WVDE Staff Directory

WVDE Organizational Chart

West Virginia Board of Education

West Virginia Board of Education
  • Office Phone: 304-558-3660
    Office Website: https://wvde.us/state-board-of-education/

  • Virginia Harris, Executive Assistant
    (vharris@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-3660

  • Office Topics: Policy 1241 - Notice and Conduct of Meetings, Policy 1242 - WV Board of Education Policy Making Process, Policy 1340 - Rules and Procedures for Administrative Hearings and Appeals, Policy 3235 - Definition of Good Cause for Failure to Receive School Board Training, West Virginia Board of Education

State Superintendent of Schools

State Superintendent
  • Office Phone: 304-558-2681
    Office Website: https://wvde.us/state-superintendent/

  • Michele Blatt, State Superintendent of Schools
    (superintendent@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-2681

  • Darcel Vermillion, Executive Assistant
    (dvermill@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-2681

  • Office Topics: Policy 2436.10 - Participation in extracurricular activities, Policy 5500.02 - County Service Personnel Staff Development Councils, State Strategic Plan, Waivers of WVBE Policy

Deputy Superintendent

Deputy Superintendent's Office
  • Office Phone: 304-558-2681
    Office Website:

  • Sonya White, Deputy Superintendent
    (snjwhite@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-2681

  • Marlene Price, Program Specialist
    (mprice@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-2681

District/School Improvement
  • Office Phone: 304-558-8098
    Office Website: https://wvde.us/school-improvement

  • Margaret Williamson, Director
    (mgwillia@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-8098

  • Leah Earnest, Coordinator
    (leah.earnest@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-8098

  • Lisa Hindman, Coordinator
    (lisa.hindman@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-8098

  • Jamela Krajeski, Coordinator
    (jkrajesk@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-8098

  • Stacey Losh, Coordinator
    (stacey.losh@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-8098

  • Kelly Massinople, Coordinator
    (kelly.massinople@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-8098

  • Office Topics: Blue Ribbon Schools; Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) Schools; Diagnostic Reviews; Crisis Intervention Plans; Culture Survey; School & School System Support/Improvement; WV Standards for Effective Schools; Policy 4110 – Attendance; Chronic Absenteeism; Open Enrollment; Policy 5310 - Performance Evaluation of School Personnel; Educator Evaluation Support Platform Support; Schools of Excellence
Human Resources
  • Office Phone: 304-558-2702
    Office Website: https://wvde.us/human-resources/

  • Kimberly Olsen, Director
    (kimberly.olsen@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-2702

  • Karen Bailey, Program Specialist
    (karen.bailey@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-2702

  • Teresa Conner, Program Specialist
    (tconner@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-2702

  • Brenda Freed, Program Specialist
    (bfreed@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-2702

  • Office Topics: Staffing/Recruitment; Onboarding for New Employees; Employee Relations/EEO; HRMS/Employment Records Management; WVDE Policy Compliance; Title IX; FMLA/PLA; Worker’s Compensation; Employee Payroll & Benefits; WVDE Parking
Internal Operations
Legal Services
  • Office Phone: 304-558-3667
    Office Website: https://wvde.us/legal-services/

  • Kelli Talbott, General Counsel
    (kelli.talbott@k12.wv.us), phone 558-3667

  • James Agee, Investigator
    (james.agee@k12.wv.us), phone 558-3667

  • Lara Bissett, Attorney
    (lara.bissett@k12.wv.us), phone 558-3667

  • Tina Gay, Legal Secretary
    (tina.gay@k12.wv.us), phone 558-3667

  • Tina Payne, Paralegal/Government Liaison
    (tina.a.payne@k12.wv.us), phone 558-3667

  • Office Topics: Administrative Hearings, Freedom of Information Act (FOIAs), Intercounty Student Transfer, Investigations, Level III Conflict Resolution, Level IV Citizen's Appeal, Licensure Denial/ Revocation, Policy 1230 - Freedom of Information Requests, Policy 1241 - Notice and Conduct of Meetings, Policy 1242 - WV Board of Education Policy Making Process, Policy 1340 - Rules and Procedures for Administrative Hearings and Appeals, Policy 3300 - Public Charter Schools, Policy 4200 - Provision of Equal Opportunity in WV Public Schools, Policy 5000 - Procedures for Designated Hiring and Transfer of School Personnel, Policy 5314 - Service Personnel Responsibilities and Performance Standards, Policy 5612 - Use of Personal Leave Benefits with Workers' Compensation Benefits, Policy 7200 - Intercounty Transfer Arrangement, Policy 7211 - Conflict Resolution Process for Citizens, Policy 7212 - Intercounty Student Transfer Appeal, School Law Books, Superintendent's Interpretations

Division of Federal Programs & Support

Officer of Federal Programs & Support
  • Office Phone: 304-558-7805
    Office Website:

  • Melanie Purkey, Federal Programs Officer
    (mpurkey@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-7805

  • Melody Cochran, Executive Secretary
    (melody.cochran@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-7805

Child Nutrition
ESEA Programs
  • Office Phone: 304-558-7805
    Office Website:

  • Forest Hannah, Director
    (forest.hannah@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-7805

  • Sheri Fulks, Program Assistant
    (shoylman@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-7805

  • Mami Itamochi, Coordinator
    (mitamochi@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-7805

  • Carrie Reeves, Coordinator
    (cbreeves@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-7805

  • Luke Sheldon, Coordinator
    (luke.sheldon@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-7805

  • Elizabeth Younis, Coordinator
    (eamccoy@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-7805

  • Office Topics: State Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Plan, Grant administration and monitoring for all ESEA Programs (Title I, Title II – High Quality Instruction, Title III- English Language Learners, Title IV-A Academic Enrichment, Title V- Rural and Low Income Schools), WV International School, County Strategic Plans, Grants and Planning System (GPS) Technical Assistance, Pandemic Education Stabilization Funding (ESSER, EANS, and GEER), ESSA Foster Care Point of Contact, Equitable Service Ombudsman
Special Education
Student Support & Well-being

Division of Academic Support & Educator Development

Officer of Academic Support & Educator Development
  • Office Phone: 304-558-7010
    Office Website: https://wvde.us/certification/

  • Robert Hagerman, Director
    (rhagerma@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-7010

  • Mona Bowe, Program Assistant
    (mbowe@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-7010

  • Emily Curry, Coordinator
    (emily.curry@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-7010

  • Brad Fittro, Coordinator
    (bfittro@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-7010

  • Maddie Gibson, Program Assistant
    (madeline.gibson@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-7010

  • Tabetha Gillespie, Coordinator
    (tabetha.gillespie@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-7010

  • Christina Haymaker, Coordinator
    (chaymaker@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-7010

  • Sherri Hudnall, Program Assistant
    (shudnall@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-7010

  • Alyssa Keedy-White, Coordinator
    (alyssa.keedy@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-7010

  • Ryan Price, Program Assistant
    (ryan.price@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-7010

  • Lori Wilson, Coordinator
    (llbuchan@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-7010

  • Office Topics: Licensure; Certification; Alternative Certification; Advanced Salary Classification; WV Commission for Professional Teaching Standards; National Board fees and Tuition Reimbursement; Salary Supplements (Professional Teaching and Student Support); Background Checks; Title II (Higher Education and County Schools); Future Leaders Program (WV National Guard); Teacher Shortage
Educator Preparation
PK-12 Academic Support
  • Office Phone: 304-558-8098
    Office Website:

  • Jonah Adkins, Director
    (jwadkins@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-8098

  • Tanya Baldwin, Coordinator
    (tlbaldwi@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-8098

  • Janet Bock-Hager, Coordinator
    (jbockhager@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-8098

  • Nikki Britt, Program Assistant
    (shanna.britt@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-8098

  • Lisa Fisher, Coordinator
    (lmray@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-8098

  • Timothy Flatley, Coordinator
    (tflatley@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-8098

  • Susie Garrison, Coordinator
    (susan.a.garrison@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-8098

  • Joshua Grant, Coordinator
    (jgrant@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-8098

  • Kelly Griffith, Coordinator
    (kjgriffi@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-8098

  • Ginger Huffman, Coordinator
    (vhuffman@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-8098

  • Timothy James, Coordinator
    (trjames@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-8098

  • Erika Klose, Coordinator
    (eklose@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-8098

  • Derek Lambert, Manager
    (drlambert@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-8098

  • Lauren Landry, Coordinator
    (lauren.landry@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-8098

  • Amber Myers, Coordinator
    (amber.myers@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-8098

  • Christy Schwartz, Coordinator
    (cschwartz@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-8098

  • Keisha Thompson, Coordinator
    (krunion@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-8098

  • Jody Wilkinson, Program Specialist
    (jwilkinson@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-8098

  • Office Topics: Professional Learning and Resource Development/Delivery of Pre-k - Grade 5 Standards/Instruction, WV Universal Pre-k/School Readiness, Oversight and Coordination of the WVDE Early and Elementary Learning Technical Assistance Center at Marshall University, Imagination Library, 3rd Grade literacy initiative, School Calendar, WV Early Learning Reporting System (WV ELRS), K-2 Instructional Support Project

Division of Accountability, Assessment & Leadership Development

Officer of Accountability and Assessment
  • Office Phone: 304-558-3199
    Office Website: https://wvde.us/support-accountability/

  • Jeffrey Kelley, Accountability Officer
    (jeffrey.s.kelley@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-3199

  • Jenelle Brooks, Secretary IIIA
    (jmosley@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-3199

  • Travis Gibson, Program Specialist
    (travis.gibson@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-3199

  • Office Topics: Policy 5309 - County Superintendent Performance Evaluations, Policy 5800 - Rules for Required Qualities, Proficiencies and Leadership Skills for Principals and Superintendents, Accountability
  • Office Phone: 304-558-3199
    Office Website:

  • Alexandra Criner, Director
    (alexandra.criner@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-3199

  • Stacey Murrell, Coordinator
    (slmurrell@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-3199

  • Angela Urling, Coordinator
    (angela.urling@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-3199

  • Tammy Varney, Coordinator
    (tmvarney@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-3199

  • Office Topics: State System of Support (SSOS); WV Standards for Effective Schools; Accountability Technical Support; Annual School Accreditation; Annual County Approval Status; Special Circumstance Reviews; Monthly Meetings with Counties Following Reviews; Technical Assistance and Support for Low Performing Counties; Local School Improvement Councils (LSICs); Policy 5902 - Employee Code of Conduct; Local School Board Annual Appraisal
  • Office Phone: 304-558-2546
    Office Website: https://wvde.us/assessment/

  • Vaughn Rhudy, Director
    (vrhudy@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-2546

  • Vickie Baker, Coordinator
    (vbaker@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-2546

  • Timothy Butcher, Coordinator
    (tbutcher@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-2546

  • Carrie Christy, Program Assistant
    (cchristy@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-2546

  • Joseph Mastracci, Coordinator
    (jmastracci@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-2546

  • Jason Perdue, Coordinator
    (jperdue@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-2546

  • Sonja Phillips, Coordinator
    (sonja.phillips@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-2546

  • Office Topics: West Virginia General Summative Assessment, West Virginia Alternate Summative Assessment, High School College- and Career-Readiness Assessment, Interim and Diagnostic Assessments, NAEP, International Assessments (i.e., TIMMS, PISA, PIRLS, etc.), Test Security
Leadership Development
  • Office Phone: 304-558-3199
    Office Website: https://wvde.us/leadership-system-support/

  • Drew McClanahan, Director
    (dmcclanahan@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-3199

  • Jessica Austin, Coordinator
    (jessica.austin@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-3199

  • Kerri Templeton, Coordinator
    (ktempleton@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-3199

  • Office Topics: Policy 5800 - Standards of Professional Practice for WV Superintendents, Principals, and Teacher Leaders; Beginning and Aspiring Principal Leadership Network; Experienced Principal Leadership Network; Evaluation Leadership Institution (ELI); WV Standards for Effective Schools; Policy 4373 - Expected Behavior in Safe and Supportive Schools; Discipline; Bullying; Safe Schools; School Culture; Student Code of Conduct; West Virginia School Learning Environment Survey (WVSLES)

Division of Data Management & Information Systems

Officer of Technology
  • Office Phone: 304-558-8869
    Office Website:

  • Timothy Conzett, Technology Officer
    (tim.conzett@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-8869

  • Amanda Netzer, Program Assistant
    (anetzer@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-8869

  • Office Topics: E-Rate, Technology System Specialists, Tools for Schools, County Technical Assistance
Data Analysis & Research
Infrastructure & Network Operations
WV Education Information System (WVEIS)

Offices of School Operations

School Facilities
School Finance
School Transportation

Division of Career Exploration & Student Engagement

Officer of Technical and Adult Innovation
Adult Education
  • Office Phone: 304-558-0280
    Office Website: https://wvde.us/adult-education/

  • Mendy Marshall, Director
    (mamarsha@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-0280

  • Sandra Adkins, Coordinator
    (sandra.adkins@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-0280

  • Donna Atwood, Coordinator
    (donna.atwood@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-0280

  • Amy Boggess, Program Assistant
    (albogges@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-0280

  • Sally Finchum, Program Specialist
    (sfinchum@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-0280

  • Ellen Killion, Coordinator
    (ekillion@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-0280

  • Rebecca Metzger, Coordinator
    (rmetzger@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-0280

  • Natalie Proctor, Program Specialist
    (nproctor@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-0280

  • Office Topics: Workforce Investment Opportunity Act (WIOA), Adult Education, High School Equivalency Preparation, Employment and Work Ready Skills, Transition to Post-Secondary Education and Training, Distance Education, Career Pathways, English as a Second Language, Industry Recognized Certifications, US Citizenship Civic Test Prep, Public Service Training, SPOKES and TANF Assessment
Career Technical Education
  • Office Phone: 304-558-2389
    Office Website: https://wvde.us/technical-education/

  • Adam Canter, Director
    (ccanter@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-2389

  • Veronica Barron, Coordinator
    (vbarron@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-2389

  • Kari Brown, Coordinator
    (kari.brown@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-2389

  • Cydney Eades, Program Specialist
    (cydney.eades@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-2389

  • Timothy Elliott, Manager
    (tbelliott@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-2389

  • Angie Gardner, Coordinator
    (angie.gardner@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-2389

  • Patricia Givens, Program Specialist
    (pgivens@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-2389

  • Erik Hawkins, Coordinator
    (erik.hawkins@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-2389

  • Tami Maynard, Coordinator
    (tmmaynar@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-2389

  • Jonathan McCormick, Coordinator
    (jmccormick@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-2389

  • Emily Pearson, Program Assistant
    (emily.pearson@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-2389

  • Frank Tetrick, Coordinator
    (ftetrick@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-2389

  • Ashley Torres, Coordinator
    (atorres@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-2389

  • Kelly Turley, Program Assistant
    (kturley@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-2389

  • Sarah Wamsley, Coordinator
    (swamsley@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-2389

  • Sherry Williamson, Coordinator
    (shkwilli@k12.wv.us), phone 304-558-2389

  • Office Topics: Secondary CTE Funding and Accountability, CTE Instructor Certification, Policies 2520.13, 2444.4 and 3232, CTE Skills Sets and Standards, CTE Program Development, Simulated Workplace, Student Industry Credentials, Career Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs), Discover Your Future, Embedded Credit, Albert Yanni Scholarships, National Technical Honor Society, WV Welcome, High School Equivalency Testing, Option Pathway, Nursing Pathway, Entrepreneurship Pathway and B&I Technical Assistance
Middle School Career Technical Education
Student Enrichment
  • Office Phone: 304-558-5325
    Office Website: https://wvde.us/middle-secondary-learning/

  • Joey Wiseman, Director
    (rjwisema@k12.wv.us), phone 558-5325

  • Gustavo Barros, Virtual Spanish Teacher
    (gbarros@k12.wv.us), phone 558-5325

  • Carmen Boso, Virtual Spanish Teacher
    (cboso@k12.wv.us), phone 558-5325

  • Gloria Burdette, Coordinator
    (gkburdet@k12.wv.us), phone 558-5325

  • Jennie Gill, Secretary IIIA
    (jennifer.l.gill@k12.wv.us), phone 558-5325

  • Tiffany Greer, Virtual Spanish Teacher
    (tgreer@k12.wv.us), phone 558-5325

  • Deborah Justice, Program Specialist
    (djustice@k12.wv.us), phone 558-5325

  • Catherine Kirkland, Virtual Spanish Teacher
    (catherine.kirkland@k12.wv.us), phone 558-5325

  • Jennifer LaCasella, Virtual Spanish Teacher
    (jlacasella@k12.wv.us), phone 558-5325

  • Karen Linville, Coordinator
    (karen.linville@k12.wv.us), phone 558-5325

  • Cindy Westbrook, Virtual Spanish Teacher
    (cwestbrook@k12.wv.us), phone 558-5325

  • Office Topics: Advanced Placement & Dual Credit, Arts Alive, Golden Horseshoe, Graduation Requirements & Academic Counseling, Fit and Active Challenge, Course Codes, Governor’s Schools, Home School, Innovation in Education, Non-Public Schools, Coordination of the WV STEAM Technical Assistance Center housed at WVU, WV Virtual School, Credit Recovery, World Languages, State Science and Social Studies Fairs, WV Academic Showdown

WV Schools for the Deaf and the Blind

WV Schools for the Deaf and the Blind

WV Schools of Diversion and Transition

WV Schools of Diversion and Transition