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.. Through grassroots efforts in Trout Unlimited, Dr. Harris has been an advocate for environmental protection and wilderness designation to protect coldwater fisheries. He served as Secretary and then  Chairman of the National Leadership Council and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Trout Unlimited, a national conservation organization. He served on Morgantown’s Green Team and is an appointed member of the West Virginia Governor’s Public Advisory Council of the Department of Environmental Protection. He also is a board member of the West Virginia Land Trust.  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

Peter Kiefhaber

Director, President, Board Treasurer

Peter Kiefhaber is a principal in the Washington, D.C. government affairs firm of Ricchetti, Inc.  Peter’s practice is centered on natural resource issues with a focus on national parks and historic preservation, and has been very successful in obtaining legislative results.  Prior to joining Ricchetti in 2012, Peter capped a twenty-year career in the United States Senate where he served as a Legislative Director for the late Senator Robert C. Byrd, and as the Democratic staff director of the Interior/Environment appropriations subcommittee with responsibility for managing an annual $30 billion natural resource appropriations bill.  Peter also spent six years in the U.S. Air Force and nine years as an FAA air traffic controller prior to joining the Senate.

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.


Executive Director

Shanda Minney

Ms. Minney comes to ASF with over 25 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.