Senator Joe Manchin Addresses ALMBS

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) was sworn into the United States Senate on November 15, 2010 to fill the seat left vacant by the late Senator Robert C. Byrd. For Senator Manchin, serving as West Virginia’s Senator is truly an honor and a privilege.

Born and raised in the small coal mining town of Farmington, W.Va., Sen. Manchin grew up learning the values that all West Virginians share – family, common sense, fairness and hard work. As a small businessman, he learned firsthand from his grandfather, Papa Joe, who was an Italian immigrant and the town grocer, the importance of serving the public. As a young man, his beloved grandmother, Mama Kay, inspired Senator Manchin’s belief in public service through her unflagging compassion and desire to help those less fortunate. More than anything, it is his family and the values he learned growing up among the hardworking men and women of

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LtCol Mark McMillon Addresses ALMBS

Mark McMillion is a seasoned leader with over 25 years of leadership experience, training, and practice. As a West Point graduate, he was privileged to learn at the finest school of leadership in the world.  With two engineering degrees, he understands how hard data drives decisions.  As a veteran leader, he’s learned and practiced the soft skills of leadership. With tours of duty in Germany, Norway (with NATO), and two combat tours in Iraq, he served in a variety of positions on three continents and across the United States.

Contrary to what many believe, leadership in the Army is not as simple as giving orders or court-martialing someone.  Building mutual trust, loyalty, and respect for others are critical requirements to be an effective leader in any environment.

His career highlights include his times as platoon leader, West Point assistant professor, battalion executive officer, and exercise planner for NATO.  Each of these positions

Attorney General Patrick Moorisey 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

WV Department of Veterans Assistance Secretary Dennis Davis Addresses ALMBS

A retired educator, former West Virginia Workforce Development director and U.S. Army veteran – serves as the Cabinet Secretary for the West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance.

Davis was appointed by Governor Jim Justice to head the department that oversees 17 field and claims offices, the West Virginia Veterans Nursing Facility, the West Virginia Veterans Home and the Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, as well as several high-profile, statewide veterans initiatives.

Davis spent 29 years as a teacher and an executive within the Kanawha County Schools system. He was first employed as a teacher at Dupont Junior High School in 1968. He later served as Job Placement Specialist at the Ben Franklin Career Center, Coordinator of Adult Education at the Garnet Career Center, Coordinator of Cooperative Education and Assistant Superintendent for Vocational, Technical and Adult Education. Davis was elected president of the West Virginia Vocational Association and chairman of the

InspireWV’s Olivia McCuskey Addresses ALMBS

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Olivia McCuskey was born and raised in West Virginia, growing up in St. Albans. She graduated from Nitro High School and went on to play basketball at Ohio University, where she graduated with a degree in Anthropology and History. Following graduation, Olivia returned to West Virginia and began working with Inspire West Virginia. She has been working for Inspire for almost 3 years, and has expanded the program throughout the state ever since. Inspire West Virginia is one state in the national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization Inspire U.S., whose goal is to transform young leaders inspiration into action that improves our communities and strengthens our democracy.

WVU President E. Gordon Gee Addresses ALMBS

Dr. E. Gordon Gee is one of America’s most prominent higher education leaders, having served as president of some of the most prestigious public and private universities for more than three decades.

When he returned to lead West Virginia University in 2014 as the institution’s 24th president, it was a homecoming of sorts. He was first named WVU president in 1981 at age 36 – at the time, among the youngest persons to ever serve as a university president.

He led WVU until 1985 when he went on to presidencies at the University of Colorado (1985-90), Brown University (1998-2000) and Vanderbilt University (2001-07). He served as president of The Ohio State University from 1990-97 and again from 2007-13.

On his return to the Morgantown campus, he said, “This is not a job to me; it is a calling.” His leadership style bears that out as he works tirelessly to advance the University’s land-grant

MAJ Chris Kinney Addresses ALMBS

Major Chris Kinney currently serves with the WVARNG as part of the Special Operations Detachment – Europe.  He began his career by enlisting in the Army in the fall of 1990.  In 1991, he was admitted to the USMA Preparatory School and subsequently attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.  Upon graduation, he was commissioned as an infantry officer.  During his active duty time, MAJ Kinney served as a rifle platoon leader, mortar platoon leader, company executive officer, adjutant, and assistant operations officer.  He transferred to the WVARNG in 2002 and served a one-year tour in Iraq as an intelligence officer and battery commander.  After a break in service MAJ Kinney returned to the WVARNG to serve with the state’s Officer Candidate School, which he commanded from 2011 to 2015.  MAJ Kinney has been awarded the Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medals, Combat Action Badge, Expert Infantryman

2015 ALMBS citizen Roark Sizemore Addresses ALMBS

Roark C. Sizemore is a 2015 Alumnus of Mountaineer Boys State and a 2016 graduate of Morgantown High School.  He attends WVU as a Bucklew Scholar, Milan Puskar Leadership Scholar, and Honor Student and is the recipient of the George W. Bud Seibert Public Affairs award and the DeLynn Scholarship. Roark serves as the WVU Student Government Senator President Pro Tempore.  He is deeply devoted to ending childhood hunger and bringing opportunities and hope to those living in poverty.  Roark is the Founder and President of The Pantry Plus More, a 501(c)3 charity that he started while a senior in high school with 8 in-school pantries and 2 more scheduled to open.  Roark also co-sponsors monthly Mobile Food Giveaways with the Mountaineer Food Bank bringing in 12-15,000 pounds of fresh produce and meat every month to different regions of the county. In his spare time, he is the Co-president of