Mark McMillion is a seasoned leader with over 25 years of leadership experience, training, and practice. As a West Point graduate, he was privileged to learn at the finest school of leadership in the world. With two engineering degrees, he understands how hard data drives decisions. As a veteran leader, he’s learned and practiced the soft skills of leadership. With tours of duty in Germany, Norway (with NATO), and two combat tours in Iraq, he served in a variety of positions on three continents and across the United States.
Contrary to what many believe, leadership in the Army is not as simple as giving orders or court-martialing someone. Building mutual trust, loyalty, and respect for others are critical requirements to be an effective leader in any environment.
His career highlights include his times as platoon leader, West Point assistant professor, battalion executive officer, and exercise planner for NATO. Each of these positions
Olivia McCuskey was born and raised in West Virginia, growing up in St. Albans. She graduated from Nitro High School and went on to play basketball at Ohio University, where she graduated with a degree in Anthropology and History. Following graduation, Olivia returned to West Virginia and began working with Inspire West Virginia. She has been working for Inspire for almost 3 years, and has expanded the program throughout the state ever since. Inspire West Virginia is one state in the national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization Inspire U.S., whose goal is to transform young leaders inspiration into action that improves our communities and strengthens our democracy.
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
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.
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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 U.S. 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