Your business needs aren't one-dimensional, and neither is our approach to economic development. Our key partners work collaboratively and strategically to address individual business needs and our community as a whole.
Mary Beth Wood, Executive Director
Mary Beth began working with WEDCO in September 2001 and was appointed Executive Director in November 2006. She has brought over $3.1 million in grant funds to community, workforce, and economic development projects in Wayne County and over $8.5 million in public financing for job creation projects. She has worked to promote inter-agency and regional cooperation; successful projects include formation of the Central Wayne Regional Authority, the Wayne Pike Workforce Alliance and Wayne Tomorrow. While directing the 252-acre Sterling Business & Technology Park through its initial construction phase, she coordinated efforts of consultants, engineers, construction contractors, and permitting agencies, and administered $10 million in business park financing.
Mary Beth is a former Board Chair of Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) Alliance, and is a Director of numerous regional organizations, including the Pennsylvania Economic Development Association, Penn’s Northeast, Inc., Pocono Counties Workforce Investment Board, and Wayne Pike Workforce Alliance. Her community involvement includes Honesdale Borough Planning Commission, Lacawac Sanctuary Board of Trustees, and Penn State Worthington Scranton Advisory Board.
Mary Beth earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Dickinson College, Carlisle. She is certified by the Pennsylvania Economic Development Association and is a member of the Northeastern Economic Developers Association.
Troy Bystrom, Marketing/Business Development
Fred Howell, Attorney
Lucyann Vierling, Executive Director, Wayne Pike Workforce Alliance
Holly Przasnyski, Interim Executive Director, The Chamber of the Northern Poconos
Wayne County Commissioners
Brian W. Smith, Chairman
Commissioner Smith is a graduate of Wayne Highlands School District. He continued his education at Penn State University, Worthington Scranton Campus, obtained a degree in Electrical Engineering Technology and also served as President of the American Society of Certified Engineering Technicians. Hired directly out of college, he worked for Newport News Shipping Building and Dry Dock Company in Virginia, doing electronic design on Nuclear Submarines. He moved back to Wayne County and worked at Wayne Memorial Hospital for seven years as a Bio-Med Technician. Since 1985, Commissioner Smith and his family have also operated a farm in Wayne County.
Jocelyn Cramer had a business management career that spanned more than 25 years, in the non-profit, medical and financial sectors. She served as the executive director of SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education & Development Support) from 2013 to 2018 and currently serves on their board of directors. Jocelyn is also the Chair of the Sustainable Energy Fund (Allentown). She is a lifelong supporter of the environment and the arts. She is married to Michael Rollison, a commercial lender at Wayne Bank. They live in Damascus Township.
Commissioner Shook graduated from Wallenpaupack Area High School, after which he owned and operated the Wallenpaupack Lanes, a bowling alley which he relocated to site off Route 6 just west of Hawley in 1994. In 1999, he took over operation of the Lake Region IGA supermarket, which he has operated for more than 20 years. In 2007, he created the Community Dock Foundation, which is funded privately and through annual fundraising events and helps those in need. He served on the Board of Directors for the Chamber of the Northern Poconos and its predecessor the Pocono Lake Region Chamber of Commerce from 2000 to 2021, serving as President and Treasurer. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management and has previously served on the Wayne County Investment Board and the Hawley Parks & Recreation Commission. In 2021, Shook and his partner opened the Paupack Watering Hole on Route 6 just east of Hawley. He and his wife of more than 20 years, Rebecca, live in Palmyra Township. They have three daughters.