Jack Hollister, President/CEO
Who We Serve
From two-person companies to corporations with thousands of employees, our member organizations come in all different sizes and represent a broad spectrum of industries including manufacturing, engineering, agriculture, automotive, community service agencies, municipal and county governments, educational institutions, and more.
More than 700 organizations are members of the EA. We’re humbled to say that many of them have been with us for more than 20 years.
Chances are, we already know your neighbor.
We’d like to know you, too!
Why We Exist
The Employers’ Association serves regional employers in their efforts to build great cultures by providing Human Resource Management Information and Consulting, Training and Development and Workplace Wellness.
Partnered with members to build great cultures and great organizations.
Since 1997, Jack has led The EA as its president, developing the overall direction of The Association and managing its day-to-day activities. He also trains and consults in the areas of leadership development, strategic planning and the utilization of the DISC profile for team-building purposes. In his spare time, Jack enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, and golfing.
Sarah is the EA’s marketing guru. She maintains the EA’s website, coordinates our social media presence and designs direct mail, eblasts, flyers and marketing pieces. As the EA’s resident travel bug, Sarah enjoys exploring new places, as well as spending time with her family and friends, gardening, exercise, watching movies, and soccer.
Rebecca maintains the books for the EA. She has a fine arts background and discovered her love of accounting in her second career. She loves a well-designed spreadsheet and enjoys streamlining processes and finding new ways to be more efficient. In her free-time she enjoys making art, reading and playing with her dachshund Edith.
Karin is the first friendly face you see when visiting the EA and the voice you hear when calling in on the phone! She has a variety of roles within the EA such as invoicing, registration, assisting with On-Site Learning & Consulting, Seminar Learning, and assisting Jack...just to name a few! She loves spending time with her son and is a HUGE Ohio State Buckeyes and Buffalo Bills fan!
Bob Bethel, SPHR
Bob’s career in human resources has led him through a number of area organizations. EA members tap into his extensive experience via our HR Hotline and by engaging him for training and consulting projects. Bob is involved in the HR Professional community as a past Director of the Ohio SHRM State Council and in the local community as a Springfield Township Trustee.
Phyllis Cole, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Phyllis brings 30 years of HR experience to the EA, and assists member companies with various projects related to HR. In addition to her HR expertise, Phyllis has served in leadership roles in the HR Community holding various Officer positions for Northwest Ohio Human Resource Association (NOHRA). She also served on the Ohio Human Resources Conference committee (through Ohio SHRM) as well as the Toledo Area HR Associations’ Conference (THRAC) for many years. Phyllis earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toledo and her Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Findlay.
Chris Henning, SHRM-SCP, CBP
Chris brings 30+ years of HR experience to the EA. She has held HR leadership positions in construction, manufacturing, and agriculture organizations. In her role with the EA, she brings with her the experience, knowledge, and lessons learned in her previous roles to assist EA members with their HR needs. Chris has served on the boards and committees of state and local HR organizations as well as an Advisory Board member for a local credit union for the past 15 years. Chris earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Human Resources from the University of Toledo. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, gardening, exercise and spending time with her family, especially her grandkids, and friends.
Drew is a recent MBA graduate from Bowling Green State University and is excited to be a part of the HR Solutions team. She is looking forward to building relationships with our members and assisting them with their HR needs. She loves running, interior decoration, visiting national parks, and spending time with her family, friends, and dogs!
Judi is no stranger to the world of HR and Customer Service and loves interacting with the EA’s members as the Membership and Seminar Learning Assistant. In her spare time, Judi loves movies, concerts, crafting, and turning trash into treasure. Her ideal day at home is filled with home and garden projects.
Seta Tchobanian, MBA
Seta brings over 25 years of Human Resources and Training experience to the EA. Her strong HR Generalist background includes working for employers of all different sizes and well as industries including private, public and non-profit. She received her BA in Business Management from the University of Toledo and her MBA from Cleveland State University. Seta is active in the community serving as a past member of the Owens Community College Marketing Advisory Board and currently is the Board President for Manahan in Holland, OH. She is also a girl scout troop leader and volunteers on school committees and with athletic booster events where her children attend.
Dave Tippett, PHR, SHRM-CP
Dave is well-known in the Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan business community for his enthusiasm, training creativity and commitment to helping people work better, together. He provides customized training content, delivered with an innovative and interactive approach. Aside from training, Dave is also a published playwright and author. He and his wife, Jill, live in Gibsonburg.
Terry truly enjoys getting to know the EA members as he plans and manages our public seminars and conferences. Outside the office, he likes attending classic car shows, reading, and spending time with his wonderful family and friends. His biggest challenge is not stopping to pet every dog he happens to see.
Sally’s passion for health and wellness is about helping to improve the quality of life for others. Her background in corporate wellness and health coaching help her clients achieve their wellness goals. Sally enjoys being active with her two young children. She hopes to pass on her love of fitness, health, and the outdoors to them.
As an EA Wellness Manager, Megan enjoys working with her groups to set health goals and to improve quality of life. She is responsible for coordinating and implementing internal and external wellness challenges and activities, assisting with health assessments, and conducting wellness screenings with her groups. Megan enjoys spending time at the lake with her family and playing volleyball.
In the wellness consultant role, Paige enjoys having a hands-on approach assisting her clients in implementing their organizations health and wellness goals. Paige is responsible for organizing onsite Health Checks, implementing the group’s wellness initiatives, and helping organizations see the benefit of their wellness program. In her spare time Paige enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, and all things related to Pittsburgh Steeler Football.
Melanie received her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Morehead State University and her Master’s degree in Exercise Science from the University of Dayton. She has a deep passion for wellness and helping others set and reach goals. When she’s not assisting others to lead a healthier lifestyle, she enjoys taking care of herself and family. Running is where she finds her peace. Her free time is mostly taken up with her kids' activities, watching them compete on the football field, baseball diamond, volleyball court and wrestling mat brings her joy. Most of all she enjoys making memories on vacations or in her back yard with her husband, kids and close friends.
Lauren brings her background in Corporate Wellness and Health Advising to the EA in her role as a Wellness Consultant. She is passionate about helping others set goals to achieve optimal total wellness. When she’s not scripting a to-do list, planning out healthy meals for the week, or chasing around her young daughters: Emma and Ella, Lauren enjoys hiking, landscaping, and traveling.
Elissa is a graduate from the University of Toledo with a Bachelor’s in Exercise Science. She brings her science background and passion for helping others to the role of Wellness Consultant. She is excited to help our members utilize EA Wellness Programming to work towards their wellbeing goals. In her spare time, Elissa can be found attempting new recipes, laughing with friends, or pulling the fur off her clothes from her orange tabby cat, Sunny.
Jessica has a Nutrition and Dietetics degree from Kent State University and has been in the wellness industry for over 10 years. Her experience ranges from the nutrition department in an assisted living facility, to health coaching, to the corporate wellness world. In her current role as a wellness consultant, she loves helping clients implement a well-rounded wellness program that fits the needs of their employees and culture. Jessica has two children that keep her very busy (but in the best way!), and also loves to spend time with her husband and family, being active, and attempting new recipes.
Shannon Richardson, M.S.
Shannon graduated from the University of Kentucky with her Masters of Science in Health Promotion. Her experience with health and wellness ranges from teaching and coaching individuals to improve and achieve their wellness goal(s) to planning, implementing, and evaluating programs for a healthy lifestyle in worksite wellness. She enjoys positively promoting health, giving back to her community by volunteering for Girls on the Run, staying active, and cheering for the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Kentucky Wildcats!
McKenzie brings her education from Bowling Green State University, and background of working in the healthcare field to the Wellness Consultant role. Although she is new to wellness, she also has a very competitive drive from her experience working in College Athletics, to bring out the active lifestyle in others. In her free time, McKenzie enjoys being on the lake, running around Metroparks, and going to football games.
Mandy is a graduate of Bowling Green State University where she earned a Bachelor of Education Degree, majoring in Exercise Science. She brings 18 years of health & wellness experience to the EA. Mandy is passionate about helping people live their “best lives” and strives to lead by example. She is an avid long distance trail runner, and enjoys hiking, biking, rollerblading, and camping with her husband and two children.
Brandi uses her many years of experience in community health programming to create innovative programs and approaches for her clients. She loves helping others find wellness solutions for their individual lifestyles. Brandi is an avid yogi and enjoys singing and playing her guitar, the Cincinnati Reds, and the BGSU Falcons.
Spengler Nathanson, P.L.L.
2021 – 2024
2021 – 2024
Gilmore, Jasion & Mahler, Ltd
2022 – 2025
2020 – 2023
Sauder Woodworking Co. 2020 – 2023
Andrea Gurcsik, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
First Solar, Inc.
2021 – 2024
Sun Federal Credit Union
2020 – 2023
Jennifer Kranz, SPHR
Style Crest Enterprises
2020 – 2023
Safety Council of Northwest Ohio
2020 - 2023
2021 – 2024
University of Toledo Foundation
2022 – 2025
Genacross Lutheran Services
2022 – 2025
The Andersons, Inc.
2021 – 2024
The Fremont Company
2022 – 2025