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  • Our Staff Members


  • Alex McCoy, MBA, CEcD, EDFP, IOM – CEO

    Alex began with the Lawrence County Regional Chamber in June 2017. He began working in community and economic development in 2003 in Georgia. Since then, he’s also represented communities in Florida and Maryland. 

    For his past work, Alex has been recognized as both the inaugural Florida Economic Development Council’s 2012 Young Professional of the Year and named to the nationwide 2017 class of 40 Under 40 Rising Stars in Economic Development by Development Counsellors International, Inc. for his service to several statewide and regional economic development organizations. 

    He attended Mercer University in Macon, Georgia where he received both his B.B.A. and M.B.A. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute. 

    Alex enjoys college football, golf, and cooking barbeque on weekends. He married his beautiful wife, Patty of Mercer County, PA, in 2001. Together they have a son, Hudson.

    Contact Alex at amccoy@lawrencecountychamber.org

  • Linda D. Nitch, CEcD, EDFP - Director of Economic Development

    Linda joined the leadership team of the Lawrence County Economic Development Corporation in November 1999. In 2017, the LCEDC merged with the new Lawrence County Regional Chamber of Commerce. She continues in her role to assisting businesses throughout the County. Since 1999, she has helped attract and retain clients by securing over $33 million in grants and low interest loans, $27 million for construction of business parks, remediation of brownfield sites, and construction of speculative buildings. In all, Linda has helped create or retain over 2,400 jobs in Lawrence County.

    For her past work, she has been recognized as a Ford Foundation Fellow in Regionalism and Sustainable Development, and is a past-president of the Pennsylvania Economic Development Association.

    Linda is a graduate of Youngstown State University with a B.S. in Business Administration, and earned an Associate Degree in Letters, Arts, and Sciences from Pennsylvania State University. Before joining the organization, she served as the Director of the City of New Castle’s Community Development Department. 

    Contact Linda at nitch@lawrencecounty.com

  • Diane Lynn Richardson, CEcD, EDFP – Assistant Director of Economic Development

    Diane Lynn joined the team in June of 1991. She holds a B.A. degree in Art History from Mansfield University, PA, Paralegal Certificate from Penn State University, A.A. degree from Butler County Community College, an Economic Development Finance Professional Certificate from the National Development Council, and is an International Economic Development Council Certified Economic Developer, the standard of excellence for the economic development profession. Born and raised in Butler County and later graduating high school from New Wilmington in Lawrence County, Diane returned home in 1991 after ten years in Las Vegas, NV working mainly in the horse racing industry.

    Diane’s responsibilities include:

    • loan packaging
    • grant writing and compliance
    • managing and marketing a sites/facility database
    • responding to client RFIs
    • conducting client research
    • helping roll out our new Leadership Lawrence County program

    Diane lives on a small farm in Plain Grove Township and enjoys refinishing and upholstering furniture, sewing, and stained glass art projects. She is the mother of two – daughter, Anna, a junior at Slippery Rock University studying Marine Biology, and son, Parker, an Urban Farm Manager in Youngstown, OH – as well as the proud grand mom of Stella and Isaac.

    Contact Diane at richardson@lawrencecounty.com

  • Erin Orrico – Investor Relations & Events Specialist

    Erin joined the Lawrence County Economic Development Corporation in June of 2012. She is a graduate of Mohawk High School and a life-long resident of Lawrence County. Prior to working at the LCEDC, she was the Sales Secretary for Central Heating and Plumbing located in New Castle, PA. Erin is currently enrolled in the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s Institute for Organization Management (IOM) program. She is also a current student in our Leadership Lawrence County 2018-2019 program.

    Erin’s responsibilities include:

    • Act as a liaison between our investors and internal chamber team members
    • Focus on growing new investment revenue to the chamber, while supporting our current investors
    • Co-coordinate with Event Specialist in executing Signature Events as well as member driven mixers
    • Maintain ChamberMaster member database, investor login, invoicing, and provide support
    • Co-facilitate Leadership Lawrence County program annually and it's alumni association
    • Support our affiliate groups such as Young Professionals of Lawrence County and the Downtown Business Association

    Erin and her family plan and execute "Rockin' the River," a benefit concert for the PA Wounded Warriors every July. The fundraiser is always held at the River Walk in Downtown New Castle. It has grown over the years and consistently raises increasing funds for the cause. The event always includes a rockin' commemorative t-shirt, great raffle prizes, food, and more! 

    Erin enjoys spending time with family and friends, and volunteering and giving back to the community.

    Contact Erin at orrico@lawrencecounty.com

  • Kati Dey – Marketing and Events Specialist

    Kati joined the Lawrence County Regional Chamber of Commerce in March of 2018. She holds a BA in Communications, Public Relations from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA. She was born and raised in Beaver and Lawrence counties. Before joining the Regional Chamber, she served as the event coordinator and event center manager for the Vineyards at Pine Lake (VPL) in Columbiana, OH. Before VPL, Kati served in many marketing, events, and coordinator roles for Ohio Valley Hospital in McKees Rocks, PA; Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Beaver County in New Brighton, PA; and Habitat for Humanity of Beaver County in Beaver Falls, PA. She is currently enrolled in the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s Institute for Organization management (IOM) program. She also heads the Leadership Lawrence County program that was brought back to the community in 2018.

    Kati’s responsibilities include:

    • managing the Regional Chamber’s social media presence
    • building and managing the new Regional Chamber website
    • organizing and promoting special and annual events
    • writing/proofing/distributing the monthly e-newsletter
    • managing the Leadership Lawrence County program
    • database management
    • sponsorship solicitation

    Kati enjoys watching our Pittsburgh sports teams (Let’s go Steelers, Pens, & Pirates!!!), spending time with family and friends, and yardwork, lazy days at the pool, and grilling out on the weekends. Kati married her husband, Dylan, of Beaver County, PA, in May, 2018. Together they own a home in Darlington Township and are proud “pup parents” to two adorable yorkie poos – Reese and Luna.

    Contact Kati at kati@lawrencecountychamber.org