CHARLESTON - The Board of Directors of Legal Aid of West Virginia, a statewide legal services and advocacy organization, recently elected new officers and board members.

The following officers were reelected: Marjorie McDiarmid, a professor at West Virginia University College of Law, as president; Princeton attorney Omar Aboulhosn as vice president; Charleston-area Head Start appointee Diane Jett as secretary; and Charleston attorney Andy Nason as treasurer.

Two new board members were elected from their geographic regions for three-year terms. Teresa McCune, the Mingo County Public Defender, was elected from the Mingo/Logan region and Brandon Sims, a Jefferson County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, was elected from the Eastern Panhandle region.

Jett, representing the Appalachian Council Head Start program and Diane Eagle, representing the Coalition Against Domestic Violence, were reappointed. They join current board members Nate Bowles, Tina Faber, Robert Gaudio, Bader Giggenbach, Sheila Hicks, Loren Howley, David Lockwood, Connie Lynch, James Martin, Janice Mitchem, Wilbert Payne, Helen Powell, Bob Richardson and Tom Tinder.

Legal Aid has 13 offices across West Virginia. The organization helps low-income and vulnerable West Virginians with legal problems and advocates for nursing home residents and individuals with behavioral health problems.

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