Lynn Detterman recipient of President’s Award at 2020 TSEP Annual Meeting

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Lynn Detterman (left) poses for a picture with David Zak, president and CEO of Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership, during the 2020 Annual Meeting Feb. 27.

TIFFIN, OHIO – March 14, 2020 – As she finished her tenure as chair of the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership Board, Lynn Detterman, president, Mercy Health – Toledo Rural Market, was recognized during the 2020 Annual Meeting with the President’s Award.

In June 2002, Detterman decided to leave her job at a major accounting firm in Cleveland and joined the Mercy Health – Willard Hospital, eventually becoming president and CEO after overseeing the construction of Willard’s new hospital.

In 2013, she became president and CEO of Mercy Health - Tiffin Hospital and then Mercy Health - Defiance Hospital in 2016.

Detterman has been involved with Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership, and previously Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp., since joining the Seneca County community. She took on the role of president of the board of SIEDC in 2018.

“She’s helped us navigate different people’s passions, different people’s opinions, different people’s ideas for what’s best for this community within the context of this organization,” said David Zak, president and CEO of Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership. “She’s able to communicate respect for other people’s opinion, and navigate the discussion in such a way that we end up with a result and end up still unified in our purpose to promote economic and community development and we’re also focused on our mission.”

Detterman’s role at TSEP and in Seneca County has been recognized by members of the TSEP board.

“We’re so fortunate in this community to have people like Lynn Detterman serving in those roles and adding value to the community for the great things she does,” said Andy Felter, president and CEO of Webster Industries and member of the TSEP executive board.

Rob Huntington, president of Heidelberg University and former SIEDC chair, said he has been lucky to be able to partner and collaborate with Detterman, who joined the Heidelberg Board of Trustees in 2016.

“What is her leadership and management grounded on? It’s grounded on a set of core values, Christian belief, her compassion for other people, her caring that she gives to so many people around her, her natural ability to collaborate — all those things come together and form the foundation for why she is a very strong and effective leader and person in the community,” said Huntington, who also received the award in 2016.

Dean Keller, president of First National Bank of Sycamore, was vice chair of the TSEP board under Detterman and thanked her for her guidance as he transitions to her seat.

“Working with Lynn on the board of TSEP, I’ve always been struck by her outstanding leadership abilities and communication skills,” he said.

Zak said he’s been fortunate to work with Detterman and appreciates the feedback and advice that she has provided in her time as president.

“This President’s Award is just a way of saying ‘thank you’ to Lynn, for helping lead this organization through a really dynamic period of growth and change,” he said.

About the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

Started in 1983 as the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at

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