Woody Williams

2014 ALMBS – Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient “Woody” Williams

Hershel Woodrow Williams was born on 2 October 1923 in Quiet Dell, West Virginia. He worked as a taxi and truck driver before enlisting in the Marine Corps Reserve from that state in May 1943. During the summer and fall he received recruit training at San Diego, California, and advanced training in the use of flame throwers and combat demolitions. Williams served overseas on New Caledonia and Guadalcanal with the THIRD Marine Division and, as a member of the Twenty-first Marines, took part in combat action on Guam.

With the same unit, Corporal Williams was a Demolition Sergeant during the Battle for Iwo Jima. On 23 February 1945, when American tanks were held up by Japanese guns, minefields and rough island terrain, he advanced alone and, in a four hour effort while under terrific fire, utilized demolition charges and flame throwers to annihilate many enemy positions, thus enabling his company to

WV Attorney General Patrick Morrisey

2014 ALMBS – WV Attorney General Patrick Morrisey

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.

In practice since 1992, Morrisey worked on many high profile health care matters prior to serving as Attorney General, and possesses a broad array of experience on regulatory issues, Medicare, Medicaid, policy, fraud and abuse investigations, legislative matters, strategic counseling, and legal and policy challenges to federal statutes and regulations.

Prior to his election, Morrisey assisted in the successful multi-state challenge to the national health care law in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and counseled Members of Congress on strategies to repeal the law. He has also

ALMBS 2014 – WV Governor Tomblin

West Virginia GovernorEarl Ray Tomblin

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin serves as the 35th governor of the Mountain State. A Logan County native, Governor Tomblin received his undergraduate degree from West Virginia University, and an MBA from Marshall University.


A self-employed businessman and former school teacher, Governor Tomblin was elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates in 1974 at the age of 22 and served in the house until he was elected to the West Virginia Senate in 1980. Governor Tomblin was the longest serving Senate President and was named the state’s first Lieutenant Governor in 2000. Throughout his years in public service Governor Tomblin has remained dedicated to creating a better West Virginia. Since becoming governor, Tomblin put more West Virginians back to work and reduced the tax burden on our families and business. Governor Tomblin made it a crime to text while driving and signed landmark mine safety

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant speaks at ALMBS 2014

The youngest of seven children, Natalie, grew up on a farm near Fairview in Marion County. Coming from a long line of teachers, Natalie’s parents and 5 of her brothers and sister taught in the public school system. She now lives in Charleston with her husband Erik and their daughter Delaney. Erik, who is a state Senator and small business owner, served in Afghanistan in 2011 as a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy.

Natalie’s father sold cows to pay her tuition bills at West Virginia University and she contributed by working part-time while in school. Tennant studied broadcasting and broke barriers, becoming the first woman to serve as the WVU Mountaineer. In 1991, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism. For the next decade she anchored the news in Clarksburg and Charleston, bringing attention to stories that affected the people of West Virginia. Later, she and her husband started

2014 ALMBS College Fair

We would like to thank the following Colleges for participating in our College Fair.


Bethany College

Bluefield State College

Bridgewater College

Concord University

Davis & Elkins University

Fairmont State University

Garrett College

Glenville State College

Marshall University

Ohio Valley University

Pierpont Community & Technical College

Potomac State College

Washington & Jefferson College

Waynesburg University

West Liberty University

West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

West Virginia State University

West Virginia University

West Virginia Wesleyan

Wheeling Jesuit University

WVU President Gee speaks at ALMBS 2014

Dr. E. Gordon Gee served as president of The Ohio State University from 1990 to 1997 and again from 2007 to 2013. Prior to his service at Ohio State, he led Vanderbilt University (2001-2007), Brown University (1998-2000), the University of Colorado (1985-1990), and West Virginia University (1981-1985). He returned to WVU to serve as president for a term in January 2014, and was confirmed as the permanent president in March 2014. Gee has served in higher education for more than three decades and in 2009 was named by Time magazine as one of the top-10 university presidents in the United States.

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

Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick Speaks to ALMBS Citizens

West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick took 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 also a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute, Hobart Technical Center, Lincoln Welding School, and Mendenhall School of Auctioneering.

Randall “Randy” Albert of CONSOL Energy Addresses ALMBS Citizens

Randall Albert is chief operating officer of gas operations for CONSOL Energy Inc. In this position, he is responsible for all aspects of the company’s natural gas business. Previously as senior vice president – emerging business units, Randy was responsible for managing the company’s shale programs, including the Marcellus Shale, and other emerging gas plays. Historically, he has had overall responsibility for managing the start-up of two Appalachian coalbed methane gas plays for CONSOL’s Energy’s CNX Gas Company.

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin Addresses ALMBS

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin serves as the 35th governor of the Mountain State. A Logan County native, Governor Tomblin received his undergraduate degree from West Virginia University, and an MBA from Marshall University.

Rosie Bertha “Buddie” Curnutte Speaks to ALMBS

Buddie Curnutte, Board Member for Thanks! Plain and Simple (“Thanks!”). She exemplifies the abilities and desires of Rosies to assure that their legacy will be passed to the future, validly and meaningfully. She grew up in Appalachian New York state where she was a riveter on Kitty Hawk airplanes, then she became a medical technician in the Coast Guard, where she met and married Earl Curnutte, a West Virginian, who had lost a leg and had other injuries.“I am both a veteran and a Rosie. At age 88, I now see that we Rosies need to learn more about what we did, so that we can teach what we have done and are doing.