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Leslie Rylke

Leslie joined the Chester County Economic Development Council in August 2013 and brought a variety of skills to the organization. She oversees the marketing and communications efforts for CCEDC as well as its numerous initiatvies. Her responsibilities include crafting the oranization’s annual report and quarterly briefingings and she also handles graphic design, website content, and social media for the organization.

Her previous work experience includes the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the United States Holocaust Memorial Musuem, the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, and the Lionville Community YMCA. Leslie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the Pennsylvania State University. She has completed additional studies in graphic design and desktop publishing and earned recently earned a Digital Marketing Certificate from Penn State Greaty Valley.

Marcia McGavisk

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.

Melissa Kellogg

Melissa Kellog 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.

Chris McHenry

Chris has been with the organization since 2010 and he currently serves as the Vice President, Development Finance. He possesses over 35 years of commercial lending and operations experience in conventional, CMBS and government-backed lending. He utilizes his problem solving skills along with his unique knowledge of financial analytics and loan products to creatively assist business restructure and growth as a means to support economic development.

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.

When not at work, Chris enjoys being an active volunteer for local educational, religious, and youth sports organizations which are focused on outreach to troubled and “at-risk” youth. In his off-time, he enjoys spending time outdoors with his family.

Nancy Jones

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).

Elaine Jasper

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 15 years. She has over 27 years experience with a global pharmaceutical company in statistics and research & development operations where she developed her ability to work efficiently with detail. She worked with the President, R&D, creating 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, Executive Pulse, a CRM solution exclusively for economic developers, and 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 Girls 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.

Kathy McAfee

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.

Jim Hammond

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.