Meet Our Graduates

Our program is proud to share the stories of students who have achieved success in their chosen career paths.


Dillon NeaceDillon Neace

Dillon is a graduate student in the MPA program. Originally from Kanawha County, WV, he earned his undergraduate degree in political science from Marshall University in 2014. He is pursuing an MPA with an Urban Governance concentration, and is currently fulfilling his practicum requirement with the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy. Dillon formerly served as the Lead Field Organizer for the Natalie Tennant campaign in the Fall following his undergraduate graduation, and gained valuable experience through the Frasure-Singleton internship.

His long-term goals include a career in talent representation, and he has been acquiring the skills necessary to succeed in this field through the MPA program.


Sara Price-Fortney

Sara Price-Fortney

Sara is the Field Site Coordinator for Kanawha HSTA, a STEM-based after-school program for disadvantaged high school students. Previously, she has served as an Executive Assistant with the West Virginia Women’s Commission, as well as being involved in the Tamarack Artisan Foundation. Sara is active in numerous volunteer organizations including Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha-Putnam and the Madison-Danville Jaycees, where she has served as president of the West Virginia chapter, and is currently on the United States Junior Chamber (Jaycees) National Communications Committee.

Sara’s passion for civic engagement and public service is what led her to pursue her Masters of Public Administration. Through this program, she’s learning the tools necessary to become an effective public manager so that she may continue working in the after-school realm, doing her best to meet the needs of West Virginia’s youth.