Program Committee Election

Please help choose citizen members for the Humanities Council program committee. The Program Committee oversees all direct programs and grants of the Humanities Council. This includes reviewing grant applications and making funding recommendations to the Humanities Council board of directors. Your vote gives the public a voice in our grants and program decisions. Review the candidates below, then either download the ballot and mail in your selections, or email your choices. Vote for four of the candidates below:


Dorothy Bibbee, Wood County, who retired as an English professor after 30 years at WVU-Parkersburg, is vice-president of the Wood County Historical Society.


Rebekah Karelis, Ohio County, is project manager at the Wheeling Heritage Area Corporation, president of the West Virginia Association of Museums, and a Wheeling Historic Landmarks Commissioner.


Deborah Piscitelli, Jefferson County, who recently retired after 36 years as executive director of the Harpers Ferry Historical Association, is a member of the Jefferson County Historical Society.


Cassandra Pritts, Mineral County, teaches history at Potomac State College of WVU where she was 2015 professor of the year. She serves on the board of the Mineral County Historical Society and as caretaker for the Barrick Historic Cemetery.


Emilee Seese, Ritchie County, directs the Ritchie County Public Library system. She is president of the Ritchie County Chamber of Commerce and past president of the West Virginia Library Association.


Eric Waggoner, Upshur County, teaches American literature and cultural studies at West Virginia Wesleyan College, where he chairs the English Department and serves as Director of General Education. He is a program committee incumbent and eligible for re-election.


Beverly Whelton, Ohio County, is associate professor of philosophy at Wheeling Jesuit University and teaches online for Gonzaga University and Jesuit Commons, which provides college courses for young people in refugee camps.


Return your ballot by mail to the West Virginia Humanities Council or email your four choices to by March 1, 2017.