Our Board


John R. Easoz (Chairman MVA), CEO Direct Gain Consulting, LLC

40 plus years in sustainable energy industries as a physicist, entrepreneur, and business executive. Previously owned/operated solar manufacturing business in Rostraver, and currently operates an international consulting company specializing in solar photovoltaic energy systems manufacturing. Prior President of MVPC.

John LaCarte (Vice Chairman MVA), President, Model Cleaners

Lifetime resident of the Mon Valley. Currently operates Model Cleaners, a regional family owned firm based in Charleroi that employs over 300 people in the laundry and uniform industry. Prior President of MMIDA.

Randy T. Patterson (Secretary MVA), Vice President Commercial Banking, Washington Financial Bank

Lifetime resident of the Mon Valley. 30 years in commercial banking industry. Currently executive responsible for commercial banking business at Washington Financial Bank. Prior board member of MMIDA.

Michael Thornton (Treasurer MVA),

Lifetime resident of the Mon Valley. Prior board member of MMIDA.

Tanya Chaney, Owner, Chaney’s Naturals

A spa owner and massage therapist with 16 years’ experience. She has served on many committees and boards ranging from local chambers of commerce and the Mon Valley YMCA to a national certification board certification specific to her industry. Director of Aquatorium Innovations, a non – profit formed to promote events at, and utilize the newly renovated Monongahela Aquatorium.

Gina C. Lynn, Fundraising & Marketing Manager, CASA for Kids, Washington PA

The mission of CASA for Kids, Inc. is to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the Washington County juvenile court system. By training community volunteers to serve as fact-finders and speak for the children in court, children’s needs are met to ensure safety and permanency in their lives.

Anthony (Tony) Mauro, , Vice President, University Development and Alumni Relations & California Campus Administrator, Pennsylvania Western University – California

A lifelong resident of the Mon Valley, Tony oversees all fundraising and alumni engagement responsibilities at Pennsylvania Western University -California, a public University and member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. As the lead University administrator for this Division and a member of the University President’s Cabinet, Tony manages all staff and budgetary aspects associated with fundraising, special events, alumni engagement, annual fund, affinity giving, and development data services. Tony received his BS and MS degrees from California University of Pennsylvania and resides in Monessen, PA with his wife and two teenaged sons.

Edward Mendola, Certified Public Accountant

Lifetime resident of the Mon Valley. Owner of local fourth generation family run business and personal accounting firm located in North Belle Vernon. Prior Vice President of MMIDA.

Lou Panza, President, Penn Highlands Mon Valley

Mr. Panza became associated with Penn Highlands Mon Valley through the 2021 merger with the Monongahela Valley Hospital. Mr. Panza started with the Monongahela Valley Hospital in 1984 and was named President and CEO in 2004.  The general acute care hospital includes behavioral health, women’s services, rehabilitation centers and a dedicated regional cancer center. He previously served on the boards of MMIDA and MVPC.

Louis A. Quarto, Vice President Supply, Guttman Oil Company

Grew up and still works in the Mon Valley. 30 years plus management experience in oil and gas supply industry. Currently executive manager for Guttman Oil, a local oil supply company based in Speers.  Prior Board member of MVPC.

Will Thomeier, Director, Economic & Tourism Development, Washington County Chamber of Commerce

Mr. Thomeier is responsible for delivering a wide array of Economic Development services on behalf of Washington County, PA, including site selection, incentives, outreach and business financing through the Washington Industrial Development Corporation and Washington County Industrial Development Authority. In addition, he identifies tourism development projects and works to expand tourism assets.

Jeremy Wallace, Vice President, A C Power Tech, Inc.

With over a decade of leadership experience in aerospace and defense, he currently serves as Vice President at A C Power Tech, Inc., a Mon Valley based engineering and manufacturing provider of power distribution solutions with emphasis on underground operations.  Additionally, he runs a consulting and training firm delivering technical services throughout the region.

Claudia Williams

Previous owner of C. J’s Furniture in Monongahela for past 30 years, which markets quality, unique, custom items. Rental property owner/manager for 40 years.

Jeff Jones

A seasoned and business professional with significant organizational and problem- solving skills with years of International, State and Local Government market expertise within various State, Local Government, and Education market segments.

Todd Pappasergi, Contract Manager, Coupa Software