Ted Boettner, Executive Director
As the co-founding Executive Director of the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, Ted brings a wealth of experience and understanding of state fiscal issues. In addition to running the Center, Ted is the author of numerous reports on state tax and budget issues, economic development, and family economic security, including the annual “State of Working West Virginia.” Ted frequently presents policy proposals to the West Virginia Legislature and testifies before committees. He also regularly addresses statewide civic groups on state tax, budget and economic policies and is frequently quoted in news stories on those topics. In 2011, The State Journal named Ted “one of the most influential businesses leaders” in West Virginia. Ted also serves on the board of directors of Cabin Creek Health Systems, Legal Aid of West Virginia, The Dunn Foundation, and Mountain State Justice. He has also taught at West Virginia University Institute of Technology and West Virginia University. Ted holds a B.S. in journalism from West Virginia University and a M.A. in political science from the University of New Hampshire. Email Ted.
KELLY ALLEN, POLICY OUTREACH COORDINATOR
Kelly Allen is Policy Outreach Coordinator for the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy. She is a native West Virginian who resides in Morgantown. She holds a B.A. in political science and communications from West Virginia University and a Master of Public Administration from Penn State University. She brings previous outreach experience working on health care coverage and access, as well as literacy issues. Kelly will begin her work with WVCBP focused on building coalition power around federal safety net issues, with an emphasis on the Farm Bill. She will be based out of Morgantown, allowing WVCBP to increase its outreach capacity in the northern part of the state.Email Kelly.
Caitlin Cook, Communications Director
Caitlin Cook serves as Communications Director of the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy. She works to foster an environment of increased understanding and collaboration on budget and economic issues among citizens, partners and legislators through strategic communications. Caitlin is a native of Charleston and brings business and public outreach experience to her role. She holds a B. A. in Journalism and a B. A. in Philosophy from Youngstown State University. Email Caitlin.
Seth DiStefano, Policy Outreach DIRECTOR
Seth DiStefano is Policy Outreach Director for the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy. A native of Randolph County, WV, he is a graduate of Tygarts Valley High School and holds a B.A in Liberal Arts and Sciences from West Virginia University. Seth has experience organizing both electoral and issue-based capacities, and, in 2006, he was elected and served as Chairman of the Randolph County Democratic Executive Committee. Following a successful election cycle, he turned his focus toward issue advocacy, serving as Field Organizer for ACLU of WV. Campaigns he has managed include adding protections for LGBT West Virginians to the State’s Human Rights Act and Fair Housing Laws, fighting back attempts to build a new prison in the state, and working for the successful passage and enactment of a consent-based vehicle search reform policy to combat racial profiling. Seth’s goal at the Center is to increase Tax Fairness for West Virginia’s working families through the passage of a refundable state Earned Income Tax Credit. Email Seth.
Linda Frame, Operations Manager
Linda Frame is Operations Manager with the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy. She is responsible for managing the organization’s grants and fundraising activities, financial functions and special projects. She has worked in Washington, DC and Charleston, West Virginia for non-profit organizations and has served on the board of West Virginia- based groups. Linda holds a B.S. in Psychology from St. Lawrence University and an M.S. in Environmental Science and Public Policy from George Mason University. Email Linda.
TARA HOLMES, PUBLIC POLICY FELLOW
Tara Holmes is a Public Policy Fellow with the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy. Her work at the center will focus on gender equity, corrections reform, and health-related policy. Tara is a PhD candidate in Women's Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Stony Brook University in New York. Her research is centered on analyzing the effects of neoliberalism on marginalized populations, particularly working-class women and women of color. She is a native of Sissionville, West Virginia and holds a B.A. in political science from Marshall University, a M.A. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Women's and Gender Studies, and a M.A. from Stony Brook University in Cultural Analysis and Theory. Email Tara.
Sean O’Leary, Senior Policy Analyst
Sean O’Leary is a Senior Policy Analyst with the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy. Since joining the Center in 2010, Sean has authored numerous reports on working family issues, economic development, and state and federal budget and tax policy, including annual reports on the state budget and the State of Working West Virginia. In 2011, Sean co-authored “The Importance of Federal Earmarks to State Coffers” that appeared in the Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management. Sean also collaborates with West Virginia Kids Count for the annual West Virginia Kids Count Data Book. Sean holds a B.A. in political science and economics and a Master of Public Administration from West Virginia University. Email Sean.
RACHEL RUBIN, SUMMER RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
Rachel Rubin is a Summer Research Associate with the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy. She is an Alice M. Baldwin Scholar and a rising senior at Duke University majoring in Public Policy with a certificate in Information Science. Rachel is passionate about reforms of U.S. Criminal Justice and Health Care Systems, an interest originating from her work at a women’s inpatient treatment facility for substance abuse in her hometown of Fresno, CA. Her work this summer will include researching policies that help working families thrive, with a focus on paid leave as well as assisting with an upcoming State of Rural West Virginia report.