WVCIA Spring Meeting
Bridgeport Conference Center
April 22, 2022


Welcome and Introductions

To Vape or Not to Vape: The Impacts of Flavoring Chemicals on Nicotine Addiction
Skylar Cooper, PhD., Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University


Understanding and Advocating for LGBTQ People with Substance Use Disorders
Natasha Stone, Fairness WV

Lunch (on your own-keep itemized receipts)

Addressing Stigma
Joshua Murphy, Community Prevention Liaison for Region 5 

Impaired Driving
Corporal Kenneth Varner, WV State Police/North Coordinator-Commission on Drunk Driving Prevention


Business Meeting (ACHA-NCHA Update, Website Update, Treasurer’s Report,  Discuss Ad-Hoc Committee for Charter Reviews and Changes,  Subcommittee Breakouts and Reports)

Adjourn-Turn in Evaluations


Dr. Skyler Cooper received her PhD in Biomedical Research with a Neuroscience of Addiction focus within the last month. She began her doctoral studies in the laboratory of Dr. Brandon Henderson at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University where she studied how electronic cigarette flavorants alter neuronal function in a mouse model. Dr. Cooper performed vapor self-administration with commercially available vape products and evaluated changes in nicotinic receptor density and reward processing in various addiction-related brain circuitries. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in Dr. Henderson’s lab prior to her matriculation into medical school at Marshall University this August.

Natasha Stone is a 2017 graduate of West Virginia University’s Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, with a bachelor’s degree in Women’s and Gender Studies.Prior to joining the Fairness West Virginia staff, Natasha was an intern with United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 400. She also has written about the labor movement, gender and politics for various publications.  As the Gender Policy Manager, Natasha is working with the state’s medical and education professionals to increase representation and level of care for the transgender community. In her spare time, she likes planting trees and gardening. Natasha lives in Charleston with her roommates and cats Binx, Gorgonzola, and Madame President.

Joshua Murphy is the Community Prevention Liaison for Region 5, assisting coalitions in Boone, Cabell, Clay, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, Mingo, Putnam, and Wayne counties on substance use prevention efforts. Josh has been employed by the STOP (Strong Through Our Plan) Coalition for 11 years, previously serving as the Partnerships for Success in Prevention grant coordinator for the eastern half of WV’s Region 5, Drug Free Communities grant coordinator for Mingo County, and assistant director for STOP and its recovery home for women, Crossroads. A native of the Tug Valley area, Josh graduated from Belfry High School and the University of Pikeville, formerly Pikeville College, with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

Kenneth “K.J.” Varner, II is originally from Jane Lew, WV where he graduated from Lewis County High School in 2007.  He attended WVU briefly before being recruited into the West Virginia State Police (WVSP) and has been employed there to present.  He started the WVSP Academy as a Cadet on January 10, 2011 where he underwent thirty (30) weeks of intense training.  During his time in the WVSP, he serves as a Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST) Instructor teaching new officers in the academy how to become proficient in Impaired Driving Enforcement.  In addition, he is a certified Crime Scene Investigator (CSI) with the Crime Scene Response Team (CSRT), “Finding Words” certified for forensic interviews with child victims, and a member of the Search and Rescue Team.  He has served as the North Coordinator for the Commission of Drunk Driving Prevention (CDDP) since December of 2020 and is based out of Morgantown, WV.  The duties of this position include: coordinate and schedule sobriety checkpoints for the northern half of WV, calibrate the handheld breath alcohol equipment of the WVSP and local law enforcement agencies throughout the northern half of WV, update and replace secondary breath alcohol equipment, and assist in impaired driving enforcement training at the WVSP academy.  He and his wife Charli have three children and currently live in Morgantown, WV.

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