Barb Ewing

Chief Executive Officer

Barb joined the YBI after eight years working in Congressman Tim Ryan’s office in the position of Economic Development Director. Prior to that, she was VP of Public Policy for the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber, where she lobbied to bring state and federal funding back to the Mahoning Valley for community development projects. She is pleased to be teamed up again with Jim Cossler, who was her first boss at the Better Business Bureau (and who was still willing to hire her, in spite of having worked with her previously!).

Barb’s position at YBI builds on all of those professional experiences, as she works to secure funding to expand both the physical campus and operations of the organization, oversees daily operations and continues to build on the collaborative relationship YBI currently enjoys.

A Mahoning Valley native, Barb holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Kent State University and a Master’s degree from Capella University.

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Barb Ewing

Chief Executive Officer

Colleen Kelly

Colleen Kelly

Senior Director, Organizational Advancement

Heidi Ruby

Heidi Ruby

Director, Operations

Corey Patrick

Director, Entrepreneurial Services Program

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Chandler Fiffick

Coordinator, Entrepreneurial Services Program

Megan Payich

Megan Payich

Coordinator, Development

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Tommy Metzinger

Accountant

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Stephanie Gaffney

Stephanie Gaffney

Director of Advanced Manufacturing Programs

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Daniel Longo

Engineering Project Manager, Advanced Manufacturing

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Dylan Negro

Engineering Project Manager & Technician, Advanced Manufacturing

Rich Lonardo

Rich Lonardo

Engineering Project Manager, Advanced Manufacturing

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Dean Jaric

Engineering Project Manager, Advanced Manufacturing

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Brendan Thoreson

Engineering Project Manager, Advanced Manufacturing

Minority, Women, & Youth Entrepreneurship Team

Stephanie Gilchrist

Stephanie Gilchrist, CBA

Director, Minority Business Assistance Center

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Vern Richberg, CBA

Director, Supply Chain Diversity

Tanisha Wheeler

Tanisha Wheeler

Director, Women & Youth Entrepreneurship

David Hood

David Hood

Administrative Assistant

Entrepreneurs in Residence

Jim Cossler

Jim Cossler

Entrepreneur in Residence,
Digital

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Sally Schriner

Entrepreneur in Residence,
Sales & Marketing

Dana Allender

Dana Allender

Entrepreneur in Residence,
Digital

Robert "Bob" Pelletier

Robert Pelletier

Entrepreneur in Residence, Additive Manufacturing

Bob Sopko

Bob Sopko

Entrepreneur in Residence,
Digital

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Scott Shane

Entrepreneur in Residence,
Investment

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