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Foundation - Board of Directors

Board of Directors

The BridgeValley Foundation leadership consist of a group of local industry and community leaders who volunteer their time to help BridgeValley build a brighter future for the places we call home.

Rick Atkinson

Mr. Rick Atkinson, Chair - Term expires:  June 30, 2025

Rick serves as the City Manager for the City of South Charleston and began volunteering on the Foundation Board in 2018.


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Charlie Bearse - Term expires:  June 30, 2025

Charlie Bearse joined Blackhawk in 2018 as Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Bearse has 38 years of operations experience in Central Appalachian coal mining. Starting as an hourly underground miner, he has developed extensive operating experience in underground mining, surface mining, coal preparation and operations support. Driving improvements in safety and operations has been a primary career focus for Mr. Bearse. Prior to joining Blackhawk, Mr. Bearse spent most of the previous 25 years managing mining operations for Massey Energy and its successor, Alpha Natural Resources. Mr. Bearse is a graduate of Michigan Technological University, where he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering. He is a certified mine foreman and mine rescue responder


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Ashley N. Deem - Term expires:  June 30, 2025

Ashley N. Deem currently serves as the Deputy Clerk of the Supreme Court of Appeals overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Intermediate Court of Appeals.

Prior to law school, Ashley started a public relations company which consulted on various non-profit and issue advocacy campaigns, as well as political campaigns at the state and federal levels. Following law school, she clerked for Chief Justice Elizabeth D. Walker of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia.  She then entered private practice where she handled significant trial preparation in product liability cases all over the country.  With the creation of the state’s new Intermediate Court of Appeals (ICA), Ashley felt compelled to return to public service and has been integral in its implementation and execution. 

With a deep commitment to education, Ashley was appointed by Governor James C. Justice to serve on the Board of Governors at BridgeValley Community & Technical College, where she served as chairman of the board.  Ashley currently serves as an adjunct professor of legal studies and sits on the BridgeValley Foundation Board.

Ashley resides in South Charleston with her fiancé, Greg, stepchildren, Navy & Abe, and world’s most wonderful goldendoodle, Maggie.

Ashley is a graduate of West Virginia University with a bachelor’s degree in political science.  She also holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Kentucky College of Law.


Danielle Douglas

Ms. Danielle Douglas - Term expires: June 30, 2024

Ms. Douglas serves as branch manager for The Huntington National Bank.  She is also a registered investment representative for Huntington Financial Advisors.


Sue Forsbrey

Dr. Sue Forsbrey - Term expires:  June 30, 2026

Dr. Forsbrey developed and directed the BridgeValley Nursing program and continues to serve on its advisory committee. She has served on the Foundation Board since its inception.


John Michael Frisby

Mr. John Frisby, Vice Chair - Term expires:  June 30, 2026

John Frisby started his career with the State of West Virginia in 2002 after serving 3 years as a private insurance agency owner/agent.  He began with the Office of the Insurance Commissioner Consumer Division investigating consumer complaints and related issues.  His investigator duties expanded into insurance fraud cases under direct supervision of the Division’s General Counsel.  In 2008 Mr. Frisby became a Senior Investigator for Securities Enforcement with the West Virginia State Auditor’s Office focusing on investment and financial crimes.

John is a 2018 graduate of the West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Basic Academy, and currently serves as an investigator with Corrections Investigation Division.  Since joining CID he has conducted numerous internal and multiple division investigations.  He handles WVDCR Security Threat Group tracking and is presently assigned to the West Virginia Fusion Center where is Manages the inmate communications program that provides inmate communications and information to law enforcement and prosecutors state-wide. John is an original member of the Governor-appointed COVID Task Force 19, and has served as a special investigator to a DHHR Task Force working COVID-19 related cases.

He has completed numerous schoolings with NICB, NAIC, NASAA, FINRA, ARELLO, ARDA, and currently maintains his Certified Real Estate Investigator (CREI).  
John is a 1993 graduate of West Virginia Institute of Technology with degrees in Printing Technology, Printing Management, and Business Management.  In 2013 he completed the Fraud Certificate program from West Virginia University Institute of Technology. As an investigator, he has also completed the Reid Technique for Interviewing and Interrogation and attended the Bolger Center operated by the United States Postal Inspection Service. 

He is an active member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary (MSU Huntington),  a Fusion Liaison Officer (FLO) with the West Virginia Fusion Center, a City Council Member for the City Of Montgomery WV, President of the Park and Recreation Board of Montgomery WV and the Vice Chair of the Foundation Board of BridgeValley Community and Technical College.

Mr. Frisby is the Head Girls Basketball Coach at Riverside High School in Belle, WV.

Rachel Harper

Ms. Rachel Harper - Term expires:  June 30, 2026

Rachel is one of BridgeValley's distinguished alumna and the Director of Student Life and Leadership for BridgeValley.  While attending BVCTC, she was the Student Government (SGA) President, Board of Governors (BOG) Student Representative, and the first WV HEPC State Advisory Council of Students (SACS) Chair from a two-year institution. She went on to study at West Virginia State University where she received both a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in History and her Master’s in Public Administration. While at WVSU, she was both SGA Vice President, BOG Student Representative, WV HEPC SACS representative for WVSU, as well as, president of the Political Science Society and member of multiple campus organizations.

Carl Kennedy

Dr. Carl Kennedy - Term expires:  June 30, 2026

Dr. Carl owns Kennedy Dental in Montgomery, WV.  In addition to serving on the Foundation Board, he is actively involved in the communities of Montgomery and Smithers.

Dr. Lewis Perkins

Lewis L. Perkins, Jr., DNP, APRN, NEA-BC - Term expires:  June 30, 2025

Dr. Perkins serves as Vice President of Nursing/Chief Nursing Officer at WVU Medicine Thomas Hospitals. With nearly three decades as a nurse and more than 15 years in nursing leadership roles, Perkins leads the coordination, integration, and strategic operation of nursing care at Thomas Hospitals, with a focus on clinical practice and patient care standards. 
Perkins earned his Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Systems Leadership/Program Development from Rush University. He holds a Master of Science in Nursing – Geriatric Nurse Practitioner and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from East Tennessee University. Perkins has served as an assistant professor of nursing at the University of Kentucky and has authored peer-reviewed publications for The Journal of Nursing Administration and The Tennessee Nurse.