Board of Directors

BRIAN SCHWAB, ChairpersonbsBrian is a 1999 graduate of St. Mary’s Central Catholic. He went on to Bowling Green State University where he earned an Associates of Applied Business in Visual Media, Associates of Art, and a Bachelors degree in Visual Communications Technology. Brian is currently an Account Executive for Buckeye Cable System in Sandusky. In his spare time Brian enjoys photography, playing guitar, and spending time with his family. Brian currently resides in Perkins Township with his wife Kelli, and daughters Jordyn & Zoey.

ABBEY BEMIS, Vice-Chairperson1abAbbey is originally from Princeton, New Jersey. She graduated from Denison University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Studies and a concentration in Economic Growth and Environmental Sustainability. Abbey is currently the Executive Director of the Erie County Economic Development Corporation. In her spare time, Abbey enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. Abbey currently resides in Sandusky.

DOUGLAS J. SWEARINGEN, Secretarydj2D.J. is originally from Columbus and graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2009. In 2012, D.J. graduated from the University of Dayton School of Law and was licensed to practice law in Ohio in November 2012. D.J. is currently an associate attorney with Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & Batista where he focuses his practice on estate planning, real estate, and corporate law. He enjoys all sports, especially golf and baseball, and spending time with his wife Angie and their daughter, Mary Clare.


Amanda is originally from Berlin Heights, Ohio and is a 2005 graduate of Edison High School. She is as 2009 graduate of Bowling Green State University with a degree in general business and a graduate of Tiffin University with a Masters in Business Administration.  She currently works for Cedar Fair in Sandusky as an Accounting Specialist in the Corporate Accounting department. In her spare time, she enjoys hosting parties with friends, spending time with family on the islands, and sewing.  Amanda currently resides in Sandusky.

SHELBY DURBIN, Social ChairShelby Durbin is originally from a small town: Luckey, OH. She graduated high school in 2011 and continued her education at Bowling Green State University. In 2015, she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Tourism, Leisure and Event Planning. Shelby is currently the Events Facilitator at Stein Hospice, where she plans the fundraising events for the organization. In her spare time, Shelby enjoys kayaking, shooting/hunting, photography, and spending time with friends and family.

GREG VOLTZ, Communications ChairGreg Voltz BioGreg is a 2005 graduate of St. Edward High school, a 2009 graduate of University of Cincinnati with a degree in physical geography. He is currently a Registered Sanitarian for the Erie County Health Department. Greg is also starting Vogontz Bike Share in the Sandusky area. He is co-head coach of Rockets Cheerleading at American Pride Athletics in Sandusky. In his spare time, Greg enjoys boating, cycling and spending time with family and friends. Greg currently resides in Sandusky.

MATT BRANIECKI, Public Relations ChairMatt is originally from Lapeer, Michigan. He graduated from Michigan State University in 2008 with a Bachelors degree in Human Nutrition. It was during his summer breaks at Michigan State that he first came to Sandusky, where he worked at the Cedar Point Marina. Matt went on to graduate from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2012. Following medical school, he came back to Sandusky to complete his residency if Family Medicine at Firelands Regional Medical Center. Having completed his residency, he now practices Family Medicine in Port Clinton. While not at work, Matt loves taking in everything Ohio’s north coast has to offer, including the state parks, beautiful beaches, restaurants, and of course Cedar Point (the world’s greatest amusement park!). He currently lives in Marblehead with his wife Kari.

RYAN KARBULA, Recruitment/Membership ChairRyan originally hails from Galion, Ohio. In 2014 he earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Economics from Miami University, minoring in Political Science, Mandarin, and Chinese Business. Ryan currently works for the Erie County Economic Development Corporation as a program manager. Active in the community, Ryan is a member of Kiwanis, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Leadership Erie County, and crews with the Sandusky Sailing Club. He also enjoys hiking, kayaking, cycling, and spending time family and friends. Ryan currently reside in Sandusky.

MICHAEL MILLER, CPA, Community Economic Development Chair Public Relations Chairmm1Michael is a 1998 graduate of St. Mary’s Central Catholic and a 2002 and 2003 graduate of Miami University. From Miami, he earned a Bachelors degree of Science in Business and a Master of Accountancy degree. He is a partner with Payne, Nickles & Company in Norwalk, and is currently a CPA and CVA.  Michael is also the treasurer of the Boys and Girls Club of Erie County and a member of the Sandusky Elks and the Erie County Conservation League. He enjoys sports, hunting and fishing and any other outdoor activities. He currently resides in Sandusky with his wife Wendy and their son, Noah.

JOHN SCHAEFFER, Fundraising ChairSchaeffer John2John is a 2006 graduate of Margaretta High School, and a 2010 graduate of Wilmington College obtaining a BS in Agriculture with a concentration in Agriculture Business Management. He currently works for Great Lakes Hybrids as District Sales Manager in North Central Ohio. In his spare time he enjoys playing sports, watching University of Michigan football, and spending time with friends and family. John currently resides in Margaretta Township.

CHRISTINE MACK, Board Member1cmChristine Mack is a 2004 graduate of Sandusky High School, a 2008 graduate of Miami University with degrees in Journalism and Political Science and a 2011 graduate of The Ohio State University with a Masters of Arts in Health Communication. Christine is currently employed as the Development Coordinator at Firelands Regional Medical Center, where she is responsible for the Annual Giving program, including special events that raise money to help patients at Firelands and to keep our community healthy and strong. In her free time, Christine enjoys all that summer has to offer on Lake Erie and spending time with family and friends. Christine resides in Sandusky with her husband, David and daughter Ella.

JOEL PEUGEOT, Board MemberJoel is a 1999 graduate of Sandusky High School and a 2004 graduate of Bowling Green State University. At Bowling Green, Joel was a member of the Law Society and participated in Indoor and Outdoor Varsity Track & Field as a Pole Vaulter. He is currently employed at OE Meyer Company as the Accounting & Human Resources Manager. Joel is a Member of the Sandusky Yacht Club and is an active volunteer for various organizations in the community. In his spare time, Joel enjoys spending time with family and friends, boating, watching and playing sports, and many other outdoor activities. Joel resides in Perkins Township.


ANDREW MULRY, Board MemberAndrew is an East Coast transplant who currently resides in Sandusky. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural & Natural Resource Economics with a concentration in business. He currently works for Hansen-Mueller, a grain industry leader, as a Trader. He is an assistant wrestling coach for the Saint Mary’s Central Catholic amateur wrestling team. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys spending time in and around the rapidly expanding downtown scene and tries to get out on the water as much as possible.


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