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.
As the Executive Director, Larry is currently focusing his energy in the area of recovery and reentry in the midst of the … 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 Ventures 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
Carrie Carson began her position as the Food Partners Access Coordinator in May 2017. Through funding from the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation Carrie 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, Carrie 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
Madelyn Brewer joined the ACEnet staff as full-time Special Projects Coordinator in December 2017 to support activities for the Central Appalachian Food Corridor, a two-year project funded through the Appalachian Regional Commission, focused on food-sector job and business creation, expansion and retention across the Central Appalachian region.
With the end for the Food Corridor project, Madelyn expanded her focus to act as a contact point for ACEnet’s partners in West Virginia, Virginia, and Kentucky, increasing our network’s capacity for economic development. She coordinates events, workshops and ACEnet tours. Madelyn is a trained facilitator of the AIR Institute at Berea College in Kentucky and is active in multiple creative placemaking initiatives working as regional economic drivers.
Madelyn is a 2017 graduate of Ohio University holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Health with a minor in … Read More
Kyle Verge joined the ACEnet staff in August of 2018 as a Microenterprise Program Trainer. Kyle 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.
After spending the last seven years in the local community working in drug rehabilitation, social enterprise management, and education, Kyle knows Ohio and the local community is replete with spirit, resourcefulness, beauty, and intelligence. It is these qualities he has learned to respect, and it is these qualities that inform and build our economic networks by bringing together artisans and makers, retailers, hospitality workers, and recreation enthusiasts.
Through no fault of his own, Kyle was born and raised in Michigan; he has lived and worked on … 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 will oversee day-to-day operations in our Nelsonville Food & Farm Enterprise Center, warehouse & Nelsonville offices, and will also work with clients in ACEnet’s Meat Processing & Produce Processing facilities in the Center.
Chris received both his Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and his Master of Education degree from Ohio University. While a student, he did undergraduate research, worked at Burrito Buggy, and was active with his fraternity. Chris started working in Higher Education as a Residence Hall Director and ultimately was a Property Manager for a large student housing operation in Athens, Ohio. Choosing to follow his altruistic values, he worked with a small business owner for a … Read More