Putnam County CVB Board of Directors and Meetings
The Board of Directors meets at 1:30 p.m. on the first Monday of even months (February, April, June, August, October, and December) at Area 34, 971 WV Rt. 34, Hurricane.
Board meetings are open to the public.
Board of Directors Bios
Ashley Alford Glance, Board President
Ashley is Putnam native and President of the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce. She is graduate of West Virginia University with a degree in Public Relations and Business Administration. She is past chairman of the statewide young talent organization, Generation West Virginia, and the local organization Generation Putnam. She also serves on boards for the Putnam County Parks and Recreation Commission and the Putnam County Convention and Visitors Bureau. She is a 2013 Graduate of Leadership West Virginia and a 2015 Wonder Woman recipient. Ashley is passionate about Putnam County and is committed to making it an even better place to be.
Putnam County Commissioner
Dave is a “Putnam Countian by choice” having migrated here from his native Logan County in 2014. He is employed by the West Virginia Secretary Of State’s Office has a Field Service Representative. He is also the owner of Dave Allen Communications, a public relations, marketing and events company, in Putnam County. Dave has over 30 years experience in marketing, primarily in radio. He is also employed by radio stations 100.9/102.3 The Mix, Rock 105, The Jock and The Light radio stations in the Charleston/Huntington Market. Dave is a past President of Putnam County Rotary and is a board member for Marshall University’s Teays Valley Campus. He is a graduate of Leadership West Virginia and a member of the Marshall University Big Green and was named a Distinguished West Virginian by Governor Bob Wise in 2003. He and his wife. Ruth Ann, live in Hodges Place, Teays Valley and attend River Ridge Church.
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Putnam County Fair Representative
Megan is the director of the Putnam County Libraries. She began in that role in 2015, and manages the main library and four branches. She graduated from Bethany College with a bachelor’s degree in English, and then from the University of Pittsburgh with a master’s degree in Library and Information Science. After graduation, she worked for the West Virginia Library Commission before coming to Putnam County Libraries. She is highly involved in the community, serving on numerous boards and committees, including serving as past president of the West Virginia Library Association, Chair of Generation Charleston and Generation West Virginia, and is a founding director of the Putnam Area Community Enrichment Foundation. Megan was the 2018 recipient of the Generation Putnam Young Leader award. In her free time, Megan likes to read an astonishing amount of books, pickles fresh produce throughout the summer, practices yoga, and spends time with her friends and family.
Lowell Wilks, Project Coordinator for the 501(c)(3), non-profit Rivers to Ridges Heritage Trail. He has served on the Putnam County CVB for over four years. He is also serves on the Hoge House Foundation and the Putnam County Historic Landmarks Commission. The Vietnam veteran is a 1976 graduate of WVU’s forestry school and retired from USDA – Natural Resource Conservation Service in 2006. During his last 19-years with USDA he worked in a rural and community development program (Resource Conservation and Development) and became heavily involved in economic development efforts that included heritage tourism. Since 2006 he has served as the project coordinator for Rivers to Ridges Heritage Trail, a 126-mile state scenic byway that includes Putnam, Mason, Jackson and western Kanawha Counties. Lowell is a native of western Pennsylvania, but has lived in West Virginia since 1974. He and his wife Beccy have been married for 49 years. They have three adult children and 14 grandchildren. His family moved to Putnam County in 1987. He is an elder at Randolph Street Baptist Church, Valley Campus.
Evan was born & raised in Putnam County. After moving to Northeast Ohio for a couple years to accelerate his career in corporate retail, he returned home to Putnam County to re-establish his roots and raise his young family in the rightful ways of a true West Virginian. Since returning to Putnam in 2011, he formed a vision for how our communities could benefit greatly from becoming more active in Outdoor Recreation such as paddling on our local waterways. With that vision, he founded ‘Appalachian Boarding Company’ to teach Stand Up Paddleboarding with a mission of “Helping West Virginia Regain BALANCE both On & Off the Board”! Upon becoming a certified SUP instructor through the *American Canoe Association, he’s since become the WV State Director of the *ACA with an emphasis on “Social Stewardship” around our state. He unites his impact-efforts with the Putnam Wellness Coalition and has spoken on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. on behalf of these health-benefits and to thousands of local youth. He’s acquired a license to use Magic Island in Charleston as a launch point for paddle-craft, has been granted access to the boat ramp in Winfield by the Mayor, and is currently utilizing Harris Riverfront Park in Huntington to help increase outdoor tourism in our key metro areas. He is on the Race Committees for the ‘Capitol City Challenge’ & the ‘Run for the River’ adventure-triathlons, and is active on the council for ‘Rivers to Ridges: Heritage Trail’, as well as the planning committee to help grow ‘YakFest’ to become the #1 Paddling Event in the Country in conjunction with the ‘Tour de Coal’ in St. Albans. His passion for SUP & paddle-racing led him to become the managing director of ‘SupXross : World Championship SUP Racing’ which he founded on the Kanawha River, just a dozen miles East of our county line! Evan balances this busy life with his lovely wife Brooke & 3 young daughters who attend ‘Teays Valley Christian School’ and grow their faith at ‘Church at the Depot’.