Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of Niles Main Street Association meets on the 1st Thursday of every month at 6pm at the Train Depot in Niles Plaza.

To reach the board, send e-mail to

Keith Elrod
Keith Elrod moved to Niles in 1997 and quickly began to work with the several Niles groups. He has served on the NMSA Board for the past 10 years, a Lifetime member of both the Essanay Silent Film Museum and the Pacific Railroad Association. Keith has been a dealer in Memory Lane (formerly Bite and Browse) for the past 12 years and opened his own business, Keiths Collectibles and Books in 2007. Keith has been the Niles Main Street Association’s Antique Fair Organizer for the past 7 years. He is employed full-time with Oracle. For the past year, Keith took off from the Board for family reasons, but is excited to again be part of the NMSA Board.
 Craig Steckler
Craig Steckler served as Chief of Police in Fremont from 1992 until his retirement in 2012. He also served as President of the Niles Rotary Club, as president of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, as a member of the board of directors for a local domestic violence shelter group (S.A.V.E.) Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments since 1992, and served on the Washington Township Hospital Advisory Board 1993 – 1998. Craig is is married to Casey, who owns “The Iron Dog Antiques and Such” in the Niles District.
Debra Telles
Proprietor of Color Me Quilts. California Native. Graduated from Kennedy High School. Has worked as Treasurer for many years for nonprofit organizations. Camp Saint Francis and Quilts of Valor.  Loves the Niles community and looks forward to working to help revitalize Main street and the community.
Rosanne Dudley

Melissa DiMatteo
Vice President
Proprietor of Joe’s Corner Deli Cafe
Don Dewey Don Dewey was born and raised in Niles. In 2000 he became owner of longtime Niles business The Turquoise Shop a Native American jewelry store on Niles Boulevard. Don volunteers on the City of Fremont’s homeless task force and has been a volunteer on the Niles Dog Show Committee since 1998.
Rae Steckler-Homorody I am proprietress of the Iron Dog in downtown Niles and feel blessed to also be a resident in town. My vision for serving on the board is to be of service to town, finding the common ground we all share and value, bringing the ideas to fruition with flair while maintaining a respect for the historical significance and our array of cultural background! We are blessed to have a beautiful place to in which to live, surrounded by incredible talent and, most importantly, a collection of people who care….there is a lot to work with here! The Niles Altar Walk for Day of the Dead was a project I orchestrated with the help of an amazing group of locals! I worked to bring a Certified Farmers Market into town on Saturdays, Headed up the Niles Concerts on the Plaza for 3 years, assisted with Niles Oktoberfest and the Niles Crab Feed.
Diana Brumbaugh Diana Brumbaugh returned to Niles in 2000 when she was hired as a science teacher at her alma mater Washington High School. She has been a member of NMSA for 10 years, and has volunteered for many of its events. Diana loves the creative and tight-knit community of Niles, and wouldn’t live anywhere else. She knows that part of what makes Niles so special is the activities that NMSA puts on year after year. She is currently principal at Niles School.
Deni Caster Deni lived in Niles in the mid 1980’s and remembers fondly her son learning to ride his bike up and down the streets. She moved to the Parkmont area, but was able to return to Niles in 1997. Deni worked with the Niles Dog Show committee for over 10 years and has learned how to set up a challenging Pink Flamingo golf hole. Deni believes that the balance between residents, the neighborhoods and our Main St economy are all intertwined and that NMSA affords the opportunity for everyone to have a seat at the table. “I can not imagine loving Niles as much as we all do, and not being a member of NMSA”.
Lorna Jaynes