October 22, 2012
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.
September 28, 2012
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.
September 20, 2012
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.
September 13, 2012
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.
September 7, 2012
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.
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).
August 28, 2012
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.