Northwest Commission Welcomes Three New Employees

The Northwest Commission excitedly welcomes three new members to the team! Lyndsey King, Michelle Thompson and Jess Carroll were hired at the end of March and are actively immersed in their positions.

Lyndsey King was hired as the new Community Development Specialist. Lyndsey serves under direction of Dr. Tammy Dulaney, the Commission’s EDA/ ARC Program Manager. Lyndsey provides guidance, technical assistance, grant writing services, and more. She cooperatively administers the Appalachian Regional Commission’s and Economic Development Administration’s federal grant programs.

Michelle Thompson, the new Administrative Assistant, formerly worked for Johnson Controls in New Cumberland, PA, and brings experience and expertise in supporting large teams with varying needs. Under the direction of Shana Smith, Operations Director, Michelle will provide administrative support to all programs of the Commission and Operations Director. The scope of responsibilities will be as dynamic as the Commission itself, including tasks such as: answering calls and inquiries, providing frontline customer service, editing and proofing reports, maintaining office inventory, and event preparation.

And their third new hire, Jess Carroll, serves as Outreach Specialist under the direction of Travis Siegel, Regional Planning Manager. In this role, Jess creates the marketing materials for Commission programs, events and projects, website and social media administration and an electronic newsletter. Jess also serves as the coordinator for the Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP). She represents the agency at outreach events and serves as a liaison to the communities in the 8-county region. Jess will serve as the region’s point-of-contact for Broadband and GIS Initiatives, coordinating and facilitating conversations that connect and reinforce efforts and partnerships.

Welcome Lyndsey, Michelle, and Jess!

If you would like to learn more about the Northwest Commission and the services it provides, please visit or call (814) 677-4800.

This article was published in the Venango Chamber’s May 2022 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

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