David K. Hendrickson is the Founding Managing Partner of Hendrickson and Long, P.L.L.C. He graduated from West Virginia University in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, and Juris Doctorate from the West Virginia University College of Law in 1982. He is a veteran, leaving active duty after completing a four-year tour of service as a Captain in the United States Army. Mr. Hendrickson is a new inductee into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He has also been recognized by several national publications including Chambers, USA, Best Lawyers in America, and Litigation Magazine in the area of Corporate Litigation. While at West Virginia University, Mr. Hendrickson served as the student body president and was the second ever student voting member on the West Virginia Board of Regents. He is a past national president of the West Virginia University Alumni Association and was named Outstanding Alumnus of the Year, 2004. Mr. Hendrickson served as the legal correspondent to the Charleston, ABC affiliate, WCHS-TV and conducted a news segment titled “The Legal Pad.” He currently serves on the Boards of several charitable, civic and social organizations.
Dr. Bruce Berry
Bruce Berry, M.D., of Morgantown, recently retired as the medical director at Colombo & Stuhr P.L.L.C. where he oversaw risk management and quality assurance. For nearly thirty years, Dr. Berry practiced medicine at a private practice in Charleston. Dr. Berry also served as a clinical instructor, clinical assistant professor, and clinical associate professor at West Virginia University's School of Medicine campus at the Charleston Area Medical Center. In addition to his work with WVU, Dr. Berry served as a clinical associate professor with the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Berry graduated with an A.B. in biology, M.S. in embryology, and a M.D. from West Virginia University.
Kathy G. Eddy
Kathy G. Eddy,
CPA is a shareholder in McDonough, Eddy, Parsons & Baylous, A.C., located in
Parkersburg, West Virginia. Ms. Eddy joined the firm in
1974 and became a shareholder in 1981. She is a graduate of Marshall University with B.A. in accounting. She
became a Certified Public Accountant in 1978. She has been active in her
profession at the national level, serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors
of the 340,000 member professional organization, the American Institute of
Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). She was awarded the AICPA Gold Medal for
Distinguished Service. In addition to her service to her profession at the
national level she has served the accounting profession in West Virginia including
the West Virginia Society of CPAs and the West Virginia Board of Accountancy by
holding all offices, including President of both organizations. Until her recent
appointment to the Higher Education Policy Commission she was a member of
University's Lewis College
of Business Board of Advisors and the Accounting Curriculum and Accreditation
Committee. She is the recipient of the Marshall Distinguished Alumni Award and
a member of the Lewis College of Business Hall of Fame. She has been involved
in many community organizations and continues to serve on the Board of Directors
of Camden Clark Memorial Hospital.
Jenny Allen, of Shepherdstown, served as vice chair of the $26 million Create the Future campaign for Shepherd University, the institution's first comprehensive fundraising initiative. She is currently the president of the board of the Contemporary American Theater Festival at Shepherd, a significant driver of the Eastern Panhandle economy that brings thousands of visitors to West Virginia each summer. From 2005-2010 she was a member of the West Virginia Public Broadcasting Foundation board. She has been a trustee of North Country School and Camp Treetops in Lake Placid, NY, since 2006. Ms. Allen earned a B.A. from Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., an M.A. from the University of Georgia, and recently completed the Executive Certificate program in Nonprofit Management at Georgetown University.
Ex-Officio, Chair, WV Council for Community and
Technical College Education
Bob Brown is Executive Director of
the WV School Service Personnel Association, AFT/AFL-CIO. Brown resides in
Charleston, WV, is Chair of the WV Public Employee Grievance Board; Chair of the
WV Community and Technical College Council; a member of the WV Workforce
Investment Council; a member of the Teachers Retirement System Committee of the
WV Investment Management Board; a Commissioner for the Malden Public Service
District; a member of the WV Attorney General’s Citizen Advisory Committee; and
is Senior Vice President of the WV AFL-CIO.
Brown is a Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War and was educated in
KanawhaCounty public schools, WV Institute of
Technology, and WV University.
John Estep is a graduate of West Virginia State College (now
University) and earned his Master of Science degree from West Virginia
University. A resident of Richwood, Mr. Estep formerly taught and
coached in Greenbrier, Wyoming and Nicholas County Schools. He
currently is employed as a staff representative for the American
Federation of Teachers (AFT) – West Virginia. He served as a member of
the Governor's Higher Education Transition Team and is active in his
community as a member of the board of directors of the Cherry Hills
Country Club and the board of trustees of the First Baptist Church of
Kay H. Goodwin
Ex-Officio, Secretary of Education and the Arts
Kay Huffman Goodwin, of Ripley, serves as West Virginia Secretary of
Education and the Arts. She is responsible for six government agencies
in her role as Secretary. Previously, she served as chair of the
University System of West Virginia Board of Trustees. She is a former
member of the state Educational Broadcasting Authority, and former
instructor at West Virginia University, West Virginia State College,
and the Department of Defense Information School. Secretary Goodwin is
a former member of the Board of Directors of West Virginia University
Hospitals and the United Health System, and a member of the Board of
Directors of the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences. She earned a
B.A. and an M.A. from West Virginia University.
Dr. John Leon
John Leon, M.D. was born in Steubenville, Ohio and grew up in Wellsburg, West Virginia. He attended the University of Notre Dame in South end, Indiana, where he played varsity football and received a BA in Psychology. After receiving his MD from West Virginia University School of Medicine in Morgantown, he completed an internship and residency. Dr. Leon is board certified in Diagnostic Radiology with Special Competence in Nuclear Medicine. He joined Radiological Physician Associates in July of 1988 and now serves as president of the corporation. He is also Chief of Radiology at Fairmont General Hospital and is past president of the Marion County Medical Society.
Dr. James B. Phares
Ex-Officio, State Superintendent of Schools
James B. Phares is West Virginia's 28th state superintendent of schools, assuming the role Jan. 2, 2013.
As superintendent, Phares oversees West Virginia's public school system, which includes 55 individual school districts, serving about 282,000 students in preschool through 12th grade with an operating budget in excess of $2.5 billion.
Phares, who has a doctorate in education administration from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, has nearly 40 years of experience as a classroom teacher, university instructor, principal, assistant principal and county superintendent.
A native of Elkins, he earned his bachelor's degree in elementary education at West Virginia University and a masters in school administration from Lynchburg College in Virginia. Phares has experience in West Virginia schools in Marion, Pocahontas and Randolph counties as well as university experience as an adjunct professor at WVU and Lynchburg College.
During his career, Phares has received multiple awards. In 2006, he was named the West Virginia Music Educator Superintendent of the Year. A year later, he was named the West Virginia Association of School Administrators. Superintendent of the Year, the Marion County Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year and a West Virginia Distinguished Mountaineer. He has been a national finalist for the American Association of School Administrators. Superintendent of the Year award and was inducted in 2009 to the WVU Department of Education and Human Resources Hall of Fame. Also, he was named the 2011 Educator of the Year by the Randolph County Chamber of Commerce.
Known for his in-depth knowledge of school personnel and operations garnered during 14 years as a county superintendent, Phares has earned a reputation for turning around troubled schools. He was hired by the Randolph Board of Education in 2009 after a report by the Office of Education Performance Audits outlined several deficiencies that could have led to a state board intervention. Phares helped lead the school system through the turmoil, and full accreditation was given to the system. He also helped spearhead an excess levy that passed in 2010, a first in Randolph County since 1989.
Since 2006, Phares has been a member of the Southern Regional Education Board Leadership Transformation Task Force for improving educational leadership in middle and high school programs. He also is a member of the West Virginia Leadership Standards Task Force for teachers, principals and superintendents as well as the West Virginia Rural Superintendents Initiative for the improvement of Superintendent Preparation Programs.
His experience includes a vast knowledge of school finance, including grants, Step 7, Title 1, II, IV, special education and vocational funding. In addition, he has kept schools under his guidance on the cutting edge of technology. He continuously strives to make available tools for measuring students. progress and deficiencies.
On the national level, Phares has participated in multiple national conferences on using technology for turning around schools and school systems, including the Southern Region Education Board, National Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, National Reading Association, Ohio State Superintendents Conference, and the American Association of School Administrators Conference.
David Richard Tyson, Esq.
David Tyson, of Huntington, is the managing partner in the law firm
Tyson & Tyson. He is a graduate of West Virginia University and
California Western School of Law. He previously served on the West
Virginia Board of Regents as a student representative in 1975. Other
higher education experience includes serving as adjunct professor at
Marshall University, President of the Huntington Chapter of the West
Virginia University Alumni Association, and member of the West Virginia
University Extension Service Board. Mr. Tyson was appointed to the
President’s Advisory Committee for the Arts by President George W. Bush
in 2002, and formerly served as State Chairman of the Republican State
Executive Committee of West Virginia. Mr. Tyson is very active in
community affairs and serves on numerous boards, including the Y.M.C.A.
Board of Directors, the Huntington Chamber of Commerce, and the
Huntington Visitors and Convention Bureau.
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