Jessica A. Borza, Executive Director, Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition (MVMC), an industry sector partnership focused on critical workforce issues.
Since its inception in 2011, Jessica has led MVMC in its effort to convene and mobilize the region's key stakeholders around a common set of priorities in order to recruit, prepare, and retain a workforce qualified for the specific needs of the manufacturing industry. Nearly 100 members strong, MVMC aligns partners across education, workforce development, economic development, and community-based organizations and serves Trumbull, Mahoning, and Columbiana Counties.
Jessica also serves as an advisor to the Ohio Manufacturers Association on their workforce agenda, which positions industry sector partnerships like MVMC at the core of their statewide strategy.
She was recognized as the Business Advocate of the Year by the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber and received the OESCA Outstanding Leadership Award for Community Service in 2018.
Jessica earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Journalism from the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism and an MBA from Kent State University. She and her husband, Matt, also own Pondi’s Restaurant in Lisbon, Ohio.
Frank Brickner, Interim CEO, CFO, Ohio Means Jobs|Cleveland-Cuyahoga County (OMJ|CC)
Frank Brickner has been serving as Interim CEO of OMJ|CC since September 2019. In this role, Frank looks to develop and implement innovative partnerships and services that meet businesses needs for qualified talent and provide residents access to careers and economic mobility. He is supportive of innovation and continuous improvement in workforce system operations and service delivery. He has over twenty years of service in the public workforce system. His previous experiences include financial leadership positions at the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County, and the Cuyahoga County Departments of Children and Family Services and Juvenile Court. Frank has a bachelor's degree from Cleveland State University, and he is a licensed CPA through the State of Ohio.
Marzell Brown is a native Clevelander and a product of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD), graduating from Glenville High School.
Marzell holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Case Western Reserve University and has worked in the engineering-related industry for Verizon Wireless, Motorola, and Rockwell Automation.
In his current role as talent management lead for Rockwell, Marzell focuses on developing relationships with colleges and universities, building pipelines on employment opportunities, developing training for new talent coming into the organization, and establishing alternative methods to recruiting engineers.
Marzell has been involved in several community projects, including helping design and develop STEM programs for CMSD schools. He has helped with exhibit builds at The Children's Museum of Cleveland, Great Lakes Science Center (GLSC), and Lake Farm Parks using Rockwell products and partnerships with Case Western Reserve University.
Gardner Carrick is the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for The Manufacturing Institute at the National Association of Manufacturers. Mr. Carrick leads the Institute’s workforce portfolio which includes the nationally recognized FAME program, the NAM-Endorsed Skills Certification System, and series of projects supporting manufacturers and educators as they prepare the next generation manufacturing workforce. He is also leading the development of a national data system that will integrate education, certification, and labor market data to deliver outcome information on credentialing programs.
Previously, Mr. Carrick led the Institute’s research activities including partnerships with internationally recognized consulting firms to produce a regular series of reports on the U.S. manufacturing sector. Prior to joining the Institute, Mr. Carrick worked at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration as the Communications and Special Projects Director.
Angelia Erbaugh is the president of the Dayton Region Manufacturers Association, a 400-member company trade association serving manufacturers in west-central Ohio. DRMA has been one of the leading regional manufacturing trade associations in the nation since 1934.
Angelia serves on Montgomery County’s Workforce Investment Board and its Employers Advisory Committee; on manufacturing program advisory committees at Miami Valley Career Technology Center, Upper Valley Career Center, Greene County Career Center, Sinclair Community College, Clark State Community College, and Wright State University; and on business advisory councils for the Montgomery, Greene, Miami, and Preble County educational service centers. She was named a Power 50 Most Influential Women of the Miami Valley by the Dayton Business Journal in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019; and named a Top 25 Woman to Watch by Women in Business Networking, class of 2018.
Prior to DRMA, Angelia held various administrative and project management positions in the banking and software development industries. She holds two associate degrees from Sinclair Community College and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Capital University.
Kristi Fredmonsky has a wealth of knowledge within business and human resources. She started her career more than 5 years in operations management before she pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Developing people has always been a passion for her so she advanced into Human Resources after receiving her degree. Her expertise includes branding, development, strategy, benefit design and compliance. Kristi believes in building a genuine partnership with her client groups. She sees HR’s role as critical to helping drive the overall business strategy. Transparency and focused attention are engrained in her approach.
Kristi has worked in both union and nonunion environments. She is currently the Manager of Human Resources for Ferriot, Inc. in Akron, Ohio.
Mr. Fulton is the coordinator of manufacturing and workforce programs at C-TEC adult education where he has served since 2016. His background includes more than 15 years of experience in the manufacturing sector specializing in CNC programming, tool and die, injection molding, robotics, and automation. Professionally, Mr. Fulton has completed an 8,000 hour tool and die apprenticeship program. He also holds certifications from MSSC including CPT+, CLA/CLT, Green Production Certification, and is a certified Fanuc robotics instructor. He is currently pursuing his Bachelors of Science degree from The Ohio State University. He is a member of Ohio ACTE, HTEC Educator’s Network, HRMA, and Young Leaders of Licking County. Within these organizations, he serves on multiple committees, and is a 2019 graduate of the Young Leaders of Licking County’s mentorship program.
In her role at Lorain County Community College, Bernie Gosky manages Ohio TechNet, a DOL-funded consortium that launched in 2014 as a consortium of 11 community colleges whose strategic partnerships with educators and industry are recognized as key to solving the manufacturing workforce challenges in Ohio while advancing collaborative, system-level solutions. The consortium has grown to include all 23 of Ohio’s community colleges and seven universities. Gosky's leadership of Ohio TechNet supports the Ohio Manufacturing Workforce Partnership, a collaboration of Ohio TechNet and The Ohio Manufacturers' Association.
With prior roles as Executive Director for Intern in Ohio and for Summer on the Cuyahoga, Gosky’s career has focused on addressing talent issues to ensure that Ohio remains a leader in the global economy. Gosky has a B.S. in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University.
Lt. Governor Jon Husted oversees the Ohio Common Sense Initiative (CSI) and serves as the director of both the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation and InnovateOhio.
Jon was raised in Northwest Ohio’s Williams County. The small community instilled in him the importance of faith, family, and hard work that serve as the foundation of his public service. He graduated from Montpelier High School and earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Dayton (UD).
Jon was an All-American defensive back for the Dayton Flyers and a member of UD’s 1989 Division III national championship football team. After receiving his master’s degree, he remained in the Miami Valley and served as the vice president for economic development at the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce.
As an elected official, Jon has served as Ohio as secretary of state, speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives, and in the Ohio Senate. He was elected lieutenant governor on November 6, 2018.
Jon considers his most important role as that of be a loving husband to his wife Tina, and father to Alex, Katie and Kylie.
Andrew Jackson is President/CEO of Elsons International, a full service manufacturer and distributor of corrugated packaging. Jackson also is Owner/CFO of MAC Installations & Consulting LLC, a Low Voltage Telecommunications company; Owner/Operator of AJ Automotive Group; Do-All Landscaping/Snow Plowing; and Forest Glen Properties.
Prior to his entrepreneurial engagements, Jackson spent over 30 years in Corporate America as a Partner with the global consulting firm, Accenture.
He also served for seven years as the Senior Vice President for the Greater Cleveland Partnership (The Chamber of Commerce for Northeast Ohio).
A product of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Jackson graduated from John Adams High School. He earned a degree in accounting from Cleveland State University. By training, he is a Certified Public Accountant having passed the CPA exam in 1983.
In addition to his business interests, Andrew serves on several Boards in Cleveland, including The Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging (WRAAA), The Cleveland State University Business School - Visiting Committee, among others. As a community leader, he has been recognized by a number of organizations and featured locally and nationally in various publications.
Carolyn Lee is the executive director of The Manufacturing Institute, the workforce and education partner of the National Association of Manufacturers, the nation’s largest industrial trade association.
In her role, Ms. Lee leads the Institute in its goal of supporting the manufacturing workforce of today and growing the manufacturing workforce of tomorrow. The Institute does so through a variety of programs designed to excite, educate and empower—with a particular focus in four key areas: women, veterans, youth and lifelong learning.
Ms. Lee was raised in a manufacturing family. She saw from a young age the transformative impact manufacturing can have on communities, families and the men and women who build the world around us. Now it’s what drives her every day as she works to bring manufacturing’s powerful potential to more Americans.
Cathy Lyttle is a seasoned leader and communicator with more than 35 years of professional experience. She has been recognized for her expertise and leadership in the fields of public relations, non-profit leadership, political strategies, social media, executive communications, employee communications, workplace culture, and strategic philanthropy.
In 1999, she joined Worthington Industries, a leading diversified metals manufacturer with annual sales of approximately $3 billion and more than 11,000 employees working in nearly 100 facilities in 11 countries.
Lyttle was named senior vice president and chief human resources officer of the company in 2018.
During her two decades at the company, she has led internal and external communications, corporate philanthropy through the Worthington Industries Foundation, government relations, marketing, and investor relations. With a strong mentoring mindset, Lyttle created the WI Women Network.
Prior to joining Worthington Industries, Lyttle was vice president of JMAC Hockey LLC, supporting the establishment of the National Hockey League expansion franchise Columbus Blue Jackets. Lyttle also spent a decade at the Columbus Chamber of Commerce as vice president of marketing.
A graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, Lyttle has received a number of honors for her work as a professional and community trustee.
President & CEO, Rhinestahl Corporation
Dieter leads the Rhinestahl customer tooling solutions and advanced manufacturing business units. He has more than 30 years of experience in high-tech companies.
In 1990, Dieter returned to Cincinnati to join his father as the general manager for Rhinestahl, developing new business opportunities. In 2006, with his father's retirement, he became president and CEO. He quickly led Rhinestahl to be the largest global supplier of GE turbine engine tooling.
In 2009, Dieter led the company’s successful effort to acquire GE’s customer tooling solutions (CTS) business. Since the acquisition, the company has achieved double digit growth of the CTS business. In 2016, CTS became a preferred supplier for Rolls-Royce engine tooling.
Rhinestahl has been named to the Deloitte Cincinnati USA 100 largest, privately held companies, and has been recognized by the Cincinnati Business Courier as a Fast 55 highest growing company.
Dieter attended Case Western Reserve University, earning a BS degree in physics and a BS in computer engineering, as well as an MBA with a concentration in finance from the University of Cincinnati. Dieter was awarded the 2019 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year award for the east central division. Dieter is a member of the REDI Cincinnati Executive Committee.
Scot McLemore, manager at American Honda Motor Company, leads the development and execution of talent acquisition and mobility strategies. He is also responsible for strategy development of Honda’s future technical workforce focusing on creating a pipeline of technical talent from middle school through college and into Honda manufacturing roles.
McLemore’s career at Honda spans thirty years including both engineering and human resource functions focusing on technical development and acquisition. He began his career with Honda in 1990 as a manufacturing engineer in the welding department of Honda’s Marysville Auto Plant, Marysville, Ohio. He served as the manager of corporate technical development for Honda of America Mfg., Inc., leading engineering development as well as an extensive technical training program providing skill enhancement for equipment technicians, engineers and production associates.
McLemore serves as an appointed member of Governor DeWine’s Ohio Executive Workforce Board, Chairman of the Ohio Manufacturing Association’s Manufacturing Sector Partnership Leadership Council, Vice-President of the Central Ohio Manufacturing Partnership, member of the Higher Learning Advocates Network of Champions as well as a member of several advisory committees for regional career/technical centers and workforce development organizations.
McLemore earned his Bachelor of Science in Computer Integrated Manufacturing Technology from Purdue University.
J.P. is president and CEO of JobsOhio, Ohio’s private economic development corporation, a position he has held since March 2019. JobsOhio is unique amongst state-wide economic development organizations, due to its private structure; stable, non-governmental funding; and statewide coverage through six regional network partners.
A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, J.P. served as an officer managing space and technology development programs. After the military, J.P. joined Deloitte and Touche as a management consultant prior to his beginning his first foray into economic development with the Dayton Development Coalition (DDC).
After his time with the DDC, he went on to lead a privately held investment portfolio focused on early-stage, media-tech, and he co-founded the Krush Media group and served as its executive chairman prior to his current role with JobsOhio.
J.P. is passionate about supporting military families and veterans, co-founding Hometown Heroes and the Big Hoopla -- community-based initiatives that honor military members, families and veterans.
J.P. earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton, and his Air Force commission
through Wright State University’s ROTC program. He earned his master’s degree from the
University of Southern California.
Ted Rozier is the Director Of Engineering for Festo Didactic Solution Center North America, headquartered in Eatontown, NJ (since 2014).
Before joining Festo Didactic, Ted had 18 years experience leading the Automation Engineering Department for Doosan Infracore Machine Tool Corporation. He specialized in the design and development of robotics and machine tool turnkey systems for the automotive, aerospace and pharmaceutical industries.
Ted has managed the development of several user-friendly automation control turnkey systems on a global scale.
As Director of Engineering of Festo Didactic, Ted is passionately looking to advance Festo Didactic as a global leader in designing and implementing Industry 4.0 learning factories and training programs with a view to systematically prepare individuals to excel in dynamic and complex industrial automation environments.
- ARM (Advanced Robotic Manufacturing) Technical Advisory Committee
- RIA (Robot Industries Association) Robotics Safety Committee
- AMT (Association for Manufacturing Technology) Technical Service Committee
- OMA (The Ohio Manufacturers' Association) - Chief Technology Advisor (Robotics and Automation)
Terri Burgess Sandu is Director of Talent and Business Innovation for Lorain County Community College (LCCC). Sandu leads a team of professionals whose work advances the College’s commitment to student success and business growth. Named to the position in January 2012, Sandu leverages 30+ years of experience in workforce, community and economic development.
Sandu co-directs the Ohio Manufacturing Workforce Partnership, a collaboration between Ohio TechNet, which represents Ohio community colleges and universities, and the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association, designed to meet manufacturer’s talent needs. Sandu’s work has fostered in-depth partnerships with regional, state and national organizations to advance shared goals for manufacturing competitiveness. Since 2014, these collaborative efforts have been instrumental in generating over $33 million of investment in LCCC’s and Ohio’s manufacturing innovation initiatives.
In 2018, Sandu was recognized as a NextFlex Fellow and in 2019, she was elected to serve as a Board member of the National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers.
Before joining LCCC, Sandu served as Executive Director of HHW Ohio, an organization dedicated to accelerating women’s success in high demand careers, with a focus on trade and technical fields. Sandu is a recipient of the Excellence in Workforce Development Innovation Award from the Ohio Economic Development Association, and a proud alumna of Oberlin College, Leadership Lorain County and the YWCA of Cleveland Executive Leadership program.
A Cleveland transplant from Michigan, Brianna’s passion in life is helping children and adults become the best version of themselves through education, learning, and development. Currently, she is able to fulfill that passion through her daily work as the Vice President of Workforce Development with Manufacturing Works (www.mfgworkscle.org). In this work she helps youth and adults connect with and prepare for careers in manufacturing. Prior to working at Manufacturing Works, Brianna served as the Program and Service Director for City Year Cleveland for 10 years where she was part of a team that improved the organization’s ability to help students stay on track to high school graduation.
Brianna earned her Bachelor of Science from Central Michigan University and her Master of Business Administration with a Human Resources Specialization from Ashland University. She volunteers her time with the Learning and Development Committee through the Cleveland Society for Human Resource Management (CSHRM) and is a facilitator for the New Politics Leadership Academy. She is also an alumnus of the 2011 class of Cleveland Bridge Builders.
Steve Staub is President of Staub Manufacturing Solutions, a contract manufacturing company specializing in metal fabrication located in Dayton, Ohio. Steve and his sister Sandy Keplinger founded the company with the help of their father in April 1997. Steve is heavily involved in the advancement of the manufacturing industry and tirelessly works to solve the workforce development crises.· Serves on the Board of Directors and is on the Executive Committee for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).
- - Serves on the Board of Directors for The Ohio Manufacturers Association (OMA).
- - Founding member and serves on the Board of Directors for XtremeSTEM (a hands on workforce development program to get kids interested in the manufacturing industry).
- - Testified in front of the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee about workforce development in March 2018.
- - He has served and does serve on several Boards of Advisors for privately owned companies.
- - Steve also serves on several workforce development boards for higher education / training.
- - In November 2018 Staub Manufacturing Solutions was named Manufacturing Business of The Year by the Dayton Business Journal.
Along with his wife Erin, their daughters Madeline and Amelia, Steve lives in Tipp City Ohio in an 1830’s farm house they restored.
Chuck Stout is the President of Pennex Aluminum Extruded Products Division. Chuck joined Pennex in 2016 as General Manager of the Leetonia facility. Prior to Pennex, Chuck spent over 20 years in manufacturing leadership roles focused on the aerospace, defense, and automotive industries. Chuck is also a veteran of the United States Navy nuclear power program where he was responsible for both operations and educational instruction.
Chuck holds a bachelor’s degree in Nuclear Engineering Technology from Thomas Edison State University and an MBA from the University of South Carolina.
He is an active member of the AEC Academic Engagement committee and the Mahoning Valley Manufacturer’s Coalition. Chuck’s efforts have been focused on developing the best pathway for success in hiring and developing new and existing employees to meet the demands of the changing manufacturing environment.
KAREN BUCHWALD WRIGHT has served as chairman, president and CEO of Ariel Corporation since 2001. Founded in 1966, by Ms. Wright’s father, Ariel manufactures natural gas compressors for the global oil and gas industry, with 2016 marking Ariel's fiftieth anniversary. Ariel is the world’s largest manufacturer of gas compressors and is one of Ohio’s largest capital goods manufacturers. Under Ms. Wright’s leadership, the company has grown fivefold and greatly increased its international footprint. Ms. Wright is chairman and founder of the Ariel Foundation, which is directed toward quality of life (education, arts, parks, historic building renovations, family/youth support groups, private-public partnerships) and the revitalization of Ariel’s hometown of Mount Vernon, Ohio, which has resulted in a vibrant and growing small, mid-western town. Additionally, she supports many organizations directed toward freedom and liberty, from The Heritage Foundation, Media Research Center and the National Review Institute to CFACT, CEI, AER and IER, GM Institute for Humane Studies, and the Philanthropy Roundtable. Ms. Wright was awarded the William F. Buckley, Jr. Prize for Leadership In Supporting Liberty in October of 2018. Additionally, Ms. Wright is very fond of George Washington’s Mount Vernon and has supported the GW Library and renovation of the iconic Mount Vernon mansion.