CCEDC Recognizes Nine Outstanding Volunteers

Monday, April 29th 2013

The Chester County Economic Development Council is recognizing nine outstanding volunteers at a special event on Thursday, April 25, 2013, at Penn State Great Valley.

“Volunteers are the backbone of any successful organization,” said Gary Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Economic Development Council. “We have many talented individuals, many more than nine, giving their time and talents to this organization.

The volunteers were selected in connection with industry partnerships and other affiliated initiatives of the Economic Development Council. Those selected were:

Hillary Krummrich, Director of Agricultural Development of the Chester County Agriculture Development Council was selected by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Agriculture Partnership. She has served on the board and the executive committee for four years.

Kiersti Savidge, Human Resource Manager for Kensey Nash Corporation was selected by the BioScience Partnership. She has been involved in the partnership since its founding in 2005.

Patricia Knecht, Nursing Program Director at the Chester County Intermediate Unit was selected by the Chester County Health Care Partnership. She has been involved with the partnership for 15 years.

Eleanore Meals, Hire One volunteer, was selected by Hire One. She has a passion for assisting jobseekers and continues to give of her time to counseling jobseekers.

Diana Kimmich, Talent Acquisition at Analytical Graphics, Inc., was selected by the Innovative Technology Action Group (ITAG). She has been involved with ITAG since its founding 13 years ago and has served on its executive committee for more than eight years.

Guy Fardone, Chief Operating Officer and General Manager of Evolve IP, was selected by the Ideas x Innovation network (i2n). He has been an ambassador for emerging growth companies in the region.

Phillip Eastman, Manger of Economic Development for PECO Energy, was selected by Smart Energy Initiative of Southeastern Pennsylvania (SEI). He has been a dedicated member of the SEI Advisory Board since the organization was formed in 2007.

Two volunteers, Pat Clancy and Alan Slobojan, were also selected for special recognition.

Clancy, Executive Director of the TAACCT Program at Community College of Philadelphia, was the critical connector for collaboration with other partners and leveraging available resources.

Slobojan, Director of Career, Technical and Customized Education at the Chester County Intermediate Unit, has been integrally involved in workforce development specifically since the Workforce Summit in 1998.

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