Larry Fisher joined the ACEnet staff in 2002, serving as the Director of the ACEnet Food Ventures Program, and was promoted to Executive Director in 2015. As Executive Director, Mr. Fisher reports to ACEnet’s Board of Trustees and is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives. He oversees program development and administration, provides leadership in developing programs, organizational and financial plans with the Board of Trustees and staff, and carries out plans and policies authorized by the board. Mr. Fisher also provides direct technical assistance to a variety of new and existing businesses within the scope of the Business Incubation Program at ACEnet. This assistance generally involves working on business plans, financial management plans, and employment practices.
Mr. Fisher received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from … 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; creates content for and manages ACEnet e-newsletters and website; and coordinates events, fundraising and promotions. 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 the country with her husband, 8 chickens, 3 … 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
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 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
Alexandria Polanosky joined ACEnet in June 2017 as a Summer AmeriCorps VISTA, and upon completing her term she was given the opportunity to remain at ACEnet as a Multimedia Designer. Alexandria fulfills the multimedia needs of ACEnet through creating photos, videos, marketing materials and assisting with designing other print and online components of the organization. Her AmeriCorps position allowed her to visually explore the array of individuals, businesses and other organizations that work with ACEnet as well as work toward a more sustainable food system in surrounding communities. Alexandria’s goal is to use her visual communication skills as well as her passion for successful local food systems to increase food access and economic growth in her community.
Alexandria received her Bachelor’s degree in Visual Communication as well as Certificates in both … Read More
Sarah Cornwell joined the ACEnet staff in November 2017 as the Microenterprise Program Trainer. Ms. Cornwell provides field training and technical support services in the form of workshops, webinars, and 1-1 interactions. Microenterprise training topics include: Social Media, Marketing, and Business Basics. Ms. Cornwell provides outreach and training services for food and agricultural entrepreneurs and ex-offenders reentering the community following incarceration.
Ms. Cornwell received her Bachelor’s degree in Geography – Urban Planning from Ohio University in 2002 and her Master’s in City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University in 2006. Prior to joining ACEnet, she worked for a private consulting firm as an Environmental Planner and most recently for Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. Ms. Cornwell chose to make Athens County her home in 2010 … Read More
Josh Waddell joined the ACEnet staff in December 2017 as the Facilities Operator at our Nelsonville campus. Mr. Waddell will oversee day-to-day operations in our Nelsonville Food Hub, warehouse & Nelsonville offices. Currently overseeing ACenet’s Meat Processing & Produce Processing Facilities construction, Mr. Waddell will also work with clients once these are in operation.
Mr. Waddell received his Bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies from Ohio University. Fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese, he has spent significant time in Mexico, Brazil and Djibouti, Africa but is proud to call Ohio his home. He enjoys hiking in the wonderful hills of Southeastern Ohio and reading books, and has a passion for delicious things.
Madelyn Brewer joined the ACEnet staff as full-time Special Projects Coordinator in December 2017. Ms. Brewer supports activities for the Central Appalachian Food Corridor, a two-year project funded through the Appalachian Regional Commission, focusing on food-sector job and business creation, expansion and retention across the Central Appalachian region. With a focus on cultivating and maintaining relationships with ACEnet clients & small businesses participating in the ARC funded project, she works 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.
Ms. Brewer is a 2017 graduate of Ohio University holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Health with a minor in Business Administration. Having been raised on a family farm in Holmes County, OH, Madelyn … Read More
Madison Yee joined ACEnet in July, beginning her Ohio CDC Association AmeriCorps VISTA term as ACEnet’s Workforce Development VISTA. Madison’s 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 ex-offender reentry individuals.
Ms. Yee graduated from Ohio University in 2016 with a degree in Media & Social Change. She has been involved in grassroots-based activism within Athens, in addition to serving in local, state & federal political campaigns.