The latest Mahoning Valley business news and updates


Peter Opperman was recently hired as district sales manager at Farmers National Bank.

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Farmers National Bank recently hired Peter Opperman as district sales manager.

Opperman will be responsible for the overall direction, coordination and evaluation of Northern District retail branches, while helping retail staff and branch loan officers meet sales goals and remain operationally sound, a news release states.

Opperman, a graduate of Bowling Green State University, has more than 15 years of banking, commercial and residential lending experience. He previously served as the vice president of Private Banking and Business Banking Services in the Cleveland region for Cortland Bank.

“We are extremely pleased to have Peter’s experience and expertise on our District Sales Management team,” Amber Wallace, Farmers’ executive vice president, chief retail and marketing officer, said in the release.

“His commitment to leadership, teamwork and customer service will make him a great asset here at Farmers.”

Melissa Bateman joins Youngstown Area Jewish Federation

Melissa Bateman has joined the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation as director of Community Engagement.

According to a news release, Bateman will play a major role in engaging current and future lay leaders in the organization’s work by developing and reinvigorating current leadership programs, with the specific goals of increasing younger professional engagement with the organization and developing future leaders. She will lead general programming and special projects and will work with Lisa Long, financial resource development director, and Bonnie Deutsch Burdman, executive director of community relations and government affairs, on community outreach, advocacy, combating antisemitism and more.

Bateman previously worked as a staff attorney at the 7th District Court of Appeals for 20 years. She will use her legal expertise to ensure the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation is in compliance with contracts it enters into, the release states.

“I’m excited to have Melissa join our team. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this necessary, new position. She is also a familiar face to many, which will be extremely helpful,” Burdman said in the release.

Wean Foundation launches new branding, website

The Raymond John Wean Foundation announced this week that it has launched a new brand and website.

“Two years ago we embarked on a journey to rethink how we tell our story — what the Wean Foundation stands for and how we work to create a healthy, vibrant, equitable and economically stable Mahoning Valley,” a news release states.

The foundation brought in branding agency Cause and had conversations with Mahoning Valley stakeholders, partners and residents.

“We’re thrilled to share the results with you today — a website that articulates our vision and work in welcoming but unflinching terms and that makes it easy for residents and organizations to get involved, apply for grants and much more.”

Struthers Marketplace to have grand opening Saturday

Struthers Marketplace, 602 Youngstown-Poland Road, will have a grand opening from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Owned by Debbie Danyi, the store is filled with vintage ceramics and glassware, Star Wars, Christmas items and more, a news release states.

“Struthers Marketplace has a wide range of ‘treasures’ and something for everyone!” Danyi wrote on the store’s Facebook page.

AFP Mahoning-Shenango announces 2022 board members, officers

The Association of Fundraising Professionals Mahoning-Shenango Chapter announced its 2022 board members and officers.

The local chapter includes fundraisers representing nonprofit organizations in Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana, Mercer and Lawrence counties.

The officers are:

  • Colleen Kelly, senior director of Organizational Advancement at the Youngstown Business Incubator, president;
  • JoAnn Stock, chief development officer of Stambaugh Auditorium, president-elect;
  • Lisa Long, financial resource development director of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation, past president;
  • Lynn Wyant, chief development officer of the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley, VP of communications;
  • Linda Kostka, development director of the Mahoning Valley Historical Society, VP of membership;
  • Kathleen Moliterno, marketing and development director of Yellow Brick Place, VP of program;
  • Luke Politsky, director of Development and Stewardship at The Catholic Diocese of Youngstown, secretary;
  • Kathleen Austrino, foundation treasurer at Altrusa International of Youngstown, Ohio, Inc., treasurer.

The board members are:

  • Tyler Adams, manager of Walk to End Alzheimer’s at the Alzheimer’s Association;
  • Bonnie Benton, director of advancement at Inspiring Minds;
  • Susan Berny, fund development consultant;
  • Nicholas Bush, development and community relations manager at the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation;
  • Laura Dewberry, director of the Center for Nonprofit Leadership at Youngstown State University;
  • John Mercer, gift officer at Mercy Health Foundation;
  • Leah Sakacs, Foster Grandparent/Senior Companion director at Family & Community Services Inc.
  • Elinor Zedaker, fund development consultant.

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