Dr. Thomas Evans Speaks to ALMBS

Dr. Thomas Evans West Virginia Robotic Technology Center

Dr. Thomas Evans serves as the Research Program Manager of the WV Robotic Technology Center in support of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s, Satellite Servicing Capabilities Office. At WVRTC, Dr. Evans is responsible for strategic development and guidance of research to support satellite servicing endeavors and advanced space robotic operations. In addition to leading the full-time staff at WVRTC, Dr. Evans holds a Research Assistant Professorship position in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at WVU. He engages research faculty and graduate students within the University’s College of Engineering to support the development of WVRTC robotic subsystems and advanced sensor systems.

Dr. Evans performed mechanical design and systems engineering of robotic tools and sensor system integration before advancing to the Research Program Manager position. His background and experience includes research and development in the fields of composite materials, embedded sensor systems, robotics, and mechanical design.

Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick Addresses ALMBS

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

Michael Belmear

Michael Belmear Speaks to ALMBS

Michael Belmear

Michael Belmear began his career in higher education at West Virginia University working as the stack supervisor for the downtown main campus library from 1971 to 1974. He was then hired at WVU as an admissions counselor from 1974 to 1978 and was responsible for increasing minority enrollment. During that time, both overall university enrollment and minority enrollment increased.

Michael Belmear came to Fairmont State as a Student Affairs counselor in August 1979. In this position, he served as a counselor and recruiter. His duties were later expanded to include advisor to the Student Government and Student Activities programs. For 31 years, he was director of the New Student Orientation program, and he also created and directed the annual statewide Fairmont State and Pierpont Leadership Conference. In 1993, he was appointed Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and then served as Vice President for Student Affairs for FSU and Pierpont.

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


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


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