Larry Fisher is the Executive Director of ACEnet. Larry initially joined the ACEnet staff in 2002 as the Director of the ACEnet Food Ventures Program, overseeing the operations of the shared-use kitchen. Along with his 20 plus years of experience in the food and beverage industry, Larry has completed numerous food related trainings including HACCP Training, FDA Label Training, and the Better Process Control School. He also received a certificate in Entrepreneurship Center Management from the International Business Innovation Association. Through his efforts in local food systems, Larry has provided facility and operational training in Kentucky, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and in four communities in Ohio.
Larry is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives. He oversees program development and administration, provides leadership … 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. Leslie 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. Leslie is responsible for working directly with entrepreneurs throughout the intake and assessment process, start-up and expansion stages.
Leslie 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.
Barbara 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, Barbara 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. Meggan provides program and grant development support; organizational branding and communications; regional brand program support; creates content for and manages ACEnet e-newsletters and website; and coordinates events, fundraising and promotions. Meggan 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, Meggan 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.
Meggan 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.
Adam Kody joined the ACEnet staff in December 2016, serving as the Food Enterprise Coordinator. Adam manages ACEnet’s shared-use kitchen incubator. He assists in providing training and technical assistance to food and farm microenterprises. Adam has a wide-ranging series of certifications in food safety, including Better Process Controls, HACCP-plan development and implementation, and Preventive Controls for Human Food. Additionally, he is a certified ServSafe instructor and proctor, having assisted many foodservice entrepreneurs and employees through successful completion of the State-required Food Protection Manager certification course. Adam uses this knowledge base to implement a multi-tiered approach in assisting up-and-coming entrepreneurs through the regulatory hurdles they encounter early and often throughout their growth.
Adam’s first experience with Athens began in college, where he graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor’s degree in Restaurant, … Read More
Sam Rife joined the ACEnet staff as Facilities Manager in November 2016. Sam 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. Sam 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.
Sam lives in Meigs County with his wife Stephanie who home-schools their 4 daughters, and they run an environmentally-friendly, small greenhouse business … Read More
Chris Quolke joined the ACEnet staff in December 2019 as the Facility Operator for the 294/296 Harper Street Facility in Nelsonville. He oversaw day-to-day operations in our Nelsonville Food & Farm Enterprise Center, Wood Manufacturing Center, warehouse & Nelsonville offices, and also worked with clients in ACEnet’s Meat Processing & Produce Processing facilities in the Center.
In 2021, Chis transitioned to Athens to become ACEnet’s Small Business Support Specialist & Trainer. While continuing to provide direct technical assistance and network development in the Wood Manufacturing sector, he now also coordinates and teaches workshops encouraging entrepreneurship and small business development within the regional community. Additionally, he offers one-on-one technical assistance, re-entry outreach and assistance, and Food Entrepreneurship Workshops and Webinars.
Chris received both his Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and his Master of … Read More
Molly Sowash began her position as the Food Partners Access Coordinator in March 2021. Through funding from the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation Molly facilitates dynamic partnerships between ACEnet, Community Food Initiatives, and Rural Action in order to expand access to healthy, local food 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, Molly 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.
Molly is a 2016 graduate of Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, holding a Bachelor’s … Read More