Get to know the individuals who have volunteered to serve as alumni board members.
MacKenzie attended WVU Potomac State College, completing her associate degree in business administration in 2014, before continuing to WVU Morgantown where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in interior design in 2019.
After graduation, Mackenzie worked with Omega Commercial Interiors in Morgantown. She assisted with the redesign of the upstairs lounge in the Mary F. Shipper Library, creating a fresh and adaptable space. She now serves as an interior designer with Arris Design Studio, Inc. located in Baltimore, Md.
John attended Potomac State College from 1969 to 1971. John has worked in the prosecutor’s office since 1985 and been elected prosecutor since 1998. He has served as president of the West Virginia Prosecuting Attorney Association, is currently serving as chairman of the Board of Directors of the West Virginia Prosecuting Institute and serves on the Board of Directors of the National District Attorney’s Association.
John has been inducted into the WVU Potomac State College Athletic Hall of Fame and the Washington and Jefferson College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Sue graduated from Potomac State College in May 1977, before continuing to WVU Morgantown where she earned a bachelor’s degree in social work in 1979. She recently retired from a long career with the Social Security Administration.
While attending PSC, Sue met her future husband L. Craig Burns, they married in 1979 and have two children and five grandchildren.
Sue is very involved at the Quiet Dell United Methodist Church, where she is a Sunday School teacher and also serves as secretary of the United Methodist Women as well as on the church’s administrative board. Sue has more than 25 years of service to the local 4-H community as an organizational leader.
Katharine Ann Campbell
Following several years working in public relations, Katharine’s path veered to rural healthcare administration where she served as CEO of integrated healthcare delivery systems in Idaho, Montana and California. Katharine brings a lot of experience to the Alumni Association, having served on numerous boards throughout her life.
After retiring, Katharine served two terms on Shasta County Grand Jury, learned to quilt and continues tending to her extensive gardens. Katharine is an avid Mountaineer fan resulting in many in her community now following the teams.
Originally from Hampshire County, W.Va., Sabrina took 12-credit hours of course work at WVU Potomac State College during her senior year of high school before going to WVU Morgantown, where she received her bachelor’s degree in 1995 and master’s degree in 1997.
Sabrina began working at WVU Potomac State in 1997 as an admissions counselor. While there, she also served as the Potomac Valley WVU Alumni Association Chapter President.
In 1998, Sabrina returned to Morgantown to serve as director of the Mountaineer Parents Club and is currently the executive director in Student Enrichment in the Division of Student Life. She also oversees the Center for Fraternal Values and Leadership; the Center for Black Culture and Research; Student Media; Student Engagement and Leadership; Student Family Resources; and the Mountaineer Mascot Program.
Sabrina has served on numerous community boards including Main Street Morgantown and the University Alumni Chapter. She remains active in the Morgantown community and currently serves as the first president on the United Way Board of Directors and co-chair for Women United. She and her husband Gregg have two sons, Carter, who will be a freshman this fall at Shepherd University and a member of the soccer team and Cooper, who will be a sophomore at Morgantown High School.
Dinah graduated from Potomac State College in 1964 and spent 32 years there serving as a professor and administrator. She is the author of Arcadia Publishing’s The College History Series – Potomac State College. She serves on several boards, including the WVU Potomac Valley Hospital Board and the Aging and Family Services Board.
A local history buff, Dinah also serves as coordinator of the Mineral County Historical Society Museum, previously served on the Alumni Board, and the PSC Foundation Board prior to its merger with the WVU Foundation.
She and her husband Jim, also a PSC alumnus, have been married 57 years, have four children, all of whom attended PSC, and 12 grandchildren.
James ‘Jay’ Courrier Jr.
Jay graduated from Potomac State College in 1988, continuing his education at WVU Morgantown and the WVU College of Law. He was chosen as a Student Scholar's Wall Award honoree at PSC.
Jay previously served as the Mineral County prosecuting attorney for seven years and currently serves as a judge for the West Virginia Judicial District 21 in West Virginia.
Jay has also served in various offices with the PSC Alumni Association several times throughout the years.
Larry Gray – Board Vice President
Larry attended Potomac State from 1976-1978, majoring in forestry. He went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in wildlife resources at WVU Morgantown, graduating in 1980 and a master’s degree in strategic intelligence from the National Intelligence University.
After working in the construction and medical fields for several years, he went to work for the U.S. Department of Defense as a technical analyst. During his career, he held positions as an analyst, branch manager, project leader, strategist, staff officer, senior watch officer, and director of operations. He recently retired after more than 35 years of service.
Larry lives in Maryland with his high-school sweetheart and wife of 40 years, Carol. They have two adult daughters and six demanding cats.
Leslie E. Halapy
After graduating from WVU Potomac State College, Leslie continued his education at WVU Morgantown earning degrees in history and political science.
Leslie spent 28 years of combined military service active duty and reserve component, including 18 months in Viet Nam, before retiring as Colonel U.S. Army Reserve. His last active-duty stateside assignment was working under the Secretary of the Army. In the position of chief of research, Leslie provided data to agencies conducting studies on post traumatic stress disorder, Agent Orange and other herbicide related long-term health effects to the Army Nuclear Test Program Review.
Following his retirement from the military, Leslie accepted a position with the U.S. Postal Service where he served in various management levels, including head of training, inspection and evaluation teams. He retired after 13 years of service.
Larry ‘LC’ Hamilton
Larry ‘LC’ Hamilton attended Potomac State College from the fall of 1976 through the fall of 1978. He has a bachelor’s degree in history from Glenville State College. While at PSC, Larry was active in the Student Government Association.
Larry and his wife, Sandy, reside in Parkersburg, W.Va. He is retired from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, where he served as an economic service worker and supervisor. He has four stepchildren and eight grandchildren. In his spare time, Larry enjoys reading, woodworking, cooking, and music.
Martha graduated from Potomac State College in 1969 with an associate degree in English and from WVU Morgantown with a bachelor’s degree in English, along with a secondary teaching certificate in 1971. She later earned a master’s degree in reading from WVU. Martha taught reading and English for 33 years.
Upon her retirement from teaching in 2005, she obtained the position of part-time English tutor in the Academic Success Center at PSC where she served for eight years. Martha is now enjoying her retirement. She has one daughter who is a forensic scientist in the Virginia laboratory system.
After graduating from Keyser High School in 1983, Jeffery attended Potomac State College majoring in pre-pharmacy and making the Dean’s List four semesters. Jeffrey continued his education at the WVU School of Pharmacy, graduating in 1987. While at WVU, he served as Kappa Psi treasurer. Kesecker worked for a chain drug store for a few years, before he and partners started their own pharmacies, throughout West Virginia. He considers himself to be very blessed with a supportive wife and two wonderful well-educated children.
Diane attended Potomac State for two years, where she was involved in many clubs and activities including president of the Home Economics Club, state treasurer for the WV Home Economics Association and a cheerleader. Diane graduated from WVU Morgantown in 1978.
Diane retired from a 30-year career with the U.S. Army, West Virginia University and the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa. She retired from the Veterans Affairs in 2017. Diane helps maintain the PSC Alumni Facebook page. She and her husband are huge WVU football fans.
Andrew Salisbury – Board Secretary
Born in North Carolina but raised in West Virginia, Andrew “Drew” Salisbury attended Potomac State College from 1976-78, then went on to graduate from West Liberty State University in 1980 with a degree in business.
Andrew began his career at United Bank in 1980, he currently serves as a senior systems application specialist at the bank. He has been involved with more than 30 bank acquisitions as the deposit system conversion coordinator.
Andrew enjoys traveling with family, donating blood to the Red Cross and earned a third-degree black belt in karate. He is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Charleston and currently resides in Cross Lanes, W.Va. He has two children, two stepchildren and one granddaughter.
Vickie graduated from Potomac State College in 1978, then continued her education at WVU Morgantown, earning bachelors’ degrees in English and journalism and a master’s degree in secondary education.
Vickie owned a publishing company, Inkwell Press, that published The Companion, a nationally circulated children’s book review magazine. Vickie also taught, English and journalism at Keyser High, retiring in 2020, after 40 years of service.
During her tenure at Keyser High School, she planned, organized, and led 10 tours to 25 countries; organized and hosted book fairs and author visits; speech contests; craft fairs; Renaissance festivals; directed plays and beauty pageants; sponsored clubs and field trips; advised the newspaper and yearbook staffs; created and maintained websites; designed and initiated a curriculum and a studio for a broadcast journalism program; and piloted Mineral County’s first advanced placement courses.
Vickie was named a Shakespeare Scholar in 1996 and 2006 by the West Virginia Humanities Council. She studied and performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Globe Theatre in London. She was honored as a Colonial Williamsburg Master Teacher in 2013. She is also a Global Education Ambassador for EF Educational Tours, training first-time group leaders to change their students’ lives through international travel.
Vickie serves on numerous committees that grow and strengthen the impact of women educators worldwide and is very active on the state and national levels of Delta Kappa Gamma, an international sorority that promotes professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education.
Batson attended WVU Potomac State College from 2019 to 2021, graduating with associate degrees in secondary education and history. While at PSC, he played defenseman for the men’s lacrosse team, served as a work-study student for Sports Information, was part of Baptist Campus Ministries, attended the Keyser Church of Christ, and served as the student body president for the 2020-2021 school year.
Batson is currently attending Wheeling University (WU) in Wheeling, W.Va. where he is working on bachelor’s degrees in English and psychology, with a minor in special education. He is a defenseman for the men’s lacrosse team, a work-study student for Sports Information, a lector for Campus Ministry, and attends the Cedar Avenue Church of Christ.
Batson also serves as the student body president at WU and has been a member of the PSC Alumni Board since April 2021.
Patty is a lifelong resident of Mineral County, a 1977 graduate of Potomac State College and a 1979 graduate of the WVU School of Social Work. She enjoyed a varying social work career, devoting half of her career to medical social work.
In 2001, finding herself ready for a change, Patty joined the Mineral County Schools Pre-K Head Start Management Team as the family service coordinator for their expanding and successful program. After a 41-year social work career, Patty retired in July 2020. Patty continues to provide contractual social work services to Mineral County Schools.
For the past 20 years, Patty has served on the Board of Directors for the Mineral County Family Resource Network. She also volunteers for the local Warm the Children program.
Patty’s husband, son, grandson, and several friends and family members are also Potomac State College alumni. She feels it is very important for the Alumni Association to be a strong advocate for our College, while also providing a strong and accessible network for alumni.
John Wilkinson – Board Treasurer
John is a 1978 graduate of Potomac State College. He continued his education in the College of Agriculture and Forestry at WVU Morgantown and received his bachelor’s degree in agricultural education in 1982 and his master’s degree in education in 1986.
John entered federal service in August of 1982 and worked in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Customs Service, and finally with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security until his retirement in January of 2014.
John ended his career serving as a director and program manager in the Office of Information and Technology. He directed the operation of the Technology Training and Support Program Branch with a staff of up to 325 federal and contract employees.
Since retirement John enjoys volunteering as a board member with the WVU PSC Alumni Association and with The Thomas Jefferson Foundation Archaeology Lab.
Pamela Wilkinson – Board President
Pam was elected to a second term as president of the Potomac State College Alumni Association Board of Directors in December 2021.
Pam, a 1979 PSC graduate who majored in agriculture, earned her bachelor’s degree in agricultural education at WVU Morgantown and a master’s degree in safety sciences from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Pam retired in 2018, after almost 30 years’ experience in safety management and system safety design engineering, including designing safety into military vehicles, satellite systems, and undersea warfare control systems.
Pam is also an accomplished jewelry artist, producing beautiful pieces of jewelry from repurposed and recycled materials. She loves to travel and sell at fine craft shows with her husband, John.
Keri Whitacre, EdD, started her academic career at Potomac State College and then went onto West Virginia University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in educational psychology. As a non-traditional student, she later earned a doctorate of education in educational psychology from WVU.
Early in her career, she started and ran a small non-profit that focused on teaching parenting skills and caregiver support. She later transitioned to higher education spending the majority of her time as a professor of psychology at PSC and a short stent as the Director of Development. Most recently, she has transitioned into the healthcare field working as the Manager of Community Relations for UPMC Western Maryland.