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Garrett Ballengee

Garrett Ballengee is a native of Parkersburg, WV. In 2009, Garrett graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Finance from West Virginia University, Honors College. Garrett was also a recipient of the WVU Foundation’s prestigious “Outstanding Senior” award, an award given to no more than the top 1% of… Read More
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Jessi Troyan

Jessi Troyan, PhD was raised in Pinch, WV. She graduated from West Virginia University in 2011 with a BA in economics and a minor in Spanish, George Mason University with an MA in economics in 2013, and recently completed her PhD in economics from George Mason University, as well. Jessi’s diss… Read More
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Amanda Kieffer

Amanda Kieffer grew up in the bluegrass hills of Kentucky and graduated from Liberty University in 2016 with a B.A. in Government: Western Legal Traditions. She is a proud transplant to Charleston, WV where she is joining the Cardinal Institute as our Communications Associate. Before joining the Car… Read More
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Bradley Foster

Bradley is a liberty-loving 2019 graduate of North Dakota State University who believes in equal opportunity for all. He has been involved in student activism related to shrinking government for quite some time. He is an avid college football fan, a long-suffering Vikings fan, and a huge fan of spen… Read More
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Adam Kissel

Adam Kissel has supported higher education through teaching, writing, research, philanthropy, government service, and defense of academic freedom and individual rights for professors and students. He supported civic literacy with the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, fundamental rights at the Found… Read More
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Jessica Dobrinsky

Jessica Dobrinsky was not born in West Virginia, but has claimed the Appalachian mountains as her home. She graduated from West Virginia University in 2020 with a B.A. in Criminology and currently attends American University where she is working on a Masters in Public Administration and Policy. She… Read More
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Keith Pauley

Keith Pauley is the Chief Science Officer at Triana Energy, LLC. Previously, he has served as the CTO of the largest chemical manufacturer in Beijing, China, the CEO of a rapidly growing R&D company, the manager for technology development for the Space Shuttle Program and a designer of nuclear f… Read More
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Karen Bailey-Chapman

Karen Bailey-Chapman is a lifelong political advocate and founder of kb advocacy, llc, a DC and WV-based public affairs firm. Karen has worked at Americans for Tax Reform, the Center for Individual Freedom, and the DCI Group, one of DC’s largest public affairs firms. Karen also worked as a public… Read More
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Bill Cole

William P. (Bill) Cole III was elected to the West Virginia Senate in November 2012. As a Senator, he served on the Confirmations, Education, Government Organization, Health and Human Resources, Judiciary, Natural Resources, and Transportation and Infrastructure committees. He led the historic Repub… Read More
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Dr. Chris Stansbury

Dr. Chris Stansbury is a Charleston native and a graduate of George Washington High School, West Virginia University and the Southern College of Optometry. He is a co-founder and partner at West Virginia Eye Consultants, an optometry/ophthalmology group based in Charleston, WV. WV Eye has grown from… Read More
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