As the co-founding Executive Director of the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, Ted brings a wealth of experience and understanding of state fiscal issues. In addition to running the Center, Ted is the author of numerous reports on state tax and budget issues, economic development, and family economic security, including the annual “State of Working West Virginia.” Ted frequently presents policy proposals to the West Virginia Legislature and testifies before committees. He also regularly addresses statewide civic groups on state tax, budget and economic policies and is frequently quoted in news stories on those topics. In 2011, The State Journal named Ted “one of the most influential businesses leaders” in West Virginia. Ted also serves on the board of directors of Cabin Creek Health Systems, Legal Aid of West Virginia, The Dunn Foundation, and Mountain State Justice. He has also taught at West Virginia University Institute of Technology and West Virginia University. Ted holds a B.S. in journalism from West Virginia University and a M.A. in political science from the University of New Hampshire. Email Ted.
Caitlin Cook serves as Communications Director of the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy. She works to foster an environment of increased understanding and collaboration on budget and economic issues among citizens, partners and legislators through strategic communications. Caitlin is a native of Charleston and brings business and public outreach experience to her role. She holds a B. A. in Journalism and a B. A. in Philosophy from Youngstown State University. Email Caitlin.
Seth DiStefano is Campaign Coordinator for the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy. A native of Randolph County, WV, he is a graduate of Tygarts Valley High School and holds a B.A in Liberal Arts and Sciences from West Virginia University. Seth has experience organizing both electoral and issue-based capacities, and, in 2006, he was elected and served as Chairman of the Randolph County Democratic Executive Committee. Following a successful election cycle, he turned his focus toward issue advocacy, serving as Field Organizer for ACLU of WV. Campaigns he has managed include adding protections for LGBT West Virginians to the State’s Human Rights Act and Fair Housing Laws, fighting back attempts to build a new prison in the state, and working for the successful passage and enactment of a consent-based vehicle search reform policy to combat racial profiling. Seth’s goal at the Center is to increase Tax Fairness for West Virginia’s working families through the passage of a refundable state Earned Income Tax Credit. Email Seth.
Linda Frame is Communications and Administrative Manager with West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy. She is responsible for managing the organization’s communications activities with the goal of increasing public understanding of budget, tax and economic issues. She has worked in Washington, DC and Charleston, West Virginia for non-profit organizations and has served on the board of West Virginia- based groups. Linda holds a B.S. in Psychology from St. Lawrence University and an M.S. in Environmental Science and Public Policy from George Mason University. Email Linda.
Tara Martinez is the Policy Outreach Coordinator for the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy. Her role is strategic outreach, partnership, and coalition building. In her career within state government over the last 16 years, Tara worked with a variety of nonprofits, businesses, and state organizations on legislation, program planning and implementation. She also serves as liaison to national associations, state and federal agencies, along with other statewide and national organizations, including 16 different boards, committees and planning groups. She recently served as vice-chair for the State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights during its state review focusing around mental health and law enforcement. Tara holds a R.B.A. and M.B.A. from Marshall University. Email Tara.
Sean O’Leary is a Senior Policy Analyst with the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy. Since joining the Center in 2010, Sean has authored numerous reports on working family issues, economic development, and state and federal budget and tax policy, including annual reports on the state budget and the State of Working West Virginia. In 2011, Sean co-authored “The Importance of Federal Earmarks to State Coffers” that appeared in the Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management. Sean also collaborates with West Virginia Kids Count for the annual West Virginia Kids Count Data Book. Sean holds a B.A. in political science and economics and a Master of Public Administration from West Virginia University. Email Sean.
Kathleen Stoll, Health Policy Analyst
Kathleen (Kat) Stoll is the Health Policy Analyst for the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy. Her focus is an analysis of potential new sources of state funding to support Medicaid. Kat is a West Virginia resident and former Deputy Director of Families USA, a national health care consumer advocacy voice based in D.C. She has a masters degree in economics and has been an attorney specializing in health care policy for over 30 years. Her analysis will provide a menu of options that the Medicaid Coalition can discuss and consider supporting.
Luke Yingling is a senior political science and history student at the University of Charleston. He currently assists Huntington, West Virginia’s Office of Drug Control Policy with policy advocacy campaigns. Additionally, he has held a number of internships in the past with non-profit organizations, working primarily on community needs research. He is a member of the National History Honor Society, the International Social Science Honor Society, and the National College Athlete Honor Society. Upon the completion of his undergraduate degree, Luke plans to pursue further education in public administration and public policy.