DMI Names Gerken as Executive Director


The Board of Directors of Downtown Milford, Inc. (DMI) has named Milford resident and Milford High School graduate (’05) Patricia (Trish) Gerken as its new executive director, effective September 23.

Gerken joins DMI with over five years of experience in the non-profit and public sectors. Most recently, she served as Site Supervisor of Buena Vista in New Castle, DE, a Nationally Registered Historic Site, where former US Secretary of State John Clayton and Delaware Governor Buck resided. Prior to that, she did marketing, event and retail coordination for the Delaware State Parks and volunteer coordination at the Delaware Agriculture Museum and Village.

With a passion for historic preservation, several years of successful event and programming oversight, and experience in volunteer management, grant writing, marketing and social media, Gerken comes to DMI with the qualifications and energy needed to move the organization and Downtown Milford forward.

Murrie Zlotziver, DMI’s previous executive director, resigned in May and Causey Mansion Bed & Breakfast owner, Joe Phillips, filled in as Interim Executive Director. The DMI Board is grateful for Phillips’ service to our Downtown.

“We are excited to have someone of Trish’s experience and enthusiasm to bring a new perspective to DMI and our mission of promoting and advancing Milford’s Downtown,” said Peggy Reilly, president of the DMI Board of Directors.

Gerken’s primary responsibilities will be to advocate for and build awareness of DMI’s goals and activities, and to work closely with all of DMI’s many partners and stakeholders to build upon the civic, commercial, and cultural development of Milford’s Downtown. She will be in training within her first week and will be working with volunteers to recap the Largest Celebration of Women in Music, the 2nd Annual Milford Ladybug Music Festival, happening Downtown on Sept. 21.

“I am very excited for the opportunity to work for DMI. Milford has so much to offer – rich in history, eclectic art, and a beautiful Riverwalk; it’s no surprise Milford was named 2018 Village of the Year!” said Gerken. “I am looking forward to continuing our flagship events, such as the Bug and Bud Festival and Farmers Market, and working with local business owners and the City of Milford to continue to make our Downtown an inviting, fun and thriving place for all.”

Gerken can be reached at or at 302-839-1180 or stop by and visit with her at 207 S Walnut St. For information about DMI and support for independent community businesses call 302-839-1180 or visit for more info. Happenings in Milford can always be seen and posted at

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