Ashlea Minch was recently hired as the new principal at Woodsdale Elementary in the Ohio County School system. Previously, she was a teacher at both Wheeling Middle School and Elm Grove Elementary and most recently was the assistant principal at John Marshall High School.
PITTSBURGH, July 1, 2016 — The Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh (FHLBank) is pleased to announce that Kristina K. Williams has been appointed to the Pennsylvania Bankers Association’s (PA Bankers) Women in Banking Advisory Committee. She will serve a one-year term.
Williams is a WLU alumna and serves as vice chair of the West Liberty University Foundation. She also served as commencement speaker in May 2015 and received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree._X2A3625Williams
The Women in Banking Advisory Committee is charged with developing and coordinating offerings to provide expanded, focused resources to the women of Pennsylvania’s banking industry in the areas of professional development, networking, recognition, mentoring and volunteerism. Members of the Committee also help plan the Association’s annual Women in Banking Conference each March.
“As a long-time advocate for women in the workplace, and the financial services industry in particular, I am delighted with this appointment,” said Williams. “I look forward to working with PA Bankers and colleagues throughout the commonwealth as we seek opportunities for women in our industry.”
Williams is Chief Operating Officer at FHLBank, with responsibility for all member-facing activities, including member services, community investment, product delivery, marketing and communications, and information technology.
She joined FHLBank in 2004 as Chief Accounting Officer and became Chief Financial Officer in 2006, Executive Vice President in 2010 and Chief Operating Officer in 2011. Previously, she served as Chief Financial Officer of Wholesale Banking for PNC Financial Services Group and has experience in public accounting with PricewaterhouseCoopers and Deloitte & Touche.
Williams graduated from West Liberty University and received her master’s in Professional Accountancy from West Virginia University. She is a Certified Public Accountant and member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Board of Directors for the West Liberty University Foundation and a 2016 Advocate for Ambition with Strong Women, Strong Girls, Inc.
About FHLBank Pittsburgh As an intermediary between global capital markets and local lenders, FHLBank Pittsburgh provides readily available liquidity, as well as affordable housing and community development opportunities, to member financial institutions of all sizes in Delaware, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The Bank is part of the Federal Home Loan Bank System, which was established by Congress in 1932 and serves as a reliable source of funds for housing, jobs and growth in all economic cycles. To learn more, visit www.fhlb-pgh.com.
Philip Stahl became the City of Wheeling’s first police and fire public information officer.
He is responsible for alerting the public to information via local news outlets and social media, as well as serving as a spokesperson for the police and fire departments.
In addition to serving as a liaison between the police and fire departments and news outlets, Stahl also is responsible for managing the departments’ new Facebook pages and Twitter feeds.
As you know, during the 2015-16 academic year we invested time and resources to better understand how Marian University can respond more resolutely to the need to prepare and develop preK-12 educators (teachers, principals and others) for the children in our schools and community. We pursued this study out of a profound sense of mission, fidelity to our Franciscan values, and our vision to prepare transformational leaders. Furthermore, one of our nation’s most profound needs in the 21st century is to better educate a larger percent of our population at a higher level of competency. The research is clear, the most important variable in advancing student performance is having enough quality educators available for our schools.
This study has been exhaustive and enlightening. Most importantly, it has pointed to a need for schools of education to make bold moves to design new approaches in preparing and developing educators who can meet the challenging needs of the diverse population of students in our communities. The study also highlighted the deep commitment of the Marian University community to the mission of teaching and learning excellence, as well as the many outstanding accomplishments of our graduates in the field of education. It is also clear that Marian’s history and tradition established by the Sisters of St. Francis calls us to venture forward boldly to meet the needs of our time. Simply stated, our Franciscan values, vision, record of accomplishments, and the need for change illumined by this study calls us to act in meeting this need.
In moving from this study to action, we created four task forces:
1.Curriculum and clinical partnership under the direction of Dr. Saib Othman;
2.Organization structure, personnel, and the strategy for position searches under the direction of Dr. Enneking and me;
3.Resource development, marketing and communication, and funding partners under the direction of Dr. Ken Britt; and,
4.Financial oversight, technology, and facility needs under the direction of Greg Ginder.
We asked each task force to work with the idea that Marian University will earn a national reputation of preparing and developing preK-12 educators who achieve outstanding results with their students and the communities they serve. Meetings have been held with potential funders (national and local), and expert educational leaders have been consulted about how we would recruit a successful, highly talented, and deeply committed dean to lead this project. Given the boldness of this vision and the urgency to move this project forward there is an eminent need to have an exceptional leader in place to advance this most important project.
The leadership qualities/skills we see as most important in this effort are:
1.A record of successful leadership in preK-12 education;
2.An unflagging commitment to Marian University and the mission and success of this project;
4.Successful experience in garnering financial resources for a bold vision;
5.Extensive leadership capabilities;
6.Ability to unite and guide the faculty, staff and students to bold change; and,
7.The flexibility, if at all possible, to immediately assume this role.
Kenith C. Britt, Ph.D. We quickly came to the conclusion that this talented individual is already a member of the Marian University community, Kenith Britt, Ph.D. Dr. Britt, at every step in his professional career, has been highly successful in meeting the criteria we established. Given that assessment, I have asked Dr. Britt to take on the role of senior vice president of teacher learning excellence and dean of the Educators College. He has accepted, and we are thrilled with his enthusiastic response. Dr. Britt came to Marian University three years ago with a wealth of education experience, having served as a high school teacher, the principal of a K-8 school, and the president of two Catholic schools systems. He has also served as an adjunct faculty member at four institutions of higher education. We have complete confidence that Dr. Britt is a perfect fit. Because leadership is so very critical to the success of a bold project like this, now is the time for him to make the move to this new position.
It is also critical to ensure that our overall fundraising efforts stay on target. With this in mind, we have asked John Finke, vice president for Institutional Advancement, who has a highly experienced and successful fundraising track record, to take on some management roles in addition to his current duties. I, along with colleagues, Greg Ginder and Deb Lawrence, will give assistance with the financial and engagement aspects as we begin the search for a lead agent of our institution’s comprehensive advancement effort. Dr. Britt will retain a central role in securing the funds necessary to bring to fruition the Educators College vision. A more permanent search for Dr. Britt’s replacement will begin immediately.
Please keep Dr. Britt and all involved in this effort in your prayers. The Educators College will make a major and mighty contribution to our vision of preparing transformational leaders for service to the world and fully living our Franciscan values.
Thank you all for what you do, and your unflagging commitment to the vision, mission and values of Marian University!
President Daniel J. Elsener and Provost Thomas Enneking, Ph.D.
Ph.D. Educational Leadership. The Catholic University of America, Washington, District of Columbia.
M.A. Leadership Studies. Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia.
B.A. (Cum Laude) Elementary Education, Minor in Mathematics. West Liberty University, West Liberty, West Virginia.
HIGHER EDUCATION EXPERIENCE
Senior Vice President of Advancement, Marian University, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Prior Faculty Appointments
Adjunct Faculty, University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio. Classes taught: Public Relations for School Leaders, Public Relations for Catholic School Leaders, Leadership for Diverse Communities for Catholic Educators, and Catholic School Curriculum.
Adjunct Faculty, Ohio Dominican University, Columbus, Ohio. Class taught: Leading Instructional Learners.
Adjunct Faculty, Ohio University, Ironton, Ohio. Class taught: Educational Psychology.
Adjunct Instructor, West Virginia Northern Community College, Wheeling, West Virginia. Class taught: Computer-Aided Drafting and Design.
PK-12 PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
President, Catholic Central School (PK-12 system), Springfield, Ohio.
President, Chippewa Area Catholic Schools (PK-12 system), Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.
Principal, Our Lady of Fatima Parish School (PK-8), Huntington, West Virginia.
High School Teacher, Bishop Donahue High School, Wheeling, WV. Classes taught: Algebra 1, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Physics, Computer-Aided Drafting and Design, Basic Programming, and Drama I.
Britt, K., and Young, P. (July 2013). From Parish-Based Schools to a Unified System: Sustaining a 150-Year-Old Legacy. Paper presented at the annual Catholic Education Summit, University of Dayton. Dayton, Ohio.
Britt, K. (2013). Identification, Description, and Perceived Viability of K – 12 Catholic
School Systems. Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice, 16 (2).
Britt, K., Finneran, P., and Callahan, M. (October 2011). Catholic School Systems: An Alternative.
Paper presented at the bi-annual Ohio Catholic Education Association Conference, Columbus, Ohio.
Britt, K. (2009). Last in, first out: Exploring student achievement and retention at a community
college in Wisconsin (unpublished).
Britt, K., Felix, W., and Volk, C. (April 2009). Unified Catholic School Systems. Paper presented at
the annual National Catholic Education Association Conference. Anaheim, California.
Britt, K., Felix, W., and Volk, C. (March 2008). 20 Years of Successful Catholic School
Consolidation. Paper presented at the annual National Catholic Education Association Conference.
Britt, K. and Volk, C. (June 2008). Unified Catholic School Systems. Paper presented at the annual
Special Programs for Improving Catholic Education Conference. Boston, Massachusetts.
Britt, K. (2007). The Christian commitment: A phenomenology of lived exp
Joanna Bernabei-McNamee – a 1992 Weirton Madonna grad – has been named head women’s basketball coach at the University of Albany. She landed the Division I post after a very successful stint at the University of Pikeville in Kentucky.
Bernabei-McNamee led Pikeville to a 63-26 record during her three-year tenure at the NAIA school. She guided her charges to a 26-9 record and a Final Four berth this season. As a result, the former Blue Don was named the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association NAIA Regional Coach of the Year and the Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year.
She takes over a program coming off a monster campaign.
The Great Danes went 28-5 in winning the American East title and gaining an NCAA berth for the fifth straight season. Albany also defeated Florida this March for the program’s first-ever Division I NCAA Tournament victory.
Bernabei-McNamee replaces Katie Abrahamson-Henderson, who has accepted the head coaching position at the University of Central Florida.
“I am excited to be taking over a very competitive program. I was really attracted to Albany by all its success – winning five straight conference championships and winning an NCAA tourney game,” Bernabei-McNamee continued. “Albany fits my coaching style very well. The culture is already there – playing hard with a lot of intensity.
“That is what I am all about. I will look to put my spin on what they do,” she added. “I think they will respond to my coaching style and continue to build on their winning tradition.”
Bernabei-McNamee has been a busy camper since being named to the Albany post. She was formally introduced at a press conference Friday while transitioning from Kentucky to New York.
“I have been working tirelessly on putting a staff together,” Bernabei-McNamee noted. “We will have a big senior class, so we need a great staff in place soon so we can begin recruiting.”
She will be dealing with a mixed bag in her first season at helm of the Great Danes.
“We lose two quality seniors, one being an All-American and three-time conference player of the year,” Bernabei-McNamee offered. “But we do have an exciting core group returning. It is a group willing to put the work in.
“Being a part of the Albany program is a great opportunity for me and my family,” she added. “This program and the success it has already accomplished is a great fit for me. Every job prepares you for your next job, and I’ve been fortunate to have really positive experiences throughout my coaching career.”
Bernabei-McNamee enjoyed a brilliant Weirton Madonna career. She led the Lady Blue Dons to three straight state tournament appearances. The highlight being a state title her senior season.
She was named captain of the West Virginia Class A all-state team and captain of the OVAC Class A-AA West Virginia team in her senior season at Madonna. The multi-talented guard finished her prep career with 1,002 points and more than 500 career assists.
Bernabei-McNamee selected West Liberty to continue her academic and basketball careers. She again authored a brilliant basketball resume, earning All-American honors while being named WVC Player of-the-Year.
Bernabei-McNamee launched her coaching career at West Virginia Wesleyan. That was followed by stops at Eastern Kentucky, West Virginia and the University of Maryland, helping guide the Lady Terps to a national title.
Joanna and her husband Joe McNamee have two sons, Luke (9) and Caden (8).