Meet the Team

The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development’s (DHCD) Virginia Main Street (VMS) program features a dedicated team that seeks to help communities across Virginia create lasting impact in their downtowns and commercial districts. Get to know them!

VMS Program Manager

Courtney Mailey is the Program Manager of Virginia’s Main Street America Coordinating Program. In addition to leading the VMS team, Courtney is a passionate small-scale real estate developer, and she has been working in community and economic development for 20+ years. She loves old buildings, fresh ideas and more.

VMS Program Administrators

An urban planner with almost 20 years of experience in project management, community development and commercial revitalization, Kyle Meyer enjoys leading responsible and energetic planning teams and working with community allies to catalyze downtown revitalization. He has an avid taste for music, art and outdoor adventure.

Zachary Whitlow loves helping communities across Virginia unleash the power of small-scale, grassroots revitalization to build a sense of place and ensure economic vitality. Before joining Virginia’s state coordinating program in March 2020, he served as the Executive Director of Downtown Blackstone, Inc. (DBI) in Blackstone, VA.

Blaire Buergler has worked in local and state government and nonprofit organizations, and she has had the opportunity to raise funds for a variety of causes and help organizations increase their community awareness and overall sustainability. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors with family and friends.

Nicole Childress is a native to Southwest Virginia (SWVA). Before joining DHCD, she served as the Executive Director of the Abingdon Main Street Alliance (AMSA) in Abingdon, VA. Nicole is an avid plant person, photographer and artist that loves making genuine connections with people and exploring places that make Virginia so special.

Before joining the VMS team, Ellie Dudding-McFadden started her community development work as a Community Coach for Rural Action in Southwest Ohio and more recently as a Manager of Resource Development for United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg. She loves helping communities work towards a more sustainable future!

Program Support Specialist

In June 2022, Carina DeRochĂ© joined DHCD where she works closely with the VMS team and Microfinance program. She holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from East Carolina University, along with a Certification in Economic Development. Carina enjoys burying herself into new books, DIY crafts and planning adventures.