The CCEDC Team

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Management

Gary W. Smith

President and CEO
gsmith@ccedcpa.com
610.321.8218

Gary W. Smith

President and CEO
gsmith@ccedcpa.com
610.321.8218

Gary W. Smith currently serves the Chester County Economic Development Council as President and CEO.  He joined the Council in 1976 and pioneered award-winning programs of below market-rate financing, agricultural economic development, brownfields redevelopment, conduit funding for commercial construction, industry partnerships, urban revitalization and multi-agency collaboration.  During his tenure, the Council has secured over $275 million in external funding for 420 plus projects ranging from regional economic revitalization to workforce development.  The Council’s programs and services have helped to create over 175,000 new jobs; assisted in retaining more than 190,000 existing jobs; and brokered more than $13.5 billion in commercial financing loans.  Over 8,000 new businesses have also been established during that period.

Throughout his forty year career, Mr. Smith has held many titles on many national economic development boards and agricultural agencies such as President, Vice President, Founding Director and Legislative Chairman. In addition, he has been honored with many awards: the Chester County Boy Scout Distinguished Citizen, Harold Martin Business Leadership Award, the Crystal Ball Award and TMACC's Chairman's Award to name a few.

Mr. Smith holds a MA in Public Administration from West Chester University as well as his undergraduate degree from West Chester University.

In his spare time, Gary manages his family’s farm raising a herd of 45 registered Hereford cattle.  Gary and his wife Vicky have two adult sons and are the proud grandparents of two beautiful grandsons.

Michael Grigalonis

Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President
mgrigalonis@ccedcpa.com
610.321.8214

Michael Grigalonis

Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President
mgrigalonis@ccedcpa.com
610.321.8214

Michael serves as the Chester County Economic Development Council’s Chief Operating Officer.  Since 2004 when Michael first assumed this role, the CCEDC has grown significantly adding 15 staff members and increasing the operating budget by 50%.  New initiatives were launched including the Economic Development Partners Initiative (municipal services and community development), HireOne (a job matching effort for dislocated professionals), and they Ideas x Innovation Network (formerly Keystone Innovation Zone).  Michael’s day to day responsibilities include managing the staff, the budgets, and interacting with the board and its numerous sub-committees.

Michael originally joined the CCEDC in 1999 as a Program Manager.  During his time as Program Manager, Michael initiated and grew several successful programs to assist Chester County’s business community.  These programs still exist today and include: The Information Technology Action Group (ITAG) to address labor issues facing the IT industry; the Chester County International Business Council to assist companies with their export strategies; The Banking Workforce Consortium to train incumbent bank employees and recruit new commercial lenders; and the Workforce Partners to facilitate communication among the County’s key workforce development service providers.

Prior to joining the Development Council, Michael was employed in the Medical Affairs Department of Wyeth Pharmaceuticals in Radnor, PA.

Michael earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science from Ithaca College in 1995 and an MBA from Villanova University in 1998.

John Buckheit, CPA

Chief Financial Officer and Vice President
jbuckheit@ccedcpa.com
610.321.8215

John Buckheit, CPA

Chief Financial Officer and Vice President
jbuckheit@ccedcpa.com
610.321.8215

John is responsible for managing all financial aspects of CCEDC and its five separate affiliated organizations that includes monthly financial reporting, billing and collections, budgeting, annual financial statement audits, grant program audits, cash management, vendor management, commercial insurance programs, employee benefit programs and annual IRS 990 tax filings.  He is proficient in presenting financial information relevant to decision making, meeting recurring report and budget deadlines and effectively manages and interacts with vendors, insurance carriers, etc.

Working with CCEDC for 12 years, John brings experience in public accounting as part of the Audit Staff from KPMG, technology as Vice President/Controller from Sanchez Computer Associates, and financial management expertise from Chief Financial Officer at Innovative Schools Development Corporation.  John has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Connecticut and is a Pennsylvania Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Marybeth DiVincenzo

Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer
mdivincenzo@ccedcpa.com
610.321.8228

Marybeth DiVincenzo

Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer
mdivincenzo@ccedcpa.com
610.321.8228

Marybeth is currently Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for the Chester County Economic Development Council.  In her role with the CCEDC, she is responsible for the oversight of five of the region’s industry partnerships,  grant/contract management which includes approximately $20M in federal, state and local grants and directing the CCEDC’s marketing efforts.  She has over 26 years of professional experience in both the public and private sector having worked in economic development, corporate public/community relations for an international pharmaceutical company, and education.  She is a member of the Chester County Workforce Investment Board,  PSU-Great Valley Advisory Board, and the Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry’s  Women in Business Committee.

Marybeth holds a masters degree from Penn State-Great Valley in Instructional Systems Design with a focus on Human Resources and Organizational Development and additional graduate work in Management and Educational Leadership.

MaryFrances McGarrity

Senior Vice President, Business Development Services
mmcgarrity@ccedcpa.com
610.321.8223

MaryFrances McGarrity

Senior Vice President, Business Development Services
mmcgarrity@ccedcpa.com
610.321.8223

MaryFrances McGarrity is the Senior Vice President, Business Development Services for the Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC).  In her current role, MaryFrances’ efforts are focused on programs and initiatives that attract, retain and grow businesses in Chester County.  At the Council, MaryFrances works with the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development as the representative of the Council directly interfacing with the Governor’s Action Team (GAT) and other state agencies as needed.  She regularly meets with local corporate decision makers, investors, civic and economic development partners to advance business expansion projects identifying capital, facilitating financing, addressing workforce issues, and assisting with site selection needs.

MaryFrances brings 10 years of sales and marketing experience in commercial real estate while working for Jackson Cross Partners.  She sits on the Board of Directors for the Chester County Industrial and Investment Council and ChescoNet.  She holds a Bachelor of Science from St. Joseph’s University in Management & Marketing from St. Joseph’s University, and a Bachelor of Science from Immaculate University in Elementary Education.  She is a member of PIAA (Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, Inc.) – Brandywine Chapter as a girl’s high school basketball official.  She and her family are twenty-five year residents of West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Sherwood Robbins

Managing Director, Seedcopa
srobbins@seedcopa.com
610.321.8241

Sherwood Robbins

Managing Director, Seedcopa
srobbins@seedcopa.com
610.321.8241

Sherwood serves as Seedcopa’s Managing Director.  In that capacity, he oversees a staff of 8 professionals; interacts with over 35 different banking partners; manages the partner relationships with 14 State-Wide Economic Development Agencies; and assists in the enhancement of Seedcopa’s menu of financing services.

Sherwood joined Seedcopa in 2007 as a Relationship Manager to further expand its SBA 504 loan program and to develop SBA and USDA facilitation services for banks looking to enter the Government Loan arena.  Currently, eleven financing institutions utilize Seedcopa’s lender services.

Prior to joining Seedcopa, Sherwood spent over 18 years in the banking industry, acquiring real-time experience and developing skills in Commercial Banking, Retail and the Investment departments.  For ten years, he’s served as a dedicated Government Loan lender, developing an extensive network of business associates.  He enjoys many guest-speaking invitations throughout Pennsylvania each year, covering the key aspects of SBA lending.

Sherwood received a Bachelor of Science degree from Shippensburg University.  He currently resides in Birdsboro, PA with his wife and two children.

Team

Kate Baganski

Brownfields and Grants Project Consultant
kbaganski@ccedcpa.com
610.321.8230

Kate Baganski

Brownfields and Grants Project Consultant
kbaganski@ccedcpa.com
610.321.8230

As Brownfields and Grants Consultant, she manages environmental grants and construction grants for the clients of CCEDC and CCIDA.    Most specifically, Kate brings to the table her knowledge and experience of navigating the intricacies of the Commonwealth’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grants, Industrial Site Reuse (ISR) grants, and Growing Greener grants as well as US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) grants and a US Department of Transportation (US DOT) grant.  She works with developers assisting them with the ongoing paperwork required throughout the lifetime of grants until the successful closeout audits.   She is a quick resource for answers during the lifetime of grants (application stage, management stage and the audit stage).

Kate assists CCEDC and CCIDA’s clients by helping them understand different types of Federal and State grants and how the grant programs are applicable to their projects, by fulfilling the grant’s individual paperwork requirements or by instructing clients how to complete the paperwork requirements themselves and by providing liaison support linking clients with State or Federal employees.

Sherry Cockerham

Project Coordinator
scockerham@ccedcpa.com
610.321.8213

Sherry Cockerham

Project Coordinator
scockerham@ccedcpa.com
610.321.8213

Sherry Cockerham serves as Project Coordinator for AgConnect and the Smart Energy Initiative at CCEDC.

Previously, Sherry worked for the Phoenixville Area School District as an elementary aide as well as administrative positions at Siemens Medical Solutions, USA and CSG Health Services Organization.

Sherry served two years as the secretary then president on the Home and School Association board at Barkley Elementary in the Phoenixville Area School District. She also enjoyed years of active volunteerism in her children’s schools.

Sherry earned a degree in Office Administration from Delaware County Community College.  She also has attended Immaculata University, taking coursework in Organizational Dynamics within the College of Lifelong Learning.  A Phoenixville resident and mother, Sherry continues to volunteer her time along with her sons who are active members of the Boy Scouts of America.

Kathy Field

Special Projects Director
kfield@ccedcpa.com
610.321.8217

Kathy Field

Special Projects Director
kfield@ccedcpa.com
610.321.8217

Kathy Field began her career at the Chester County Economic Development Council as Gary Smith’s Executive Assistant in September of 2001.  Her role expanded throughout the years and she is currently Special Projects Director in the Development Office with primary responsibility for fundraising and managing the CCEDC’s three main events:  Business Achievement Awards Dinner, Golf Outing and Stakeholders Breakfast.  Since 2006, she has raised approximately $1.85 million.

In addition, Kathy manages the board of directors at CCEDC, as well as the Chester County Industrial Development Authority and the Central and Western Industrial Development Authority.  She also oversees the Chester County Commercial Industrial Council and their board of directors. Her vast knowledge of the organization gives her the ability to lead clients to the source of their inquiry. In addition, the relationships she has established in the business community, organizational skills and ability to multitask are the cornerstones of her business career.

Prior to joining CCEDC, Kathy was the Marketing Director for an Exton based architectural firm.

As Kathy likes to refer to as her “first career,” she enjoyed working at the University of Pennsylvania where she pursued a degree at The Wharton School.

Kathy and her husband Mike have been married for over 30 years and have four adult children.  She has worked on several capital campaigns for the schools her children attended, as well as her Parish.

Jodi Gauker

Agriculture Project Manager
jgauker@ccedcpa.com
610.321.8226

Jodi Gauker

Agriculture Project Manager
jgauker@ccedcpa.com
610.321.8226

Jodi Gauker is the Agriculture Project Manager for CCEDC where she coordinates the AgConnect Industry Partnership. In this role, she connects farmers and agribusiness owners with the training, resources, and financing they need to successfully grow their business, and provides opportunities for youth to explore careers in agriculture.

Prior to joining the CCEDC in August 2012, Jodi worked as an Extension Educator for Penn State Extension where she helped beginning farmers connect with the training and resources they needed to begin or grow their farm dream. In addition to her education at Penn State and Texas A&M Universities and work experience, Jodi brings practical knowledge to her position – she and her husband, Lee, are the 9th generation to continue Gauker Farms in Fleetwood, Berks County. On the weekends, you may find her at the farmers’ market with their family’s beef, or teaching 10th generation, Callie, all about life on the farm.

Jodi also remains an active part of the agricultural industry. Jodi is a member of the Berks County Farm Bureau, Berks Agricultural Resource Network, Berks/Southeast Cattlemen's Association, Penn State Stockmen's Club, Chester Delaware County Farm Bureau, and the Chester county Agricultural Development Council.

Jim Hammond

Controller
jhammond@ccedcpa.com
610.321.8216

Jim Hammond works with the Chief Financial Officer of CCEDC in overseeing the financial operations of the above six organizations.  His responsibilities (an accounting internal service to all of the above organizations) include:  cash management, monthly closes, client billing, understanding grant contracts, vendor management and payroll & benefits administration.

Jim has been with CCEDC since 2006 and brings with him accounting experience working with the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance of a New Jersey insurance company, assisting with various audits, customer service, accounts receivable and accounts payable.  Jim is proficient in Microsoft Excel and Word.  He possesses good analytical and problem-solving skills and is knowledgeable of Sage Accounting, a world-recognized provider of accounting software.  Jim has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Albright College.  He volunteers his time helping to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease via the Alzheimer's Association and participates in the Walk to End Alzheimer's each year, raising money to advance research in prevention, treatment and a cure for the disease.

Patrick Hayakawa

Vice President, Innovation & Emerging Technologies
phayakawa@ccedcpa.com
610.321.8205

Patrick Hayakawa

Vice President, Innovation & Emerging Technologies
phayakawa@ccedcpa.com
610.321.8205

Laura Heikkila

Project Consultant
lheikkila@ccedcpa.com
610.458.5700

Laura Heikkila

Project Consultant
lheikkila@ccedcpa.com
610.458.5700

Elaine Jasper

Grant Coordinator
ejasper@ccedcpa.com
610.321.8211

Elaine Jasper

Grant Coordinator
ejasper@ccedcpa.com
610.321.8211

Elaine Jasper’s responsibilities include organization, management and submission of federal, state and local grants, using online electronic systems to submit directly to agency networks.  She maintains official, fully-executed contracts which are critical for the successful audit and closeout of grant submissions.  Collecting information in preparation of the Briefing to Legislators keeps legislators up to date on CCEDC’s programs and projects.

Elaine has been with CCEDC for 8 years.  She has over 27 years experience with a global pharmaceutical company in statistics and clinical operations where she developed her ability to work efficiently with detail, as well as assisted the President, R&D with technical presentations and correspondence.  Business travel within the United States and Europe broadened her experience.  Employment with a major Philadelphia CPA firm, working with the Partner-in-Charge of Management Consulting Services, complemented her background.  Her technical abilities are in Microsoft Office (WORD, Excel, and PowerPoint), Adobe Acrobat Pro, PDF Converter Professional and Salesforce.com Inc., a global cloud customer relationship management (CRM) product.  Elaine attended a Philadelphia business school, and continuing education computer classes in Chester County.  Elaine volunteers her time at the annual premier event of CCEDC’s Girl’s Exploring Tomorrow’s Technology (GETT), hosted by ITAG, the Innovative Technology Action Group demonstrating technical careers by female mentors.  She also volunteers her time at an annual St. Patrick’s Day Party held at Camilla Hall, Malvern, a convent home and healthcare center.

Nancy Jones

Operations Specialist, Seedcopa
njones@seedcopa.com
610.321-8238

Nancy Jones

Operations Specialist, Seedcopa
njones@seedcopa.com
610.321-8238

Nancy Jones’ duties involve overseeing, managing, coordinating tasks, and maintaining records for Seedcopa’s business loans and insurance & settlement issues.  Nancy is the go-to person for loan questions and information requests from clients.

Nancy has been with CCEDC/Seedcopa since June 2012 and brings over 30 years of banking experience with retail, mortgages, and commercial businesses for two financial institutions.  She worked specifically for commercial lenders and then with the Small Business Administration (SBA).

Cheryl Korn

Project Coordinator
ckorn@ccedcpa.com
610.321.8232

Cheryl Korn

Project Coordinator
ckorn@ccedcpa.com
610.321.8232

Melissa LaRosa

Operations & Credit Coordinator, Seedcopa
mlarosa@seedcopa.com
610.321.8243

Melissa LaRosa

Operations & Credit Coordinator, Seedcopa
mlarosa@seedcopa.com
610.321.8243

Melissa LaRosa works with the Small Business Administration (SBA) and various financial institutions, borrowers, and attorneys to prepare and submit accurate loan packages.  Her primary responsibilities include loan underwriting and credit analysis, application processing, and closing procedures.

She has been with CCEDC/Seedcopa for 2 years bringing her skills in organization, process improvement, and customer service.  Melissa has a Bachelor of Science degree from Albright College in Accounting, Economics, and Finance.  She worked with the school’s finance committee, created and managed annual budgets and accounting systems.  On the judicial committee, she enforced rules and regulations, and participated in internal disciplinary proceedings when necessary.  Some of the organizations where she has volunteered her time are:  Relay for Life, an American Cancer Society fundraising event; Women Against Abuse, fundraising for speaking out against domestic violence; Habitat for Humanity, bringing people together to build homes; Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure against breast cancer; and the Special Olympics, sports for children and adults with disabilities.  Current fundraisers are: S. June Smith Center, helping children (birth to five) with developmental needs; Graduate School Scholarship Funds, helping graduate students finish their education; Girls on the Run, positive youth development program for girls in 3rd-8th grades; SPCA, the care and rescue of animals; and she continues with the Special Olympics.

Jim Lauckner

Sr. Project Consultant
jlauckner@ccedcpa.com
610.321.8231

Jim Lauckner

Sr. Project Consultant
jlauckner@ccedcpa.com
610.321.8231

Jim Lauckner manages both the Innovative Technology Action Group (ITAG) and the Smart Energy Initiative (SEI), two of CCEDC’s Industry Partnerships (IPs) helping lead organizations as they pursue their missions to bring together business, education, economic development and industry entities.  Jim’s focus is to help create programs, training, and consulting opportunities to build funds and sustain the IPs as well as outreaching to new perspective participants.  Outreach of these programs is always open, and while often designed for CCEDC investors, the programs look to be regional if not national in scope.  He represents the IP’s leadership to the public both locally and nationally.  Working with Sherwood Robbins, Managing Director, Seedcopa, Jim presented to perspective clients in the five county areas on “Financing Your Energy Project”.

Jim has been with CCEDC for 4 years and has over 26 years experience as director and manager of an executive recruitment agency.  Consulting with the healthcare, manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries resulted in growing staff and revenue by over 200% to several of these firms.  Jim has a Bachelor of Arts degree from La Salle University in Psychology.  He volunteered almost 30 years on the Alumni Board of La Salle University and continues in their Chester County Alumni Club.  Jim has coached youth soccer for over 20 years, as well as the Olympic Development Program for the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association (EPYSA), and the Football Club of Delaware County (FC Delco).  He also coaches Little League Baseball for Glenmoore Eagle Youth Association (GEYA).

Jack London

Senior Manager, Business and Community Development
jlondon@ccedcpa.com
610.321.8229

Jack London

Senior Manager, Business and Community Development
jlondon@ccedcpa.com
610.321.8229

Kathy McAfee

Loan Documentation and Servicing Specialist, Seedcopa
kmcafee@seedcopa.com
610.321.8244

Kathy McAfee

Loan Documentation and Servicing Specialist, Seedcopa
kmcafee@seedcopa.com
610.321.8244

Kathy McAfee is the Loan Servicing and Documentation Specialist for South Eastern Economic Development Company of PA, the lending division of Chester County Economic Development Council.

Kathy began working for CCEDC in June 2006 as Loan Closing and Servicing Specialist.  She is now responsible for preparing the loan documentation for loan closings, as well as routine servicing of the loan portfolio.

Prior to joining the staff at CCEDC, Kathy was employed in the banking industry, first in the operations division, and then the loan originations focusing on loan documentation.

Marcia McGavisk

Vice President, Operations and Credit Manager, Seedcopa
mmcgavisk@seedcopa.com
610-321-8236

Marcia McGavisk

Vice President, Operations and Credit Manager, Seedcopa
mmcgavisk@seedcopa.com
610-321-8236

A former small business owner, Marcia became a commercial lender for a traditional bank 25 years ago.   She spent the 22 years as a dedicated SBA 7(a) professional with the last 13 years as an SBA 7(a) program manager for a large regional bank. She joined Seedcopa two years ago to manage the credit and operations functions at the CDC.  In addition to her degree in Finance, English and Spanish from Albright College, Marcia has gained considerable credit training and commercial lending training through numerous courses and training offered by a previous employer. Marcia continues her professional SBA training through industry seminars, SBA conferences, and SBA District Office training events.  In her current role at Seedcopa as credit and operations manager, she is responsible for oversight of all credit and operations functions for the CDC.  Much of her initial time at the CDC was spent enhancing the processes and procedures for the organization.

Chris McHenry

Senior Portfolio and Compliance Manager, Seedcopa
cmchenry@seedcopa.com
610.321.8239

Chris McHenry

Senior Portfolio and Compliance Manager, Seedcopa
cmchenry@seedcopa.com
610.321.8239

Chris is the Senior Portfolio Manager and Compliance Manager for CCEDC and Seedcopa’s conventional and government guaranteed loan products.  He possesses over twenty-five years of commercial lending and operations experience in commercial bank, SBA, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, CMBS, HUD and FNMA Commercial loan production and servicing.

Chris joined CCEDC in 2010 as its loan portfolio manager, servicing over 275 loans with outstanding balances in excess of $170 million.  He utilizes his problem solving skills along with his unique knowledge of financial analytics and loan products to assist businesses restructuring and growing as a means to support economic and job growth.

Chris possesses a dual Bachelor of Science Degree from Delaware Valley College with majors in both accounting and finance.  He continues to develop his skills through continued professional education and as a volunteer member of multiple industry group committees.

A resident of Chester County, PA he is heavily involved with several religious, charitable, and youth sports organizations which are focused on outreach to troubled and “at-risk” youth.  In his off-time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons in the outdoors.

Patrick Meese

Special Projects & Strategic Initiatives Consultant
pmeese@ccedcpa.com
610.321.8234

Patrick Meese

Special Projects & Strategic Initiatives Consultant
pmeese@ccedcpa.com
610.321.8234

Kathleen Nader

Facilities Manager
knader@ccedcpa.com
610.321.8210

Kathleen Nader

Facilities Manager
knader@ccedcpa.com
610.321.8210

Kathleen manages the day-to-day operations and acts as the primary liaison with users of the facility.  She develops and implements programs to ensure that the organization has the most suitable working environment for its employees and their activities.

In addition, Kathleen oversees all of the Council’s external vendors, as well as supervises any office renovations and construction projects. Kathleen also manages the CCEDC’s IT and communications infrastructure and support.

Kathleen and her family moved to Chester County in 1996 and raised two children with her husband of 30 years. She serves as a volunteer food drive coordinator for Chester County Food Bank and volunteer drive coordinator for the American Red Cross.

Komeil Nasrollahi

Program Manager
knasrollahi@ccedcpa.com
610.321.8220

Komeil Nasrollahi

Program Manager
knasrollahi@ccedcpa.com
610.321.8220

Tracey Oberholtzer

Project Coordinator
toberholtzer@ccedcpa.com
610.321.8242

Tracey Oberholtzer

Project Coordinator
toberholtzer@ccedcpa.com
610.321.8242

Tracey Oberholtzer is a Project Coordinator at the Chester County Economic Development Council and works with the Health Care Connect and Manufacturing Alliance initiatives as well as programming for youth.

Tracey earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing at Saint Joseph's University. Prior to joining the CCEDC, she worked as a Program Director and Volunteer Director in the non-profit sector.

Mary Kay Owen

Health Care Connect Consultant
mowen@ccedcpa.com
610.321.8237

Mary Kay Owen

Health Care Connect Consultant
mowen@ccedcpa.com
610.321.8237

Dottie Pepe

Accounting Clerk
dpepe@ccedcpa.com
610.321.8209

Dottie Pepe

Accounting Clerk
dpepe@ccedcpa.com
610.321.8209

Lori Pickford

Project Coordinator
lpickford@ccedcpa.com
610.321.8224

Lori Pickford

Project Coordinator
lpickford@ccedcpa.com
610.321.8224

Lori joined CCEDC in April of 2017 as the administrative assistant for the Business Development Services Team.  Most recently she took on the title of Coordinator for the Pennsylvania State Engage Program, a statewide business retention and expansion (BRE) program facilitated through CCEDC.  In that role, Lori oversees budgets and invoicing for six Pennsylvania county partners who participate in the program.

Lori came to CCEDC while co-owning a manufacturer’s representative company with her husband which works primarily with QVC, Inc. – a televised home shopping channel based in West Chester, PA.   Currently, she guest hosts on-air at QVC, selling personal care products.

Lori spent 15 years working in the field of public relations in Washington D.C. and Philadelphia respectively, before she and her family moved to Chester County in 2000.   Lori is a graduate of Bloomsburg University with a B.A. in Business Economics.  She is married and has two children.  Lori also volunteers with the “Adopt A Pig” charity in Glenmore, PA.  The charity was developed to help children and their families cope as they face the challenge of fighting cancer.

Leslie Rylke

Marketing and Creative Services Manager
lrylke@ccedcpa.com
610-321-8219

Leslie Rylke

Marketing and Creative Services Manager
lrylke@ccedcpa.com
610-321-8219

Leslie Rylke’s blend of skills and experiences are beneficial in supporting CCEDC’s program initiatives to INJECT capital; IMPACT workforce development; INCUBATE business; IGNITE growth; and IMAGINE opportunities for businesses.  She is charged with communicating the value, benefit and impact of our i2i Corporate Partnership Program as well as CCEDC’s numerous Industry Partnerships and initiatives.

Leslie joined CCEDC in August 2013 and brought a variety of skills to our organization.  Her previous experiences of studying and forging languages and living abroad are an asset for her duties supporting the Chester County International Business Council.  Likewise, her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the Pennsylvania State University and additional study in graphic design and desktop publishing support the overall communications efforts of the organization.

Marie Shires

Vice President and Relationship Manager - Seedcopa
mshires@seedcopa.com
610.321.8245

Marie Shires

Vice President and Relationship Manager - Seedcopa
mshires@seedcopa.com
610.321.8245

Marie Shires joined  Seedcopa as Vice President and Relationship Manager in April 2018.  Shires comes to Seedcopa with a decade of SBA 504 experience providing commercial real estate and equipment financing to the region’s small to mid-sized businesses.

A certified Economic Development Financial Professional, Shires has completed rigorous training in business credit, loan packaging procedures, real estate finance analysis and deal structuring. As a long-time program director and Vice President at a not-for-profit certified development company, she has been responsible for all phases of U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 504 loans, including business development, processing, closing and servicing. She also draws on enduring relationships with local banks, professional partners and community-based organizations to facilitate the loan process for Seedcopa clients.

Shires is a member of Advocates for Small Business, where she holds a seat on the board of directors. Over the course of her career she has taken a participating lead role in a variety of special events and summits for small business owners, including round table discussions and group training sessions. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Widener University.

Marianne Stack

Project Manager
mstack@ccedcpa.com
610.321.8222

Marianne Stack

Project Manager
mstack@ccedcpa.com
610.321.8222

Marianne Stack is currently Project Manager of the Ideas x Innovation Network (i2n) and the Innovative Technology Action Group Industry Partnership, the Technology Programs at the Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC).  In this role, she manages program initiatives, trainings, and professional development activities including TECH360.  She also administers the PA Keystone Innovation Zone program, serving as KIZ Coordinator for Chester and Delaware Counties, certifying companies for KIZ Tax Credit eligibility, and linking growing technology companies with the resources they need.

Prior to joining CCEDC in 2012, Marianne served as project engineer responsible for civil engineering design in land development, with a concentration in storm water management.  She also served as a Consultant Liaison Engineer for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.  Marianne earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Villanova University as well as her Professional Engineer’s License.

Being detail oriented, highly organized and having the ability to successfully multitask has been an asset professionally as well as in managing a large, active family.  Marianne remains an active member of the Bishop Shanahan Parents Association and Saints Philip and James School Board of Limited Jurisdiction.

Janet Stretch

Grants Consultant
jstretch@ccedcpa.com
610.458.5700 x. 248

Janet Stretch

Grants Consultant
jstretch@ccedcpa.com
610.458.5700 x. 248

Janet Stretch coordinates the Next Generation Farm Loan Program for first-time farm buyers in Chester, Lancaster, Berks, and other surrounding counties as well as educates both borrowers and lenders on the program's process.  Her assistance enables first-time farmers to purchase farms through a state-based, tax-exempt bond program, and subsequently obtain a lower interest rate on their farm loan.   Janet assists in needs assessment, applies to the state on behalf of both the farmer and the CCIDA/CWCCIDA, and coordinates and attends settlement meetings.

Janet joined CCEDC in December 2011.  She has experience as a Healthcare IT Consultant working with Siemens (formerly SMS) - Consulting and Consultative Sales, Customer Service, Project Management, Software Design/Programming/Installation, and Project Leader for SMS hospitals.  Her skills include project management, customer service, and process improvement, as well as real estate.  Janet has a Bachelor of Science degree in Quantitative Business Analysis and a Project Management Certificate, both from Penn State University.  Janet volunteers her time assisting in organizing events at her church and children's school, as well as mentoring teen mothers through the Young Lives Program of West Chester.

Patti VanCleave

Project Manager
pvancleave@ccedcpa.com
610.321.8212

Patti VanCleave

Project Manager
pvancleave@ccedcpa.com
610.321.8212

Patti VanCleave is the Project Manager for the Health Care Industry Partnership.  In this role, she directs the Partnership and coordinates trainings, networking events, and pipeline development activities.

Patti also manages the CCEDC’s Youth Career Exploration Program where she plans and executes events that provide school-aged youth with opportunities to discover careers in agriculture, energy, healthcare, information technology, and advanced manufacturing by visiting employer job sites.

Prior to joining the Council, Patti worked as the Director of Operations for a non-profit, where she managed the procurement and disbursement of 100,000 brand new winter coats to children in need in over 30 states nationwide.  In addition to Patti’s education at Albright College, she has held various management positions in advertising, accounting and IT companies.

Patti’s commitment to youth is also evident in her involvement in Boy Scouts, where she has been an active volunteer for over 15 years.  She serves as the troop’s Activity Chairperson and as a Troop Committee member.

Marrea Walker-Smith

Project Consultant
mwalker-smith@ccedcpa.com
610.321.8233

Marrea Walker-Smith

Project Consultant
mwalker-smith@ccedcpa.com
610.321.8233

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William Lauer P.E.

Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center
wlauer@dvirc.org
610.458.4052

Ed Piscopo

PECO - An Exelon Company
edward.piscopo@exeloncorp.com
610.458.3742

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