Dr. Amelia Davis Courts has extensive leadership experience in the education sector and a record of success in collaborating with business and community organizations to positively impact statewide initiatives. In 2013, Amelia was selected as the new President/CEO of The Education Alliance. The Education Alliance operates programs and advances policies to improve achievement by public school students in West Virginia.
Prior to coming to The Education Alliance, she served for three years as the Assistant State Superintendent at the West Virginia Department of Education. In that work, she developed and implemented major policy directives, worked collaboratively with the governor's office and legislature, and coordinated programs to improve the educational outcomes of the state's two-hundred and eighty thousand students.
Ms. Shelly DeBerry has over twenty five years experience working with children, adolescents and their families in various agencies and capacities. From child protective service worker, to juvenile probation officer, to adolescent mental health counselor, Shelly spent a number of years in the public service field. She opened the Martinsburg office of the Abraxas Foundation and provided in-home services for court ordered youth and later was the Assistant State Director of the WV Youth Advocate Program that provided foster care services as well as in-home services. Shelly entered the Berkeley County school system as a school counselor in 1998 and for eleven years served at the elementary, intermediate and high school programmatic levels.
Shelly served as the Student Success Advocate Coordinator, in the Office of School Improvement, with the West Virginia Department of Education for approximately four years. Her primary focus was dropout prevention in West Virginia. During her tenure with the Department, she coordinated the “Local Solutions Dropout Prevention & Recovery Innovation Zones” grants and the development of the Early Warning System on WOW, She provided technical assistance, in reference to Student Supports, for identified schools under the Office of School Improvement, to school counselors assigned to Office of Optional Educational Pathways and placed in institutional education settings and grantees applying for dropout innovation grants. She also served as the liaison for the Common Ground: Education and Military Partnership.
Shelly’s career journey is now taking her back home, as she is re-entering the field as a secondary school counselor in Morgan County WV.
Partnerships in Education Consultant
Mrs. Caroline S. Goodall joined The Education Alliance in October 2010. Caroline’s background includes both the non-profit sector and corporate America. She has 20 years of experience with INROADS/West Virginia, Inc., a non-profit career-development organization for minority students, as the Manager of Administrative Services. Caroline also worked for over nine years with Chesapeake Energy Corporation (formerly Columbia Natural Resources) in the Geology and Geophysics Department.
Caroline is a native West Virginian and currently resides in St. Albans. She has a son and daughter-in-law, James and Suzanne, who reside in Mebane, NC.
Ms. Lisa H. Ketchum joined The Education Alliance, February 2011, as the Director of Development. She provides analysis, planning, execution, control and evaluation of the organization’s fundraising activities, public relations programs and strategic partnerships. Prior to joining The Education Alliance, for more than 15 years, Lisa performed in sales, marketing and management positions, most recently as Director of Sales for MIST Technologies, Huntington, WV. Lisa has also been involved with fundraising for the American Heart Association, March of Dimes, is a current committees chair for Empty Bowls 2011, and has served in various roles for her children’s elementary school.
Ms. Ketchum holds a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University and resides in Huntington with her family.
If you are interested in supporting initiatives of The Education Alliance contact Lisa for more information.
Ms. Dana Powell has over 20 years of Business Management and Educational experience. Most recently she has spent over 6 years working with Marion County schools, students and parents as a Resource Liaison with the Fairmont State GEAR UP Grant. Since the conclusion of that grant she has been serving as a Steering Committee Member for North Marion High School’s Innovation Zone and Dropout Prevention Grants.
As a certified Image and Corporate Etiquette consultant, she co-owns Elements of Etiquette. She and her business partner specialize in corporate trainings as well as professional development sessions for educational and private sectors.
Dana lives in Mannington, West Virginia with her husband Kevin and their two children.
Ms. Emily Schoen Pratt joined The Education Alliance in July 2010 as the dropout prevention and career readiness Program Director. Emily currently promotes The Education Alliance’s mission in her role as the Director of Strategic Relationships/Corporate Communications. Emily earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration and her master’s degree in adult education training and development, both from Marshall University. Prior to joining The Education Alliance, Emily has served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Volunteer WV, where she managed and promoted the statewide Business Volunteer Council. She has also been an adjunct faculty member and Greek advisor for Marshall University.
Emily is a native West Virginian who resides in South Charleston.
Ms. Jessica B. Wintz joined The Education Alliance in November 2010 to promote college and career readiness through WV eMentoring. Jessica is a recent graduate of Marshall University, where she earned a dual bachelor’s degree in public relations and political science. Before joining The Education Alliance, Jessica served as a special assistant for former first lady Gayle C. Manchin and the Governor’s Mansion.
Jessica is a native of southern West Virginia who currently resides in Charleston.
Contact Jessica for information about The Education Alliance’s online college and career readiness initiative, WV eMentoring.