The West Virginia GEAR UP program is managed by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, Division of Student Affairs.

Program staff

Elizabeth Manuel

Senior Director of Student Services
(304) 558-0655 ext. 26377

Cameron Asbury

College Access and Success Program Specialist
(304) 558-0655 ext. 26401

Mallory Carpenter

College Access and Success Program Director
(304) 558-0655 ext. 56070

Janine Coutu

Coordinator of WV GEAR UP College Transition and First Year Programs
(304) 558-0655 ext. 26402

Kaci Foster

Community Outreach and Engagement Specialist
(304) 558-0655 ext. 26403

Emily Hammond

Assistant Director of Communications and Outreach
(304) 558-0655 ext. 56071

Brandon Hughes

Coordinator of Technology and Digital Outreach
(304) 558-0655 ext. 26378

Jason (JR) Luyster

Assistant Director of West Virginia GEAR UP
(304) 558-0655 ext. 26379

Heather McChesney

Coordinator of Curriculum, Professional Development, and Education Initiatives
(304) 558-0655 ext. 26405

Casey Patterson

College Access and Success Program Director
(304) 462-6075

Joanne Rutherford

Coordinator of Fiscal and Administrative Services
(304) 558-0655 ext. 26380