Maxwelton’s Krislyn Holden one of 24 selected for Generation West Virginia 2023 Fellowship Program

CHARLESTON – Generation West Virginia (GWV), the organization dedicated to attracting, retaining and advancing young people in the Mountain State, has announced the GWV Fellowship Class of 2023. The GWV Fellowship is a prestigious nine-month program designed to empower young professionals in West Virginia.

The Class of 2023 comprises a remarkable group of promising young professionals hailing from diverse regions of the state, from Wheeling to Williamson. Their backgrounds span various sectors, including healthcare, education, nonprofit, technology and law. Selected through a competitive process, these individuals were chosen for their potential to make a lasting impact in their respective fields and beyond.

Over the course of nine months, the GWV Fellows will attend nine sessions, including five in-person and four virtual, where they will learn from industry leaders while honing a valuable skill set that will accelerate their professional track and empower them to grow within their current positions. 

“The GWV Fellowship is an excellent investment in the development of young professionals. It not only offers a range of support and resources, but also creates a robust network of like-minded individuals who share a commitment to building a bright future for themselves and West Virginia,” said Melanie McIntire, GWV Fellowship director. “I am thrilled to lead this exceptional group and witness firsthand how it empowers the Fellows to realize their potential and contribute to the state’s growth and prosperity.” 

The GWV Fellowship, Class of 2023:

  • Johnna Bailey, For West Virginia’s Future (Ona)
  • Jessica Basagic, Pendleton Community Bank (Franklin)
  • Matthew (Dylan) Bishop, InspecionGo (Morgantown)
  • Megan Bishop, Williamson Health and Wellness Center (Williamson)
  • Bethany Buckner, Prestera Center, Inc. (Huntington)
  • Brandon Cordle, Core10 (Huntington)
  • Sean Cottrill, Pickering Associates (Parkersburg)
  • Vincent DeGeorge, Grow Ohio Valley (Wheeling)
  • Jason Delong, The Health Plan of West Virginia (Wheeling)
  • Nicole Dias, WV Brownfields Assistance Center (Morgantown)
  • Baleigh Epperly, Coalfield Development (Huntington)
  • Alexandria Fansler, NASA IV&V (Fairmont)
  • Amna Haque, West Virginia University (Morgantown)
  • Clayton Harkins, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP (Charleston)
  • Lily Hicks, WV Department of Commerce (Charleston)
  • Krislyn Holden, Greenbrier Valley Economic Development Corporation (Maxwelton)
  • William Lacek, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (Charleston)
  • Treasure Lanham, West Virginia University (Morgantown)
  • Jessica Lilley, WVU Medicine Wheeling Hospital (Wheeling)
  • Sarah-Frances Lyon, Marshall University (Huntington)
  • Emily Maguire, WVU Medicine Reynolds Memorial Hospital (Glen Dale)
  • Jamon Schmidt, Goodwill Industries of Kanawha Valley (Charleston)
  • Sarah Short, United Way of the River Cities (Huntington)
  • Madison Stone, Goodwill Industries of Kanawha Valley (Charleston)

The GWV Fellowship Class of 2023 will begin their program in May 2023. Congratulations to the Fellows, and best of luck as they embark on this exciting new chapter in their professional development journey.

About Generation West Virginia

Generation West Virginia is the statewide organization dedicated to attracting, retaining, and advancing young people in the Mountain State. The organization accomplishes this by connecting young people to jobs and opportunities in the Mountain State; providing accessible programs and educational tools that empower and inspire young leaders; developing and sustaining an activated, diverse network of young people; and identifying and communicating the priorities, motivations, and needs of the next generation of West Virginians. For more information, visit


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