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Nancy Arnold

Jason Bailey

Anna Baumann

Regina Becknell

Laura Best

Ketaki Bhattacharyya

Joshua Bills

Ivy Brashear

Yvonne Burchett

Jason Coomes

Maurice Davidson

Greg Doyle

Leslie Ferguson-Oles

Peter Hille

Zuojay Johnson

Elisabeth Kilongo

Megan Naseman

Rachel Norton

Holli Powell

Dustin Pugel

Carrie Ray

Debbie Reardon

Les Roll

Joseph Sheehan

Ashley Spalding

Kristin Stratton

Pam Thomas

Betsy Whaley

Amy Williams

Chris Woolery

Paul Wright

Sarah Zeller







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.



Jason Bailey, KCEP Executive Director, jbailey@maced.org
Jason joined MACED's staff in September 2007. He serves as the Executive Director of the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy. Since 1998 he has worked as a researcher addressing economic issues in the Commonwealth. Jason has served as a member of the Governor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Tax Reform and 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, KCEP Communications Director, anna@kypolicy.org

Anna joined the MACED team in February 2013 as a Research and Policy Associate. She became a senior policy associate, before moving into the communications director position. In her work for the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy, she focuses on state budget and tax issues, as well as policies affecting Kentuckians' earned income. She has previously worked in the Episcopal Church and in faith-based, non-profit organizations advocating for economic and social justice. Anna has a Master's in Development Studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa and a Bachelor's in English from Berry College in Rome, Georgia. She enjoys gardening, cooking, and time on the family farm with her husband and two children.


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, Staff Accountant, 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.



Ketaki Bhattacharyya, Social Enterprise and Consulting Services Manager, ketaki@maced.org

Ketaki joined MACED in July 2015 to manage the recently created Social Enterprise Support Initiative. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Warren Wilson College focusing on Social Ecology and a Master of Health Sciences degree focusing on Behavior and Community Intervention from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. Ketaki has centered her career on supporting low-income people and directly-impacted communities around the world. She has worked on international projects with Save the Children, John Snow, Inc., and Johns Hopkins University in the areas of finance, operations, and communications. Ketaki, her husband, and two sons are excited to have left the Washington, D.C. metro area behind to settle here in beautiful Berea.


Josh Bills

Joshua Bills, Energy Efficient Enterprises Commercial Energy Specialist, 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, Appalachian Transition Coordinator, ivy@maced.org
Ivy Brashear joined the staff of MACED in February 2013 as a Communications Associate. Before joining MACED, she was 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, Ky., and at the Times-Tribune in Corbin, Ky. She's also been 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 Appalachian Transition. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Appalachian Studies from Eastern Kentucky University, and is pursuing her Master's degree in Community and Leadership Development from the University of Kentucky. She is a native of Viper, Ky., a fifth-generation Perry Countian, and a tenth-generation Appalachian.


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.



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.




Leslie Ferguson-Oles, Research and Strategic Project Coordinator, leslie@maced.org

As a research associate, Leslie conducts research to develop MACED's understanding of trends, issues and opportunities related to creating a Just Transition to a new economy in eastern Kentucky and Central Appalachia. Before coming to MACED in the Spring of 2016 she worked as a professional writer, partnering with small businesses and family farms to create clear and meaningful communications. Leslie earned her M. A. in English Composition and Rhetoric from Western Carolina University, where she also taught writing and critical studies. She holds a B.A. in English-Writing from Berea College, with a minor in Sustainability and Environmental Studies. A proud Western North Carolina native, Leslie is happy to call Berea home with her farmer husband and two children.




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. 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.




Zuojay Johnson, Office Manager, zjohnson@maced.org

Zuojay Johnson became MACED's Office Manager in the Fall of 2015 after graduating from Berea College, where she studied philosophy and English. During her time at Berea, she worked closely with first-year students, helping them develop college-level writing skills while assisting them with their transition to college life. Before her return to college, Zuojay also worked with low-income populations during her time with the Madison County Health Department. She has also served as a volunteer at the L'Abri Fellowship in Great Britain pursing interests related to poverty, faith, cultural criticism, and the arts. When not at work Zuojay delights in listening to podcasts while undertaking ill-fated painting projects as well as spending time with her husband and children.



Elisabeth Kilongo

Elisabeth Kilongo, Development Director, ekilongo@maced.org

Elisabeth joined MACED in April 2014 after relocating to Berea and now coordinates MACED's fundraising efforts. Previously Elisabeth served with a refugee resettlement program in Denver, Colorado, as Volunteer/Intern Coordinator and then as a Case Manager. Prior to that she spent three years as a Program Officer with a relief and development organization in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Originally from Colorado, Elisabeth has a BA in International Studies and French from Virginia Tech. She enjoys living in Berea with her husband and daughter.


Megan Naseman, Human Resources Coordinator, 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 began in a Sustainable Appalachian Communities course and was 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.



Rachel Norton

Rachel Norton, Residential Energy Specialist, rachel@maced.org

Rachel Norton joined MACED in May 2016 as a residential energy specialist. She is committed to creating a healthier, more sustainable global environment by focusing her efforts on the local community. While obtaining her degree in biosystems engineering at the University of Kentucky, she was involved in a variety of projects which solidified her interest in energy efficiency and sustainability. These interests have led her to work in energy auditing and manufacturing companies across Kentucky. She has been elected to leadership roles in her professional community, and has working with local nonprofit organizations. Ms. Norton is a certified Building Performance Analyst and is building her own energy auditing business while working full time MACED. A native of Lexington, she enjoys spending her time out in the community eating good local food and chatting with good local people. She sees a glass half full, but a community in need of focused service that will foster the lives Kentuckians want to live.




Holli Powell, Vice President for Finance and Operations, holli@maced.org

Holli Powell joined MACED's staff in June 2013. 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, graduated of Leadership Lexington's 2011-2012 class, participated in the 2015 OFN CitiLeadership program, 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.




Dustin Pugel, Policy Analyst, dustin@kypolicy.org

Dustin Pugel joined the staff in October 2015. Dustin previously worked for BUILD in Lexington, where he organized and trained religious congregations to conduct research and advocacy on issues relating to low-income families. He also provided policy research assistance for the Kentucky Council for Developmental Disabilities. He has a master's in public administration from the University of Kentucky which focused on community and economic development, and he has a BA in History from Asbury University.



Carrie Ray

Carrie Ray, Energy Efficient Enterprises Program Coordinator, carrie@maced.org

Carrie returned to MACED in July 2017 as the Program Coordinator for Energy Efficient Enterprises. A Kentucky native, she received her Master's degree in International Public Affairs from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Carrie has worked for non-profits in energy, policy and social justice work, including over three years at MACED as a Research and Policy Associate. Most recently, she spent three years living with her family in England, but is happy to be home in Kentucky and back at MACED. She lives in Lexington with her husband and two boys.



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 Enterprise Development team as Senior Business Development Associate and is now the Loan Fund Administrator. She is responsible for business loan closings, all loan records maintenance (electronic and paper), monthly payment collection, delinquent loan collections, loan default collateral repossession and property management, loan client relations and numerous other duties. From 1982 - 1995, she worked as a Staff Accountant for a local government in Northern Virginia and part-time as a Mortgage Loan Officer of CAMCO Mortgage Bankers. With the transfer of her spouse to Tallahassee, Florida in 1995, she worked as Budget Assistant for the Florida Bar Association, serving 70,000 attorneys throughout Florida. To complement her mortgage lending background, she obtained 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.



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

Les opened MACED's Hazard office in 2011. His work focuses on serving entrepreneurs and businesses in 14 counties with MACED's Enterprise Development Program and supporting the comprehensive community development efforts underway in Hazard. Les is on the steering committee of InVision Hazard, a downtown redevelopment coalition; the board of Redbud Financial, LLC, an emerging consumer finance CDFI; and the founding board chair of Northfork Local Food, Inc., a regional local food nonprofit operating the Perry County Famer's Market. A two-term AmeriCorps alum, Les is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law ('09) and a member of the Kentucky Bar.




Joseph Sheehan, Technology Manager, 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.



Ashley Spalding, Senior Policy Analyst, 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

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.


Pam Thomas

Pam Thomas, Senior Fellow, pam@kypolicy.org
Pam joined the MACED staff in January 2017 after a long career in state government. Prior to joining MACED, Pam was the Committee Staff Administrator for the Appropriations and Revenue Committee of the Kentucky General Assembly. Pam has extensive experience in the areas of tax policy, budgeting, education finance, and workforce policy. Pam also spent some time with the state Justice Cabinet, with a focus on juvenile justice, policy development, budgeting, and strategic planning. Prior to joining LRC. Pam has a law degree from the University of Kentucky, and a BS in business from St. Bonaventure University in New York. Pam lives in Midway with her husband and enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and riding bicycles.




Betsy Whaley, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, betsy@maced.org

Betsy Whaley joined the staff of MACED in October of 2015. Prior to joining MACED, Betsy was the Vice President of Programs and Community Collaborations for The Julian Center in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she developed expertise in program development, project management, grant writing and building collaborations for collective impact. Betsy's roots are in Appalachia, having grown up in east Tennessee near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A graduate of The University of Tennessee and Christian Theological Seminary, she has a great interest in working to support just and sustainable transition in eastern Kentucky. Outside of work, Betsy enjoys hiking, cooking, travel and time with family and friends.



Amy Williams

Amy Williams, Project Specialist, amy@maced.org

Amy joined MACED's staff in 2016. She works in the Berea office assisting small businesses within a 20-county area through the Enterprise Development program. Amy is a former small business owner and has a Master of Science degree in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University. Amy served in the Peace Corps as a Community and Business Development Volunteer in Armenia and served as a Kiva Fellow assisting microfinance institutions. She enjoys hiking, dancing and exploring.



Chris Woolery

Chris Woolery, How$martKY Program Coordinator, cwoolery@maced.org
Chris Woolery became the How$martKY™ Program Coordinator in September of 2015 after four years with MACED as a Residential Energy Specialist. How$martKY™ partners with rural electric cooperatives to design, finance, and install home energy efficiency upgrades – and these improvements are paid for directly out of energy savings on utility bills. As a former ENERGY STAR® builder and energy services contractor, Chris has been a pioneer in efficient construction and remodeling in Central Kentucky for over a decade. Having built 21 ENERGY STAR® homes and implemented energy upgrades to over 700 households, he has learned which energy upgrades make the best investments. When he's not being an energy nerd, Chris lives in Lexington with his wife and kids, and enjoys many of the things that Kentucky is noted for: bourbon, basketball, and especially our beautiful natural spaces.




Paul Wright, Vice President for Enterprise Development, pwright@maced.org

Paul directs MACED's enterprise support and capital programs and oversees the Social Enterprise Support Initiative. 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.



Sarah Zeller

Sarah Zeller, Campaign Coordinator, sarah@kypolicy.org

Sarah Zeller is the Campaign Coordinator for the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy, joining the staff in May 2015. Sarah previously worked as the State Director of Ohio Voice, a nonprofit focused on coordinating organizations working to increase the participation of underrepresented communities in our democracy. She has also worked in the Ohio Legislature and as the Legislative Liaison for the Ohio Department of Administrative Services. Sarah has an MA in Public Policy and Management from The Ohio State University, and a BA in Political Science and BS in Education from Bowling Green State University. Sarah serves on the Site Based Decision Making Committee and as the PTA Secretary for Clays Mill Elementary in Lexington.





Shari Hawley, Communications Consultant, sharihawley@gmail.com