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Angie Allman

Nancy Arnold

Jason Bailey

Anna Baumann

Regina Becknell

Laura Best

Joshua Bills

Ivy Brashear

Yvonne Burchett

Danielle Capillo

Chris Childers

Kenny Colston

Jason Coomes

Maurice Davidson

Greg Doyle

Peter Hille

Danny Isaacs

Elisabeth Kilongo

Carol Lamm

Sarah Martin

Megan Naseman

Christopher Porter

Holli Powell

Debbie Reardon

Les Roll

Joseph Sheehan

Scott Shouse

Ashley Spalding

Kristin Stratton

Greta Tompkins

Chris Woolery

Paul Wright







Angie Lewallen

Angie Allman, Forestry Program Associate, aallman@maced.org
Angie Allman joined the MACED staff in July 2005. Angie originally served the finance and operations teams by providing accounting and operational support to MACED programs and staff. In 2010 she joined the forestry team and serves as Forestry Program Associate. Before coming to MACED Angie worked as a legal assistant with an environmental law firm supporting cases involving the Clean Air Act and the Endangered Species Act. Angie graduated from Berea College in May 2002 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Agriculture and Natural Resources. While at Berea College Angie was an intern with the Forestry Department and assisted with timber stand improvement and trail maintenance. Angie is a lifetime resident of Kentucky and currently resides in Mt. Vernon. Angie and her husband Ian are co-owners of Allman’s Beer Cheese, a small specialty food business. In her free time she enjoys cooking, gardening and hiking.


Nancy Arnold, Accounting Supervisor, narnold@maced.org
Nancy Arnold joined MACED in July 2007 as Senior Accountant. Her primary responsibilities as a member of the finance team include cash management, general ledger, financial statements and grant reporting. She has over twenty-five years of experience in accounting, which includes sixteen years of nonprofit experience and eight years of grant accounting. She graduated from Mountain State College, majoring in Accounting and Business Administration. Nancy and her husband relocated to Central Kentucky from Southeast Ohio in December 2000. She enjoys church, family and friends. She recently became a grandma which added a wonderful new dimension to her life.



Jason Bailey, Research and Policy Director, jbailey@maced.org
Jason joined MACED’s staff in September 2007. He serves as MACED’s Research and Policy Director and is Director of the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy. Since 1998 he has worked as a researcher and advocate addressing economic development and economic security issues in Kentucky.  Jason serves on the Kentucky Commission on Small Business Advocacy. He has a master’s in public administration with a specialization in public finance from New York University and a bachelor’s degree from Carson-Newman College.


Anna Baumann

Anna Baumann, Research and Policy Associate, anna@kypolicy.org

Anna joined the MACED team in February 2013 as a Research and Policy Associate. In her work for the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy, she focuses on budget, tax and policy analysis. Previously, Anna served as a ministries coordinator in the Episcopal Church, an AmeriCorps volunteer in Los Angeles and a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in Durban, South Africa. After marrying into and working for Lazy Eight Stock Farm in Paint Lick, Kentucky, she also considers herself a farmer. Anna has a master's in Development Studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban and a bachelor's in English from Berry College in Rome, Georgia. Uniting these diverse endeavors is her deep-seated curiosity about economic justice. Anna enjoys gardening, BBC television, and spending time with her husband, Bryce, and their son, Jack.


Regina Becknell

Regina Becknell, Enterprise Development Project Specialist, rbecknell@maced.org
Regina Becknell started working with MACED in July 2004. She staffs MACED's eastern Kentucky office. She most recently served as the president of the Floyd County Chamber of Commerce in Prestonsburg, KY. In addition to her position with the Chamber, Regina worked part-time for the Morehead State University Small Business Development Center. Her duties at these positions included fundraising, marketing, finance, design, leadership initiatives, economic development and technical assistance to businesses. Regina is a graduate of Berea College. She returned to eastern Kentucky to be closer to her parents and to raise her two children. Prior to her return to Floyd County, she was the marketing director/accountant for Buell*Fryer*McReynolds, a structural engineering firm, and accounting manager for Frontier Nursing Service. Regina has served as board member for the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executives, and has been a member of the Kentucky Industrial Development Council and Prestonsburg Rotarian.



Laura Best, Accounting and Payroll Clerk, lbest@maced.org

Laura joined MACED in October 2010 as payroll and accounting clerk. Prior to joining MACED, she managed a law office specializing in workers compensation and personal injury and worked in the legal arena for over 20 years. Laura moved to Central Kentucky from the Cincinnati area eight years ago and has lived in Berea for several years. She and her husband, David, are interested in alternative fuels as well as sustainable energy and sustainable agriculture. Laura thoroughly enjoys her family, cycling, mountain biking, hiking, camping, reading and music.


Josh Bills

Joshua Bills, Energy Efficient Enterprises Program Coordinator, jbills@maced.org

Josh joined MACED in March 2008 to develop and coordinate energy assessments and pursue emerging energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities for client entrepreneurs. Josh assists the Business Development team in developing financing opportunities for energy reduction and renewable energy projects. A former renewable energy installation entrepreneur himself, Josh brings a distinctive perspective to the position, with firsthand knowledge of the needs of, and the demands on energy efficiency and renewable energy installers today. He brings a wealth of knowledge to his role, with a Mechanical Engineering degree from Washington University in St. Louis, and experience with over 100 renewable energy installations throughout Kentucky, Haiti, and as far off as West Africa.


Ivy Brashear

Ivy Brashear, Communications Associate, ivy@maced.org
Ivy Brashear joined the staff of MACED in February 2013 as a communications associate. Before joining MACED, she was the chief blogger at The Rural Blog, which is a product of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues at the University of Kentucky. She has been a reporter at The Hazard Herald in Hazard, Kentucky, a filmmaker for the Appalachian Media Institute, a staff assistant with the Kentucky RIVERKEEPER, and has been involved with several nonprofit organizations that focus primarily on Kentucky and Central Appalachia. She is currently attending graduate school at the University of Kentucky in the Community and Leadership Development program, from which she hopes to gain her Master's degree in May 2013. She enjoys hiking, traveling, writing poetry, spending time with her family and getting muddy with Poppyseed, her five-year-old German shepherd mix.


Yvonne Burchett

Yvonne Burchett, Enterprise Development Program Assistant, yburchett@maced.org

Yvonne Burchett has worked with MACED since August 2006 and serves as the Business Development Assistant for MACED’s Paintsville office. Among other things, Yvonne helps manage the Paintsville office, works individually with client entrepreneurs to solve problems, and facilitates group training.  Yvonne has been certified to administer FastTrac entrepreneur classes and is experienced with providing technical assistance in QuickBooks. Prior to joining MACED Yvonne worked as business manager for a trucking business and a grocery business, both in Paintsville. Yvonne is a lifelong Johnson County resident.



Danielle Capillo, Custodian

Danielle joined the MACED staff in February 2012 as the custodian. In addition to her duties keeping MACED's Berea office clean with non-toxic chemical solutions, Danielle runs her own business, Clean Living. Clean Living offers home and office cleaning with non-toxic cleaning products, cooking services, garden consultation and cultivation. Danielle has two children and resides in Egret’s Cove, an intentional community where she hopes to build a small cabin with natural materials in the near future. Danielle is a member of a parent support group, the Berea Mothers Forum, and a founding member of Acres of Harvest, a cooperative CSA. In her down time Danielle enjoys gardening, cooking, hiking, music and time around the fire. She is a lifelong resident of Berea; she earned a bachelor’s degree in nutrition from Berea College in 2006.



Chris Childers, How$martKY Residential Energy Specialist, cchilders@maced.org

Chris joined MACED in September 2014 as a Residential Energy Specialist for the How$martKY program. His responsibilities include assisting our co-op partners in implementing How$martKY and performing Home Energy assessments. Chris graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a B.S. in Industrial Risk Management. Prior to coming to MACED, he worked as a Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Contractor for 13 years, and helped more than 200 families make energy efficiency improvements on their homes with Daniel Boone Community Action. A life-long resident of southeastern Kentucky, Chris currently lives in Somerset with his wife and their five children. When not at work, he loves cooking, hiking and spending time with his family on their small farm.



Kenny Colston, KCEP Communications Director, kcolston@kypolicy.org

Kenny Colston is the Communications Director for the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy. Kenny joined the team in March 2015, after spending the previous five years as a political journalist and editor. Kenny has received many state and regional awards for his work in politics, sports and other areas of journalism. The New York Times, Washington Post and several other national outlets have cited his writing. Kenny has a Bachelor's of Science in journalism, with a political science minor, from the University of Kentucky.




Jason Coomes, Energy Programs Manager, jcoomes@maced.org

Jason joined MACED in May 2013 as Energy Programs Manager. Jason works on strategic development, management and implementation of MACED's energy-related programs. He was most recently an Assistant Professor and Compton Chair in Ecological Design at Berea College. He has taught at the Rural Studio, an internationally acclaimed design-build program in the School of Architecture at Auburn University, and collaborated with William McDonough on the Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest Visitor's Center in Clermont, the first Platinum LEED rated building in Kentucky. His work has received awards from the Kentucky Society of Architects, the Alabama Historical Commission and the American Institute of Architects. Jason holds a Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Kentucky. A native of Henderson County, he currently resides in Berea with his wife and two sons.



Maurice Davidson, Maintenance Assistant, mdavidson@maced.org

Maurice joined MACED in May of 2009. He maintains our buildings and grounds. Prior to joining our staff Maurice worked in the Facilities Management department at Berea College for 18 years.






Greg Doyle

Greg Doyle, Senior Lender, gdoyle@maced.org

Greg manages risk for MACED's loan fund which invests money in small and new enterprises in Appalachian Kentucky. His primary responsibilities include participation deal development, chief underwriting & due diligence analysis, systems development & implementation, marketing, and data management. Prior to joining MACED in October 2006 Greg worked in the banking industry for 25 years, primarily as a small business and commercial lender. A native Kentuckian, Greg earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and History from the Virginia Military Institute and an MBA from the University of Kentucky.



Peter Hille, President, peter@maced.org

Peter Hille joined MACED's board in 2003 and served as board treasurer and board chair before joining MACED's staff in 2012 as executive vice president. As EVP, Peter worked with MACED's programs in energy, forestry and enterprise development as well as overseeing MACED's finances and operations. He was appointed president in March 2015 when Justin Maxson left to lead the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation after thirteen years as MACED's president. Previously, Peter was director of the Brushy Fork Institute of Berea College where he conducted leadership and community development programs throughout Central Appalachia. He also served as a consultant to regional and national organizations and implemented community development projects internationally, in Russia and Slovakia. Peter currently serves on the board of the East Kentucky Leadership Foundation and the Central Appalachian Institute for Research and Development. A 1977 graduate of Swarthmore College, Peter's background includes experience in grassroots organizing and small business management. He lives with his wife in a passive solar home they designed and built in the midst of fifty acres of forest near Berea, Kentucky.


Danny Isaacs

Danny Isaacs, Enterprise Development Project Specialist, disaacs@maced.org
Danny Isaacs started working with MACED in 2006. He is originally from Marietta, Georgia. He graduated from Berea College in 2005 with a degree in business administration. He started working with the enterprise development program as a business development analyst and is currently serving as the project specialist representing the Berea office. He covers 22 counties in the western portion of MACED's service area. Danny's responsibilities include identifying entrepreneurs and partners and providing technical assistance to small businesses in rural Appalachia. Danny's prior experience includes an internship with the Letcher County Water and Sewer District and working with several family owned small businesses where his appreciation for their roles within local communities began.


Elisabeth Kilongo

Elisabeth Kilongo, Development Associate, ekilongo@maced.org

Elisabeth joined MACED in April 2014 to assist the Operations Team and moved to the Fundraising Team in October of the same year. Elisabeth has served as a Case Manager and Volunteer Coordinator with the African Community Center in Denver, Colorado, and as a Program Officer in the Democratic Republic of Congo with Food for the Hungry. Originally from Colorado, Elisabeth has a BA in International Studies & French from Virginia Tech. She enjoys being active outside and especially spending time with her family and friends.

Carol Lamm

Carol Lamm, Director of Program Innovation, clamm@maced.org
Carol Lamm has served MACED in many capacities beginning in 1978. Her responsibilities have included technical assistance to community organizations, research, new program development, fundraising, internal organizational development, operations, accounting and finance. From 1988 to 1994, she served as the first coordinator and then the director of the Brushy Fork Institute, an Appalachian leadership and development program of Berea College. From 1999 to mid-2002, she worked as an independent consultant and studied accounting, passing the CPA exam in November 2001. She re-joined MACED in the summer of 2002, served 10 years as operations and finance director and is now director of program innovation. As a volunteer, Carol has served as president of the Kentucky Conservation Committee, as an elected member of the Berea Community School-Based Decision Making Council, as president of the Kentucky Association of School Councils and in numerous officer positions with local and regional Quaker bodies. She has a master's in English from Cornell University.


Sarah Martin

Sarah Martin, Operations Assistant, sarah@maced.org

Sarah joined the MACED family in October 2014. As part of the Operations Team, she provides support to MACED staff, programs and affiliates. Prior to arriving at MACED, Sarah did election work for Kentuckians For The Commonwealth (KFTC) and taught English as a Second Language, including preparatory material in U.S history, government and civics for the U.S. Naturalization Test. She is an active member of the Central Kentucky Chapter of KFTC, serving as the Chapter Alternate for the statewide KFTC Steering Committee, chapter publicity coordinator, and member of the Voter Empowerment Strategy Team and Economic Justice Committee. Sarah received her Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Kentucky University, majoring in criminal justice with a minor in women and gender studies. A Central Kentucky native, Sarah enjoys the outdoors, spending time with friends and family, UK Women's Basketball, international soccer, singing, and meaningful, intersectional social justice work.


Megan Naseman, Operations and Human Resources Director, mnaseman@maced.org

Megan Naseman joined MACED's staff in October 2012. Prior to working at MACED, Megan worked as a legal assistant in a local environmental law office and served in AmeriCorps. Megan graduated from Berea College in 2007 with an independent major in Outdoor Education with an emphasis on Sustainability and Environmental Studies (SENS). While at Berea College as the student director of the SENS program she led campus and community environmental education workshops. Her passion for the Appalachian region started academically in a Sustainable Appalachian Communities course, and was further deepened through involvement with Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (KFTC). She has served in local and statewide leadership positions in KFTC since 2008. Outside of the office Megan is delighted by baking pies, trail running, and playing the banjo.




Christopher Porter, Development Director, cporter@maced.org

In May 2011, Chris began his work at MACED as Development Associate, eventually becoming Development Director in May 2014. He works with MACED's fundraising team to set strategy, maintain key relationships, develop new funding resources, and help ensure the overall smooth operations of MACED's fundraising efforts. Before coming to MACED, Chris worked as a writer in Berea College's Development Office and assisted several direct-service nonprofits in Lexington with their fundraising efforts. He holds an undergraduate degree in English from Roanoke College and an MFA in Creative Writing—Fiction from the University of Montana..



Holli Powell, Finance Director, holli@maced.org

Holli Powell joined MACED in June 2013 as controller and became finance director in January 2014. Holli previously worked as an external and internal auditor, and most recently served as the Bishop's Deputy for Finance in the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington, where she worked closely with congregations in eastern Kentucky and Appalachia. Holli earned both of her Bachelor's degrees from the University of Kentucky in 2001, and received her Master's in Business Administration from Mississippi State University in 2007. She is deeply interested in personal leadership development, is a graduate of Leadership Lexington's 2011-2012 class and serves on the Leadership Lexington Youth Program Steering Committee. A native Kentuckian, Holli lives in Lexington with her daughter and enjoys writing, traveling, photography and exploring local cuisine.


Debbie Reardon

Debbie Reardon, Loan Fund Administrator, dreardon@maced.org
Debbie joined MACED in June 1999 as a staff accountant. In May 2002 she moved to the Business Development team as Senior Business Development Associate and is now the Loan Fund Administrator responsible for business loan closings, all loan records (electronic and paper), monthly payment collection, delinquent loan collections, loan client relations and numerous other duties. While living in Northern Virginia from 1982 - 1995, she worked fulltime as a staff accountant for a Northern Virginia local government and part time as a mortgage loan officer of CAMCO Mortgage Bankers in Northern Virginia. With the transfer of her spouse to Tallahassee, Florida in 1995, she worked full-time as budget assistant for the Florida Bar, serving 70,000 attorneys throughout Florida. To complement her mortgage lending background, she attended classes and passed the state test for her real estate license. Debbie attended Northern Virginia Community College and the University of South Florida. As a community volunteer, she has worked with the Girl Scouts, the Madison County Humane Society, Habitat for Humanity and the Special Olympics Torch Run. Debbie is the chairman of the Supervisory Committee for the Appalachian Federal Credit Union in Berea, KY.



Les Roll, Enterprise Development Project Specialist, lroll@maced.org

Les joined MACED in January 2011 as Enterprise Development Project Specialist for the Hazard office. In that role, he will identify potential partners and entrepreneurs, facilitate loans, and work to create strong and lasting local relationships. Les is a 2009 graduate of the UK College of Law and is a member of the Kentucky Bar. A former AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps*VISTA member, Les’s work experiences have (almost) all emphasized working with and in rural communities. In his spare time, Les dabbles in photography, reads science fiction and cooks.




Joseph Sheehan, Technology and Maintenance Coordinator, jsheehan@maced.org

Joe joined MACED in May 2008 as the Technology and Maintenance Coordinator. He has lived most of his life in Kentucky and graduated from Morehead State University in 2004 with a degree in Industrial Technology.  Prior to coming to MACED Joe performed computer desktop support and technology planning for the University of Kentucky Department of Anesthesiology. While not at work he enjoys spending time outdoors and in his garden with his wife and two children.



Scott Shouse, Forester, bsshouse@maced.org
Scott Shouse joined MACED's staff in January 2008 after several months of consulting work with the Forest Opportunities Initiative. Scott's responsibilities are focused on the carbon credits program but also include other sustainable forestry work. He has diverse forestry experience including tropical agro-forestry, urban forestry, forestry research and social/environmental certification. He is also experienced in database design and implementation as well as Geographic Information Systems. Scott holds a Masters of Science degree in forestry from the University of Kentucky.


Ashley Spalding, Research and Policy Associate, aspalding@maced.org
Ashley joined MACED in October 2011. Ashley has conducted research on social and economic policies affecting low-income families for the past ten years. Her doctoral and postdoctoral research projects at the University of South Florida focused on low-income housing and education, respectively. At MACED, Ashley now works on Kentucky budget, tax and policy analysis. Ashley holds a PhD in Applied Anthropology from the University of South Florida, an MA in Anthropology from the University of South Carolina and a BA in English from Samford University. A Kentucky native, Ashley is thrilled to have returned to the area to live and work.


Kristin Stratton, Senior Associate, kstratton@maced.org
Kristin Stratton graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 1997 with a bachelor of arts degree in public relations. Within a matter of weeks, she was working at MACED as a intern and has been with the organization ever since. Through the years, her position has evolved and she has served in many roles including communications, fundraising, programmatic work, grant administration and technology coordinator. Kristin is involved in community development in her hometown of Paint Lick. She is board president for the Friends of Paint Lick and the Paint Lick Family Clinic. Kristin lives on Bell Spring Farm with her husband, Shawn, and their sons, Mason and Evan. Her boys are the fifth generation of the family to live on this farm.



Greta Tompkins, Office Manager, gtompkins@maced.org

Greta became Office Manger in November 2010 after working with MACED part time as office assistant since February 2008. She is a graduate of Somerset Community College with an Associate’s degree in Accounting. Greta is a lifelong resident of Kentucky and now resides in Mt. Vernon with her husband and four children.







Chris Woolery, How$martKY Residential Energy Specialist, cwoolery@maced.org
Chris Woolery joined MACED in the summer of 2011 as the residential energy specialist for How$martKY. As a former ENERGY STAR® builder and energy efficiency contractor, Chris has been a pioneer in energy efficient construction and remodeling in central Kentucky for over a decade. Having built 21 ENERGY STAR homes and implemented energy upgrades to over 600 households, Chris has learned which energy improvements are good investments. In working with How$martKY, Chris helps to design and install efficiency upgrades that are paid for out of savings on utility bills. When he is not being an energy nerd, he enjoys spending time with friends and family, especially his two children.



Paul Wright, Enterprise Development Director, pwright@maced.org

Paul directs MACED's enterprise support and capital programs and serves on the management team. He offers 15 years industry experience, including: community facilities financing, grants management, organizational development and management consulting. Prior to coming to MACED in 2011, Paul developed a nationally recognized comprehensive community development initiative in Houston, Texas, ran his own business coaching/consulting franchise and organized various collaborative networks to achieve common goals. Paul holds a BS in Business Administration from Birmingham-Southern College, an MBA in Community Economic Development from Eastern College, and is an Economic Development Finance Professional certified through the National Development Council. He resides in Berea with his wife and four kids and enjoys hiking, mountain biking and time with his family.





Shari Hawley, Communications Consultant, sharihawley@gmail.com