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August 2019 Young Professional Profiles: Joseph Aylesworth & Mikayla Markle


Joseph Aylesworth works at Eckert Chiropractic in Oil City. After getting a double bachelors in science from Clarion University Joseph worked for his doctorate in chiropractics prior to receiving a position at Eckert Chiropractics.

He grew up in Oil City and is happy to be working in the area after graduation. A major goal for his work is to be able to help as many people as possible through chiropractics. Working in Venango County gives him the opportunity to meet many good people and work toward helping them feel their best. Eckert Chiropractic is one way he serves the community and helps others.

When he is not working, Joseph enjoys playing inline and ice hockey. He playing the guitar and records music as well. He also likes trying new foods and exploring the area by hiking the many wooded trails Venango County has to offer.

The beautiful hiking trails are one reason he likes living in the area. The local concerts are yet another reason he likes living in the area. Joseph also frequents unique shops and restaurants, like Taco Shack and Core Goods, which are other aspects of the Venango County life he enjoys. Joseph finds Venango County to be more than just where he lives but also where he works and plays. Join us in welcoming one of our newest FLEX members!

Mikayla Markle is a Chiropractic Assistant and Yoga Instructor at Eckert Chiropractic. She grew up outside of Emlenton on a farm and in 2018 moved to Franklin with her husband. After high school, Mikayla’s goal was to find something she is passionate about and turn it into a career. She began working as a chiropractic assistant and found this to be a career she fits into well. Chiropractics and Yoga have quickly become career she is passionate about. With a background in gymnastics, cheerleading, and pilates, teaching yoga is less work and more enjoyment.

Working with Dr. Kate Eckert enabled Mikayla to work towards a certification to teach yoga, which is one of the next steps in her professional career. She loves working and living in the area because of the proximity to her work, shopping areas, and home.

The forestry and local produce in Venango County are other reason she loves living and working in here. She says, “I also really love how much agriculture is still in the area. Being able to drive home from work and pick up fresh, local produce from a farm stand is really wonderful.”

During her free time Mikayla loves spending time outside. She likes to combine her passion for yoga and pilates with nature by doing them outside. She also frequents the many bike trails in the area and enjoys shopping local and cooking with local products. Mikayla spends time watching concerts in Bandstand Park in Franklin and visiting Whitehall Camp and Conference Center in Emlenton. Thanks for sharing your passion through your work and in our community, Mikayla!

This article was published in the Future Leaders & Entrepreneurs Exchange’s (FLEX) August 2019 edition of the FLEX Your Ideas (FYI) Newsletter.

July 2019 Young Professional Profiles: Brian Payne & Jessica Wilson


Brian Payne is one of our newest FLEX members. He is originally from Hadley, PA, and graduated from Edinboro University with bachelor’s degrees in Forensic Accounting and Financial Planning.

Brian now works as a CPA Tax Supervisor at McGill, Power, Bell & Associates in Franklin. He has acquired his CPA and CFE designations and takes great pride and enjoyment from his work and his career achievements. Future goals of his are to become a partner at McGill, Power, Bell, as well as to learn a foreign language (probably Russian).

One of the things he loves about working in Venango County is the small town environment. The way people treat each other with a welcoming kindness is one of the biggest reasons he enjoys living here. Brian enjoys the fun Chamber events where he can go to learn and network with other professionals.

Brian is also an avid Pirates fan, who will forever hope they win a World Series. His hobbies are yet another reason he enjoys Venango County. When he is not working, he can be found fishing and spending time with his girlfriend, Stephanie.

Some other parts of the Venango culture that Brian appreciates are tasting beers at Trails to Ales, seeing local live bands at Red Bandana Winery, and spending time with family.

Jessica Wilson has lived in Oil City since she was two years old. She was home schooled for most of her elementary and high school years and graduated high school in 2017. During high school, she played varsity volleyball at Oil City High School and worked at the Oil City YMCA as a lifeguard.

Jessica pursues a communication degree with a marketing minor at Geneva College. She is a long distance runner and gets to enjoy this hobby at school by participating in the cross country and track teams.

Some of her achievements include being on the dean’s list every semester at Geneva College and helping to found a communication production club. Through this club, she has also filmed campus wide promotional videos. Last year, she spent time working at The Derrick and The News-Herald as an advertising intern, where she helped to sell and design ads for the paper and various tabloids. She also works during the semester in the Geneva College PR and Marketing Services department.

When she is not running around Oil City or on the bike trail, Jessica enjoys reading, cooking, hiking at Oil Creek State Park, movies, and spending time with family and friends. This summer she can be found working at the Venango Chamber of Commerce.

One of her future goals is to “be just like my mom.” She also hopes to work in PR and Marketing helping companies further their mission statements and do what they do best. Jessica also hopes to travel more within the country and abroad, continue running, and have many adorable cats.

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s July 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

May 2019 Young Professional Profiles: Becca Weidle & Sarah MacBeth


Becca Weidle, an Oil City native, is a young entrepreneur and a   mom. She is a health coach through her new business “Motherhood Made Healthy,” and is expecting her second child in June.

After graduating from Oil City High School in 2010, Becca earned a biochemistry degree from Pitt at Johnstown, and recently got her health coach certification from Health Coach Institute.

Becca looks forward to continuing to grow, personally and professionally, and is excited to gain clients who are eager to learn how to shift towards a healthy lifestyle. “I’m proud of the hard work I put into finding my passion, going for it head on, and completing my coaching certification,” she said. “I’m also proud of the consistency and determination I have put towards healing myself naturally and gaining the healthy lifestyle that I live and love.”

Being a mother has taught Becca a lot and is also something she takes pride in. She tries to soak in and enjoy every minute with her family that she can, and also in her free time she loves gardening, anything outdoors (camping, hiking, riding bikes), doing puzzles, sewing and crafting, and playing with her daughter, Henley.

In Venango County, Becca appreciates the trails, parks, local businesses, libraries, and farmers markets, and is happy to live in a neighborhood that feels safe.

“I want to constantly learn and grow in all aspects of my life,” she told us. “My dream is for my business to ripple out from Venango so that I can help guide as many mamas as possible to live healthy, happy lives and instill that in their kiddos!”

You can learn more about Becca’s new health coaching business by visiting motherhoodmadehealthy.com.


Sarah MacBeth recently became a Venango County community member! She is the branch manager at the Seneca office of Farmers National Bank, and will be transferring to the Emlenton branch soon.

Originally from Bradford, Sarah has lived in various places, including Kane and Tionesta, and eventually settled in Clarion after graduating from Clarion University in May 2014. She majored in business management with a minor in marketing and has also gone through leadership and mindfulness trainings.

When asked about special achievements, Sarah told us: “My goal in life has always been to be happy and although happiness can be viewed as a constantly changing state of mind, I believe I have achieved my goal and I hope to continue that.”

Professionally, Sarah looks forward to continuing to help fulfill the mission and vision at the bank and hopes to be there for many more years. Personally, giving back is a huge passion of hers. “Throughout my life, so many have helped, guided, or supported me,” she said. “I hope to establish some type of organization or event that would allow me to give back.”

Traveling is something Sarah has always been interested in and she hopes to be able to do so with her husband and family in the coming years. She also loves spending time riding in their Jeeps with their dogs in the summer, running and fitness, crafting, hiking, cooking, and listening to music. Most importantly, she enjoys spending time surrounded by her loved ones.

Although Sarah hasn’t been in Venango County for very long, she has visited many enjoyable destinations, such as coffee shops, restaurants, and local shops. She looks forward to experiencing the theatre and trails in our region, too.

Since working in Venango County, Sarah has learned to love the people and their energy. “It is so great to see members of the community working towards making things happen,” she said. Sarah is interested in getting to know more people, contributing to the area, and developing personally and professionally.

These articles were published in the Future Leaders & Entrepreneurs Exchange’s (FLEX) May 2019 edition of the FLEX Your Ideas (FYI) Newsletter.

Choose Your Attitude (It’s the One Thing You Always Have a Choice About)


This months TED talk is from a TEDx event. TEDx is a program that has allowed smaller communities or individuals to host their own self-organized TED events. This allows TED speakers to reach a bigger audience and the event can be tailored to a communities needs.

Debra Searle rowed across the Atlantic Ocean by herself. She started the journey with her then husband but when he had to be rescued due to his severe anxiety, she decided to continue the trek alone. Debra said she had constant thoughts of shark attacks, being run over by large container ships, and never being found by her team back in England. She soon realized the only thing she could actually control was her attitude.

So, each morning she “chose her attitude” for the day and clung to it. It’s a fantastic story about her journey and her decision to take control of her life.

Find it here: bit.ly/TEDxDebra

This article was published in the Future Leaders & Entrepreneurs Exchange’s (FLEX) March 2019 edition of the FLEX Your Ideas (FYI) Newsletter.

March 2019 Young Professional Profiles: Nicole Novicki & Sam Breene


Born and raised in Oil City, Nicole Novicki now lives in Seneca and works for Venango County Human Services as a System of Care Coordinator.

After graduating from Oil City High School, she attended Clarion University, Venango, where she earned an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice, then went on to obtain a bachelor’s degree in psychology from main campus.

Nicole worked in Clarion County at Children and Youth Services for more than eight years, but began her new career with Venango County Human Services in January, and is looking forward to making new connections in her home community.

She’s a mom of three and spends time taking her kids to various activities and being their “biggest cheerleader” at sporting events. She grew up along Oil Creek, and still appreciates the outdoors in our region, where she takes small trips looking for hidden gems.

Also in her free time, Nicole enjoys browsing real estate and checking out all the neat properties (both commercial and residential). Although she’s not able to invest now, she would love to see old buildings and homes in our area be brought back to life.
Nicole will always work in a field where she can help others and plans to continue assisting with service and communication gaps between human services departments, service providers, school districts, and community members.

“I love being part of a close-knit community and being able to serve the area I grew up in,” she said. “There are some large areas of need in our community, but there is also a lot of potential, given the right resources.” Nice to meet you, Nicole, and welcome to FLEX!


Sam Breene, one of our newest members of FLEX, is a Venango County native who has recently returned to the area.

Sam was born and raised in Oil City and attended Oil City schools and The Kiski School in Saltsburg, PA. Upon graduation, he went on to Allegheny College in Meadville.

Currently, Sam is a Senior Staff member for U.S. Congressman Mike Kelly and has recently announced he will be running for Venango County Commissioner. Sam stated, “I hope to be elected so that I can use my professional experience and relationships to better serve this region that I care about deeply.”

In reference to his greatest achievements, Sam said that his career in public service and politics has been rewarding in many ways. He is especially proud to say he was the campaign manager for U.S. Representative Mike Kelly’s victorious re-election campaign, which was hotly contested and drew national attention.

Sam loves the outdoors, including spending time on the river, and all the activities available in our region such as kayaking, hiking, golf, shooting, skiing and ATVing. He said his favorite local spots to eat are the Yellow Dog Lantern Restaurant and Villa Italia Ristorante.

Sam is excited to be spending more time in Venango County and for “the opportunity to contribute to a community with such a special history and in which my personal history is deeply rooted.”

These articles were published in the Future Leaders & Entrepreneurs Exchange’s (FLEX) March 2019 edition of the FLEX Your Ideas (FYI) Newsletter.