Marybeth Beller – Chair

Marshall University

Dr. Marybeth Beller serves as an Associate Professor of Political Science at Marshall University. A native West Virginian, Marybeth earned a BA from WV State University, an MA from Marshall University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky, where she specialized in Public Policy and American Political Institutions. Her courses include Public Opinion and Propaganda; Data Analysis; Urban Administration and First Year Seminar. Prior to joining the faculty at Marshall University, Marybeth served as a program administrator for senior nutrition services in Boone, Fayette, Clay, Kanawha and Putnam Counties.

Renate Pore – Vice Chair

Retired public health professional and health care activist

In addition to earning a PhD in history from West Virginia University and a Masters in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Renate studied as a Fulbright Scholar at the Friedrich Wilhelms University in Bonn, Germany. During her long career, she has worked for the West Virginia Department of Public Health, served as director of the Governor’s Commission on Children and Families, and served as executive director of Governor Gaston Caperton’s Health Care Planning Commission and the Tri-State Community Health Center. She has helped found several non-profit organizations advocating for health care for children and families and continues to serve on several non-profit boards advocating for laws and policies for a quality, affordable health care system for all people.

Karen Kunz – Secretary/Treasurer

West Virginia University

Dr. Kunz teaches courses on public financial management, public budgeting, economic fiscal policy and advocacy, and civil disobedience at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV. Her research interests include public finance and fiscal policy, political economy, and financial markets regulation. In addition, Dr. Kunz brings over 25 years of professional experience in the financial markets industry. She began her career in the municipal bond market before starting one of the first female-owned consulting firms in the industry. Her clients included institutional investors and traders, and boutique, regional and multinational firms. Dr. Kunz also serves on the board of directors for the American Association of Budget and Program Analysts ( and Public Financial Publications (PFP). Her first book, When the Levees Break: Re-visioning Regulation of the Securities Markets, and related blog are at

LaKeisha Barron-Brown

WV State Advocacy Committee for the American Heart Association-WV

LaKeisha Barron-Brown earned her Master’s of Art in Correctional Counseling from Marshall University in 2002. Ms. Barron-Brown has worked in various capacities within social service, higher education and the criminal justice system. Ms. Barron-Brown is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., which focuses on providing public service primarily to the Black Community. Ms. Barron-Brown serves on the WV State Advocacy Committee for the American Heart Association-WV. She has founded Hearts United, Inc., a non-profit organization focused on educating the community about the importance of healthy hearts and healthy living. Ms. Barron-Brown has a strong passion for social justice reform, women’s rights and youth initiatives. She lives in Charleston, WV.

Gabrielle Chapman

The Humane Society of the U.S.

Gabrielle Chapman is Senior Social Justice Analyst at The Humane Society of the United States. She previously served at Executive Director of the Call to Action for Racial Equality (CARE) Coalition and was a Justice Fellow at the Open Society Foundation.

Rosemary Ketchum

NAMI Marian House Center and Wheeling City Council

Rosemary Ketchum lives in Wheeling, West Virginia where she works as the Associate Director of the NAMI Marian House Center for persons with mental illness and serves on the Wheeling City Council. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the ACLU of West Virginia and is the President of the ACLU-WV regional chapter. As a community advocate, Rosemary helps create community solutions through grassroots collaboration focusing on the social and economic challenges facing the state.

Yvonne Lee

West Virginia State University

Yvonne S. Lee is a licensed Social worker since 2011. Yvonne has her MSW, and is currently a PhD candidate who has been serving as the Lead Social Worker since 2015 for the Healthy Grandfamilies program. Yvonne currently teaches as a full time professor in the social work department at West Virginia State University. Yvonne serves on the board of WV Cares, Charleston Institute Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Inc., WV ACES coalition, Kanawha Chapter of the NAACP, and WV CAN. Yvonne participates in her community as a mentor, advocate, and leader for at-risk youth. Yvonne is also an entrepreneur; she owns her own business called My September Llc. which provides case management to aged and disabled waiver participants. Yvonne lives in St. Albans, WV.

Jim McKay

Prevent Child Abuse WV

Jim McKay is State Coordinator of Prevent Child Abuse WV, a project of TEAM for WV Children. Jim has helped create and lead various initiatives including Our Babies: Safe & Sound, Partners in Prevention, Circle of Parents WV, the WV ACEs Coalition, the State Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children, and the Legislative Action Team for Children and Families. Previously, he was Program Director at Time Out Youth Shelter for Runaways from 2000-2005, Program Director for the Education Alliance from 1995-2000, and Legislative Assistant to the Speaker of WV House of Delegates from 1992 – 1995. Jim lives in Weirton, WV and is a current active member of the WVCBP’s advisory committee.

Brian Stanley

Painters and Allied Trades Union IUPAT DC 53

Brian Stanley is the Director of Organizing for the Painters and Allied Trades in West Virginia and surrounding areas. He is past president of the Parkersburg Area Labor Council. Brian also serves on the Our Children Our Future Campaign steering committee. He lives in Parkersburg with his wife Stephanie and daughter Braelyn.

Carrie M. Staton

Northern WV Brownfields Assistance Center

Carrie M. Staton is the Director of the Northern WV Brownfields Assistance Center at West Virginia University. Carrie provides strategic direction and oversight for the Center and its programs, including development and management of internal processes; program development and implementation; financial and administrative oversight; and partnership development and management. Carrie also serves as the Director of WVU BAD Buildings, which provides technical assistance and resources to communities to address abandoned and dilapidated properties. Carrie is a proud alum of Bethany College, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Nonprofit Administration, and of West Virginia University, where she received a Master of Public Administration. She is a member of the Leadership WV Class of 2016 and was named one of Generation Next’s Top 40 Under 40 Leaders in 2018. She currently serves as the Past Chair of the Abandoned Properties Coalition and is a founding member of the Community Collaborative Network Steering Committee.

Jim White

Concord University

Jim White is a Professor of Political Science at Concord University in Athens, WV, where he has taught since 1998. He earned his Doctorate in Political Science from American University, his Masters Degree in Public Affairs from North Carolina State University, and his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Duke University. Before coming to Concord, Dr. White worked in various capacities for the United States Department of Health and Human Services, administering child care and public assistance programs. He has also served as an aide to both New York Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan and New Jersey Governor Thomas Kean.

Rick Wilson

American Friends Service Committee

Rick Wilson is the Director of the West Virginia Economic Justice Project for the American Friends Service Committee. He is a regular contributor to the Charleston Gazette-Mail’s editorial page as well as to WVCBP reports and issue briefs. Rick serves on multiple progressive coalitions across West Virginia. He resides in Milton, West Virginia.

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