Our team


Sue Lacy, President

Sue has worked over the last 30 years to bring residents, companies, community leaders and policy-makers together to inform decision-making to build organizations and communities across the county. She has designed and facilitated large-scale public meetings, strategic planning projects, anti-racism and culture-change initiatives, and community-based action. Sue’s work helped to inform the rebuilding of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, the redesign of Cleveland schools and numerous other community-building efforts. Her involvement with ConxusNEO began in 2015 with her support of the late County Executive Russ Pry’s efforts to build a more demand-driven talent system. Serving as the Fund for Our Economic Future’s Akron Manager for Growth & Opportunity, she was inspired to get even more involved and accepted the leadership position here at ConxusNEO. Previously, she co-founded Round River Consulting.

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Michelle Cassetty Collins, Vice President

Michelle Cassetty Collins brings 20 years of leadership experience in higher education (Northeast Ohio Medical University/NEOMED and The University of Akron) where she led initiatives related to the recruitment and retention of students by strategically aligning resources to support universities’ visions for student enrollment. Her experience working with academic programs in a consortia is foundational to the value she places on collaboration to reach shared outcomes. At ConxusNEO, Michelle leads the tech sector partnership, manages research initiatives, spearheads pilot projects, and supports Board committees and leadership.  Michelle earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Bible from Kentucky Christian College, a Master of Science in Higher Education degree from The University of Akron and a Master of Education in Cultural Foundations at Kent State University where she studied through the lens of sociology, anthropology, philosophy, and history to examine inequalities in education.

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Andi Lamphier, Operations Coordinator

Andi has over 12 years of experience in marketing and administration 8 of those years being at non-profit organizations. During that time, she learned many tricks of the trade and branched out into the areas of event planning and graphic design. She is a team player and is always happy to jump into action to make things happen and back up her co-workers. In May 2016, she joined ConxusNEO as our Operations Coordinator. In this position Andi’s project management and coordination skills truly shine in her work managing operation at the OhioMeansJobs Center. Her attention to detail and swift response is a great asset and helps keep us on track and ready for anything.

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Eli Mentzer, Engagement and Project Manager

Eli has over 14 years of experience in the Information Technology (I.T.) field ranging from helpdesk, desktop, software training, software implementation, network administration, and management.  He has worked in several industries from insurance to software to entertainment, and his breadth of knowledge about technology has allowed him to demonstrate the value I.T. brings to their business operations.  As a hiring manager, he can relate to our companies who are seeking skilled I.T. talent.  Eli joined ConxusNEO in 2019 and will utilize his professional background to support the tech and healthcare sector partnerships.  Eli has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh and is a trained Certified Associate in Project Management.

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Jenny Stupica, Director of Manufacturing Engagement

Jenny has over 10 years Human Resources experience in manufacturing. She has earned multiple HR certifications, is an active member of the Akron SHRM chapter, and has served as a board member for Kent State’s Center for Corporate and Professional Development, Tri-C’s Manufacturing Technology Program, ConxusNEO and the Summit Medina Workforce Development Board.

Jenny has been involved in workforce issues in the manufacturing industry for a number of years and was Chair of the ConxusNEO Manufacturing Network until joining the ConxusNEO staff in July 2017. Jenny has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Crain’s, Smart Business and other print publications regarding the importance of manufacturing and its career opportunities. Last year, Jenny was a guest on NPR’s Diane Rehm show to discuss the aging workforce and share some unique approaches to retaining talent and experience.

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Paul Persinger, Maintenance Manager