Larry Fisher, Executive Director

Larry Fisher

Executive Director

740-592-3854 ext. 112

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, Director of Programs

Leslie Schaller

Director of Programs

740-592-3854 ext. 115

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, Finance and Administrative Assistant

Barbara Volsko

Finance and Administrative Assistant

740-592-3854 ext. 100

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, Programs & Communications Coordinator

Meggan Loveland

Programs & Communications Coordinator

740-592-3854 ext. 124

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; creates content for and manages all ACEnet social media, e-newsletters and the ACEnet website; coordinates events, fundraising and promotions; and provides administrative support. Ms. Loveland has experience in social campaign planning, social media metrics analysis, utilizing search engine optimization practices and social media marketing training delivery.

Prior to joining ACEnet, Ms. Loveland served as ACEnet’s Food Enterprise VISTA, through the Ohio CDC AmeriCorps VISTA program, working to increase healthy food access and ACEnet’s communications capacity.

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 … Read More

Rosemary Roe, Special Projects Coordinator

Rosemary Roe

Special Projects Coordinator


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, Kitchen Manager

Adam Kody

Kitchen Manager


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

Sam Rife, Facilities Manager

Sam Rife

Facilities Manager

740-592-3854 ext. 125

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

Carrie Carson, Food Partners Access Coordinator

Carrie Carson

Food Partners Access Coordinator

740-592-3854 ext. 126

Carrie Carson began her position as the Food Partners Access Coordinator in May 2017. Through funding from the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation she facilitates dynamic partnerships between ACEnet, Community Food Initiatives, and Rural Action in order to accelerate the expansion of healthy, local food access in Appalachian communities. This includes building capacity of several different demand and distribution networks between the three partners such as CFI’s Donation Station, ACEnet’s Athens Food Ventures Center and Nelsonville Food Hub, Rural Action’s Country Fresh Stops, the Chesterhill Produce Auction, and Farm to School programming. Additionally, she conducts and assists with research, planning and fundraising to help the three partners identify and expand shared resources to more efficiently achieve their food access mission.

Originally from the Hudson Valley region of New York, Carrie was first introduced … Read More

Erin Phillips, Workforce Development VISTA

Erin Phillips

Workforce Development VISTA


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