Susan joined The Stourbridge Project in April 2018. As Director of The Stourbridge Project, she is working with entrepreneurs to establish and grow innovation, business and job opportunities in Wayne County as well as managing the daily operations.
With an extensive background in workforce development, Susan has partnered with economic development organizations, business and industry from multiple industry sectors, authored and managed grants of various sizes and collaborated with local, regional, state and federal agencies. She is a native of Northeastern Pennsylvania and a graduate of Wallenpaupack Area HS. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences and Secondary Education at Marywood University and a Graduate Certificate in Project Management from Lehigh University and has earned other professional certifications. Recently, she attended and completed a national certification training to be a facilitator in developing an entrepreneurial mindset.
Susan invites everyone to visit The Stourbridge Project to experience the exciting things happening.
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 the current 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.