WILKES-BARRE, PA: In 2019, the five entities of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber will all be chaired by female leadership for the first time in its history.
Mary Erwine, RN, MSN, President, Erwine Home Health & Hospice, Inc. will serve her second term as the 2019 Board Chair of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce. Erwine built the Kingston-based Erwine Home Health and Hospice from a three-person operation in 1993 to more than 90 employees providing services in 10 counties of Pennsylvania. Beyond building a business, she is an advocate for enhancing the business climate in NEPA through service on the Board of Directors for the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce, Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business & Industry, Circle 200, Misericordia University, Diocese of Scranton, and as an Advisory Board Member for PNC Bank, Northeast Region. In 2007, she received recognition as one of Pennsylvania’s Top 50 Women in Business and in 2010 was named one of the “Great Women in NEPA” by The Times Leader. She exhibits a strong passion for women professionals and is a member of the National Association of Female Executives.
Elizabeth Graham, Chief Operating Officer of Riggs Asset Management Co. was elected to be the 2019 Board Chair of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business & Industry and Greater Wilkes-Barre Growth Partnership. In her role as COO, Graham oversees all firm operations and employees. In addition to her operations role, Graham is an investment advisor representative where she manages the wealth and investment needs of entrepreneurs, professionals, and multi-generational families with complex wealth.
In 2009, Graham was recognized by the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce with the ATHENA Award and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Business Journal recognized her as one of the “Top 25 Women in Business.” In 2001 the same publication recognized her as one of the “Top 20 Executives Under 40.” In the community, she has served as Chair of the Boards of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce; The Diamond City Partnership; and The Nuangola Lake Association, and is currently the first female Chair of Board of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business and Industry in the organization’s 135 year history. In 2003, she co-founded Circle 200, a by-invitation only forum for senior executive women in Northeastern Pennsylvania, and she continues to serve as an Advisor and Member of its Board. Today, Circle 200 counts more than 100 women leaders in its membership.
Teri Ooms, Executive Director of the Institute for Public Policy and Economic Development, will serve her fourth term as Board Chair of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Industrial Fund. Her strategic skills as Executive Director have allowed The Institute to expand its services to the private and non-profit sectors for research and analysis in community health needs assessments, strategic planning, market and feasibility studies, and economic impact analysis. Ooms’ leadership has expanded The Institute’s work to other states. Under her direction, The Institute has completed over 100 client and community based studies. These studies have resulted in new jobs, new programs, sustained initiatives, and new legislation throughout Pennsylvania and in New York. Ooms also serves on a number of local and regional non-profit boards.
In 2016, Ooms was named Innovator of the Year by the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business and Industry for the development of the Wilkes-Barre Connect program for entrepreneurs, the United Way’s Poverty to Possibility Initiative that replicated the Lehigh Carbon Community College SHINE model to Luzerne County, and the development of the regional energy economic development strategy.
Tara Mugford-Wilson, President of Power Engineering Corporation, will serve her second term as Chair of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Development Corporation. In January 2016, Ms. Wilson took the position of President of Power Engineering Corporation, where she oversees the company’s direction, relationship management, sales and workforce as well as overseeing all facets of the project management team including estimating, job cost analysis, budgets, scheduling and purchasing.
A committed leader in the local community, Wilson is currently co-chair of the United Way Campaign as well as a Board Member, past and current Chair of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Development Corporation Board, member of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business and Industry/Growth Partnership Board, Appleseed Foundation, Geisinger Wilkes-Barre Advisory Board, Circle 200, Luzerne Foundation, The Institute for Economic Development and Public Policy, and is a past member of the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Board, Diocese of Scranton Catholic Social Services Board, and American Cancer Society of NEPA.
Lindsay Griffin, Chief Operating Officer of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber, looks forward to their leadership. “Our team has had the opportunity to work alongside these incredible women for the past few years. Now, having them at the helm of our organization is truly an honor and we look forward to their leadership as our Chamber continues to enhance the business climate and promote business success and quality of life in Northeastern Pennsylvania.”