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Patricia A. Hickman,
Executive Director

Patricia A. (Patty) Hickman brings 28 years of experience in environmental education, compliance, and site remediation to her leadership role at the WVLSC. Previously Patty served as the Director of the Division of Land Restoration within the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, where she directed agency remediation and reclamation programs. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Resources from West Virginia University.

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Jessica McDonald,
Director of Operations

Jessica has over seven years of experience as a real estate attorney, as well as a lifelong passion for cleaning things up. She oversees ongoing projects and daily operations, manages the corporation’s finances, and coordinates social media outreach. She is a graduate of WVU and the University of Oregon School of Law.


The 13-member WVLSC Board of Directors is legislatively mandated to include representatives from industry, labor unions, supporting government agencies, and environmental groups. Four members are named by the organizations they represent, and the remaining nine are nominated by their organizations and appointed by the Governor. Our board members represent the following stakeholder groups:


United Mine Workers of America:

Joseph M. Carter, Jr. is a retired fourth-generation coal miner with over 40 years of experience in the mining industry. Joe currently serves as Vice-President of the WV AFL-CIO Executive Board. He lives in Raleigh County, WV with his wife Becky.


WV Chamber of Commerce:

Gale Lea Rubrecht is Of Counsel with Jackson Kelly, PLLC in Charleston, West Virginia. She has more than thirty years’ experience in energy and environmental law, appellate advocacy, litigation, and alternative dispute resolution. Ms. Rubrecht is a graduate of Hollins College and of West Virginia University’s College of Law.

WV Manufacturers Association:

Jerome Cibrik is a Remediation Leader for The Dow Chemical Company who focuses primarily on facility investigations, remediation strategy and implementation, community and regulatory agency interaction, and due diligence. Jerome has a Master of Science degree in Geology from West Virginia University and is a Professional Geologist and Licensed Remediation Specialist.


Erin R. Brittain is the Northern Brownfields Program Manager in the Office of Environmental Remediation at the WV Department of Environmental Protection.  Erin has worked in the environmental remediation field in both state government and private industry for 15 years.  She has a BS in Environmental Science from West Virginia Wesleyan College and an MS in Environmental Science and Applied Ecology from Indiana University.  Erin lives in Harrison County with her husband Ross and two children, Micah and Elizabeth.

3 Direct Appointees from the General Public:

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Jeffery W. Allen is Senior Vice President of Acquisitions, Development, Coal & Minerals at Pardee Resources. Jeff has worked in the natural resource industry for over 25 years and has extensive experience with acquiring resources and developing coal mining operations in Central Appalachia. He has a BS in Geology/Hydrology and lives with his wife in Hurricane, WV.


Christy Laxton is Executive Director of the Wyoming County Economic Development Authority. Christy has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with majors in both Accounting and Finance from Concord (College) University. She serves on multiple boards and committees throughout the state and lives in Pineville, WV with her husband and four children.


Patricia D. Clark is a member and CPA in the tax department of Suttle & Stalnaker, PLLC. Tricia has nearly 30 years of public accounting experience and focuses her practice on the natural resource industry.

WV Department of Commerce:

James Bush is the State Program Manager for the Appalachian Regional Commission at the WV Department of Commerce.

WV Senate: Bill Hamilton

WV Coal Association:

Jason Bostic is Vice-President of the WV Coal Association.


Allen Nelson is a 25-year member of the International Union of Operating Engineers and currently serves as the Training Director for the Local 132 Chapter.

WV House of Delegates: Seat currently vacant

WV Environmental Council: Seat currently vacant