Jim Wendel, President and Chairman of the Board
Jim is one of the three co-owners of the Hygrade Inn in Emporium, Pa. which is scheduled to open in November 2018. Jim grew up in Emporium and left after high school. After living in major cities for 25 years he returned to Emporium and purchased a home with his partner David Karkoska in 2010. Both Jim and Dave recognize this community as home. Jim worked for the medical publisher, The Current Medicine Group, in both Philadelphia and the United Kingdom serving as Subscriptions and Customer Relations Manager. Subsequent to that, Jim worked for SBC Ameritech, a telecommunications company, in Chicago Illinois as a Project and Product Manager. Jim spent the remainder of his career as the Incentives Operations Manager for Subaru of America in New Jersey where he is currently employed. He is focused on improving economic opportunities in Cameron County as he prepares for retirement, and his passion lead him to join with the other HMI Board Members in the mission of HMI. He is excited about his new role as President and Chairman of the Board for Hometown Mentors, Inc.
Annette Campbell, Board Vice President
Annette is a life long resident of Emporium, PA and graduated from Cameron County High School in 1979. She married the late Mark “Shark” Campbell and had three children; Sarah Campbell, Eric Campbell (married to Sandra Bosdachin Campbell) and Malarie Campbell Wissner (married to Trent Wissner). She also has one granddaughter, Ella Mae Wissner. Annette currently works for North Central PA Regional Planning and Development Commission as a Business Service Representative for Workforce Development. She has been an employee for NCPRDC for 13 years. Annette is also a member of Cameron County Community Chest and is a Charter Board Member of Hometown Mentors, and is Program Manager for the Hometown Hall of Fame, Sports edition.