Meet the Team


Board of Directors

Jama D. L. Smith

President


Jama is the owner of Littlejohn Auctions, Inc. She was born and raised in Auburn, Indiana. She’s married to Thom Smith, a local attorney, and is the mother of three college students. Jama also serves as the Secretary for the Excelsior Arts Academy Board of Directors and is a Downtown Auburn Business Association Volunteer.

Jessica Griffith Vice President / Economic Vitality Chair

Jessica Griffith lives in Auburn and is part of the team at DeKalb Chamber Partnership. She is studying Organizational Leadership at Trine University, is a member of the PTO at McKenney Harrison Elementary, and is in the 2021 Cohort for LEADS DeKalb. Jessica has been married to her husband Adam for eight years and they have three children, Grayson, Jax, and Mollie, and one cat, Bianca. She has lived in Auburn for nearly three years and is dedicated to giving back to the community that has been so welcoming to her.

Austin Macy Board Member / Jr Main Street Chair

Austin has had a passion for developing others throughout his entire life and has a deep desire to find unique ways he can help improve the education system. 

Having spent years coaching individuals and students in a wide variety of settings, it is a natural fit to join AMS with the mission of helping the youth in the area create an impact. The desire to get involved with AMS comes from an effort to give back to community that gave so much to him throughout his 27 years here.


LaDonna Felke
Treasurer/ Board Member

A life long DeKalb County resident, LaDonna Felke is currently the owner of LaBella Flora Children's Boutique. LaDonna and her husband Steve, also use their time renovating homes in Auburn area. She loves spending time with her three adult children and grandchildren. She enjoys all Auburn has to offer with a strong desire to make it a better place to live and work.

Lucas Straw
Board Member/ Promotions Committee Chair

Lucas Straw works at Team Quality Services in Auburn, where he resides with his fiancé, Cameron and their cat, Maverick. Lucas graduated from Ball State University with a double major in Finance and Economics with a concentration in Financial Analysis.

Lucas is on the boards for Junior Achievement of DeKalb County as well as Downtown Auburn Business Association (DABA). Living just two blocks away from downtown, Lucas is passionate about growing and providing a promising future for Auburn and the community.

Tyler Wolfe Board Member / Design Chair Façade Grant Program

I have grown up in DeKalb County and seen many changes take place. Being in the commercial construction industry for over 15 years, it is exciting to see what’s in store for Auburn. After graduating from Manchester University, I came back to work in Auburn and have been involved in many projects in and around the community. I currently work at FCI Construction as an estimator and appreciate seeing the effort taking place to both preserve Auburn’s history and promote growth with new businesses and a fresh look downtown. Both of my parents taught in area school systems and I have a strong commitment to seeing our community grow and succeed. My wife Kileigh and I have (4) kids that are all enrolled in the Dekalb Central School System and we look forward to all the opportunities ahead as Auburn continues to grow.

Mike Littlejohn
Secretary/ Board Member

Mike Littlejohn has been in the jewelry business for 38 years and owns Carbaugh Jewelers in downtown Auburn. Mike is the President of the Downtown Auburn Business Association (DABA) and has served in that role for the past 17 years. Mike feels it is his duty to constantly strive to make this community the best it can be. His love of Downtown Auburn has always been his calling card first and foremost and anyone who knows him will tell you that.

Having grown up just four blocks from Downtown Auburn has given him the prospective to have seen many changes over the years, but also see the current changes and excitement as the necessary path to travel toward the future. Mike is excited to be part of the current Main Street board, and hopes the community is enjoying the transformation that is making Auburn the best that it can be.

Liz BradenBoard Member

Liz (Szewczyk) Braden is a meteorologist with Fort Wayne's NBC. She was raised across the state in NW Indiana, affectionately known as "The Region." Liz is a Ball State alumni with a degree in Meteorology and Climatology.

When she's not forecasting the weather, you can catch her going around to different communities during the NBC morning show and previewing events across NE Indiana, which is what led her to Auburn a year ago. She's loved the community ever since and is happy to join Auburn Main Street and showcase why this city is so special to her.

Amber Caccamo
Board Member

Amber Caccamo is newer to the Auburn community by way of past executive director of the ACD Festival from 2017-2019. She currently is director of the DeKalb County Visitors Bureau and oversees all tourism in the County.

Along with serving on the Auburn Main Street Board, she also sits on the ACD Festival Board as well as the ACD Museum Board.

McKenna Clifford
Board Member

Raised in DeKalb County on her family farm, Clifford considers herself blessed to be back in DeKalb raising her daughter, Charlotte, near their generational farm. As a Wealth Partner with Credent Wealth Management, she empowers those around her by guiding them through their financial walk and partnering in the accomplishment of their goals. With an attitude of gratitude, Clifford is passionate about developing those around her.

She serves as a board member and volunteer for Image of Hope, superintendent and fundraising chair for DeKalb County 4-H Council, Big Sister in Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Social Chair for Young Professionals of DeKalb County. “I have admired the positive changes our downtown has experienced within the last 10 years. I am excited to integrate my education, experience, and passions to make an impact and represent Credent’s dedication to our community along the way,” said Clifford.

Brandy Coburn
Board Member

I work for the City of Auburn as Executive Assistant to Mayor Ley. Prior to working for the city I worked in International Education as the Director of Admissions for a school that taught ESL. I have an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration with emphasis in management & marketing from Indiana Tech. I also serve on the DeKalb Humane Society and Visitor’s Bureau Board, and I head up the Community Cat (TNR) Program.

I live in Auburn with my two son, Alex and Michael

Staff

Ann Finchum
Executive Director

Ann is a native of Auburn. She graduated from Ball State University majoring in both Finance and Insurance. She has worked in the financial industry for over 29 years. She has always found a way to give back to Auburn with her passion for volunteerism.

Ann has been a Auburn Classic Noon Lions Club member for 20 years. She has served on numerous boards throughout DeKalb County: Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival, Kiwanis, DeKalb County Purdue Extension Office, Purdue Council for Agricultural Research/Extension/Teaching (PCARET), Serenity House, and several others. She has been an officer on all of the boards she has served on.

During her time in AMS she assisted in AMS becoming a designated Indiana Main Street, updating the Downtown Revitalization Plan, Main Street Revitalization Grant (Sixth/Main project), and was recognized in 2015 as Indiana Main Street Volunteer of the Year.

After her board term and presidency of AMS Ann has continued to serve AMS as chair of the Economic Vitality Committee.

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Amber Haiflich
Community Coordinator

Ms. Amber Haiflich has over 5 years of experience in design, communication, and organization with a Marketing Coordinator and Administrative background. Her professional interests focus on developing creative solutions for all situations that are fueled by a passion to create the wow factor through unique offerings and attention to detail. Before arriving at the position of Community Coordinator for Auburn Main Street, Amber worked for The Messenger Co. as a Marketing Coordinator, State Farm Insurance as Sales and Marketing Lead, and with the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum as a Weekend Supervisor. Amber is a lifelong native of Auburn, Indiana. She graduated from DeKalb High School in 2006 and attended IPFW majoring in art. She is active in the community and has served as a soccer coach for her son's soccer team through the YMCA. She resides in Auburn with her fiancé, Branden, and their 4 children. In addition to their children, they also have 2 fur babies, a dog, and a cat. She and her family live by the motto: “Be the change you wish to see in the world!”

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