ConxusNEO Team

Meet the ConxusNEO team who strive to:

  • Position businesses to remain competitive and grow by accessing qualified diverse talent.
  • Support educators to align curriculum with relevant in-demand skills.
  • Help workforce development programs better understand opportunities.
  • Mobilize communities to overcome real-life barriers to good jobs that lead to great careers.
  • Increase access to economic mobility for minority populations.

Sue Lacy, President

Sue Lacy

President
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Sue Lacy, President

Sue Lacy

President

Sue has worked for nearly 40 years to bring community and private sector leaders, residents, and policymakers together to inform decision-making that builds communities. Her work has informed the rebuilding of New Orleans after Katrina; the shift back to local control of Cleveland Public Schools, following a state takeover; and the organization of a sustainable community strategy to bring black and white residents together in the wake of racially motivated violence.

As ConxusNEO’s first president, Sue has built a team that partners with businesses to identify the in-demand skills they need and supports them to work with educators, workforce development programs, economic development, and community organizations to innovate solutions that fill open positions and build diverse talent pipelines. Her career-long passion to remove barriers to economic opportunity and build resilient communities drives her work to strengthen Greater Akron’s workforce strategy.

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Michelle Cassetty Collins, Vice President

Michelle Cassetty Collins

Vice President
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Michelle Cassetty Collins, Vice President

Michelle Cassetty Collins

Vice President

Michelle Cassetty Collins brings 20 years of leadership experience in higher education where she led initiatives related to the recruitment and retention of students. Her experience working with academic programs in a consortium is foundational to the value she places on collaboration to reach shared outcomes. She has a deep desire to improve the quality and effectiveness of an organization, a process or a system.  At ConxusNEO, Michelle manages research initiatives, coordinates with College and Career Academies of Akron, spearheads pilot projects, and supports the organization’s leadership and staff. Michelle earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Bible from Kentucky Christian College, a Master of Science in Higher Education degree from The University of Akron, and a Master of Education in Cultural Foundations at Kent State University where she studied marginalization and inequalities in education through the lenses of sociology, anthropology, philosophy, and history.

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Ameeca Holmes, Engagement Manager, Healthcare Sector Partnership

Ameeca Holmes

Engagement Manager, Healthcare Sector Partnership
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Ameeca Holmes, Engagement Manager, Healthcare Sector Partnership

Ameeca Holmes

Engagement Manager, Healthcare Sector Partnership

Ameeca is an Akron native and comes from a local hospital with 11 years of experience. Ameeca is passionate about community outreach efforts and has led many grant initiatives related to youth development, education, and public health issues focusing on maternal and child health. All of her previous work experiences have awarded her the knowledge and skills to raise awareness and facilitate beneficial programming in adverse communities.

Ameeca received her bachelor’s and Masters of Arts from Kent State University. At ConxusNEO, she will manage the Healthcare Sector Partnership and continue to foster and promote relationships in the community with local healthcare facilities to support workforce development opportunities.

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Andi Lamphier, Operations Coordinator

Andi Lamphier

Operations Coordinator
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Andi Lamphier, Operations Coordinator

Andi Lamphier

Operations Coordinator

Andi has over 12 years of experience in marketing and administration, the majority of those years being at non-profit organizations. During that time, she has learned many tricks of the trade and branched out into the areas of event planning and graphic design. She is a team player and is always happy to jump into action to make things happen and back up her co-workers. In May 2016, she joined ConxusNEO as Operations Coordinator.  Her attention to detail and swift response is a great asset and helps keep the ConxusNEO team on track and ready for anything.

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Jenny Stupica, Director of Manufacturing Engagement

Jenny Stupica

Director of Manufacturing Engagement
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Jenny Stupica, Director of Manufacturing Engagement

Jenny Stupica

Director of Manufacturing Engagement

Jenny has over 10 years of Human Resources experience in manufacturing. She has earned multiple HR certifications, is an active member of the Akron SHRM chapter, and has served as a board member for Kent State’s Center for Corporate and Professional Development, Tri-C’s Manufacturing Technology Program, ConxusNEO, and the Summit Medina Workforce Development Board.

Jenny has been involved in workforce issues in the manufacturing industry for a number of years and was Chair of the ConxusNEO Manufacturing Network before joining the ConxusNEO staff in July 2017. Jenny has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Crain’s, Smart Business, and other print publications regarding the importance of manufacturing and its career opportunities. Last year, Jenny was a guest on NPR’s Diane Rehm show to discuss the aging workforce and share some unique approaches to retaining talent and experience.

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Donae Ceja

Finance Manager
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Donae Ceja

Finance Manager

Donae’s professional training and early years in public accounting formed the foundation for successful careers in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. Donae held leadership positions in financial analysis & forecasting, profitability analysis, investor relations, and human resources with Southeast Bank of Miami, AmSouth in Birmingham, and Banco Consolidado, a Venezuelan banking corporation. In 2005, on returning to Ohio, Donae entered the nonprofit sector by volunteering with the Akron Community Foundation which led to a love of nonprofit work. Her experience includes grant making, grant writing, financial consulting, research projects, and assisting organizations in transition by developing strategic plans, implementing process improvements and holding interim director positions. Donae has supported ConxusNEO since its inception in various roles. Donae is dedicated to strengthening the community through collaboration, shared leadership and the power of open, honest engagement across all sectors and economic classes.

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Amy Bomberger, Workforce Development Administrator, Manufacturing Sector Partnership

Amy Bomberger

Workforce Development Administrator, Manufacturing Sector Partnership
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Amy Bomberger, Workforce Development Administrator, Manufacturing Sector Partnership

Amy Bomberger

Workforce Development Administrator, Manufacturing Sector Partnership

Amy has lived in the Akron area for 20 years. In that time, she has had a variety of opportunities as a Customer Service Representative and Administrative Assistant with different industries in the Akron area. She has worked with several Plastic Manufacturers, Dental Equipment Manufacturer, ATM Manufacturer & a Title Insurance company. She strives to organize data in a format that users can easily access a part or all of it. She audits incoming data to verify any changes or added regulations. All outdated data is removed and archived for future use. She is always on the look out for new or updated standards or products for the industry that she is working with. She enjoys interacting with others to establish relationships so as to network for any new ideas or processes to better manage data.