Erieana Mayes, a senior at Alvernia University, serves as STEM Innovation intern for CCEDC, where she assists with career exploration programs for area youth. She will graduate this December with a degree in Psychology, and after that plans to pursue graduate school for her Master’s degree, with the goal of becoming a school counselor. Erieana is passionate about working with children, and in her free time enjoys painting, hiking, cooking, and reading.
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.
Mary Kay Owen is the Project Consultant leading the Health Care Connect industry partnership, where she is working collaboratively with representatives from health care, education and economic development to build strategies to grow the regional health care industry.
Previously Owen was Director of Marketing for Exton Square Mall (owned by PREIT and previously by The Rouse Company), where she designed and developed marketing campaigns that generated public awareness, ROI and community outreach.
Integral to the launch of the Coatesville Grand Prix, which has become the city’s signature event, Owen managed public relations, media outreach and organizational strategies. Owen has volunteered for a variety of community initiatives including the Chester County Workforce Development Board and CCEDC’s Marketing Committee.
Mary Kay received her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Goucher College and is a Downingtown resident.
arrea 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.
Lori joined CCEDC in April of 2017. As the Business Outreach Manager she works primarily with the Business Development Services Team providing support and communication to CCEDC Investors. She is also the regional 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.
Sherry Cockerham serves as Project Coordinator for the Hire One Initiative, the Manufacturing Alliance of Chester & Delaware Counties, and the Smart Energy Initiative of Southeastern PA.
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.
Tracey Oberholtzer is the Industry Partnership Events and STEM Programs Manager. In her role as IP Events Manager, Tracey is responsible for the successful planning and execution of signature events for the IP’s and Youth Programs. As STEM Programs Manager, Tracey works closely with the Industry Partnerships to maintain and grow STEM and youth programming that enhances the career readiness of our community’s 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.