Appalachain Partnership, Incorporated

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

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



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


Jane Dunnington

Jane Dunnington, Financial & Reporting Administrator, 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



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