GHPRD BOARD

Mission Statement:

To provide a wide variety of year-round recreation programs, safe facilities, parks, open space and natural areas that respond to the needs and desires of the community as we strive to improve the quality of life for residents and visitors to our area.

 

Dr. Rocco Morabito – District 4

President

Commissioner Morabito is a Huntington native and West Virginia University Graduate. Dr. Morabito is a Huntington area Urologist who began practicing in 1981 and continues his work today. Dr. Morabito is an accomplished musician who plays keyboard for the Oakwood Road Band. Commissioner Morabito’s term ends in 2024.

 

Gordon D. Jones – District 3

Vice President

Commissioner Jones was a Cum Laude Graduate of West Virginia University where he received a Master's Degree in Public Administration. He has been a City, County and Regional Planner, a Grant Writer and a Town Manager. Commissioner Jones’ term ends in 2020.

 

Kim Miller – District 3

Treasurer

Commissioner Miller began her first term on the Park Board of Commissioners in January 2017. She has been a resident of Huntington since arriving at Marshall University where she completed her Master’s Degree in 1987. Commissioner Miller has worked at a local Non-Profit Comprehensive Behavioral Health Center, Prestera Center, where she has served the Community and the Organization for the past 27 years. She is a Master Addictions Counselor and holds several State Certifications and now serves on the Executive Leadership Team as the Director of Corporate Development. Commissioner Miller is member at First Presbyterian Church and several Civic Organizations. Her skills include project implementation and management, grant writing, budget development and management, policy and procedure, strategic planning, fundraising, media relations, marketing and advertising. She looks forward to applying her experience to her role as Park Board Commissioner. Commissioner Miller’s term ends in 2022.

 

William D. Kelley – District 5

Commissioner Kelley has represented his District as a Park Board Commissioner for many years. He is a life-long resident of Milton, West Virginia and has been involved in the Annual Pumpkin Festival since its inception. Commissioner Kelley has served on many Citizen Committees over the years, and has been instrumental in many improvements to our community. Commissioner Kelley’s term ends in 2020.

 

Paul King – District 2

Commissioner King has been a Huntington resident since 2000 when he moved here to attend Marshall University. He graduated in 2004 with a degree in Sports Management and Marketing. Commissioner King is the owner of DunRIGHT Construction, Kingdom Property Group, and Co-Owner of Jiveking, LLC.; all of which are companies engaged in residential construction, rental and property management. Commissioner King and his wife Shandalia are the proud parents of a rambunctious little girl named Lyla. Commissioner King remains active in athletics and looks forward to seeking out opportunities to increase participation in the many recreational leagues and events the Greater Huntington Park & Recreation District provides for our community. Commissioner King’s term ends in 2022.

 

Jill LaFear – District 1

Commissioner LaFear was born and raised in Huntington.  She owns Ackenpucky, a design firm, which has helped to change the face of downtown Huntington over the past decade. She serves on other committees where she works to help find innovative solutions to aid in the efforts to transform our city. Commissioner LaFear is married to artist, David Seth Cyfers, and they have three children together. Commissioner LaFear’s term ends in 2024.

 

Don McCroskey – District 5

Commissioner McCroskey states that it has been his privilege to serve his Community as a Greater Huntington Park & Recreation District Commissioner since taking office in 1993, and he looks forward to continuing his service. Working with the GHPRD Director, GHPRD employees and his fellow Commissioners has been his pleasure and in his time as Commissioner he has seen vast improvements benefitting our citizens. Commissioner McCroskey’s term ends in 2022.

 

Alan S. Morrison – District 2

Commissioner Morrison was born and raised in Huntington and graduated Huntington High School in 1971. Commissioner Morrison earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1975, and went on to earn his Master's Degree in 1977. Commissioner Morrison is co-owner of C.I. Thornburg Co. Inc., and has been married to Katherine for 37 years, has two children, three grandchildren and is a member of First Presbyterian Church. Commissioner Morrison’s term ends in 2024.

 

Sandra Pinson – Westmoreland District

Commissioner Pinson is a lifelong resident of Huntington and a lifelong member of Vinson Memorial Christian Church. Commissioner Pinson is a mother of two and was married to the late Wallace Pinson, Co-Founder of Pinson Brothers Drilling. Commissioner Pinson has served on a number of Boards over the years, and was honored to be the first female Chair of the Wayne County Board of Education. She is a strong advocate for Huntington and looks forward to a productive term on the Board of Park Commissioners. Commissioner Pinson’s term ends in 2020.

 

Randall Rhoades – District 4

Commissioner Rhoades has served on the Park Board of Commissioners since 2002. Born and raised in Huntington, Commissioner Rhoades graduated from Huntington East High School in 1957, when he began working in a local clothing store. Soon after, he became a stock broker with Smith Barney and eventually Vice President of Merrill Lynch of Ashland. Commissioner Rhoades was the driving force behind the Healing Field and Bell Tower fund-raising efforts. The Memorial Bell Tower now stands proudly at Spring Hill Cemetery. Commissioner Rhoades’ term ends in 2020.

 

Stacy Wehrle – District 1

Commissioner Wehrle came to Huntington in 1958 and has been in the HVAC and Sheet Metal industry for 55 years. His education background includes graduating from Stonewall High School and College at Morris Harvey and York Institute where he received his degree in RHVAC Applied Engineering. He is married to Alice, and has two daughters Nancy and Rita. Commissioner Wehrle spent over five years in the Navy, is a Korean War Veteran and is very active in the American Legion on local and State levels. He is an Elder in his Church, a Member of the Rotary Club and is active in several other Civic Organizations. Commissioner Wehrle’s term ends in 2022.