Senator Manchin Speaks to ALMBS

Senator Manchin has served in several leadership capacities on various associations, including: Chairman of the National Governors Association, Chairman of the Southern States Energy Board, President of the Council of State Governments, Chairman of the Democratic Governors Association and Chairman of the Southern Governors’ Association.

Sen. Manchin served as Secretary of State from 2000 to 2004, and his office was known for excellent customer service. He was a state legislator from 1982 to 1996, where he earned a reputation for standing up for West Virginians.

Sen. Manchin became a successful businessman after attending West Virginia University on a football scholarship.

Sen. Manchin is an avid pilot, outdoorsman, hunter, angler and motorcyclist. He has been married for more than four decades to the former Gayle Conelly of Beckley. They have three children: Heather, Joseph IV and Brooke, and are the proud grandparents of Joseph V, Sophie, Kelsey, Madeline, Chloe, Jack, Carly, Vivian, Beaux and

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey Addresses ALMBS

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.

Since becoming Attorney General, Morrisey has made fighting fraud, waste, abuse, and corruption a top priority of the Office. Shortly after taking office, he instituted a new policy for hiring outside counsel that has dramatically increased transparency and saved the state more than $4 million. He also voluntarily returned approximately $18 million in monies to the state and has brought in many millions more to state agency clients and consumers.

In 2014, Attorney General Morrisey called on the West Virginia Legislature to do thorough audits and performance reviews

Medal of Honor Recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams Speaks to ALMBS

Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, 21st Marines, 3rd Marine Division

The first time the five foot six, nineteen-year-old Hershel “Woody” Williams tried to join the Marines, in the fall of 1942, he was too short. The second time he tried, a few months later, he wasn’t: The Corps relaxed its height requirements. He immediately enlisted. He was sent to the Pacific with the 3rd Marine Division and placed in a flamethrower/demolition unit.

Williams took part in the invasion of Guam, which seemed horrific—until he was sent to Iwo Jima the following year. The beach area in Guam was clear and relatively undefended, and the Marines could advance into the jungle. At Iwo, all the jungle cover had been blown away, and the beach became a slaughterhouse.

His company was supposed to hit the beach on February 20, 1945, but there were so many Marines stuck on the beachhead

WV American Legion Auxiliary President Brings Warm Wishes

Susan Wade was born March 22, 1952 to Warren and Nancy Pryor Neff.

She graduated from Paden City High School in 1970. She is retired from the State of West Virginia.

Susan was married to the late Herman Wade, and has one daughter from her previous marriage.  She has 2 granddaughters, and 2 grandsons, all who are members of The American Legion Family.

Susan is a member of Paden City Christian Church.

Susan is a 38 year member of Paden City Unit #86, she is currently Unit President and has served in that position for several years.

Her edibility is through her grandfather, Floyd Pryor who served in the Army during WWI; her father who served in the Navy during WWII; and her late husband who served in the Marines during Vietnam.

She has served as First District Vice President and President.  She has served as Department Chaplain, Department 2nd and Department 1st Vice Presidents.

Susan is

Judge J. Lewis Marks, Jr.

Judge Marks was born and raised in Clarksburg. He attended Harrison County public schools and has a 1974 political science degree from West Virginia University and a 1977 law degree from West Virginia College of Law.

He practiced law in Clarksburg from 1977 to 1996, concentrating in the area of criminal and civil trials.

He was appointed by then-Governor Gaston Caperton to the bench in the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit (Harrison County), taking office on February 1, 1996. He was elected in 1996, 2000, and 2008. He has served as chief judge several times during his tenure on the bench.

He is a member of the West Virginia Judicial Association, the West Virginia State Bar, and the Harrison County Bar Association.

He received the 2000 Outstanding Judicial Service Award from the West Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. He has been assigned to sit on the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia as a temporary justice

Billy Wayne Bailey Addresss ALMBS

Billy Wayne Bailey serves as the Cabinet Secretary for the West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance (DVA).

Bailey has an extensive military background that includes service in the West Virginia Army National Guard’s 1092nd Combat Engineers Battalion from 1978 to 1984, which was immediately followed by approximately 15 years of service in the West Virginia Air National Guard’s 130th Airlift Wing.

In addition, Bailey is a former Sherriff of Wyoming County and represented West Virginia’s 9th state senate district for 17 years, 14 of which he served as Senate Majority Whip.

Billy Wayne’s history with the National Guard combined with his experience in the legislature lays an excellent foundation for a secretary. He has a great degree of knowledge and experience related to both veterans’ issues and state government processes.

Billy Wayne Bailey Jr. is a Wyoming County native and graduate of Herndon High School. He attended Morris Harvey College, now known as the

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant Addresses ALMBS

West Virginia’s 29th Secretary of State

Throughout her administration, she has been a leader in promoting open and engaging government and business friendly initiatives. Tennant has streamlined the Secretary of State’s Office to make it more efficient and cost-effective while improving services for voters, candidates, business owners, and citizens who depend on the office for important information about charities and administrative law.

Under Tennant’s leadership, the Secretary of State’s Office has met unprecedented challenges and promoted bold initiatives. Most recently, Secretary Tennant spearheaded legislation to allow for electronic voter registration in West Virginia.

In 2013, thanks to years of cost saving and efficiency programs, Secretary Tennant was able to return $3 million of taxpayer money to general revenue.

Secretary Tennant’s vision also includes pilot projects that improved voter turnout and decreased costs, secure community voting locations to make it more convenient to cast a ballot, online annual report filings that save business owners time and money, and a

Ryan Cox Speaks to ALMBS

Ryan Cox was a citizen at Mountaineer Boy’s State in 2005. Since his citizen year he has come back to volunteer at Boy’s State 7 times.

He is from Morgantown, WV, and a graduate of West Virginia University. During his junior year at WVU Ryan weighed 400 pounds. But over the past 5 years he has battled back against his weight issues and today he is clearly winning. Since starting his weight loss journey he has reached goals that many thought were impossible. He traveled to southern Chile to trek through the mountains of Patagonia. He has hiked through the Grand Canyon. And now Ryan is a personal trainer where his main focus is working with individuals who need to lose weight.

Ryan is my good friend and an inspirational guy with a great story of self-conquering. He’s passionate about helping others work through their problems. And by leading from the front he is going to

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