APEG Staff

John Molinaro

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 jmolinaro@apeg.com.


Patrick Bolton

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 pbolton@apeg.com .


Carolyn Brainard

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 cbrainard@apeg.com.

Heather Church

Heather Church is the Director of Communication and Digital Marketing 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 communication experience spans the non-profit, government, technology, and health and wellness sectors. She worked in county government and as digital marketing consultant across industries before joining APEG.

Heather can be reached at 740.243.0603 or via email at hchurch@apeg.com

Jane Dunnington

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 jdunnington@apeg.com.

Katy Farber

2016_07 Katy FarberKaty 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 kfarber@apeg.com.

Donna Hrezo

2016_07 Donna HrezoDonna 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 dhrezo@apeg.com.

Mike Jacoby

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 mjacoby@apeg.com.

Ed Looman

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 elooman@apeg.com.

Tom Poorman

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 tpoorman@apeg.com.

Frank Roberts

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 froberts@apeg.com.

 Jesse Roush

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 jroush@apeg.com.

Von Williams

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 vwilliams@apeg.com.