West Virginia Executive Summer 2014 - Page 16

[ contributors | summer 2014 ] Maggie Matsko Maggie Matsko, a production assistant for West Virginia Executive magazine, is a graduate of West Virginia University (WVU) where she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism. A Delaware native, Matsko has freelanced for the Delaware State News and WVU’s newsletter, Signals WV. Currently, Matsko serves on the board of the Secret Santa Foundation of West Virginia and is a member of Generation Charleston. She may be reached at (304) 941-0600, ext. 11, or via email at mam@wvexecutive.com. Robbie Morris Robbie Morris is executive director of the Randolph County Development Authority and the West Virginia Wood Technology Center. Morris is charged with business retention, recruitment and development in Randolph County. He is the Randolph County representative to the West Virginia Hardwood Alliance Zone and a 2009 graduate of Leadership West Virginia. He serves on the board of the Southern Economic Development Council, West Virginians for Better Transportation, the Corridor H Authority, the Woodlands Community Lenders and the Central Appalachian Development Organization. Dawn Nolan Dawn Nolan, a former Executive Ink intern, is now the public relations dire ctor for Dress for Success River Cities and an established freelance writer. She graduated from Marshall University in 2010 with bachelor’s degrees in English and psychology and will pursue a graduate certificate in marketing and public relations from the University of Denver beginning in fall 2014. Julie Pratt Julie Pratt is a Charlestonbased consultant and writer. She is the former director of the West Virginia Developmental Disabilities Council and the Governor’s Cabinet on Children and Families. Pratt’s current projects include staffing the West Virginia Early Childhood Planning Task Force. 16 west virginia executive Ginna Royce Ginna Royce is the founder of BlaineTurner Advertising in Morgantown, WV where she fills the creative director role alongside her husband, Delbert, who is the chief financial officer. The couple has traveled to Tahiti, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Greece, Venice, Costa Rica and most sub-Saharan countries of Africa. She is a West Virginia University alumna with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Marta Tankersley Hays Marta Tankersley Hays is a staff writer, photographer and videographer for the Charleston Gazette and contributes to The State Journal, Country Roads Journal and West Virginia Executive magazine. Having returned to college at the age of 50, Tankersley Hays expects to graduate summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in communications from West Virginia State University in 2015. She is an active student leader, business owner, photographer, filmmaker, mother, stepmother and grandmother who lives with her husband in Charleston. Tracy Toler Tracy Toler scaled Seneca Rocks at the age of 5 and has been reaching new heights ever since. Through his business, Tracy A. Toler Photography, he has become a leading pioneer, serving as creative director and feature photographer for many of the region’s largest magazines. Known among his peers as “Mr. McGyver,” he can fix anything with a bobby pin, rubber band or Swiss Army knife. This comes in handy at home with his wife and two children. Toler may be reached by email at tracytoler@yahoo.com. Sarah Tucker Sarah Tucker serves as vice chancellor for the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia, which promotes and provides high-quality, accessible and responsive education and training opportunities that maximize student learning, improve the standard of living for West Virginians and contribute to the economic vitality and competitiveness of our state. She earned her doctorate in educational studies at the University of Michigan, a master’s degree in quantitative research methodology from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Harvard University. Shayna Varner Shayna Varner serves as the deputy press secretary to Governor Earl Ray Tomblin. Prior to joining the Tomblin administration, Varner worked with integrated communications agencies representing a variety of industries, including oil and natural gas, tourism, gaming and entertainment, health care and community nonprofits. A Moundsville native, Varner is a 2009 graduate of Harding University and a 2013 graduate of West Virginia University.