Jamie Summerlin Addresses ALMBS

Jamie Summerlin is 43 years old, and a Marine from West Virginia. His wife Tiffany is also a Marine, and they met in Iwakuni Japan while stationed there together in 1995. He resides in Morgantown with her and their two children, Nicholas and Shayna. Jamie ran his first marathon in November of 2009, at the Suntrust Richmond Marathon in Virginia, having been encouraged by a close friend and former coworker, Jason Thomas.

Having never run longer than 11 miles non-stop in his life, he took upon himself the challenge, and began following a strict 5 month training program that led to a 3:31:02 race time. It was a life changing experience for him, and started putting in motion the thoughts that there were even greater challenges out there to overcome.

His first Ultra Marathon, the Frozen Sasquatch 50K, was run 2 months later through snow and mountainous terrain, and he was hooked.

Senator Capito Welcomes ALMBS Citizens

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

Representative Alex Mooney Welcomes ALMBS

Congressman Alex X. Mooney and his wife live in Charles Town in Jefferson County with their three children. Their third child, Gabrielle, was born in Charleston, West Virginia in October 2014. The son of a Cuban refugee and Vietnam veteran, Alex grew up with a deep sense of appreciation for the American ideals of individual freedom and personal responsibility.

Alex’s mother, Lala, was born and raised in Fidel Castro’s Cuba, where she and other members of her family were thrown into jail for seven weeks for opposing Castro’s communist regime. When she was 21, Lala escaped Cuba and fled to America with barely a penny to her name.

Alex’s father, Vincent, was sent to Vietnam when Lala was expecting their first child. He served as an Engineering Captain and was awarded the Bronze Star.

Listening to his parents’ inspiring stories, Alex knew from a young age that he wanted to spend his life

Rosie The Riveter Anna Hess Addresses ALMBS

Anna Hess was born and raised on a small farm in Roane County, WV. With the outbreak of World War II, her family moved to Akron, OH to work in the factories to support the war effort. Anna’s mother was truly a “Rosie the Riveter” working as a riveter on B29 aircraft wings, and Anna herself eventually went to work in a tire plant during the war.

Anna met and married her husband in Akron, and they moved to his hometown of Morgantown in 1948 where they raised their family.

In recent years, Anna got involved in the Rosie the Riveter program as a way to honor her mother. The organization in WV is called “Thanks! Plain and Simple,” and as part of the national Rosie the Riveter movement they strive to ensure that the Rosies’ legacy lives on as part of America’s identity and consciousness.

Joe Berry Jr. WV Operations Manager of CONSOL Energy Speaks to ALMBS

CONSOL Energy

Joe Berry Jr. has over 13 years of experience with the company and in that time has held positions of Operations Manager, District Operations Superintendent, Production Manager, Project Manager, Project Engineer, and Electrical Engineer. He has worked for CONSOL Energy Inc. in 7 different states, WV, PA, OH, VA, KY, IN, and IL.

Joe Berry Jr. graduated from West Virginia University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. He also worked for an Architectural Engineering firm for 3 years as an Electrical Engineer prior to joining CONSOL Energy Inc. Joe has experience in Drilling, Completions, Production, Construction, Pipeline Design and Installation, Electrical, and Communications. Joe has worked with deep shale wells (Marcellus), Coal Bed Methane wells, and shallow oil and gas wells.

2014 ALMBS – Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito

Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito proudly serves the people of West Virginia’s Second Congressional District, where she represents a diverse constituency stretching from the Ohio River Valley to the state’s Eastern Panhandle.

Shelley believes that the challenges of our day demand bipartisan solutions and works with her colleagues on both sides of the aisle to advance legislation that benefits West Virginia. She has been a tireless advocate for a range of policies that directly impact West Virginians, including energy independence, quality health care, safe highways, national security, and veterans’ issues.

She also represents her constituents on two important committees in the House of Representatives. Shelley is a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which will lead the way on a new highway bill during the 113th Congress. She is also a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, where she is the chairwoman

CONSOL Energy

2014 ALMBS – Pat McCune, CONSOL Energy

Pat McCune is Director of State External Affairs for CONSOL Energy. In that capacity, he is responsible for CONSOL’s government, public and community affairs for West Virginia and Ohio.

Mr. McCune grew up in Weirton. WV. He is a former Hancock County Commissioner as well as an elected State Senator representing WV’s 1rst Senatorial District.

Mr. McCune has spent the majority of his professional career representing corporations in the public affairs arena. He has worked in various external affairs positions for Consolidated Coal, DuPont and Norfolk Southern Railroad,

From 1999 through 2010,  Mr. McCune ran his own public and government relations firm. McCune & Associates represented the interests of corporations and business trade groups in the trii-state area of West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

McCune is a graduate of Wheeling Jesuit University. He resides with his wife, Marijo, in Powell, Ohio. He has two children: Annie, a Dr. of Audiology in Cincinnati, Ohio; and

Inspire WV

2014 ALMBS – Inspire WV

We are excited to introduce Inspire West Virginia to you! We are a brand new nonpartisan organization that helps young leaders improve their communities and strengthen our democracy.

We know that there are hundreds of high school students in West Virginia who already have the inspiration needed to keep our state strong and build to an even better future, our goal is to introduce them to each other and help them turn that inspiration into action.

Our programming starts this July with our inaugural High School Leadership Academy held at Marshall University from July 15th through July 17th. At the academy, students develop effective leadership skills, learn to build a team, and cultivate the knowledge and abilities needed to be a leader who gets things done in their community.

After the Academy, students commit to what we call “The Inspired Year.” This yearlong program provides students the opportunity to become more involved in their communities by

WV Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick

2014 ALMBS – WV Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick

West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick was elected in 2012 and assumed office January 14, 2013. He is a Webster County native and graduated from Webster Springs High School. He earned a B.A. Degree from West Virginia Institute of Technology, and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute, Hobart Technical Center, Lincoln Welding School, and Mendenhall School of Auctioneering.

He taught welding for five years at Pocahontas County High School before being elected to the Pocahontas County Board of Education. He then served nearly 10 years as President of the Pocahontas County Commission. Advancing to the state level, he won his bid for a seat in the House of Delegates where he served one year before being appointed to fill an unexpired term in the West Virginia Senate.

As a member of the Senate, he held several leadership positions, including eight years as Chair as of the

Buddie Curnutte

2014 ALMBS – “Buddie” Curnette with Rosie the Riveters

Bertha (“Buddie”) Curnutte was a riveter on P40 and C47 airplanes in Cheetawaga, NY, about 50 miles east of Buffalo at Curtis Wright Manufacturing, for two years during World War II. One of her most vivid memories is that a plane crashed while being test flown from the grounds, which heightened the women’s concerns to do first-quality work. “Every rivet we made was with worry that if we did a bad job, lives would be lost.”

 

Then, she joined the Coast Guard and chose the medical corps to contribute in a different way. She remembers 100s of women on the train going to the all-male Coast Guard base on Manhattan Beach, Sheep’s Head Bay, Brooklyn, and when they arrived,they were the first women, and guards surrounded the base to keep men out. They marched constantly, it was January and snowy, they did not have uniforms, and women who had only high