RCBI hires specialists for Appalachian Hatchery team

March 12, 2018

The Robert C. Byrd Institute’s (RCBI) Appalachian Hatchery program announces the addition of seven staff members to its economic development team.

The Hatchery is part of POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization), a multi-agency initiative that delivers federal resources to help communities affected by job losses in coal mining and related industries. Funding is provided by the Appalachian Regional Commission, U.S. Economic Development Administration and the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.

Joining Appalachian Hatchery Director Derek Scarbro are:

Richard Bullins, business outreach specialist, who serves McDowell, Mercer, Monroe and Wyoming counties. The Bluefield resident and Mercer County native earned a bachelor’s degree in tourism management from Concord College (now University). He most recently served as marketing director/special projects manager for the National Coal Heritage Area.

Greta Curry, business outreach specialist, who serves Boone, Lincoln, Logan and Mingo counties. A native of Belfrey, Ky., the Delbarton resident is based at the Mingo County Redevelopment Authority in Williamson. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Eastern Kentucky University and a master’s of education in counseling from Lindsey Wilson College. She previously served as human resource manager at Mohawk Flooring in Holden.

Don Grubb, who servesas technical trainer for the Appalachian Hatchery’s machinist/CNC training program at McDowell Career & Technical Center in Welch. The Princeton resident is a native of McDowell County. He earned an associate degree in mechanical engineering from Bluefield State College, a bachelor’s degree in vocational education from West Virginia Institute of Technology (now WVU Tech) and a master’s degree in secondary education from Concord University. Grubb taught for 45 years in the McDowell and Wyoming County school systems and worked as a journeyman tool and die maker.

Will Miller, business outreach specialist, who serves Putnam County and is based at the Putnam County Development Authority in Hurricane. The Sissonville native earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and an MBA in international business from West Virginia University. Miller has worked in sales, marketing and management for small businesses in West Virginia and the Washington, D.C., area. He previously served on the West Virginia State Division of Tourism marketing team.

Adam Phillips, business outreach specialist, who serves Cabell and Wayne counties and is based at the Huntington Area Development Council in Huntington. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history and international relations from Shawnee State University and a master’s degree in political science from Ohio University. Phillips previously worked as project manager for the Southern Ohio Port Authority. He resides in Portsmouth, Ohio.

Victoria Russo, business outreach specialist, who serves Clay and Kanawha counties and is based at the Charleston Area Alliance in Charleston. She earned a bachelor’s of applied science degree in automated manufacturing technology from ITT Technical Institute and has 18 years of experience in electronics and industrial sales. A native of California, Russo also operates an English/Spanish translation service in Charleston.

Amanda Wyatt, administrative assistant for Appalachian Hatchery, who serves the entire 21-county region and is based at RCBI Huntington. Wyatt, a Huntington resident, earned an associate degree from Mountwest Community & Technical College and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and criminology from Marshall University. She previously served as a social worker for the State of West Virginia.