About Team Neo
Board of Directors

Leaders who share our vision for a vibrant regional economy.

Our staff is guided by a highly engaged board of business, economic development, and civic leaders who are committed to advancing the Northeast Ohio Region.


Peter W. Broer

President and CEO: Lumitex Inc.

Chairwoman Emeritus

Jodi L. Berg, Ph.D.

Retired 4th Generation CEO and President: Vitamix Corporation

Vice Chair

Kimberly Riley

Chief Operating Officer, Northeast Region: Hylant


Andy Jones

CEO: Fortress


Doug Sibila

President & CEO: Peoples Services, Inc.

Board of Directors

Dr. Marcia Ballinger

Lorain Community College

Chris Bast

Senior Vice President, Treasurer and Operations Support: The Davey Tree Expert Company

Dr. Michael A. Baston

President: Cuyahoga Community College

Nicholas Browning

President: Huntington Bank Akron Region

Brendan Buescher

Ohio Managing Partner: McKinsey & Company

Nicholas M. Buzzelli

Senior Vice President, Regional Head of Commercial Banking: Fifth Third Bank

Frank Carrino

Chief Legal Officer and Secretary:
Westfield Group

Carol Caruso

President: Caruso Public Affairs LLC

Robert Davis

President and COO: Aqua Ohio, Inc.

Dr. Todd Diacon

President: Kent State University

Jeroen Diderich

SVP & General Manager, Label and Graphic Materials: North America Avery Dennison

Terrell Dillard

President: ZayMat Distributors & Jan-Pro of Cleveland / Akron / Toledo

Bill Epling


James Gasior

Senior Executive Vice President and Corporate Development Officer: Farmers National Bank

Charles T. George

CEO: Hapco Inc., Strangepresse and Triptech

Dr. Albert M. Green

Founder and CEO:
AMG Consulting Group

Neal Grode

Executive Director: United Health Care

Deborah D. Hoover

Chief Executive Officer: Entrepreneurship Education Consortium

Ariane Kirkpatrick

CEO and President:
The AKA Team

Eric A. Logan


Kevin E. Martin

President and CEO: Ideastream

Marc Merklin

Managing Partner: Brouse McDowell

Allen J. Mistysyn

Senior Vice President/Finance and CFO: The Sherwin-Williams Company

Rajiv Prasad

President and CEO: Hyster-Yale Group

Glenn Richardson

Managing Director: JobsOhio

Mark J. Samolczyk

President: Stark Community Foundation

William R. Seelbach

Operating Partner:
The Riverside Company

Gary M. Small

President & CEO:
Premier Financial Corp. and Premier Bank

Aaron J. Swartz

Office Managing Partner: Ernst & Young

Don Taylor

President & CEO: Welty Building Company

Damian Thomas

Market President, Cleveland: RCF Group

Ward J. “Tim” Timken, Jr.

CEO: McKinley Strategies

Partner Directors

Bethia Burke

President: The Fund for Our Economic Future

Guy Coviello

President & CEO: Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber

Ray Hexamer

President: Stark Economic Development Board

Steve Millard

President & CEO:
Greater Akron Chamber

Baiju Shah

President & CEO: Greater Cleveland Partnership

Board Observers

Ethan Karp

President and CEO: MAGNET

Kevin Chambers

Managing Director, Logistics, Distribution and Supply Chain: JobsOhio

Business Development Council

Frank Carrino, Co-Chair

Chief Legal Officer and Secretary:
Westfield Group

Eric A. Logan, Co-Chair

Principal: KPMG, LLP

Peter Broer

President: Lumitex

Brent M. Buckley

Business Attorney and Managing Partner:
Buckley King, LPA

Bethia Burke

President: The Fund for Our Economic Future

Guy Coviello

President & CEO:
Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber

Gregg Cramer

Vice President: Economic Development Greater Akron Chamber

Shawn DaVis

Vice President: Greater Cleveland Partnership

Bethany Dentler

Executive Director: Medina County Economic Development Corporation

Terrell Dillard

President: ZayMat Distributors

Jason Dodson

Consulting Solutions Director:
Roetzel & Andress

Rob Duncan

Director: Lorain County Community Development

Bill Elliott

Senior Vice President: Dollar Bank

Michael Elliot

Director of Neighborhood Economic Development: Cleveland Neighborhood Progress

Barbara Ewing

Chief Executive Officer: Youngstown Business Incubator

Steve Fritsch

Vice President, Industry Advancement, and Engagement: Team NEO

Dr. Albert M. Green

CEO: AMG Consulting Group

Paul Herdeg

Director: Cuyahoga County Department of Development

Ray Hexamar

President & CEO:
Stark Economic Development Board

Amanda Hinkel

Director of Career Services & Workforce Development:
Stark State College

Joe Jankowski

Chief Innovation Officer, Office of Research and Technology Management: Case Western Reserve University

Kurt Kappa

SVP, Chief Lending Officer:
First Federal of Lakewood

Ethan Karp

President & CEO: MAGNET

Pat Kelly

Director of Economic Development: FirstEnergy Corporation

Bill Koehler


Gina Kucera

Director- Credits & Incentives:
Grant Thornton

Shawn Lyden

Chief Strategy Officer: Akron Children’s Hospital

Shea MacMillan

VP, Economic Development: Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber

Kevin Malecek

Director of Economic Development: City of Mentor

John McLaughlin

Vice President,
Business Development: Stark Economic Development Board

Marc Merklin

Managing Partner: Brouse McDowell

Steve Millard

President & CEO: Greater Akron Chamber

Marsha Mockabee

Urban League of Greater Cleveland

Christine Nelson

Vice President,
Project Management, Site Selection & Talent:
Team NEO

Jon Park

Chairman & CEO: Westfield Bank

Ken Patsey

President & Executive Director:
Manufacturing Works

Glenn Richardson

Managing Director, Advanced Manufacturing, Aerospace & Aviation: JobsOhio

Kimberly Riley

COO- Northeast Region and President Hylant Cleveland: Hylant

Phil Rudolph Jr.

Vice President of Business Development: Rudolph Libbe Group

Jim Ruhlin

CEO: The Ruhlin Company

Jim Ruhlin, Jr.

President & COO: The Ruhlin Company

Bill Seelbach

Senior Advisor:
The Riverside Company

Barrett Thomas

Director of Economic Development: Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development

Damien Thomas

Market President: RCF Group

Anthony Trevena

Executive Director: Western Reserve Port Authority

Thomas Young

Manager, Economic Development: Columbia Gas of Ohio

Marketing Advisory Council

Kevin Martin, Co-Chair

President & CEO: Ideastream

Al Mistysyn, Co-Chair

Chief Financial Officer & Senior VP, Finance: Sherwin-Williams

Dennis Burnside

President: Vestian

Christina Capadona-Schmitz

Chief Marketing Officer: Oswald Companies

Michelle Comerford

Project Director: Biggins Lacy Shapiro & Company, LLC

Jamie Dalton

Vice President: Falls & Co.

Rob Falls

President & CEO: Falls & Co.

Jenny Febbo

Vice President, Integrated Communications: Cuyahoga Community College

Sara Greicius

Director, Cleveland Talent Alliance: Destination Cleveland

Neal Grode

Executive Director: United HealthCare

Caroline Guscott

Managing President, Strategic Communication: Greater Cleveland Partnership

Maureen Harper

Senior Vice President, Public Affairs: Falls & Co.

Nikki Hubbard

Vice President, Marketing: JumpStart

Roderick Ingram

Chief Marketing Officer: NEOMED

Patrick Kelly

Director, Economic Development: FirstEnergy

Ariane Kirkpatrick

Owner & President: AKA Team

Justin Morcelle

Chief Operating Officer: The Adcom Group

Sam Pines

SVP/Partner: Good Karma Brands

Marie Scalia

Chief Marketing Officer: Destination Cleveland

Mike Toth

President & CEO:
Westfield Bank

Sheila Trauernicht

Chief Communications Officer:
Westfield Group

RightSites Council

Bethia Burke, Co-Chair

President: The Fund for Our Economic Future

Patrick Kelly, Co-Chair

Director, Economic Development:
First Energy Corporation

Seth Balkanyi

Manager, Strategic Initiatives & Market Research:
Brookfield Properties Development

Christopher Bast

Senior Vice President, Treasurer and Operations Support: The Davey Tree Expert Company

Keith Brandt

Executive Vice President: Industrial Commerical Properties, LLC

David Browning

Managing Director, Northeast Ohio Market: CBRE

Michael Cantor

Managing Director/Principal: Allegro Real Estate

Tom Charek

President: Welty Building Company

Andrew Coleman

First Vice President: CBRE

Bryan J. Dardis

Partner: Meyers,
Roman, Friedberg & Lewis

Alec Davidson

Associate: McDonald Hopkins

Tony DiGeronimo

President & Co-Founder: Precision Environmental Co.

James Doyle

Principal: Bellwether Real Estate Capital

Joshua Fragoso

Vice President, Director of Sales, Property & Casualty: Oswald Companies

Bob Fridrich

Senior Vice President: GEIS Construction

William Friedman

President & Chief Executive Officer: Port of Cleveland

Matthew Hammer

Senior Project Manager: TRC Companies

Jaime Hart

Business Development Manager, Northeast Ohio: Rudolph Libbe Group

Matt Heisey


Mark Hill

SVP, Business Development: Premier Development Partners

Matt Hils

Principal: OHM Advisors

Dan Hinkel

Partner: Frantz Ward

Kenneth Kalynchuk

Director and Principal:
Project Management Consultants

Grant Keating

Partner Dworken & Bernstein Co.: L.P.A.

Wendy Kraft

Economic Development Consultant: Dominion Energy

Brian Laubscher

Director of Preconstruction: Shook Construction

Stu Lichter

President & Chairman of the Board: Industrial Realty Group

Tim Linville

CEO: Construction Employers Association

Stephanie Mercado

Project Director: Biggins Lacy Shapiro & Company, LLC

Richard A. Morehouse

Partner, Kohrman, Jackson & Krantz, LLP

Jacqueline Muhammad

Senior Manager of Government & Customer Relations: Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District

Christine Nelson

Vice President/Project Management, Site Selection and Talent: Team NEO

Marcus Notaro

Associate Attorney: Thompson Hine LLP

William O’Gorman

Business Development Director: American Structurepoint

Dominic Ozanne

President & CEO: Ozanne Construction

Jason Pastor

Vice President, Preconstruction Services: The Albert M. Higley Company

Jason D. Phillips

Senior Vice President & Market Manager: PNC Bank

Jim Reed

Real Estate Manager: Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority

Phil Rudolph, Jr

Vice President of Business Development: Rudolph Libbe Group

Austin Semarjian

Acquisitions and Leasing Associate: Industrial Commercial Properties LLC

Terry Slaybaugh

Managing Director of Infrastructure: JobsOhio

Dave Sobochan, CPA

Tax Partner & Market Leader Real Estate & Construction:
Cohen & Company

Tari Stahl

Director of Development Operations: DiGeronimo Companies

Bryce Sylvester

Senior Director, Site Strategies: Team NEO

Anthony Tavrell

Senior Vice President
KeyBank Real Estate Capital:
Income Property Group

Shannon Thorsen

Director of Business Development: Karpinski Engineering

Brad Whitehead

Senior Advisor: The Fund for Our Economic Future

Sandra R. Williams

Director, Government Affairs: Charter Communications

Ryan Wilson

Senior Manager, Economic Development: Amazon

Tommy Young

Economic Development Manager:
Columbia Gas of Ohio, Inc.

Talent Development Council

Dr. Marcia Ballinger, Co-Chair

President: Lorain Community College

Andy Jones, Co-Chair

CEO: Fortress, A Division of MCPc

Dr. Michael A. Baston

President: Cuyahoga Community College

Suzanne B. Bausch, Ph.D.

Vice President, Research & Business Engagement: The University of Akron

Dr. Morris Beverage

President: Lakeland Community College

Dr. Laura Bloomberg

President: Cleveland State University

Bethia Burke

President: The Fund for Our Economic Future

Dr. Carlos Campo

President: Ashland University

Kristi Clouse

Executive Director of Operations:

Jessica Cohen

Manager, State Government Affairs: Verizon Business Group

Michelle Cassetty Collins

Vice President: ConxusNEO

Debbie Connelly

Senior VP,
Human Resources: Hyland

Gina Cronin

Chief Talent Officer: Cleveland Clinic

Courtney DeOreo

Executive Director, RITE, Senior Director Tech Talent: Greater Cleveland Partnership

Dr. Dorey Diab

President: North Central State College

Mildred M. Porter-Duncan

Manager, Talent Management & Development Human Resources: MetroHealth

Jacob Duritsky

Vice President, Research and Strategy: Team NEO

William Gary, Sr.

Executive Vice President: Cuyahoga Community College

Dr. Albert M. Green

Founder & CEO, AMG Consulting Group

Aaron Grossman

President and CEO: TalentLaunch

David P. Haney, Ph.D.

President: Hiram College

Dr. Robert Helmer

President: Baldwin Wallace University

Deborah D. Hoover

Chief Executive Officer: Entrepreneurship Education Consortium

Rachel Hosler, EdD

Chief of Staff: Walsh University

Dr. Para Jones

President: Stark State College

Ethan Karp

President and CEO: MAGNET

Grant Keating

Partner: Dworken & Bernstein Co.,L.P.A.

Rhonda Talford Knight, Ph.D.

Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer: Bricker & Eckler

Bill Koehler


Andrew Kurtz, Ph.D.

Bowling Green State University Firelands College

Shana Marbury

Executive Vice President, Workforce, Community & Economic Development:
Cuyahoga Community College

Brian McDonald

Market Executive, Global Commercial Bank Middle Market:
Bank of America

Alan R. Miciak, Ph.D.

President: John Carroll University

Dr. Gary L. Miller

President: The University of Akron

Dr. Karen Miller

Provost and Chief Academic Officer: Cuyahoga Community College

Jackie Aronica Morgan

Vice President, Global Talent Acquisition: Eaton Corporation

Michelle M. Mulhern

Chief of Staff, Office of the President: Northeast Ohio Medical University

Jennifer Oddo

Executive Director, Division of Workforce Education and Innovation: Youngstown State University

Jacqueline Opal

Global HR Leader: Babcock & Wilcox

Emily Garr Pacetti

Vice President & Community Affairs Officer: Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Craig Platt

Managing Director, IT Sector Partnership: Greater Cleveland Partnership

Rajiv Prasad

President and CEO: Hyster-Yale

J. Michael Pressimone, Ed.D.

President: Notre Dame College

Anne Richards

President and CEO: Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio, Inc.

Jenn O. Ruggles

Assistant Vice President, Government Relations: Case Western Reserve University

Joseph M. Saponaro

Partner: Meyers, Roman, Friedberg & Lewis

Michael Schoop

SVP, Talent: Greater Cleveland Partnership

Peggy Shadduck, Ph.D.

Vice President for Regional Campuses: Kent State University

Tom Snowberger

Chief Human Resources Officer:
University Hospitals of Cleveland

Nate Stansberry

Managing Director: Rust Belt Recruiting

Joana Swim

HR Director, North America: Synthomer

Julie Szeltner

Director, Talent Engagement:
Team NEO

Mark Trew

Chief Operations Officer: Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio, Inc.

Andrea Zadd

Director, Talent Acquisition and HR Services: Swagelok