Angie joined WVRC as the Executive Director in 2012, bringing a background of working in West Virginia on social justice issues in the non-profit sector. Her experience involves policy advocacy, community organizing, coalition building and program administration. Angie has been swimming in rivers and lakes as long as she can remember. She grew up near the Ohio River, where it was and still is unthinkable to swim safely. She now lives along the banks of the Elk River, and enjoys swimming and boating in it and many of West Virginia’s waters. Her motivation for clean water advocacy is personal; she wants to be able to swim in her backyard river. Her motivation is also political; she believes everyone has a right to enjoy clean water and that conservation of our water resources is central to a shared prosperity. Angie holds a BA in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MA in Organizational Communication from West Virginia University.
Myia believes that clean water is a human right, and she is honored to use her skills to help protect WV’s rivers and streams. Myia brings a rich background in program design and management, as well as evaluating the effectiveness of social change initiatives. Before joining WV Rivers, Myia spent 5 years leading a statewide health promotion program for WV state employees.
Myia originally hails from the shores of Lake Erie in Ashtabula, OH. She lived in 4 states and the District of Columbia before she found her way to West Virginia. She holds a master’s degree in Social Work with a concentration in Program Evaluation and Social Policy from the University of Michigan. When not working, Myia enjoys cooking, playing outside with her family, and exploring WV breweries.
Autumn grew up swimming and fishing in the waters of the Greenbrier River where she gained her love of nature and desire to protect the environment. She obtained a BS in Environmental Protection and a MS in Soil Science from West Virginia University. Her experience as an environmental scientist includes wetland delineations, environmental site assessments, and permitting. Autumn also served as the Environmental Coordinator for an Alaska Native Tribe and later worked for a nonprofit providing technical assistance and training to Tribal environmental programs state-wide. After 5 years in Alaska, she served as the Environmental Director for a Nevada Tribe. Autumn returned home to West Virginia in 2015 and combines the skills she gained while working out-of-state with her love and knowledge of West Virginia to protect the State’s valuable rivers and headwater streams. When not working, Autumn enjoys activities that allow her to spend time outdoors whether its hunting, fishing, hiking or biking.
Sarah joined the team in July 2020, as the Campaigns Coordinator. Sarah is excited to organize the West Virginians for Public Lands Campaign and work on various climate change initiatives. While she has been studying and working in Ohio for several years, she is glad to be back at her homeplace, a small family farm in Mineral County, WV, where she enjoys swimming in Patterson Creek and gardening.
Prior to WV Rivers, Sarah worked in environmental consulting as a technician and field geologist, performing water sampling, emergency response, and contingency planning. More recently, Sarah was an agriculture and natural resources educator for Ohio State University Extension. Sarah acquired her B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana, where she also received a minor in wilderness studies. She has a M.S. in Agriculture from West Virginia University and a Ph.D. in Science Education from Ohio University.
Tanner has lived in the Potomac Headwaters of West Virginia his entire life and is a graduate of Shepherd University with a BS in Environmental Studies. He brings nearly a decade of community outreach and hands-on conservation experience to WV Rivers. In his prior work, Tanner coordinated WV’s largest tree stewardship program, Project CommuniTree, which under his leadership received multiple regional and national awards. He has also conducted stream assessments with the USGS Aquatic Ecology Laboratory and delivered education and outreach programming. Tanner is a graduate of the 2018-2019 class of Leadership Jefferson and he serves on the Planning Commission for the City of Charles Town.
When he isn’t working or volunteering in his community, you can find Tanner out for a walk in Charles Town with his wife, two daughters, and rescue dog Annie
Growing up in along the banks of the Ohio River – in the shadow of chemical factories and power plants -Chett understood the personal impact of clean water from an early age. While in college at West Virginia Wesleyan, Chett learned how to advocate for justice through supporting efforts against mountaintop removal. Chett moved to Washington, DC to complete his master’s degree from Wesley Theological Seminary, while working in bookstores, churches, and non-profits. After serving as Executive Director of the Methodist Federation for Social Action, Chett moved back to the Mid-Ohio Valley in 2016 to be closer to parents as they age, while working higher education fundraising at Marietta College and Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. Chett is excited to bring passion for clean water and healthy communities to the work of philanthropy at WV Rivers!
Kathleen graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Anthropology. Prior to joining the WV Rivers staff in 2009 she taught archaeological and environmental education in Pennsylvania. Kathleen manages WV Rivers’ communications and digital advocacy programs as well as the day to day operations of the organization. She serves on the board of Generation New River Gorge, an organization with the mission to keep young people living and working in the Mountain State and is an active volunteer at her local animal shelter. Kathleen shares her home with husband, her fat orange cat Dilly, her dogs Hoagie, Birdie, and Charlie and an ever growing assortment of house plants.
Helen Marcum, Finance Manager
West Virginia Rivers Coalition
3501 MacCorkle Ave SE #129
Charleston, WV 25304