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Gat Caperton
Chair, Board of Governors
Gat Caperton is the president and CEO of Caperton Furnitureworks, a West Virginia manufacturer of hand-made, solid-wood home furniture that he acquired from its founder in 1996. Originally named Tom Seely Furniture, the 40+ year-old business now employs over 100 skilled people in Berkeley Springs and sells its furniture throughout the U.S. Prior to acquiring the company, Caperton worked six years in Chicago for a large, diversified manufacturing company. While working full-time, he earned an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and membership on its Dean's List. In 1990, Caperton received a B.A. in Economics from Davidson College, where he also played on the school's football team. He currently serves on the boards of the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation, the Natural Capital Investment Fund, and the West Virginia Nature Conservancy. Caperton and his wife Susan live in Berkeley Springs and have three daughters: Eliza, Katie, and Evie.

W. Mark Rudolph
Vice Chair, Board of Governors
W. Mark Rudolph, of Winchester, Virginia, is a 1984 graduate of Shepherd and the president and CEO of Yount, Hyde & Barbour CPAs, Winchester. He joined the firm in 1984, became a principal in 1994, and has served as president and CEO since 2005. The firm has offices in Winchester, Culpeper, Middleburg, Leesburg, and Richmond. The firm has a strong record of hiring graduates of Shepherd's accounting degree program. Rudolph's personal areas of emphasis in his accounting practice have included accounting and auditing services for financial institutions as well as consulting services in the health care industry. He has been an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants. He has served on the board of trustees of Winchester's Handley High School, is a past president of the Lions Club, and is an elder of the Presbyterian Church.

Dr. Marcia Brand
Secretary, Board of Governors
Marcia Brand, Ph.D., of Martinsburg, West Virginia, was named deputy administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in March 2009. HRSA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The agency uses its $7 billion annual budget (FY 2009) to expand access to quality health care in partnership with health care providers and health professions training programs. From 2007-2009, Brand was associate administrator of HRSA's Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr), where she provided national leadership in the development, distribution and retention of a diverse, culturally competent health workforce that provides high-quality care. From 2001-2007, Brand was director and associate administrator of HRSA's Office of Rural Health Policy. In that position she was responsible for health policy, research and grant activities that promote better health care services in rural America. Brand earned a doctoral degree in higher education from the University of Pennsylvania and master and bachelor of science degrees in dental hygiene from Old Dominion University in Virginia.

John Beatty
Member, Board of Governors
John Beatty is the senior vice president/city executive of BB&T Corporation, a position he has held since 2003. He has been with BB&T since 1985, holding the positions of chief financial officer and controller, senior vice president/retail banking, and senior vice president/wealth management team director. Prior to joining BB&T, he worked for American Electric Power in Canton, Ohio. He holds a masters in business sdministration from Wheeling Jesuit University, and a bachelor's degree in economics from West Liberty State College, now West Liberty University.

Jason Best
Faculty Representative, Board of Governors
Dr. Jason Best is professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Shepherd University and director of the Shepherd University Observatory. He received his bachelor of science degree in astronomy and astrophysics from Indiana University, and his doctor of philosophy degree in astronomy and astrophysics from Penn State University. He has published research articles in the Astrophysical Journal, Mercury magazine, and the Journal for Computing in Small Colleges, and has received research grants from the National Science Foundation, Sun Microsystems, WV EPSCoR, and the NASA WV Space Grant Consortium. His current research focuses on the large-scale structure of the universe. In addition, he serves as the academic coordinator for the Washington Gateway Junior High Academy held on the Shepherd campus each summer, and currently serves as president of the Shepherd University Faculty Senate.

Alana Gondeck
Student Representative, Board of Governors

Holly McCall
Member, Board of Governors
Holly McCall, a native of Jefferson County, is the co-founder and chief executive officer of KRM Associates, Inc., a small, woman-owned business located in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, where she resides. Founded in 1991, KRM is a health information technology consulting firm and a recognized leader of open source electronic health record solutions for clients including federal and state agencies, academia, and commercial information technology organizations. In January 2003, KRM founded their Student Intern Program (SIP) helping to place Shepherd University information technology students in intern positions at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The objective of SIP is to develop ways for business, academia and government to work together to provide a locally trained and qualified information technology workforce and create jobs in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. McCall's firm has also developed a personal health record (PHR) that has been deployed at various West Virginia health clinics and is also being provided at no cost to Shepherd's Department of Nursing Education where all incoming freshmen nursing students receive this training as part of their curriculum. McCall graduated from Shepherd in 2004 as a non-traditional student with a degree in visual communications, graphic design. She currently serves on the board of the Shepherd University Alumni Association.

Tia McMillan
Member, Board of Governors

D. Scott Roach
Member, Board of Governors
D. Scott Roach, a lifelong resident of Martinsburg and a 1980 graduate of Shepherd University is currently the president of Randerson Inc., a commercial real estate holding company. Previously, he was the president of R. M. Roach and Sons, Inc., a Martinsburg-based regional petroleum and retail operation with convenience stores and Subway restaurants. During that time he served on the WV OMEGA board of directors of which he is a past president. He currently serves on the board of directors of Centra Bank, Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks and Recreation, Camp Frame 4-H Camp, Eastern Panhandle Community Foundation, and WVU Hospital-East.

Diane Shewbridge
Classified Employees Representative, Board of Governors
Diane Shewbridge, of Martinsburg, is an administrative associate in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Shewbridge earned a bachelor of arts degree from Shepherd in 1973.

John Younis
Member, Board of Governors
As owner of Younis Orthodontics, a private practice of orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics, Dr. John Younis has been providing care in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia since 1998. A native of Wheeling, he earned his bachelor of science and doctorate of dental surgery degrees from West Virginia University. Opting for the dual residency and postgraduate school program at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Younis completed a three-year residency and specialty certification in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics while earning a master of dental science degree. Upon graduation, he was appointed assistant professor and clinical instructor in the School of Dental Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Younis worked on the multidisciplinary team at the Western Pennsylvania Craniofacial and Cleft Palate Center, providing treatment to children with congenital anomalies. An active member of the community and state, he has served as president of the West Virginia Orthodontic Association and the Eastern Panhandle Dental Society, and has been a Business Partner with Jefferson County Schools since 2004. He resides in Shepherdstown with his wife and two children.

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