Clarence Pennington
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.
Bob Lee Brown
Vice Chair
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.
William "Bill" Baker
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.
Bruce Berry
Chairman, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
Bruce L. 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.
Keith Burdette
In December 2010, Keith Burdette was appointed by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin as cabinet secretary for the West Virginia Department of Commerce and executive director of the West Virginia Development Office. Keith Burdette began his public service when he was elected to the first of two terms in the West Virginia House of Delegates. In 1982 he was elected to the West Virginia State Senate. In 1989 Keith was elected the 42nd President of the State Senate at the age of 34, the youngest Senate President in the state's history. The West Virginia Jaycees named him their Outstanding Young West Virginian in 1991 and in 1992 the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce named him one of Ten Outstanding Young Americans for that year. Upon leaving the legislature in 1994, Keith formed a government relations and consulting business. Three days after the 2000 election Governor-Elect Bob Wise asked him to join the new administration where he served for three years as Director of Policy and Legislative Relations. After leaving the administration in 2003, Keith formed the Burdette Group Consulting firm. In November 2004 the Area Roundtable hired Keith to manage and operate the Area Roundtable and the Wood County Development Authority. He serves as President of the Area Roundtable, which is the umbrella organization for all development activities in Wood County including the work of the Wood County Development Authority and the Parkersburg-Wood County Development Corporation. Keith is actively involved in the Parkersburg community where he resides. He is married to the former Pat Haught Huffman and has two sons and two stepsons.
Dr. Kathy J. 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.
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.
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.
John 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.