Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council Appoints Executive Director of O’Brien | News, Sports, Jobs

PARKERSBURG — The Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council has named a new executive director.

Melissa O’Brien will start on August 15. She succeeds Carol Jackson, who retired in July.

“I look forward to joining the great team at MOVRC and working with community leaders to plan for the region’s future and strengthen the quality of life in the Mid-Ohio Valley region,” said O’Brien.

The regional council, established in 1982, provides regional planning and project management services to Wood, Jackson, Roane, Wirt, Tyler, Calhoun, Ritchie and Pleasants counties. It provides communities with infrastructure grant support from various federal and state funding agencies, including USDA, EDA, ARC, HUD, West Virginia Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council, and several others, as well as personnel support and financial management services to senior regional services and transportation planning. programs as well as geographic information systems (GIS) and small business loan programs that receive statewide recognition.

O’Brien is a project manager at Thompson and Litton Engineering and works on several broadband-related projects for communities in West Virginia.

Prior to that, she was director of Roane County Schools.

“My experience in managing infrastructure projects and my knowledge of the opportunities and challenges facing Ohio’s Central Valley will provide the foundation for short- and long-term development that will improve the lives of our citizens. and our communities”, she says.

Regional Council leaders welcomed O’Brien’s hiring.

“We are thrilled to have a proven leader with Melissa’s experience and expertise join our regional organization,” said President Lindsey Piersol. “She brings strong leadership as well as community knowledge and organizational experience that will serve us well.”

Vice President Mark Whitley said she has worked in both rural and urban settings and “will bring a unique vision working with our region and the MOVRC organization.”

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