Larry Fisher joined the ACEnet staff in 2002, serving as the Director of the ACEnet Food Ventures Program and overseeing the operation of the 4,000 sq. ft. shared-use kitchen. As part of his responsibilities with new food clients, he conducts initial intakes and assists clients in all aspects of product development and packaging. Some of the major services that he provides include batching and recipe development, product costing, food safety, FDA labeling requirements, and development of nutrition labels that comply with industry standards. Along with his 20 plus years of experience in the food and beverage industry, he has completed numerous food related trainings including HACCP Training, FDA Label Training, and the Better Process Control School. Along with his work within the Food Ventures Program, he assists a variety of … Read More
Leslie Schaller has directed multiple training and technical assistance programs which assist micro-entrepreneurs through small business curriculum development, contract services and the formation of support networks of resource providers as Director of Programs. Ms. Schaller secures public and private funding through grants and fees for services to support regional brand initiatives, targeted sector training, financial management support and capital access. Ms. Schaller is responsible for working directly with entrepreneurs throughout the intake and assessment process, start-up and expansion stages.
Ms. Schaller is currently a partner of the Aspen Institute’s Scale Academy, the Central Appalachian Network, the Ohio Food Policy Network, the Ohio Food Hub Network and UpGrade Athens County.
Barbara Volsko joined the staff of ACEnet in August of 2008 as a Financial Assistant. Her primary responsibilities include accounts payable/receivable, payroll and audit assistance. She also provides support for data collection, reporting, fundraising and event planning.
Ms. Volsko received her Bachelor’s degree in Medical Technology from Thiel College, Greenville, Pa. and a Masters of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Washington, Seattle.
In Seattle, she worked for more than 15 years as office manager of a private medical practice. Upon returning to Ohio, Ms. Volsko served for three years as Administrative Coordinator at the non-profit Foundation for Appalachian Ohio in Nelsonville, managing internal records, donor and grantee databases and coordinating seminars and fundraising events.
Meggan Loveland joined the ACEnet staff in 2015 as the Programs & Communications Coordinator. Ms. Loveland provides program and grant development support, organizational branding and communications, regional brand program support, coordinates events, fundraising and promotions, utilizes social media outlets, ACEnet website and monthly e-newsletters to highlight client stories and upcoming events, and provides administrative support. Prior to joining ACEnet, she served as ACEnet’s Food Enterprise VISTA, through the Ohio CDC AmeriCorps VISTA program, working to increase healthy food access.
Ms. Loveland first became a resident of Athens County in 2000 when she began her studies at Ohio University, graduating with honors and a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology. She now lives in the country with her husband, 18 chickens, 4 dogs and 2 cats.
Grace Kroeger provides program and development support to ACEnet staff through grant writing, identifying funding opportunities, organizing data and program outcomes into grant reports and program implementation. As Programs & Development Specialist, Ms. Kroeger works with program staff to collect data, conduct surveys and needs assessments for a variety of consulting projects. Program specialties include trainings and technical assistance to ACEnet clients, farmer’s markets, and social media marketing for small business. She also assists in event planning opportunities to strengthen the public image of ACEnet, the organization and its services.
Prior to joining ACEnet staff, Ms. Kroeger served a year at ACEnet as the Food Enterprise VISTA. A strong advocate for supporting the local food economy, you will often see her working on Saturdays at the Athens Farmers Market. She loves pasta, her cats, baby … Read More
Rosemary Roe joined ACEnet staff as full time Special Projects Coordinator in November 2016. With funding through the Appalachian Regional Commission, she is working with regional farmers and food processors across central Appalachia to connect them with buyers ready to increase their support of local economies through sourcing more locally grown food.
Recently, Rosemary played a key role in facilitating activities of multiple organizations committed to increasing healthy food access which resulted in the distribution 260,000 pounds of locally sourced throughout Appalachian Ohio. Over the past decade, Rosemary has worked in a variety of capacity building roles within multiple sectors. Her interest in community and economic development began while she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Appalachia Ohio, and deepened when she transitioned to a role at the Farm Service Agency where she supported … Read More
Adam Kody joined the ACEnet staff in December 2016, serving as Kitchen Manager of the Food Ventures Center shared-use kitchen incubator. Mr. Kody assists in providing training and technical assistance to food and farm microenterprises. He is licensed by the Better Process Control School, having received training in thermal processing, sanitation, and food safety procedures. Mr. Kody supervises production in the thermal processing room and trains new entrepreneurs to use processing equipment and comply with food safety and good manufacturing practices. In addition to ensuring that food producers maintain a high level of sanitation, he also assists in the scaling up of recipes to suit the level of production that the client hopes to attain, ensuring a beneficial and informative process for all clients, new and old alike.
Mr. Kody’s first … Read More
Erin Phillips joined ACEnet in June 2016 to begin her OHIO CDC AmeriCorps VISTA term. Ms. Phillips’ goal is to find solutions to the unemployment and underemployment issues facing low income individuals in impoverished areas of rural Appalachia Ohio through the Appalachian Workforce Development Project. Her research primarily focuses on women in poverty and prison work release individuals. She hopes that her research, data collection, and push toward community partnerships will help others become self-sufficient through economic independence.
Ms. Phillips holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Ohio University and has also obtained a Certificate in War and Peace Studies.
Born in Athens and living here currently with her cat Roxy, she strives to give back to the community that got her where she … Read More
Sam Rife joined the ACEnet staff as Facilities Manager in November 2016. Mr. Rife maintains all ACEnet campuses, including facilities, equipment and grounds. He also manages preventive maintenance and inventory of supplies, researches and advises for purchases of equipment, assists with tenant relations and supervises any support staff assigned to facility operations. Mr. Rife provides support services for housekeeping and maintenance in the form of insuring that all areas of all buildings and grounds on the campus are kept clean, neat and sanitary for the use of the employees and the public and also makes appropriate suggestions for ways to continually improve the overall operation of all the businesses and buildings.
Mr. Rife lives in Meigs County with his wife Stephanie who home-schools their 4 daughters, and they run an environmentally-friendly, … Read More