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Speakers

GE Plastics Materials Engineering Professor, WVU

Dr. Brian J. Anderson is the GE Plastics Materials Engineering Professor in chemical engineering at West Virginia University and Director of the WVU Energy Institute. A native of Ripley, West Virginia, Dr. Anderson is widely regarded as among the top energy research professionals in the country.

Cabinet Secretary, West Virginia Department of Commerce

H. Wood “Woody” Thrasher grew up in Clarksburg, West Virginia and attended the schools of Harrison County. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from West Virginia University in 1977. Following in his father, Henry A. Thrasher’s footsteps, the young entrepreneur was destined for a successful career in engineering. Convincing his father to open their own business, Thrasher Engineering was born in Clarksburg in 1983.

President & CEO, Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research & Innovation Center (MATRIC)

Steve Hedrick is President & CEO of Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research & Innovation Center (MATRIC) in South Charleston, W.Va. MATRIC delivers market-driven innovation, research, technical engineering, and technology commercialization for the chemical, energy, environmental, and advanced software sectors.

Associate Professor Supply Chain Management, West Virginia University

Professor Saldanha is an award winning researcher and teacher. He began his supply chain career in the merchant marine serving for a decade as navigational officer on a variety of cargo vessels in worldwide trades.

the Executive Director of the Business Development Corporation of the Northern Panhandle (BDC)

Patrick Ford is the Executive Director of the Business Development Corporation of the Northern Panhandle (BDC), a private, non-profit, economic development agency for Brooke and Hancock counties. Mr. Ford has 30 years of experience in economic and community development and has worked as a development executive in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, and Florida.

Director of Business Development and Senior Consultant Ann Green Communications

With three decades of experience, Kathy Cosco has a varied background in the communications industry.

Vice President, Institutional Advancement and University Relations

Stacey Brodak joined Waynesburg University as Vice President for Institutional Advancement and University Relations in 2017.  As a member of the University’s senior leadership team, Brodak leads the implementation of a comprehensive institutional advancement program, including fundraising, alumni relations, donor stewardship and advancement services. She also oversees marketing, advertising and public relations efforts.

Regional Human Resources Manager, Argos

C.D. Linton is the Regional Human Resources Manager for the Mid-Atlantic Region for Argos, previously Essroc. He provides Human Resource direction for the facilities located in West Virginia, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. In addition, he was an adjunct professor at Mountain State University in the discipline of Organizational Leadership / Business for over ten years.

Secretary and Executive Director, Southern States Energy Board

Kenneth J. Nemeth has served as the Southern States Energy Board’s Secretary and Executive Director since February 1975.  He is responsible for the direction, formulation, development, demonstration, and implementation of all Board programs.

Vice President, Applied Economics, IHS Markit Economics

Ron is a seasoned business economist and consultant whose experience spans the chemical and plastics, energy, and automotive industries. He has consulted to a wide variety of businesses, trade associations, government agencies, investment companies, and law firms.

Director, Division of Safety Research at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Dawn Castillo is the Director of the Division of Safety Research at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in Morgantown, West Virginia. The Division serves as the focal point for traumatic occupational injury research and prevention programs at NIOSH.  The Division also houses the NIOSH Center for Motor Vehicle Safety. 

Health Economist, WVU School of Public Health

Dr. Lindsay Allen is a health economist and health services researcher and an assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy, Management, and Leadership in the WVU School of Public Health

Community Relations Manager, Southwestern Energy

Amy Dobkin is the Community Relations Manager for Southwestern Energy’s Southwest Appalachia Division.

Professor, WVU’s Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry

Marc W. Haut, PhD, ABPP, is a board-certified, clinical neuropsychologist who serves as professor and chair of WVU’s Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry

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