TEDxWVU Executive Board

Gina Dahlia

Faculty Chair and TEDxWVU Student Organization Faculty Sponsor

Gina Martino Dahlia is a teaching associate professor, the Managing Director of the Media Innovation Center, General Manager of 100 days in Appalachia and the Journalism chair at the WVU Reed College of Media. She’s also an award-winning documentarian, EMMY award-winning journalist and former television news anchor. She harnesses the power of “Ted Talks” in her public speaking engagements focused on contagious optimism and the power of positive thinking.

Shannon Cunningham

Chair, License Holder

Shannon is a second-year graduate student in the Reed College of Media, working towards her Master’s in Journalism with an area of emphasis in Multimedia. This past May, she finished her Bachelor’s in Journalism with an area of emphasis in Broadcast and a minor in Communication Studies. Over the summer, Shannon applied for a license to host WVU’s first TEDx experience and is currently serving as chair of the event. Outside of TEDxWVU, she enjoys traveling, spending time with her family and friends, watching movies and exploring new places to eat.

Keith Heisler

Student Co-Chair

Keith Heisler is a third year Industrial Engineering major with a passion for entrepreneurship and innovation. After teaming up with Makenzee this past summer, Keith has helped to recruit and organize the student committees for TEDxWVU. He loves to take on new challenges and help people explore past their comfort zone. He believes West Virginia University is a perfect location for TEDx due to its diversity and its influence on the state. If he is not studying, you can find him working on his company, Heisler Ventures LLC, or water skiing with the WVU Water Ski Team.

Kassy Taylor

Executive Board Member

Kassy Taylor is a graduate student studying Journalism at the West Virginia University Reed College of Media. Kassy currently works as a graduate assistant where she helps students produce the Emmy award winning WVU News along with being a student editor for the school’s publication "100 Days in Appalachia”. She previously worked as the Media Coordinator for WVU Upward Bound. Kassy will be graduating from the College of Media in May 2018 and hopes to pursue a career in journalism.

Anna Saab

Executive Board Member, Social Media Manager

As a sophomore journalism student at the West Virginia University Reed College of Media, Anna Saab is driven by the power of innovation and connection through open communication within communities around the world. Anna heard about the possibility to get involved with TEDxWVU and couldn’t pass on such a unique opportunity. Social justice advocacy and storytelling are Anna’s primary passions. Anna works as a barista in a local coffee shop and enjoys watching baseball, traveling, reading and cooking in her spare time.

TEDxWVU Committee Leaders

Ashley O’Neil

Event Planning Committee Leader

Ashley O’Neil is a 2016 graduate of West Virginia University with a degree in Child Development and Family Studies. Throughout college, she was highly involved with Young Life and served as a volunteer Young Life leader at Morgantown High School. She currently works as the Network Development Specialist for TechConnect West Virginia. Ashley has a passion for planning and organization and has been an avid listener of TED Talks since her Sophomore year at WVU. She is excited to be able to join the team to bring TEDx events to life at WVU!

Josh Harrison

Sponsorships Committee Co-Chair

Josh is in his first year of graduate school, working towards a Master’s in Public Administration. He became involved with TEDxWVU as a way to collect resources from across the university, Morgantown and West Virginia in order to produce the best possible TEDx event here at WVU. He is a member of WVU’s Student Association for Public Administrators as the communication director. Additionally, he is a graduate assistant for the Office of Graduate Education and Life, specializing in program development and technology application.

Nick Paci

Volunteer Committee Leader

Nick is a junior pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering. He is passionate about working with TEDxWVU because he has always enjoyed watching the different speakers present their ideas at TED events over the internet. He is excited to have this great opportunity to bring the TED experience to West Virginia University. In his free time, he enjoys playing sports and hanging out with friends. Outside of the TEDxWVU team and the classroom, he serves as the President for the Greek organization, Kappa Alpha Order.

Federico Perez Munoz

Sponsorships Committee Co-Chair

As a sophomore at West Virginia University, Federico is pursuing a dual degree in Accounting and Finance with a minor in Strength and Conditioning. He became the youngest intern at Ernst & Young (EY) during the summer of 2017 after his freshman year at West Virginia University. Gaining knowledge through experience is extremely important to him, which is why he is excited to work with TEDxWVU. Outside of TEDxWVU, he works as the store manager with a new startup named Snackaholics US and is the founder of Mount.

Oliver Wiegand

Website and Design Committee Leader

Oliver is senior at West Virginia University who is pursuing a duel degree in Computer Science and Computer Engineering. Oliver's passions are in software development, photography and video production. Outside of class, he is avid kayaker, skier and golfer along with being the president of WVU's Amateur Radio Club (W8CUL). Oliver is excited about being able to bring his talents to TEDxWVU by building a exceptional web platform for the event.