Area residents among Leadership West Virginia’s Class of 2019

January 22, 2019

CHARLESTON — Fifty-seven leaders from across the state have accepted invitations to participate in the 2019 Class of Leadership West Virginia. Candidates were selected from a list of applicants submitted in late 2018.

Participants include:

• Stephanie Abraham, Abraham Law, PLLC (Logan)

• Andrew Dawson, United Bank (Huntington)

• Sean Farrell, Service Pump & Supply (Huntington)

• Erin Jones, Altice USA (Scott Depot)

• Matt Lockhart, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP (Huntington)

• Lyn O’Connell, Marshall Health (Huntington)

• Chad Stutler, Alcon (Huntington)

• Brent Tomblin, Boone Memorial Hospital (Madison)

Leadership West Virginia is now in its 28th year as the statewide education and leadership development program in West Virginia.

The eight-month program identifies emerging leaders from a variety of employers throughout West Virginia and enhances their knowledge not only of the challenges facing the state, but also the state’s unique attributes and diversity.

“Individuals are selected into the program because they demonstrate leadership skills and experiences in civic activities and in their professional careers,” said Pam Farris, executive director of Leadership West Virginia. “We continue to see an increase in the number of applicants each year and we are very pleased with the diversity of candidates in the 2019 class.”

Farris noted that interest in being a class member continues to be a very competitive process as the program now has over 1,400 alumni from across the state and graduates from 53 out of 55 counties.

Throughout this year, members of the class will travel to different communities in West Virginia to receive broad-based education on critical topics and, at the same time, have opportunities to hone their leadership skills.

“Leadership West Virginia provides graduates with the skills and the knowledge in making sound, informed decisions,” Farris said. “Many of the participants serve as private citizen volunteers, and many seek and serve in public office. Among the many benefits that come with being a graduate of the program is the network of alumni throughout the state.”

LWV is affiliated with the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, visit www.leadershipwv.org.

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