Stephanie Hyre

Stephanie is the Senior Program Officer of The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation. She received her BA from West Virginia University and her MA from the University of Georgia. Prior to her work at the Foundation, Stephanie directed a small, basic needs assistance agency and before transitioning to the social sector, Stephanie taught composition and rhetoric to college freshman. In her current role, Stephanie leads the Foundation’s education and arts initiatives by working with nonprofits to convene stakeholders, leverage resources, and improve the lives of Greater Kanawha Valley residents. Stephanie is a 2017 class member of Leadership WV. She is co-chair of Philanthropy WV’s Education Affinity Group, a board director of Charleston Montessori School, and co-chair of the Appalachia Funders Network’s Arts & Culture Working Group. As a certified instructor, she volunteers at WV Health Right and Recovery Point of WV to guide participants through yoga and stress management. Outside of her community-driven activities, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and traveling.

Lida Shepherd

Lida Shepherd, American Friends Service Committee – WV

Lida Shepherd is co-director of the WV Economic Justice Project, a program of the American Friends Service Committee, where she works statewide on issues affecting low-income and working people.  Her work focuses on

policy advocacy, popular education training, restorative practices, and coalition-building in support of economic justice.  She graduated from the University of California-Berkeley with a degree in Peace and Conflict Studies.  Lida lives in Charleston, and in her spare time likes biking on rail trails with her family in search of good swimming holes.

Rev Ron English

Rev. Ronald English was licensed and ordained under into the ministry by Drs. Martin Luther King Jr. and Sr. at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Ga. where and served as Assistant Minister and offered the prayer at the funeral of Dr. King.

In June of 1972, Rev. Ronald English was called to the pastorate of First Baptist Church of Charleston, West Virginia where reserved for 21 years and initiated the Black Heritage Cultural Series as the first such project funded by the WV Arts and Humanities Council and the Division of Culture and History.

He has taught courses in  African- American history and leadership studies as adjunct instructor at West Virginia State University and  Wheeling Jesuit University.  In 1989, he participated in a delegation of African American ministers invited by Bishop Desmond Tutu to South Africa on the release of Nelson Mandela.

Rev. English was awarded the Living the Dream for Peace in 2012 by Martin Luther King Holiday Commission and  currently serves as a Restorative Justice Facilitator with the American Friends Service Committee.