WV CASA BOARD & STAFF
Our Board of Directors is a vital part of achieving our mission of helping the children of West Virginia. If you are interested in serving on our Board, please fill out a Board Member Application and email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President: Rev. Kenneth Hardway
President-Elect: Dr. Jessica Ice
Immediate Past-President: Shawn Schwertfeger
Treasurer/Secretary: Marci Carroll, Esq.
Board Member: Jemia Gregory
Board Member: Kenneth Miller
Board Member: Nikki Tennis
Board Member/Local Board Liason: Jenny Castle
Board Member/Local Program Liason: Alisha Madia
Executive Director: Traci Busch
Rev. Kenneth Hardway – President
Pastor, Disciples of Christ, Wheeling WV
Rev. Hardway is an Ordained Minister with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He has served congregations in Huntington, WV, Eminence, KY, and Logan WV. He is currently the Senior Minister of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Wheeling, WV. Rev. Hardway is also an Associate Regional Minister for Youth and Young Adults with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in WV.
Rev. Hardway began his academic journey at Bethany College, and finished his undergrad at Marshall University with a Regents BA, with minors in Sociology and Religious Studies. In 2011 Rev. Hardway received his Masters of Divinity degree from Lexington Theological Seminary.
Rev. Hardway is a life-long West Virginian with a heart for youth and a relentless hope for lives changed and communities transformed.
Dr. Jessica Ice – President-Elect
Assistant Professor, WVU
Shawn Schwertfeger – Immediate Past-President
Chief, Wheeling Police Department
An Ohio Valley native, Shawn Schwertfeger graduated from John Marshall High School in 1984 and West Liberty University, where earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice/Business Administration in 1989. He is a graduate of the Professional Executive Leadership School at the University of Richmond and a 2009 graduate of the FBI National Academy.
Shawn Schwertfeger became Wheeling, West Virginia’s Chief of Police in June 2012.
Prior to joining the Wheeling Police Department, Chief Schwertfeger retired as a Captain from the Albemarle County Police Department in Virginia after 21 years of service.
During his career in Virginia, he held many assignments including patrol officer, detective, Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain. Specific assignments included Crimes Against Persons Unit, SWAT operator and commander, Crisis Negotiations Unit operator and commander and Public Information Officer. Specific commands included Patrol Divisions, Community Support Division, Traffic and Internal Affairs. Chief Schwertfeger retired as a Bureau Commander responsible for 4 divisions and over 120 personnel.
Chief Schwertfeger holds board memberships with WV Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) since 2013 the Sexual Assault Help Center in Wheeling and the Family Violence Prevention Program with the YWCA in Wheeling.
Marci Carroll, Esq. – Treasurer/Secretary
Law Offices of Marci R. Carroll
Marci Carroll has served as the Secretary/Treasurer for our state Board of Directors since July 2015. A native of Harrison and Marion Counties and 2008 candidate for Marion County Family Court Judge, Ms. Carroll has been a solo practitioner since 2008 in Fairmont, WV, and practices exclusively in family law throughout West Virginia and in family and general civil mediation.
Prior to assuming a state Board of Directors position, she had a limited child abuse and neglect practice, mainly as guardian ad litem for children and for interveners and non-abusive parents.
Ms. Carroll graduated from West Virginia University College of Law in 1997 after serving as the Legal Research Editor for the West Virginia Law Review and President for the Volunteer Law Clerks Association. She graduated first in her class and with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Sociology and Anthropology from West Virginia University with distinction as the Outstanding Senior Honors Program Scholar and a member of Phi Beta Kappa in addition to membership and officer positions in other scholastic honorary societies.
Her other current volunteer activities include Chair of the Fairmont Christmas Parade for the Fairmont Lions Club and Commissioner for the City of Fairmont’s Policemen’s Civil Service Commission.
Jemia Gregory – Board Member
Area Vice President of Operations, Amedisys Home Health
Kenneth Miller – Board Member
Police Detective, Retired
Kenny Miller is a retired Detective in child abuse and sex crimes from the
Parkersburg WV Police Department. He served as the former Wood County Magistrate and was with the Wood County Sheriff office for 9 years. He currently is an adjunct instructor at Zane State and Washington State Community College in Ohio.
Mr. Miller has served on the Wood County CASA Board of Directors and started serving the WV CASA Association in 2016.
Nikki Tennis – Board Member
Jenny Castle – Board Member/Local Board Liason
CASA of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit, WV
Jenny serves on the WV CASA Association Board of Directors as one of the local program director representatives. She graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School, Beckley, WV in 1987. Jenny attended Berea College, Berea, KY where she graduated with a liberal arts degree in child development in 1991. Jenny has worked 17 years in the mental health field ranging from WV Birth to Three, assistance with applying for the Title XIX Waiver Program, the CDCSP program and the Family Support Program to name a few jobs within Seneca. She started with CASA of the 11th Circuit in March of 2006.
As a child, Jenny was separated from her two full siblings at the age of 12; they were put into 3 different family homes. Growing up, she knew what it was like to have been abused and neglected and felt a strong desire to make a difference with children and youth. Jenny knows what it was like to not have your own family and traditions, morals or beliefs and what it is like to be an outsider in the home you reside. She knew she could offer a little more empathy to the children she worked with mostly because she had been in a similar situation.
Alisha Madia – Board Member/Local Program Liason
Director, Harrison County CASA Program, Inc.
Alisha Madia is the Executive Director of the Harrison County CASA Program, Inc. She has served as a representative of local CASA programs on the WV CASA Association Board since July 2015.
Ms. Madia holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in Human Service Administration from Fairmont State University. Her experience is primarily in social services and ranges from work in homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, and educational programs for disadvantaged youth in Harrison and surrounding counties.
By advocating for children through CASA and as a foster/adoptive parent, Ms. Madia has a passion to be a voice for children and knows firsthand the importance that the voice of a CASA volunteer can bring to a child that has been a victim of abuse and neglect.