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Project Committee Co-Chairs

Herb Washington, Youngstown businessman and former pinch runner for Major League Baseball’s Oakland Athletics

Greg Gulas, sports writer, author and former Youngstown State University sports information director

Ernie Brown, retired Youngstown Vindicator regional editor

Project Committee Members

Eric Planey, New York finance executive, former Regional Chamber vice president and Youngstown native

Nick Chretien, program manager, Youngstown Economic Action Group

Bergen Giordani, former Regional Chamber and Rich Center for Autism events director, owner of One Hot Cookie stores in Youngstown and Boardman

Julius Oliver, Youngstown 1st Ward Councilman and owner of Kingly Car Wash locations

Tim Callion, business manager for Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 396

Patty Brozik, retired Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley president and banker

Joe Schiavoni, former Ohio state senator and attorney at Schiavoni Law Firm

Rev. Robin Woodberry, assistant pastor of New Bethel Baptist Church

Special Advisors

Marc Mellon, the world-class artist who will build the statue (read more on our page about Marc)

Tony Paglia, former Regional Chamber VP and former Vindicator senior regional editor

Dr. Louis Zona, director of the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown

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