Beth has worked with the West Virginia Association for Justice since January 2003, first providing media and legislative support as a consultant before being named executive director in June 2005.
Beth is an accredited public relations professional with nearly 20 years experience in public relations, political communication, political campaigns, organizational and program development and legislative advocacy. She has provided state, regional and national trainings in effective public relations, communications and messaging, legislative and media advocacy, coalition building, organizational development and management, and program evaluation. She was part of the team that developed LeadNet, a specialized leadership development and management program for West Virginians working in nonprofit management. Beth received an M. S. in public relations from the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University, where she also completed coursework in political communication at the university’s Maxwell School. Her undergraduate degree is from West Virginia State.
Beth is also a published historian and lecturer. Her interest in history led her to develop a lecture on the history of trial by jury that traces its origins back to ancient times. The lecture has been presented throughout the state and has been provided to other trial by jury advocates throughout the country. An article based on the lecture has been published in several trial lawyer association magazines. Also photographer, she is currently shooting Civil War battlefields for a new book being published by West Virginia University Press. In 2000, she created the Civil War Scholars Lecture series, which brings nationally known historians to Charleston for free public lectures. The program is funded by the West Virginia Humanities Council. She has provided extensive volunteer work to both history and historic preservation organizations.
Patrick R. Cadle, Legislative Director
Pat joined the Association for Justice in the summer of 2011. He serves as the lobbyist and primary government relations person for the Association.
Pat is originally from Ravenswood, WV, and is a graduate of Marshall Universiy with an M.A. in Political Science. His undergraduate degree was also in Political Science/International Relations, from Cedarville University, in Cedarville, Ohio. Pat has been involved in legislative work for nearly twenty years, having started as a staff assistant to the West Virginia Senate President in 1993. He spent ten years on the staff of the state legislature, moving to the Legislative Performance Evaluation and Research Division in 1995, and then went on to become the Clerk and Legislative Analyst to the House of Delegates Committee on the Judiciary from 1997 to 2004. As a staff member or as a lobbyist, Pat has participated in nearly 20 annual sessions of the West Virginia Legislature.
Pat left the West Virginia Legislature in January of 2004 to spend the next two years on an overseas assignment as the Senior Program Manager of a USAID-funded project to aid the institutional development of the new Parliament of Kosovo. Following this experience, Pat returned to West Virginia in 2006 and spent the next five years shuttling between Charleston, where he represented several clients as a contract lobbyist during the annual legislative session, and developing nations abroad, where he continued to assist democratizing parliaments in Bosnia, Indonesia and Bangladesh as they learned to function as a modern legislative body. He has literally circled the globe twice while working on projects for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). He has also done contract work on local government projects with the West Virginia Association of Counties and the WV Sheriffs' Association, as well as short term work with the State Legislature of Nevada. His work experience has given him a love of travel and a passion for justice and good governance for people everywhere.
Debra Lee, Assistant Director
Prior to her appointment with the West Virginia Association for Justice in October 2011, Debra served as the Deputy Director for Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Southern West Virginia. In her seven years of service at Consumer Credit, she managed the education department focusing on financial literacy.
Debbi has extensive experience and understanding of working with the non-profit community, has assisted in planning several large events and galas, served as the key point person to facilitate a myriad of programs, and written and edited professional publication.
She earned a Bachelors of Arts degree from West Virginia State University in 2003. She attended Marshall University Graduate School to attain a MS in Adult Education. She has served on a number of local boards and community organizations throughout West Virginia.