Board of Directors

Board Overview

Tybee Island Mayor and City Council activated the Tybee Island Downtown Development Authority (DDA) by Resolution on August 14, 2014. The geographical boundaries of the Authority are within city limits, not just the downtown area. Therefore, the name of the Authority is referred to as the Tybee Island Development Authority / Main Street Program (“Program”). Directors of the Program also serve as the Tybee Island Main Street Board of Directors. The Program By-Laws can be read by clicking the link below.

The program is governed by seven (7) Directors appointed by City Council and four (4) Ex-Officio Members. Directors work with local and state partners to provide technical assistance and financial opportunities with incentives, as available, that encourage quality growth and development while preserving Tybee Island’s unique architectural and community heritage.


Michelle Owens

Executive Director

Sarah Bernzott

Affiliation: The Tybee Tourist
Committee Liaison: Promotions
Term Expires: 2021

Maria Lancaster

Affiliation: Tybee Vacation Rentals
Position: Ex-Officio
Term Expires: 2022

Jay Burke

Affiliation: City Council
Term Expires: 2024

Ted Lynch

Affiliation: Accountants on Tybee
Position: Chair
Committee Liaison: Business Assistance
Term Expires: 2020

Bill Garbett

Affiliation: Community Representative
Position: Ex-Officio
Term Expires: 2020

Vicki Hammons

Affiliation: Lighthouse Pizza
Position: Vice Chair
Committee Liaison: Design
Term Expires: 2020

Kelly Swope

Affiliation: Kelly & Company
Term Expires: 2023

Crystal Travaille

Affiliation: Tybee Cottage Art
Term Expires: 2023

Susan Kelleher

Affiliation: Seaside Sisters/Seaside Sweets
Term Expires: 2024

Cate Campbell

Affiliation: Catie's Confections
Position: Ex-Officio
Term Expires: 2023

Michael Flores

Affiliation: T.S. Chu’s/Captain’s Quarters
Position: Ex-Officio
Term Expires: 2022

Agenda and Minutes

See all board related materials, including approved meeting minutes, on our WebLink archives.