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Linda D Nitch

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

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

Paul Bucciarelli

Paul Bucciarelli

Business Retention and Workforce Specialist

Paul Bucciarelli accepted the Business Retention and Workforce Specialist position after serving as a business consultant with the Duquesne University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for three years. Prior to working for the SBDC, Paul spent 19 years as VP - Supply Chain Manager at PNC Financial Group. Paul previously held merchandising and management positions with New Castle-based discount retailer, Fishers Big Wheel, and Servistar, a hardware membership co-op group.

Paul will work to expand positive working relationships with such local workforce development groups as the Lawrence County Learning Center, West Central Job Partnership, CareerLink and others, as well as design and implement a face to face business call program to support the needs of area employers.

Paul holds a Master's in Business Administration from Youngstown State University and a Bachelor's degree in Advertising and Journalism form Penn State. He is a part-time faculty member for the Penn State Shenango Campus, and he also serves on the Advisory Board for PSU-Shenango.  Paul lives in the New Castle North Hill Historic District.

Contact Paul at paul@lawrencecounty.com 

Melanie DeVicentis

Melanie DeVincentis

Communications Manager

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 1990s and early 2000s 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 boards of local athletic boosters organizations, and volunteering as a parent leader in her children’s classrooms. Seeking to further her professional life, Melanie recently transitioned into the Communications and Investor Experience Specialist position at the start of 2021.

Melanie's responsibilities include:

  • writing, coordinating, and publishing the monthly Chamber Chat newsletter
  • drafting and distributing pertinent information to chamber members and the community via email and social media
  • co-facilitating the Leadership Lawrence County program
  • developing messaging and assisting in the administration of projects for Forward Lawrence

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

Rudy Lyn Kurtz

Rudi Lyn Kurtz

Office Manager

Rudi Lyn joined the team in July of 2020. She was born and raised in the New Castle Area. She attended ITT Technical Institute and earned her Secretarial/Data and Word Processing degree. Rudi Lyn worked 26 years at Liberty Mutual Insurance where she was the Administrative Associate in a Call Center. She received her certification as an Ergonomic Specialist.

Rudi Lyn’s responsibilities include:

  • serve as point of contact for visitors & callers of Chamber
  • office bookkeeping
  • staff support
  • maintain membership relationships with existing and potential members

Rudi Lyn married her husband/best friend Vern in 1993 and has two handsome sons. Michael graduated from Westminster College with his BSA in Accounting and lives in Northern Virginia. He works in Washington D.C. for KPMG the fourth largest accounting firm in U.S. and is studying to take the CPA exam. Joshua started at Westminster College where he will study for a BSA in Accounting. He is a thrower on the Titan Track and Field Team. Rudi Lyn loves and enjoys her family!

Contact Rudi Lyn at kurtz@lawrencecounty.com

Lyndsey Overby

Lyndsey Overby

Marketing / Events Specialist

Lyndsey Overby joined the Lawrence County Regional Chamber of Commerce in July of 2021. She graduated valedictorian in October 2020 from Full Sail University with her B.S. in Media Communications. She is currently working on her Master's in Public Relations online at Full Sail University. Previously, Lyndsey had been working doing freelance social media management and web design.

Lyndsey’s responsibilities include:

  • maintaining relationships with members and assisting them anyway possible
  • content development for social media and newsletter
  • event Coordinating

Lyndsey married her high school sweetheart in March of 2019. She enjoys spending time boating on the Allegheny River, traveling with her husband, and being a “Dog Mom” to her boxer, Jackson.

Contact Lyndsey at overby@lawrencecounty.com

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