Betsy C. Bort, Chair

Bort Betsy

Betsy C. Bort was appointed to Hamot Health Foundation’s board of directors in 2015. With over 34 years of banking experience, Betsy serves as vice president of ERIEBANK. She has been in her current role as a commercial lender since 2000. When she’s not using her expertise to develop, manage and enhance business relationships in the community, Betsy is busy acting as a women’s business advocate working closely with many women business owners. Involved with Hamot Health Foundation since 2006, Betsy has also been very active in several organizations throughout the community including H.E.R.O., Inc, the Rotary Club of Erie, Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park, and Early Connections, as well as several other economic development initiatives. 

Jody Farrell, Vice Chair

Officer Farrell

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, 2018-2019 Campaign 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.