On November 28, 2017 Morgantown City Council approved an ordinance to establish the Health & Wellness Commission (HWC). In November 2018, the Health and Wellness Commission finalized and approved a five-year strategic plan, “Looking Ahead to the Next Five Years…”. The plan identifies the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Action Framework from the RWJF Vision to Action report as the guiding model for the work of the Health & Wellness Commission.
The Health and Wellness Commission strives to advance a culture of wellbeing and vibrant quality of life in Morgantown, West Virginia.
Morgantown is a place where West Virginians work together to achieve optimal wellbeing for all.
Colleen Harshbarger is passionate about fostering wellbeing in communities. She is a dedicated wellness professional, National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach, and yoga teacher with over 25 years of experience. Her business, Wellbeing Solutions, helps businesses and individuals create cultures of health in places where people live, work, and play. She’s excited about applying her skills to the HWC commission to advocate for environmental, health, and park equity.
Jenny Selin currently represents the fourth ward on Morgantown City Council. She supports active transportation and accessible community-centered recreation through her work on BOPARC, West Virginia Botanic Garden, and Morgantown’s Pedestrian Board. Jenny’s goals include community gardening, open streets events, and try-it kayaking and paddle boarding events at the riverfront. A lover of trails, bicycles and canoes—Jenny enjoys outdoor adventures with her family including her 4 year old grandson Owen.
Hannah Keyser is a Morgantown native and a senior nursing student at West Virginia University. Hannah serves on the board of the Student Nurses Association as a Mental Health Outreach representative. She is passionate about healthcare accessibility and public health education in the Mountain State. In her free time, Hannah enjoys walking her dog, Eponine, and volunteering.
Kimberly Kelly has been active in promoting health in Morgantown and in the Appalachian population for nearly 20 years. She trained as a behavioral scientist and genetic counselor and works as an associate professor at West Virginia University in health outcomes. Other than her work in health promotion, the thing that keeps Kim most active is her daughter, Cecilly, and they enjoy the many parks and events around the city.
Olivia Dale Pape
Director of Health Promotion and Wellness at WVU
Olivia Dale Pape currently serves as director of Health Promotion and Wellness at West Virginia University. She is also a founding member of the WVU Collegiate Recovery Program, a member of the WVU Council for Women’s Concerns and serves on a task force for the National Wellness Institute. She is a staunch advocate for individuals in recovery from eating disorders and organizes an annual panel on body neutrality. Olivia is also a long-distance runner and a lover of pizza. Olivia believes in balance!
Danielle Trumble is a West Virginia native and small business owner in Morgantown. She is dedicated to community engagement, serving on the Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners as well as acting as president of her neighborhood association. Being a mother to an active son, she recognizes the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and is an advocate for young families in the area.
Professor of Public Health at WVU
Geri Dino directs the WV Prevention Research Center funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For almost 20 years, she has brought researchers, health care providers, communities, and state and national partners together on projects to improve health. Her collaborative leadership approach blends mind, heart, and purposeful action. She is passionate about efforts to reduce tobacco and substance abuse, and promote youth and community resilience. She loves hiking, biking, yard work, sunshine, family, friends, and making people laugh.
Rachel Byrne currently serves as the community coordinator for the Center for ActiveWV at WVU’s College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences. She is passionate about creating opportunities for physical activity and wellness for all communities and loves discussing ways to organize and empower communities, facilitate policy changes, and generate a culture of wellness. In her spare time, Rachel can be found volunteering in her community and hiking, kayaking, or running with her dog, Maggie.
Ray Glymph born in Brooklyn Ny has been a Morgantown resident for over 10 years. Glymph’s commitment to health and wellness for the community has lead him to open several health & fitness businesses in the community. Glymph has been awarded the 2017 NAACP champion of change, 2019 New business of the year & 2020 WV state journal 40 under 40.