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GUEST SPEAKERS

Bill Crouch Bill Crouch, Keynote Speaker (Cabinet Secretary West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources) 

Bill J. Crouch was appointed Cabinet Secretary of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) in January 2017 by Governor Jim Justice. 

Early in his career and after earning his Bachelor of Science degree from Mars Hill College, Bill spent several years working as a nuclear medicine technologist and for a while, as a laboratory technician, in acute care hospitals. During this time, he also earned a Master of Public Health degree (MPH) from the University of Tennessee. 

Bill put his public health care knowledge to use in West Virginia for 10 years, first at the West Virginia State Health Department, Office of Community Health Services and later, as the first Executive Director of what is now the West Virginia Health Care Authority where he stayed through 1986. 

Beginning in 1987, Bill started his consulting firm, and for the next 30 years, his company provided health care management and consulting services to hospitals, long-term care facilities, ambulatory care clinics, and physicians. In addition, he was a partner in a long-term care company that owned and managed nursing facilities and assisted living communities in West Virginia. 

Bill retired in July 2016, which he is quick to tell you he failed miserably at retirement. He now, as Cabinet Secretary of DHHR, is dedicated to protecting the health and well-being of all West Virginians and where possible improving the health of our citizens.


Dr. Anne Bolyward  Anne Bolyard (Director of Research Administration for the West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute)

Dr. Anne Bolyard has specialized in research administration for over 14 years. She began as a grant-funded professional and then became an administrator of several statewide sub-awards to various community organizations. She has also held the title of central sponsored projects administrator. In 2011, Dr. Bolyard was recognized as a Certified Research Administrator (CRA) as well as a Certified Pre-Award Research Administrator (CPRA) by the Research Administrators Certification Council. In 2012, she earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership—Higher Education Administration from Marshall University. 

Currently, Dr. Bolyard is the Director of Research Administration for the West Virginia Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (WVCTSI) as well as the office of the Associate Vice President - Clinical and Translational Research. In this role, she provides administrative oversight related to all extramural actions related to the Assistant Vice President (AVP) for Clinical and Translational Research as well as the West Virginia Clinical Translational Sciences Institute (WVCTSI). In addition, Dr. Bolyard manages the daily operational pre-award, post-award, and financial activities related WVCTSI. 


Dr. Valorie Lemasters Valerie Lemasters (Senior Director for Research and Graduate Education; WVU Health Sciences Center)

Valerie Lemasters has worked at the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center for 47 years with nearly 29 years of expertise in pre-award and grants administration. Her initial role included approval of all School of Medicine extramural grant proposals before submission to the Office of Sponsored Programs-on behalf of both the Dean of the School of Medicine as well as the Health Sciences Vice President’s office. She provided assistance with both Institutional Review Board and Animal Care and Use Committee protocol development, and reviewed both on behalf of the School of Medicine’s Dean prior to submission to their respective review committees. 

When the School of Medicine’s Office of Research and Graduate Education expanded to a Health Sciences Center-wide office, Valerie took on the role of pre-award adviser and approver on behalf of the Dean of the School of Medicine, as well as the for the HSC Vice President for Research on grant submissions from all colleges HSC-wide. 

Her current role is Senior Director for Research and Graduate Education at the Health Sciences Center, to which both the newly centralized pre and post-award support teams report. She manages a variety of research related responsibilities on behalf of Dr. Laura Gibson and the HSC administration.

Dean CobenJeffrey Coben, M.D. (Professor of Health Policy, Management, and Leadership; WVU School of Public Health)
Jeffrey Coben, M.D., is a tenured Professor in the Department of Health Policy, Management, and Leadership within the WVU School of Public Health and in the Department of Emergency Medicine within the WVU School of Medicine. In addition to his role as Dean for the School of Public Health, Coben also serves as Associate Vice President for Health Affairs for the WVU Health Sciences Center. Since joining WVU in 2004, Dr. Coben has served as Director of the Center for Rural Emergency Medicine, Director of the Injury Control Research Center and Vice Chair for Research within the Department of Emergency Medicine. He has also led several statewide initiatives focusing on Medicaid and health system transformation.  Dr. Coben has achieved international recognition for his accomplishments in the field of injury prevention and control and is the only individual to ever serve as director of a CDC-supported injury control research center at two different academic institutions. Dr. Coben’s research and health improvement projects utilize clinical, epidemiological and health services research methods.

William RamseyWilliam Ramsey, M.D. (Associate Vice-President for Corrdination & Logistics and Chief Collaboration Officer; HSC)

Dr. Ramsey has over 30 years of experience in health care as a provider, researcher, and policy leader, particularly in the area of the development, implementation, and evaluation of unique and innovative methods and systems for providing quality and cost-effective medical care with a focus on trauma, cardiac, and stroke systems of care. He was born and raised in West Virginia and received his undergraduate and MD degrees from West Virginia University and his specialty training at Akron General Medical Center. He is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, board certified in Emergency Medicine, and the founding program director of the WVU Emergency Medicine Residency program and one of the founding faculty of the Department of Emergency Medicine at WVU.

Dr. Ramsey provides leadership and oversight on matters related to collaboration, logistics, and coordination for a variety of programs and initiatives whose goal is to tangibly improve the health of West Virginians. As part of the HSC leadership team he is directly involved in the operation and management of specific healthcare and wellness improvement initiatives, as well as serving as a liaison to a variety of entities including government, healthcare providers, community organizations, and other healthcare stakeholders throughout West Virginia.


Dr. Ramsey has spent over 20 years working in and with both federal and state government agencies on policies and programs related to public health, health policy, and legislation. He has contributed and authored many legislative bills and executive rules in the area of public health, credentialing, quality improvement, and code enforcement. He served as the WV State Director of Trauma and Emergency Care during 9/11, Katrina, and the Sago Mine disasters and was instrumental in the development and implementation of West Virginia’s Rural Trauma System. He has served as a consultant to large corporations such as Exxon and Westvaco and served on many national committees and task forces related to disaster and emergency interoperable communications systems. He was previously the Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Health Care Management Solutions, LLC working on a variety of programs related to the Affordable Care Act as well as programs for the FDA and CDC. Dr. Ramsey also holds an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from West Virginia Wesleyan College. He currently resides in Bruceton Mills, WV with his wife and has two daughters.