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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!

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!



Jan Short, 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!

Dan Reese, Sales & Leasing Consultant

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Dan Reese joined our Donley Auto Group team in 2002.  He is a Sales & Leasing Consultant at Donley Ford of Shelby where he's spent 12 years of his career with Donley.  He also spent 5 ½ years as a Sales & Leasing Consultant at Donley Ford of Galion previously. 

Dan is a native of Shelby and loves his community.  He enjoys fishing on Lake Erie and following the Cleveland Browns.  He has a passion for Ford Mustangs!  And is a member of the Friends of the Black Fork, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the Black Fork River and downtown Shelby, Ohio area.

Dan has great customers who've returned to him time and again over the years for their automotive needs and purchases.  We appreciate those strong relationships he has and his hard work for Donley Auto Group!


Gage Schroeder, Sales & Leasing Consultant

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Gage Schroeder joined the Donley Auto Group team as a Detailer while still in high school in 2014.  After graduating, he accepted and opportunity to serve as a Sales & Leasing Consultant and has done well in that role.  He does a great job as a member of our Donley Ford of Shelby Sales Team!

Gage is a native of Shelby, OH where he graduated from high school.  He now lives in Ontario and in his spare time he enjoys being an uncle to his 2 nieces .  He has a faithful companion rescue dog who he also enjoys coming home to. 

Gage is hard working and very personable!  We appreciate him very much as a member of our Donley Team!

Jessica Bracamontes, Sales & Leasing Consultant

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Jessica Bracomentes joined our Donley Auto Group Team in May 2020.   She brings with her 10 years of sales experience and is proving to be a great fit as a Sales & Leasing Consultant at Donley Ford of Shelby. 

Jessica was born in Texas, spent some of her teen and young adult years in Louisiana, but was raised primarily in Ashland, Ohio, where she calls home.  She has two children and spends her spare time with them enjoying camping, hiking, roller blading and anything to keep them active.  She is involved in her church where she loves to sing and participate in music ministry.  She shares that she has a passion to help individuals with special needs and has been a classroom volunteer for individuals with disabilities.  As well as assisting in Special Olympics.

Jessica is excited to be part of our Donley Team and is passionate about getting to know her customers and offering them the best sales experience possible.



Chris Yocum, Service Manager

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Bryan Grossenbacher, Parts Manager

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Bryan Grossenbacher joined our Donley Auto Group Team in 2010.  He is our Parts Manager at Donley Ford of Shelby.  He has a total of 35 years of automotive experience, including being a service technician, service advisor, shop dispatcher and service manager.  All of which, along with his 16 years of understanding Ford parts, makes him a perfect fit as our Parts Manager.

Bryan has 2 sons, a grandson and a granddaughter.  As a family, they enjoy car shows, drag racing and custom van meets.  And especially, he enjoys short adventures in his own customized van!

Bryan works hard and has a great understanding of Ford parts.  We appreciate him being a dedicated member of our Donley Team!

Andrew Wood, Service Advisor

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Donley Auto Group welcomed Andy Wood to our team in 2017 as Service Advisor at Donley Ford of Shelby where he still serves in that role and does a fantastic job!  Prior to joining our team, Andy has worked in the automotive industry his entire career, having started in his family detailing business when he was 12 years old.

He is a graduate of The Johnstown Monroe High School.  He and his wife Rachel have been married since 2006 and have 3 grown children - 2 daughters and a son.  He is an avid Cincinnati Reds fan as well as The Ohio State Football fan (Go Bucks!) 

Andy provides excellent customer service to our customers and is a great guy to work with!  We appreciate him being part of our Donley Team!

Tom Hoak, Service Technician

Nick Tornes, Service Technician

Virg Wamsley, Service Technician

Luther Gray, Service Technician

John Konrad, Service Technician

Aaron Barr, Service Technician

Dustin Sponsler, Detail



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



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!


Richelle Schunatz, Office Clerk

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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!


Rickey Maffett,