A one-day conference featuring some of the brightest minds in healthcare, education, non-profit, and small business—all seeking the best for West Virginia.

Theme: Leading Through Headwinds

Everything rises and falls on leadership.

Leadership is using your voice or influence to take someone to a destination they would not have reached on their own. In these days and in our world, leadership is more essential than ever.

We're facing unparalleled headwinds.

The headwinds that people in our state presently face are unlike anything most of us have seen in our lifetimes. Now is the time for leaders to lend their voices creatively, passionately, empathetically, and courageously to the conversations taking place in every city across our great state.

Our best days are ahead.

We believe the best days for West Virginia can be in our future. Our state can become a beacon of hope and a source of inspiration to our nation as we:

  • lead the way in solving difficult problems.
  • innovate extraordinary solutions.
  • come together even in a climate that is socially and politically polarizing.

Speakers & Panelists

The day will feature these inspirational speakers… and more!

  • Rebecca Cobourne

    Owner, Braids and Twists

    Rebecca Cobourne is a wife, mother, believer, and entrepreneur.  As a native Charlestonian, Rebecca’s West…

  • Michael Farmer

    Pastor, Risen City Church

    Rev. Michael L. Farmer, the husband of Loren Farmer, and is the father of two…

  • Dr. Mitri Ghareeb

    Co-Owner, Ghareeb Dental Group

    Dr. Mitri grew up in Cross Lanes, WV and attended Cross Lanes Christian School. He…

  • Bruce Hinckson

    Co-Owner, Orangetheory Fitness

    Bruce Hinckson is the co-owner of two Orangetheory Fitness franchises, owner/operator of a Health &…

  • John King

    Executive Pastor, Bible Center Church

    John grew up in West Virginia, attended Bible Center School, Cross Lanes Christian School, and…

  • Margaret O’Neal

    President and CPO, United Way

    Margaret Ann O’Neal currently serves as the President and CPO of United Way of Central…

  • Dr. Martin Roth

    President, University of Charleston

    Dr. Martin S. Roth became President of the University of Charleston in July 2018.  Before…

  • Keith Tyler

    WV Director, FCA

    Keith serves as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) State Director for West Virginia. He…

  • Dr. Sherri Young

    Executive Director & Health Officer, KCHD

    Dr. Sherri Young, DO, FAAFP started as the Health Officer and Executive Director of the…

Rebecca Cobourne

Owner, Braids and Twists

Rebecca Cobourne is a wife, mother, believer, and entrepreneur.  As a native Charlestonian, Rebecca’s West Virginia roots run almost as deep as her faith in Christ. An entrepreneur at heart, Rebecca took her passion for fashion to West Virginia University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising.

During her time at WVU, Rebecca met her future husband, WVU Football Hall of Famer, Avon Cobourne. Rebecca and Avon have been married for 11 years. In addition to owning and operating a hugely successful small business, Braids and Twists, Rebecca spends countless hours chasing and raising her four beautiful children: Avon III, Quion, Nova, and Avré.

 

Michael Farmer

Pastor, Risen City Church

Rev. Michael L. Farmer, the husband of Loren Farmer, and is the father of two daughters. Farmer serves as Pastor and Director of Risen City Church – Community Center, a parish of Resurrection Church on Charleston’s West Side. Risen City has served the Westside community as a church for one year and served as an afterschool community center for the last 4 years. Risen City Community Center currently serves as the Westside location for Step by Step WV teen afterschool program and Family Resource Center, of which Farmer serves as the Programs Director.

Step by Step WV is a non-profit comprised of 15 afterschool programs in Lincoln, Logan, Kanawha County, and 16 in school mentor sites in-which AmeriCorps mentors serve students affected by the opioid crisis. Other Step by Step WV programs include a Westside teen jobs program to employ local youth at local businesses to educate students and provide opportunities for economic development for the Westside.

Most recently, Farmer co-founded the CJC – Christian Justice Coalition with Pastor Mason Ballard. The Christian Justice Coalition is a gospel-motivated ministry of the Resurrection family of churches and advocates for education, activism, and gospel proclamation as keys for racial harmony and a more just society.

Farmer’s organizational civic engagement includes serving on the CMS – Charleston Main Streets Westside Advisory Board and HFA – Hope for Appalachia Addiction Recover and Children’s Resource Centers Board of Directors. CMS Charleston Main Streets is a non-profit organization focused on the continual revitalization of the East End and West Side of Charleston through business recruitment, district marketing, and public space enhancements. HFA – Hope for Appalachia is a West Virginia-based Christian nonprofit using Gospel-centered programs to end the cycle of addiction in Appalachia, one man, woman, and child at a time.  Most Recently Farmer was selected by the City of Charleston to serve on the leadership team of the newly formed Charleston Council for Outreach and Empowerment (C-COrE). C-COrE is a citizen action group that promotes justice and fair treatment for all, by cultivating trust and confidence within the community, fostering transparency and honest communication from the administration, demonstrating sensitivity and empathy in resolving community concerns and advocating for marginalized populations of Charleston.

Some of Farmer’s accolades include coordinating and hosting President Barrack Obama in 2015 for the community forum to address the opioid crisis in WV. 2016 Dreams MLK Outstanding Person Unity Awardee, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Charleston-Institute Alumnae Chapter 2017 Social Action Awardee, 2019 Generation WV – One Foundation Beacon Awardee for community recognition of a person under 40, and The Saint Albans Ministerial Alliance Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 2020 Humanitarian Awardee.

Dr. Mitri Ghareeb

Co-Owner, Ghareeb Dental Group

Dr. Mitri grew up in Cross Lanes, WV and attended Cross Lanes Christian School. He met his wife, Heather, there and they were married in 1996. They have been blessed with 3 beautiful daughters, Kalila, Samira, and Aleeya.

Dr. Mitri did his undergraduate work at West Virginia State College and then graduated with an RBA from Marshall University in 2000. Dr. Mitri then attended the WVU School of Dentistry and graduated Suma-cum-laude at the top of his dental school class in 2006. His primary practice is in Cross Lanes, where he and his team enjoy making patients feel at home. He and his family live in Dunbar, WV, and love to cheer on the Mountaineers and the Warriors at his alma-mater, CLCS, where his children attend. Dr. Mitri serves as the Director of Development at CLCS. He is also active in his church, Bible Center Church, where he teaches Adult Bible Fellowships and is a member of the Elder Board. Dr. Mitri serves on the Board of Directors at the Union Mission as an additional part of his leadership and outreach in the community.

Professionally, he is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the West Virginia Dental Association, the OKU Dental Honor Society, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy for outstanding achievements in dentistry. He is also the 2013 President of the Kanawha Valley Dental Society. Dr. Mitri was one of a handful of dentists in the country who completed a 2-year Mentorship program in Scottsdale, Arizona under the direction of Gordon Christensen, D.D.S. Dr. Mitri received his Fellowship of the Academy of General Dentistry in June 2013.  He leads a team of employees in both Cross Lanes and Teays Valley and loves growing and leading his dental team in personal advancement for each of his team members.

Bruce Hinckson

Co-Owner, Orangetheory Fitness

Bruce Hinckson is the co-owner of two Orangetheory Fitness franchises, owner/operator of a Health & Wellness business, a NASM certified personal trainer, and a PN Level 2 Master Nutritionist. In all areas of influence, his goal is to provide leadership, encourage people to have an entrepreneurial mindset, and win at life every day.

John King

Executive Pastor, Bible Center Church

John grew up in West Virginia, attended Bible Center School, Cross Lanes Christian School, and was a whitewater rafting guide on the New River through college. After graduating from Appalachian Bible College, he served on church staffs in Florida and Ohio, and most recently on the Executive Team as the Family Ministries/Worship Arts Pastor at Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village, California. John and his wife, Emily, have three daughters: Allison, Alana, and Abigail.

Margaret O’Neal

President and CPO, United Way

Margaret Ann O’Neal currently serves as the President and CPO of United Way of Central WV. As a native West Virginian, she was born to a first-generation American mother and a dad who believed work ethic was the most important thing you could bring to a job.

After ten years in healthcare, Margaret began working at WJLS Radio in Beckley. There she was introduced to Hospice of Southern WV and began her work in the non-profit community. During her time with Hospice, she helped raise nearly three million dollars to build the Bowers Hospice House. The transition from Hospice to United Way of Southern WV came in 2008, allowing her the opportunity to build an established United Way into an even stronger and more impactful organization. In August 2017, she accepted the position of President of United Way of Central West Virginia and moved her family to Charleston. O’Neal resides in Kanawha City with her husband, Greg, and cat, Smokey.

Dr. Martin Roth

President, University of Charleston

Dr. Martin S. Roth became President of the University of Charleston in July 2018.  Before coming to West Virginia, he was Dean of the Barney School of Business, University of Hartford.  He was previously Chair of the Sonoco International Business Department, Executive Director of the flagship International MBA Program, and Chief Innovation & Assessment Officer at the University of South Carolina’s top-ranked Darla Moore School of Business.

As a higher education leader, Roth has spent the past 30 years helping universities excel by focusing on the talent acquisition and development needs of students and organizations.  Working closely with faculty and staff he has led increases in enrollments, rankings, retention, student placement and satisfaction, faculty recruiting and research support, alumni engagement, corporate partnering, fundraising, new curriculum design, and the development and launch of online degree programs.  At the University of Charleston, this is accomplished through our mission to educate each student for a life of productive work, enlightened living, and community involvement.

Marty’s teaching and research expertise is in global strategy, management and marketing for which he has won numerous teaching awards. He has also taught at the Carroll School Boston College, Katz School at the University of Pittsburgh, the Arthur D. Little School of Management in Boston, and at universities in Austria, France, Hong Kong, Mexico, Portugal, Thailand, and Tunisia.  Executive education and consulting engagements with Blue Cross & Blue Shield SC, BMW, CSX, Fiberweb, Metso, Nissan, Pitney Bowes, Verizon, Xerox and other companies have added value to their global strategic planning, marketing, branding, customer service, market research, and scenario planning success.

Marty’s research has been published in the leading marketing and management journals, including the Harvard Business Review, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Consumer Research, American Journal of Managed Care and Journal of International Marketing. He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal as well as in many other national and local media and spoken at meetings throughout the Americas and Europe. His CountryManager international marketing simulation game is used in over 140 schools worldwide.

He earned his doctorate, MBA, and BA degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. Before entering higher education, Marty worked in market research and retailing. He serves on the Board of Directors of the American Red Central Appalachia Region, BB&T/Truist’s Charleston/Parkersburg Advisory Board,  Charleston Area Alliance, Clay Center, and is a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond’s West Virginia Industry Roundtable, Mountain East Conference Executive and Membership Committees, Rotary Club of Charleston, West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, and West Virginia Roundtable.

Keith Tyler

WV Director, FCA

Keith serves as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) State Director for West Virginia. He oversees all the FCA staff in Charleston, Huntington, Beckley, Lewisburg and Morgantown.   He is responsible for growing and cultivating the ministry and the staff across our great state! He also continues to visit huddles and provide chaplain services to area college teams.

Keith has been with FCA since 1999.  He is also active in church and enjoys filling in for area pastors when needed.  He and Cathy have two daughters and one precious granddaughter and they stay busy with friends and family and church.

Keith met Christ as his Savior in 1996 and he says, “It has been the best decision of my life.”

Keith attended the University of Charleston, where he received a BS in Education and also played basketball.  He had several athletic accomplishments while at UC.

  • All-Conference Honors, 4 years
  • All-Tournament Honors, 4 years
  • Player of the Year, 1 year
  • NAIA All American, 2 years
  • All-Time Leading Scorer in School’s History
  • Hall of Fame
  • Jersey Retired

Keith went on to play professional basketball with Continental Basketball Association, United States Basketball League and World Basketball League.  Keith played for the LA Lakers Summer Pro League and also tried out for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Keith’s favorite Bible verses:

  • Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.”
  • II Corinthians 5:17 – “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature, old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.”

Dr. Sherri Young

Executive Director & Health Officer, KCHD

Dr. Sherri Young, DO, FAAFP started as the Health Officer and Executive Director of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department on July 1, 2019.

Young is the first woman and the first doctor of osteopathic medicine to be the county’s full-time health officer.

Originally of Mullens, Young earned her bachelor of science in speech pathology and audiology at West Virginia University and her doctorate of osteopathic medicine from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. She trained in family medicine at Charleston Area Medical Center after earning her doctorate.

As the state’s immunization officer from September 2015 to January 2018, Young reviewed and made medical vaccine exemptions for the state’s school-age children and spoke about immunizations and medical exemptions at the state and national levels.

Prior to serving as Immunization Officer, Young served as the Physician Director of the state’s Division of Immunization Services and Medical Director of the Division of STD, HIV, and Hepatitis from September 2015 through July 2016.

Young has been a Kanawha County resident for 16 years. She lives in Pinch with her daughter and husband.

Young is the current president of the West Virginia Academy of Family Physicians and the immediate past president of the Kanawha County Medical Association.

Two Ways to Attend

Schedule | Thursday, August 20

9:00 AM | WELCOME

9:10 AM | SESSION ONE

  • John King
  • Bruce Hinckson

10:40 AM | SESSION TWO

  • Panel Discussion
    (Rebecca Cobourne, Michael Farmer, Bruce Hinckson)
  • Dr. Marty Roth

11:45 AM | LUNCH

1:15 PM | SESSION 3

  • Dr. Sherri Young
  • Panel Discussion
    (Dr. Mitri Ghareeb, Dr. Tom Takubo, Dr. Sherri Young)
  • Michael Farmer

3:00 PM | BREAK

3:10 PM | SESSION 4

  • Margaret O’Neal
  • Keith Tyler
  • Dr. Mitri Ghareeb

4:45 PM | CLOSING

 

How to Find Us

100 Bible Center Drive • South Charleston, WV 25309

The Church Campus is located just off Rt. 119 (Corridor G). If you are traveling south turn left onto Parkway Road (mile marker 74.4) just past the Southridge Shopping Area. Parkway Road is the first left past Moses Factory Car Outlet. Turn right onto Bible Center Drive.

Map / Directions

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