Meet Our Staff

Paula Sims

Executive Assistant

Paula works directly with the President/CEO. She brings a tremendous amount of experience to the Alliance after working 30+ years in the chemical industry and higher education. In addition to working with the President/CEO, Paula assists the staff with various requests, schedules meetings and manages logistics for several Alliance events.

Susie Salisbury

Vice President & Community Development

Susie leads the Community Development Division for the Alliance and has over 40 years of community development experience. She assists with community planning, project and grant development, leadership development and is very active with many area nonprofits. She holds an MBA and is a certified Economic Development Finance Professional.

Debbie James

Chief Financial Officer

Debbie brings 30+ years of accounting and financial management experience to the Alliance. She is responsible for all aspects of finance for the organization including budgeting, strategy development and implementation, and employee benefits as well as risk management and regulatory compliance.

Drew Dunlap

Andrew “Drew” Dunlap

Director of Economic Development

Drew leads the Alliance’s economic development efforts and activities. He is responsible for business recruitment and retention efforts, workforce and entrepreneurial development, and coordination with government and related entities on economic projects. Drew also serves as the Alliance Incubator liaison. Drew has nearly two decades of experience working in the economic development field.

Victoria Russo

New Markets Consultant

Victoria supports existing industries in the Kanawha Valley by connecting businesses to resources and potential customers. She helps companies find non-traditional workforce pools and supports a collaborative effort to improve business-to-business transactions within the region.  

Erin Noon

Communications and Events Coordinator

Erin creates and implements communication strategies and events that advance the Alliance’s mission to create jobs, enhance our community and invest in people.

She is your contact for programs such as Up Next Charlie West, Charleston Roots, Elevations Luncheon’s, and more.

Maria “Ria” Terrell

Administrative Assistant

Ria provides administrative support to ensure the efficient operation of the Alliance office. She brings over 15 years of experience from the medical and community development industry.

Maria Belcher

Part-time Community Development Project Coordinator

Maria works directly with our VP of Community Development to plan and implement a variety of programs in our community.