STAFF & BOARD

Our People are Expanding Businesses & Benefiting our Community

These community leaders are representative of our industry sectors and geographics, and represent both public and private interests to improve communication and understanding on local economic issues across this common divide.

STAFF

KATHY GOON

Executive Director

kgoon@growashland.com

Kathy is an Ashland County native, graduating from Hillsdale High School and Ashland University with both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Business Administration. She has also served as adjunct faculty at AU and NCSC and is presently the treasurer for Muskies, Inc., a 7,000 member national organization.

Kathy currently lives with her son Braylon in Polk, Ohio. When asked about her thoughts on her position, Kathy said, “I’m very honored that the Board has appointed me as the executive director for AAED. Helping local businesses and working to expand economic opportunity is something that I’m very passionate about. I love meeting with our local community and business leaders and developing a plan for progress in Ashland County.”

ERIN COLLINS

Project Coordinator

ecollins@growashland.com

Erin Gongwer Collins joined AAED as Office Manager in March 2017 and became Project Coordinator in January 2018.

Erin is an Ashland City native, graduating from Ashland High School and Ashland University, where she earned a B.S.B.A. in Marketing and Management. After college graduation, she spent the next 25 years living in various parts of the country, including Denver CO, Harrisonburg VA, Wake Forest and Raleigh NC. She returned to Ashland in 2016 to raise her three children in the town that raised her.

Her professional career revolved around corporate sales and marketing before she took a hiatus to be at home with her children, eleven-year-old Owen and nine-year-old twins Beckett and Camdyn. During that time she was an active volunteer and substitute teacher.

Erin’s excited about being back in Ashland and part of a team dedicated to helping Grow Ashland.

BARBARA LANG

Office Manager

barbara@growashland.com

Barbara joined AAED as part-time office manager in August 2018 after four years at the Wayne Economic Development Council. She is a graduate of Northwestern High School and holds an associate degree from the University of Akron Orrville and a bachelor’s degree from Kent State University. While employed for over 25 years in the information industry, she attended the University of Michigan graduate school of information science.

She is an author and photojournalist and has written for various publications. She helps manage and works on the dairy farm her family owns near Big Prairie in northwestern Holmes County.

Barbara is thrilled to be part of such a vibrant organization and community and looks forward to working with the community.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

MIKE WELCH

President

MATT MILLER

Vice-President

MIKE KELLY

Treasurer

KEITH BOALES

Secretary

BRIAN HINKLE

MAGF Representative

Staff & Board