40-TOP Virtual Series

Started at the beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the 40-TOP Virtual Series allowed the Alliance to connect West Virginians directly with state and federal leaders on issues that matter most. Over the course of 2020, more than 1,000 registered for these events with 15+ weeks of programming, proving that the platform and communications are beneficial to West Virginians from across the state. The 40-TOP Series is now a staple of the Alliance and will continue in 2021.

Upcoming 40-TOP Schedule

40-TOP Virtual Interview
Dr. Kendra S. Boggess,
President, Concord University 
Wednesday, August 25, 2021 – Noon
Watch via Facebook LIVE @HigherEdWV

Preparing for a Disaster
September 15 – 10 a.m.
Registration is required – See get tickets button above.


  • G.E. McCabe, Director, West Virginia Division of Emergency Management
  • Erica Mani, Regional Chief Executive Officer, Central Appalachia Region, American Red Cross
  • Stacie L. Foust, Professional & University Banking Consultant, Truist Bank
  • Joshua Juckett, Financial Wellness Consultant, Truist Bank

Past 40-TOP Schedule

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 – Noon.
Watch Video Here.

  • Panelists:
    • Dr. Sarah Tucker, Chancellor , HEPC and CTCS
    • Clayton Burch, West Virginia Superintendent of Schools
    • Bonnie Dunn, MS, Project Co-Director, WVSU Healthy Grandfamilies
    • Rhonda Bills, MA, LSW, Community Support Specialist, Cabell County DHHR/WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities, Modify Program
    • Tahnee Bryant, MA, Program Manager II, Bureau for Behavioral Health Children and Families, Services for Transitioning Youth
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Moderator: Susie Mullens, Program Coordinator, West Virginia Collegiate Recover Network

  • Beverly Sharp, Director of Reentry Initiatives, West Virginia Council of Churches
  • Lida Shepherd, American Friends Service Committee
  • Delegate Danielle Walker
Monday, February 16, 2021
Watch Video Here.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021
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Moderator: Susie Mullens, Program Coordinator, West Virginia Collegiate Recover Network

  • Brian Weingart, Senior Director of Financial Aid, Division of Financial Aid, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
  • Sarah Musgrave, Program Administrator, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Watch Video Here
Moderator: Susie Mullens, Program Coordinator, West Virginia Collegiate Recover Network.

  • Matthew Q. Christiansen, MD, MPH, Director , WV Department of Health and Human Resources, Office of Drug Control Policy
  • Joe Deegan, Business Development Liaison, Thomas Health – St. Francis Hospital Charleston & Public Policy Chair, WV Association of Alcoholism & Drug and Abuse Counselors, Inc.
  • Leaders of the West Virginia House of Delegates Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse Committee
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Watch Video Here
Host: Sara Payne Scarbro, Alliance Operations Council Chair and AVP of External Engagement, MURC
Moderator: Donna Peduto, Executive Director, WV PEC

  • Allison Dagen, Professor and Program Coordinator, Literacy Education, WVU College of Education and Human Services
  • Monica DellaMea, Director, WV Department of Education Office of Early & Elementary Learning
  • Jim Denova, Vice President, Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation
  • Marc Harshman, Poet Laureate, State of West Virginia
  • Brandie Turner, Early Literacy Specialist and Fundraising Coordinator, WV’s Imagination Library

Small Communities, BIG Solutions Conference
#WVSolutions Seekers Student Leadership Conference

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Jessica G. Wright, RN, MPH, CHES, Director, Division of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease, WV Bureau for Public Health
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
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Host: Brittany Bruce, Logistics Coordinator, The Alliance for the Economic Development of Southern West Virginia

  • Ryan Saxe, Cabell County Schools Superintendent of Schools
  • Marianna Linz, Department Chair, Marshall University Psychology Department
  • Suzi Brodof, Executive Director, River Valley Child Development Services
  • Amy Hymes, Deputy Commissioner, Bureau for Children and Family
  • Kylee Hassan, Communications & Outreach Director, Mission WV


Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Sara Payne Scarbro, Operations Council Chair, Alliance for the Economic Development of Southern WV
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Watch Video Here. 

  • Dr. Kim Becher, Family Medicine Specialist, Community Care
  • Terri Baker, Grants Project Manager, Center for Rural and Community Health, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • John Deskins, Director, Bureau of Business and Economic Research; Associate Professor, Economics, John Chambers College of Business and Economics; Assistant Dean, Outreach and Engagement
  • Dr. Jerry Gilbert, President, Marshall University
  • Dr. Drema Mace, VP for Community Engagement & Development and Executive Director of the Center for Rural and Community Health at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Dr. Clay Marsh, Vice President and Executive Dean for Health Sciences, West Virginia University
  • F. Scott Rotruck, Chair, WV Public Education Collaborative and Member, West Virginia State Board of Education
  • Kim Tieman, Health and Human Services Program Director, Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
West Virginia Agriculture Commissioner Kent Leonhardt 

Wednesday, June 10 – 10 a.m.
Experts with AARP West Virginia 
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Wednesday, June 3, 2020
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Moderator: Donna Peduto,  Executive Director, WV Public Education Collaborative

  •  Chancellor Dr. Sarah Tucker, West Virginia HEPC
  • Clayton Burch, West Virginia Superintendent of Schools
  • Dr. Jim Denova, Vice President, Benedum Foundation
  • Scott Rotruck, WV Board of Education member
  • Dr. Jaime Taylor, Provost, Marshall University
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito 

Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Congresswoman Carol Miller 


Wednesday, May 20, 2020
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  • Michelle Foster, President and CEO,  The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation
  •  Dr. Cindy Fitch, Professor and Associate Dean for Research, WVU Extension Service’s Extension
  • Priscila Santos, WV Forward Research Scholar
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Debra Martin, Director, West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WV SBDC)

Wednesday, April 22, 2020
U.S. Senator Joe Manchin

Wednesday, April 15, 2020
West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner“]
Wednesday, April 8 – 10 a.m.
Southern WV Collegiate Recovery Network Coordinator Susie Mullens]