James H. Dissen, Esq. - Chairman
James H. Dissen, Chairman of the Board at Highland-Clarksburg Hospital Inc., also served as its first President & CEO. Mr. Dissen served on the Board of Highland Hospital Association, Charleston, WV for almost 40 years holding positions of President & CEO, and retiring as Chairman of Board in 2017. He received his B.S. in Business Administration from Wheeling Jesuit University; his MBA from Xavier University and his Juris Doctor from Duquesne University School of Law.
Prior to assuming his positions at the separate Highland Hospitals, he was a Founding Partner and Senior Vice President at Triana Energy, LLC, with over 40 years Human Resources and Labor Relations experience in all areas of the natural gas business. He was Chief Spokesman for the Columbia Gas System companies in its collective bargaining with various unions over a multi-state area. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Charleston where he has taught graduate and under graduate level courses in “Human Resources Management”; “Business Ethics”; “Operation and Management of a Small Business” and “Collective Bargaining and Arbitration”. He has also taught courses for Wheeling Jesuit University and has headed up corporate re-engineering efforts and the integration of companies after successful merger and acquisition activity. He serves as Chairman of the Board at STAR USA Federal Credit Union in Charleston and was the Chair of the HR Committee for West State Chamber of Commerce for over 25 years.
He is involved in numerous community organizations, including being appointed by Governor Caperton to serve on the WV Blue Ribbon Personnel Commission and by Governor Manchin and reappointed by Governor Tomlin, to serve on the Industrial Council, as one of five councilmen.
Mr. Dissen is an Army Veteran having served as a Special Agent in Counter Intelligence during the “Cold War”.
He is licensed to practice law in PA and WV. He is married to Shirley S. Dissen. They have three (3) children; Elizabeth, William and Anna and seven (6) grandchildren; Grace, Charlie , Jane , Henry, Kira, Noah and Cole.
Martin Howe was born in Clarksburg, West Virginia and graduated from Fairmont State University in 1995 with a double major in Management and Marketing. He worked in Michigan for five years in the private sector as Marketing Manager for General Growth Properties, an S&P 500 Real Estate Company, at two different shopping centers. Martin moved back to West Virginia in 2000 and began working for the State of WV for the Tax and Revenue Department, specifically with the Alcohol and Beverage Control Administration. Martin became the City Manager of Clarksburg in September of 2005. He has lead the way in developing a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District in Clarksburg, worked on three different Brownfields sites which have been developed in excess of $18 million, and is currently leading the city's restoration/renovation of the Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center. Martin is also in the process of completing a financing package of New Market Tax Credits and Historical Tax Credits to assist in funding the project.
In addition to Martin’s duties of City Manager he serves on many different City Boards/ Commissions as well as community organizations in different capacities, such as:
- Clarksburg Sanitary Board (Chairman)
- Member of the Clarksburg Urban and Renewal Authority
- Member of the Planning and Zoning Commission
- Harrison County Chamber of Commerce
- Harrison County Economic Alliance (Board Member)
- Harrison Clarksburg Health Department Board of Directors (Vice Chairman)
- West Virginia City Managers Association (Past-President)
- International City/County Managers Association (ICMA_
Martin is married to his wife, Valerie of 15 years. They have 3 children, Jackson, Martina and Mary Claire.
Joe Elliott is a Representative of the Keystone Mountain Lakes Regional Council of Carpenters. Joe is a lifelong resident of WV and currently resides in Wood County with his wife of 24 years and their 2 children.
Joe started his career with the KMLRCC in 1990 when he was accepted into the Carpenters Apprenticeship Program. After completing the program in 1994, he continued to work as a carpenter in the commercial and industrial markets.
Joe has held several offices in his local Union from Trustee and Vice President to President which he currently holds, and has held since 1999. He became a Carpenter Representative in 2003 and continues to represent working carpenters at the present time.
Paul Howe III
Paul J Howe III was born in Clarksburg, West Virginia and is a graduate of Fairmont State University. Paul and his wife Amy, live in uptown Clarksburg with their four children.
Paul has been involved in real estate since 1998. His company has owned and managed properties in North and South Carolina. In 2013 Paul founded NCWV Investments LLC, a West Virginia real estate investment group.
Paul enjoys public service. He had served four years as the President of the Harrison County Board of Education and currently serves as President of the Clarksburg Water Board.
Greg Gordon is Senior Vice President/Agency Executive of BB&T Carson Insurance in Charleston, WV. Duties include managing the agency plus maintaining an active risk management and consultative role for over 50 construction clients ranging from start up companies to firms constructing over $250 million worth of work annually.
Prior to joining BB&T Carson Insurance Services in 2000, Greg spent 12 years with United States Fidelity & Guaranty Company and the subsequent merger with St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Company. During this time, Greg held various positions with the last six years as their bond manager for Western, PA and then the entire state of West Virginia.
A graduate of Marshall University with a degree of Bachelor of Business Adminstration in finance, Greg holds the Charter Property Casualty Underwriter, CPCU and Associate in Fidelity and Surety Bonding, AFSB designations along with various other industry related designations.
Professional organizations: Served on the board of directors and various committees for the Contractors Association of WV and Association of Builders & Constructors. In addition, he has active involvement in various committees for Kanawha Valley Builders Association and Constructors Labor Council of West Virginia.
Other organizations he is affiliated with include: Board of Directors-Sleepy Hollow Golf Club; Board of Trustees-St. John United Methodist Church, Brickstreet Agency Advisory Board.
Greg lives in Hurricane, WV with his 3 kids. His activities include golf, skiing, and outdoor activities.
Margaret A Bailey
Margaret Ann Bailey was born and raised in Clarksburg, West Virginia and educated in Harrison County public schools. She graduated from Alderson Broaddus University, Philippi, WV, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. She is also a graduate of the West Virginia University Local Government Leadership Academy. During her years of nursing, she served as a staff nurse, college educator, supervisor, administrator, and retired as a Medical Service Head Nurse from the Louis A. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center in Clarksburg, WV.
Margaret is a Mother of two sons: William (Kristina), Finance and Business Administrator, West Virginia University School of Medicine, Morgantown, WV, and David (Grace), Investigative Reporter, WZZM-TV, Grand Rapids Michigan. She also has two grandchildren, who also reside in Michigan.
She recently completed 16 years of public service as an elected member of the Clarksburg City Council. During this time, she served as Councilwoman, Vice-Mayor, and Mayor. She was named West Virginia Mayor of the Year by the WV Municipal League. Margaret has served on various local, state, and national Boards of Directors. She has also volunteered her services throughout her careers with the Harrison County Board of Education and the Harrison County Senior Citizens’ Center.
Margaret Bailey has also been the recipient of many awards during her years of service including being named the West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival “Honorary Italian Woman of the Year”, Who’s Who of American Women, WV Distinguished Mountaineer, Key to the City, and is also the longest serving Councilwoman in Clarksburg’s history.