Meet the Local Leaders that Help Our Future West Virginia Evolve
Karen P. Williams is a retired school administrator, serving as a Head Start Director and Coordinator of Human Resources upon retirement from Kanawha County Schools. A graduate from Marshall University and the West Virginia Graduate College, Mrs. Williams provided over thirty-seven years of service in the field of education and was recognized by Governor Gaston Caperton as the Outstanding Developmental Educator for the State of West Virginia. She has served on the boards of the Charleston Light Opera Guild, Rise Up WV, and Alliance for Sustainable Families. Currently, Mrs. Williams volunteers her time with her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. as Connection Chair, the Charleston – Institute (WV) Chapter of Links Incorporated as Parliamentarian and National Trends Chair, NAACP Charleston Branch as Membership Chair, and more. She is the wife of 44 years to her college sweetheart and travel partner John Williams, mother of three adult children.
Traci Phillips is the CEO of Fun Fitness Kids Club LLC., a soft play party rental company in Charleston, WV. She is also the executive director of the Fun Fitness Foundation Inc, a 501(c)3 organization that aims to help curb the obesity rate in West Virginia by providing fun fitness activities. Phillips holds a B.A. in Communications from Bowie State University and has worked for companies such as C-SPAN, CBS Newspath, BET Nightly News, Radio-One Inc., XM Satellite Radio and WCHS-TV. She is an on-air personality for WSVQ 92.1’s Charleston’s Voice for Equity and Empowerment, an initiative of the Partnership of African American Churches. Traci is married to Justin Phillips, they have 3 children and live in Charleston, WV.
St. Albans, WV
Preston Co., WV
Cross Lanes, WV
Tiffany Ellis-Williams is the Director of the West Virginia State University Economic Development Center, providing entrepreneurs, start-ups, small businesses and local organizations access to a low-cost co-working and multimedia production facility as well as community development workshops. Mrs. Ellis-Williams holds a B.A. in Political Science from West Virginia State University and a Master of Arts degree in International Affairs from Marshall University. Mrs. Ellis-Williams currently lives in Charleston, West Virginia with her husband and three kids.
Mary Ann Claytor
St. Albans, WV