Board Members and Staff

Voting Board Members

Charles L. (Larry) Harris

Director, Chairman of the Board

Dr. Harris received a bachelor’s in chemistry and Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Illinois. He joined the faculty at West Virginia University in 1972, conducting research and teaching graduate and professional students. Currently, he is Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry at the WVU School of Medicine, where he still gives lectures to first year medical students. Through grassroots efforts in Trout Unlimited, Dr. Harris has been an advocate for environmental protection and wilderness designation to protect coldwater fisheries. He now serves as Chairman of the National Leadership Council and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Trout Unlimited, a national conservation organization. He is a member of Morgantown’s Green Team and is an appointed member of the West Virginia Governor’s Public Advisory Council of the Department of Environmental Protection. As a board member of ASF, he will help raise awareness of the organization, create long term plans for targeting projects consistent with the organization’s mission and develop ASF’s grant program.


William DePaulo

Director, Chief Executive Officer, Board Secretary

Mr. DePaulo has been in the private practice of law since graduating from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1973, and clerking for the Hon. John A. Fields, Jr. of the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in 1974. While living in Washington, D.C., Mr. DePaulo practiced before the US Department of Energy and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Since returning to West Virginia, he has represented a variety of environmental interests, including individual land owners, in administrative proceedings before the Public Service Commission, in civil litigation at the circuit courts, and in appeals before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. Mr. DePaulo served on the Executive Committee of the West Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club through December 2010.

Charlestown, WV
bill@appalachianstewards.org


Kathy Harman-Stokes

Director, President, Board Treasurer

Currently special counsel to the National Parks Conservation Association (“NPCA”), Ms. Harman-Stokes has represented NPCA for many years as a consultant and as an attorney at Hogan & Hartson LLP in Washington D.C. She has handled litigation, assisted in proposed legislation, and provided guidance on countless environmental issues with the goal of protecting and preserving our national parks for current and future generations. She is also a “Climate Pilot” through the Embassy of Sweden, working toward reducing her household’s carbon emissions by one-third. She graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was the editor-in-chief of the Virginia Environmental Law Journal. Her undergraduate degree is from American University’s School of International Service.


Non-Voting Board Members

Stephen Nelson

Chief Operating Officer, Longview Power

Steve joined Longview in January 2014 to manage the plant rehabilitation work with over 36 years of industry experience encompassing the key aspects of power plant operations and maintenance. His extensive experience in generation asset strategy development and implementation, financial due diligence, program management, maintenance engineering and organizational/technical troubleshooting has been applied to most generation technologies including hydro, nuclear, solar, biomass, coal, oil and pas power generation. He has significant experience in troubleshooting plant equipment, plant organizations and aligning an assets capabilities with key business objectives.  Prior to Longview, Mr. Nelson worked for Sacramento Utility District, Babcock & Wilcox, Pacific Gas & Electric, PPL Montana, Aptech Engineering Services and Black & Veatch. Throughout Steve’s Career, he has worked with regulated utilities, merchant power companies, municipals and financing entities throughout North America, Asia, Europe and Africa. Mr. Nelson has a BS Mechanical Engineering degree from California State University, Sacramento, and a MBA from Saint Mary’s College.

 


Joseph Douglass

Asset and Environmental Director, Longview Power

Mr. Douglass has 30 years of experience in environmental management. In his role as environmental manager for Longview Power, Mr. Douglass is responsible for developing and implementing plant environmental programs and ensuring compliance with permit and regulatory requirements. Prior to joining GenPower, he was a senior environmental specialist with North American Energy Services, where he supported environmental compliance for numerous power plants across the U.S. Mr. Douglass’ earlier environmental experience includes support of manufacturing operations and industrial consulting; he also served as a regulator for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Mr. Douglass earned his bachelor of science degree in Environmental Science from Ramapo College of New Jersey.


Executive Director

Shanda Minney

Ms. Minney comes to ASF with over 20 years of experience in the non-profit arena.  Before joining ASF, she served as Executive Director of the West Virginia Rivers Coalition for over four years.  Shanda has experience in working for a wide range of non-profit organizations in areas including environmental campaigning, advocacy, international development, philanthropy, policy analysis, and has taught international environmental issues at the Masters level.  Previous employers include the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC and the non-profit Center for Urban Watershed Renewal based in Massachusetts.  In addition, Shanda has spent extensive time living and working overseas, where former employers include Friends of the Earth UK, Care International, Marie Stopes International and the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. Shanda has an Undergraduate Degree in International Relations and International Politics from The George Washington University, and a Masters degree in Development Studies from the University of London.  Shanda resides in Elkins, West Virginia with her two sons.