Joseph Alvarez

Joseph Valdalez  – President

Joseph is a Tampa native, with his family tithes dating back to the early twentieth century in the cigar factories of the historic Ybor City. He moved to the Channel District in 2014, and is currently a Manager of Corporate Compliance at HealthPlan Services.  Joseph is an alumnus from the City of Tampa Mayor’s Neighborhood University, is currently a member for the Human Relations Board (HRB) for Hillsborough County, and sits on the Downtown Tampa YMCA Advisory Board.  As a member of the CDCA Board Joseph feels it is important to give your time and knowledge to the neighborhood in which you live. Specifically, he would like to effectuate positive change in the neighborhood, and believes that his professional and philanthropic experience will help this neighborhood continue in the successful growth track it is currently on.

Andy Nietzel

Andrew Nietzel – Vice President

rita ugianskis

Rita Ugianskis  – Treasurer

Rita has lived in the Tampa area for 20 years and in the Channel District since 2017. She is a senior executive in the B2B media industry and has earned a B.S. and MBA from the University of Connecticut. Rita was appointed to serve on the Channel District Community Advisory Committee (CAC) in 2021 and volunteers at Feeding Tampa Bay. She is a founding member of the North American chapter of Women in Exhibitions (WIEN). Rita also served on the board of the Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO) including roles in the Women’s Leadership SIG and the Sustainability SIG. Rita loves the work/live/play nature of the Channel District, its walkability, its authenticity, and its collection of small local businesses. She is grateful for the opportunity to serve on the CDCA Board and to devote her time and talents to the neighborhood she and her family are proud to call home.

Kyra Brettler

Kyra Brettler – Secretary

Kyra moved to Tampa from a small town in New Jersey in 2016 to attend The University of Tampa. She found a home in the Channel District in 2017 where she has lived since. Kyra earned a B.S in Psychology from The University of Tampa in 2019, and is now completing a masters degree in Psychology at Nova Southeastern University. Kyra loves being immersed in the Channel District community, and you can often find her working at District Tavern. She also serves as a Guardian Ad Litem for Hillsborough County. Kyra is excited to represent young professionals living within the community, and to make meaningful contributions through the CDCA to help the Channel District continue to grow and thrive for years to come.

Nathan Naugle

Nathan Naugle – Board Member at Large

Nathan has been a resident of Tampa Bay since 2013 after moving to the area from Indiana. He is the Regional Vice President for Oak Hill Group, the owner and operator of Skyhouse Channelside, which is comprised of 320 apartment homes in which approximately 450 residents of our great Channel District call home. Nathan, an alumnus of Indiana University found his passion in Property Management in 2009 while attending the university and holds multiple designations within the apartment industry. Nathan has served as a Board Member at Large for the CDCA since 2019. He is also a member of the Bay Area Government Affairs Committee which promotes and delegates legislation specific to the development and operations of the Apartment Industry for the Greater Tampa Bay area. As a member of the CDCA, I hope to help create positive change for the community and help be a liaison between our local business affiliates and our residents who all call the Channel District their home.

Kimberly Merilus

Kimberly Merilus-Arrigo – Board Member at Large

Kimberly has been a Tampa / Channel District resident for 5+ years and after opening the Channel District’s first hotels in 2019, she realized the value of living in a community where you could live, eat, work & play. As the Director of Sales for Channel District’s Hilton Hotels she made it her mission to share all things Channel District with the thousands of guests that visit the property on a daily basis. This has not only drove economic growth to local businesses but also allowed people from around the world to experience and appreciate this vibrant community.


Paul Trusik – Board Member at Large

Paul moved to Tampa in ’97 to attend school at The University of Tampa and saw promise Tampa had to offer post-graduation; having lived in Hyde Park & Ybor before settling in Channelside late 2009. His background is in digital marketing & development working in various industries ranging from healthcare to real estate and e-commerce. Paul helped to revise CDCA online membership and renewal procedures back in summer of 2017 as a non-member, before deciding to join the board to assist with long-term strategy and digital marketing goals. Paul is optimistic to see what developments are in store for the Channel District over the next 10 years, keeping up with neighborhood growth with the CDCA positioned as a resource and voice representing residents.

Jason Papi

Jason Papi – Board Member at Large

My name is Jason Scott Papi. I am originally from Brooklyn, NY. My parents moved me here to the Tampa Bay Area before I was old enough to know the difference. I grew up South of Tampa in Riverview.

I first moved to the Channel District in 2015 into the Skyhouse building when it originally opened. Since then, I have lived in multiple buildings throughout the district and now reside in The Place at Channelside with my Fiancée and our Jack Russell, “Chance”.

I am a full time Realtor and Real Estate Investor and my fiancée is a General Dentist. I am extremely passionate about the neighborhood I live in, work in, represent for all intended purposes and can not get enough of it!
We often walk, bike ride, scooter through the area admiring what has been completed in recent years and gawk over what’s to come.

I pride myself on knowing the area well and keeping the area safe, inviting and friendly for all who pass through to the best of my ability. I’m happy to represent a group of people with similar care and interest for the District. I look forward to tackling more community affairs, improvements and events as the City and The Channel District continue to attract more people as it’s developed further!

See you around!

Paul Dziadosz

Paul Dziadosz – Board Member at Large

After growing up and attending college in Virginia, Paul relocated to Tampa in 2002. Having lived in Rocky Point, South Tampa, Harbour Island and Downtown he had been eyeing Victory Lofts since it was first built and was able to make that a reality in 2017 where he lives with his wife, Crystal, and their French and English Bulldogs, Magnus and Maximus.

With a degree in architecture from Virginia Tech he started his career in the design industry before making the jump to technology 10 years ago. While not his full-time job anymore, Paul still has a passion for design and development which is one of the many reasons the district has so much appeal to him. On top of that the convenience, the walkability, diversity and neighborhood feel make this an ideal place to call home. He sees great times ahead for the district and looks forward to serving the CDCA board and community.

Henry Lewis

Henry Lewis – Member in Emeritus

Did you know that the Channel District used to be known as the Estuary District? It’s true! Just ask Henry Lewis who has lived here since 1968. Henry was one of the neighborhood’s first pioneers and knows just about everything there is to know about the Channel District. Henry helped form the first CRA (Community Redevelopment Area) CAC (Community Advisory Committee) with the City of Tampa in the early 1990’s. This ensured that as the neighborhood continued to grow, the needs of residents and businesses were well supported — financially, with community input and a strategic action plan. Over time, Henry was instrumental at assembling properties for development including the Channel District’s first park – Washington Street Park. Henry also built the first mixed use building in the District (City Blue Building) located at the corner of 11th Street and Washington Street where he currently resides. Henry also spends time in Switzerland and Puerto Vallarta Mexico. Henry currently operates several companies and a private charitable trust for college students. Henry supports local charities including Feeding Tampa Bay and France House, just to name a few.