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Jul. 25, 2010 @ 12:00 AM

Altiery, Schoen join The Education Alliance

CHARLESTON -- The Ashland Alliance has hired two new staff members.

Lee Altiery has joined the alliance as an administrative assistant. She received her bachelor's degree in English and professional writing from West Virginia State University, and prior to joining the Education Alliance, was administrative assistant to the dean of the pharmacy school at the University of Charleston. She also has worked as a communications specialist at West Virginia State University and has more than 10 years experience in public relations and administrative experience in higher education.

Altiery is the primary contact for programs such as Partnerships in Education and 21st Century Teaching Mini Grants and for general inquiries. She can be reached at 304-342-7850 or lee@educationalliance.org.

Emily Schoen joined the Education Alliance in July as the dropout prevention and career readiness program director. She earned a bachelor's degree in business administration and a master's in training and development, both from Marshall University. Since 2009, she has served as an AmeriCorps Vista with Volunteer WV, where she managed and promoted the statewide Business Volunteer Council. She also has been an adjunct faculty member and Greek adviser at Marshall.

Schoen is the primary contact for the Walk the Talk and West Virginia eMentoring programs. She can be reached at 304-342-7849.

The Education Alliance is a statewide, nonprofit research and K-12 education fund, based in Charleston.

Accountant Morris passes CPA exam

HUNTINGTON -- Charles "Matt" Morris, an accountant with Hess, Stewart & Campbell, PLLC, has passed the CPA examination. Morris is a graduate of Marshall University and works in the firm's auditing department.

He can be reached at CMorris@hsc-cpa.com.

Hess, Stewart & Campbell, PLLC has offices in Huntington and Beckley. The firm is a full-range accounting practice providing services in the area of accounting, audits, tax preparation, estate planning, personal financial planning, business valuation and management consulting services. To learn more, visit www.hsc-cpa.com.

Shah now associate dean for faculty affairs at med school

HUNTINGTON -- Darshana Shah, Ph.D., has accepted expanded responsibilities at Marshall University's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, with the new title of associate dean for faculty affairs and professional development.

Shah, a professor and academic section chief in the Department of Pathology, previously was associate dean for professional development in medical education. She is founder and chair of Marshall's Academy of Medical Educators, and has instituted a variety of faculty development programs and series. Under her leadership in January 2011, Marshall will host the national meeting of the Group for Research in Pathology Education.

Shah recently completed the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Fellowship, one of 53 senior women faculty across the United States selected for the program's 2009-2010 class. She has been an invited faculty member at the Harvard Macy Institute for Innovation in Health Care Education since 2005. She also has spent two years on the program faculty for the Early Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges and Harvard Medical School.

She joined the Marshall faculty in 1995, becoming assistant dean in 2005 and associate dean in 2009. She received her Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from West Virginia University and was a postdoctoral fellow in pathology at Marshall.

Legg inducted into defense counsel association

HUNTINGTON -- Huntington attorney Erik W. Legg of the law firm Farrell, Farrell & Farrell, PLLC, was inducted as a member to the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC).

The group is an invitation-only professional association for corporate and insurance defense lawyers around the world, founded in 1920. Its activities benefit the approximately 2,500 invitation-only, peer-reviewed members and their clients as well as the civil justice system and the legal profession. IADC members are dedicated to high standards of professionalism and service and upholding the rule of law and integrity of the court system.

Legg is a member of a litigation team with primary responsibility for pharmaceutical and medical products liability, medical professional malpractice, workplace exposure and injury litigation and employment discrimination and wrongful discharge claims. In that capacity, he has managed more than 100 drug product liability cases.

Hammonds named chief technology officer

Valley Health has promoted Josh Hammonds to chief technology officer.

In the role, Hammonds is responsible for internal information system support, training and implementation efforts across Valley Health's network of 28 primary health care centers and public health programs. Hammonds also serves as liaison to Valley Health's information systems partner, Florida-based Health Choice Network, and is leading Valley Health's effort to implement Intergy billing and scheduling software in August.

Hammonds received his bachelor's degree in business administration at Morehead State University.

Valley Health serves more than 68,000 patients each year, providing primary health care services to patients of southwestern West Virginia and southeastern Ohio. For more information, call 304-525-3334 or visit www.valleyhealth.org.

Offutt, Nord and Burchett named 'Super Lawyers'

Three lawyers of Offutt Nord, PLLC have been recognized by their peers as West Virginia Super Lawyers. D. C. Offutt, Jr., Steven K. Nord and Stephen S. Burchett were among the less than 5 percent of West Virginia lawyers selected for the honor.

Offutt and Burchett were recognized statewide for their defense of physicians and hospitals in medical malpractice cases. Nord was recognized statewide for civil litigation defense and personal injury defense.

More than 4,000 lawyers in West Virginia were asked to participate in the selection process. The evaluation process included a statewide survey of those lawyers, independent research concerning peer recognition and professional achievement, and a discipline check of each candidate.

Offutt Nord, PLLC represents clients throughout West Virginia, Eastern Kentucky, Southeastern Ohio and Southwestern Virginia in all types of litigation involving health care, transportation, coal mining, timbering, manufacturing, insurance, financial, banking and employment issues.

Trimble, Graham promoted at KDMC

ASHLAND -- King's Daughters Medical Center has promoted Pam Trimble to practice manager for the Kentucky Heart Institute and Angie Graham to director of outcomes management.

In her new role, Trimble is responsible for the offices in Prestonsburg, Paintsville, Inez, Louisa, Salyersville, West Liberty, Pikeville and Morehead, Ky., for both Kentucky Heart and Vascular Physicians and Comprehensive Heart and Vascular Associates.

Trimble has worked at King's Daughters for six years. She graduated from Johnson Central High School in Paintsville, and received her bachelor's degree in business administration from Pikeville College.

Trimble lives in Prestonsburg with her husband, Steve. They have two sons.

Graham has been with King's Daughters eight years. Prior to her current role, she was service line director of Heart & Vascular services, manager of the Heart & Vascular intermediate unit, manager of the chest pain unit and staff nurse on the cardiac cath recovery unit.

Graham received her bachelor's in nursing from Mountain State University in Beckley, W.Va. She went on to obtain her master's in nursing and is currently pursuing a master's of business administration through Walden University.

Graham is originally from Proctorville, Ohio, where she still resides. She and her husband Jerry have two children.

Brodof attends national child care conference

Suzi Brodof, director of River Valley Child Development Services represented West Virginia at a National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies event July 13-16 in Seattle. Emerging trends in child care resource and referral were discussed.

River Valley manages three of 6 resource and referral agencies in the state: Link in Huntington, which serves eight counties; Connect in Charleston, which serves four counties; and Choices, which has offices in Parkersburg and Clarksburg and serves eight counties.

The programs help families with child care services, including providing lists of child care providers and centers, childcare subsidy for families who qualify and training for providers who care for children. For more information about these services as well as information about Enterprise Child Development Center and Norma Gray Early Learning Center in Huntington, and the School Age Connection available at Southside, Meadows and Cox Landing, call 304-523-3417 or check out www.rvcds.org.

Sheets named 'Super Lawyer'

HUNTINGTON -- Huddleston Bolen's Scott Sheets has been named to the Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition for 2010 in the area of labor and employment law.

Sheets, who has been a partner with the firm in the Huntington office since 1994, practices in the areas of labor and employment law, employment litigation and general commercial litigation. He is a member of the national and state legal bars as well as of the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia.

Sheets has been recognized for his work in Chambers USA, a nationwide guide of leading lawyers and firms, Best Lawyers, the oldest peer review publication in the nation, and in the publication of West Virginia Super Lawyers.

Attorneys selected as Super Lawyers are first recognized by their peers and then approved through third party research as well as by a "blue ribbon" panel of national, leading attorneys. Five percent of lawyers from each state make the final list.

Huddleston Bolen LLP is a regional law firm that specializes in business-oriented matters with offices in Huntington and Charleston, W.Va., and Ashland and Louisville, Ky. For more information, visit www.huddlestonbolen.com.

Melvin, Midkiff promoted at Cabell Huntington

Cabell Huntington Hospital has promoted new nursing leadership for the hospital's Transitional Care Unit.

Sandra Melvin, RN, a 21-year employee at Cabell Huntington Hospital, has been named nurse manager of the Transitional Care Unit after spending seven years as clinical coordinator.

Cheryl Midkiff, RN, BC, has been named clinical coordinator after working on the unit since 2000.

The Transitional Care Unit is a 15-bed unit that specializes in care for seniors and with a focus on comprehensive, sub-acute skilled nursing care following an acute illness or surgical event.



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