For more than 30 years, MAGNET has been providing Northeast Ohio manufacturers with the guidance they need to achieve long-term success. Our team of highly-qualified consultants and industry experts are committed to turning your idea into real business success. Together, we work as a team to grow manufacturing and create prosperity in Northeast Ohio.
Leesa Arrington, Executive Assistant
Over her career, Leesa Arrington has acted as executive assistant in various industries, arriving at MAGNET in 2016. Leesa prides herself on never missing a deadline, supporting president and CEO Dr. Ethan Karp in running MAGNET at the logistical level. Collaborating with colleagues is a joy outshone only by her son. Leesa also works with area organizations to rescue abused and abandoned animals.
Brandi Baker, Manager of Program Execution
Anthony Bearden, Intern - Engineering
Anthony Bearden is interning at MAGNET while attending Cleveland State University as an accelerated master’s student. When not completing research projects in the classroom, Anthony is solving complicated new problems as our engineering intern. For Anthony, there is always a puzzle to solve, and he’s thrilled to take on the new challenges presented by our ongoing work.
Brittany Becker, Program Manager - Early College, Early Career
A three-year member of the MAGNET team, Brittany Becker has been part of the Early College, Early Career program (ECEC) since launch. Brittany spends her days creating pathways for students to succeed, with a larger mission of growing Northeast Ohio's manufacturing ecosystem. Brittany holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Cedarville University. When the weather holds up, she can be found reading a favorite book outside.
Kristin Beynon, Business Development Associate - Southern Region
Kristin Benyon started at MAGNET in 2018 as a Business Development Associate before her promotion to Senior Client Advocate in 2020. A Kent State University graduate with a major in fashion merchandising, Kristin previously worked at Joann Fabrics as a buyer purchasing from domestic and import manufacturing companies. Today, she is thankful to be part of a hard-working team assisting in the economic growth of regional manufacturers.
Jennifer Burks, Senior Accountant
Number-crunching comes easy to Jennifer Burks, a senior accountant at MAGNET for the last two years. Jennifer holds a bachelors in accounting from Kean University (New Jersey) and a master's in business administration from Capella University (Minnesota). When not caring for her son, Jennifer enjoys books about the law of attraction and positive thinking.
Matthew Cook, Senior Operations Expert
Jamey Dixon, Salesforce Engineer
Jamey Dixon works diligently "behind the scenes" at MAGNET as a certified Salesforce administrator. Now approaching his second year, Jamey leverages his data and organizational skills to contribute not only to our success, but that of the Ohio MEP program and regional manufacturers as a whole. At home, Jamey's dog takes up most of his time. He also enjoys video games, reading, cooking and completing projects around the house.
Gwido Dlugopolsky, Senior Lean Consultant
Gwido Dlugopolsky is a MAGNET veteran with 21 years bolstering Northeast Ohio's manufacturing efficiency and keeping vital jobs where they belong. Among his proudest career accomplishments is managing implementation and equipment design for a facility in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. A graduate of Cleveland State University, Gwido enjoys making wine and seashell wind chimes in his spare time.
Erika Eppinger, Academic Coordinator - Early College, Early Career
Erika Springer has been with MAGNET since 2019, arriving as education coordinator for our Early College, Early Career (ECEC) program. In fostering student mentorship and professional development, Erika is happiest when seeing participants graduate from high school and follow their career manufacturing dreams. Erika graduated from Central State University with a bachelor’s of science in business administration, concentrating in management information systems. She’s also a trivia buff who enjoys pop culture.
Scott Gray, Shop Manager
As Shop Manager, Scott Gray runs an on-site machine shop that supports our engineering department’s exciting technological endeavors. Scott also oversees our IIoT and Meteorology labs, with engineering prototyping standing as a particular pleasure. Alongside raising his daughter, improving the quality of life for humanity is Scott’s proudest accomplishment.
Michael Keller, Senior Product Development Engineer
Michael Keller works with entrepreneurs on product launches, reflecting an ongoing dedication in making Northeast Ohio an ideal place to work and live. Michael’s devotion to the region extends to bringing local manufacturers together in producing pandemic-fighting PPE. A fourteen-year MAGNET veteran, Michael harnessed his engineering skills to build an interactive house to communicate with the family dog.
Aneta Khoury, Internship Specialist
As an internship specialist at MAGNET, Aneta Khoury understands how our relationship with manufacturers directly contributes to higher living standards for the region’s younger population. Through her work, Aneta is also proud to support the Ohio Manufacturing Partnership (MEP) program supporting small- and medium-sized manufacturers nationwide. Aneta graduated from Cleveland State University and counts herself a dedicated world traveler.
Christopher Mazziotto, Startup Advisor
Christopher Mazziotto helps entrepreneurs build strong business models and generate revenue. In addition to his extensive work with startups, Christopher also has experience as a senior analyst in business development at a large multinational manufacturing corporation where he contributed to numerous M&A transactions. He holds a degree in economics from Central Connecticut State University. Christopher loves every moment with his family and is passionate about environmental sustainability and minimalism.
Nick McClellen, Senior Design Engineer
Nick McClellan has nurtured a passion for brainstorming creative ideas from their conception through implementation. Over three years at MAGNET, Nick has harnessed his skills to help solve complicated customer challenges without being bound to a single industry or product line. Nick also holds a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Akron. When not designing and building machines at work, Nick enjoys spending time with his family, repairing cars, and playing the guitar.
Tom McGraw, Manager of Program Execution
Tom McGraw joined MAGNET in 2021 to expand and enhance the work of the Manufacturing Sector Partnership for Cuyahoga County. He puts his passion for relationship building and problem solving to work for the needs of both manufacturers and job seekers. Previously, Tom managed programs for several different area nonprofit organizations, and achieved a master’s in public administration from Cleveland State University. When he’s not at work, he enjoys spending time outdoors walking, biking, golfing, or catching a game at Progressive Field.
Rebecca Milla, Administrative Associate
Rebecca Milla brings a love of people to her role as administrative associate at MAGNET, joining the team in December 2019. Rebecca is adamant about uncovering a child's bottomless potential, reflecting a helpful attitude she brings to the office every day. Rebecca's past work with kids earned her a Helping Hand Award from the Parma City School District.
Andrea Navratil, Startup Advisor
Andrea Navratil enjoys learning something new, whether it's using a table saw, building a tree house, or assisting startups in their latest growth endeavor. At MAGNET, Andrea strives for "aha" moments with clients when developing a business framework or discovering a new means of designing a product. On the education front, Andrea graduated from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing & Finance. She is also a member of the Association of Professional Futurists.
Rahim Nichols, Your Mentor - Early College, Early Career
As a Youth Mentor in our Early College, Early Career program (ECEC), Rahim Nichols is raising awareness about life-changing manufacturing careers aimed at Northeast Ohio's undeserved populations. Rahim joined MAGNET in 2020, bringing with him an enthusiasm for helping individuals with substance abuse, mental health and educational challenges. A Cleveland State Graduate, Rahim loves collaborating with his ECEC team on projects that can transform the fortunes of the region's underrepresented youth. His passion has even taken him overseas, where he worked among young leaders in the African nation of Zambia.
Dave Pierson, Product Development Engineer
Dave Pierson is eager about innovating, making every day as MAGNET's senior design engineer and additive manufacturing lead an adventure. During his 24 years with the group, Dave has contributed to numbers projects. As an ASE Master Technician and Porsche Premier Technician in additive manufacturing, he is always ready for the next tech-related challenge. Nor is Dave's audaciousness confined to the office. A fan of outdoor sports, Dave once flew up to 16,400 feet in a hang glider.
Josh Podesly, Intern - IT Support
Alec Simon, Director of Startup Services
Alec Simon loves seeing startups reach their goals, an achievement he witnesses daily as our Director of Startup Services. Before joining MAGNET in 2018, Alec graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in operations management and logistics, receiving his MBA from Case Western Reserve University soon after. When not helping eager entrepreneurs, Alec spends time with family and agonizing over Cleveland sports. In 2019, he met his own ambition of completing the Cleveland Marathon.
Dave Sluka, Marketing, Sales, and Strategy - Growth Advisor
Dave Sluka brings 30+ years of practical experience to helping companies grow their top and bottom lines, ranging from medical device manufacturers to software developers to outsource agencies. This includes successfully leading start-up efforts for three different organizations and running his own consulting business. Dave attended Kent State University where he majored in Communications and then graduated from Broadcasting School which led to a career as a radio DJ in the Canton, Ohio market. He recently served his local community of Mantua as Council President and Chairman of the Safety and Finance Committees. Dave is a die-hard Browns fan who has passed that on to his six adult children and two grandchildren.
Andrew Somrack, Product Development Engineer
Andrew Somrack joined MAGNET's core engineering team as a product engineer in 2013, lending extensive experience in machine development, product creation, project management and more. At MAGNET, he continues to apply his mechanical know-how into machine assembly, process and configuration. Over his 21-year career, Andrew has innovated multiple patents and been published in numerous publications. Working toward project outcomes is his passion, whether building machines or raising turkeys for Thanksgiving.
Isaac Stasko, Design and Operational Excellence Engineer
Isaac Stasko works as a design and operational excellence engineer and loves that there are always new projects and new challenges. Isaac started with MAGNET as an intern while studying at Cleveland State University where he earned a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering. In his spare time, Isaac can be found modifying and racing cars and motorcycles on tracks across the country.
Valen Willis, Recruitment Manager - Early College, Early Career
Valen Willis thrives on empowering youth with knowledge, resources and options for a better life. Guiding student success is a joy for Valen, whose past leadership earned her recognition from the Cleveland Leadership Center and a “40 Under 40” nomination in Kaleidoscope Magazine. Faith, family and cooking are Valen’s passions when she’s not advocating for those in need.
Tracy Wolff, Procurement & Contract Specialist
Tracy Wolff’s work as procurement and administration manager challenges her to cost-effectively source manufacturing products alongside fellow staff. Outside the office, Tracy’s greatest joy is raising four girls and doting on her four granddaughters. She is also an active volunteer with organizations for domestic violence and breast cancer awareness as well as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).