Ellen Allen, M.B.A., Executive Director

Ellen is a West Virginia native who is a fixture in the state's nonprofit world, with more than three decades of management and executive leadership experience, strategic operations, finance, project management, organizational development, fundraising, and people-centered/mission-driven leadership.  She was selected as a 2022 Wonder Woman by WV Living Magazine.  Ellen has a Master of Business Administration from Averett University in Danville, Virginia.  She was the only master's student selected to Pinnacle, Averett Honor Society for graduate-level study. Double majoring in Marketing Management and Small Business Management, Ellen attended Concord College in Athens, West Virginia graduating with honors. 


Mariah Plante, Community Engagement, Outreach, & Story Collection Coordinator

is a theatre artist and personal narrative coach based in Wyoming County, West Virginia. She returned home to the mountain state in 2020 after several years working in the professional theatre industry in New York City. Since 2021, Mariah has been interviewing West Virginians about their health care, collaborating with individuals and families to share their stories and preserve and protect Medicaid for the next generation. Mariah is also a director, teaching artist, and board member at the Alban Arts Center, where her work has earned statewide recognition for "Best Play" in the 2023 West Virginia Broadway World Awards. She founding member of the Appalachian Artists Collective and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Marymount Manhattan College.