Jacques honored: Set to retire next month as dean of the West Virginia University School of Medicine’s Eastern Division, Dr. C.H. Mitch Jacques was honored recently for establishing the popular Mini-Medical School community health education programs in the Eastern Panhandle.

Jacques was presented with a plaque by Carol Joseph, physician and community education coordinator for West Virginia University Hospitals-East, during a special April 17 program in Martinsburg at the Health Sciences Center auditorium.

Jacques holds both a medical degree from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from North Carolina State University.

New State Bar leaders: Three Eastern Panhandle lawyers have been named to leadership positions with the West Virginia State Bar for 2012-2013. 

William J. “Bill” Powell, a member of Jackson Kelly in Martinsburg, was elected to a three-year term on the State Bar’s board of governors, the body responsible for the general administration of the affairs of the West Virginia State Bar.  

Powell will represent District 16, which is made up of Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral and Morgan counties.

The New York native is a 1982 magna cum laude graduate of Salem College. He earned his law degree from West Virginia University.

Powell is the manager of the firm’s Martinsburg office and the assistant leader of the Government Contracts and Investigations practice group. His practice focuses on the defense of civil litigation and white-collar criminal matters.

Jackson Kelly has offices in Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Jason P. Foster was elected secretary of the bar’s Young Lawyers Executive Committee.

Foster, who joined the litigation department of Steptoe & Johnson in Martinsburg in 2007. He earned his law degree from West Virginia University. He also is a graduate of the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

Steptoe & Johnson has more than 180 lawyers resident in seven offices throughout West Virginia and Ohio.

Matthew L. Harvey was selected as a new member of the Young Lawyers Executive Committee.

The Monroe County native served as an assistant attorney in the prosecutor’s offices in both Berkeley and Kanawha counties. Today he is a defense attorney with Paul G. Taylor’s law firm on West Burke Street in Martinsburg.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bluefield State College and then completed his law degree in Grundy, Va., at the Appalachian School of Law. 

Hoxton’s new name: With his financial firm nearing its 20th anniversary in July, Certified Financial Planner Rob Hoxton has announced a name change for his growing operation based in Shepherdstown.

The firm, which has a second office in Winchester, Va., is no longer Hoxton Financial Inc., but HFI Wealth Management.

“This name change reflects the talented people who work at the firm and their strong commitment to our clients,” said Hoxton, who lives in Shepherdstown. “Since 1992, we have been helping clients identify, manage, protect and utilize their resources so they can achieve their goals and live their dreams.”

HFI Wealth Management’s advisers are required to have and maintain certification from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards as well as at least one other respected advanced degree or designation.

“Other than our name change, nothing else will change,” Hoxton said. “We will continue to provide financial advice using our financial planning process that has set us apart for the last 20 years.”

Hoxton, a graduate of the College for Financial Planning in Denver, began his career in the financial services industry in 1986.

HFI Wealth Management’s sole source of revenue is fees paid by clients, not commissions or incentives paid by brokerage firms, mutual funds or insurance companies. Hoxton said the firm enjoys high referral rates from existing clients, as well as from professional colleagues.

Shepherd prof honored: There’s another honor for Mark Andrew Cook, assistant professor of music and director of music theory and composition at Shepherd University. He’s been named as the West Virginia Music Teachers Association’s Commissioned Composer for 2012.

As he began a song cycle for soprano and piano, Cook met with Sylva Bailey Shurbutt, the Shepherd professor of English who also serves as the Appalachian Heritage Writer in Residence project director.  Shurbutt suggested the “Anthology of Appalachian Writers” as a source, as well as Shepherd faculty members and Ron Rash, the Appalachian Heritage Writer in Residence.

Shepherd alumni Lawren Hill and Jason Solounias have agreed to perform the cycle at the 2012 WVMTA Conference, to be held at Shepherd in October.

Cook graduated from the Peabody Conservatory with a degree in music education and Catholic University with a master’s degree and doctorate in music theory.

He came to Shepherd in 2005 and performs throughout the region as a jazz clinician and adjudicator. He is a guest lecturer in music theory and composition at the Barbara Ingram School of the Arts in Hagerstown, Md.

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