Mike Jacoby, CEO & President

Mike Jacoby, APEG President, leads the APEG-JobsOhio team’s project development and business attraction efforts as well as shale energy activities and initiatives related to the state’s Marcellus and Utica shale resources.

His economic development career includes leadership of development efforts in Muskingum, Jefferson and Washington Counties.

740.704.9977  |  mjacoby@apeg.com.


Katy Farber, VP

Katy Farber, APEG VP, directly oversees the APEG-JobsOhio project management efforts. She was an APEG Project Manager for five years, working with eight of the southern-most counties in the region prior to her vice presidency promotion. She retains three of them in her new position: Adams, Highland and Ross.

Before joining the team, Katy was President of the Highland County Chamber of Commerce. In addition, she and her husband own a small business in the region.

937.763.6758  |  kfarber@apeg.com.


Heather Church, Marketing/Communication

Heather Church is Director of Marketing & Communication and for APEG where she is responsible for creating and sharing news and information about initiatives, events, staff and companies in the region.

Her communication experience spans the non-profit, government, technology, and health and wellness sectors. She worked in county government and as a digital marketing consultant across industries before joining the team.



Donna Hrezo, Sites & Buildings

Donna Hrezo is the region’s Site Advisor.   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, ZoomProspector.

Previously, Donna was with the Jefferson County Port Authority; her responsibilities included managing economic development projects and the county’s industrial park.

740.381.0230  |  dhrezo@apeg.com.


Ed Looman, Project Manager

Ed Looman serves APEG as Project Manager in the Eastern Ohio counties –  Belmont, Carroll, Coshocton, Guernsey, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson and Monroe.

Before joining the APEG staff, Looman was Executive Director for Progress Alliance, the public-private economic development organization serving Jefferson County.

740.381.4119  |  elooman@apeg.com.


Tom Poorman, Project Manager

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.

740.607.8856  |  tpoorman@apeg.com.


Taylor Stepp, Project Manager

Taylor Stepp is Project Manager for APEG’s southern counties — Gallia, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Scioto and Vinton.

Prior to joining the team, Taylor was a JobsOhio Project Coordinator responsible for northwestern and northeastern Ohio, and he assisted communities in development while working for Ohio House Finance Chairman Ryan Smith. During college, he was the student body president at Ohio State University. Born and raised in Jackson, Ohio, he’s happy to be working and serving the communities close to home.

740.395.7656  |  tstepp@apeg.com.


Von Williams, Talent Acquisition

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 was funded through a Make It In America Challenge grant.

Von brings strong 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.

740.310.9417  |  vwilliams@apeg.com.


Chelsie Wollett, Research Analyst

Chelsie Wollett is the region’s Research Analyst. She supports APEG’s goal of advancing the region’s economy by analyzing demographic, workforce, and real estate data to help build a business case for companies looking into the region.

Chelsie’s analysis background includes helping businesses create software, cleanup and reorganize databases, and redesign and test websites.