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Government Affairs Council

The Regional Chamber is fortunate to have a talented cross section of business and non-profit leaders who serve on the Government Affairs Council (GAC). Members of the council, chaired by Gary Soukenik, president and CEO of Seven Seventeen Credit Union, volunteer their time and talents to oversee the focus of our government affairs initiatives. The GAC considers important legislative issues affecting the state and region and recommends action by the Regional Chamber Board of Directors. The Council also provides direction in formulating the Chamber’s Public Policy Agenda and hosts political update events throughout the year featuring federal, state and local government officeholders and candidates.

Council Members

Matt Blair, Attorney, Blair & Latell Co., LPA
Bonnie Deutsch Burdman, Director, Community Relations & Government Affairs, Youngstown Area Jewish Federation
David Deibel, President, Boardman Steel, Inc.
Michael Hripko, Associate Vice President for Research, Youngstown State University
Ed Kolodziej, Jr., President & COO, Aqua Ohio
Steve Kristan, Director, External Relations, AT&T
Sean Logan, President, Sean Logan & Associates
Jeff Magada, Executive Director, Flying High, Inc.
David Mosure, Vice President, Construction Services, ms consultants
Bill Pounds, Owner, Williamsburg Management Resources
Kevin Reilly, Executive Vice President, Builders Association of Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania
Neil Schor, Attorney, Harrington, Hoppe & Mitchell, Ltd.
Karen Segesto-Hauser, Vice President, Senior Relations Manager, PNC Wealth Management
Peppe Smith, Vice President, Camelot Lanes
Gary Soukenik, President & CEO, Seven Seventeen Credit Union
Tracy Stevens, External Affairs Manager, Dominion
Adam Timblin, Manager, Cohen & Company
Laura Tubo, Area Manager, FirstEnergy
Mike Wellendorf, Government Relations Liaison, Akron Children’s Hospital
Mark Wenick, Executive Managing Director, Chemical Bank
Mark Zeidenstein, Secretary/Treasurer, L. Calvin Jones & Co.
Ralph Zerbonia, President, Universe Central Corporation