Leadership West Virginia announces Class Of 2014

CHARLESTON Fifty-six leaders from across the state have accepted invitations to participate in the 2014 Class of Leadership West Virginia. Candidates were selected from a list of nominations that was submitted in late 2013. Twenty individuals from North Central West Virginia are among those selected:

  • Jessica Arbogast, Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce
  • George Blankenship, FirstEnergy
  • Nathaniel Bonnell, Citizens Bank of West Virginia
  • Nikki Bowman, New South Media, Inc.
  • Frank Briggs, West Virginia University Healthcare
  • Chad Callen, West Virginia Junior College
  • Carl Cannon, River Valley Chapter of American Red Cross
  • Herman Deprospero, MVB Bank
  • Jo Carol Farmer, Dominion Hope
  • Jill Fratto, The EdVenture Group
  • Jeremy Hoard, WesBanco Bank, Inc.
  • Parween Mascari, Farmer, Cline & Campbell PLLC
  • Michael Mills, Mills Group
  • Christopher Nichols, Shire Pharmaceuticals
  • Samantha Richards, West Virginia University Healthcare
  • Belinda Robinson, Valley Health Care, Inc.
  • Deva Solomon, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
  • Allen Staggers, FirstEnergy
  • Kim Weaver, Alpha Associates, Incorporated
  • Zenovy Wowczuk, FCX Systems, INC.

Leadership West Virginia (www.leadershipwv.org) is now in its 23rd year as the statewide education and leadership development program in West Virginia. The eight-month program identifies emerging leaders from a variety of employers throughout West Virginia and enhances their knowledge not only of the challenges facing the state, but also the state’s unique attributes and diversity.

Recognizing that the cultivation of new leadership is of utmost importance to West Virginia’s future prosperity and progress, Leadership West Virginia works to develop and motivate a cross-section of leaders who will use their talents and abilities to inspire others and to foster a new spirit of energy, enthusiasm and vitality throughout the state. LWV is affiliated with the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

“Each year, the class participants are selected from a list of top-quality applicants from around the state. Individuals are selected into the program because they demonstrate leadership skills and experiences in civic activities, public affairs and in their professional careers,” said Pam Farris, executive director of Leadership West Virginia. “We had a record number of applicants for the 2014 program and are very pleased with the diversity of candidates in this year’s class.” Farris noted that interest in being a class member continues to be a very competitive process.

Throughout this year members of the class will travel to eight different communities in West Virginia to receive broad-based education on critical topics and, at the same time, have opportunities to hone their leadership

skills.