Ricarda Sammaneh

Ricarda “Riki” Sammaneh is the Administrative Assistant at the Athens County Economic Development Council, where she supports the office with a variety of tasks including grant administration, bookkeeping, records management, and updating commercial property listings in the ZPE database.  Ms. Sammaneh earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering at Ohio University. After graduation, her first engineering position was as ESD Engineer for a large defense avionics manufacturer in Minneapolis, where she ensured that process controls and customer requirements protecting all static sensitive devices in three manufacturing plants were followed during transport, storage, or assembly.  This experience gave her a unique overview of how all departments in a large manufacturing facility contribute to a successful product. 

With over three decades supporting a variety of industries, her extensive manufacturing background ranges from small start-ups to huge automotive plants. In addition to manufacturing, Ms. Sammaneh also has an interest in real estate—she was a real estate agent in Minnesota and holds an Ohio license after completing Ohio Real Estate Certificate coursework at Ohio University and Hondros College.

Ms. Sammaneh was born in St. Paul, MN and grew up in Athens where her father was an OHIO professor.  After almost three decades in the Twin Cities, she now enjoys a quieter life in Athens and looks forward to bringing more manufacturing jobs to this area.