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Staff

The EDC employs the best of the best. Read about the team members you’ll be working with.

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Lisa D. Riggs

President

Lisa Riggs serves as President of the Economic Development Company of Lancaster County and EDC Finance, having joined the organizations in July 2014. She has led the organization’s increased focus on supporting existing businesses to stay and grow in Lancaster, while adding data analytics to underpin EDC’s economic strategies. Prior to joining EDC, she served as President of the Lancaster Barnstormers, a professional minor league baseball team, based in Lancaster, PA, and as President of the James Street Improvement District (JSID), a community and economic development organization focused on parts of the City of Lancaster.

The first phase of Ms. Riggs’ career occurred in Baltimore, MD. She served as Vice President of Economic Development for the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore. Prior to that she helped shape the early years of the Greater Baltimore Alliance, a regional economic development marketing effort.

Ms. Riggs resides in East Hempfield Township, Lancaster County, with her husband and one high schooler. Her daughter is a sophomore at Penn State University in State College. Ms. Riggs is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University. She currently serves her community by serving on the Boards of the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, the Pennsylvania Economic Development Association, Discover Lancaster, and the Lancaster STEM Alliance. She also chairs the Steering Committee of the Lancaster Clean Water Partners and serves on the Lancaster County Agricultural Council and the Lancaster County Transportation Technical Advisory Committee.

September 2021

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Lyle Hosler

Vice President

Lyle Hosler serves as Vice President and is responsible for overseeing EDC Finance Corporation’s loan activity for business and agricultural enterprises.

Before joining EDC, Lyle held finance positions at Fidelity Investments and Fulton Bank. A graduate of Susquehanna University with a B.S. degree in Business Administration, Lyle completed his graduate studies with an M.B.A from Penn State University.  In addition to his work at EDC, he is active with St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, enjoys spending time with his family, and impressively constructs an outdoor ice rink in his backyard during the winter.

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Leigh A. Bardell

Portfolio Manager

Leigh joined EDC in 2014 and now serves as Portfolio Manager.  In this position she works closely with EDC Finance borrowers on all servicing matters.

Leigh has over 15 years of commercial banking experience, most recently with PNC Bank. She received her Associates Degree in Accounting from Harrisburg Area Community College. She is a proud mother and grandmother, who indulges in a wide range of kid activities. In her free time, she likes to read and enjoy the outdoors.

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John W. Biemiller

Director, Business Retention & Expansion

John Biemiller, Director, Business Retention & Expansion, has served EDC in varying capacities in his many years with us.

John is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College and is a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional. In addition to his EDC responsibilities, he serves on the PA Manufacturing Advisory Council and the Boards of Directors of the Pennsylvania Economic Development Association, the Lancaster County Workforce Development Board, and Brethren Village. Outside of work, John enjoys biking and hiking with his family.

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Joseph Flanagan

Economic Development Financing Manager

Joe joined EDC in 2020 as Economic Development Financing Manager and will work with the business retention and expansion team.

Joe earned his B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing from Elizabethtown College.  He went on to receive his M.S. in Accounting from Liberty University.  In his free time, he enjoys playing sports and spending time with family and friends.

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Jessica A. Hamilton

Director, EDC Financing

Jessica Hamilton has been with EDC since 2015 and now serves as the Director of Economic Development Financing. Jessica will oversee the day-to-day operations and project activity for EDC Finance Corporation, working with a range of banking institutions, partners at the state and federal level, and a growing number of borrowers in EDC Finance’s portfolio.

Jessica has over 10 years of commercial banking experience, particularly in the areas of loan settlements and asset recovery, most recently with Metro Bank. A graduate of Southern New Hampshire University with a B.A. degree in History, Jessica has also obtained her Certificate in Paralegal Studies with National Paralegal College.

Occasionally, the staff reaps the benefits of Jessica’s excellent baking abilities. She also enjoys reading, hiking, and being in the company of her wonderful husband and dachshund, Peanut.

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Owen Heller

Credit Manager

Owen Heller joined EDC in 2021 as Senior Lending Underwriter. Owen’s previous experience in economic development and years in the commercial banking industry allow him invaluable insight while working with borrowers.

Owen earned a BA in political science from Elizabethtown College.

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April Hennessey

Project Manager

April Hennessey joined EDC in 2021 and now serves at Project Manager for the finance team. She will play an important role in supporting the organization’s primary mission to work with existing businesses to stay and grow as well as supporting intentional and other business opportunities. April will interact with EDC Finance’s portfolio of commercial and agricultural loans as she provides key support to all phases of a project.
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Randall M. Johnston

Business Retention & Expansion Officer

Randy Johnston retired from full time service at EDC on October 5, 2021 after 30 years in banking and almost 10 years at EDC. In November 2021, Randy will return to EDC as a part-time consultant to continue to assist EDC’s mission and project activity.
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Rae Ann Miller

Data Analyst

Rae Ann joined EDC in the summer of 2021 for an internship through The Shalom Project. She will be working with the Center for Regional Analysis for a year, as she learns about how CRA integrates data analytics into economic development. Rae Ann shows a great enthusiasm for the insights that data brings to CRA’s research portfolio. Prior to joining CRA, she taught math to seventh graders. Rae Ann has a BA in Mathematics from Goshen College.
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Amanda Mosso

Director, Administration and Membership

Amanda joined EDC in 2017 and now serves at the Director of Operations.

Amanda earned a B.A. in Business and Art from Juniata College and captained the Juniata field hockey team. She has spent time coaching field hockey at the club, scholastic and collegiate levels. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, reading, fitness and spending time with family.

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Ezra Rothman

Director, Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships

Ezra Rothman joined EDC in 2018 and now serves as Director of Strategic Initiatives & Partnerships. Ezra currently leads the organization’s efforts to develop a county-wide broadband strategy, is advancing an analysis on water and sewer capacity in partnership with the Lancaster County Planning Department, and is overseeing several other long-term programs including supporting the County’s boroughs.

Ezra earned a BA in Government from Franklin & Marshall College and a MS from Elizabethtown College. Outside of work, Ezra enjoys fishing, cycling and just about anything else outdoors. He is a big fan of the Philadelphia Eagles.