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Planning Committees

The CLA Planning Committee

  • Michael Dougherty , Extension Specialist, WVU Extension - Family and Community Development
  • Thomas Bias , Director, WVU Health Research Center
  • Pat Smyth, Office Administrator, WVU Extension Service - Family and Community Development
  • Paul Crumrine, Events Coordinator, WVU Extension Service - Family and Community Development
  • Travis Mollohan , Director, WVU Government Relations - State and Local Relations 
  • Wes Nugent , Professional Technologist, WVU Extension - Office of Communications
  • Chris Plein , Professor, WVU School of Public Administration
  • Lauren Seiler, Development Officer, WVU Extension - Development Office 
  • Kelly Nix, Teaching Assistant Professor, WVU College of Business and Economics Organizational Leadership



  • Wes Nugent 
  • Kelly Nix 
  • Amanda Workman
  • Stacie Dei

Mobile Learning Activities:

  • Pat Smyth 
  • Cecily Flight


  • Michael Dougherty 
  • Kelly Nix

Track Committees:

  • Leadership: Kelly Nix 
  • Good Governance: Chris Plein and Travis Mollohan
  • Community Economic Strategy: Michael Dougherty 

The CLA Advisory Council

Members of the CLA Advisory Council bring diverse expertise, making the CLA an even more meaningful experience for participants. Advisory Council members are committed to excellence in West Virginia and are well suited to help guide the CLA Planning Committee to carry out the CLA mission: To provide leadership development opportunities focused on the knowledge, collaboration, and connections that empower communities to lead West Virginia into the future.

  • Agnes Queen, President, Lewis County Commission
  • Katherine Garvey, Director, Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic at WVU 
  • Patrick Kirby, Director, Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at WVU 
  • Pam Farris, Executive Director, Leadership West Virginia
  • John Unger, State Senator, WV Senate
  • Steve Bonanno, Retired Dean and Director, WVU Extension Service 
  • Natalie Roper, Executive Director, Generation West Virginia 
  • Laura Lee Haddad , Executive Director, West Virginia Nonprofit Association 
  • Ann Bailey Berry, Assistant Vice President, Marketing and Outreach West Virginia University 
  • Patti Hamilton, Former Executive Director, WVACo Executive
  • Jonathan Adler, Executive Director, WVACo
  • Vivian Parsons, County Commissioners’ Association
  • Amanda Workman, WV Community Development Hub
  • Stacy Dei, Marshall County Family Resource Network
  • Kelli Jo McNemar, Owner, KJMCollaborations LLC