2018 OVHEC Conference
Separating Facts & Myths in Community Health
About the Trainers
Assistant United States Attorney - Northern District of WV
Andrew Cogar is an Assistant United States Attorney, prosecuting federal crimes in the Northern District of West Virginia. In this capacity, he also co-founded and co-chairs the West Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force. Andy earned degrees in communication studies and mathematics from West Virginia University, graduating summa cum laude. While at WVU, Andy also had the honor of serving as the Mountaineer mascot for two years. He then studied mathematics and philosophy at the University of Glamorgan in Wales as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. After graduating with highest honors from the WVU College of Law, Andy completed a clerkship with United States District Court Judge Irene M. Keeley and worked as a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. Outside of work, Andy stays busy coaching soccer and basketball teams, and he serves on multiple nonprofit boards, including Nuru International, which strives to eradicate extreme poverty in rural, remote areas on a global scale. He and his wife Jennifer also are the proud parents of four children.
Victim Witness Coordinator - United States Attorney’s Office
Chris’ primary role is to assist victims of all cases which are prosecuted in the Northern District of West Virginia. She holds an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Special Education from West Liberty, and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from WVU. Chris has been with the US Attorney’s Office for 19 years and worked in the field of social work with children and families for approximately 10 years prior to that. Outside of work Chris and her husband provide private UBER services to their two children who are involved in almost every extra-curricular activity known to man.
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.”