– About Us –
What We Do
AMBE’s mission is to create a bridge between area businesses and schools to connect our students to the career opportunities in Mercer and Auglaize counties. We expose students to career opportunities in our local communities and help them build career pathways to create a sustainable workforce for the future.
At AMBE, the ‘why’ is more important than the what. And our ‘why’ is developing a workforce for the future so our communities remain strong.
Who We Are
The AMBE Alliance is a private organization of business, service group and school leaders from Mercer and Auglaize counties working to raise awareness of local careers to create a sustainable future workforce. We are locally supported and funded and serve all schools in Auglaize and Mercer counties.
The alliance formed in 2013 with membership and support continuing to grow each year. Local businesses have shown their commitment through member investments that allow us to work with the schools to build programs that prepare our local students for future local jobs.
AMBE Executive Director
Executive Director Shelly Busse has developed a strong relationship with our local schools and works closely with the curriculum directors at the Auglaize and Mercer Educational Service Centers. She brings a lot of energy, passion and innovative ideas to the AMBE initiative.
AMBE Board Members
A volunteer board representing diverse industries oversees the alliance. Our 2019 board members are:
Randy Niekamp, V.P. Human Resources, Crown Equipment Corp.
Patty Cisco, MBA, Principal, Marketing Essentials
Sean Dorsten, President, HA Dorsten, Inc.
Alice Rindler, HR Representative Leader, Precision Strip
Patrick Butler, CPA, Partner, Stroh Johnson, LLP
Jon Dingledine, Senior Director of HR & Support, Mercer Health
Randy Hemmelgarn, President, Hemmelgarn Benefits
Gary Lefeld, President, Lefeld Welding Supplies
Jenni Miller, Community Outreach Coordinator, Grand Lake Health System
Nathan Schwieterman, Controller, Coldwater Machine
Barry Hounshell, V.P. Manufacturing, Fort Recovery Industries
Chad M. Stolly, CIC Agent, Stolly Insurance