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Wesleyan Announces Eight New Members to the Board of Trustees

Oct 13, 2017

During the Founders Day Convocation and Presidential Inauguration ceremony at West Virginia Wesleyan College on Friday, October 13, eight new members of the College Board of Trustees were sworn in by President Joel Thierstein, J.D., Ph.D., and Chair of the Board of Trustees Gavin Appleby ’76.

John Allevato, a 1976 graduate of Wesleyan and a 1979 graduate of Washington & Lee University School of Law, practices law in Charleston, WV for Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC. He is Chair of the Probate Committee of the West Virginia State Bar and is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, where he serves as the State Chair for West Virginia and serves on the national State Chairs Steering Committee, the State Laws Committee and the Business Planning Committee. He has served as an adjunct lecturer of law at the West Virginia University College of Law and was an adjunct professor of law at the Capital University Law School in Columbus, OH. He is a board member of the Herscher Foundation, Inc. Allevato and his wife, Melonie ’75, have three sons and a daughter, Jennifer ’04.

Christine Rapking Cox served on the Board in various roles from 1998 through 2013.  She is a 1969 graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, earning a master’s in Governmental Administration.  She also attended Harvard’s Program for State and Local Executives and participated in the Leadership NJ Program.  In 2013, Cox was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Wesleyan.  She served over 25 years in various local and state government positions in New Jersey and later worked as an independent management consultant until full retirement.  She was the first woman on the board of the International City Management Association and was named Public Administrator of the Year for leadership in customer service improvements at New Jersey Motor Vehicles while serving as Deputy Director.

Jesse Ketterman, Jr. joined the Alumni Council in 2015 and currently serves as the President.  A 1993 graduate of Wesleyan, he obtained an MBA and MED from Frostburg State University and a Ph.D. from Touro University International.  He worked for 16 years in Student Affairs at Frostburg State University and currently serves as an Extension Educator with the University of Maryland.

Katie Oreskovich Loudin is the Chair of Wesleyan’s Staff Council. She is the director of the Center for Community Engagement & Leadership Development and is an adjunct instructor. A 2007 graduate of Wesleyan, she was a 2007 Fulbright Scholar and a 2010 graduate of Indiana University’s School of Public & Environmental Affairs.  She is currently a member of the Upshur County Board of Education, the West Virginia Community Development Hub Board of Directors, and Generation Upshur.  Loudin is married to Adam ’07.

Brian Maxwell returns to the Board after serving a previous term from 2008-2016.  A graduate of Bowling Green State University, he holds a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Certification and is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary.  He is employed by Mill Creek Capital Advisors as an Investment Officer and is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Pittsburgh.

James Moore, associate professor of music, is the director of jazz ensembles and instructor of trumpet at West Virginia Wesleyan College. He is currently serving as the Director of the School of Fine Arts & Humanities. Since 2011, he has served as the chairperson of the Department of Music at Wesleyan and has worked to build one of the most vibrant collegiate jazz programs in the region. Dr. Moore is an active member of the Pittsburgh jazz community where he is a member of RH Factor – the Roger Humphries Quintet, the 21st Century Swing Band, and leads his own quartet. Moore appeared on Bob Mintzer’s GRAMMY-nominated album For the Moment, released on the MCG Jazz label in 2012. He holds an MM in jazz studies from the University of the Arts and Philadelphia and is the first recipient of the Ph.D. in jazz studies from the University of Pittsburgh.

Ken Ramsey is a 1984 graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College and currently serves as Senior Pastor of Bridgeport United Methodist Church in Bridgeport, WV.  He received his Master of Divinity degree in 1986 from Emory University, Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, GA and his Doctor of Ministry degree in 1991 from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH.  He has previously served as the Wesleyan District Superintendent in the West Virginia Annual Conference and has served Wesley United Methodist Church in Morgantown and The United Methodist Temple in Clarksburg. He began his ministry in 1980 as a local pastor on the Frenchton Charge in Upshur County.  His wife, Charlea Florence Ramsey, is a 1998 graduate of Wesleyan.

Craig Welsh has been in the insurance industry for almost 25 years, beginning his insurance career at the Company Basic School of Westfield Insurance.  Today, he serves as Group Distribution Leader and previously led Westfield’s Agribusiness Division.  He is a 1993 graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College with degrees in economics and political science.  While at Wesleyan, he was a member of the men’s tennis team and Theta Xi Fraternity.  He later received a master’s degree in management from Boston University Metropolitan College in 2005.


Front row: (l-r) John Allevato, Katie Loudin, Jesse Ketterman
Second row: (l-r) James Moore, Craig Welsh, Brian Maxwell, Christine Cox
Third row: (l-r) President Joel Thierstein and Chair of the Board of Trustees Gavin Appleby ’76