APPOINTED: Dr. Holly Kossuth of Follansbee was appointed to a two-year term as president of the West Virginia Veterinary Medical Association at the organization's 62nd-annual spring meeting in White Sulfur Springs, W.Va.
Kossuth is the sole practitioner and owner of Community Care Animal Hospital & Cat Clinic. She is a graduate of West Virginia University and Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Currently serving as president-elect for the WVVMA, she also is a charter member of the group, delegate to the American Veterinary Medical Association and member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners and Cornell Feline Health Center.
She lives on a small farm with her horses, pig, poultry, cats and dogs.
The WVVMA promotes professional fellowship among veterinarians and high standards for veterinary medicine in the state, according to officials.
EDUCATOR: Weirton native Rose Tomich Blevins is currently serving as president of the Virginia Association for Career and Technical Education, an organization that represents more than 5,000 career and technical educators, and president of Virginia's Association for Trade and Industrial Educators representing more than 1,000 trade teachers.
Blevins, the daughter of Walter and Nancy Tomich of Weirton, also serves on the board of directors for Virginia SkillsUSA, VATIE and VACTE. For the past five years she has been leadership and operations chair for SkillsUSA State Leadership Conference and most recently the Career and Technical Education Strands Chair for the Special Needs Division, Transition Conference. She is DECA adviser, SkillsUSA adviser, Senior Mentorship coordinator and CTE teacher at Kecoughtan High School in Hampton, Va.
In her eight years as a SkillsUSA adviser she was one of the first CTE instructors statewide to actively involve her special needs students in the program, helping them achieve their full potential through leadership, fundraising and community service activities, according to officials.
She was the 2009 Virginia SkillsUSA Adviser of the Year and the 2010 national Advisers of the Year representing Region II, that consist of 12 southeastern states. Over the past eight years she encouraged her special needs students to compile more than 1,000 volunteer hours with the Peninsula Area Food Bank, donate more than $2,000 to Operation Smile, collect 800 cell phones and raise more than $1,500 for Hunters Syndrome.
She is 1978 graduate of Weir High School, 1982 graduate of Marshall University and graduated magna cum laude from Virginia Tech in 2007 with her master's of science degree in career and technical education. She and her husband, Mark, have three children.
FITNESS TRAIL: Anytime Fitness of Steubenville and Anytime Fitness of Weirton are hosting a community bicycle ride on May 19 on the Harmon Creek Trail.
Members of both gyms, their guests and the community at large may join the ride, which will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the trailhead off the U.S. Route 22 Harmon Creek exit.
"The idea is to get as many riders as we can, friends and families, to enjoy the trail together. We're not raising funds or selling anything. I just want to have people exercise together," said Paul Giannamore, manager of Anytime Fitness of Steubenville.
The gyms will supply water for the riders. The ride is scheduled for an hour, but riders who want to go further may do so.
For information, contact Giannamore at Anytime Fitness of Steubenville at (740) 346-9009.
From staff reports