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Robert L. Brown
Chairman
Bob Brown who is employed in the Office of the President for the American Federation of Teachers, resides in Charleston, WV. Mr. Brown is Senior Vice President of the WV AFL-CIO; Chair of the WV Public Employee Grievance Board; a member of the WV Higher Education Policy Commission; 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; and a member of the WV Attorney General’s Citizen Advisory Committee. Bob Brown is a Marine Corps veteran of the Viet Nam war and was educated in Kanawha County public schools, West Virginia Institute of Technology, and West Virginia University.
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Clarence (Butch) Pennington
Vice Chairman
Clarence (Butch) Pennington is a life long resident of Martinsburg (Berkeley County) and is chief operation officer of several small businesses throughout the county. Mr. Pennington is president of the West Virginia Gasoline Dealers and the Automotive Repair Industry. He is also chairman of the West Virginia Retailers and Wholesalers Alcohol Beverage Committee. He has served on the Berkeley County Planning Commission and chaired numerous civic and charitable activities. He served in the West Virginia 167th Air National Guard Unit from 1968 to 1975 and has been active in local and state politics. Mr. Pennington was awarded the West Virginia State Democrat of the Year in 2002. He graduated from local schools and attended Shepherd University.
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William (Bill) Baker
Secretary
William H. (Bill) Baker of Daniels, West Virginia, has a wide and varied background in public education, from teaching to county superintendent and has received several awards for his educational excellence. Mr. Baker served three years in the United States Army as a member of the Army Security Agency and holds a Bachelors Degree from Concord University, a Masters Degree from West Virginia University and has completed post graduate work at both Ohio University and West Virginia University. Mr. Baker currently serves as Executive Director of the Jobs Foundation, President of New River Gorge Regional Development Authority, President of Forward Southern West Virginia, President of Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center, and President of Beckley-Raleigh County Transportation Authority and various other boards.
Kenneth BoggsKen Boggs is a resident of Keyser, WV and an employee of OrbitalATK managing multiple rocket motor development programs at their ABL facility at Rocket Center. Ken is a retired Army colonel and Airborne Ranger, serving over 20 years in the military with 4 combat deployments to Afghanistan, 1 to Iraq and 1 rotation in Bosnia. While in the military, Ken commanded combat units through the Brigade level, in particular he commanded the largest Engineer battalion in the Army during a year-long deployment to Afghanistan. Ken also served as the Executive Officer of an Infantry battalion in the 82nd Airborne Division during the Iraq surge in 2006-2007. He has experience with developing curriculum and instructing students, as he was the Chief of Tactics for the US Army Engineer School. Ken’s military awards include the Ranger and Jumpmaster Tabs, the Legion of Merit and Bronze Star, and the Soldier’s Medal, which is the highest military decoration awarded in peacetime. He serves on the board for the Salvation Army as well as membership on the Governor’s Veterans Council. Ken has undergraduate degrees from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and a Master’s degree from the University of Missouri.

Michael J. Farrell
Chairman, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
Michael J. Farrell is the Founding Member of Farrell, White & Legg, PLLC, a Huntington law firm. He graduated from Marshall University in 1969 with a B.S. He graduated from the West Virginia University College of Law with a Doctorate of Jurisprudence in 1974. He served as Interim President of Marshall University in 2005. Cumulatively, he served eleven years as a member of the Marshall University Board of Governors and its predecessor, Marshall University Advisory Board.
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Christina Cameron
Christina Cameron of Charleston, West Virginia, is a Government Relations Professional with over 20 years of experience in legislative and administrative lobbying for diverse client groups, corporations and business trade associations in West Virginia. Ms. Cameron has served on various boards and committees and is involved in, among other efforts, fund raising and new business and industry development. She is part owner in 30 in-state businesses employing 130 West Virginians. Ms. Cameron holds an Associates Degree in Communications from West Virginia State College.
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Kathy D'Antoni
Dr. Kathy J. D'Antoni assumed the duties of Assistant State Superintendent of Schools on June 1, 2010. Prior to this appointment, she served as Vice Chancellor of the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education. She obtained her doctorate degree from West Virginia University in Higher Education Administration. Dr. D'Antoni began her career in education as a teacher. In 1992, she began work with the Tech Prep initiative at Marshall University and later served as the State Director for Tech Prep. She served as interim president of WV State Community and Technical College in 2008. Dr. D'Antoni has authored a number of articles on effective transition practices from public schools to higher education and collaborated on two books with national authors: Career Pathways and Adult Career Pathways.

Tracy Miller
Tracy Miller is President of the Mid-Atlantic Aerospace Complex. She has an under graduate degree from West Virginia University and master’s from Marshall University in educational administration. She worked as an educator in Charleston South Carolina and moved back to West Virginia to begin her career in economic development. She began at the WV Development Office as a training program manager and later as a marketing representative. Tracy moved to north central West Virginia in 2004 and accepted her current position where she markets and promotes the aerospace industry sector in West Virginia.

Tracy is an alumnus of the West Virginia Leadership program, serves on numerous boards, is active in the community and is passionate about promoting West Virginia. She was selected by West Virginia Living Magazine as a West Virginia Wonder Woman.

Tracy is married and has 3 bonus college-age children. She currently resides in Bridgeport, West Virginia.
Charles (Chuck) ParkerCharles A. (Chuck) Parker resides in Ripley, West Virginia, and is currently the Business Manager for the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 132, a statewide construction union. Mr. Parker is a Union Trustee on Local 132’s Health and Welfare, Pension, and Apprenticeship trust funds. He began his career with the Operating Engineers Local 132 as a heavy equipment operator on various construction projects throughout West Virginia. He also served as an instructor at the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 132 Apprenticeship and Training Program and later became the Training Administrator. Recently, Mr. Parker served on Governor Jim Justice’s transition team on infrastructure.
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Steve Roberts
Steve Roberts resides in Follansbee, West Virginia and is the Marketing Manager for Eagle Manufacturing. His responsibilities at Eagle include market analysis, marketing strategy development and implementation, sales agency management, strategic customer account management, new product development and energy procurement. Mr. Roberts has also been an active contributor to the WVMA’s Ethane Development Conference and the State Curriculum Advisory Board for Career and Technical Education. Previously, he had a distinguished 20 year career with Bayer Material Science (formerly Mobay) and its spinoff LANXESS Corporation. During his last four years at LANXESS Steve held the position of Head of Olefins and Energy Procurement for North America. Mr. Roberts graduated with a Master of Business Administration from Wheeling Jesuit University and also holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Wheeling Jesuit University.
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John J. Sorrenti
John J. Sorrenti attended West Virginia University, the University of Steubenville, and graduated from West Virginia Tech with a degree in Vocational Education.
His work experience includes: Purchasing Agent of Hancock County Schools, Adult Education Coordinator of the John D. Rockefeller IV Career Center, and Manager of Training at Mountaineer Racetrack and Gaming Resort. He created and currently operates John Jay Consulting, a firm specializing in training for the hospitality industry and government service. He is the Manager of the Weirton Downtown Business Association and is a Training Specialist for the West Virginia State Auditor's Office. At the age of 16, John began a career as a sports announcer for WEIR Radio. He retired from that position in 1994 after forty years of broadcasting and was inducted into the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Hall of Fame. John has served his community well. His service history includes: Weirton City Councilman, Hancock County Commissioner, President of the Weirton Rotary, Grand Knight of Weirton Knights of Columbus, President of the West Virginia Association of Counties, and President of the County Commissioners Association, and member of the State Property Valuation Commission Currently, he is Chairman of the Northern Panhandle Workforce Investment Council and was appointed to the Governor's Commission on Governing in the 21st Century. He now serves as Chair of the West Virginia Workforce Commission. He is the Chairman of the Top of West Virginia CVB. Sorrenti is married and has three children and four grandchildren.

Woody Thrasher
In December 2016, H. Wood Thrasher was appointed by Governor Jim Justice as Cabinet Secretary for the West Virginia Department of Commerce and Executive Director of the West Virginia Development Office. In addition to the West Virginia Development Office, the Department of Commerce includes WorkForce West Virginia, the Division of Natural Resources, Tourism, Energy, Labor, Forestry, Miners’ Health, Safety and Training, and the Geological and Economic Survey.

Mr. Thrasher is a native of Harrison County, and was the president of The Thrasher Group, an engineering and architecture firm he started with his father in 1983. The company employs nearly 400 people and has offices in West Virginia, Virginia, Ohio, and Maryland. He is currently the chairman of the West Virginia University alumni association, chairman of the West Virginia Economic Development Authority and serves on the board of Tech Connect West Virginia.

Mr. Thrasher has three sons, and currently resides in Charleston, West Virginia.

Harry Keith White
Harry Keith White is a businessman. He was born in Huntington, West Virginia, and earned a B.B.A. from Marshall University. He has a wife, Phyllis Riffe. He is a member of the Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, BPOE, L.O.O.M., Kiwanis, Mason, Scottish Rite, 32nd Degree Shriner, ROJ, and Chairman, West Virginia Bankers Association, 2004-06. He is the recipient of the 2006 Mingo County Democrat of the Year Award and the WV Bankers Association Banker of the Year, 2010. He was appointed to the House of Delegates on September 11, 1992, and then elected to the House in 1992. He has been elected to the House of Delegates since 1996. Holding the positions of Vice Chair, Committee on Banking, 75th Legislature; Chairman, Committee on Insurance, 76th and 77th Legislatures; Chairman, Committee on Finance, 78th, 79th, 80th and 81st Legislatures; Majority Leader, June 2013-2015. He also has served as a former member of the Gilbert Town Council. He was a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and a Combat Pilot in Vietnam, who was awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses for heroism. He is a Presbyterian.