Logan Co. hosts LWV

Karissa Blackburn kblackburn@civitasmedia.com

April 25, 2014

Leadership West Virginia began their second of eight leadership sessions of the year Wed., April 23, with a reception at the Museum in Chief Logan State Park. The session lasts through Fri., April 25.

LWV is a statewide education and leadership development program affiliated with the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce. Supported by tuition and private and corporate contributions, the program aims to identify emerging leaders throughout West Virginia and enhance their knowledge of not only the challenges facing the state, but also of the diversity and the unique attributes that the Mountain State possesses.

During their stay in Logan, the participants will learn more about the coal industry and manufacturing. Their itinerary looks a little like this:

Wed., they rode the Hatfield & McCoy Trail System before meeting in the Park for a nice reception and welcoming from Logan Co. public and officials. Chad and Amber Bishop of Hatfield & McCoy Moonshine were also there showcasing the importance of small businesses in coal towns.

Thurs., they toured an Alpha strip mine, had lunch at the Logan Co. Chamber of Commerce, visited Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College to experience an underground mine simulation and toured the airport where Delegate Rupie Phillips made them an unforgettable dinner.

Fri., they will have deeper discussions about the coal mining and manufacturing industries: how they impact our state, learning about their past and discussing their future.

Before moving to Logan, the coal session was previously held in Huntington. In 2011, when LCCC executive director Debrina Williams was enrolled in LWV, she and two other Logan Co. residents suggested the coal program be moved to the coal fields.

Pam Farris, executive director of LWV,has loved their time in Logan.

“This is only our second year having the coal session in Logan, but we just had to come back. The community is so welcoming, and what better place to learn about coal than in the coal fields,” says Farris.

The remaining locations and topics for the training program for the Class of 2014 include:

• May 15 – 16, Elkins – Economic Development Session

• June 19 – 20, New River Gorge – Tourism Session

• July 11-12, Morgantown – Critical Issues/The Marcellus Shale Session

• September 18 – 19, Wheeling – The Justice System

• October 30-31, White Sulphur Springs – Health Care Session

• November 20-21, Charleston – Government & Commencement Session

LWV (www.leadershipwv.org) is committed to developing and motivating a cross-section of leaders who will use their talents and abilities to inspire others and to foster a new spirit of energy, enthusiasm and vitality throughout the state.

“We have a wide array of professionals involved. From the medical field to finance to law,” says Farris. “And even some entrepreneurs. Our members learn so much about themselves and the state. After the year is over and they go back to their hometowns, they are prepared to make contributions to benefit their communities and state.,” says Farris. “And during this year’s session, we have a mentorship program scheduled so the members can work with college students.”

To date, more than 1,000 individuals have participated and graduated as part of the LWV program.

Justin Turner, the Director of Physician Recruitment and Marketing at Logan Regional Medical Center, is the only Logan countian involved in this year’s LWV. He says that he is very excited to be a part of the LWV Class of 2014. Other members include:

Jared Adams, Bowles Rice LLP of Martinsburg; Eric Anderson, Eric B. Anderson, PLLC of Huntington; Jessica Arbogast, Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce of Elkins; Sven Berg, West Virginia Medical Institute of Charleston), Jeff Bishop, City National Bank of Cross Lanes; George Blankenship, FirstEnergy of Fairmont; Nathaniel Bonnell, Citizens Bank of West Virginia of Elkins; Nikki Bowman, New South Media, Inc. of Morgantown; Frank Briggs, West Virginia University Healthcare of Morgantown), Holly Burns, The Greenbrier of White Sulphur Springs; Chad Callen, West Virginia Junior College of Morgantown; Carl Cannon, River Valley Chapter of American Red Cross of Morgantown; Alaina Crislip, Jackson Kelly PLLC of Charleston; Herman Deprospero, MVB Bank of Morgantown; Leslie Dillon, Robinson & McElwee, PLLC of Charleston; Terri Dodrill, BB& T Carson Insurance Services of Charleston; Elke Doom, City of Princeton of Princeton; Jo Carol Farmer, Dominion Hope of Clarksburg; Jill Fratto, The EdVenture Group of Morgantown; Christopher Hall, Orion Strategies of Beckley; Jeremy Hoard, WesBanco Bank, Inc. of Morgantown; Rebekah Hogue, West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association of Charleston; Roseshalla Holmes, Marriott International of Charleston; Jessica Jackson, American Public University System (Charles Town; Jama Jarrett, Charleston Convention & Visitors Bureau of Charleston; Jason Kitzmiller, A.L.L. Construction Inc. of Mount Storm; Alissa Laird, Carnegie Hall of Lewisburg; Alisha Maddox, Charles Ryan Associates of Charleston; Parween Mascari, Farmer, Cline & Campbell PLLC (Morgantown; Jeffrey McIntrye, West Virginia American Water of Charleston; Cynthia Miller Wiseman, Appalachian Power of Charleston; Michael Mills, Mills Group of Morgantown; Christopher Nichols, Shire Pharmaceuticals of Morgantown; Jill Parsons, Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley of Parkersburg; Keith Peifer, West Virginia Family Health of Parkersburg; Suzanne Persinger, Moses Cadillac Buick GMC, Inc. of Charleston; Megan Radcliffe, BrickStreet Insurance of Charleston; John Reisenweber, Jefferson County Development Authority of Charles Town; Samantha Richards, West Virginia University Healthcare of Morgantown; Belinda Robinson, Valley Health Care, Inc. of Mill Creek; Jennifer Sayre, Kanawha County Commission of Charleston; Emily Schoen Pratt, The Education Alliance of Charleston; James Scott, Records Management Solutions, Inc. of Martinsburg; Eric Showalter, CASCI/CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield of Charleston; Jeffrey Sikorovsky, HospiceCare of Charleston; Deva Solomon, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC of Morgantown; Shane Stack, West Liberty University of West Liberty; Allen Staggers, FirstEnergy of Fairmont; Robert Stonestreet, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP of Charleston; Brian Ulery, Thomas Health System of South Charleston; John Vickers III, Parkersburg Cardiology Associates, Inc. (Parkersburg; Kim Weaver, Alpha Associates, Incorporated of Morgantown; Debby Weinstein, YWCA Charleston of Charleston; James Witt, Arnett Foster Toothman PLLC of Charleston; and Zenovy Wowczuk, FCX Systems, INC. of Morgantown.