John Molinaro serves as President, CEO of the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth. Before joining APEG, Molinaro was co-director of the Community Strategies Group at the Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C.
Molinaro has been recognized as a leader in growing the economies of rural areas through holistic, sustainable placed-based approaches, focused on economic and community development throughout his career.
Prior to joining the Aspen Institute, he spent nearly 20 years at the West Central Initiative in Minnesota. He launched the West Central Initiative as a start-up, leading efforts in the realm of business retention and expansion, workforce development, fundraising, assistance to manufacturers and regional planning.
You can reach John at 740.753.5359 (APEG office) or 740.447.1110 (cell). His email address is email@example.com.
Patrick Bolton, Manufacturing Improvement Specialist with the APEG wood products team, is working companies in the region’s wood manufacturing supply chain . His degree in IT and background in customer service are supporting the operations of the Ohio Wood Products Database.
Patrick can be reached at 740.753.5359 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Carolyn Brainard, Office Administrator, manages the workflow and relationships of APEG’s partners, companies and staff. Her responsibilities include financial and business functions.
Her background is in business support for healthcare and accounting.
Carolyn can be reached at 740.753.5359 or by email at email@example.com.
As the Systems Administrator for APEG, Jamey Dixon is responsible for the analysis, extraction and recording of data into business systems for JobsOhio and the ONE Ohio MEP Program, MEP project reporting and survey confirmation as well as IT support for the APEG staff.
Jamey has more than 15 years experience in computer hardware/software support, database design and maintenance and graphic design/desktop publishing. He serves as the ONE Ohio MEP Data Workgroup Team Leader.
Before joining APEG, he provided hardware and software support for Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.
You can reach Jamey at 740.753.9038 and 740.856.6340 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jane Dunnington, Database/Office Assistant, is responsible for keeping APEG’s company and client databased information current and accurate. She also assists with business office functions. Prior to joining APEG she worked at Hocking College in the registrar’s office.
Jane can be reached at 740.753.5359 or at email@example.com.
Katy Farber is the APEG Project Manager serving the southern counties of the region — Adams, Gallia, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross, Scioto and Vinton. Before joining APEG, Katy was President of the Highland County Chamber of Commerce. In addition, she was the owner of a small business.
You can reach Katy at 937 .763.6758. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charlotte Hatfield is the Director of Communications for the Appalachian Partnership and is responsible for creating and disseminating information about and in support of the activities of APEG staff and initiatives.
Her communications experiences include international for-profit and non-profit organizations, healthcare and higher education as well as university teaching. She is the retired president of Washington State Community College.
Charlotte can be reached at 740.525.4737 or via email at email@example.com.
Donna Hrezo is the region’s Site Coordinator. Her focus is enhancing APEG’s competitiveness in site selection and responses to site leads generated via Ohio River Sites, Prime Sites and the JobsOhio’s property database – OhioOne/InSite.
Previously, Donna was with the Jefferson County Port Authority; her responsibilities included managing economic development projects and the county’s industrial park.
You can reach Donna at 740.381.0230. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mike Jacoby, Vice President – Business Development, manages the APEG- JobsOhio team and their project development and business attraction efforts for the region. He will also manage some of the shale energy development activities related to the state’s Marcellus and Utica shale resources.
His Appalachian-based economic development career includes leadership of development efforts in Muskingum, Jefferson and Washington Counties.
Mike can be reached at 740.704.9977 or by email at email@example.com.
Ed Looman serves APEG as Project Manager in the Eastern Ohio counties – Jefferson, Harrison, Carroll, Holmes, Coshocton, Guernsey, and Belmont. Before joining the APEG staff, Looman was Executive Director for Progress Alliance, the public-private economic development organization serving Jefferson County.
You can reach Ed at 740.381.4119. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tom Poorman is Project Manager for APEG’s central counties — Athens, Hocking, Meigs, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry and Washington.
He joined APEG after serving 25 years as president of the Zanesville-Muskingum County Chamber of Commerce where he attracted and retained businesses and supported workforce and small business development.
Tom can be reached at 740.607.8856 by email at email@example.com.
Alison M. Rhoades, CPA, MT, is Chief Financial and Administrative Officer for the Appalachian Partnership. Before joining APEG she was with OhioHealth where she created, branded, grew and directed the internal tax department for the $3 billion healthcare system.
She has nine years of experience in public accounting with Deloitte Tax and Schneider Downs and Co. as well as experience as a work physiologist with the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation.
Alison can be reached at 740.753.9038 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frank Roberts is a Project Associate for the Forest Products Innovation Cluster Initiative and is working with lumber, architectural millwork, cabinet and furniture manufacturers to implement technologies and best practices to enhance production and operational outcomes.
His experience includes quality engineering, production supervision and continuous improvement leadership for Masco-Mills Pride and Fruehauf Corp.
Frank can be reached at 740.648.0360 or by email at email@example.com.
Jesse Roush, Senior Project Associate, is leading the APEG Wood Forest and Wood Products team. With his staff he is helping regional manufacturers add value to their operations and assist companies in evaluating and improving their processes and operations. He is also developing the Ohio Wood Products database.
Jesse has experience in sales, customer relations, engineering and construction and worked in the gas and oil industry. He is a graduate of Ohio University and native of Washington County.
Jesse can be reached at 740.541.5282 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mia Williams, Account Executive for Manufacturing Extension Partnership, serves the eastern counties of the APEG region. She is the liaison to bring expertise and best practices to manufacturing companies of all sizes to help them increase productivity and efficiency.
Mia brings experience with inside and outside sales and workforce development from Oklahoma and West Virginia.
Mia can be reached at 614.638.7478 or email@example.com.
Von Williams is Regional Talent Acquisition Manager for a new JobsOhio’s program created to help new companies locating in the APEG region to recruit and train their employees.
She first led UpSkill Your Workforce program to strengthen incumbent worker skills in the region’s chemical/polymers, metals and wood product manufacturing sectors. UpSkill is funded through a Make It In America Challenge grant.
Von brings to the Appalachian Partnership workforce development and training experiences including Goodwill Industries, Job Corps and Rapid Response assistance in Tulsa and West Virginia, as well product line management for Phillip Morris, USA.
You can reach Von at 740.310.9417. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.