About C2ER

The Council for Community and Economic Research

2019-2020 Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Alan Spell, CERP
Alan Spell, CERP - Chair

Assistant Extension Professor
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO
Email: alan.spell@missouri.edu
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Alan Spell is currently Assistant Extension Professor for the Division of Applied Social Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at University of Missouri.

Alan previously managed a research team at the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC), within the state's economic and workforce development department. Alan and his staff provided economic, industry, and labor analysis to assist policymakers and the public. The center has been recognized with 13 national awards for research excellence since it was formed back in 2001.

Alan has worked in economic development since 1995 in various roles to include site selection, land planning, spatial analysis, impact modeling, and industry research. In addition to traditional economic development activities, Alan's team manages the state's Workforce Information Grant to deliver career and occupational information to a wide variety of stakeholders. Their most recent activities include labor supply and demand studies as well as developing a web-based college scorecard in partnership with the state's community colleges.

Alan holds degrees in Economics and Landscape Architecture, as well as certification as a Community Researcher.

Melanie Moore, CERP
Melanie Moore, CERP - Chair Elect

Senior Director of Business Intelligence
JAXUSA Partnership
Jacksonville, FL
Email: mmoore@jaxusa.org
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Melanie Moore joined the JAXUSA (then known as Cornerstone) staff in 1999 and is the Senior Director of Business Intelligence. Not only is Melanie responsible for preparing statistical reports, updating data for JAXUSA publications, website and presentations and preparing prospect proposals, but she serves as the administrator of JAXUSA's Salesforce CRM.

Melanie's previous economic and trade development experience includes an internship with the Foreign Commercial Service at the U.S. Embassy in London, England, and a position in marketing and member relations with the Florida Ports Council in Tallahassee.

A graduate of Florida State University, Melanie holds a bachelor of science degree in international relations and a bachelor of arts in French with a concentration in international marketing. Melanie was awarded a full scholarship to spend a summer studying at the Institut Catholique in Paris.

Melanie serves on the board of the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER). She serves as an regional officer for her sorority, Phi Mu, and was elected secretary of the PTA board at her daughter's elementary school. She is a history, art, music and pop-culture buff and loves playing trivia games. Melanie also enjoys travel, photography, and attending Florida State football games with her husband, Frank, and two daughters, Mackenzie and Kennedy.

Neal Young, CERP
Neal Young, CERP - Vice Chair

Economic Analysis Director
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
St Paul, MN
Email: neal.young@state.mn.us
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Neal Young is the Director of Economic Analysis at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Previously, Neal was an economic analyst at DEED. In addition to DEED, Neal has worked as an analyst for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Commerce, and the Iowa Department of Revenue. He has a BA in economics from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and an MA in Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School.

Laura Coleman
Laura Coleman - Secretary-Treasurer

Statewide Director
Centers of Excellence for Labor Market Research
Sacramento, CA
Email: colemal@losrios.edu

Jennifer Zeller, CERP
Jennifer Zeller, CERP - Immediate Past Chair

Manager, Engineering, Research & Creative Services
Georgia Power
Atlanta, GA
Email: jzeller@southernco.com
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As Support Services Manager for Georgia Power's Community & Economic Development organization, Ms. Zeller is responsible for directing the engineering, research and creative teams that support business recruitment, expansion and retention initiatives, and the department's work in helping communities prepare for growth. Jennifer is also responsible for the Georgia Resource Center, a world-renowned multimedia facility for assistance with strategic location decisions.

Jennifer joined the Georgia Power team in 2007. She was formerly Vice President of Research for the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, where she worked for more than 10 years, and for the Lee County, Florida, Office of Economic Development.

Ms. Zeller serves on the boards of the federal Workforce Information Advisory Council (WIAC) and the Council for Community & Economic Research (C2ER). She is a member of the National Association of Business Economics and serves on the Brand Awareness Committee of the Technology Association of Georgia.

Jennifer holds a Bachelors degree in Economics and Political Science from Florida State University. She also received a certificate in economic development and Web design from Georgia Tech.

Board of Directors

Terms Expiring June 30, 2020
Amy Koscielak
Amy Koscielak

Research Manager, Economic & Business Development
American Electric Power
Columbus, OH
Email: akoscielak@aep.com
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Amy Koscielak — Economic & Business Development Research Manager for AEP, develops and directs strategies to position AEP as a leading provider of location advisory services for corporate relocation and expansion. She leads the research team on analysis of industries, markets and companies to drive economic success in AEP's service territory, and manages initiatives that translate data and research into effective multi-channel marketing and lead generation programs. She has overall budget management and system management responsibilities for AEP Economic & Business Development, and also leads training and site certification initiatives that help AEP communities prepare for growth.

Koscielak joined AEP in 2008 as marketing research consultant — Consumer Technologies and Programs. Prior to joining AEP, she held consulting and management positions in market research, marketing and account management at several technology companies including Sterling Commerce (an IBM company), Bloomberg BNA and Diebold.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree, magna cum laude, in international business from Otterbein University in Columbus, Ohio. She is a member of the American Marketing Association, the Council for Community and Economic Research, and the 2015 Class of Leadership Columbus. She is an active volunteer with Junior Achievement of Central Ohio.

Connect on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/amykoscielak

Angela Ladetto
Angela Ladetto

Vice President, Business Intelligence & Research
Detroit Regional Partnership
Detroit, MI
Email: Angela.ladetto@detroitregionalpartnership.com
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Angela Ladetto is a community and business demographics research and marketing professional with more than 16 years of experience within the economic development environment. She is experienced in industry cluster analysis for building strategic targets, writing, implementing and tracking of strategic marketing initiatives. Her specialties include community & economic research, developing marketing publications from inception to distribution, marketing strategy & execution, database maintenance, demographics, custom research, industry cluster analysis, website communication, economic impact analysis, and lead generation and prospecting.

Gabe Roel Martinez, CERP
Gabe Roel Martinez, CERP

Senior Manager, Research
Greater Houston Partnership
Houston, TX
Email: rmartinez@houston.org
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Gabe Roel Martinez is Sr. Research Manager at the Greater Houston Partnership (GHP), which earned the distinguished title of Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO) from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). His analysis supports economic development and local public policy within the region, with a focus on growing Houston's job base, encouraging capital investment, increasing international trade, and improving the regions' quality of life. With more than eight years of experience in the field, Gabe has facilitated the creation of tens‐of‐thousands or direct and indirect jobs and billions in capital investment within the region.

Additionally, Gabe is a geo‐spatial professional who regularly conducts mapping analysis using geographic information systems (GIS). He has earned the professional accreditations of Geographical Information System Professional (GISP) from the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI), and Certified Economic Research Professional (CERP) from The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER).

Prior to joining GHP, Gabe worked for the non‐profit Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, as the Accounts Payable & Operations Manager within the Finance department, and supported programs such as Meals on Wheels, Refugee Relocation, and Interfaith Dialogue.

Gabe received his Bachelors of Arts in Economics from Austin College TX., with a minor in Accounting. Mostly recently, Gabe acquired an academic certificate in Geographic Information Science Analyst — Level II, and is near‐acquiring a certificate in Petroleum Engineering Technology — Level II, from the local Houston Community College.

Gabe is a member of the Houston Regional Economic Development Alliance, The Houston Economics Club — Chapter of the National Association for Business Economics, Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER), Commercial Real Estate Research Forum — Houston (CRERF), Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) — Gulf Coast Section, American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS), and Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA).

Gabe is a fourth generation Texan and has lived in the Houston metro on‐and‐off for over 20 years. He is married to Andrea Rogers, and is an enthusiastic pilot of Unnamed Aerial Vehicles (UAV) — i.e. drones, for use in remote sensing and aerial mapping applications.

Trent Shaw
Trent Shaw

Research Director
Enterprise Florida, Inc.
Miami, FL
Email: tshaw@enterpriseflorida.com

Terms Expiring June 30, 2021
Keith Bailey
Keith Bailey

Assistant Center Chief
Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) Research, Center for Economic Studies, U.S. Census Bureau
Suitland, MD
Email: keith.a.bailey@census.gov
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Keith Bailey is the Assistant Center Chief for Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) Research, Center for Economic Studies with the U.S. Census Bureau.

Previously, Mr. Bailey worked as Director of the Center for Workforce Information & Analysis (CWIA) within the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry. He began his professional career with CWIA in the early 1990's where his work focused on Bureau of Labor Statistics' employer surveys. He led a team that defined the commonwealth's industry clusters as well as cluster data tools still in use by local workforce development boards. Keith also served as the inaugural Pennsylvania New Hire Program coordinator following the passage of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996.

In 2006, Mr. Bailey stepped away from public service to fill the newly-created position of Director of Research at the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges, the statewide advocate for the commonwealth's 14 community colleges. In this role, Keith conducted various internal research projects to enhance the visibility and promote the effectiveness of the community colleges as an integral and committed partner in workforce development.

Mr. Bailey returned to public service in June 2015 as CWIA's Director. In this role, Keith advocates for the advancement in scope and utility of workforce and economic information.

Mr. Bailey's professional affiliations include the American Society for Public Administration, the Steel Valley Authority's Central PA Advisory Board, the PA Department of Education's Institutional Research Board, the U.S. Bureau of the Census' LED Steering Committee, and the LMI Institute Board of Directors.

Keith earned a bachelor's degree in quantitative business analysis from the Pennsylvania State University and a master's degree in public administration from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.

Adrienne Johnson
Adrienne Johnson

Chief Administrative Officer
Powers Trucking, Inc.
Memphis, TN
Email: adriennej7278@gmail.com
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Adrienne M. Johnson is the Chief Administrative Officer for Powers Trucking, Inc. in Memphis. Previously, she served as Vice President of Research for the Greater Memphis Chamber. Since joining the Chamber in 2005 as the Research Intern, Adrienne was promoted several times within the Chamber's research department. As Vice President of the Research department, she expanded her management role within the Chamber and became the first female to hold the position.

Adrienne was born in Milwaukee, WI and raised in Rockford, IL. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Management from Tennessee Tech University as well as a Master's Degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of Memphis.

Ben Johnson
Ben Johnson

Research Director
South Carolina Department of Commerce
Columbia, SC
Email: bjohnson@sccommerce.com
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Ben Johnson is the SC Department of Commerce Research Director, who manages a team of researchers and analysts that supports the mission of SC Commerce as the leading economic development agency of the state.

An experienced research professional, he brings a wealth of management and research skills to the agency, which will be instrumental in supporting the state's ongoing industry recruitment efforts. He has a background in research and data in commercial real estate.

Ben serves as a board member of the SC Logistics Council, the USC/Columbia Technology Incubator, and was the author of the most recent South Carolina Innovation Plan.

Adrienne Johnston
Adrienne Johnston

Chief, Labor Market Information Bureau
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
Tallahassee, FL
Email: adrienne.johnston@deo.myflorida.com
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Ms. Johnston is Chief of the Bureau of Labor Market Statistics and has extensive experience in Labor Market Information. Her past LMI experience includes compensation analysis, managing job vacancy and labor turnover surveys, and local labor market analysis for workforce boards. She holds a Master's degree in Applied Economics from Florida State University.

Terms Expiring June 30, 2022
Sally Avery
Sally Avery

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
Nashville, TN
Email: Sally.Avery@tn.gov
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Sally Avery is the Director of the Center for Economic Research in Tennessee (CERT). CERT serves as the research function of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD), tasked with providing research to support informed decision-making and strategic competitiveness in economic and community development. Sally joined TNECD in 2012. Key areas of work for her team include research in support of company expansion/relocation decisions; incentive evaluation and impact analysis; metric-tracking and reporting; industry cluster evaluations; and other ad hoc research studies.

Sally holds a degree in International Economic Development from Sewanee: The University of the South. Originally from Virginia, Sally now lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband, Thomas, and Labrador, Jenny.

Alex Cooley
Alex Cooley

Labor Market Research Manager
Northern Virginia Community College
Annandale, VA
Email: acooley@nvcc.edu
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Alex Cooley is the Manager, Labor Market Information Services at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA). In this role, Alex provides College leadership and community partners with information to inform daily decision-making and guide strategic planning efforts, as well as conducts economic research and detailed analysis of the regional labor market to support the workforce needs of employers.

Alex provides his knowledge and expertise in labor market information to the northern Virginia community by developing publications, reports, and presentations for various workforce and economic development partners. Additionally, Alex manages a team responsible for career awareness activities in the northern Virginia region, working with K-12 school districts and higher education partners to distribute labor market information to support career pathway decisions. Prior to his current role, Alex worked as a research manager for a workforce development board and as a residential and commercial property manager.

Alex serves on the Board of Directors for the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) and the Maryland Future Business Leaders of America, and is a member of the International Economic Development Council and the Virginia Economic Developers Association. A North Carolina native, Alex holds a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He enjoys spending his free time outdoors, and you can usually find him on the weekends camping, hiking, or relaxing on a beach!

Carol Rogers
Carol Rogers

Deputy Director + CIO
Indiana Business Research Center, Indiana University
Indianapolis, IN
Email: rogersc@indiana.edu
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As deputy director and CIO of the Indiana Business Research Center, Carol Rogers directs its information systems and services, overseeing the development of websites, publications, training, research projects and other services. She sits on the boards of the Council for Community and Economic Development and the Indiana Geographic Information Council, and serves as the Governor's Census Liaison.

She works extensively with economic developers, government officials and businesses throughout Indiana and the nation, providing them with economic and demographic information for and about Indiana and its localities. These data are shared through publications produced by the IBRC research staff, web services, training, consultation and analysis.

Under her direction, the Center's award-winning interactive web service, STATS Indiana, has become one of the most-used public data sites in the nation, along with its sister site, STATS America.

There is some life beyond data — Rogers is a mother and mistress to a rescued stray, Ginsberg; avid reader and biker; past PTA president; lifetime member of the Girl Scouts of Indiana (an award given for her volunteer demographic work for that group); and uses her off-time for other volunteer activities to fulfill her need to serve.

Hannah Taphorn
Hannah Taphorn

Research Director
REDI Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH
Email: HTaphorn@REDICincinnati.com
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Joining the REDI Cincinnati team in 2014, Hannah serves as Director, Research. In this role, Hannah performs deep, thoughtful analysis of relevant market data, economic indicators and regional information to support REDI Cincinnati's mission-critical focus on job creation and capital investment. Data-driven decisions are important to REDI, and Hannah has been there every step of the way, from building out internal research processes during REDI's infancy, to most recently, assisting in shaping its targeted attraction strategy.

Hannah studied at Wittenberg University where she received a bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, in communication with a focus in social scientific methods. She was a member of Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber's Cincy Next Class 3, and was also honored by the YWCA as a 2017 Rising Star and was invited to participate in the program of the same name. Though this five-month program she became certified in nonprofit board service, equipping her to become one of the region's next equity leaders in the community.

Currently, Hannah serves on the Advocacy Committee for the YWCA and the Graduate Education Advisory Board for Northern Kentucky University in addition to her board role with C2ER.