The Highland Township Board of Trustees appointed Melissa Dashevich as the new executive director of the Highland Downtown Development Authority (DDA).
“After going through the interview process, we really zeroed in on Missy Dashevich. She had previously worked as an assistant in the DDA office to the two previous DDA directors. She had not only an understanding of how the DDA operates but at how high a level the DDA functions. We’re really pleased to have her as our new director,” said Supervisor Triscia Pilchowski.
Dashevich originally became involved with the DDA back in 2005 as recording secretary before being hired in 2007 as an assistant to former director Jill Bahm. When Bahm left, she served as the interim director until Tim Colbeck was named the new director, and then when Colbeck left she once again was the acting director of the DDA.
“Every time there was a gap, I would just step in and keep things running,” Dashevich explained. “So this time, I just thought I should throw my hat in the ring.”
Pilchowski said that Dashevich seemed “a natural fit” for the job.
“When Tim (Colbeck) left, the board appointed her as the interim director, and she took on additional responsibilities. She also has been involved with Main Street Oakland County, who gave her high recommendations,” Pilchowski said.
Dashevich was honored with Main Street Oakland County’s (MSOC) Guts and Determination Award earlier this year.
“I’m excited. I feel like I have some things that I can offer. I really want to see some good things happen for downtown Highland,” said Dashevich, who hopes to bring to light some county resources that could help local businesses.
“MSOC will be coming to the Highland White Lake Business Association luncheon to talk about what Oakland County has to offer businesses — such as classes and microloans. Also, I plan to bring BAT — business assistance team — to my district. They volunteer with participating businesses to personally tailor a business plan for them.”