West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition
Jennifer Wells is the schools organizer with West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition. She holds a Masters of Social Work from West Virginia University with a concentration in community organizing and social administration. With over ten years of experience, Jennifer has worked in child welfare, juvenile justice and Medicaid Disabled Waiver programming. She currently serves as the Western Regional Representative on the WV Chapter of National Association of Social Workers Board, is on the WV Free Action Fund Board and is active with Huntington Women’s Caucus and League of Women Voters. Originally from New Orleans, she is proud to call the Mountain State her home with her lovely husband, David.
Dr. Marybeth Beller serves as the Director of Public Administration and Associate Professor of Political Science at Marshall University. She also directs the graduate internship program for the West Virginia Legislature. 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. Marybeth also serves on the board of the ACLU and Odyssey Fellowship Committee of the University Honors Program at Virginia Tech University. 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.
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 (www.aabpa.org) and Public Financial Publications (PFP). Her first book, When the Levees Break: Re-visioning Regulation of the Securities Markets, and related blog are at www.revisioninginvesting.com.
Nancy Guthrie served ten years in the West Virginia House of Delegates. Eight of those years she was a member of the Finance Committee ending her tenure as Minority Vice Chair. Nancy was also a member of the Rules Committee. Delegate Guthrie served two years as Chair of the House Insurance Committee, was a long serving member of the Agriculture and Transportation Committees as well as the Select Committee on Women, Children and Families. During President Obama’s first term, Nancy Chaired the Select Committee on Stimulus Utilization to ensure West Virginia was spending federal funds as directed. Nancy is married to George Guthrie, an attorney. They live in Kanawha City with their Bernedoodle Dylan and their Tuxedo cat Tucky.
Call to Action for Racial Equality
Gabrielle Chapman is the inaugural Executive Director of Call to Action for Racial Equality. She carries the story and perspective of a mixed race, black woman in West Virginia and lends her skill set to open up often complex conversations around race and identity with hopes to strengthen her community, and to grow a statewide racial equity network. Recent accomplishments include organizing the first ever Black Lives Matter Rally at West Virginia’s capitol annex, drawing hundreds of supporters from across the state. Chapman holds a BS in Applied Biology from Sage College. During her college years, she interned at the U.S. Department of Defense, was an assistant with Sage College’s Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program, and volunteered with the American Friends Service Committee. She is a 2018–2019 West Virginia Trainers Project Fellow with Training for Change and serves as chairperson of the Charleston-branch NAACP’s Health Committee. She is also the co-owner of Charleston’s Anna Street Blooms, an urban agricultural business.
Government Relations, Business Development for Mountain View Solar
John Christensen serves as Government Relations Representative for Mountain View Solar in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle. He is also Vice President of the Eastern Panhandle Labor Council and hosts the “Labor Beat” Radio Show from Shepherdstown, WV. He serves on both the Berkeley County Economic Development Authority and the Solid Waste Authority.
West Virginia University Extension Service
Daniel Eades is rural economics specialist for West Virginia University Extension’s Community, Economic, and Workforce Development (CEWD) unit. His technical expertise in community data analysis and economic impact analysis provides communities and local leaders with information necessary to make informed economic development decisions. Prior to joining the WVU Extension Service in 2010, Eades worked as a research associate in Clemson University’s EDA University Center and Regional Economic Development Research Laboratory conducting and supporting input-output analyses and industry cluster initiatives throughout South Carolina. His teaching, research, and outreach activities cover a breadth of regional and community economic development issues important to rural West Virginians.
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.
West Virginia School Service Personnel Association
Joe White is the Executive Director of the West Virginia School Service Personnel Association. In 1994, Joe became a member of the WVSSPA, and has served the association in many different roles. In 2007, Joe worked as a Field Staff representative for the WVSSPA, recruiting new members all over the state. He served as Vice President of the state executive committee from 2007-2010. In January 2014, Joe served as the Political Director for the WVSSPA. In March 2014, he was hired as the association’s Executive Director. A devoted WVSSPA member for over twenty years, Joe has a strong commitment and vision for the association.
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.