2023 WVHSA Annual Conference (2) 


“Navigating the Future”
November 14-16, 2023


8:30 am – 9:00 am                            Welcome and Opening Remarks, and Regional Office & Staff (TBA)

9:00 am – 10:15 am                          Opening Keynote, Dr. Kimberly P. Johnson, “Moving F.O.R.W.A.R.D. Toward Success – Letting Data Guide You:”

Breakout Sessions

10:30 am – Noon                             

Salon B                                             “Educators and Advocates as Everyday C.O.A.C.H.E.S.”, Dr. Kimberly P. Johnson

 Salon C                                             “Re-Igniting Behavior & Classroom Management via Connections, SEL, Engagement, and Teamwork,” Tal Thompson

Salon A                                             “Brain Fuel: Nutrition and nutrition environment to grow healthy learners!” Dr. Jamie Jeffrey, M.D.,

Noon – 1:15 pm                                Lunch will be provided in the Atrium

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm                            Keynote, “Understanding the Mind and Heart of a Father,” Patrick J. Patterson, MSW, MPH

2:15 pm                                             Snack will be provided

 Breakout Sessions

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Salon B                                             “Finding Your Passion: Enjoying Your Job,” Brenda Workman

Salon C                                             “Engagement that will Blow Their Minds,” Tal Thompson

Salon A                                             “Lean on Me,” Trella Coppola and Cynthia Deskins


9:00 am – Noon                              All Day Session:  The National Center for Parent, Family, Community  Engagement: “Building Resilience in Families Affected by Substance  Use,” Brandi Thacker-Black and Pam Waddell

Noon – 1:15 pm                             Lunch will be provided in the Atrium

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm                        Session Continued

Break 3:00 pm-                             Snack will be provided

3:15 pm – 5:00 pm                        Session Continued

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm                        FREE Photo Booth (Bring your co-workers and friends and pick a  prop)

                                                     Game Show Trivia – D.J. Thunder


9:00 am – 11:00 am                      “The PreK - Don’t Kick Them Out,” Dr. Jesse Jackson

11:15 am - Noon                            Closing Remarks, WV Head Start Association   

Noon                                              Basket Raffle