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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

  • Melanie DeVincentis – Workforce Specialist

    Melanie joined the Lawrence County Regional Chamber of Commerce in January of 2020.  A native of Neshannock Township, Melanie furthered her education earning a BSBA with concentrations in marketing and sports marketing from Duquesne University.  She spent the late 90s and early 2000’s working in marketing and communications in the Pittsburgh area, South Florida, and North Carolina’s Piedmont Triad before returning to Western PA. Melanie then stepped away from the workforce as she and her husband, Mark, started their family. While not employed outside the home, she found herself serving on the board of local athletic boosters’ organizations, and volunteering as a parent leader in her children’s classrooms. Seeking to further her professional life, Melanie accepted the Workforce Specialist position with the LCRCC. 

    Melanie's responsibilities include:

    • coordinating the Lawrence County Learning Center’s activities
    • maintaining contact with local business leaders to assess their training needs
    • assisting in the development of programs offered to educate local workforce
    • organizing testing center practices for the Learning Center

    Melanie most enjoys time with her family. She prioritizes family travel, allocates much of her free time to supporting her four kids’ various athletic and artistic endeavors, and dotes on her olde English bulldogge, Ziggy.

    Contact Melanie at melanie@lawrencecounty.com