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Chamber Executive Team

James Dignan
James Dignan
President & CEO

As the President & CEO, James oversees the operational functions for the organization and initiates, leads and facilitates the overall strategic plan of economic development and member services issues and promotes and enhances the Chamber’s image throughout the service region.

As commander of the 910th Airlift Wing at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station from March 2013 to October 2016, James Dignan oversaw 16 units with more than 1,300 personnel; led operations and maintenance, providing support for nearly 2,000 assigned Air Force, Navy and Marine Reservists; and was the civilian leader for more than 400 Air Reserve Technician and civil service employees.
He served on the Regional Chamber’s Board of Directors in 2015 and 2016 and was instrumental in the creation of its Eastern Ohio Military Affairs Commission.

Sarah Boyarko
Sarah A. Boyarko
Chief Operating Officer

In her role as COO, Boyarko supports the entire Chamber team’s daily efforts to deliver quality services that members, investors and the business community have grown accustomed to, while continuing with her responsibilities in the Economic Development division, of which she has been senior vice president for the past three years.

Boyarko joined the Regional Chamber in October 2006 and became vice president of Economic Development in 2012. She has led the activities of the division’s business retention & expansion program and national attraction efforts and has spent a great deal of time educating the public and business community about the organization’s many economic development services. Under her direction, the Chamber’s economic development staff has managed a variety of projects, resulting in nearly $3 billion of investment and the creation of 5,927 new jobs throughout Mahoning and Trumbull counties.

She represents the Regional Chamber as a Northeast Ohio Area Director and Board Member of the Ohio Economic Development Association, Team NEO Business Development Council and Working Group and the Akron Children’s Hospital Leadership Council. The Boardman resident is a 2009 graduate of Leadership Mahoning Valley and 2009 Mahoning Valley Young Professionals 40 Under 40 Award nominee and earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science degrees from Youngstown State University.

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Kim Calvert
Vice President, Marketing & Special Events

Kim Calvert has been the vice president of Marketing & Special Events at the Regional Chamber since 2008 but began working at the organization in 2001 as a communications specialist. She was promoted in 2004 to marketing & communications manager and again in 2006 to vice president of Marketing & Communications.

Calvert is responsible for all of the organization’s internal and external marketing and communications strategies and oversees production of the Chamber’s Valley Business Magazine, Take 5 video broadcast, all printed and electronic material, advertising efforts and website. She also manages the Events division, guiding the direction of the organization’s nearly 100 annual events—ranging from community update breakfasts and networking events, to signature events like the Athena Award Dinner and Annual Meeting—and serves as the Chamber’s liaison to local and national media.

Prior to joining the Chamber, Calvert was the communications and marketing specialist at the former Phar-Mor Corporation in Youngstown and had also been a staff writer/reporter at the Salem News in Salem, Ohio. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional Writing and Editing and Master of Business Administration degree, both from Youngstown State University.

Guy Coviello
Guy Coviello
Vice President, Government Affairs

Guy Coviello joined the Regional Chamber in September 2014 as vice president of Government Affairs and advocates at federal, state and local levels for issues that are important to the Valley’s business community. He also promotes Chamber initiatives and advises Chamber members on government and legislative issues that affect their companies.

Coviello works closely with the Chamber’s Grow Mahoning Valley Council, which has secured hundreds of millions of dollars in highway infrastructure projects that improve economic development in the Valley. He also works closely with the Chamber’s Government Affairs Council to set the organization’s public policy agenda. In 2016, Coviello spearheaded Victory for the Valley, a $400,000 initiative that resulted in the community’s first-ever site selector familiarization tour for economic development, a marketing campaign that produced hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of earned media and important public policy discussions with state and federal leaders.

Prior to joining the Chamber, Coviello was editor at The Tribune Chronicle, where he worked for nearly 30 years in numerous positions. He served as a program director for the Paris-based World Association of Newspapers and co-founded the Youth Editors Association of America.
Coviello received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Youngstown State University.

Kathy Gierlach
Kathy Gierlach
Chief Financial Officer

Kathy Gierlach became part of the Regional Chamber in 2018 and as the CFO is responsible for the generation of accurate, timely and meaningful financial reports that enable the Chamber’s management and Board of Directors to efficiently and effectively react to changing economic conditions. 

Prior to joining the Chamber, Kathy worked as the county fiscal officer for the Lawrence County Drug & Alcohol Commission in New Castle, PA. She had also worked as an accountant at Robert Alan Ronca, CPA, developing client reports and account reconciliations for a variety of businesses and industries and preparing tax returns for corporations, S corporations, partnerships and individuals.

The New Castle resident earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and Economics, with a concentration in Accounting, from SUNY Empire State College in New York and her MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management in Pittsburgh. 

Thomas M. Humphries
President & CEO - Emeritus

Tom Humphries recently retired from the Regional Chamber as President & CEO after 20 years serving in that position. 

Tom will continue to be active in the Chamber, working on behalf of the Chamber Foundation and Warren Trumbull County Community Improvement Corp., and remain the President of the Youngstown Central Area Community Improvement Corp.

Humphries is a member of the Ohio Board of Regents and Chemical Bank Mahoning Valley Advisory Committee. 

The Youngstown State University graduate, who also received his certificate in Executive Management from Duke University, is also a Veteran of the United States Air Force.