Almost twenty years ago, I left West Virginia to take a job that launched my career.
I’ve lived in several states and had many different jobs with different companies. My career has had its ups and downs, but I’ve had the privilege of working with amazing people on fantastic projects.
None of this would have happened if I hadn’t had the courage to leave. Yet, I know the things I learned growing up in West Virginia helped to give me the foundation for who I am and what I have achieved in life.
Now I’m back, in a manner of speaking. I’m putting my knowledge and experience to work to help make a difference in West Virginia. I play a very, very, tiny part in all of this; nonetheless, I’m quite proud be a part of it.
Supporting this project, even in a small way, is something I can do to give back to the place and the people who, by their actions, helped to teach me the real meaning of service to others, why to fight for what’s right, when it’s time to swallow my pride, or how to muster the courage to follow my own calling.
I no longer live in West Virginia, but West Virginia will forever live in me.