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Jody Farrell, Chair

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As a marketing and advertising professional, Jody has put her more than 20 years of experience to good use working closely with many businesses and organizations in our community. Jody currently serves as agency partner and creative director of Tungsten Creative Group. In her role, she has been instrumental in helping to brand organizations across the country in a variety of areas including higher education, health care and nonprofits — just to name a few.

Over the years, Jody has given much of her time to serving on local boards including the Erie Art Museum, Humane Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania, Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park, CAFE, Governor's Awards Committee, Erie Public Art Committee, Erie Growth Partnership Committee, Erie Advertising Club, and the Montessori Children's House. She also served as chairperson for the GoFish! and LeapFrog! Public Art Exhibits. Jody was appointed to Hamot Health Foundation’s Board of Corporators in 2015.

Abby Lechner, Vice Chair

Abby Lechner—Corporator Chair

Abby Lechner is an Erie-native, wife to husband Matt, mother to daughters Katherine and Meredith, Human Resources Consultant, graduate student and breast cancer survivor. At the age of 34, when her twin daughters were just one year old, Abby was diagnosed with an aggressive form of invasive breast cancer, which was also determined to be caused by a genetic mutation in the BRCA2 gene.

Following multiple surgeries and significant treatment, including a radical mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiation and a clinical trial, Abby received a clean bill of health. She has made it her mission to advocate for research and greater access to cutting-edge cancer treatment in the Erie-area. By sharing her experience, Abby hopes to create awareness and inspire others to be vigilant.

Allison Hodas, Campaign Chair

Allison Hodas

Allison is an Erie native who currently works as a Vice President in Commercial Lending at ERIEBANK. In this position, she works with local business owners and builds and enhances customer relationships. She has been with ERIEBANK since 2007 and earned her Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) designation in 2015.

Allison maintains a busy life outside of her job. She and her husband Matt are proud parents to twin boys AJ and MJ and their third son, Max. As a former college athlete, she enjoys staying active by running, golfing, and doing yoga. She is an Erie Ambassador and a member of the Erie Women’s Fund, Athena Circle of Trust, and Young Erie Professionals.

She is a board member for the Fairview School Foundation, and you’ll find her at local charitable events such as Bowl for Kids’ Sake, Spelling Bee for Books for Kids, March for Dimes, and many more. Allison joined the Hamot Health Foundation Board of Corporators in 2019 and is extremely excited for Erie’s future.