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Heather McChesney


Born and raised in Charleston, WV; McChesney has made many areas of the Mountain state her home.  

After graduating with her BA in English and her Master’s in Secondary Education, Ms. McChesney taught in Harrison, Monongalia, and Morgan counties before making her way back home to continue her teaching career in Kanawha County.


For the last decade, she has served as the Coordinator of Curriculum and Professional Development for the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. In this position, she and her team oversee and manage multiple college- and career- readiness initiatives that help students throughout the educational pipeline work to make their dreams a reality.

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Jim Strawn

Owner and President of Jim Strawn & Company, a marketing company that specializes in helping civic organizations, non-profits, municipalities, associations and businesses of all sizes engage their customers and followers through results-driven marketing strategies.

He is an energetic leader doing his part to make America, WV, Kanawha Valley and his city of Charleston a better place to live, learn, work and play. Jim is an Author, TV Show Host, Speaker, Marketing Strategist, Professor, Trainer, Event Planner, Fundraiser, and Auctioneer.

Jim earned his BS degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1983 and received his MA degree from WVCOGS in 1992.

He served as Director of Marketing & Community Education for Highland Hospital for 20 years, Public Relations Director for Shawnee Hills for five years and has taught Applied Marketing as an Adjunct Professor with University of Charleston MBA Program the past five years.  


A native of West Virginia, Jim has over 38 years of marketing, public relations and community service experience.

Jim is happily married to his college sweetheart, Lisa and they reside in Charleston, WV.

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