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Meet the Leadership Venango Class of 2019

Randy Randy Arnold is a senior mechanical engineer at Pioneer Energy Products (PEPRO) in Oil City. He has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Grove City College and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Pennsylvania. Randy’s focus is on designing product that is built with pride in Oil City and surrounding areas to serve the telecommunications and emergency communications around the nation. His passion is for engineering and product design and focusing on how to combine that with a business plan to create growth.


TessaLVTessa Byham is an Oil City native with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Edinboro University. She is the Executive Assistant at the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce and loves being involved with the growth of the region through the position. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, kayaking, reading, and attending local events. She is also an active member of the FLEX Young Professionals Group and an Ambassador for the Be Here Initiative.


LindseyLindsey Canchola is the Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for Presbyterian SeniorCare Network and oversees the outreach for Oakwood Heights here in Oil City. She has been employed at SeniorCare for just shy of  7 years. Lindsey graduated suma cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh. Lindsey resides in Meadville Pa with her husband, Anthony and their two sons, Landon and Connor. Lindsey is involved in: Aseracare Foundation Board, treasurer for Randolph League, University of Pittsburgh Board of Alumni.


JeffJeffrey Fedei is currently the manager of the robust Environmental Services department within UPMC Northwest. Jeffrey started his career in the healthcare setting in 1999 where he worked as an environmental services technician and has continued to advance his career through on-the-job-training and education.  He has served as a corporate representative with the UPMC Health System and Value Analysis Team where he provides input on strategies for the prevention of microorganism transmission.  He has also served as a product evaluator to ensure the ease of use by environmental service workers.


DanDan Flaherty, born and raised in Oil City, is Executive Director of the Oil Region Library Association (ORLA). ORLA is responsible for the operations of the three county public libraries (Cooperstown, Franklin, Oil City). Dan holds a bachelor’s degree in History and a master’s degree in Library Science, both from Clarion University. He is married to Ashley Flaherty, also an Oil City native. Together, they have fun hiking and canoeing with their dog, Keasbey, time at home with their cat, Jim, and entertaining with family and friends. He also enjoys reading, home brewing, and gardening. Dan has helped organize local Disc Golf events at the Hasson Park course and has contributed in various roles to the Pennsylvania Library Association.


GregGreg Lander is a Venango County native who attended St. Stephen Elementary school and Oil City High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Penn State Erie, the Behrend College, and is  Vice President of Klapec Trucking Company in Reno, PA. He enjoys driving the KTC trucks in the local parades and transporting the City of Franklin Christmas tree. He serves as an active member of St. Stephen Church where he is a greeter and helps with the annual St. Stephen Heritage Festival. He volunteers at St. Stephen School by helping with the students swim classes and the Reverse Raffle.


MarcMarc Lander is an Oil City High School graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Science and Technology from the California University of Pennsylvania. He began driving for Klapec Trucking Company after college, then moved into the office to learn the different areas of the business.  Currently, he is the Operation Manager at Klapec Trucking Company.  Marc is a member of St. Stephens Church, where he and his wife donate 25 hours of service each year. He is also a proud parent of three delightful girls.


EmilyEmily Lewis is a native of Venango County, with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and minors in Business Administration and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from Slippery Rock University. As Director of the Venango County Economic Development Authority, she is responsible for the development of several area projects including the revitalization and re-use currently underway at the Oil City National Bank building and the continued development of the county’s fiber optic network. Before becoming Director of the Authority, she was Deputy Director of the Venango County Regional Planning Commission.


LaurenLauren Lupinacci is a native of Venango County with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. As the Program Manager for Bridge Builders Community Foundations for the past five years, she leads the fiscal aspects of the Community Foundation while also administering a scholarship program that grants out over a quarter of a million dollars annually from over sixty different funds. She assists in the administration of the National Transit Building and Annex. Lauren is a member of the FLEX and is excited about becoming a more integral part of the group. In her free time, she enjoys participating in community events with her family and friends.


BRIANBrian McNulty is the Assistant District Executive for the Design Unit of PennDOT Engineering District 1-0 in Oil City. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and is a professionally licensed engineer in Pennsylvania. Brian directs and oversees the planning and design of approximately $130 million of highway and bridge projects in the Erie, Warren, Crawford, Forest, Mercer and Venango counties annually. He is a member of the Franklin Chapter of the American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE) and is on the School Advisory Council of St. Patrick Elementary School in Franklin.


AshleyAshley Smith is a Franklin native with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology Management and an associate’s degree in Computer Aided Drafting and Design from Clarion University, and has taken technical courses at Triangle Tech-Dubois. She is currently working towards a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Youngstown State University. Ashley is employed at the Venango County Regional Planning Commission as the Land Use Planner. In her free time, she is a Franklin High School Marching Band Bandfront advisor and helps coach with Franklin Middle School Cheerleading. She is a new member of FLEX and an ambassador of the Be Here Initiative.


MalloryMallory Spence is a native to the Venango County area, residing in both Franklin and Oil City for extended periods of time. She attended Clarion University where she studied Business Administration and Finance. Since school she has gained 7 years of experience in specialized areas of accounting. She is currently employed at United Way of Venango County as the resource specialist, where she is responsible for accounting operations, overseeing marketing, and campaign account management.


RyanRyan Sweeney is a native to Venango County who holds the position of Quality Engineer at Webco Industries, where he is responsible for the development of new products at both the Oil City and Reno facilities. Sweeney holds a bachelor’s degree in Science and Mathematics, associate’s degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology, and a minor in Environmental Studies from Edinboro University. Sweeney enjoys all outdoor activities and spending time with his family.



Leadership Venango is a nine-month program of the Venango Chamber designed to identify, educate, involve and motivate individuals who desire to become more effective leaders. 

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


What Can You Do With Your Newsletter?

CoverYou looked through your monthly printed Chamber newsletter, gained some insight and learned about other members—now what? Instead of just throwing it away or letting it get buried under papers on your desk, we’ve gathered a list of ideas to help you decide what to do with your newsletter.

Share it. The newsletter is not just full of information about happenings and businesses in the area, each month it provides articles that could help out another person or business. Once you’re finished reading your newsletter, share it with a friend, customer, or an acquaintance for them to read, too.

Set it out. Do you have a waiting room where people spend time, or a table that people pass by often? Putting your newsletter somewhere like this helps you to share it with others. We’d love for you to put it out on display for people to read and learn about what the Chamber is all about!

Spread the word. Did you read an article that you loved, or learn something about a member you didn’t know about? We encourage you to tell other people, either in person or online. If you share it on social media remember to use the hashtags #VenangoWorks and #BeHereVenango.

Recycle it. After you’ve read it, shared it with others, and set it out for a few months or so, make sure to recycle your newsletter instead of tossing it in the garbage can. There are hundreds of benefits to recycling, and we encourage you to recycle whenever possible! If you aren’t able to take your recycling to a reciprocal, you can bring your newsletter to the Chamber and we’ll gladly recycle it for you.

So, what are you going to do with YOUR newsletter? These are just a few of many ways that you can reuse and further your monthly newsletter from the Chamber.

We are happy to send a printed newsletter to all members and any additional people at your business, but please let us know if you would prefer only a digital copy.

All digital copies of the VenangoWorks! Newsletter can be found at


Let Us Tell Your Stories in This New Year

And so we have turned the page on yet another calendar year, a very quick review of 2017 reminds us of the many stories that the Chamber was a part of in our business community, if only in the telling.

While we are committed as an organization to being visionary in working with our community and our members to design a better future, we must acknowledge what we’ve been through.  This reflection provides the foundation for recognizing excellence in performance. It helps us to identify the “experts” among us, who provide mentorship for new businesses and new leaders. And occasionally, a look to the past reminds us of where we do not want to go, providing important lessons that may save us valuable resources in years to come.Picture3

We hope that you will join us in crafting the stories that will make 2018 one to remember. Can you envision the future enough to project the success for your business this year?

In 2017, we celebrated the Citizen of the Year, Steven Kosak, a man who could do exactly that.  As he imagined what could be better in the community, he shared his dreams in a way that inspired volunteerism, financial support, and community collaboration, to make dreams become realities.

The Chamber was an important part of a 2017 story that started with the destruction of a highly visible stretch of buildings, ones that held memories of both business success and historical relevance.  We can’t wait to see what 2018 holds for this property along Main Street in Oil City, but for certain it will at least be a much clearer view.

We were excited to share stories of anniversaries, such as 50 years of Clarks Donuts Plus. Many of our member businesses said goodbye to owners and managers who have passed the torch to new leadership, with faith that these enterprises will thrive with a renewed energy  –  Oil City Automotive and the Days Inn, to name a couple.

Our communities rallied around new construction at McDonalds in Oil City and Clarion County Community Bank in Franklin.  We would be amiss not to mention that loss was part of the story, in the passing of our treasured members, including  the Kirklands, the Butlers, Kay Skrobat and most recently Bruce Taylor. We fondly remember the past, but boldly embrace the future.

We hope you enjoy our newsletter each month and continue to share much of this content on our website at  We thank those who have continued to support our monthly publication through advertising again in 2018.

Ashley, Susan, and Dottie


VenangoWorks! November 2017 – Member and Community News

Your Chamber staff has once again published the monthly VenangoWorks! newsletter, filled with information you need to know about small business in Venango County.

In this November edition, you can read about the following and more:VenangoWorks! Newsletter November 2017 | Venango Area Chamber of Commerce

  • Upcoming PFEW breakfast planned
  • Members complete the Oil Creek 100
  • Route 8 highway survey
  • McDonald’s makeover

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Click here to read the November 2017 VenangoWorks!

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