OhioSE has a lean team of eleven who live and work throughout the 25 county region in eastern and southern Ohio. Click on the profile pictures below to learn more and connect.
Katy Farber, OhioSE VP, directly oversees the OhioSE-JobsOhio project management efforts. She was an OhioSE Project Manager for five years, working with eight of the southern-most counties in the region prior to her vice presidency promotion.
Before joining the team, Katy was President of the Highland County Chamber of Commerce. In addition, she and her husband own a small business in the region.
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Sarah Arnold, OhioSE Director of Marketing and Communication, oversees all facets of communication and marketing for the organization.
With a diverse background in marketing, strategic planning, and design, Sarah funnels her passion into community development and working with organizations to increase their impact in the region. In addition, she is the owner of an art retail shop + gallery in Marietta, Ohio featuring art from Appalachian Ohio and beyond.
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Gloria Blauvelt is Project Manager for OhioSE's southern counties - Adams, Gallia, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross, Scioto, and Vinton.
Before joining OhioSE, Gloria worked in the leadership development and policy advocacy sector as well as in local government in Central Texas, leading initiatives to improve the quality of life for residents. Born in Mexico, Gloria has dedicated her career to improving life outcomes for the communities she lives and serves, including southeast Ohio, which she now calls home.
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Destiny Bryson works as Manager of Engagement and Partnerships in 13 of the 25 counties served by OhioSE: Adams, Athens, Gallia, Highland, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Perry, Pike, Ross, Scioto and Vinton.
Before joining the team, Bryson was the executive director at the Highland County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau where she worked with local businesses, elected officials, state legislators, state agencies, federal bureaus, reporters and community leaders from around the region.
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Donna Hrezo is the region’s Site Selection Manager. Her focus is enhancing OhioSE’s competitiveness in site selection and responses to site leads generated via Ohio River Sites, Prime Sites and the JobsOhio’s property database, ZoomProspector.
Previously, Donna was with the Jefferson County Port Authority; her responsibilities included managing economic development projects and the county’s industrial park.
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Ed Looman works as Manager of Engagement and Partnerships in 12 of the 25 counties served by OhioSE. He previously served as an OhioSE project manager for seven years.
Before joining the OhioSE staff, Looman was executive director for Progress Alliance, the public-private economic development organization serving Jefferson County.
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Tom Poorman is Project Manager for OhioSE’s central counties — Carroll, Coshocton, Guernsey, Harrison, Hocking, Holmes, Muskingum, and Perry.
He joined OhioSE after serving 25 years as president of the Zanesville-Muskingum County Chamber of Commerce where he attracted and retained businesses and supported workforce and small business development.
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Stacey Saunders is the region's Project Assistant and supports the Site Selection Manager.
Previously, Stacey has worked as a science teacher, corporate training specialist and in higher education. She also owns her own home bakery business located in Marietta, Ohio.
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Eric Taylor is Project Manager and Shale Specialist for OhioSE's eastern counties - Athens, Belmont, Jefferson, Meigs, Morgan, Monroe, Noble, and Washington.
Prior to joining OhioSE, Eric worked in a variety of sales, business development, fundraising, and relationship management positions for companies including Bi-Con Services, Marietta College, and CXT. At Bi-Con Services, Eric worked collaboratively with OhioSE and local economic development organizations on the construction and expansions of businesses throughout Southeast Ohio, specifically spec buildings and attracting businesses to the area.
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Kara Willis is the Regional Talent Manager in all 25 counties served by OhioSE. She provides human resource solutions in the development and implementation of new or expanding company’s talent strategy.
Over the past 18 years, Kara has gained experience in workforce development, higher education, and economic and community development through prior positions with the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), University of Rio Grande, and Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission.
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James Woodward is the region’s Research Analyst. He supports OhioSE’s goal of advancing the region’s economy by analyzing demographic, workforce, and real estate data to help build a strong business case for companies interested in the economic value the region has to offer.
Born and raised in Athens, Ohio, Woodward earned his degree in economics from Ohio University and Ph.D. in public policy from the University of Kentucky. Before joining the team, Woodward performed research and data analysis to support state policies that promote job creation and economic growth.
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