Our Staff

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Executive Leadership Team

Melisa Winburn

President / Chief Executive Officer

Greg DeGennaro

Chief Financial Officer

Kate McKinnie

Vice President of Resource Development

President’s Office

Dave Kelley

Senior Vice President for Donor Engagement

Janice Torretta

Administrative Executive


Gina Goetz

Director of Accounting

Lori Castell

Accounts Payable Specialist

Paul Whittlesey

Accounting Specialist

Ihor Mashkin

Accounting Specialist


Lyssa Hunter Haddock

Senior Director of Advancement

Lindsay Harris

Church & Foundation Grants Manager

Sheryl Hartley

Director of Advancement Communications

Flossie McCaffrey

Administrative Assistant, Advancement

Jim Powell

Grants & Strategic Corporate Partnerships

Hart Teague

Office Manager

Carson Tucker

Donor Engagement Officer

Information Technology

Skip Jones

Information Technology Manager

Human Resources

Emma Christensen

Hiring Program Manager

Sam Lansinger

Director of Human Resources

Brendan Roney

Hiring Program Manager

Marketing & Communications

Chelsi Crockett

Marketing & Communications Manager

Clara Leonard

Content Specialist


Jane Cheema

Director of Spiritual Programs

Carl Cunningham

Fleet & Warehouse Manager

Brick Smith

Warehouse Coordinator

Home Repair

Rose Chelednik

Tri-Cities Program Manager

Daniel Henninger

Home Repair Coordinator

Megan Murphy

Tri-Cities Repair Grant Compliance Coordinator

Caroline Nowak

Regional Coordinator

Annalee Posey

Assistant Director of Home Repair

Kristina Rowles

Director of Home Repair

John Thompson

Grants Case Manager

James Williams

Facility Manager

New Build & Disaster Recovery

Matt Akins

New Build Construction Coordinator

Ashley Allsbrooks

Contract Associate

Mac Anderson

Disaster Recovery Office & Grant Compliance Coordinator

William Hall

New Build Construction Superintendent

Julie Thompson Knott

Contract Associate

Haley Peck

Disaster Recovery Office & Grant Compliance Coordinator

Chris Schroeder

Director of New Build and Disaster Recovery

Grant Vermilya

Disaster Recovery Coordinator


Sarah Hunniecutt

Director of Volunteers

Marie Coffman

Volunteer Assistant

Laura Moree

Volunteer Specialist

Jen Rickert

Volunteer Recruitment Specialist

2023-2024 Fellowship Class

  • Alexis Barton (Jonesville, VA)
  • Katy Timari (Jonesville, VA)
  • Madison Beaty (Jonesville, VA)
  • Julia Landis (Jonesville, VA)
  • James Blanton (Tri-Cities TN, New Build)
  • Collin Daniels (Rebuild and Recovery, KY)
  • Forest Good (Tri-Cities TN, Home Repair)

ASP’s Board of Directors

Melisa Winburn

  • President/CEO, Appalachia Service Project, Inc.
  • Johnson City, Tennessee

Mr. John O. Pearce, Chairperson

  • Partner, Ernst & Young LLP (Retired)
  • Nashville, Tennessee

Mr. Mike LaRock, Vice Chair, Interim Chair of Finance Committee

  • Assistant Vice President for Foundations, Old Dominion University
  • Norfolk, Virginia

Mr. Ken Landers, Secretary

  • Captain, US Navy (Retired)
  • Fairfax, Virginia

Dr. Doug Anderson

  • Teaching Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy & Management, The George Washington University (Retired)
  • Arlington, Virginia

Mr. Erik Andrews

  • Systems Engineering Fellow, Vantage Systems
  • Oberlin, Ohio

Rev. Dr. Brian Brown

  • Senior Pastor, Woodlawn-Faith United Methodist Church
  • Alexandria, Virginia

Mr. Bill Culbertson

  • Real Estate Executive, William E. Culbertson Real Estate
  • Kitty Hawk, North Carolina

Mr. Chuck Ellis

  • Executive VP/Chief Marketing Officer, Time Warner Cable (Retired)
  • Estero, Florida

Rev. Brian Erickson

  • Senior Pastor, Trinity United Methodist Church
  • Homewood, Alabama

Mr. Michael Hodge

  • President, Hodge Construction
  • Iowa City, Iowa

Ms. Hattie Koher

  • Director of Youth Ministry, First United Methodist Church of LaGrange
  • LaGrange Park, IL

Dr. Leigh Johnson

  • Physician, State of Franklin Healthcare Associates
  • Johnson City, Tennessee

Ms. Emily Miller

  • Director of Marketing & Development, Manhattan Neighborhood Network/NYC Center for Media Education
  • New York, New York

Mr. Roger Mills, Jr.

  • Owner/General Contractor, Mills Eloge Homes
  • Charlotte, North Carolina

Ms. Elizabeth Moore

  • Attorney / Partner, Sherrard Roe Voigt & Harbison, PLC
  • Nashville, Tennessee

Ms. Meg Robertson

  • Executive Coach & Non-Profit Consultant
  • Stanley, North Carolina

Ms. Angela Struebing

  • Head of Consumer Card Insights, Capital One
  • Arlington, Virginia

Rev. Dr. Alida Ward

  • Pastor, Greenfield Hill Congregational Church
  • Fairfield, Connecticut

Mr. Brad Withrow

  • Partner, Ernst & Young, LLP (Retired)
  • Nashville, Tennessee

Board Members Emeriti

The Rev. Rosemary Brown

  • United Methodist Clergy
  • Nashville, Tennessee

Rev. John “Jack” W. Gilbert, Jr.

  • Major Gifts, Trust For Public Land (Retired)
  • Atlanta, Georgia

The Rev. Dr. F. Stuart Gulley

  • President, Woodward Academy
  • Atlanta, Georgia

Mr. David Lollis

  • FAHE (Retired)
  • Lexington, Kentucky

Mr. Mark McIntyre

  • Principal & Co-Founder, Merchant McIntyre Associates, LLC
  • La Cañada, California

The Rev. Dr. George Morris

  • United Methodist Clergy (Retired)
  • Peoria, Illinois

Rev. Jim Robinson

  • United Methodist Clergy (Retired)
  • Nashville, Tennessee

ASP’s Community Advisory Council

The ASP Community Advisory Council (CAC) empowers invested local leaders to inform ASP’s short- and long-term engagement in Central Appalachia, by providing strategic feedback and identifying ASP’s role in regional community development. The CAC regularly provides counsel and encouragement to ASP as it strives to be a partnership-focused organization in the communities it serves. If you are interested in becoming a Council member, or would like to refer somebody, please contact us at CAC@asphome.org.

Rev Brooke Atchley, Director of Clinch Mountain District Community Ministry & Elk Garden School Community Ministries, Southwest, VA 

Carlos Ivan Cardenas Benitez, Website Designer and Programmer at GlobalOXS, Johnson City, TN 

Pete Broersma, SWAP Harlan Location Coordinator, Harlan County, KY 

Ron Carson, Founder of Appalachian African American Cultural Center in Pennington Gap, VA 

Paula Cuda, Options Counselor at the Junction Center for Independent Living, Big Stone Gap, VA 

Chris Doll, Assistant Director of Housing Alliance, Hazard, KY 

Natasha Duff, Volunteer Coordinator at Christ Hands, Harlan, KY 

Dwyane Edwards, Director of Student Attendance with Dickenson County Schools, Clintwood, VA 

Jim Garrett, President of Kentucky VOAD, Louisville, KY

Leslie Goe, Principal at Clay Middle School, Clay County, WV 

Christy Laxton, Executive Director of Wyoming County Economic Development Authority, Wyoming County, WV 

Dave Lumsden, Meadow River Valley Association, Greenbrier County, WV 

Bonnie MacDonald, Director of Leadership Formation & Ministry Staff, West Virginia UMC Conference, Kanawha County, WV 

Tom Manning-Beavin, President and CEO of Frontier Housing, Salyersville, KY

Abraham McIntyre, Community Impact Coordinator at United Way East Tennessee Highlands, Johnson City, TN 

Brandon Moll, Pastor at St. Lukes United Methodist Church, Craigsville, WV

Barry Payton, Vice Principal at Clay Middle School, Clay, WV 

Bryan Toll, Director of Christ’s Hands, Harlan KY