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A number of schools have suffered significant technology loss due to flooding

(Charleston, W.Va.) – In light of the recent flooding that has devastated many areas across the state, members of the Leadership West Virginia Alumni Education Committee have collaborated with state leaders and community organizations to help raise funds and secure replacement technology for schools within the impacted areas.

“While we don’t have a clear assessment of the losses our schools have suffered with regard to technology, we do know there are a number of schools that have been completely devastated,” said Sterling Beane, chief information officer of the West Virginia Department of Education.

In addition to the infrastructure, equipment such as routers, printers, copiers and other devices such as iPads, laptops and smartboards have been destroyed by the flood waters.

Initial assessments estimate that nearly 30 school facilities – impacting nearly 63,000 students – in five counties have been impacted with damages ranging from minor to severe. Counties include Braxton, Clay, Greenbrier, Kanawha and Nicholas. Funds raised will go directly to schools to purchase technology equipment that is not covered by insurance or other emergency funding, Beane added.

“We are committed to helping with the replacement of technology in the schools affected by flooding by offering support to the West Virginia Department of Education,” said Alisha Maddox, LWV alumni education committee co-chair. “There is an immense and urgent need to secure funding and technology so that our schools can be operational as quickly as possible.”

The LWV Alumni Education Committee has also partnered with The Education Alliance to collect financial donations that are specific to education and technology restoration.

The Education Alliance is a nonprofit organization that serves schools in West Virginia. To make a financial contribution, please visit http://floodsofsupport.com. There is an option that will allow you to note for the funding to go toward technology specifically.

Additionally, if any business or person has equipment such as desktop computers, servers, printers, laptops, iPads, routers and any other technology-related items they would like to donate, please contact David Cartwright by August 1, 2016 by phone at 304-558-8869 or by email at dcartwri@k12.wv.us. 

About Leadership West Virginia Alumni Education Committee

In an effort to help move West Virginia forward, the Leadership West Virginia Alumni Education Committee supports initiatives that will aid in the progress and success of West Virginia’s education system. By utilizing our resources, experience and skills, our hope is to inspire others and to foster a new spirit of energy, enthusiasm and vitality throughout the state.




Natural Resource Partners Hosts Coal Session

Next week, members of the 2016 Leadership West Virginia class will convene in Logan on
May 11 – 13, for the third of eight leadership sessions held throughout the state. This session’s topic will look at the coal industry.
We would like to invite our alumni to attend a welcome reception the evening of Wednesday, May 11, at the West Virginia Division of Culture and History’s Museum in the Park. 
Please click the Logan Session agenda to view list of session activities.
We want to give a special thanks to our Session Partner Natural Resource Partners.NRP

FirstEnergy Foundation Hosts Session in Martinsburg


Next week, members of the 2016 Leadership West Virginia class will convene in Martinsburg on April 20 – 22, for the second of eight leadership sessions held throughout the state.  The topic is Economic Development and Education.
We would like to invite our alumni to attend a welcome reception, sponsored by the LWV Eastern Panhandle Alumni Chapter, on Wednesday, April 20, beginning at 6:00 PM at the Hub in Martinsburg.  
Please click Martinsburg Session agenda to view a full agenda
Martinsburg pic.
We want to give a special thanks to our Session Partner FirstEnergy Foundation and Corporate Sponsor Essroc Italcementi.

LWV Partners with West Virginia Chamber of Commerce: ResourceU


Leadership West Virginia is excited to once again partner with the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce to host this year’s ResourceU: Moving West Virginia Forward  small business training series. In addition to learning the small business “how to,” LWV has included a leadership training piece at each session to encourage local leaders and business owners to find out more about our program.
We are also asking our alumni to help us find worthy leadership candidates from areas of the state where we would like to increase participation. Targeted areas include the counties of Morgan, Taylor, Calhoun, Monroe, Pleasants, and Ritchie. Do you know anyone from those regions who would benefit from learning about LWV? Please put them in touch with us.
Read more below about this exciting partnership.
The West Virginia Chamber’s Small Business Committee is offering a FREE small business training session in conjunction with the West Virginia Small Business Development Center, Leadership West Virginia and West Virginia Executive Magazine on Friday, April 22 from 2-5 p.m. at the Country Inn in Berkeley Springs. Speakers will offer sessions in basic accounting, marketing, community leadership training, human resources, financing and availability of resources to small businesses. In addition, participants will be provided information on resources, networking opportunities, and building blocks for business owners. A networking reception will follow at 5 p.m. There is no charge for the training, but registration is required.  Training slots are limited and available on a “First come, First served” basis. Registration is available online by clicking here.
Session 1
Friday, April 22, 2016 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Country Inn in Berkeley Springs
Full Agenda

BB&T Foundation Hosts First Session of LWV 2016

Next week, members of the 2016 Leadership West Virginia class will convene in Charleston, March 24 & 25, for the first of eight leadership sessions held throughout the state.

We would like to invite our alumni to attend the welcome reception, sponsored by the LWV Capitol Region Alumni Chapter, on Wednesday, March 23 beginning at 6:30 PM in the Pavilion located at the Charleston Marriott.  

Please click Session 1 Agenda to view a full agenda for the introductory session.

We want to give a special thanks to our Session Partner BB&T Foundation. 

Leadership West Virginia Announces the Class of 2016

Leaders from across the state have accepted invitations to participate in the 2016 Class of Leadership West Virginia.  Candidates were selected from a list of nominations that was submitted in late 2015.

  • Craig Behr, Citynet (Morgantown)
  • Joe Canterbury, Logan Bank & Trust Company (Logan)
  • Brittany Carns, Columbia Pipeline Group (Charleston)
  • Tessa Carr, Arnett Carbis Toothman (Charleston)
  • Mike Chirico, Office of Congressman Evan H. Jenkins (Huntington)
  • Kevin Clark, Mineral County Development Authority (Keyser)
  • Jerry Cook, Ace Adventure Resort (Oak Hill)
  • Chad Earl, Orders Construction Company (St. Albans)
  • Andrew Ellis, Wooton, Davis, Hussell & Ellis, PLLC (Charleston)
  • Kaarmin Ford, Alzheimer’s Association-WV Chapter (Charleston)
  • Sean Forney, CBIZ Insurance Services, Inc. (Berkeley Springs)
  • Nathan Gibson, WVMI & Quality Insights (Charleston)
  • Jason Golden, Highmark West Virginia (Parkersburg)
  • Sean Graves, West Virginia American Water (Charleston)
  • Andrew Gunnoe, Kanawha County Commission (Charleston)
  • Brett Hamilton, Black Horse Financial Advisors (Charleston)
  • Whitney Hatcher, Fairmont Regional Medical Center (Fairmont)
  • Tadd Haynes, UniCare Health Plan of West Virginia, Inc. (Charleston)
  • Suzanne Higgins, West Virginia Public Broadcasting (Beaver)
  • Cam Huffman, The Blennerhassett Hotel (Parkersburg)
  • Kelly Hughes, West Virginia Wesleyan College (Buckhannon)
  • Guy Johnston, City National Bank (Charleston)
  • Christopher Klingler, Walker Machinery Company (Belle)
  • Caleb Knight, Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso PLLC (Charleston)
  • Carrie Lilly, Bowles Rice LLP (Morgantown)
  • Nick Linn, Littler Mendelson, P.C. (Morgantown)
  • Raymond Logue, MVB Mortgage (Fairmont)
  • Jacob Manning, Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP (Wheeling)
  • Marianne McClure, The Dow Chemical Company (South Charleston)
  • April Min, Jackson Kelly PLLC (Morgantown)
  • Christine Mitchell, Dominion Resources Services Inc. (Pine Grove)
  • Patricia Noland, Jefferson County Commission (Charles Town)
  • Charlotte Norris, Farrell, White & Legg PLLC (Huntington)
  • Melissa O’Brien, Roane County Schools (Spencer)
  • Jennifer Onks, Clayman & Associates, PLLC (Charleston)
  • Jan Pattishall, WesBanco Bank, Inc. (Wheeling)
  • Alex Patton, Operation Services (Mon Power)
  • Gregory Reed, West Virginia Potato Chip Company Mister Bee (Parkersburg)
  • Tammy Reger, Buckhannon-Upshur Chamber of Commerce (Buckhannon)
  • Maria Rendinell, Thomas Health System (Charleston)
  • Chris Richards, Lewis County CVB (Weston)
  • Robert Rosano, Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences (Charleston)
  • John Scalzo, Appalachian Power Company (Charleston)
  • Bart Scott, Suttle & Stalnaker, PLLC (Parkersburg)
  • Robert Sellards, Nelson Mullins (Huntington)
  • Carrie Staton, Northern WV Brownfields Assistance Center (Morgantown)
  • Leigh Anne Strickland, Mountain State Insurance Agency Inc. (Charleston)
  • Todd Swanson, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC (Charleston)
  • Jeremy Tingler, Momentum Energy (Mount Clare)
  • Roger Topping, Princeton Health Care Center (Princeton)
  • Jared Tully, Frost Brown Todd (Charleston)
  • Leah Vance-Bazzilla, Leah Vance Photography (Logan)
  • Kristina Wilmoth, Randolph County Development Authority (Elkins)
  • Denise Workman, Kanawha County Schools (Charleston)
  • Mandy Wriston, Fayette County Chamber of Commerce (Oak Hill)
  • Brian Young, BB&T (Charleston)

Leadership West Virginia (www.leadershipwv.org) is now in its 25th year as the statewide education and leadership development program in West Virginia. The eight-month program identifies emerging leaders from a variety of employers throughout West Virginia and enhances their knowledge not only of the challenges facing the state, but also the state’s unique attributes and diversity. Recognizing that the cultivation of new leadership is of utmost importance to West Virginia’s future prosperity and progress, Leadership West Virginia works to develop and motivate 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. LWV is affiliated with the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

“Each year, the class participants are selected from a list of top-quality applicants from around the state. Individuals are selected into the program because they demonstrate leadership skills and experiences in civic activities and in their professional careers,” said Pam Farris, Executive Director of Leadership West Virginia.  “We continue to see an increase in the number of applicants each year and we are very pleased with the diversity of candidates in the 2016 class.” Farris noted that interest in being a class member continues to be a very competitive process as the program now has over 1,250 alumni from across the state.

Throughout this year members of the class will travel to eight different communities in West Virginia to receive broad-based education on critical topics and, at the same time, have opportunities to hone their leadership skills. The locations and topics for the training program for the Class of 2016 include:

March 24 – 25, Charleston -Welcome to Leadership;

April 21 – 22, Eastern Panhandle – Economic Development/Education Session;

May 12 – 13, Logan – Coal Session;

June 16 – 17, New River Gorge – Tourism Session;

July 14 – 15, Morgantown – The Justice System Session;

September 15 – 16, Wheeling – Critical Issues/The Marcellus Shale Session;

October 27 – 28, White Sulphur Springs – Health Care Session;

November 17 – 18, Charleston – Government & Commencement Session.

Leadership West Virginia provides graduates with the skills and the knowledge in making sound, informed decisions,” added Farris. Many of the participants serve as private citizen volunteers, and many seek and serve in public office. Among the many benefits that come with being a graduate of the program is the network of alumni throughout the state. “Leadership West Virginia congratulates the individuals who were selected to this year’s class.”


Don’t miss the 2015 Moving West Virginia Forward Conference: Attracting and Retaining WV’s Best!

The LWV Moving West Virginia Forward Conference brings together the state’s top business leaders and decision makers. Now in its third year, the theme, “Attracting and Retaining West Virginia’s Best,” will be an open discussion among business owners and game changers about what we can all do to improve our economy, workforce, education, and quality of life.  This event will provide our participants, and LWV alumni, with the knowledge to tackle the state’s tough issues.
Click the Agenda for more information.
Registration is available on the LWV webiste here: http://www.leadershipwv.org/alumni-events.php. 
Moving WV 2015