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.
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.
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.
Anthony (Tony) Mauro, Vice President, University Development and Alumni Relations, California University of Pennsylvania
A lifelong resident of the Mon Valley, Tony oversees all fundraising and alumni engagement responsibilities at California University of Pennsylvania, a 7,700 student 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 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.
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.
Donna Weckoski, Executive Director, Mid Mon Valley Transit Authority
Has been with the Mid Mon Valley Transit Authority for 15 years, prior to becoming executive director, She previously held the position of finance director for 12 years. A life time resident of the Mon Valley, she is an alumni of California University, majoring in accounting. Prior to joining the MMVTA, she was employed by McClure & Wolf, CPA’s, a public accounting firm headquartered in Uniontown.
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.
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.
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.
Clara Pascoe, Director of Development
Clara joined MVA in May to help the organization accelerate projects.