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 & President: Vitamix Corporation

Vice Chair

Kimberly Riley

Chief Operating Officer, Northeast Region: Hylant

Vice Chair

Don Taylor

President & CEO: Welty Building Company


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

Brendan Buescher

Ohio Managing Partner: McKinsey & Company

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

Ariane Kirkpatrick

CEO and President:
The AKA Team

Kelly Lamirand 

Cleveland Market President and Commercial Sales Leader: KeyBank

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

Michelle G. Moran 

Senior Vice President of Sales, Product, and Marketing: Involta 

Ron Paydo

Market President, Akron/Canton: Huntington Bank 

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  

Damian Thomas   

Market President, Cleveland: RCF Group 

Ward J. “Tim” Timken, Jr. 

CEO: McKinley Strategies 

Dan Weekley

President and General Manager of Ohio Distribution: Dominion Energy 

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

Team NEO’s Business Development Council (BDC), comprised of senior economic development leaders and regional business leaders, drives Team NEO and Northeast Ohio partners toward a strategic and collaborative approach to business development.

Frank Carrino, Co-Chair

Chief Legal Officer and Secretary:
Westfield Group

Marla Akridge

Executive Director: Tuscarawas Economic Development Corporation

Peter Broer

President: Lumitex

Brent M. Buckley

Business Attorney and Managing Partner:
Buckley King, LPA

Maribeth Burns

President: Wayne County Economic Development Council

Millie Caraballo

President & CEO:
Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber

Kevin Chambers

Managing Director, Logistics, Distribution and Supply Chain: JobsOhio

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

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

Melissa Frank

Economic Development Consultant: FirstEnergy Corporation

Paul Herdeg

Director: Cuyahoga County Department of Development

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

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

Marsha Mockabee

Urban League of Greater Cleveland

Greg Myers

Executive Director: Growth Partnership for Ashtabula County

Michael O’Donnell

Vice President of Operations: MAGNET

Jon Park

Owner: Jon Park Advisory Services LLC

Ken Patsey

President & Executive Director: Manufacturing Works

Kimberly Riley

COO: Northeast Region: 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

Brittany Smith

Grants Coordinator & Finance Assistant: Columbiana County Port Authority

Barrett Thomas

Director of Economic Development: Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development

Damien Thomas

Market President: RCF Group

Michael Toth

President, CEO & Chairman of the Board: Westfield Bank

Penny Traina

Executive Director: Columbiana County Port Authority

Anthony Trevena

Executive Director: Western Reserve Port Authority

Thomas Young

Manager, Economic Development: Columbia Gas of Ohio

Industry Advancement Council (IAC)

The Industry Advancement Council (IAC), comprised of regional industry leaders, guides our cluster, innovation and supply chain initiatives.

Ethan Karp, Co-Chair,


Eric Logan, Co-Chair

Principal: KPMG, LLP

Matthew DeWine

Government Affairs: Foxconn

Jeroen Diderich

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

Matt Fordenwalt

Vice President and General Manager, Systems and Solutions: Rockwell Automation

Charles T. George

CEO: Hapco Inc., Strangepresse and Triptech

Dr. Albert M. Green

Founder and CEO: AMG Consulting Group

Brandy L. Johnson

Chief Strategy & Technology Officer: Babcock & Wilcox

Jay Nordholt

Vice President, Corporate Engineering: Swagelok

Rajiv Prasad

President and CEO: Hyster-Yale Group

Dr. Vinod Purayath

Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer: Avient

Michael Regelski

DirectSenior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer: Eatonor: Lorain County Community Development

Glenn Richardson

Managing Director: JobsOhio

Bill Seelbach

Senior Advisor: The Riverside Company

Steven R. Sumner

Vice President, Corporate Innovation: The Lincoln Electric Company

Marketing Advisory Council

The Marketing Advisory Council (MAC), a collaboration of senior business and marketing leaders, highlights the Northeast Ohio Region’s strategic assets, rallies regional stakeholders and influencers to support collective promotional strategies, and drives performance, equity, and accountability in marketing outcomes related to the regional brand.

Kevin Martin, Co-Chair

President & CEO: Ideastream

Al Mistysyn, Co-Chair

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

Dennis Burnside

President: Vestian

Erin Cochran 

Sr Global Brand Lead, Vitamix 

Michelle Comerford

Project Director: Biggins Lacy Shapiro & Company, LLC

Lisa Dalpiaz

Vice President of Air Service & Business Development

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 

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 

Shannon Mortland 

Director of Communications, Oswald Companies 

Brent Rossi   

SVP of Marketing & Media, Cleveland Browns

Marie Scalia

Chief Marketing Officer: Destination Cleveland 

Mike Toth

President & CEO: 
Westfield Bank 

Sheila Trauernicht

Chief Communications Officer: 
Westfield Group 

RightSites Council

The RightSites Council (RSC) is comprised of regional leaders from real estate, construction, development, finance and utilities. The RSC helps to identify and define market gaps, as well as recommend potential solutions for developing both short- and long-term strategies to identify competitive locations and increase Northeast Ohio’s inventory.

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

Christopher Bednar

Director of Civil Engineering: Karpinski Engineering

Mike Beegle

Business Sales Director: Verizon

India Birdsong-Terry

General Manager and CEO: Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority

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

Ben Cavey 

Senior Client Development Specialist: Terracon 

Tom Charek 

President: Welty Building Company 

Andrew Coleman 

Managing Director: 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 

Gino Faciana 

Co-CEO: Pleasant Valley Corporation 

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 

Chandra Hart 

Major Account Executive: Everstream 

Jaime Hart 

Business Development Manager, Northeast Ohio: Rudolph Libbe Group 

Matt Heisey 

Principal: Vocon 

Mark Hill 

SVP, Business Development: Premier Development Partners 

Matt Hils 

Principal: OHM Advisors 

Dan Hinkel 

Partner: Frantz Ward 

Mark A. Jones

Vice President of Customer Engagement: FirstEnergy Corporation  

Sean Joyce  

President: inSITE Advisory Group  

Kenneth Kalynchuk  

Director and Principal: Project Management Consultants  

Ariane Kirkpatrick  

CEO & President: The AKA Team  

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  

Paul Moncrief  

VP Sales, Eastern Region: Involta   

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  

James Stephens   

Director: BMO Commercial Bank  

Robert Stoerkel   

Community Discharge Permit Program: NEORSD   

Bryce Sylvester  

Director of Business 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

Team NEO’s Talent Development Council (TDC) provides a forum through which higher education institutions, companies and workforce organizations advance initiatives related to Northeast Ohio’s talent development. The council does this by focusing on four key areas: pipeline, policy, pilots, and performance.

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

Robert Bohrer II, Ph.D.

Interim President: Hiram College

Bethia Burke

President: The Fund for Our Economic Future

Dr. Carlos Campo

President: Ashland University

Carol Caruso

Caruso Public Affairs LLC

Kristi Clouse

Executive Director of Operations:

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

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

Michael Elliott, Ph.D. 

Partner McKinsey & Co. 

Taylor Evans

President: Rust Belt Recruiting

Aaron Grossman

President and CEO: TalentLaunch

David P. Haney, Ph.D.

President: Hiram College

Kathryn Heidemann

President and CEO: Cleveland Institute of Art

Dr. Robert Helmer

President: Baldwin Wallace University

Gillianne Hetrick

VP, Corporate Administration: Babcock & Wilcox

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

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

Jennifer Oddo

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

Emily Garr Pacetti

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

Craig Platt

Managing Director, IT Sector Partnership: Greater Cleveland Partnership

Mildred M. Porter-Duncan

Manager, Talent Management & Development Human Resources: MetroHealth

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

Michael Schoop

SVP, Talent: Greater Cleveland Partnership

Peggy Shadduck, Ph.D.

Vice President for Regional Campuses: Kent State University

Kim Shelnick

VP, Talent Acquisition 

University Hospitals Health System 

Nate Stansberry

Managing Director: Rust Belt Recruiting

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