Staff

Peter Miraglia, Interim Executive Director

Peter has been an active member of the JRC board of directors for the past 3 years and serves on the urban core and neighborhood revitalization subcommittees. He also serves on the Mayor’s ad-hoc downtown parking study.

In 2001 Peter purchased and began renovations of the former Nelson’s Department store building located on East 2nd Street in Jamestown. The building currently houses several prominent businesses including Chautauqua Music, Afloral.com and Studio D Catering.

Peter was born in Jamestown and grew up in the local area. He holds a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice from Buffalo State College and completed 30 hours of graduate studies at George Washington University. Peter gained extensive project management and supervisory experience throughout a career that spanned more than 30 years in federal government agencies, including 5 years as an active duty officer in the U.S. Coast Guard.

In 2012, Peter moved back to Jamestown with his wife Melissa. As native of the Jamestown area, Peter is excited to take an active role in the revitalization of his hometown.

Kristy Kathman, Deputy Director

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.

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 sons Lincoln and Truman. 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.

Linnea Carlson, Public Market Manager

Linnea, a native of Frewsburg, has always enjoyed all that Chautauqua County and Jamestown in particular have to offer. She obtained a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Fordham University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from SUNY Fredonia, and started her education with an Associate’s Degree in Human Services at Jamestown Community College.

Linnea joined JRC in January of 2018 and manages the Jamestown Public Market and the new Mobile Market. Linnea’s plan is to have more cooking demonstrations, children’s activities, new market events, and fresh entertainment at the Public Market. The Mobile Market program will allow individuals who are not in close proximity to a grocery store the opportunity to purchase locally grown foods.