Stephanie Gardner | Executive Director
Stephanie Gardner is a Durant native and alumni of Southeastern Oklahoma State University, where she holds a holds a Bachelors degree in Marketing and a Master of Business Administration. Stephanie is currently the Executive Director of Durant Main Street, a non-profit organization dedicated to the revitalization of Downtown Durant. She is also the owner of Pretty Lovely Events, a boutique wedding and event planning company.
Stephanie serves on the Board of Directors for the Durant Area Chamber of Commerce, Bryan County United Way, and the Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival and is on the planning committee for the Magnolia Festival and the Durant Economic Development Council. She graduated from the Durant Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Durant Class in 2015.
Stephanie enjoys spending free time with her husband, Michael, and their cat, Miss Kitty, and their two dogs, Niko and Nova. Her interests include interior design, performing arts, traveling, and crafts.
Ieysha Sanders | PR & Marketing Coordinator
Ieysha is a communications professional specializing in media studies. She uses these skills to facilitate small business growth and development, specifically through public relations planning and execution, marketing, social media, branding, and relationship building.
Ieysha completed her Bachelor's degree in December of 2020 in Communications, Public Relations & Advertising, with a minor in Small Business Management & Entrepreneurship. She has been with Durant Main Street since March of 2019, and transitioned to full time in January of 2021.
Outside of work, Ieysha loves to spend time with her husband, Kaden, two dogs, Caesar & Hondo, and three cats, Lucas, Tazman, & Tabitha. She loves to travel, sing, dance, fish, and burry her nose in good books!
Carla Dillard | Administrative Assistant
Carla has been with Durant Main Street for over 20 years. She is the glue that holds everything together!
Carla has transitioned to part-time retirement, and works once a week in the Durant Main Street office. She takes care of many behind-the-scenes tasks so our office runs smoothly and efficiently. You can frequently find Carla strolling through downtown Durant, making important deliveries and visiting with our small business owners.
Outside of work, Carla enjoys spending time with her friends and family. She loves her grandchildren and can't wait for COVID-19 to be gone so she can see them all in person.