Meet Our Staff Members at Donley Ford Lincoln of Ashland

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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!

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!



Matt Weiss, Sales Manager

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Jacob Reichle, F&I Manager

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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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Mike Jackson, Service Manager
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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! 


Ben Mulholland, Service Advisor

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Ben Mulholland has been with Donley Auto Group since 2011 but has been in the automotive business since he was 16 years old having started as lot cleaner at another dealership.  He joined the Donley team in 2011 as a detailer before transitioning to our Parts Department at Donley Ford Lincoln of Mt. Vernon.   Presently, he is a Service Advisor at Donley Ford Lincoln of Ashland and has been one of our finest customer service team members in helping his customers meet their service needs!

Ben and his wife, Erica have been married 2 years and welcomed their first child - baby girl Peyton - in August of 2019.  He loves to golf, enjoys working on his house and in the yard.  And visiting local breweries.  He shares that "his family is his life" and he most enjoys spending his free time with them.

Ben provides an outstanding customer experience for his customers and we appreciate his hard work!

Vince Wright, Service Technician

Marvin Rutherford, Service Technician

Ryan Koppler, Service Technician

Philip Boehm, Service Technician

Dan Amstutz, Service Technician

Clay Kahl, 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!

Kyle Yeager, Detail

Chloe Wright, Detail

Bre Valentine, Detail



Judi Dickinson, Community Relations & Events Manager

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Judi Dickinson has been a part of our Donley Auto Group team since 2013.  Bringing several years of Marketing experience with her, she served as our Marketing Manager until December of 2019.  In January of 2020, she moved into her current role as Community Relations & Events Manager. 

Judi and her husband Chad reside in Ashland, Ohio where they raised their four children.  And have been blessed with six grandchildren that they are fortunate to have all be close by in Ashland to enjoy. 

Judi enjoys family time above all other things.  But also enjoys dancing, reading, cooking and boating.  And loves traveling!

She feels strongly about being involved in the community she lives in and all the communities that our dealerships are located in.  She is an alumna of Leadership Ashland and past member of the Leadership Ashland Steering committee. She also presently serves on the Board of Directors for Ashland Schine's Theatre and is very involved in her church. 

Her passion for these things and more, make her a great fit as our Community Relations & Events Manager!

Niki Walsh, Marketing & BDC Manager

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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!

Kendal Meyer, Marketing Intern

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Kendal Meyer joined Donley Auto Group in early 2018 in our BDC Department and is now enjoying an opportunity to help us as our Marketing Intern.  She is an honor roll student at Ashland University studying Marketing and Public Relations. 

Kendal and her sisters, Kaelyn and Klaire, are the daughters of Heath and Jill Meyer of Jeromesville, Ohio, where her family resides.

In her spare time, Kendal is a cheerleading advisor for Hillsdale Schools and enjoys camping, traveling and photography.

She shares that what she loves most about her job with Donley Auto Group is getting to meet new members of the community, make new connections and attend events.  She is also a supporter of United Way.

Kendal has a promising future in Marketing and we are fortunate to have her be part of our team and give her an opportunity to learn about the field she has chosen for her career.

Cindy May, Internet Sales/BDC Specialist

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Cindy May joined our Donley Team in 2012 and has been a very important part of our Sales Team since!  She currently serves in the role of Internet Sales/BDC Specialist.  She brings prior automotive experience with her making her a great asset to our company!

Cindy graduated from Highland High School in Sparta, OH and has 2 sisters and 2 adult sons as well as 4 grandchildren.  She enjoys walking in the woods and a good social game of Texas Hold-em.  She especially loves and enjoys her 2 rescue Chocolate Lab Mix dogs.  She loves the Lord and is a strong woman of faith.

Cindy is a lifetime member of the ATA (Amateur Trapshooting Association) and is a previous Captain of the Ohio State Ladies Team.  

She loves to support community and does so by participating in the activities and sponsorships that Donley Ford of Galion supports.

 We appreciate her dedication and all she does for our Donley Team!

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!



Michelle Everly, Office Manager
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Kirsten Manders, Office Clerk

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Crystal Hamilton, Office Clerk

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Misty Roswell, Title Clerk

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Gina Koppler, Title Clerk

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