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Post Pandemic Healthcare:
A discussion of growth stress & civility

Community Engagement Conversation | June 29, 2023 | WVU Health Sciences Center, Eastern Division

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Fear, conflicting information, and misinformation led to a mistrust of the medical community. What do you think needs to happen for that trust to be restored?


  • Dr. Clay Marsh, Chief Health Officer, WV University (and WV Covid-19 Czar)
  • Mike Hassing, CEO, Shenandoah Community Health
  • Dr. Michael Londner, Vice President of Medical Affairs, Berkeley Medical Center, WVU Medicine
  • Dr. Kevin McLaughlin, Health Officer, Berkeley/Morgan County Health Department, ER Physican at War Memorial Hospital
  • Jake Meza, Vice President, Ambulatory, Postacute, & Wellness, Valley Health
  • Dr. Alvin Moss, Clinical Medical Ethicist
  • Charlotte Norris, Community Health Worker, Partnership of African American Churches

Moderated by Hans Fogle, Public Information Officer, Jefferson County Schools

Talking Politics
in an Angry America

American Conversation Series | February 3, 2020 | Shepherd University

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Do you agree we are angrier and more divided than any time in recent history?


  • Frank Sesno, Emmy-winning CNN correspondent
  • Scott Widmeyer, Democrat and former media director for former president Jimmy Carter
  • Kelly Johnston, moderate Republican and 28th Secretary of the U.S. Senate

Moderated by Rob Fersh, Founder of Convergence Center for Policy Resolution

Community Growth & Infrastructure:
At what cost?

Community Engagement Conversation | January 18, 2023 | Musselman High School

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How is infrastructure support for the growing population considered when approving proposed developments in the Eastern Panhandle?

Eddie Gochenour

Eddie Gochenour
Berkeley County Commissioner

“I’ve tried to figure out how to reduce the density of the subdivisions… I’ve sat down and done the math. But if you reduce the number of house just from four to three, then the costs go up because you still have to run water, you still

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Jim Ouellet

Jim Ouellet
Executive Director
Berkeley County Public Service Water District

If you peel away a lot of the things and say, “Why are we growing?”, it’s for one reason and one reason only—and that’s route 81. It’s all about
logistics. And, on kind of a side note, one of the worst things

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Clarence Settle

Clarence Settle
Berkeley County Resident

I think that you have to look at your overall infrastructure, too, and make dynamic decisions on how big you’re going to let a community develop with the infrastructures that we have. Someone needs to take a hard look at the growth in the

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Lynch Christian

Lynch Christian

At least in Mr. Gochenour’s example of decreasing density, that raises costs and those costs are passed right from the developer to the end consumer. There’s no room for developers to eat the costs, much like in any business

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Bipartisan Innovation

Civility Awards | September 13, 2022 | Top of the Hill, Washington, D.C.

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At a time when partisanship appears to be increasing and reaching across the aisle is not always encouraged, what happens when a Democrat and a Republican unite for a common cause?

Derek Kilmer & William Timmons

U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and William Timmons (R-SC) teamed up
to lead the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress. Their collaborative
attitude resulted in nearly 150 unanimously passed recommendations with 30 fully
implemented and another 61 partially implemented.