Loaida Rodriguez has been named Portfolio and Compliance Specialist, at Seedcopa + SeedcoDE, a Certified Development Company that specializes in helping businesses in Pennsylvania and Delaware access below-market interest rates through government loan programs.
Loaida joins the Seedcopa + SeedcoDE team after serving as Assistant Controller at Vanguard Charitable in Malvern, one of the largest grant-making organizations in the nation. Previously she was the Director of Finance at Community Basics, Inc. in Lancaster, a non-profit developer that supports the ongoing need for affordable housing in the Lancaster area. She also served as Director of Accounting and Payroll for SCTE, Inc. in Exton, a membership association that supports the telecommunications industry.
Loaida has a passion for economic development and making a positive impact on her community. Her experience managing government-backed programs and ensuring fiduciary responsibility, along with her accounting and financial management experience, are valuable assets for bank partners and small- to mid-sized business borrowers.
Loaida earned her Bachelor of Arts in Financial Management from Immaculata University and her Master’s degree in Public Administration at West Chester University. She resides in Honey Brook with her four children and two grandchildren. She enjoys volunteer work, including as a HDC MidAtlantic Board Member, as well as past volunteer work for Primera Iglesia Bautista de Coatesville, Philadelphia Area Great Career Success Group and Lighthouse Vocational Ministries.
Cathie is an Albright College alumna with a B.A. in Communications and Digital Media. She brings to Seedcopa a wealth of banking experience, including her most recent role as Senior Relationship Assistant for a C&I Lending Team. Cathie is an avid angler and enjoys traveling.
Michelle Hadley is a lifelong resident of Chester County. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Immaculata University and has more than 20 years of experience in the non-profit accounting field. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband of 17 years and her three children.
Leigh Craig is a Program Coordinator for the Workforce Development – STEM Innovation Youth Programs.
She has more than 20 years of experience in environmental insurance primarily as an underwriting assistant at Great American Insurance Group and AxaXL Insurance (previously XL Insurance). Those duties included providing underwriting support, file reconciliation, office management, and general administrative support.
For the past 8 years, Leigh worked as site coordinator/head coach for Coatesville United Soccer, an innovative youth development program that uses soccer as a tool to implement mentorship, lifestyles, and offers a safe place for the youth in Coatesville.
Outside of work, Leigh is an avid sports fan and spends time with her husband and 3 kids at their sporting events.
Lauren Sandusky is the newest Loan Operations Specialist for South Eastern Economic Development Company of PA, the lending division of Chester County Economic Development Council. Her duties involve overseeing, managing, coordinating tasks, and maintaining records for Seedcopa’s business loans and insurance & settlement issues.
With over 15 years of experience in business lending, Lauren joins the Seedcopa team after serving as Manager of Loan Processing at the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) where she worked on a variety of small business loans including the PIDA loan program. Lauren also helped manage COVID-19 relief loan programs including the Philadelphia COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund, the COVID-19 Working Capital Access (CWCA) program and the COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program (CHIRP).
Lauren holds a Masters of Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Communication from LaSalle University.
Marrea Walker-Smith is the Diversity and Training Consultant for the Chester County Economic Development Council. In this role, she designs innovative simulated curriculum, supports grant writing, and develops training models for Career Connections Academy, STEM Summer Career Academies, and First-Generation STEM Academy.
Marrea also provides leadership for the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts of the Chester County Economic Development Council. She specializes in Human-Centered Design Thinking and guides the leadership team and DEI Committee on programs and practices that encourage representation and participation of diverse people.
Before joining Chester County Economic Development Council, she worked for 17 years with the City of Chester on economic development projects such as Harrah’s Chester Casino and PPL Park, the Philadelphia Union Soccer Team’s home. She also worked in corporate communications at Independence Blue Cross and has held leadership positions in business, education, and development.
In 2018, Philadelphia Business Journal recognized her as a Women of Distinction for her professional achievements, dedication to mentorship, and community involvement. Main Line Today Magazine featured her as a 2018 Healthcare Hero for developing a training model to inspire and create a pipeline of youth talent for future healthcare positions. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development featured Marrea in their Humans of HUD Campaign.
Marrea earned a Six Sigma Green Belt in Healthcare from Villanova University. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Delaware State University, a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Widener University, and a Master’s degree in English and Publishing from Rosemont College. Currently, she is completing her Doctorate of Higher Education degree at Cabrini University.
She is an advisor trustee for McLean Contributionship Foundation and board member with the Chester County Women’s Commission, The Clinic, and West Bradford Recreation Commission. She a native of the City of Chester but resides in West Bradford Township with her husband Kirk, daughter Milan and dog Axel.
Cheryl Korn joined the Chester County Economic Development Council in 2017 and serves as a project coordinator. Her duties include supporting CCEDC’s technology initiatives, the Ideas x Innovations Network (i2n) and the Innovative Technology Action Group (ITAG). She also assists CCEDC’s marketing department and STEM Innovation youth initiatives.
Her responsibilities include coordinating and communicating with various stakeholders, providing graphic design and electronic marketing assistance, organizing meetings and events, and providing general administrative support. Cheryl’s previous experience as art director for a healthcare software company, tenure at several advertising agencies, and service as the office and marketing manager for various companies, means she is well-suited to wear many hats in her role at CCEDC.
Cheryl received a BFA in graphic design from Moore College of Art and has kept her skills current by earning numerous certifications from Springhouse Education & Consulting Services.
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.