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  • Jerry Wood



    Parkersburg, West Virginia native Jerry Wood serves as director of the West Virginia University Center for Veteran, Military and Family Programs. Jerry is a 1993 graduate of the WVU Army ROTC Battalion and served more than 30 years of active duty in the United States Army, enlisting in 1984 as a musician and retiring in 2017 as a human resources officer.

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  • Penny Lipscomb

    Academic Program Coordinator


    Penny has been employed at West Virginia University since 2014. She has worked as a lead academic advisor, instructor and program coordinator for the Center for Learning, Advising and Student Success (CLASS). Currently, she serves as an academic program coordinator/veteran success coach in the Veteran and Military Family Support HQ’s at WVU.

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  • Janet McKinney

    Senior Certifying Official


    Janet McKinney serves as the senior veteran certifying official at WVU. In this role, she oversees the certification of enrollment for student veterans, which allows them to obtain their educational benefits for school. Janet started her 30-year career in WVU’s Financial Aid Office in October 1987. In 2001, she became the certifying official in addition to her Financial Aid responsibilities.

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  • Sherry Rose

    Certifying Official


    Sherry is a native of Morgantown, West Virginia. She has been employed at WVU for 20 years, but joined the Center for Veteran, Military and Family Programs five years ago as a veteran certifying official. In this role, she assists with and certifies education benefits for student veterans, their spouses or dependents and survivor’s students who receive VA Education benefits.

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