Our team

Where Insight Meets Passion

Cross-sector collaboration is at the core of what we do. Check out the gifted communicators who lead ConxusNEO, synthesize our data and engagement, and drive our vision.

   

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Sue Lacy, President

Sue Lacy has worked relentlessly over the last 30 years to bring residents, companies, community leaders and policy-makers together to inform decision-making. She mediates large-scale public meetings, helps design and facilitate strategic planning and culture-change initiatives, and leads cross-sector collaboration within organizations and communities. Sue's work has helped to inform the rebuilding of New Orleans, the redesign of Cleveland schools and numerous other community-building efforts. Her involvement with ConxusNEO began in 2015 with her support of the late County Executive Russ Pry’s efforts to build a more demand-driven talent system. Serving as the Fund for Our Economic Future’s Akron Manager for Growth & Opportunity, Sue was inspired to get even more involved and accepted the leadership position here at ConxusNEO. Previously, she co-founded Round River Consulting where she helped a wide range of organizations focus priorities, leverage strategic partnerships and resolve conflict both here in Summit County and across the country.

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Michelle Cassetty Collins, Vice President

Michelle Cassetty Collins spent almost 20 years in leadership roles in higher education, primarily at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) and The University of Akron.  She led efforts related to the recruitment and retention of students. As an experienced leader, she focused on aligning resources with the mission and vision for college enrollment.  Her experience working with academic programs in a consortia is foundational to the importance she places on the need to be collaborative to reach shared outcomes.  Her skills developed to help students pursue paths that lead to gainful employment are transferable to her role of  supporting initiatives for jobseekers to pursue high demand occupations. Her personal life reflects her commitment to improving the welfare of the community as she is actively involved in ministries by securing grant funds to support the underserved and serving meals to the homeless. Michelle earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Bible from Kentucky Christian College, a Master of Science in Education degree in Higher Education from The University of Akron and completed doctoral coursework in philosophy, history, sociology and anthropology related to inequality in education (Cultural Foundations) at Kent State University.  

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Annie Hanson, Community Engagement Coordinator

Annie Hanson has spent nearly 15 years leveraging public-private partnership efforts to support student achievement, including international engagement and outreach, recruitment and retention, educator professional development and K-12 STEM engagement. Annie serves as the coordinator where she facilitates partnership development between industry, government, and education to support Akron Public Schools as they transform their high schools into College and Career Academies. Annie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Kent State University and a Master of Applied Politics from The University of Akron. In her free time, she is actively engaged in community service efforts and serves on the boards of the Stow-Munroe Falls Rotary Club and the Stow-Munroe Falls Community Foundation.

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Andi Lamphier, Operations Coordinator

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Kimberly A. Beyer, Ed.D., TalentNEO Navigator

Dr. Kimberly Beyer has over 30 years of experience in higher education from The University of Akron and Ball State University,  working with thousands of college students in helping them be successful both inside and  outside of the classroom.  During her career she served in several administrative and leadership roles in Career Services, Academic Advising,  and the Vice President’s office in Student Affairs, as well as serving as a Senior Lecturer teaching higher education administration, career planning, and student success courses.  As the TalentNEO Navigator, Kim assists jobseekers at to help them interpret the meaning of their WorkKeys scores and how to best share their skills with companies during an interview.  She informs jobseekers about employment and training opportunities that use WorkKeys scores.  Kim is passionate about working with individuals to develop a career strategy and find what career best suits their talents, and what skills and training they need for their chosen career.  Dr. Beyer earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Doctor of Education in Administration in Higher Education all at The University of Akron.

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Paul Persinger, Maintenance Manager

  

Board of Directors

At ConxusNEO, we consider our board of directors one of our greatest assets. Each member who generously gives of their time and talent is active, involved and deeply invested in our mission.

Board of Directors
Board MemberTitleCompanyContact
Gregg Cramer Vice President, Economic Development Greater Akron Chamber Contact Gregg
Terri Johnson Vice President National Interstate Contact Terri
Para Jones, Ph.D. President Stark State College Contact Para
Teresa LeGrair Director of Community Investment Akron Community Foundation Contact Teresa
Ellen McWilliams-Woods Assistant Superintendent Akron Public Schools Contact Ellen
Gary Miller Direcor of Training & Occupational Development KYOCERA SGS Precision Tools, Inc Contact Gary
Douglas Romstadt President Ken Tool Contact Douglas
Dave Sattler, Secretary/Treasurer Owner Sattler Companies Contact Dave
Ilene Shapiro County Executive County of Summit Contact Ilene
Jenny Stupica, Network Liason Human Resources Manager SSP Fitting Corp. Contact Jenny
Kirstin Toth, Chair Senior Vice President GAR Foundation Contact Kirstin
Lorraine Washington Senior Vice President of HR Summa Health Contact Lorraine
Derran Wimer Executive Director Summit Education Initative Contact Derran