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Venango Campus Student Organization Recognized


CU Serve Special Group Equity AwardCU Serve, a Clarion University student organization based at Venango Campus, won the Special Group Award at the University’s 24th Annual Equity Awards on November 14,  in recognition of their dedication and commitment to equity.

CU Serve (formerly SEED Club) has been an integral part of the student life heartbeat at Venango Campus since the 2000s. Their purpose is to connect and engage students through fellowship and service learning experiences that provide them with opportunities to grow their understanding of the world.

Annually, CU Serve participates in activities and events at Venango Campus and beyond, including campus programming, such as their NOLA Campus Fest and Cultural Arts event, service projects across the county, and an annual service trip.

CU Serve will host a dinner fundraiser on Wednesday, December 5, from 4-7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church’s Community Wing, 215 East Bissell Avenue in Oil City, PA, to support their spring break service trip to New Orleans.

 

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

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. 

Learn more about the program at www.leadershipvenango.org

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

 

Leadership Venango Holds Inaugural Retreat


Retreat2The 2019 Class of Leadership Venango got off to a great start on Friday, September 21st with a full-day retreat held at Whitehall Camp and Conference Center in Emlenton. The class of 13, representing all areas of the county with a diverse mix of men and women in different fields and various positions of leadership, took part in team-building, personality testing, visioning exercises, and more.

Lance Hummer, executive director of the Keystone Community Education Council, started the day with personality testing that allowed the participants to both see themselves more clearly and to better understand each other. Team-building exercises, led by Whitehall staff, helped the participants to break down their walls and communicate with one another in a dynamic way.

During a discussion about what our ideal community would look like, the class had an energetic exchange that led them to choosing a topic for projects they will work on throughout the program.Retreat4

The class will spend the next 9 months meeting once a month in locations all over the county, focusing on themes like honorable leadership, business and economic development, and maximizing clean communications. Each session will feature members of the community as both speakers and facilitators, allowing the class the opportunity to make valuable connections that will be an asset to them in future endeavors.

To learn more about Leadership Venango visit leadershipvenango.org

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

Member Spotlight: Goodwill Industries of North Central Pennsylvania


Meeting life challenges through opportunity, education, training, and work.

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Goodwill Industries of North Central Pennsylvania (NCPA) continues to expand and meet the needs of the communities they serve, including Venango County.

Currently, there is a Goodwill store in Cranberry and an attended donation center in Seneca, and they recently opened the new Oil City store on September 29, located at 400 East Second Street.

Goodwill is more than a store; they earn revenue from donations of textiles, household items, and electronics by selling them in the stores to fund their programs. The stores make it possible for them to provide on-the-job training and create jobs for people facing barriers to employment.

“Our ideal customer is someone who wants to make a difference in their community. By donating or shopping in our stores, everyone can help change a life,” said a representative at Goodwill NCPA.

Goodwill NCPA opened its doors in 1966 in DuBois and is governed by a volunteer board of directors.

They serve communities in 14 Pennsylvania counties:  Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, Lycoming, McKean, Potter, Tioga, Venango, and Warren.  Goodwill NCPA is one of over 170 independently operated Goodwill’s in the country.

Goodwill is a non-profit and 90 cents of every dollar they make in their stores goes back into their mission. In the future, they expect more programs will be offered and new stores will be opened throughout the North Central Pennsylvania territory.

Stop by the new Oil City store and join us at the official Ribbon Cutting on Friday, October 19!

ABOUT

goodwill logoGoodwill turns donations of textiles, household items and electronics into training and employment opportunities for people facing barriers to employment.

FAST FACTS

  • 90 cents of every dollar goes back into their mission
  • Serves communities in 14 counties in PA
  • Oil City store opened on September 29, with ribbon cutting on October 19

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Oil City Store
400 East Second Street
Oil City, PA 16301

Cranberry Store
17 Kimberly Lane, Suite 3A
Cranberry, PA 16319
Tel: 814-678-8645

Seneca Donation Center
3052 PA-257 Suite B
Seneca, PA 16346

Website: goodwillncpa.com

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & YouTube: @GoodwillNCPA

Attended Donation Center Hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Store Hours:
Mon-Sat 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sun 12 – 5 p.m.

 

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

 

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.