Chamber Board of Directors
Dan is a registered architect and President of Franus Architectural Associates, Inc. Located in Ellwood City, Franus Architectural Associates is involved in commercial and custom residential building design. Mr. Franus belongs to the Society of American Registered Architects. He is a board member of Ellwood City Revitalization, the Lawrence County Regional COG Code Enforcement Appeals Board and the Ellwood City Area Chamber of Commerce, and belongs to the Wurtemburg United Methodist Church. Mr. Franus is a 1968 graduate of Riverside High School, a 1973 graduate of Penn State University (Bachelor of Architecture Degree.) He and his wife, Diana, have three daughters, Kristen, Carrie and Connie.
David DeCaria is a lifelong resident of Ellwood City married to Donna and father of daughter Kathryn and son Damien who is married to Kelly. They have four children. He is the owner and Artistic Director of DeCaria’s on 5th Hairstyling Salon located in Ellwood City. As the current past president of the Ellwood City Area Chamber of Commerce, David is the creator of the Pride In Ellwood (P.I.E.) initiative. He is also acting chairperson of the annual 5th Grade Walking Tour and 6th Grade Ewing-park-a-palooza. The goal of these events is to give our young people a sense of history, ownership and pride in their community. He has served as a member of the steering committee for The Towne Center Associates program through the borough in 2012/2013 for the development of the downtown marketplace. A councilman for the past two years he has furthered the Towne Center revitalization and development project. He is an active member of the Holy Redeemer Catholic church and serves there as a Eucharist minister, Lector and as a pianist and organist in the music ministry. As part of the community effort at Christ Church he also serves as the organist for The Boar’s Head Festival.
Cherina Pelissier is president of Pelissier Project Consulting, a marketing, project management, and brand execution firm. Cherina spent ten years working at the H.J. Heinz Company in brand management supporting both frozen food and condiment and sauce brands. After her time at Heinz, she worked for an advertising agency as a project manager supporting clients in the Pittsburgh area. She moved back to the area in 2015 opening her own consulting business. Cherina possesses a BS in Communications and Leadership from Duquesne University and a diploma in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.
Caroline earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Robert Morris University in 2009. She was the Senior Class President when she graduated from Lincoln High School in 2005. Caroline moved back to Ellwood City in with her husband Scott.
Daniel J. Swartz, CFMP, is a Vice President of Marketing with WesBanco Bank and had been employed with ESB Bank for almost five years prior to the merger. Dan also served in a variety of marketing, management and sales roles with a NexTier Bank and FNB of PA dating back to 2000. In 2008 he earned the Certified Financial Marketing Professional (CFMP) designation from the Institute of Certified Banks, a subsidiary of the American Bankers Association (ABA) in Washington DC. A 2004 graduate of the ABA School of Bank Marketing & Management Dan also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Slippery Rock University with a major in Marketing. Dan is a graduate of the 2014-2015 Class for the Leadership Butler County Program lives in Prospect with his wife and two children.
Dale Thomson is the Manager of Shakespeare’s Restaurant and Pub at Olde Stonewall Golf Club. Dale is also a personal wedding coordinator in his spare time. He has served on the chamber board for 10 years and has been active in many committees including Marketing, Membership, Legislative and the Awards Dinner. Dale continues to chair the “Chef Wine and Ale” committee He has also served on the Board of Directors for the Beaver County Chamber of Commerce as well as the Cranberry Chamber in the past.
“As chairman of the “Chef Wine and Ale” committee we have, together as a team, created one of the most anticipated events annually in Ellwood City. I would love the opportunity to continue in that role as well as be a part of the continued reinvention of the chamber and Ellwood City.”
Denny Boariu is a life- long resident of the Ellwood City Area, currently residing in Wayne Twp. He has been married to his wife Maryanne for 33 years. They have two sons, Kevin and Eric, a daughter-in-law April, a grandson Greyson and a granddaughter Reagan. Denny works in the Sales Department of the Ellwood City Forge as a Sales Specialist. He is currently in his 41st year of employment at Ellwood City Forge. He is also a 36 year member of the Ellwood City Fire Dept. and a Past Internal Vice President of the Ellwood City Jaycees.
Howie Marshall has been a member of the Ellwood City Area Chamber of Commerce for many years and has served as a Director since 1987. Over the years he has served on a variety of committees, including the Chamber’s biggest fundraiser, the Annual Chef, Wine & Ale Event as well as the Golf Outing, Membership and other committees. He owns and operates Marshall Funeral Home in Ellwood City and graduated Lincoln High School in 1977.
Janet Falotico is the Executive Director at Lawrence County Tourist Promotion Agency. She has been serving as a Director of the Board with the Ellwood City Area Chamber of Commerce since 2006. She is active on the Chef’s Wine & Ale Event Committee, and has served on committees for the Golf Outing, Marketing as well as a committee to hire an Executive Director. Prior to becoming a Board member, Janet helped to promote Ellwood City through her job at the TPA. She is also a Board member of the Lawrence County Economic Development Corporation and New Visions of Lawrence County. Her current and/or past community groups in which she has been involved include: Women Connect of Lawrence County, Chairman of the Entertainment Committee for the New Castle Downtown Business Association, Chairman of the Fireworks Festival in New Castle, Pittsburgh Regional Champion, Product Development Committee for Pittsburgh and Its Countryside, Committee for Oktoberfest at Camp Kon-O-Kwee and New Castle Playhouse Grievance Committee.
“I am truly excited for the Ellwood City Area Chamber of Commerce and the city itself. I want to play a part in promoting this wonderful community!”
Karen Trozzo established her own business, Trozzo Tax & Accounting Services in 1989, providing both personal and business income tax returns, payroll, and accounting services. She has also had the honor of being elected in her community as the Tax Collector since 1993. Her home office is located on Mercer Road in North Sewickley Township, where she resides with her husband John. They have three children, all residing in North Sewickley Township. Karen is a Robert Morris College graduate, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business and a minor in Accounting. In addition to being a member of the Chamber of Commerce, she has served as a member and officer of the PA State Tax Collectors Association (Vice President) and Beaver County Tax Collectors Association (President).
Lisa is the owner of “Kimpel’s Jewelers, Inc.” in Ellwood City. She has served on the Chamber of Commerce Board since 2005 and is a past president. Lisa is on the Board of the Ellwood City Revitalization Committee, the stage committee for the Summer Concert Series and Ellwood City Community Enrichment. Lisa has served on the Board of the Big House as secretary, Vice President as well as President of the Business and Professional Women’s Group. Lisa comments that “I see Ellwood City moving ahead in very positive ways and I look forward to continuing to serve the Chamber and the Community.”
Mark works at The Ellwood City Hospital as their Director, Strategic Development and Contract Management. He also serves as their Corporate Compliance Officer, Privacy Officer, Information Security Officer, and Purchasing Director. He was appointed to the Chamber’s Board of Directors in December 2002. He graduated from Geneva College in 1985 and completed his Master’s Degree at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1995. Mark is also a member of the Rotary Club of Ellwood City where he continues to serve as the Chair for the Scholarship Committee. He is an organist and elder at Knox Presbyterian Church.
Allison Frickanish is the Relationship Manager at Wampum Underground (formerly Gateway Commerce Center). Before joining the team at Wampum Underground, Allison began her career at the Ellwood City Forge, where she worked as an Intern in the Human Resource Department. After moving out of the area for a few years Allison and her husband, Ryan, returned to Ellwood City to raise their three daughters, Alexa, Maria and Sofia. She then started working as a Legal Assistant at Bellissimo and Peirce, Attorneys at Law. Allison then joined the workforce at Wampum Underground where she has been for the past 8 ½ years. In addition, Allison is on the Board of Directors for Lawrence County Tourism; she and Therese McShea headed Ellwood City’s Cash Mob; she has been on the Christmas in the Park committee and helps out Wampum Area Business Association.
A lifetime resident of the Ellwood area, Kristin McKelvey is currently employed as the Controller at McElwain Motors. Kristin has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Geneva College. She also has 15 years’ experience in Internal Audit in the Banking Industry. Kristin is an active member of Concord United Methodist Church and enjoys spending time volunteering in the community. This is why Kristin is very excited for the opportunity to become more involved in the Ellwood Community.
Shawn C. Leopardi is president of CORE 3 GROUP — a marketing/branding agency he established in 2009. Leopardi served the corporate world in creative direction and business development roles for over 20 years — working primarily for Michael Baker Corporation (Pittsburgh) and ABC Imaging (Washington DC). Leopardi holds a master’s degree from Geneva College. “I’ve had the good fortune to work with a host of clients from our region to South Florida to the Midwest to New York City. Based on my marketing and strategic business planning background, I believe I can bring value to the chamber.”
Edward L. Heltman is the President and owner of MedEvac Ambulance. He started as an emergency medical technician with his hometown volunteer fire department ambulance in 1975. His career in emergency medical services began in earnest in 1980 when he accepted a position with Medic Rescue located in Beaver County. He continued his education and became a paramedic in 1982. He has maintained these credentials since that time. He continued working in emergency services for the next ten years holding various mid to senior level administrative positions. In 1990 he and his former business partner, Ellwood funeral director Joseph Tomon, founded MedEvac Ambulance.
Ed came to Ellwood City in 1992 when Ellwood Ambulance merged with MedEvac Ambulance. Since that time the company has grown and now operates in Ellwood City, New Castle and the City of Pittsburgh. The company has approximately eighty-five employees.
Ed currently serves as the Vice President of the Ambulance Association of Pennsylvania. He also serves on the Board of the following organizations; the Lawrence County EMS Council; Emergency Medical Services Institute-Pittsburgh; Western Regional EMS and the PA EMS Providers Foundation. He is also a life member of the Adams Area Fire District
“I feel the Chamber of Commerce plays a vital role in improving and enhancing a community’s livability. Public safety is an integral part of the fabric of society. Every public safety agency requests and requires strong support from the communities they serve. I view my involvement with the Chamber as an opportunity for me to repay and re-invest in this community.”
Ed and his wife Elaine (an Ellwood City native) are the parents of six children and five grandchildren. They reside in the Mars area.