Cristie L. Thomas, Executive Director
Cristie Thomas is the Executive Director of Marietta Main Street and as such, oversees all of Main Street's internal and external operations including events, marketing, programming, fundraising, and community outreach. Most recently, Cristie worked to facilitate the investment of nearly $92,000 into downtown Marietta's revitalization through beautification projects and volunteerism.
Before joining Marietta Main Street, Cristie most recently worked in Marietta College's Office of Civic Engagement, housed in the McDonough Leadership Center. There, Cristie oversaw leadership development programs, service-learning programs, and volunteer-based programs all aimed at connecting students with the local community.
Cristie owns a local business, has sat on a variety of local nonprofit boards and advisory groups, and has presented on social media, volunteer management, and civic engagement at a wide-range of regional conferences. She has worked with a handful of local community groups facilitating the development of action plans to meet community needs, is a writer for local magazine Clutch MOV, and has traveled to over a dozen countries.
Originally from Long Island, NY, Cristie moved to the Mid-Ohio Valley after earning her B.A. from Bucknell University and her M.A. from SIT Graduate Institute. When Cristie isn't in the Main Street HQ, you can find her wrangling her two toddlers, listening to the Hamilton soundtrack, or reading the latest Jodi Picoult novel.
Sarah Arnold, President of the Board
Sarah Arnold is the President of the Board of Directors for Marietta Main Street. Sarah joined Marietta Main Street as a volunteer in 2013 before joining the Board of Directors in 2015, and serving as Vice President in 2016. Sarah has served on the Design, Public Art, Business and Enhancement, Operations, and Executive Committees during her time with Marietta Main Street.
With a background in Architecture and Design, Sarah is the Director of Marketing at Pickering Associates, a Mid-Ohio Valley based Architecture, Engineering and Surveying firm. In addition, she founded and runs the first local print and online lifestyle magazine for the region, www.clutchmov.com.
More than just passionate about promoting her community, Sarah proactively works to make it a better place to live, work, and play. Outside of Marietta Main Street, she volunteers with the Marietta Kiwanis Club, Building Bridges to Careers, and Canstruction WV.
A Marietta High School graduate, Sarah received her B.A. in Architecture from Miami University, and is currently enrolled in a M.S. program in Technology Management through Marshall University. When Sarah isn't working, volunteering, or studying, she can be found helping her mom out in Wit & Whimzy or taking photos around town.
2017 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President | Sarah Arnold, Pickering Associates
Past President | Ryan Smith, Marietta Adventure Company
Treasurer | Jessica French, Barnes & Noble College at Marietta College
Secretary | Mary Segrest, Edward Jones
Chair of Business Enhancement | Barb Close, Huntington Bank
Chair of Design | Kyle Yoho, The Castle Historic House Museum
Chair of Operations | Leigh Oczkowski, Peoples Bank
Chair of Promotions | Debbie Cline, Twisted Sisters Boutique
Chair of Public Art | Drew Tanner, Peoples Bank Theatre [Ex-Officio]
Carrie Ankrom, Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce [Ex-Officio]
Jonathan Hupp, City of Marietta [Ex-Officio]
Courtney Knoch, Silver Linings
Amy McDonald, Joe Banal Allstate Insurance Agency