Appalachian Center for Economic Networks (ACEnet) Announces Two New Board Members

Athens, OH— ACEnet announces the appointment of two new members to its Board of Trustees as they begin their three year term, as well as the full slate of officers and board members for 2017.

Joining the Board of Trustees are Scott Zielinski and Catherine Allgood. “I am excited to have Scott and Caty join our Board of Trustees; they bring valuable networks and skills that will support our work in growing our regional economy,” Larry Fisher, Executive Director.


ACEnet Welcomes New Board MembersScott Zielinski is currently the Director of the Area 14 Workforce Development Board, an organization charged with the responsibility to procure workforce services, develop policies, and oversee Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding for a three-county area (Athens, Meigs and Perry).

Mr. Zielinski previously spent 15 years with the Athens County Department of Job and Family Services in multiple roles, including the supervision of the Ohio Means Jobs – Athens County center (The Work Station), Special Projects Coordinator, and Coordinator of Reentry Services. He currently serves on multiple social service and workforce advisory boards, as well as the Athens County Reentry Task Force and the Athens County Opiate Task Force.

Mr. Zielinski graduated from Ohio University in 2000 with a Bachelors of Arts and resides in The Plains, Ohio with his wife (Amy Beech) and daughter (Riley Zielinski).


ACEnet Welcomes New Board MembersCatherine Allgood currently serves as a Director of Development for University Advancement at Ohio University. She has worked with the University since 2008. During her time at OU, she served as the Assistant Director of Annual Giving as well as the Director of Development for Student Affairs. Prior to her return to Athens, Ms. Allgood served as the Assistant Director for Annual Giving at Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio.

Ms. Allgood holds two degrees from Ohio University. She received her bachelor’s in Psychology in 2006 and completed her Master’s in Organizational Communication in 2014. She resides in Athens with her husband Gabe Giordano and their dog, Kevin Lynn.


The Appalachian Center for Economic Networks (ACEnet) is a community-based economic development organization serving the 32 counties of Appalachia Ohio. The mission of ACEnet is to grow the regional economy by supporting entrepreneurs and strengthening economic sectors.

For more information about ACEnet call 740-592-3854 or visit

The slate of board members for 2017 is listed below.

Tanya Conrath, Board Chair

Brent Hartman, Vice Chair

Stacy Strauss, Secretary

Ric Wasserman, Treasurer

Andrea Lewis

Aaron Thomas

Phil Meyer

Kathryn McGushin

Scott Zielinski

Catherine Allgood


Community Update by ACEnet Programs & Communications Coordinator, Meggan Loveland