2018 OVHEC Conference
Separating Facts & Myths in Community Health
About the Trainers
Executive Director - Upper Ohio Valley Sexual Assualt Help Center
Megan Palmer, MPH is the executive director of the Sexual Assault Help Center serving the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. She holds bachelor’s degrees in Communication Studies and Spanish language from West Virginia University and a Master’s in Public Health from Kent State University. Megan has been the director at SAHC for two years and provides services to victims of sexual assault, sexual abuse, stalking, and human trafficking. She is a member of the WV Human Trafficking Task Force and the West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information and Services Committee on Human Trafficking Advocacy and has coordinated trainings for medical professionals, law enforcement, social services providers, and community members on the intervention and prevention of human trafficking. Outside of work, Megan can be found training for the Pittsburgh Half Marathon or relaxing with her husband and labrador-mastiff mix dog.
Executive Director - CASA for Children Inc., Moundsville
Susan Harrison, MSW, MPA, LGSW, is the Executive Director for CASA for Children Inc. She also works part time as the Executive Director of Helping Heroes, Inc.: A Center for Veteran Resources. She graduated from Edinboro University with a BA in criminal justice in 2000, where she was a scholar athlete and member of the women’s swim team. After spending a few years in Pittsburgh, providing behavior interventions in schools, at home, and in the community Susan moved to Morgantown to pursue her MSW and MPA degrees. While in Morgantown, she worked for a year at the Child Care Resource Center and then as a graduate teaching assistant for the social work department for 2 years. She completed her internship in Pittsburgh, providing individual, group and family therapy in an outpatient setting as part of a program that puts therapists in school settings. She graduated in 2005 and worked as a therapist for the Monongalia County Youth Services Center and at the Monongalia County Child Advocacy Center as the Coordinator of Interview and Community Services. Susan has been the Executive Director of CASA for Children, INC., which serves Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel and Tyler Counties, for the past 10 years. Susan lives in Marshall County with her husband and 9 year old son.
WVU Assistant Professor
WVU Extension Agent - Hancock County
Carole Scheerbaum, MA, CPS II, CCJP, has served as an Extension Agent for WVU Extension Service in Hancock County since July 2008. She is an Assistant Professor and works with programming in a variety of areas including 4-H Youth Development, Families & Health, Community and Workforce Development, and Agricultural & Natural Resources. She earned her MA in Counseling and a BS in Mental Health & Human Services from Franciscan University of Steubenville. She is a certified prevention specialist and certified criminal justice professional through the WV Certification Board for Addiction & Prevention Professionals. Carole enjoys working to develop, deliver, and provide access to comprehensive, community-based education programs.
Executive Director - NAMI of Greater Wheeling
Amy Gamble is a small town girl who has always had big time dreams. She followed those dreams all the way to the Olympic Games. She is now the Executive Director of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) of Greater Wheeling. She is a Certified Mental Health First Aid instructor and a mental health speaker. Amy has over 18 years experience working for Fortune 500 companies in sales and marketing. She has Bachelor’s in communication and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Behavior.
Amy’s mission in life is to help bring awareness to mental illness. She strives to eliminate stigma by sharing openly her struggles and triumphs of living with bipolar disorder.
Amy has recently written a book called, “Bipolar Disorder, My Biggest Competitor: An Olympian’s Journey with Mental Illness.”