APEG Staff

Mike Jacoby

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.

Mike can be reached at 740.704.9977 or by email at mjacoby@apeg.com.


Katy Farber

2016_07 Katy FarberKaty 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.

Before joining the team, 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.


Heather Church

Heather Church is Director of Communication and Digital Marketing 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.

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


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.


Taylor Stepp

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.

Taylor can be reached at 740.395.7656 by email at tstepp@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 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.

You can reach Von at 740.310.9417.  Her email address is vwilliams@apeg.com.


Chelsie Wollett

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.

Chelsie can be reached at 740.753.5359 or via email at cwollett@apeg.com.


API Staff

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John Molinaro

John Molinaro serves as President & CEO of the Appalachian Partnership Inc. Before joining API, Molinaro was President of APEG for six years, and co-director of the Community Strategies Group at the Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C. prior to that.

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 (office) or 740.447.1110 (cell).  His email address is jmolinaro@apppart.org.

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@apppart.org.


Carolyn Brainard

Carolyn Brainard, Office Administrator, manages the workflow and relationships of API/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@apppart.org.


Jane Dunnington

Jane Dunnington, Database/Office Assistant, is responsible for keeping API/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@apppart.org.



Frank Roberts

Frank Roberts, Senior Project Associate, is leading the APEG Wood Products Team. Under the Forest Products Innovation Cluster Initiative, he  works 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@apppart.org.