Who We Are



OEDA is your partner for success at every step of your career.  Our foundational programs and services are designed to support you in your current position as well as preparing you for future career growth.  Whether it is through our jobs board, opportunities to connect, or your expansion of knowledge, OEDA opens doors and expands opportunities.



Here's Your Invitation


Now’s the time! For nearly a decade, OEDA’s members have been leaders in advancing Ohio’s economy, winning projects, creating jobs and building communities. Now is your chance to become a part of our growing organization.  OEDA offers memberships categories to meet the needs of individual professionals as well as discounted memberships for organizations with multiple members.  In addition, affiliated professionals can join OEDA and connect with the top economic and community developers in Ohio.



Please note that OEDA memberships are by individual (not by company/organization) and are calendar year based.  Membership is non-transferrable.  If you are a new member, please note the option to join at a discounted rate after the first quarter of the year.

You may be able to deduct dues and some expenses on your business tax return for membership in OEDA, a professional trade association.  We suggest checking with your organization’s accountant or tax professional. 

Multi-Member Discount

  • Be sure to take advantage of our discounted rates for multiple members from the same organization. Dues for 2nd and subsequent members from the same organization are only $225.


Member in Transition

  • Member in Transition is a membership category for individual members who are undergoing a transition in their career status as a result of a temporary change to their employment status.



  • Retiree Membership is available to former individual members who have retired from full or part-time employment.



  • Open to any person enrolled as a full-time student at an institute of higher learning such as a college or university.

Key Leaders

Successful economic development requires partnership and coordination between state and local government, public and private entities, and industry and community organizations.  In recognition of this unique structure, OEDA’s board is comprised of outstanding economic developers from across the state as well as representatives of JobsOhio, Ohio Development Services Agency, and Ohio Department of Transportation and each of the six JobsOhio Network Partners.


Tim Mayle

President, Area Director Northwest

Findlay-Hancock County Economic Development
123 East Main Cross Street
Findlay, OH  45840
(419) 422-3313

Glenda Bumgarner, PhD

President-Elect, Area Director Southeast

President & CEO
Appalachian Partnership, Inc. & Affiliates
35 Public Square
Nelsonville, OH 45764
(614) 302-2922

Horton Hobbs IV

Finance/Treasurer, Area Director West Central

Vice President, Economic Development
Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce/CIC
20 S. Limestone Street
Suite 100
Springfield, OH  45502
(937) 325-7621

Michael Loges

Immediate Past President

Economic Development Manager
City of New Albany, Ohio
Community Development Department
99 W. Main St.
New Albany, OH  43054
(937) 269-3804

Harry Eadon

ED Policy & Programs/Legislative, At-Large Director

President/Executive Director
Economic Development and Finance Alliance of Tuscarawas County
339 Oxford Street
Dover, OH  44622
(330) 602-4422 ext. 602

Ellen Heinz, M.Ed., OhioCED

Professional Development, At-Large Director

Economic Development Representative
Economic Development Administration, Chicago Regional Office
U.S. Department of Commerce
230 S. Dearborn St., Ste. 3280
Chicago, IL  60604
(419) 544-3614

Jason Kester

Investors, Appointed Director

Regional Development Director
Agracel, Inc.
3989 Broadway, Suite 125
Grove City, OH  43123
(740) 935-2738


Sam Brady

At-Large Director

Executive Director
Jackson County Economic Development Partnership
920 Veterans Drive
Jackson, OH  45640
(740) 286-2838

Joy Davis, CEcD

Board Advisory

Executive Director
Hocking County CIC
30260 Industrial Park Drive
Logan, OH  43138
(740) 380-0446

Joseph Graves

Area Director West Central

Troy Area Chamber of Commerce
405 SW Public Square
Troy, OH  45373
(937) 339-7809

Ray Headen

At-Large Director

Of Counsel
Taft, Stettinius & Hollister
200 Public Square, Suite 3500
Cleveland, OH  44124
(216) 598-2800

Nick Homrighausen

Area Director Southeast

Executive Director of Community & Economic Development
Community Improvement Corporation of Harrison County, Ohio
538 N. Main Street
Cadiz, OH  43907
(740) 491-7424

Anthony Jones

Area Director Central

AJC Solutions
(419) 345-7949

Michael McNamara

Area Director Southwest

Clermont County Community and Economic Development Department
101 E. Main St., 3rd Floor
Batavia, OH  45103
(513) 732-7906

Russell Mills

At-Large Director

BGSU Center for Regional Development
225 Troup Ave.
Bowling Green, OH  43403
(419) 372-9183

Patrick Mohorcic

Area Director Northeast

Director of Public Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Lake Development Authority
105 Main Street, Suite B501
Painesville, OH  44077
(440) 350-5343

Martin Russell

Area Director Southwest

Deputy County Administrator
Executive Director, Warren County Port Authority
406 Justice Drive
Lebanon, OH  45036
(513) 695-2091

Liberty Schindel

Central Area Director

Economic Development Director
AEP Ohio
1 Riverside Plaza
Columbus, OH  43215
(614) 716-3480

Nate Strum

At-Large Director

Director, Economic Development
City of Gahanna
200 S. Hamilton Rd.
Gahanna, OH  43230
(614) 342-4020

Barrett Thomas

Area Director Northeast

Director of Economic Development
Richland Community Development Group
55 N. Mulberry St.
Mansfield, OH  44902
(419) 755-7234

Sommer Vriezelaar

Area Director Northwest

Business Development Manager
Nooter Construction
915 Matzinger Road
Toledo, OH  43612
(419) 467-8691

Thomas Winston

Area Director Northwest

Toledo/Lucas County Port Authority
1 Maritime Plaza
Toledo, OH  43604


Darnita Bradley

Appointed Director

Local Government Affairs & Engagement Manager
41 S. High Street, Suite 1500
Columbus, OH  43215
(614) 600-8601

Lydia Mihalik

Appointed Director

Ohio Department of Development
77 South High Street, Floor 29
Columbus, OH  43215
(614) 466-3379

Jason Kester

Investors, Appointed Director

Regional Development Director
Agracel, Inc.
3989 Broadway, Suite 125
Grove City, OH  43123
(740) 935-2738

Tommy Young

Appointed Director

Economic Development Manager
Columbia Gas of Ohio
290 W. Nationwide Blvd.
Columbus, OH  43215


Gary Thompson

REDO Ex-Officio

Executive Vice President – COO
RGP – Northwest
Two Maritime Plaza
Toledo, OH 43604
(419) 252-2700 x313

Sarah Custer

REDO Ex-Officio

Project Manager
Dayton Development Coalition
40 N. Main St., Ste. 900
Dayton, OH  45423
(937) 229-9093

John Werkman

Ex-Officio Director

Assistant Chief
Ohio Department of Development
77 S. High St., 29th Floor
Columbus, OH  43215
(614) 466-6791

Kevin Donnelly

REDO Ex-Officio

Director, Project Management
REDI Cincinnati
3 East Fourth St., Suite 301
Cincinnati, OH  45202
(513) 562-8463

Stuart Moynihan

Ex-Officio Director

Network Manager
41 S. High St., Ste. 1500
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 300-1371

Renee Ligon

REDO Ex-Officio

Director of Partnerships & Engagement
Team Northeast Ohio
1111 Superior Ave., Ste. 1600
Cleveland, OH  44114

Jim Gates

ODOT Ex-Officio

Office of Jobs & Commerce
1980 West Broad Street
Columbus, OH  43223
(614) 752-7468

Logan Dawson

REDO Ex-Officio

Project Manager
One Columbus
150 S. Front St., Suite 200
Columbus, OH  43215
(614) 225-6905

Taylor Stepp

REDO Ex-Officio

Project Manager
35 Public Square, PO Box 456
Nelsonville, OH  45764
(740) 395-7656


Jennifer Price

OEDA Executive Director

400 W. Wilson Bridge Rd.
Suite 120
Worthington, OH  43085
(614) 506-1500 (cell)

Mark Barbash

OEDA Professional Development/OEDI Consultant

400 W. Wilson Bridge Road, Suite 120
Worthington, OH  43085
(614) 774-7599

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