Matt Gilroy

downloadMatt Gilroy joined the Fulton County Economic Development Corporation in August of 2014 as the first Executive Director of the newly formed non-profit organization. Matt has more than ten years of experience in the non-profit sector and has extensive experience in business development, fundraising and managing non-profit organizations. Prior to joining the FCEDC Matt worked at Defiance College as the Chief Development Officer, overseeing a staff of nine people in Advancement and Alumni Relations, and at ProMedica Defiance Regional Hospital Foundation, where he increased annual contributions more than 300% over his tenure.

Matt is proud to have raised funds for Kaitlyn’s Cottage, a place of respite for young adults with special needs. To date, Kaitlyn’s Cottage is the only respite center of its type located on a community hospital campus in the United States. Matt has also raised funds to support scholarship programs for Defiance College students and various health programs that benefit the Defiance community. He created the discounted mammogram program at Defiance Regional Hospital, a scholarship program that benefitted area high-school students entering studies in healthcare and a program to provide car seats to families that needed a safe seat.

Matt has served in Rotary International for more than eleven years, is a former President of the Kiwanis of Defiance Club, and has served in leadership positions in several organizations; including American Red Cross of Defiance County, Defiance Area YMCA, Volunteer Connection of Northwest Ohio, the Defiance County Airport Authority and the Defiance College Alumni Executive Board.
Matt was recipient of the Toledo Area 20 Under 40 award and he was nominated by former U.S. Senator Mike DeWine to attend a U.S. Senate Youth Leadership Conference in Washington D.C. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2002 from Defiance College and he has a Bachelors of Arts degree in Marketing and Management.

Matt’s most significant accomplishments are the birth of his two daughters, Teylan and Malayla Gilroy. Matt and his wife Jennie are live in the Village of Archbold in Fulton County.

Kelly Carey

Kelly Carey joined the Fulton County Economic Development Corporation as Assistant Director in August 2018.  She brings experience in community development, planning, and training and leadership.  She attended the University of Michigan where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Urban and Regional Studies. Kelly was proud to be a member of the Tau Sigma National Honor Society and graduated with High Distinction and University Honors.

Previous to joining the FCEDC, Kelly worked in management for a restaurant group for six years.  She was responsible for developing new training programs implemented nationally.  She was part of the expansion team that opened restaurants in new markets.  Kelly is proud to have been selected to work and learn with an internship in Disney World through the Disney College Program.  She found a passion for community development while working with Urban Neighborhood Initiatives and the Ruth Ellis Center both in Detroit, Michigan. She continues to be involved in the Gaelic League Irish-American Club of Detroit.  She is also a member of the American Association of University Women and is active in their scholarship foundation.

Kelly enjoys traveling and has been very fortunate to have traveled extensively for competitive dance, including Irish dancing on the White House lawn.  She also loves to go to sporting events, bike and swim.  She has three very talented sisters, four nieces, and two nephews.  Kelly lives in the Village of Archbold with her husband and their rescue dog, Fiona.

Halen Mealer

Halen Mealer was hired on the Fulton County Economic Development Corporation team in May of 2019. In May of 2017, she graduated from Wauseon High School and is currently enrolled at Northwest State Community College taking classes towards a financial services degree.

Prior to working for the FCEDC and the Fulton County Airport she recently attended The University of Toledo in Exercise Science with a pre-medical concentration. Through her experience at the University of Toledo, she began to become more attracted to real estate and the possibilities rooting from real estate and economic growth.

As well as working on projects for the Fulton County Economic Development Corporation, she will also be a guest manager to the Fulton County Airport assisting guests as they arrive or leave the airport.

Halen was involved in National Honor Society, a tutor, a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and a member of the Wauseon track team, where she broke the school record in 300 meter hurdles. During off hours, Halen works as a Home Health Aid for Filling Home. Halen lives in Wauseon with her dog, Maggie.

Mia Wenger

Mia Wenger started her internship with the Fulton County Economic Development Corporation in May of 2016. She graduated from Wauseon High School in May of 2016 and is currently enrolled as a Freshman at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. Mia is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance with a concentration in Jazz. She anticipates graduating in Spring of 2020.

Mia’s work for the FCEDC includes leading the efforts to complete the “Boomerang Project” an initiative to engage young people that have recently moved from Fulton County to other areas of the state / country to welcome the young men and women back to their hometown.

In her free time, Mia enjoys drawing, painting, exercising and exploring New York City. During her high school career she participated in several musicals and performed as a member of the Company C Dance Club and Toledo Ballet. Unfamiliar with economic development prior to joining the FCEDC, Mia is now considering incorporating coursework that includes aspects of the field during her college experience.

Sales Support

In an effort to accommodate FCEDC members and businesses throughout Fulton County as well as enhance our efforts to attract businesses to Fulton County, the FCEDC has partnered with CoAct Associates, Inc. Members of CoAct’s team have been contacting businesses throughout the county to communicate ways that the FCEDC can be supportive of their efforts to invest and grow. Members of CoAct also periodically call upon businesses located outside of Fulton County at the request of the FCEDC to engage in conversation about the benefits of locating in Fulton County, Ohio.

Elizabeth Murawski and Michelle Philippon  represent the Sales Support team for the FCEDC.