smith-Kastner Wealth Management, a local financial planning firm he joined after graduating from Auburn University in December 2004. He holds Bachelors degrees in both Economics and Business Administration. After graduating, Nathan enrolled in the Certified Financial Planning™ program at the University of Georgia. In 2009, he was awarded the CFP® designation after completing the 2-day, 10-hour examination in the fields of financial planning, risk management, investments, tax planning and management, retirement and employee benefits, and estate planning. The CFP® designation is the most widely recognized designation in the financial industry.

NATHAN KASTNER

Nathan Kastner is managing partner of Smith-Kastner WealthManagement, a local financial planning firm he joined after (finally)graduating from Auburn University in December 2004. He holds Bachelors degreesin both Economics and Business Administration. After graduating, Nathanenrolled in the Certified Financial Planning™ program at the University ofGeorgia. In 2009, he was awarded the CFP® designation after completing the2-day, 10-hour examination in the fields of financial planning, riskmanagement, investments, tax planning and management, retirement and employeebenefits, and estate planning. The CFP® designation is the most widelyrecognized designation in the financial industry.

brad waites | president

Brad is a native of Birmingham and has lived in Opelika for four years. He is a 1999 graduate of UAB and has worked in business development in the real estate and healthcare fields since graduation. As a realtor with Berkshire Hathaway and resident of the Northside Historic District, Brad is dedicated to preserving the character and history of our community. 'I’m really fortunate that my career and work with Main Street really do go hand in hand.' Brad is passionate about urban revitalization and is really excited about the momentum downtown has developed over the last decade. 'One of the coolest parts of living in our historic district is the ability to walk downtown to shop, have dinner or to grab a drink.

BRAD WAITES

Brad is a native of Birmingham and has lived in Opelika for four years. He is a 1999 graduate of UAB and has worked in business development in the real estate and healthcare fields since graduation. As a realtor with Berkshire Hathaway and resident of the Northside Historic District, Brad is dedicated to preserving the character and history of our community. 'I’m really fortunate that my career and work with Main Street really do go hand in hand.' Brad is passionate about urban revitalization and is really excited about the momentum downtown has developed over the last decade. 'One of the coolest parts of living in our historic district is the ability to walk downtown to shop, have dinner or to grab a drink.

kris bailey | Treasurer

Originally from Opelika, Kris is a 2003 graduate of Opelika High School. He received dual Bachelor degrees in Health Services Administration and Finance from Auburn University in 2008. After graduating, Kris worked in healthcare consulting in Birmingham, Alabama for several years until moving back to Opelika. Currently, Kris works as a Service Manager at Well Fargo Bank, where he has been employed since 2013. He joined the Opelika Main Street Board last year and has put his skills to work as Treasurer as well as chairing the Promotions Committee. Kris recently bought a house near downtown which allows him to spend most of his spare time eating and socializing at our local restaurants.

KRIS BAILEY

TREASURER

Originally from Opelika, Kris is a 2003 graduate of Opelika High School. He received dual Bachelor degrees in Health Services Administration and Finance from Auburn University in 2008. After graduating, Kris worked in healthcare consulting in Birmingham, Alabama for several years until moving back to Opelika. Currently, Kris works as a Service Manager at Well Fargo Bank, where he has been employed since 2013. He joined the Opelika Main Street Board last year and has put his skills to work as Treasurer as well as chairing the Promotions Committee. Kris recently bought a house near downtown which allows him to spend most of his spare time eating and socializing at our local restaurants.

JOHN CORBIN

John, originally from Opelika, spent most of his life in Daphne, AL, but enjoyed returning often during summers and holidays to visit with family. He has also resided in Guntersville, AL as well as Douglasville, GA. After Graduating Culinary School, he attended Auburn University, where he acquired a BS in Hospitality Management.  John went on to manage several restaurants and hotels across the South East before moving back to Opelika almost 5 years ago.  Currently he is a co-owner of Red Clay Brewing Company, in Downtown Opelika. He is also a co-owner of Long Pine Hospitality, which manages the food service on Southern Union’s Opelika Campus, in addition to outside catering to the area. John, and his wife Mandy, have a 5-year-old daughter Emma. They enjoy traveling and being outdoors.

JOHN CORBIN

John, originally from Opelika, spent most of his life in Daphne, AL, but enjoyed returning often during summers and holidays to visit with family. He has also resided in Guntersville, AL as well as Douglasville, GA. After Graduating Culinary School, he attended Auburn University, where he acquired a BS in Hospitality Management.  John went on to manage several restaurants and hotels across the South East before moving back to Opelika almost 5 years ago.  Currently he is a co-owner of Red Clay Brewing Company, in Downtown Opelika. He is also a co-owner of Long Pine Hospitality, which manages the food service on Southern Union’s Opelika Campus, in addition to outside catering to the area. John, and his wife Mandy, have a 5-year-old daughter Emma. They enjoy traveling and being outdoors.

MELISSA MUNFORD

Melissa is a native of Camp Hill, Alabama and has lived in Opelika for 12 years. She is a licensed insurance sales manager for Allstate Insurance Company, The Carswell Agency and has worked in the insurance field for the past 15 years. She is also a dedicated member of Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church where she serves with the youth and preside over the women’s choir ministry. As a dedicated insurance agent and a resident of Ward 2 Melissa loves to help her fellow citizens in any way possible to improve the lives and livelihood of all those around her. Melissa is the proud mother of 3 Eric 16, Morgan 14, and Makayla 9. She believes there is no better place to live and to raise a family than in Opelika, Alabama.

MELISSA MUNFORD

Melissa is a native of Camp Hill, Alabama and has lived in Opelika for 12 years. She is a licensedinsurance sales manager for Allstate Insurance Company, The Carswell Agency and has worked in the insurance field for the past 15 years. She is also a dedicated member of Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church where she serves with the youth and preside over the women’s choir ministry. As a dedicated insurance agent and a resident of Ward 2 Melissa loves to help her fellow citizens in any way possible to improve the lives and livelihood of all those around her. Melissa is the proud mother of 3 Eric 16, Morgan 14, and Makayla 9. She believes there is no better place to live and to raise a family than in Opelika, Alabama.

JONATHAN SAVAGE

Jonathan moved to Opelika 10 years ago. His path to the Railroad Town took him through Destin, Birmingham, and Auburn University. A 2001 graduate of Auburn, Jonathan has worked in Wholesale/Light Manufacturing, IT, Continuing Education, Non-Profit, Event Production, Marketing, and Federal Construction Contracting. He, his wife Sarah, and their 1.5 year old daughter Chaney, reside in Ward 2. In addition to Main Street, Jonathan also serves on the board of the Opelika Chamber's 20 Under Forty program (Class of 2017) and Rebuilding Lee County. He is also a 2013 graduate of Leadership Lee County.

JONATHAN SAVAGE

Jonathan moved to Opelika 10 years ago. His path to the Railroad Town took him through Destin, Birmingham, and Auburn University. A 2001 graduate of Auburn, Jonathan has worked in Wholesale/Light Manufacturing, IT, Continuing Education, Non-Profit, Event Production, Marketing, and Federal Construction Contracting. He, his wife Sarah, and their 1.5 year old daughter Chaney, reside in Ward 2. In addition to Main Street, Jonathan also serves on the board of the Opelika Chamber's 20 Under Forty program (Class of 2017) and Rebuilding Lee County. He is also a 2013 graduate of Leadership Lee County.