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, S&T Bank

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

Michael Thornton (Treasurer MVA), cfsbank, Manager of Bentleyville Office and Business Development Officer

Lifetime resident of the Mon Valley. Currently manages both commercial and retail lending for cfs bank. Prior board member of MMIDA.

Bob Burke, Agent, Riverside Insurance Group and Berkshire Hathaway Home Services

50 plus years in the newspaper industry (Scranton and Monessen). Previously Managing Editor of the Valley Independent in Monessen for 15 years. Currently working locally in insurance and real estate sales. Prior Vice President of MVPC.

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. Chaney was recently appointed as the President of the Young Professionals of the Mon Valley and in this role, she works closely with the Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Bill Lee, Mayor of Speers Borough & Retired Environmental Sales Manager, Lee Supply Co.

Lifetime resident of the Mon Valley. 30 years as sales manager for Lee Supply, a Charleroi based pipeline component supply company.  Currently Mayor of Speers Borough (14 yrs), Charleroi School Board member (8 years) and Chairman of Charleroi Regional Police Board. Prior board member of MVPC.

Dr. Mark Lennon, Associate Professor of Management, California University of Pennsylvania

In Fall 2016, he joined California University of Pennsylvania as an Associate Professor of Management after many years teaching both undergraduate and graduate students, in person and online, at notable universities including Penn State and Loyola University Maryland.  His current research focuses on technology and innovation, entrepreneurship,  and the development of viable business models.

Gina C. Lynn, Executive Director, Greater Rostraver Chamber of Commerce

Entering her 9th year with the GRC, Gina has contributed to the Chamber’s steady growth by expanding the service area far beyond Rostraver/Belle Vernon, and has implemented several successful annual events for the organization.

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 and Chief Executive Officer, Mon-Vale Health Resources, Inc. and Monongahela Valley Hospital, Inc.

Mr. Panza became associated with 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 and chaired the CEO search committee for MVA.

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.

Mary Stollar, Senior Vice President Economic Development, Washington County Chamber of Commerce

In her role, she works with the County’s other economic development agencies, real estate professionals and property owners to inventory and market the available commercial, industrial and retail property in Washington County.

John M. Swallow, President, JMS Consulting

20 plus years experience as a corporate executive working within the telecommunications and business consulting industries. Currently operates consulting company specializing in marketing and product operation strategies for wireless telecommunication companies. Prior board member of MMIDA.

Claudia Williams, Owner, C. J’s Furniture

Owner of C. J’s Furniture in Monongahela for past 30 years, which markets quality, unique, custom items. Director of Aquatorium Innovations, a non – profit formed to promote events at, and utilize the newly renovated Monongahela Aquatorium. Rental property owner/manager for 40 years.

Staff

Christopher Whitlatch, Chief Executive Officer

Christopher Whitlatch is the first Chief Executive Officer of the Mon Valley Alliance (MVA), named to the position in September 2016. In his role as CEO, Christopher aspires to work with community partners, elected officials, and residents to spark economic growth, incubate new businesses and improve the quality of life in the region. Christopher has more than twenty years of nonprofit and corporate experience.

cwhitlatch@monvalleyalliance.org
724-565-5636

Kelly Ellin, Office Manager

Kelly has served the organization for thirty years. She is a life-long resident of the Mon Valley and active in the community.

kellin@monvalleyalliance.org
724-565-5638