About Fairness West Virginia

Fairness West Virginia (Fairness) is the statewide civil rights advocacy organization dedicated to fair treatment and civil rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender West Virginians. Our mission is to ensure LGBT people can be open, honest and safe at home, at work, and in the community. We are open to everyone who believes in fundamental fairness.

Fairness West Virginia
Charleston, WV
(304) 806-2220
info@fairnesswv.org

Fairness is a proud member of the Equality Federation

Our Board

Aisha Reikow, Chair FWVI
Janet James, Chair FWV
Patrick Folio, Vice-Chair Fairness FWVI & FWV
Chris Walters, Treasurer FWVI & FWV
Tighe Bullock, Secretary FWVI & FWV
Chris Middleton, FWVI & FWV
Joseph Merceruio, FWVI & FWV
Jan Rader, FWVI & FWV
Rev. Clare Sulgit, FWVI & FWV

FAIRNESS WEST VIRGINIA BOARD OF ADVISORS

Sara Bird, Esq.
Scott Crichlow, Ph.D.
Ian Gibson-Smith
Pepe Johnson
John Saunders, Ph.D.

Our Staff

Andrew Schneider
Executive Director

For the last three years Andrew Schneider, as Executive Director, has led the effort to advocate for effective lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender policy changes in West Virginia. Prior to joining Fairness, Andrew served for seven years as the Executive Director of the ACLU of Connecticut where he was a leader in the successful state campaigns to win transgender civil rights, abolish the death penalty, and legalize medical marijuana.

Before that, he was the Executive Director of the ACLU of West Virginia for six years. In 2007 he was the recipient of the West Virginia NAACP Freedom Award for leading the successful legislative effort to ban and combat racial profiling in the state. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in European History from Washington and Lee University.

Contact Andrew Schneider at Andrew@fairnesswv.org

Billy Wolfe
Communications Outreach Specialist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prior to joining the team at Fairness West Virginia, Billy was the communications specialist for the West Virginia Conservation Agency, a division of state government responsible for protecting the Mountain State’s water and soil resources.

A 10-year veteran of the newspaper industry, Billy was the entertainment editor of the former Charleston Daily Mail. Before that, he helped lead the Daily Mail’s reporting team as assistant city editor.

He has also worked as a freelance photographer for the past 15 years for numerous national publications. Billy lives in Charleston with his husband, Travis.

Contact Billy Wolfe at billy@fairnesswv.org

Sam Springer
Special Projects Assistant


Sam hails from Mingo County, WV. He was an office assistant for Web Insurance Agency for seven years. After that, he worked in the data entry department for Credit Collections Services (CCS) for five years. In his most recent position, he served as a customer service representative for Capitol Area Services Company Incorporated (CASCI)/Carefirst BCBS for the last year and a half. At CASCI he helped manage a ProPride group in which he was responsible for helping plan and coordinate events for inclusion and diversity.

Contact Sam Springer at sam@fairnesswv.org