Our Team

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

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.

Board Assignments: Chairman of the Board of Commissioners, Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District, Wayne Conservation District, and WEDCO


Joseph W. Adams

Commissioner Adams is a graduate of Wallenpaupack Area High School; attended the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA; earned a BS Magna Cum Laude double majoring in Finance and Economics, with a minor in History, from the University of Scranton, Scranton PA; and has his MBA with honors specializing in Accounting and Finance, from the University of Scranton. Joseph was the community manager of Emerald Lakes and Lake Adventure, before becoming the Business Manager of the Wallenpaupack Area School District for 12 years. Joseph then spent the next 3 years as a Wealth Manger for Morgan Stanley in Scranton PA and then 13 years at The Dime Bank, Honesdale, PA as Vice President and Senior Vice President within the Wealth Management area. Joseph’s last position was the Superintendent of the Western Wayne School District.  Mr. Adams is a past or present member of the following organizations: Wayne Bank Board of Directors, Human Resources Center Board Chairman, Board member of the Pocono Lake Region Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Palmyra Township Planning Commission, Wayne County Library Advisory Committee, Wayne County Children and Youth Advisory Committee, Biddy Basketball Coach, Volunteer Umpire and Referee for youth sports, Wayne County Community Foundation O’Neill Society, Dorflinger Suydam and Lacawac Sanctuaries, Wayne County Historical Society, Trout Unlimited, Honesdale Golf Club, and Cold Hill Hunting Club.  Joseph is a 5th generation, Wayne County resident, currently residing in Hamlin, Salem Township with his wife, Kathryn Scott Adams.


Wendell R. Kay

Commissioner Kay has resided in Wayne County most of his life. He attended Honesdale Catholic School and graduated from Honesdale High. He received a B.A. in History from East Stroudsburg State and a law degree from Ohio Northern University. Since 1981, he has maintained a general legal practice in Northeast Pennsylvania. He previously served as a court appointed custody and divorce master and was a court appointed guardian for hundreds of children.  From 1987-91 Wendell served as a Honesdale Borough council member. He is a former township solicitor for Berlin, Damascus and Sterling townships and chaired the Honesdale Borough Civil Service Commission.  Commissioner Kay is a lector and former Finance Committee chair for St. John the Evangelist R.C. Parish. He is a member and former Board Chair of the Wayne County YMCA and belongs to the Wayne County Historical Society and Wayne –Pike Farm Bureau. He also serves on the statewide Human Services Committee for the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP).

Board Assignments: Chair, Board of Elections; Chair, Assessment Appeals Board; Secretary, Wayne County Prison Board; Mental Health/Intellectual Disability/Early Intervention Board; Chair, Local Emergency Planning Committee.

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