WVU President E. Gordon Gee Addresses ALMBS

Dr. E. Gordon Gee is one of America’s most prominent higher education leaders, having helmed universities for more than three decades. In 2009, Time magazine named him one of the top 10 university presidents in the United States.

In 2014, Gee returned to West Virginia University, where his career as a university president began. His leadership goals include putting students first, advancing the university’s research agenda, partnering with West Virginia communities and making sure that 1.8 million West Virginians know in their hearts and minds that West Virginia University is their university.

Born in Vernal, Utah, Gee graduated from the University of Utah with an honors degree in history and earned his J.D. and Ed.D. degrees from Columbia University. He clerked under Chief Justice David T. Lewis of the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals before being named a judicial fellow and staff assistant to the U.S. Supreme Court. In this role,

Rosie the Riveter Ruby Coberly Tells Her Story

A resident of Glenville, Ruby Coberly grew up in Gilmer County, WV. She graduated from Glenville High School and attended two years at Glenville State. Upon marrying, she moved to Baltimore where her husband worked in a shipyard. At the urging of her sister, Mrs. Coberly sought a paying job finding work with Montgomery Ward and then Pep Boys. Then in July 1945, she got a job in a defense plant working as a typist for Glenn L. Martin Aviation which built aircraft for the war effort. She and her husband moved back to West Virginia in September 1945. Later, she attended beauty school in Morgantown and eventually operated her own beauty shop in her home until retiring in 2009.

Congressman Evan Jenkins

Congressman Evan Jenkins is honored to serve the people of the Third Congressional District of West Virginia in Congress.

A native of Huntington, Evan is proud to call West Virginia his home and has long been dedicated to serving its residents. In 1994, Evan was elected to serve in the West Virginia House of Delegates, where he represented Cabell and Wayne counties for three terms from 1995 to 2001. In 2002, he was elected to the West Virginia Senate, where he served three terms from 2003 to 2015. As a state legislator, Evan championed job creation, children’s issues, public safety and fiscal responsibility. He was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2014 and was sworn in on Jan. 6, 2015.

Evan has a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Florida and a Juris Doctor from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. He previously

Senator Capito Addresses ALMBS

Shelley Moore Capito was elected by the people of West Virginia to the United States Senate in 2014. She is the first female U.S. Senator in West Virginia’s history and was elected with the largest margin of victory for a Republican in state history – winning more than 62 percent of the vote and all 55 counties.

After serving West Virginia’s Second Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives for 14 years, and as a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates for four years prior, Shelley decided to run for Senate with the goal of being an even stronger voice for the Mountain State. She also saw an opportunity to restore order to a Senate stuck in gridlock for far too long.

Shelley believes that the challenges of our day demand bipartisan solutions and cooperation across the aisle to advance legislation that benefits West Virginia and the country as

Freedom Run USA – Jamie Summerlin Speaks to ALMBS

On March 26, 2012, Jamie Summerlin, a US Marine Corps veteran, started an improbable cross-country journey. In order to honor our Military Veterans, and raise funds for West Virginia-based Operation Welcome Home, a veteran’s facility “For Veterans, By Veterans”, he would run coast to coast beginning in Coos Bay, Oregon. After 100 days, 10 pairs of running shoes, and 3,452 miles, Jamie completed his journey in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, becoming one of the few individuals in history to complete a true Ocean to Ocean run across America.

Jamie resides in Morgantown WV with his wife Tiffany, and two children Nicholas & Shayna. He currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors for Operation Welcome Home.

Senator Manchin Speaks to ALMBS

Senator Manchin has served in several leadership capacities on various associations, including: Chairman of the National Governors Association, Chairman of the Southern States Energy Board, President of the Council of State Governments, Chairman of the Democratic Governors Association and Chairman of the Southern Governors’ Association.

Sen. Manchin served as Secretary of State from 2000 to 2004, and his office was known for excellent customer service. He was a state legislator from 1982 to 1996, where he earned a reputation for standing up for West Virginians.

Sen. Manchin became a successful businessman after attending West Virginia University on a football scholarship.

Sen. Manchin is an avid pilot, outdoorsman, hunter, angler and motorcyclist. He has been married for more than four decades to the former Gayle Conelly of Beckley. They have three children: Heather, Joseph IV and Brooke, and are the proud grandparents of Joseph V, Sophie, Kelsey, Madeline, Chloe, Jack, Carly, Vivian, Beaux and

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey Addresses ALMBS

Patrick Morrisey was elected as the Attorney General for the State of West Virginia on November 6, 2012, and was sworn into office on January 14, 2013. Patrick Morrisey is the first Republican to serve as Attorney General in West Virginia since 1933, and as a resident of Harpers Ferry, Morrisey is also the first Attorney General from Jefferson County in our state’s history.

Since becoming Attorney General, Morrisey has made fighting fraud, waste, abuse, and corruption a top priority of the Office. Shortly after taking office, he instituted a new policy for hiring outside counsel that has dramatically increased transparency and saved the state more than $4 million. He also voluntarily returned approximately $18 million in monies to the state and has brought in many millions more to state agency clients and consumers.

In 2014, Attorney General Morrisey called on the West Virginia Legislature to do thorough audits and performance reviews

Medal of Honor Recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams Speaks to ALMBS

Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, 21st Marines, 3rd Marine Division

The first time the five foot six, nineteen-year-old Hershel “Woody” Williams tried to join the Marines, in the fall of 1942, he was too short. The second time he tried, a few months later, he wasn’t: The Corps relaxed its height requirements. He immediately enlisted. He was sent to the Pacific with the 3rd Marine Division and placed in a flamethrower/demolition unit.

Williams took part in the invasion of Guam, which seemed horrific—until he was sent to Iwo Jima the following year. The beach area in Guam was clear and relatively undefended, and the Marines could advance into the jungle. At Iwo, all the jungle cover had been blown away, and the beach became a slaughterhouse.

His company was supposed to hit the beach on February 20, 1945, but there were so many Marines stuck on the beachhead

WV American Legion Auxiliary President Brings Warm Wishes

Susan Wade was born March 22, 1952 to Warren and Nancy Pryor Neff.

She graduated from Paden City High School in 1970. She is retired from the State of West Virginia.

Susan was married to the late Herman Wade, and has one daughter from her previous marriage.  She has 2 granddaughters, and 2 grandsons, all who are members of The American Legion Family.

Susan is a member of Paden City Christian Church.

Susan is a 38 year member of Paden City Unit #86, she is currently Unit President and has served in that position for several years.

Her edibility is through her grandfather, Floyd Pryor who served in the Army during WWI; her father who served in the Navy during WWII; and her late husband who served in the Marines during Vietnam.

She has served as First District Vice President and President.  She has served as Department Chaplain, Department 2nd and Department 1st Vice Presidents.

Susan is