Michelle Storage – Board President
Michelle Storage grew up in Matewan, WV. She’s an attorney, a wife, a mother, and a coal miner’s daughter. Michelle is a defense attorney at MacCorkle Lavender, PLLC. She’s also a member of the Junior League of Charleston, WV, and West Virginia Women Attorneys. She is Chair of The 100, a giving circle comprising of up to 100 women in Charleston, WV.
Michelle is an advocate for WV Free’s mission and programs. She’s most passionate about the organization’s education through the Working to Institutionalize Sex Education program and legislative efforts.
Jenifer Gamble – Vice President
Dr. Jeni Gamble has spent more than 20 years working to improve policies, systems, and services for the most marginalized and vulnerable throughout the US and globally, including survivors of gender-based violence, marginalized children and youth, and those experiencing homelessness. Gamble currently serves as Field Education Director and a Clinical Assistant Professor for the School of Social Work at West Virginia University. She holds a BA from the University of Kentucky, and MSSW and PhD degrees from the Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville, and is an active member of the North Central Region Field Directors Consortium and board secretary for Finn Church Aid Americas, Finland’s largest humanitarian aid and development organization.
A Kentucky native, Gamble’s early nonprofit work focused on eliminating gender-based violence and improving criminal justice and victim service programs. After moving to Washington, DC., she focused on global and girls’ education policy, practice, and research, and served as the Associate Director of the Center for Universal Education (CUE) at the Brookings Institution. During this time, she accelerated the policy priorities of one of Brookings’ fastest growing research centers, co-chaired the Girls CHARGE collaborative of more than 60 global organizations, and contributed to various public sector safety and education plans, including the United States Global Strategy To Empower Adolescent Girls. She has held leadership positions with both national and local organizations, such as the National Alliance to End Homelessness (DC) and the Center for Women and Families (KY), and often consults to organizations around social entrepreneurship, innovation, and strategic planning and growth. Gamble lives in Morgantown, WV and fell in love with the state after rafting the Gauley River after college. She is an avid runner, crafter, sewist, and craft beer enthusiast.
Ray Whiting – Treasurer
Born and raised in Washington DC in 1970, Ray came to West Virginia to attend West Virginia State University in 1990 to further his education. He transferred to Marshall University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree. Ray has worked on his Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration, which had to be put on hold. He is a resident of Dunbar, and a father of two kids. Ray is the former host of two shows on WTSQ 88.1 FM, and is now the host of a podcast show called ‘Our Voices.’ He was appointed to the West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Administration Finance Board in 2016 and currently is employed with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.
Lesly Messina – Secretary
For over a decade Lesly has been the Research Director at the Affiliated Construction Trades (ACT). Before joining ACT Lesly spent ten years in the legal field with an emphasis on labor and disability law. After obtaining an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Marshall University, Lesly became the head of ACT’s research department supporting member construction trades unions. She also acts as a workers’ compensation advocate for injured building trades members.
Lesly has served on the board of WV FREE for 15 years and is deeply committed to reproductive justice for WV women and families and tries to serve as a vocal advocate for WV FREE’s mission and programs. She lives in Charleston with her husband Larry and daughter Sophia.
Shaina Prince grew up in a small town in rural Ohio but has been a resident of Charleston, West Virginia since 2016. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration-Accounting and is pursuing a Master’s of Public Administration. She currently works in the accounting department at West Virginia’s largest non-profit law firm, where her financial knowledge supports the efforts of attorneys and advocates as they expand access to justice and change peoples’ lives for the better.
As the eldest of four daughters raised by a single mother, Shaina gained insight into many of the barriers women face and quickly became passionate about advocating for women’s rights. Shaina is a local artist, cat mom, and book lover who enjoys spending time outdoors and being active in the community.
She is an Assistant Attorney General for the State of West Virginia, where she represents the Department of Health and Human Resources. Mindy is a former Legal Aid attorney, prosecutor, and Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia writ clerk who has practiced law for ten years.
When Mindy isn’t flexing on the law, she is a competitive roller derby player, a dachshund enthusiast, and stigmatophile with a pizza dagger tattoo.
Mary Gainer, MD
Born and raised in Chicago, Mary graduated from University of Illinois where she studied engineering and human science. After university, Mary spent 2 years in a small village in central Honduras honing her Spanish and working with midwives and community health workers as a Peace Corps volunteer. Towards the end of her commitment in El Suyatal , Mary made the decision to become a doctor, deciding that an MD could work anywhere in the world and do the most good.
She graduated from Loyola Stritch school of medicine in 2007 and completed her residency at a small hospital on Chicago’s west side, serving primarily undocumented immigrants from Mexico and Central America. During her residency, Mary met Peter Wentzel, the love of her life and fellow family doctor, at a meeting for Single Payer healthcare in Washington DC. Peter assured Mary that there was a need in West Virginia for doctors that treat the whole human, regardless of their social status. Mary has been working as a family physician in Newburg and Rowlesburg for over 7 years with Preston Taylor Community Health Centers. She specializes in women’s health and is currently the only doctor in Preston County providing contraception under the state’s Family Planning program. Mary has also worked at Preston High School providing sex education to the students. Now the mother of three dynamite little humans, Mary splits her time between Morgantown and the family farm in Aurora, where her brood loves cross country skiing, canoeing in the Cheat River and hiking around this beautiful state.
As a native of Mississippi, Deedra Keys-Switzer graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor’s in Nutrition and Food Systems Management. Through field research, she studied nutrition-related disparities that were not only being experienced by impoverished communities but also communities of color. Shortly after graduation, she began her work in campus housing at the University of Charleston while completing her Masters of Business Administration. In this role, she began working with students to educate them on the principles of diversity and inclusion. Deedra spends her time advocating for racial equity and women’s empowerment.
Derek Campbell Harman, D.O.
Derek grew up in southern West Virginia and completed my most of his education in West Virginia. He currently serves as a Family Medicine Residency Program Director in Wise County, Virginia.
Derek has been interested in reproductive health issues since the beginning of medical school in 2003. He founded the Medical Students for Choice (MSFC) chapter at WVSOM as a student. As a senior medical student, he had the privilege of being elected to represent all the osteopathic medical schools in the US to the national board of MSFC at regional and national meetings. He was involved in recruiting new osteopathic schools to MSFC, organizing meetings and being a liaison between the national board and the osteopathic medical schools.
Derek first joined the Board of WV FREE in 2007. He has previously served as the Board Treasurer and as the Vice-President. He actively participates in the legislative days and Galas. Reproductive health advocacy has remained a passion of his for almost two decades, and he looks forward to continuing to contribute to WV FREE.