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
Fairness is a proud member of the Equality Federation
Aisha Reikow, Chair FWVI
Patrick Folio, Chair FWV
Jan Rader, Vice-Chair FWVI & FWV
Chris Walters, Treasurer FWVI & FWV
Danielle Stewart, Secretary FWVI & FWV
Chris Middleton, FWVI & FWV
Joseph Merceruio, FWVI & FWV
Donte Newsom, FWVI & FWV
Rev. Valerie Gittings, FWVI & FWV
Since 2014, 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
Jake is a 2016 graduate of West Virginia University’s Reed College of Media, having received a bachelor’s degree in print journalism. Prior to joining Fairness West Virginia, Jake worked as a journalist. He most recently covered state government and politics for the State Journal, and prior to that, he wrote about higher education for the Charleston Gazette-Mail. As the communications manager, Jake handles all of the organization’s media relations and helps promote its work. He enjoys being a cat dad and reading new books in his spare time.
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Transgender Visibility Organizer
Natasha is a 2017 graduate of West Virginia University’s Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, with a bachelor’s degree in Women’s and Gender Studies.Prior to joining the Fairness West Virginia staff, Natasha was an intern with United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 400. She also has written about the labor movement, gender and politics for various publications.
As the transgender visibility organizer, Natasha is working with the state’s medical and education professionals to increase representation and level of care for the transgender community. In her spare time, she likes planting trees and gardening. Natasha lives in Charleston with her roommates and cats Binx and Gorgonzola.
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Voter Engagement Organizer
Yvonne is a pursuing a PhD from Walden University in family intervention and preservation, and she is an adjunct professor West Virginia State University’s Social Work Department. She is originally from California, but came to West Virginia to pursue a career in social work. She is dedicated to uplifting marginalized people and building community power to achieve change.
As the voter engagement organizer, Yvonne works to register voters and to increase civic engagement. In her spare time, she enjoys being a mother to five beautiful children and one grand daughter.
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Development & Administrative Associate
Laura is a graduate of the University of Charleston with a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy (2014) and a master’s degree in Strategic Leadership (2021). Prior to joining Fairness, Laura worked in state government serving a dual role focusing on state revenue and the legislature. As the Development & Administrative Associate, she handles fund raising efforts and works directly with existing and prospective donors. Most of her free time is spent being a mother of five, but she also likes to sing and sew when she can.
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