Our Team



Executive Director

Sarah Lown served on the CASTLO board of directors for ten years prior to becoming executive director. She has 18 years of experience in economic and community development. Sarah worked for the City of Youngstown, Mahoning County and the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments. She has extensive experience in planning and project management, securing over $25 million in state and federal funds for the region.

Randy Partika - Chairman


Board of Directors Chairman

Randy Partika brings 31 years of engineering and technical experience to the economic development sector serving the Mahoning Valley.

Randy has extensive project management and grant writing skills, as well as planning, design, and construction management experience. He has successfully overseen nearly $120 million worth of public infrastructure investment while achieving the highest distinction of performance and financial audit compliance.

He has served on various community and technical committees association with Eastgate Regional Council of Governments, County Engineer’s Association of Ohio. He was honored by the State of Ohio Economic Development Association as Volunteer of the Year in 2016 for his many years of dedicated service to the CASTLO CIC.

Randy is a proud graduate of Youngstown State University and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Ohio.

Denise Simon industrial park administrator

Denise Simon

Industrial Park Administrator

Ray Calcagni, Jr. finance chair

Ray Calcagni, Jr.



Carol Jean Hirt



Mario Nero

Finance Chair


Mike Krake

Industrial Park Management Chair

Vivian Powers nominations and personelle chair

Vivian Powers

Nominations & Personnel Chair

Kristen Olmi program chair

Kristen Olmi

Program Chair

Photos by Frank Marr Photography