West Virginia Executive Spring 2017 - Page 18

[ contributors | spring 2017 ] Jesse Johnson Jesse Johnson is the chair- man of the West Virgin- ia Mountain Party; co- founder and co-owner of Johnson Smith Global, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in govern- mental affairs; and the executive director of the West Virginia chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. He is a lobbyist, activist, film- maker, actor and theatrical producer and a care- giver to his 78-year-old mother. Lisa Johnson Lisa Johnson, West Vir- ginia Executive’s senior graphic designer, has been with the magazine for more than 10 years. Johnson is a graduate of Marshall University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in graphic design. In her spare time, she is an active member of the Nitro Moose Lodge, and she loves couponing. She lives in Nitro with her husband, Jesse, and their cats, Princess and Black- jack. She may be reached at lnj@wvexecutive.com. Parween Mascari Parween Mascari is a law- yer with Bailey & Glasser LLP, executive director of the West Virginia Farmers Market Association and owner of West Virginia market stores at Snow- shoe Mountain Resort. Mascari serves on boards and committees for the Snowshoe Foundation, Girl Scouts of Black Dia- mond Council, Brickstreet Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, West Virginia University College of Law, Philanthropy West Virginia and the Benedum Foundation. Maggie Matsko Maggie Matsko is the communications and development specialist for the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph. She is a graduate of West Virginia University, where she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism. A freelance writ- er for West Virginia Executive magazine, she enjoys crafting stories about her former home among the hills. Matsko resides in Owensboro, KY. 16 WEST VIRGINIA EXECUTIVE Gaylene Miller Gaylene Miller is the state director for AARP in West Virginia, where she has worked for many years as an advocate for West Virginians age 50 and older and their families. She holds an undergrad- uate degree from West Liberty State College and a graduate degree from West Virginia University. She is a past president of the Charleston Vanda- lia Rotary Club and the board of directors for the Alzheimer’s Association’s West Virginia chapter. Javier Reyes, Ph.D. Dr. Javier Reyes is the Milan Puskar Dean of the College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University. Reyes has been a visiting scholar at several international in- stitutions and served as a grant reviewer for the National Science Foundation and an invited academic scholar for the Interna- tional Monetary Fund. He serves on the inaugural TIAA National Hispanic Advisory Council and the national board of directors for the University Pro- fessional and Continuing Education Association. Natalie Roper Natalie Roper is the exec- utive director of Genera- tion West Virginia, where she works with local and state partners to strength- en statewide programming and infrastructure needed to attract, retain and ad- vance young talent in the Mountain State. She holds undergraduate and master’s degrees in public policy from the University of Virginia, with an in- terdisciplinary background in nonprofit adminis- tration, grassroots advocacy and social innovation. Kathryn Ryan Kathryn Ryan is a pro- gram coordinator for In- spire West Virginia, where she connects with local partners, recruits and mentors student leaders and creates structures to empower West Virginia’s youth in the civic process. Ryan grew up in Charles- ton, WV, where she currently lives and works, and received her master’s degree in public health from West Virginia University in 2015. Katlin Swisher Katlin Swisher is the com- munications specialist for the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at West Vir- ginia University (WVU). Originally from Hurri- cane, WV, she graduated as a summa cum laude and university honors scholar with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 2012, and she earned a master’s degree in higher education administra- tion in 2014. She is currently pursuing a doctor of education in higher education administration at WVU. Tracy Toler Tracy Toler scaled Sen- eca Rocks at the age of 5 and has been reach- ing new heights ever since. Through his busi- ness, Tracy A. Toler Photography, he has served as creative director and feature photog- rapher for many of the region’s largest maga- zines. Known as Mr. McGyver, he can fix any- thing with a bobby pin, rubber band or Swiss Army knife, which comes in handy at home with his two daughters. Toler may be reached at tracytoler@yahoo.com. Jessica Wintz-Adams Jessica Wintz-Adams is a junior account execu- tive for Orion Strategies. A 2010 graduate of Mar- shall University, Wintz- Adams holds bachelor’s degrees in public relations and political science. Originally from Southern West Virginia, she cur- rently resides in Charleston, where she an active volunteer with Charleston Main Street (CMS) East and was named a CMS East End Volunteer of the Year in 2016. She is also a proud alumna of the Leadership West Virginia Class of 2015.