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Help Us Show That #VenangoWorks!

VenangoWorks! is the name of the Chamber’s monthly newsletter, inspired by the #hashtag movement and our way of acknowledging and collecting great experiences people have with our businesses.

Now that we are routinely sharing our newsletter content on our blog and social media, we’ll make sure to tag posts with #VenangoWorks.  This is a great way to search and see all the good things going on.

We’re hoping you’ll join us by using the hashtag #VenangoWorks in your posts. After having a great experience, share a picture, tweet, or post, and make sure to use the hashtag #VenangoWorks. If you’re unfamiliar with hashtags, read our blog post “So What is a Hashtag Anyways?

So get sharing, and let’s show everyone that Venango Works!

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s March 2019 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

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


Leadership Program Applications Due September 7

Venango County’s rural communitieLeadership Venango Logos, like others across the country, are competing to recruit and retain individuals who will not only live here, but will work and be actively engaged in contributing to making this a better place. More than ever, our communities need to be developing local leaders, those who have the best interest of others in mind, whether it be in their families, the workplace or in the community.

Opportunities to learn leadership can be limited, with resources of time and money being a deterrent to many employers providing training. Families and communities are stretched thin, making it difficult to commit dedicated time to attend training or simply build meaningful relationships in the community.

Leadership Venango is designed to build executive level skills, through a variety of programs and hands-on learning activities, while introducing class participants to a more in-depth knowledge of our area. With presentations from local leaders and curriculum developed by leadership programs from across the country, individuals will be better prepared to respond to community needs, advance professionally and work in teams.

Participants are welcomed from the business and non-profit community. Sending your employees to Leadership Venango is an investment in their future and in the community.

Learn more and apply for the program by visiting


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

Be Here Ambassador Trainings Held

We now have 28 official Be Here Ambassadors out in the community! We started the Be Here Ambassador Program in May as a way to engage local, positive community members and provide them with information and resources to help spread the message that the Venango Area is a great place to live, work, and play.IMG_8305

ThrAmbassador Training 1 - Copyee trainings were held at Karma Coffee Company in Oil City, Bossa Nova Café Roastery in Franklin, and the Chicken Coop Studio 306 in Emlenton. We plan to hold more trainings in the future. If you would like to become a Be Here Ambassador, please fill out the form at

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

Meet Our Board–Cathy Kentzel

1-DSCF5752Cathy Kentzel has been serving the Venango Chamber as a board member since January of 2017. As owner of the Barnard House, a bed & breakfast in Emlenton, with her husband Paul, Cathy sees her role as directing some of the spotlight to the southern tier of our county.

Originally from the Pittsburgh area, Cathy grew up spending time along the Allegheny River at her family’s cottage in Fisherman’s Cove. During her time in Fisherman’s Cove, she eventually met Paul, and they chose to marry there.

The Kentzels moved to the North Hills of Pittsburgh, where they raised their five children for 28 years. Both Cathy and Paul worked as estate managers at Wilson Hall, located in Sewickley Heights, where they worked to preserve the estate for the last surviving industrial revolutionist. Paul worked to reclaim the home, while Cathy specialized in the gardens, leading to an induction of the hall into the Smithsonian Institution and entrance into the National Historic Registry.

After some changes in their careers, the couple was faced with crossroads that led them to Emlenton and the purchase of the Barnard House in 2014. “For this business, all of our talents came together,” said Cathy. “Paul was of assistance with historic preservation of the structure, while I used my experience as an event planner and professional gardener.”

Cathy and Paul created an original business plan, but got to know the environment and needs of the region, and shifted their focus more towards recreation and tourism, with a historical flare. The Barnard House also places high importance on locally sourcing as much as possible, such as food and services.

Cathy has appreciated the opportunity to use her perspective as a business owner to aid the Chamber’s board. As mentioned previously, her goal is to refocus many efforts onto the southern tier of our county, working to redefine the marketing of recreation and tourism in Emlenton and the entire region.

“I look forward to playing a part in moving forward in a positive direction to enable future collaboration and business in our area,” she said.

“Through the Chamber’s efforts in attracting a younger generation, we are receiving fresh ideas and concepts that this county needs. I see the Chamber starting to redefine itself and becoming somewhat of an incubator for potential concepts, ideas, and visions, for the entire region.”

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