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Scott Donley, Chairman

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Ben Sponsler, Sales Operation Director

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Ben Sponsler joined Donley Auto Group in 2011 having started his career with us as Finance Manager at Donley Ford Lincoln of Mt Vernon,  He has also served as General Sales Manager at Donley Ford Lincoln of Ashland from 2017 - 2018 and assumed the role of Sales Operations Director in August 2019 to present.

Ben and his wife Niki, have two daughters and one son and reside in Ashland, Ohio.  Both have deep family roots in the Ashland community having been raised there and are graduates of Ashland High School and of Ashland University.  They enjoy camaraderie with friends, golf and quality family time.  Niki is also a certified yoga instruction in Ashland.

Ben is a great asset to our team and strives to ensure that our customers always receive the best experience and walk away knowing they've Discovered the Donley Difference!

Aaron Sponsler, Sales Operations Director

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Aaron Sponsler is a Sales Operations Director with Donley Auto Group.  He first joined the Donley Team as a was boy when our service building was located on Union Street in downtown Ashland.  And he's since held nearly every position in the Auto Group. 

Aaron is married to Tia and they've been together for 20 years.  They reside in Ashland, Ohio with their two children Preston (11) and Louella (7 months).  Preston shares Aaron's love of baseball and Louella loves to jibber-jabber. 

Aaron and Tia are also the owners of the 180 year old landmark - Olivesburg General Store and have recently establish a non-profit.  

Aaron can be found at home with his family, at the OGS hosting a beer tasting or in his own garage when he has down time from Donley

Aaron is a great asset and leader to our team!

Joel Tanner, Fixed Operations Director

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Joel Tanner has a tenure of four years with Donley Auto Group having returned to our team as our Fixed Operations Director in 2017.  Prior to his return, Joel has spent 20 years in the automotive industry, much of which was with a Wards Top 100 Dealer.  He brings great expertise and is driven to make our dealership service experience the best in the Heart of Ohio!

Joel is a native of Ashland, Ohio where he was born and raised.  He, along with his wife Jenine, their two children and their four dogs,  reside in Medina now and have strong connections to Cleveland having also lived in that area for many years. 

In Ashland, Joel was instrumental in helping launch the S.P.A.R.K.E  (Students Preparing for and Acquiring Real-world Knowledge and Experience) Program at Ashland County West Holmes Career Center.   And he shares that he is passionate about supporting United Way and the Animal Protection League.

His hobbies include golf, playing guitar and wood working.  He is a member of the Woodworkers Guild of America.

We are fortunate to have Joel as a member of our team!  We appreciate his dedication to our company and to help our customers truly Discover the Donley Difference!

Mark Everly, Controller

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Mark Everly joined our Donley team in 1997.  His combined experience, including 6 years at other dealerships, is 27 years in automotive. Which makes him a great asset to our team!

 Mark was born and raised in Marion County, Ohio.  He and his wife Michelle, currently reside in Ashland, Ohio.  He enjoys traveling to visit family in Texas and Florida and spends much of his spare time cheering on nieces and nephews who participate in local extracurricular activities.  In addition to staying busy with family activities, Mark is an avid Columbus Bluejackets fan and takes in as many games as possible in a season!

Mark brings strong work ethic, leadership and great organization to our team.  He is instrumental in making things run smoothly in our dealerships and helping make the Donley Difference a great experience for our customers!


Sales Team Members

Braden Miller,

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Matt Weiss, Sales Manager

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Matt Weiss joined the Donley Auto Group team as a Sales Consultant.  He quickly transitioned to Finance Manager and then Used Car Manager at Donley Ford of Shelby.  He is presently our Sales Manager at Donley Ford Lincoln of Ashland, assuming that role in 2018.  His entire twelve-year automotive career has been with Donley Auto Group and he is a great asset to our team.

Matt is a native of Willard. Ohio but now calls Ashland, Ohio home.  He has a son and a daughter and shares that he enjoys outdoor activities, attending sporting events and traveling.  But especially enjoys time with family!

Matt is a great fit for our team and has proven himself to be great in all areas of our sales!


Jayme Giffin, New Inventory Coordinator

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Jayme Giffin has spent his entire 15 year automotive career with Donley Auto Group and is presently a Sales & Leasing Consultant at Donley Ford Lincoln of Mt Vernon as well as our Inventory Coordinator for our entire Auto Group. 

 He and his wife reside in Centerburg, Ohio and have 4 daughters. 

 Jayme enjoys outdoor activities best and attending various sporting events.

 He is a great asset to our Donley Auto Group team and we appreciate all that he does!

Michele LaRue, Sales & Leasing Consultant

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Michele LaRue has been a valued member of the Donley Auto Group Sales Team since 2009 and has been in the automotive business for a total of 14 years.  She is a Sales & Leasing Consultant at Donley Ford Lincoln of Ashland and has a strong and loyal customer base having many customers become close friends through the years.   She, in turn, is loyal to her customers and provides an outstanding car buying experience for all her customers.

Michele and her husband Greg have been married 19 years and are natives of Ashland, OH where they reside.  Together they have 4 children and 7 grandchildren.

She is an involved member of Ashland Elks 1360 and is a Past Exalted Ruler for that lodge. She loves animals and has rescued many!  She enjoys gardening and cans most of their own vegetables.

We appreciate Michele as do her many customers!  She is a great asset to our Sales Team at Donley Auto Group!

Logan North, Sales & Leasing Consultant

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Logan North joined our Donley Auto Group team in April of 2015 as a Sales & Leasing Consultant at Donley Ford Lincoln of Ashland.  In the five years he's been with our sales team, he's been recognized as Salesman of the Year in the entire Donley Auto Group for 3 years straight.  He has great customer relations and works very hard to get his customers into the right vehicle to suit their needs.  Logan has also been trained in Finance and is able to step into that role as needed.

Logan and his wife Alyssa are natives of Ashland, Ohio where they still reside and raise their 4 children.  Logan shares that the thing he most enjoys about his spare time is that spent with his family. 

Logan is a pleasure to work with and a great asset to Donley Auto Group!

Tegan Moyer, Sales & Leasing Consultant

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Tegan Moyer joined our Donley Auto Group team in 2017 and is a Sales & Leasing Consultant at Donley Ford Lincoln of Ashland.  He brings with him several years of sales experience before his tenure with Donley and has applied that well in his current position making him one of the top sales team members in our company.

He is a native of Mansfield, Ohio where he still lives.  He enjoys golf and a good work out in his free time. He's very much a people person and enjoys working with his customers very much.

Tegan is a great guy to work with and we appreciate the great customer relations he's built and continues to build for Donley Auto Group.



Mike Jackson, Service Manager
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Mike Jackson is our Service Manager at Donley Ford Lincoln of Ashland.  He joined our Donley Auto Group team in 2012 as a Sales & Leasing Consultant.  His experience as a Ford Service Master Technician permitted him to quickly be moved into the role of Service Manager.  He brings with him several years of automotive experience starting as young as 11 years old.

Mike is from Wooster, Ohio.  He is a classic car enthusiast and is a member, and Past Exalted Ruler, of  Wooster Elks Lodge #1346

 Mike's long standing experience and expertise in the automotive industry, along with great customer service skills, make him an outstanding asset to the Donley Auto Group team.



Glenn Brooks, Parts Manager

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Glenn Brooks joined Donley Auto Group in 2012 and shares that he's "had the pleasure of working with Donley Ford Lincoln of Ashland for 8 years."  He brings with him over 36 years in Ford parts experience and an additional 10 years with NAPA and Sentry Hardware. 

Glenn also shares that he's "worked at the large and busy Metro dealership and truly enjoys the opportunity to share the Donley Difference where we treat each customer as a neighbor and friend."

He's been married to his "new bride" for over 43 years and they have 3 children and 4 grandchildren.  They farmed in Congress, Ohio for 30 years and now call 2 acres their home.  Glenn is a 10 year chair officer of Wooster Elks lodge and has been named their OFFICER OF THE YEAR in 2019. And is also a past Trustee of Holmes-Wayne Soap Box Derby.  He enjoys camping with family, gardening and working in his shop at home saying "I have my grandchildren fooled!  They think I can fix anything!"

We enjoy having Glenn on our team and our customers enjoy working with him!  He is a great asset to Donley Auto Group and knows his Ford Parts well!


Billy Bigler, Detail Manager

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Ron Keiffer, Service Advisor

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Ron Keiffer has been with Donley Auto Group since 1994.  He started at our Donley Ford of Galion store as F&I Manager where he spent 4 years.  He came to our Donley Ford Lincoln of Ashland Service Department when it was still located in downtown Ashland.  Presently Ron is an outstanding Service Advisor at our Ashland location.  He receives excellent customer reviews and has great customers who rely on him to help with their service needs.

He is a native of Ashland who recently returned to Ashland after living in Wooster for 15 years.  He keeps very busy with work including his weekend car detailing business.  He enjoys caring for his fur companions including his standard poodle - Bentley and his cat - Scudder.  In his spare time, he enjoys time with his gourmet club, a good wine and time spent with friends.

We appreciate Ron's hard work and great customer service! 


Vince Wright, Service Technician

Marvin Rutherford, Service Technician

Ryan Koppler, Service Technician

Philip Boehm, Service Technician

Derrick Chapman, Parts Counter

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Derrick Chapman has been with our Donley Auto Group team for 2 years.  He works in our Parts Department at Donley Ford Lincoln of Ashland and brings with him over 6 years of automotive parts knowledge and experience.  He grew up understanding automotive as he's followed his father's footsteps who also worked for Donley Auto Group some years ago before starting his own independent business where Derrick learned a lot.

Derrick and his newlywed wife have two beautiful daughters and reside in Ashland.  They enjoy camping, fishing and especially trips to take in the nature of their family property near Danville. Derrick is an avid Steelers and Buckeyes fan!

Derrick is a pleasure to work with and a valued member of our Donley Team!

Chloe Wright, Detail

Seth Crossley, Detail

Harley King, Detail

Scott Sigars, Parts Counter



Niki Evanoff, Director of Marketing and Internet Sales

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Niki Walsh joined Donley Auto Group as our Marketing and BDC Manager in January, 2020.  She brings with her eight years experience in the automotive industry specializing in digital marketing, business development and internet sales.

Niki enjoys time with her 3 daughters, 1 rescue dog and 2 rescue cats.  Among their favorite things to do together is cooking and dancing around the kitchen while doing so!

She is passionate about supporting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and is an active member of the Fredericktown Music Boosters.

We appreciate the great experience and automotive marketing knowledge Niki brings with her and are glad to have her on our team!

Connor Black, Marketing

Rachel Justice, Graphic Designer

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Rachel Justice is our Graphic Designer and has been with Donley Auto Group since 2016.  She brings a vast understanding of art and design with her.

She is the oldest of nine children and grew up in the Ashland area.  She has loved art for as long as she can remember and shares that her family tease her that she "was born with a paint brush in her hand."  Her skills developed at a young as she began by painting storefront windows for area businesses in downtown Loudonville and Ashland.  She evolved and now paints area murals, book illustrations, live painting events and logo design, to name just a few.  She acquired her education in Graphic Design from North Central State College.  And has her own studio based at The Mosaic Church in Mansfield where she manages a community art room. She is strong in faith and feels she can share that in a visual way.  Rachel served on the Board for Ashland Care Center for six years.

She shared that a recent highlight for her was to paint the mural logos for Good Deed Entertainment including their subdivision logo - Crank the Robot, in downtown Ashland.

Rachel enjoys working at Donley and helping with Graphic Design and more!  And her skills are very much appreciated!

Dorea Kellem, Internet Sales

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Dorea Kellem joined our Donley Auto Group Team in early 2019 and is our Internet Sales/BDC Specialist at Donley Ford Lincoln of Ashland.   Dorea brings with her great customer relations skills, learned through several prior years of owning her own local small business. 

Dorea is originally from Sandusky, Ohio but relocated to the Ashland area and is a graduate of Mapleton High School.  She has a daughter (age 5) and enjoys reading, hiking, softball and all things Fall & Summer related.  Especially when spending time with daughter, Raina.  She is an active member of Bethel Ashland Church and says she "enjoys sunsets, smiles, positive attitudes … and taking on a challenge!" 

Dorea is a great asset to our team as she gets along well with people and doesn't give up until she's gotten our customers connected with the right salesperson to put them in the right vehicle!



Michelle Everly, Office Manager
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Michelle Everly has been the Office Manager for Donley Auto Group since October, 2004.  She oversees administrative duties for all four of our locations.

Michelle is a native of Shiloh, Ohio.  She and her husband Mark, reside in Ashland, Ohio presently.

Michelle is hardworking and a pleasure to work with!  We are fortunate to have her maintain the behind the scenes duties that she oversees for Donley Auto Group.

Montelle Smart, Human Resources Manager

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Montelle Smart joined our Donley Auto Group team in 2011 as an Office Clerk at Donley Ford of Shelby.  In January of 2020 she became our Human Resources Manager for our entire Auto Group.

Montelle is a native of Shiloh, Ohio where she still resides with her 2 dogs, Levi and Baxter and cat - Kitty.  She enjoys time with her nieces (7 total) and nephews (3 total) and cheering them on their activities including hockey, soccer, dance, track, baseball, softball, football, cheerleading, twirling and more!  They keep her busy!  She enjoys the outdoors and is always looking for an opportunity to volunteer and lend a helping hand. 

Montelle is a pleasure to work with and has proven herself to be a very hard working and appreciated member of our team!

Kirsten Manders, Office Clerk

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Kirsten Manders joined our Donley Auto Group Team in 2018 and is a great asset to our group administrative team.  She is an Office Clerk assisting with administrative duties for all four of our locations.  She brings with her over 8 years of clerical experience.

She and her husband Kody, along with their cats Smol & Happy, live in Ashland, Ohio.  Originally from New London, Ohio area, she has been an Ashland resident for 2 years and is quite happy in the Ashland community.

She is an avid Magic the Gathering participant as well as enjoys video games and tabletop rpgs like Dungeons and Dragons.   She and her husband are supporters of and help out at the new Ashland Magic Card shop - Eldritch Bastion.

Kirsten is a pleasure to work with and we are fortunate to have her on our team!


Crystal Hamilton, Office Clerk

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Crystal Hamilton joined Donley Auto Group in January 2020 as our Office Clerk/Cashier at Donley Ford Lincoln of Ashland.  She brings with her many years of customer service and administrative experience and is a great fit for our team!

Crystal was born and raised in Ashland, Ohio where she still resides with her two young sons.  She finds herself to be a very busy soccer mom!  As a family they enjoy hiking and spending time outdoors when not at soccer games. She is a music lover of all genres and enjoys taking in concerts as well.

Crystal is doing a great job at Donley Auto Group and has a bright future in our company!


Gina Koppler, Title Clerk

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Gina Koppler joined Donley Auto Group as  Title Clerk for all our locations in September, 2019.  She does a great job in assisting with the very important title work for our customers' vehicle purchases.

Originally from Procious, WV - Gina has called Ashland, Ohio home since 1994.  She and her husband Ryan (Service Technician at Donley Ford Lincoln of Ashland) have been married for 15 years and have one daughter and one granddaughter, age 7.  Together, they enjoy camping and driving their rail buggy with family and friends.

We appreciate Gina's hard work and find her to be a great fit to our Donley Auto Group team!


Bethany Church, Office Clerk

Jane Vines, Administrative Assistant

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Jane Vines joined Donley Auto Group as Administrative Assistant to our Senior Management in December, 2010.  She brings with her 33 years of administrative experience in the banking industry.

Jane lives in rural Ashland and stays busy with many hobbies including quilting, gardening and attending theatre performances locally and abroad.  She is a member of the Old Uniontown Quilt Guild and Ohio Longarm Quilters. 

Jane does a great job in keeping things organized and lending a hand in sponsorships and events that Donley Auto Group supports.  We enjoy having her on our team!



Dave Craig, Finance & Insurance