The St. Joseph Downtown Community Improvement District board of directors represent a diversity of professions. Each member of the seven member board either owns or represents a business in the district or is a property owner.

The office is located at 713 Edmond Street. The mailing address is P.O. Box 2022, St. Joseph, MO 64502. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. The telephone number is 816-233-9192 and the fax number is 816-233-0385.

Royce BalakRoyce Balak

Royce Balak has been a Vice President and Team Leader at Commerce Bank for 14 years and is a graduate of Creighton University with a BSBA in Economics and an Honors Graduate School of Banking at Madison Wisconsin. Mr. Balak is a property owner in Downtown St. Joseph and business partner in multiple Historic Tax Credit projects in the downtown area. He has served on multiple boards and is focused on historic preservation in St. Joseph and economic development for downtown. Royce is married to Mary Balak and has four adult children and 2-grandchildren.

Ron BarbosaRon Barbosa

Mr. Barbosa is a life long resident of St. Joseph and a Downtown St. Joseph Banker for 40 years. A graduate of Christian Brothers High School and attended Missouri Western State University. Mr. Barbosa is also a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Colorado.     Ron is married to Linda and has two children and three grandchildren. They are members of the Cathedral of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

A member of the Downtown Community Improvement District Board since inception, Ron also served on the Downtown Special Business District for a number of years. Other affiliations include the St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce, Past President of the Downtown Lions Club, MO-KAN Development Inc. board member,  Northwest Missouri Children’s Advocacy Center board member, Past Board President of Bishop LeBlond High School, Past Board President of InterServe Community Services and current member of InterServe Foundation.

Rhabecca BoerkircherRhabecca Boerkircher, Executive Director has been involved in downtown development for over seventeen years.  Her professional background prior to downtown development included sales, marketing and public relations.  During her tenure, two strategic plans have been completed for downtown, several buildings have been rehabilitated and new businesses have been established.  She is the proud mother of two grown children and a granddaughter.

Pat DillonPat Dillon – Outreach / Government Affairs

Prior Board Service:  Sertoma, United Way, Chamber of Commerce, Specialty Industries, MWSU Foundation, Allied Arts, Downtown Partnership, Commerce Bank, Albrecht Kemper, YMCA.

Professional Accomplishments/Affiliations:  Sertoman of the year local and district, Russell Hill Award (Boy Scouts), Rotary service above self award, United Way outstanding volunteer award, Dinner of Champions Hope award, Chamber of Commerce economic development volunteer award. Sam Walton small business leader award.

Significant Other: Nancy Reese-Dillon (Children Erin and Patrick)

Teresa Fankhauser

Teresa Fankhauser, Executive Director, joined the Allied Arts Council in 2005. She works with local arts agencies, Missouri Western State University, the City of St. Joseph and the St. Joseph School District to foster the arts in St. Joseph. Her position includes working with local, state, and national organizations and agencies to effect positive changes for the arts. She is a past president of Robidoux Resident Theatre, Missouri Citizens for the Arts, and the Missouri Association of Community Arts Agencies, and has served as a Missouri Arts Council panelist. She currently serves on the Downtown Improvement Project Committee, and is a member of the Downtown Association. She has pursued professional development through the Americans for the Arts Conference, the Prairie Arts Management Institute, the Kennedy Centers Partners in Education Conference, the Missouri Association of Community Arts Agencies conference, and the International Festival and Events conference. Prior to joining the Allied Arts Council, she served as Managing Director of the Performing Arts Association of St. Joseph and was the co-owner/manager and Artistic Director of the Ice House Theatre. She has a B.S. in Education with a speech/theatre emphasis from Missouri Western State University.  816-233-0231  www.stjoearts.org

Bobbi Jo HughesBobbi Jo Hughes is the proud owner of Bliss Salon located in historic downtown St Joseph.  She been in business for 15 years and employs 8 stylists, 1 nail technician and 2 receptionists.  She has built the Bliss family based on individuality, kindness and their love of the industry. Bobbi Jo is super fortunate to have an amazing crew and loves her profession day after day.

They all specialize in custom colors and haircuts, pleasing their incredible clientele and continuing their education.  Her salon has traveled to different states, accomplished an award in the Guinness book of world records, won multiple awards for being “Favorite salon and Favorite stylists.” and for all this she is truly grateful.

Bobbi Jo’s best friend Miranda Huffman had a vision and opened the doors in April 2001.  Her journey in this lifetime led her to live in California, so Bobbi Jo purchased the business and the building in March 2012.

Bobbi Jo is a single mother of what she says “the greatest son ever.”  He is 18 years old and makes his mom proud daily!  He is the athlete that is mom never was. He attends Hillyards technical school and Benton high school, where he is a senior this year. She looks forward to watching this guy become a working happy professional!

Lee SawyerLee Sawyer has been with NPG Newspapers Inc and has lived in St. Joseph since 1995. Currently, Lee holds the position of Chief Operating Officer. He has responsibilities over newspapers in St. Joseph Missouri and the Kansas City Region. Those newspapers include The St. Joseph News-Press, The Warrensburg Star Journal, Miami County Newspapers, Kearney Courier, Smithville Herald, Atchison Globe and others. Lee has a background in many different areas of newspaper operations. Prior to working for NPG Newspapers Lee worked for the Lincoln Journal-Star in Lincoln Nebraska. Lee began his newspaper career at Sentinel Newspapers in suburban Denver.

Lee is a member of the Inland Press Association Board. He has been a speaker with the Missouri Press Association and graduated from the Advanced Executive Program at the Readership Institute at Northwestern University. He has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Nebraska. He is a past chairman of the St. Joseph Area Chamber of commerce and served for nine years on the Missouri Western University Foundation board.

John SpencerJohn Spencer is a partner in the law firm of Tieman, Spencer, & Hicks, LLC. Since John came to St. Joseph, Missouri in 1998, he has been an active member of the downtown and preservation community. John served on the board of Preservation, Inc. as well as their general counsel from 1998 through 2004. John next served on the board of the Special Business District beginning in 2010 and was instrumental in the formation of the Downtown Community Improvement District, serving as its first chairperson.

John has worked downtown for over sixteen years, his law firm is located within the Community Improvement District. John has supported the downtown and the arts with his time and resources, and is committed to shepherding the Community Improvement District to future success.