Staff

Lisa Hatch, Executive Director

Lisa, a native of Buffalo, has relocated to an area that she fell in love with while in college at Fredonia State. Lisa has two Bachelor’s Degrees in both Psychology and Sociology, with a focus in Social Work. Lisa has multiple years of supervisory experience in healthcare. Lisa loves dogs and spending time on the lake.

Lisa joined JRC in July of 2017 and is providing a new perspective for revitalizing and promoting Jamestown after seeing the rebirth of Buffalo first hand. Lisa will manage all JRC employees and assist with seeking out innovative ways to continue Jamestown’s Renaissance.

Kristy Kathman, Program & Administrative Coordinator

A native of Spencerport, New York and graduate of the State University of New York at Fredonia, Kristy moved to Jamestown in 2000. She worked as a public school teacher and school health coordinator before joining the JRC. Kristy lives with her husband Jason and two children, Tommy and Katie.

Kristy joined the organization in May of 2015 and has brought with her a tremendous passion and commitment to the revitalization of our community. Kristy helps property owners, businesses, and other JRC partners navigate a wide range of urban and business development processes.

Mary Maxwell, Neighborhood Project Manager

A native of North Carolina and longtime resident of Jamestown’s Westside, Mary oversees JRC’s portfolio of neighborhood projects, including the Renaissance Block Challenge and GROW Jamestown initiatives. She works with neighborhood leaders to build coalitions for revitalization on a block-by-block basis and helps connect city residents with resources and ideas to improve their neighborhoods.

Mary’s passion for gardening – she is a Chautauqua County Master Gardener – is matched by her love of her neighborhood, where she lives with her husband and daughter and helped establish the Westside’s Every-Odd-Year Block Sale. She received a B.A. in History Education from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC, taught Social Studies, and continued her education at JCC after moving to Jamestown. Prior to the JRC, Mary worked at the James Prendergast Library.

Christina Breen, Farmers Market Manager

A Jamestown native, Christina graduated with honors from Jamestown Community College, where she founded a club to help spur student activism. Having worked at several downtown restaurants, she is passionate about supporting small businesses and local agriculture and sees the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation as the perfect platform for doing both while enhancing the vitality of downtown Jamestown.

Christina oversees downtown and riverfront event planning, finds creative ways to enliven public spaces, works to integrate special events with the downtown business community, and builds partnerships with other Jamestown-area attractions and event planners. She also manages all facets of the Downtown Jamestown Farmers Market, including vendor recruitment, market promotion, sponsorship development, and programming. In 2014, she guided the market’s relocation and expansion to Cherry Street and its evolution into a lunch and dinner destination with prepared foods, live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, and children’s activities.

Sarah Gilbert, Grant Writer

Sarah works in concert with the rest of the JRC staff to secure funding sources at the local, state, and federal level for projects occurring downtown and in Jamestown area neighborhoods. A native of Jamestown, she graduated from Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, majoring in Peace and Justice Studies. Her professional background includes healthcare administration, grant writing, and over 15 years of service to the community. She is passionate about enhancing current revitalization efforts in her hometown.

Zach Agett, Marketing & Events Manager

Zach possesses a Masters Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelors Degree in Child Development and Education. A Jamestown native, Zach lives with his wife Breeanne and son Lincoln. He is passionate about his hometown, and loves being able to work downtown and walk the city every day.

Zach joined JRC in July of 2017 and manages Jamestown Up Close and all other media affiliated with the organization. He will also manage existing events and seek new events to further highlight the Greater Jamestown area.