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Tracy Schoenadel portrait

Tracy Schoenadel

Chair

Schoendael earned both a bachelor’s degree in 1987, and a master’s degree in 1989, from the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences.

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Marilyn McClure-Demers portrait

Marilyn McClure-Demers

Vice Chair

Marilyn finished a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science degree from the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences as well as a Juris Doctorate from the WVU College of Law. She is Vice President, Associate General Counsel at Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company.

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Zach Mendelson portrait

Zach Mendelson

Secretary

Zach graduated from WVU in 1982 with a Master's degree in Sports Management. Zach serves as principal in EPIC's Pittsburgh office and has been in the construction and insurance industry since 1989.

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Sharon Flanery portrait

Sharon Flanery

Treasurer

Sharon earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from West Virginia University in 1978 and was the first female graduate of the program. She began her career as a petroleum engineer before attending law school at Duquesne University.

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Kamau Brown portrait

Kamau Brown

At-Large

Kamau Brown, originally from Washington, DC, is an English, History, and a Masters of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations graduate of WVU. Kamau has also competed the Executive Program at Harvard Business School. Kamau currently works for Google as a Head of Sales for their Agency Division, managing a team of senior managers and a multi-billion dollar Book of Business. With twenty years of experience, Brown is recognized for his expertise in activating corporate vision.

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Darren Freeley portrait

Darren Feeley

Immediate Past Chair

A 1993 graduate from the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, Feeley is the Managing Director of The Ducats Group, a business and technology consulting firm.

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Michael Bell portrait

Michael Bell

Member

Michael Bell has more than 20 years of broad experience in the investment management and wealth management industries and nearly a decade of experience in corporate finance.

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Sarah Biller portrait

Sarah Biller

Member

Ms. Biller is very active in the FinTech community. She is an Entrepreneur, Advisor, Investor and teaches a graduate level course on the evolution of Financial Technology at Brandeis University. Ms. Biller studied Finance at West Virginia University and George Washington University.

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Paula Congelio portrait

Paula Congelio

Member

Paula Congelio, vice president and chief financial officer for WVU Health Sciences, will expand her duties and serve as vice president and chief financial officer for the University, overseeing all financial and budget matters, as well as continuing to oversee financial and related matters for the Health Sciences Center.

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Brogan Dozier portrait

Brogan Dozier

Member

Brogan Dozier is a lifelong West Virginia resident from Charles Town, and a junior journalism major double minoring in criminology and political science. Her campus involvement includes, Student Government Association vice president, president of Mirage Magazine, vice president of The National Association of Black Journalists-WVU Chapter, and being a Reed College of Media Ambassador.

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E. Gordon Gee portrait

E. Gordon Gee

Member

Currently serving for a second time as president of West Virginia University, Dr. E. Gordon Gee has been a leader in higher education for more than three decades. In 2009 Time magazine named him one of the top 10 university presidents in the United States. Recently, the website Great Value Colleges named him the nation’s top university president.

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Rocky Gianola portrait

James "Rocky" Gianola

Member

A 1978 accounting graduate from the Chambers College of Business and Economics and 1982 graduate of the College of Law, Gianola is president and managing director of Gianola Barnum Bechtel & Jecklin LC, where he specializes in commercial estate planning and business transactions.

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Bill Gray portrait

Bill Gray

Member

Bill attended WVU and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1991. After graduating from WVU, Bill completed a Master of Engineering in Engineering Management from the University of Colorado in 2004.

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Sharon Martin portrait

Sharon Martin

Member

Sharon Martin is vice president for University Relations and Enrollment Management at West Virginia University. She oversees marketing and communications, brand experience, as well as recruitment and admissions.

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Todd Mount portrait

Todd Mount

Member

Todd A. Mount grew up in Charleston, West Virginia, and attended WVU for both undergraduate studies and law school. He is a member of the law firm Shaffer & Shaffer, PLLC, where he primarily engages in insurance and business litigation throughout the state.

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Richard Pill portrait

Richard Pill

Member

Rick Pill is a founding member of the law firm Pill & Pill, PLLC, in Martinsburg, West Virginia, where his practice concentration includes commercial and residential real estate transactions, as well as foreclosures. Mr. Pill received a B.S. in Business Administration from WVU in 1973 and is a 1977 graduate of the WVU College of Law.

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Meshea Poore portrait

Meshea L. Poore, Esq.

Ex-Officio

Meshea L. Poore, Esq. serves as vice president and chief diversity officer for the West Virginia University Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

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Darrin Rogers portrait

Darin Rogers

Member

Darin Rogers, a native of Keyser, WV, attended Potomac State College from 1983-1985 before graduating from Davis and Elkins College in 1988. Darin received a Master's Degree in Management from Troy University.

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Nesha Sanghavi portrait

Nesha Sanghavi

Member

Nesha Sanghavi, a graduate of the John Chambers College of Business and Economics, is the owner and president of two women’s clothing brands. In 2016, she was named West Virginia’s 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year and in 2018, delivered the WVU December Commencement keynote address.

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Gabrielle St. Leger portrait

Gabrielle St. Léger

Member

Dr. Gabrielle St. Léger, a three-time graduate of West Virginia University, has dedicated her career to serving students through roles in higher education leadership. Currently, she serves as the Vice President for Student Development and Campus Life at La Salle University.

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Veronique Vernot portrait

Veronique Vernot

Member

Veronique Vernot (‘17) earned a dual JD/MBA from College of Law and the John Chambers College of Business and Economics. She is an internationally recognized attorney who serves as legal counsel for Apple Inc., focusing on product integrity, product safety and AppleCare. Her previous role with the company involved global supply chain transactions and environmental technologies. For her efforts, she was selected as a 2022 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Pathfinder.

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Monte Williams portrait

Monté Williams

Member

Monté Williams, Esq. is a three-time alumnus of West Virginia University who leads the General Litigation Practice Group at Steptoe & Johnson in Morgantown. For almost ten years, he worked as a trooper and investigator for the West Virginia State Police and has dedicated many years of service to nonprofit and community service governing boards.

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Rodney Williams portrait

Rodney Williams

Member

Rodney Williams (‘06, ‘08) is a graduate of the John Chambers College of Business and Economics with degrees in business administration and finance and the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences with a degree in economics. He also holds a master’s degree in integrated marketing and communications from the Reed College of Media.

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