Lori Jones was appointed executive director of the YWCA Wheeling.
In addition, Dea Kennen was selected as a new board president.
Kennen, a Missouri native who has called Wheeling home for 23 years, replaced Karen Stakem as board president. Kennen, realtor and co-owner of Kennen and Kennen Realtors, was honored as West Virginia Realtor of the Year in 2007 and also serves on the board of directors for the National Association of Realtors.
The YWCA also welcomed four new board members: Dee McCormick, Shayna Varner, Patti Kota and Shari Potter.
McCormick, a Wheeling resident since 2003, is an employee of the Regional Economic Development Partnership in Wheeling. McCormick attended Shepherd College and West Virginia University Local Government Leadership Academy with an emphasis on business management and strategy planning and economic development.
Varner, a Moundsville native, is a public relations specialist at Beyond Marketing and is contracted as the director of public relations for Ohio Valley Health Services & Education Corp. in Wheeling. Varner is a graduate of John Marshall High School, the College of Communications at Harding University and is finishing her master's degree in integrated marketing communications from West Virginia University. She is a graduate of the 2011 Leadership Wheeling class.
Kota, former owner of Bullfrogs and Butterflies, is former director of the YWCA Family Violence Prevention Program and served on the Advisory Council for several years.
Potter is an attorney with Spilman Thomas & Battle PLLC in Wheeling. She began working with the YWCA while servicing as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia through federal grants aimed at Internet safety, drug awareness and anti-violence initiatives.