West Virginia Archives and History Commission

Tommy Bailey, St. Albans (chairperson)
Dr. Melissa Bingmann, Morgantown
Thomas Bloch, Charleston
Tracy L. Burch, Scott Depot
Laura Carroll, Wheeling
Robert S. Conte, Union
Nat DeBruin, Barboursville
Dan Gatts, Moundsville
Gavin Hale, Elkins
Darlene Hassler, Shenandoah Junction (vice chairperson)
Crystal Wimer+, Morgantown
Rodney Montague, Bluefield
Charles Morris III+, Charleston
Aaron Parsons+, Cross Lanes
Susan Pierce+, Charleston
Nathan J. Randolph, Huntington
Randall Reid-Smith+, Barboursville
J. Logan Smith+, Elkins
Museum Specialist-Vacant

* ex officio voting member
+ ex officio nonvoting member

The Archives and History Commission serves as a citizen advisory board to the Department of Arts, Culture and History. Commission members are appointed by the governor.

Specific activities of the commission include providing guidance to the commissioner and agency directors in the establishment of state plans for the Archives and History Section, the Historic Preservation Section and the Museum Section; approving and distributing grants-in-aid and awards from federal and state funds; encouraging and promoting the purposes of the agency; approving rules concerning the professional policies and functions of the agency; and advising and consenting to the appointment of agency directors by the commissioner. The commission also reviews and approves nominations to the National Register of Historic Places. (WV Code §29-1-5)

West Virginia Commission on the Arts

Appointed Members
Zachary Abraham – Wheeling
Amanda Bridgette – Poca
Dr. Peter Chirico – Huntington
Rebecca A. McGinnis – Vienna
Charles H. Friddle – Elkins
Susan Hogan – Wheeling
Michael Knepper – Inwood
Danielle McCracken, Wheeling
Cindy McGhee – Charleston
Charles Mathena – Princeton
Margaret Mary Layne – Huntington
Curator Randall Reid-Smith – Barboursville
Jerry Rose – Beckley
Brooke Smolder – Scott Depot
Matthew Umstead – Martinsburg
Shir Wooton – Beckley

Ex-Officio Nonvoting
Jenna Green, Director of Arts

The West Virginia Commission on the Arts serve as an citizen advisory board to the Department of Arts, Culture and History. Commission members are appointed by the governor.

Specific activities of the commission include providing guidance to the commissioner and agency directors in the establishment of a state plan for the Arts Section; approving and distributing grants-in-aid and awards from federal and state funds; encouraging and promoting the purposes of the agency; approving rules concerning the professional policies and functions of the agency; and advising and consenting to the appointment of agency directors by the commissioner. (WV Code §29-1-3)

Capitol Building Commission

Appointed Members
Architect, David Marshall – Charleston
Registered P.E., Jenelle Armstrong – South Charleston
General Public 1, Wilson Harvey – Morgantown
General Public 2, Michael Price – Wheeling
Curator of the Department of Arts, Culture and History, Randall Reid-Smith – Charleston (Chairman)

Nonvoting Members
Senate Appointee, Steve Harrison
House Appointee, Lee Cassis
Supreme Court Appointee, Joe Armstrong
Secretary of Administration, Mark Scott

The Capitol Building Commission reviews and approves or rejects all plans for substantial physical changes to the grounds and buildings of the State Capitol complex, including the Capitol, the Culture Center, state office buildings and the Governor’s Mansion. Commission members are appointed by the governor. (WV Code §4-8-1)

Records Management and Preservation Board

BOARD MEMBERS
Mark Musick, Monongalia County Assessor

Sonja Embrey, Hampshire Circuit Clerk

Diana Cromley, Mason County Clerk

Benjamin Hatfield, Raleigh County Prosecuting Attorney

Joe Geiger, Historian

Kristie Tenney, Upshur County Commission

Chuck Zerkle, Cabell County Sheriff

Real Estate Attorney-Vacant

EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS
Randall Reid-Smith, Curator of the Department of Arts, Culture, and History (Chairman)

Joseph Armstrong, Interim Administrative Director, Administrative Office of the Supreme Court of Appeals

Evan Lynch, Director, Administrative Office of the Courts

Joshua Spence, Director, Governor’s Office of Technology

James M. Dixon, Governor’s Office of Technology

STAFF SUPPORT
Aaron Parsons, Director, Archives and History

Denise Ferguson, Records Archivist, Archives and History

Kyle Campbell, Statewide Preservation Project

The Records Management and Preservation Board was created to establish a system of records management and preservation for county governments, including grants for making records management and preservation uniform throughout the state. The board also is to conduct a study of the records management and preservation needs of state executive agencies. Board members are appointed by the governor. (WV Code §5a-8-15)


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