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
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
A resident of Glenville, Ruby Coberly grew up in Gilmer County, WV. She graduated from Glenville High School and attended two years at Glenville State. Upon marrying, she moved to Baltimore where her husband worked in a shipyard. At the urging of her sister, Mrs. Coberly sought a paying job finding work with Montgomery Ward and then Pep Boys. Then in July 1945, she got a job in a defense plant working as a typist for Glenn L. Martin Aviation which built aircraft for the war effort. She and her husband moved back to West Virginia in September 1945. Later, she attended beauty school in Morgantown and eventually operated her own beauty shop in her home until retiring in 2009.
More information: http://www.thanksplainandsimple.org/
Lisa has been a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for 40 years, having joined as a Junior member. Lisa is a member of Jackson-Perks Unit 71, Charles Town, WV. Lisa’s eligibility is through her grandfather who was a WWII Veteran. He was a member of the 595th aircraft warning battalion and served in New Guinea and Luzon. He received the good conduct medal, American Theater Ribbon, Marksmanship badges and the WWII Victory Medal. Lisa’s father was a Korean War Veteran and her husband, is a Vietnam Veteran.
Lisa has served as Unit President, 2nd Vice, Executive Committee, as well as Committee Chairman of many different programs. Lisa continues to work strongly for our Veterans.
List has served as 10th District Vice President and Chairman for Americanism and National Security. She also served on the Constitution and Bylaws Committee.
Lisa has served as Department Chaplain, 2nd Vice and 1st Vice President. She has
Frank Cooley was born in Newhall, West Virginia and grew up in Marytown, West Virginia, where he attended schools in the area, before graduating in 1965 from Welch High School.
He served in the United States Army from November 1965, until 1971 with an Honorable Discharge.
He is married to the former Angela Diana Davidson and they have two sons Leonard and James and one granddaughter Samantha.
He was employed at the HC Lewis Oil Company for 50 years and still works when not spending time with family and the American Legion.
He and his wife Ann reside in Welch, West Virginia and they are members of the Anderson Memorial Presbyterian Church on Stewart Street in Welch. He is one of the Elders and Ann is in the Choir.
He has been active with American Legion Post 8 for more than 20 years and he is a paid up for life member. He is a
Hershel “Woody” Williams was born on a dairy farm in 1923 in Quiet Dell, West Virginia. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served in the Battle of Iwo Jima with the 21st Marines, 3d Marine Division. During the battle, Mr. Williams displayed “valiant devotion to duty” and service above self as he “enabled his company to reach its objective”. Mr. Williams’ actions, commitment to his fellow service members, and heroism were recognized on October 5, 1945, when he received the Congressional Medal of Honor from President Truman at the White House. Mr. Williams is the sole surviving Marine from WWII, to wear the Medal of Honor.
Medal of Honor Citation
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as demolition sergeant serving with the 21st Marines, 3d Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano
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.
Ryan lives in Morgantown, WV, with his old southern American Bulldog Tank and attended the 2005 American Legion Mountaineer Boys State. Ryan graduated from West Virginia University with a BA from the Eberly College of Arts and Science. After losing 200 pounds he decided to make a difference by helping people work through simappianilar challenges. He has since founded two wellness consulting & service companies, The VIGR Agency & The Ryan B. Cox Company. Ryan also founded & chairs the Elevated Wellness Foundation, a non-profit focused on addressing Appalachia’s rising rates of obesity, addiction, & chronic disease.
More information: https://www.ryanbcox.com/
Sheriff – Dan “The man” Castello (F),
County Clerk – William Kurtist Yost (N)
Prosecuting Attorney – Enrique Herrera (F)
Circuit Clerk – Andrew Torlone (F)
Assessor – Mark Taylor (N)
County Commission (3) – Angelo Gentile (F), Pauly Boddy (F), Daniel McGuire (F)
House of Delegates – Isaiah “Stan” Stanley (F), Ronald H Jennings III “Ronnie” (F) and “THE” Bryan Ho (F), Jacob Southern (F), Broc Oliverio (N), Joel Morris (N)
State Senate (2) -Jacob Ralston “Yhac” (F), Micheal Lough “Low” (N)
Mayor – Mohammad Sissoto (N)
City Council (3) – Alex Dauge (N), Robert “The Enforcer” Minard (N), Thomas “The Tank” Martineau (N)
Sheriff – Weston Huggins (N)
County Clerk – Tyler Hill (F)
Prosecuting Attorney – David Carter (F)
Circuit Clerk – Mountain Jackson Harper (F)
Assessor – Kyle Waters “Beefy” (N)
County Commission (3) – Anthony Abrahamian (F), Jeremy Hardman (F) and Chance Winter (N)
House of Delegates – Easton Perry (F), Braden Poling (F), Ethan Wilson (F), Malachi Woods (F), Jacob “Chops” Pennell (F), Jacob “Big Red” Tallamy (N), Zander Kjar “The guy with the messed up name” (N)
State Senate (2) -Jack White (F), “Big” Adam Cox (N)
Mayor – Kiyan Pepper Barlett (F)
City Council (3) – Mace Wheeler (N), Ty Flynn (N), and Isaiah Meade (N)