Jodie A. Perry
President & CEO
Jodie A. Perry, CCE, IOM, CCEO-AP has served as President & CEO of the Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development in Mansfield, Ohio since July, 2014. In 2017 she also took over leadership for the Richland Community Development Group. In this combined role she is responsible for leading the county-wide economic, community and workforce development efforts.
Prior to this position, she led the Greece (NY) and Van Wert (OH) Area Chambers of Commerce and also served on staff at the Ashland (OH) Area Chamber of Commerce. She also worked as the Deputy Chief Clerk for the US Senate Banking Committee. Jodie received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science & Religion from Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio.
In 2008, she graduated from the US Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organizational Management earning the IOM designation. In 2018, she received the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) distinction, the highest certification in the industry. Jodie received the 2019 ATHENA Award for Richland County. She is on the National Board of Trustees for the Institute for Organizational Management and Chair for CCEO (Chamber of Commerce Executives of Ohio). The importance of business was instilled at a young age as she grew up in a family of entrepreneurs in Rochester, NY.
Executive Assistant & Sector Coordinator
Patrick Clinage is the Executive Assistant & Sector Coordinator for the Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development. In this role he works with our volunteer community development sectors as well as assists the President/CEO. Patrick is originally from Strongsville Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. He began his journey in Mansfield at the Renaissance Performing Arts Association where he spent 7 years starting as Box Office Assistant and working himself up to becoming their Director of Development. He attended Heidelberg College, in Tiffin, Ohio where he obtained his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, received his Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA and continued his studies overseas.
Though Patrick is not a native of Mansfield, this is where his family is originally from, so he feels it is home and has always been. In his free time, he enjoys antique shopping and finding history that can be restored to its former glory.
Program & Events Manager
Lisa Duckworth is the Program & Events Manager for the Richland Area Chamber of Commerce. If you attended one of the over 50 events we hosted last year, you might have met Lisa! She says, “I love planning and attending to all of the details that make events special and watching the event unfold from an idea to completion.”
Lisa is a Mansfield native and has lived here most of her life. She graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Wildlife Management. She lives on a hobby farm in Richland County with her husband and two children. Lisa and her daughter breed and raise registered pygmy goats and travel all over the country showing them.
An employee with the Chamber since 2016, Lisa is also a 2019 graduate of Leadership Unlimited, and an active member of the Mansfield Chapter of Altrusa International.
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Angie Fanello is the Marketing & Communications Coordinator for the Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development. In this role, she works with members who are interested in promoting their business through the Chamber, publishes our newsletter, does event marketing and more. She has been with the Chamber on a part-time basis since 2007, which makes her our longest current staff member.
Angie graduated from Shelby High School and started her college education at The Ohio State University – Mansfield where she earned her AA in business. She then transferred to Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk/Virginia Beach where she completed her college education in business. Angie is a 2017 graduate of Leadership Unlimited.
Angie is married with 2 daughters who are graduates of the College Now program at NC State, and are currently furthering their education at the University of Cincinnati and Heidelberg University. She also has a four-legged daughter, a rescue Doberman named Juno. Angie is a huge Cleveland Indians fan and enjoys watching Ohio State Buckeyes football. Go Tribe! O-H!
Front Office Coordinator
Born and raised in Shelby, Kathy began her career at Shelby Insurance Company in various positions including Liability Claims Representative and Commercial Lines Underwriting Technician acquiring several insurance designations. When Shelby Insurance closed its doors, she was hired at the Chamber as Office Manager working almost 14 years before retiring. Kathy missed Chamber life, especially interacting with people, so she jumped at the chance to return to the Chamber to work part time as Front Office Coordinator. Kathy answers the phone, greets visitors, and assists Ashley Meyer and fellow workers with various projects. Kathy has volunteered and served on several committees supporting the Richland County community. She is a member of the Shelby Foundation 100 Women.
Kathy is married to her high school sweetheart, Leonard, a bee keeper and retired farmer. They have two married daughters and four grandsons. Besides enjoying nature from their deck, working on projects, traveling (made it to Alaska twice since retired), they like spending time with their family and friends at their lake house and farm.
Economic Development Liaison
Jessica Gribben is the Economic Development Liaison to the City of Shelby & Northern Richland County. In this role, she focuses on retention and expansion of businesses that currently call the area home, as well as working with city and village leaders to create an optimal environment to attract new development and allow businesses and residents to thrive.
Jessica was born, raised, and educated in Richland County and is proud to call it her home. She attended The Ohio State University Mansﬁeld before she took a job at Richland Bank in management doing mortgage and consumer lending. She left to further her education and began a career in real estate sales. Moving into economic development seemed a natural fit after her career experience in lending and real estate.
Jessica has always been active in her local community serving on several boards and volunteering her time. She is passionate about leaving her world better than she found it. Jessica enjoys spending her free time with her husband Levi, their sons Jacob and Henry, and their dog Flash. They live in Lucas on several wooded acres that keep them busy, but enjoy spending free time out of doors, on renovation projects, and finding new places to explore.
Director of Workforce Development
Clint J. Knight is the Director of Workforce Development at The Richland Area Chamber and Economic Development. With over 15 years in Management, Recruiting, and Staffing, Clint has a passion for Employee Development and Education as a Pipeline for the Workforce of the Future.
With a degree in Music, Clint has a unique perspective on identifying resources to obtain the necessary skills to be successful in a variety of settings. As a Recruiter and Human Resources Professional in the Software Development, Retail, and Restaurant realms, he has helped employees navigate their careers in a variety of settings. Clint is one of “Richland County’s top 10 Under 40” and a current participant in the U.S. Chamber’s Business Leads Cohort.
Nikki Lewis is the Foundation Manager at the Mansfield-Richland Area Educational Foundation, more commonly called the Chamber Foundation. She coordinates the Foundations programs, Leadership Unlimited, Young Entrepreneurs Academy, Inside Richland County, and Richland Idea Audition.
Nikki moved to the Richland County area over 10 years ago after spending most of her life in Tucson, Arizona. She graduated from Mount Vernon Nazarene University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management. After graduating, she began her journey with a local bank. During that time, she realized her passion for community service. Nikki has since been a part of many organization, like Richland Young Professionals and the Ohio Bird Sanctuary, all while trying to help create a better community. Her drive to make Richland County a better place and her desire to see others succeed was one of the many reasons she felt this role was a great fit for her.
In her free time, Nikki enjoys traveling, doing projects around her home, and spending time with her deaf dog, Bertie.
Director of Economic Development
Barrett Thomas is the Director of Economic Development at Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development. Barrett is an experienced communicator, project manager, and strategist. Driven by a passion to improve his community, he takes pride in leveraging the best resources available for local businesses. His goals include seeing local companies grow, attracting new businesses to the area, and actively supporting community projects with significant economic impact. Barrett has been with RCDG & the Chamber since 2016, has over 8 years of experience in economic development in the areas of entrepreneurship and small business lending programs, and has a variety of international experience. Barrett is an Ohio Certified Economic Developer, is listed on the 2019 top 50 Economic Developers in North America by Consultant Connect, holds an MBA, and a BS in Business Systems from Taylor University. He lives in Mansfield with his wonderful wife and the two best kids in the world.