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Meet Our Board – Doug Eberle

1-IMG_9577Doug Eberle has been a local business owner since 2010 and a member of our Board of Directors since 2017.

He grew up in Slippery Rock and went on to college at Edinboro University. In 1986, he moved to Venango County when his family purchased the Oil City Agway store.

After working for Agway for more than 20 years, Doug took over the family business and continues to own and operate the store. Doug’s wife, Kim, is a teacher at the Oil City School District and his children, Danielle and Mitchell, both live and work in Pittsburgh.

Besides serving on our board, Doug is a member of the Venango County Humane Society’s Board of Directors and is also involved with Jamie’s Kids, a local nonprofit organization that gives aid to children in our area who have been identified by educators as having a need, and the Blue & White Turkey Bowl, a fundraiser for the Oil City School District’s Blue & White Booster Club.

In his free time, you can find Doug spending time with family and doing anything that involves being outdoors, including biking at Oil Creek State Park, hunting, and playing softball in the Oil City 35 and older league.

He enjoys living here because of opportunities for outdoor recreation, the friendly people, and the relaxed and slow-paced atmosphere.

Doug has appreciated being able to contribute towards the mission of the Chamber to help grow local business.

“My role as a chamber member is to be an advocate for the Chamber and the many roles it has in our business community,” he said.


This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s September 2018 edition of the VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Meet Our Board – Hope Lineman


Hope Lineman has served on the Chamber’s Board of Directors since January of 2017. She works for Clarion University, Venango. She worked in healthcare for 13 years before transitioning to education 16 years ago.

“Working in education is a way to be involved in a positive experience in someone’s life, regardless of what role you play,” Hope said.

Much of Hope’s focus at Clarion University, Venango is in enrollment management and continuing education. She works with the University’s leadership to promote enrollment. The college uses different recruitment events to reach adult learners, including recruitment at hospitals and technology centers and working with PA CareerLinks. These are just some of the ways they connect with potential students, which has been a very rewarding process for Hope.

“I love being able to play an integral part in helping people find careers that will help them earn sustainable wages for their families,” she said.

Hope enjoys the positive energy and passion that she finds working in Venango County.

“Whether it’s through workforce development, economic growth, or improvements to the downtown area, I see people working together to make our region stronger,”

Hope said.

Hope sees her role as a board member as an opportunity to truly make a difference in the community and the region.

“By serving on the board, I feel that I, myself, as well as the whole team, will impact future generations’ lives,” said Hope. “The initiatives we take on are part of making a difference.”

As for the future of the Venango region, Hope anticipates several positive ripple effects from the petrochemical plant that is being constructed in Beaver County. This could drive economic development, growth in industry, an increase in jobs, and more.

“The Chamber is the catalyst for bringing together the various players for moving our county and region forward in our region,” said Hope.