Chamber Board of Directors
2021 Ellwood City Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors & Staff
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.
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.
Sarah has been a Quality Engineer with the Ellwood City Forge Group since early 2019. Sarah attended Robert Morris University in Moon Township, PA, where she received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Management. She has been on the Board of Visitors for the Robert Morris University School of Engineering, Math and Science since 2015 and was a member of the Leadership Lawrence County Class of 2019-2020. Sarah has been a resident of Elwood City since 2016, where she lives with her husband, Daniel and their three dogs.
Art Clinger is the Banking Center Manager at the Ellwood City Branch of WesBanco Bank. Art has worked in the Financial Services industry for 15 years, serving both consumer and business customers in all stages of their growth and development. Art earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Clarion University. Art resides in North Sewickley Township with his wife and two daughters.
Gene has been a lifelong resident of Ellwood City, currently residing in North Sewickley Township and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1985. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Westminster College and a Juris Doctorate Degree from Western Michigan University/Thomas M. Cooley School of Law. Gene has been a practicing attorney for over 27 years. His law firm, Dimeo Law Group PLLC is a general law practice which encompasses several counties in Western PA. He has served as legal counsel for the Ellwood City School District administration and is currently the Solicitor to the Ellwood City Zoning Hearing Board. Mr. Dimeo is a member of the PA Bar Association along with the bar associations for Lawrence and Allegheny counties. He is a member of the Ellwood City Wolves Club and an active parishioner and volunteer of Holy Redeemer Parish. He has been married to his wife, Jackie for 29 years and they have two sons Christian and Cameron.
Steve Persing was born and raised in the Venango County area. He graduated from Cranberry High School and then went on to Pitt Greensburg where he graduated with a degree in business management. While at Pitt, Steve played 4 years of college basketball and was selected in 2012 as a member of the 50 Finest of Pittsburgh raising money for Cystic Fibrosis. Steve is currently employed by CardChamp and has been with the company for 11 years which keeps him involved in Ellwood City, In his spare time, he enjoys playing softball, refinishing furniture and spending time with family and friends.
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 Visit Lawrence County. She has served 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 and Marketing Committees, and has served on committees for the Golf Outing. Prior to becoming a Board member, Janet has helped to promote Ellwood City through her job at Visit Lawrence County. She has served as a board member of the Lawrence County Economic Development Corporation, New Castle Playhouse and New Visions of Lawrence County. Her current and/or past community groups 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 direction of the Ellwood City Area Chamber of Commerce and the city itself. I am devoted to its success and 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).
Stephanie is a lifelong resident of Ellwood City, and has been in business here as a Realtor for 34 years. Stephanie strives to bring new homeowners and new businesses to our community, and she loves our town, and is devoted to making it a great community. Stephanie is on Multi-Million Dollar Producer, Voted 5 Star Professional Agent by Pittsburgh Magazine in 2015, 2016, 2017,2018, and 2019. She was voted Fan Favorite Realtor in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2018, and Top Team of the Cranberry Office in 2016.
Seth has worked for Armstrong for 10 years with the past 2.5 years out of the Zelienople office as the Community Marketing Manager. His role is vital in connecting the local office to the community thru many initiatives including: product and services, company programs such as Breaking Bread & Healing Heroes, promoting non-profits and organizations to help spread their message. Seth recently completed Leadership Butler County program as Class Chair and the class partnered with Glade Run Adventures in Zelienople. They fundraised over $30,000.00 to replace the footing surfaces in both of Glade Run horse arenas to ensure their Autistic programs for children & adults can continue for the next 20-25 years. Seth is an active Rotarian for the Rich-Mar Club and currently is serving as the International Chair for the club. He also serves on the Young Professional Committee, known as HYPE, for the Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber. Seth’s past experience on Board of Directors includes: Penn State Fayette Alumni Society (President 2013-2016), Council on Substance Abuse in Youth for Westmoreland Drug & Alcohol (Media Chair 2015-2018), Wesley Health Clinic Board of Directors 2016-2017, Scottdale Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors (2015-2017), Mount Pleasant Business District Authority Board Member (2017) Seth recently hosted Armstrong’s 50th Anniversary of Operation in Ellwood City in August. He worked with the Ellwood City Chamber to make this a huge success! He also hosts a weekly podcast called “Armstrong In The Loop Podcast” featuring interesting people, places and events. Ellwood City Chamber was featured on the August 12th episode to promote upcoming events & membership!
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.”
Owner of Ladybird’s Luncheonette. Jade was born and raised in Lawrence County. She is the oldest of six children, and as a child moved from state to state, before her parents dug roots in their hometown of Ellwood City. While she has spent a good deal of her childhood and young adulthood in Ellwood City and surrounding areas, she has gained a passion for travel and a love of new places, which was first instilled in her by her Father and his love of RV’s. As a culinary professional, she has lived and worked in cities from Savannah to LA where she gained a wide range of intellectual and culinary influence. Eventually, the birth of her son October brought her back to the area. She worked on a variety of projects before she bought Sweet Caroline’s in May of this year. As a business woman, Jade excels in creative problem solving that comes from years of leading in the professional kitchen setting. As a creative, she has a deep connection to her home state of Pennsylvania and the native crops and foods that are grown and eaten here. She has a passion for blending local ingredients with unique flavors, and has a desire to bring something different to Ellwood City. Jade’s life experiences have given her a unique outlook, paired with her innate work ethic, she believes she would be a great asset to the Ellwood City Chamber of Commerce
Ricie Scott was born and raised in Ellwood City, and is currently living in Ewing Park. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 2015, went on to Butler County Community College in 2017, and then Clarion University in 2019. Currently, he is working as a Financial Advisor for Chamber member, Hefren-Tillotson, where they provide comprehensive financial planning for individuals and families. Ricie is looking to serve a bigger role in the Chamber and community. He believes as a younger member of the Chamber, that he can help provide new ideas and help with future events.