Inspire WV Encourages Voter Registration

Kathryn grew up in Charleston, WV, where she currently lives and works. She graduated in May, 2015 with a Masters in Public Health from West Virginia University’s School of Public Health. She had previously acquired her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from WVU in 2013. During her time in college, Kathryn was involved in an assortment of activities, such as the Student Affiliate of the WV Public Health Association; ‘Heads Up!’ (a student-led Pedestrian Safety Multimedia Campaign); two sister community health initiatives called Try This! WV and Try This! Greater Morgantown; and more.

During a summer internship with the Our Children, Our Future Campaign to End Child Poverty, Kathryn worked to increase civic engagement in West Virginia through the campaign’s policy advocacy and policy formation trainings. She became passionate about the power and importance of civic engagement. Soon after, she founded the first Our Children, Our Future Student Chapter at WVU,

Michael Malfregeot With Premier Bank Talks Financial Stability

Michael Malfregeot joined Premier as Vice President/Branch Manager and Small Business and Retail Development Manager. He manages the Bridgeport branch office. Previously, Michael was a VP – Retail/Small Business Development Officer and Manager with MVB Bank, where he managed the Bridgeport and Clarksburg branch offices. He holds Bachelor of Science degree in Management from West Virginia Wesleyan College and a Master of Business Administration degree from Shepherd University. Michael plays an active role in many community organizations in Harrison County.

Medal of Honor Recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams Highlights Veterans’ Night

Hershel “Woody” Williams – Medal of Honor

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

Judge Kurt Hall Presides Over ALMBS Inauguration

Judge Hall is a native of Brunswick, Ohio. He has a bachelor’s degree (1990) in Mining Engineering Technology from Fairmont State University and worked as a project engineer/Certified Mine Foreman’s Assistant before earning a law degree from West Virginia University College of Law in 1995.

Judge Hall was elected to a new seat in the Twenty-Sixth Judicial Circuit (Lewis and Upshur Counties) in May 2016. He took office on January 1, 2017.

He was a law clerk in an Elkins law firm, a public defender in the Second Judicial Circuit (Marshall, Tyler, and Wetzel Counties) and then a Randolph County assistant prosecuting attorney. He was an assistant prosecuting attorney in Harrison County for eleven years before then-Governor Earl Ray Tomblin appointed him to the circuit bench in the Twenty-Sixth Judicial Circuit (Lewis and Upshur Counties) in 2013. He served sixteen months but was unsuccessful in retaining the seat in the 2014 election.

Secretary of State Mac Warner

Secretary of State Mac Warner Addresses Boys State

On November 8, 2016, Andrew McCoy “Mac” Warner was elected to become West Virginia’s 30th Secretary of State.

Secretary Warner graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and West Virginia University’s College of Law; he has two Master of Law Degrees, one in Military Law from The Army Judge Advocate General’s School and one in International Law from the University of Virginia Law School.

A decorated soldier, Secretary Warner served as the Chief of International Law for the United States Army Europe, was an instructor at The Army Judge Advocate General’s School, and served on the Staff at the US Army War College. He has been both a Defense Attorney and a Chief Prosecutor. He rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel before his retirement after 23 years in the United States Army.

After retirement, Secretary Warner was called upon to use his professional, legal and military expertise to run