Anthony is working as an Implementation Analyst with Core10, where he will be providing services to clients in the Private Equity industry. Anthony graduated from Marshall University with a B.B.A. in Accounting and a B.B.A in Finance, and he is now pursuing an MBA. He grew up in Barboursville, WV. Anthony was drawn to the Impact Fellowship because he was seeking an innovative career path and hoped to begin working while attending Graduate school. Through the Impact Fellowship, Anthony is able to stay in West Virginia and work in the booming Fintech industry. Through the program this year, Anthony is excited to begin his professional career, while continuing to pursue his education and remaining involved in the community.
Kanawha Coalition for Community Health Improvement
Brooke is working as the Community Excellence Associate with Kanawha Coalition for Community Health Improvement, where she will be assisting with the triennial Community Health Needs Assessment for Charleston Area Medical Center. Brooke graduated with her Master of Social Work with a concentration in community and policy practice, and grew up in Berkeley County. Through the Impact Fellowship, Brooke was able to come back to West Virginia and connect with a unique job opportunity and gain community-level social work experience. Brooke is excited to be part of the Kanawha County community, to work on grassroots organizing projects in the state capitol, and gain valuable work experience to direct and continue to develop her career in her home state.
Carter is a software engineer at Core10 in Huntington where he assembles apps and APIs. After growing up in Wheeling, he graduated from WVU with Bachelor’s degrees in Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering. After that, he drifted for a while, using his programming powers to explore his interests in sociology and statistics. Carter discovered the Impact fellowship, and decided it would be a good opportunity to work in his area of study while doing something positive for West Virginia. Over the following year, he hopes to develop his skills, explore his many hobbies, and spend time with his dog.
Cristin is a Wheeling, WV native and graduate of West Virginia University with a Bachelors in Chemical Engineering. She is excited to bolster her technical background while serving her home in West Virginia with the Impact Fellowship. As a Staff Scientist/Engineer with the TERRADON Corporation, she will work to apply engineering principles to environmental and geologic projects. Throughout the year, she hopes to become a more well-rounded engineer while strengthening the community around her. She is serving through her love for STEM education and community organizations in her new home, Charleston, WV.
Dallin grew up in Safford, Arizona and graduated from Syracuse University with a Master of Architecture and from Southern Virginia University as a fine art major with a philosophy minor. Dallin is working as an architectural intern with McKinley Architecture, where he will be working on architectural documents for a variety of projects often for one of the Ohio Valley Schools. Dallin was drawn to the Impact Fellowship because of the exceptional opportunity to expand his potential by working at a host company and volunteering at other organizations, while being able to contribute to them and learn from those unique experiences. Through the Impact Fellowship, Dallin is able to live in West Virginia for the first time and experience the natural beauty and friendly people that make up this mountain state. Through this program, Dallin hopes to gain greater skills and be able to give back to the community that has already adopted him.
Danielle is working as a Marketing and Sales Support Specialist with Alpha Technologies, where she will be helping the marketing and sales teams with strategic planning and creative execution. Danielle graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Advertising from Marshall University in 2013, and then went back to school at Mountwest Community and Technical College in 2017 to obtain an Associate of Applied Science in Web Design and Development. She grew up in Scott Depot, West Virginia and still lives in her hometown. Danielle was drawn to the Impact Fellowship because she wanted to give back to her state sharing her talents. Through the program this year, Danielle is excited to gain experience in her industry, develop her digital skills and give back to her hometown.
Graeson is a Paden City, West Virginia native. In May 2019, she graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor’s in Science in Strategic Communications. She is excited to have the opportunity to stay and work in the state that raised her, even if it’s in a new city. She is eager to learn more about Charleston as the Capitol City, while working in the communications department at Quality Insights. She is passionate about her home state and is eager to support organizations in her new community through her volunteer Friday experience this year.
Ish is working as a Data Analyst with Core10, where he will be working with Private Equity Firms and Investment Banks to co-ordinate and setup operational management platforms. Ish grew up in Dhaka, Bangladesh and graduated from Earlham College in Richmond, IN with BAs in Economics and Finance. He was drawn to the Impact Fellowship because he is interested in economic development and state-level policies. Through the Impact Fellowship, Ish is able to learn new aspects of a field he has previously worked in and learn more about the challenges involving economies in transition. Through the program, he is excited to teach a university level course at Marshall University and contribute to legislative research concerning financial literacy and personal financial planning.
American Benefits Corporation
Kyle is an Accounting graduate from Northern Michigan University. Kyle is originally from the Metro-Detroit area, and recently moved to Hurricane, WV to start working for American Benefits Corporation as an Account Manager. Kyle chose West Virginia so that he could have the opportunity to serve with close-knit communities and always find a place to hike, bike, ski, and camp with his dog. Kyle is excited to start this new chapter and learn the wild and wonderful state of West Virginia.
Just Transition Fund
Max was raised in Leesburg, Virginia, and graduated from the College of William & Mary. Max is working as an Impact Fellow with the Just Transition Fund, where he will be supporting projects related to research, impact, and evaluation in Appalachia with a focus in West Virginia. He was drawn to the Impact Fellowship because of the opportunity to live in America’s most beautiful state, and he’s excited to learn about West Virginia’s diverse communities and landscapes throughout the year.
McKinley Architect and Engineering
Mikayla hails from Rochester, NY. She attended Syracuse University’s School of Architecture where she completed her five-year degree and received her Bachelors of Architecture in May of 2019. She was looking for something different after graduating that involved her field but also fed into her other interests. She was able to secure a position with McKinley Architect and Engineering in Wheeling, WV through the Impact Fellowship. As an Impact Fellow, she is able to follow some of her passions in social justice and empowering women through her Volunteer Friday. She is new to the region, but already seeing the true natural beauty in northern West Virginia, and she is excited to see more of the state this year.
Sam is a recent graduate of Wellesley College with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Psychology, Sam has called Maryland, Texas, Colorado, and Massachusetts home. She found her way to the Mountain State through the Impact Fellowship, which she saw as an ideal opportunity not only to grow professionally, but also to learn from and give back to a new community. As a copywriter at 84 Agency, Sam enjoys using her communication and critical thinking skills to help craft messages that support the values-driven work of 84 Agency’s clients. Her passion for writing, commitment to community-led change, and love of the mountains are all powerful forces in her life, and she is thrilled that, through the Impact Fellowship, she is able to delve deeper into each of these defining interests
Sarah is an Operations Director with Unlimited Future in Huntington, West Virginia, where she is working to provide technical assistance and coaching to clients, as well as analyzing data for the impact of their programs and services. Sarah holds a B.B.A in Marketing and an M.B.A from Marshall University and grew up in Scott Depot, West Virginia. Sarah was drawn to the Impact Fellowship because it was not just employment but an opportunity to give back, be an advocate for young people in West Virginia, and gain exposure to an invaluable professional network and experience. Through the Impact Fellowship, Sarah can stay in West Virginia and strengthen her professional skill set along with service to her community in Huntington.
Courtney is a Parkersburg, WV native. She loves developing relationships across her community and working directly with people in service. Despite traveling all over the country, she truly believes there’s no place like WV. Through the Impact Fellowship, she is able to give back to her home state. She graduated from Marshall with her Masters in Human Resource Management in 2017 and her Bachelor of Arts with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education in 2015. She is eager to get started in her new Charleston community and learn more about the capital city.
Megan, originally from Waverly, WV, graduated from West Liberty University with a bachelor’s degree in Digital Media Design this year. She graduated a year early and was looking for a way to gain additional job experience when she discovered the Impact Fellowship. The Fellowship fit perfectly into her philosophy of life-long learning and allowed her to stay in West Virginia post-graduation. Megan is excited to apply her creative problem solving to her work and community service throughout the year.
Drew grew up in Ashland, KY, just on the border of his new home in Huntington as an Impact Fellow. A recent graduate of Marshall University with a Degree in Computer Science and Information Technology, Drew is passionate about technology and innovation. The Impact Fellowship gave him the opportunity to have a technology career in West Virginia and stay in the state post-graduation. He is excited to work at Core10 in the town that made him fall in love with WV four years ago.
The Thrasher Group
Paulina came to West Virginia from her hometown of Champaign, Illinois to attend West Virginia Wesleyan College. With a Bachelor’s degree in marketing and a Masters of Business Administration, she is looking forward to creating projects that are built to last and serve her new home in WV for years to come. This state has inspired her to grow in her career and continues to give her lasting relationships. She looks forward to giving some of that back to the state as an Impact Fellow.
Wanlada is originally from the Narathiwat Province of Thailand and graduated from Me Fah Luang University with a Bachelors of Engineering focused in Computer Engineering in 2012. She is excited to continue her technology career in West Virginia with Alpha Technologies. Wanlada is building her new community in West Virginia and she already loves the surrounding nature in the Mountain State and wants to contribute to keeping this place Almost Heaven.
The Thrasher Group
Mary Lemine was born a Mountaineer in Morgantown and graduated from West Virginia University with a Master of Science in Journalism and a Bachelor of Science in Strategic Communication. Mary loves storytelling and hopes to connect with new organizations and perspectives through her experience as an Impact Fellow. She is also looking forward to continuing to add to her own story here at home, working to build on the potential she sees in her home state.
Mohd Rifat Khan
Rifat is from Dhaka, Bangladesh and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Production Engineering in 2014. He came to the region through Ohio University in nearby Athens, OH. He graduated with Masters in Industrial and Systems Engineering in 2017 and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Mechanical and Systems Engineering (ISE track) with a focus on Machine Learning. Rifat lived and worked in West Virginia prior to his Ph.D. program and having loved the community, returned to the Mountain State through the Impact Fellowship. He is looking forward to being back in West Virginia working at PracticeLink in Hinton, WV as a Data Analyst Fellow.
Jennifer, originally from Ellicott City, MD, recently graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism in May 2018. She is eager to invest her time in West Virginia as a problem solver and researcher. She is excited to apply her communications and marketing skills to her work at Mylan. She has experienced the hospitality and support of West Virginians through her time at WVU and hopes to give that back in her experiences as a volunteer and professional in the community through the Impact Fellowship.
Barkley is a Winfield, WV native and graduate of Marshall University with a B.A. in Healthcare Management. She did not want to leave West Virginia after graduation and found the perfect opportunity to use her skillset here at home through the Impact Fellowship. Barkley is grateful the Fellowship kept her close to home as she will be working in the Charleston area, not too far from Winfield. Barkley is working with Highland Hospital as an Operations Analyst.
Russell is from Clarksburg, WV and studied nearby as a Mountaineer at West Virginia University. He graduated with a Bachelors in Computer Science and wants to progress in the fast-paced technology field while staying and serving his home in West Virginia. He thought the Impact Fellowship was a perfect program to really give back to his community and continue to grow as a young professional in the state. He hopes to become a more well-rounded software developer through his work with Core10 and increase access to technology through his volunteer projects in his community each Friday.
Even before Chelsea Bricker graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in strategic communications, she knew she wanted to find a way to work and do good in the state that raised her. And then Generation West Virginia’s Impact WV Fellowship came along and with its work-four-days, volunteer-one-day-a-week structure, Chelsea knew she found what she was looking for. A native of Oak Hill and now a resident of Fayetteville, Chelsea is the proud mom of Holden, who just turned 5 and loves Legos.
Since growing up in Texas, Sara Cottingham’s lived in almost every corner of the country. But she’s never had a place or its people, grab her like West Virginia did. In 2012, Sara signed on to work for one year as a VISTA volunteer at the Coal River Group based out of St. Albans, West Virginia. She ended up staying here for four and a half years. Since then, for the last year, Sara’s lived in Vermont helping nonprofits, but she’s been looking for a reason to come back to the Mountain State. And Generation West Virginia’s Impact WV Fellowship gave her a reason she couldn’t refuse.
When McKenzie Greer first entered the University of Charleston, she didn’t have a clue what she wanted to do. She took some business classes, but those weren’t her cup of tea. So, she talked to a department chair at the university about her predicament. McKenzie told her she liked creating things as well as marketing them. The chair introduced her to the world of communications. And McKenzie hasn’t looked back since. A native of Elkview, West Virginia and recent graduate of the University of Charleston with a degree in integrated communications, McKenzie will serve as the communication specialist for EntreEd, a nonprofit focused on entrepreneurial education.
Jacob Howell had no idea what he was going to do after graduation. Try to work for a game development company. Probably move to California. With a degree in computer information technology concentrating in game development from Marshall University, Jacob was almost certain that if he wanted to find a good job in his field, he’d have to leave his home state. But then his department chair at Marshall University told him about Generation West Virginia’s Impact WV Fellowship. Now, as an Impact fellow, Jacob is working in his field doing backend web development in Huntington, West Virginia – just 30 minutes from his home in Hurricane.
Elisabeth LaFond chased a soccer ball and her dreams all the way to the Mountain State. The Wisconsin native played on the West Virginia Wesleyan College women’s soccer team, while completing her bachelor’s degree in business administration. This May, she received her MBA and although she applied to a number of jobs across the country, her top choice was always earning a fellowship with Impact WV, because it meant she’d get to stay in the Mountain State.
Corey Shetler still remembers the day he first learned about investing. He was in the eighth grade. It was the middle of the Great Recession and a giant snowstorm had just hit the east coast. In need of some help, Corey’s uncle offered to pay Corey if the eighth grader could find a ride down to his northern Virginia home and help him shovel. Bundled up outside, shoveling paths for his relatives, Corey was captivated by a big house across the street. “What does he do?” Corey asked, pointing at the house. “He’s a stockbroker,” his uncle replied. “What are stocks?” Corey returned. Corey’s questions soon turned into action. Before he even graduated from high school, Corey successfully bought and sold shares from his local bank. Since attending West Virginia University to study finance, Corey’s interest in the world of finance – the numbers, the statistics, the history and the human-decision making it requires – led him to Impact WV, where he’ll be bringing his passion for finance working as a fellow for WesBanco in Wheeling.
Veronica St. Clair
Since moving to West Virginia from her home in Colombia four years ago, Veronica St. Clair’s struggled to find a good job. Although she holds a degree in industrial engineering from a university in Colombia, convincing possible U.S. employers of her skills and capability proved much more difficult than she ever expected. And it’s not like most employers were going to pick up the phone and dial one of her references in South America. So, instead Veronica’s jumped around from job to job, trying to find her place in the Mountain State. She worked as a babysitter. At a call center. In a restaurant or two. But finding a job that matched her potential? That didn’t happen until she found Impact WV.