West Virginia Rivers Board of Directors

Krissy Kasserman (Chair) grew up in New Martinsville, WV and spent much of her childhood paddling, swimming, and fishing in the Ohio River. She holds a BA in Secondary Education from West Liberty University with certifications in Social Sciences and Environment & Ecology and an MPS in Community & Economic Development from Penn State University. Krissy is the Youghiogheny Riverkeeper with the Mountain Watershed Association and lives in the Laurel Highlands region of Pennsylvania. She enjoys trail running, skiing, mountain biking, and river trips.

William D. Turner (Vice-Chair) is an attorney with Pyles & Turner, LLP. He is a former WVRC board chair and has served on the board since 1998. Bill moved to the Mountain State in 1985, and currently lives in Lewisburg with his wife Susan Rosshirt.  An avid angler, Bill has enjoyed spending time on many of the Mountain State’s exceptional rivers, including the New, Greenbrier, Gauley, Elk, Kanawha, Buckhannon, and Potomac, and countless smaller creeks and streams. A native of North Carolina, Bill received a B.A., M.B.A., and law degrees from the University of North Carolina. He served as a Law Clerk to the Hon. Elizabeth V. Hallanan, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of West Virginia in 1985-86, before starting to practice law in 1986. Bill is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the 3rd and 4th U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal, the Southern and Northern U.S. District Courts in West Virginia, and the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.

Ricky Rodriguez (Treasurer) began his relationship with rivers as a child when he’d fish and swim in the rivers and streams of the DC metro area after school. He’s been an avid boater and river conservation advocate since the 80s.  He holds a BA in History with History and the Social Sciences Secondary Education certification from the University of Mary Washington, a diploma in Computer Programming from the Computer Learning Center, a Diploma Ordinario from the Universidad de Salamanca, and an MS in Telecommunications Management from the University of Maryland. He is a tech guru who’s been involved in the creation of advanced computer software and configuration for the last 35 years, and currently runs rickyrod.com, a web development and support company. He also sometimes teaches yoga. He lives with the love of his life Kristin up on the Blue Ridge in Loudoun County, Virginia.

Ed Gertler (Secretary) is a retired engineer with Maryland Department of the Environment, Water Management Administration, where he worked from 1970 to 2013. He has been an accomplished whitewater canoeist for nearly 50 years, and is the author of three paddling guidebooks and contributor to others. He is also an avid hiker, biker, contradancer, and weed warrior.

Don Garvin has been legislative coordinator and lead lobbyist for the West Virginia Environmental Council (WVEC) since 2001. He also served three years as a member of the WVEC lobby team and two terms as president. He is a long-time member of Trout Unlimited (TU), having served as secretary and newsletter editor of the Mountaineer Chapter from 1983 until 1998, and as chapter president from 1998 to 2003. In 1999 he was retained by Trout Unlimited to edit and write major portions of the national organization’s “Advocacy Manual,” which continues to be used as TU’s primary guidebook on interacting with federal and state regulatory agencies. For 16 years, Don was vice president and field manager of Braxton Oil and Gas Corp., in West Virginia. He attended Northwestern University where he majored in journalism.

Mike Moore grew up in NJ, but a whitewater rafting trip to WV on the flooded Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers in the spring of 1985 literally altered the course of his life. A kayak for graduation in 1985 and working the river with Blue Ridge Outfitters further shaped his appreciation for the beauty of the Mountain State and her majestic waterways.
 Mike is a teachers assistant with Frederick Co Public Schools, working with disabled kids, and a part time residential counselor with Clearview Communities. Mike is also the VP of the Harpers Ferry Outdoor Festival, a yearly event to raise environmental awareness and money for organizations such as WVRC, FOB, & FOC.

Nori Onishi, D.O. , Morgantown

Turner Sharp grew up on a dairy farm in Central Maryland but has been a West Virginia resident since 1977. He attended Potomac State College and West Virginia University graduating with a BS and MS in Forestry. Turner has worked 30 years in the wood products industry. Although retired, he has contracted with the WV Division of Forestry for the past two years to update their Big Tree Register. Turner is a member of the West Virginia Highland Conservancy and active in West Virginia Wildwater Association, Friends of the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge, and Native Tree Society. Turner and his wife Susan share eight children/step children and nine grandchildren/step grandchildren.

Nancy Ward grew up in Minnesota, and surrounded by 10,000 lakes, learned to canoe and fish before she could walk. Perhaps a slight exaggeration, but close. Her youth was spent on  the water canoeing, hiking, and exploring. She graduated from MCAD with a BFA and moved to NYC. In 1986 Nancy moved with her husband and kids to WV and discovered the joy of moving water (rivers) and mountains. They ran a successful retail store for 28 years in Charleston and in 2016 retired.  Her involvement with the Rivers Coalition began with the water crisis where she was an active advocate for the small business community and their need for clean water. Nancy is president of the West Virginia Mushroom Club and has been an avid amateur mycologist for 20 years.

Chrissy Zeltner is an avid whitewater kayaker who frequently can be found on a West Virginia river. Her favorites are the Middle Fork of the Tygart, the Big Sandy, and the Cheat. She is originally from Pennsylvania, and now lives Bruceton Mills, WV.  As a self-employed massage therapist, Chrissy is able to make time in her schedule for lots of kayaking, mountain biking, skiing and spending time with her dogs Nova and Max.

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