The West Virginia Veterans’ Council is an eleven-member body made up of residents of the state who have been separated under honorable conditions from the Armed Forces of the United States.
The West Virginia Legislature created the Veterans Council to advice the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Assistance on general administrative policies of the Department – and to advise the Governor and Legislature with respect to legislation affecting veterans and their families.
Members (As of February 2023)
Kenneth Boggs, Chairman – Kanawha County. Kenneth Boggs is a seasoned veteran with more than 20 years of service in the United States Army and West Virginia National Guard. He has multiple deployments to places such as Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iraq, and Afghanistan. His postings include tours as Executive Officer – Reconnaissance, Surveillance, Target-Acquisition Squadron; Joint Operations Officer – Kandahar, Afghanistan; Commanding Officer 92nd Engineer Battalion; and Commanding Officer – West Virginia National Guard 111th Engineer Brigade.
Boggs is the Vice President, Strategy & Operations for N3 in Charleston, West Virginia. Boggs has served as a member of the Salvation Army Poverty Alleviation Board, and is a member of the West Virginia Community and Technical College System Council..
Jack Gerrard – Harrison County. Vietnam War. Jack served in the United States Air Force from 1964 until 1968 and was deployed to Vietnam. He served as a Department Commander in the Americal Legion, the National Committee for Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation and served as a Chaplain for the American Legion. Additionally, he is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and serves on the Harrison County Honor Guard.
Corrina Boggess – Putnam County. Corrina Boggess served as a commissioned officer in the Army and Army Reserve. Her postings include Battalion Commander - 376th Personnel Services Battalion, Tikrit, Iraq and Deputy Chief of Staff, Personnel - Office Chief, Army Reserve in Washington D.C., from which she retired as a Colonel.
Boggess serves as the 2022 - 2023 Commander, Veterans of Foreign Wars Department of West Virginia. She is also a National Legislative Committee Member, and has held several other elected positions and committee memberships within and on behalf of that organization. Corrina is an Association of the United States Army Life Member, and served on the National Advisory Board of Directors for that organization from 2000 until 2003. She is also a Reserve Officers Association and American Legion member.
Boggess received a Bachelor of Arts from West Virginia University, Master of Arts from the University of Phoenix, Master of Science from the U.S. Army War College, and Doctor of Executive Leadership from the University of Charleston.
Kim Wolfe – Cabell County. Kim served two tours of duty ijn the United States Navy in Vietnam. He is the former Mayor of Huntington, West Virginia and former Sheriff of Cabell County, West Virginia. Prior to that, Wolfe had been with the Huntington Police Department for 26 years. Wolfe graduated from Marshall University, having studied Criminal Justice Administration, with additional training from Northwestern University.
He serves on the United States Anti-Terrorist Advisory Council, and on the Advisory Committee for the National Task Force on Community Preparedness and Response.
Lew Tyree – Kanawha County. Lew served as a commissioned offcer in the US Army Reserves. During his 30-year career, his postings include Platoon Leader, Company Commander, Battalion Commander, and Group Commander as well as a number of staff positions such as, Battalion and Group Executive Officer, and Deputy Chief of Staff for the 99th Readiness Division.
Tyree Was a managing General Partner in Dues, Tyree & Hicks Attorneys at Law - Specializing in a broad range of legal services, to include real estate, domestic relations, and criminal law. Later he served as House Council and Senior Director of Loan Origination and Development for the West Virginia Housing Development Fund and the Acting Vice President of University Advancement for West Virginia State University. He also serves as the Veterans Committee Chairperson for the Charleston Chapter of the NAACP.
James W. Runyon – Kanawha County – James Runyon served in the West Virginia National Guard for more than 30 years. He had numerous command assignments, the last of which was Commander, 77th Brigade Troop Command, as well as Human Resource Assignments, including the organization's Human Resource Officer, responsible for managing both the Army and Air National Guard's diverse full-time fore. His last assignment prior to retirement was as Chief of the Joint Staff.
Runyon is Human Resources Director for Flaherty Legal, a litigation firm with several offices throughout West Virginia. Runyon is also the West Virginia State Director of Selective Service, a member of the Charleston Catholic High School Advisory Council, a member of the West Virginia Child Advocacy Network Organizational Management Committee, and the President of the Board of Directors at ABLE Families - a non-profit agency serving children and families in Mingo County
Adam Truex – Ohio County. Adam served as a Cryptologic Technician in the US Navy's Cryptologic Warfare Community. He retired honorably at the rank of Chief Petty Officer after 21 years of combined service on active and reserve duty. Adam is the Assistant Executive Director for the Ohio Mid-Eastern Regional Education Service Agency (OME-RESA), where he leads the agency's business and service operations in support of 56 school districts throughout 13 counties within Southeast Ohio.
Adam has now served for over two years on the Helping Hero's Board of Directors, and also serves as the treasurer for the Northern Panhandle Veterans Council (NPVC). Adam earned h is bachelor's degree in Business Leadership Administration, and his master's degree in Organizational Leadership from West Liberty University, where he is also an Adjunct Professor for the School of Professional Studies. Megan Ilnicky – Jefferson County. Megan Ilnicky, a former Marine, is the program manager for the Veteran Support Program in the U.S. State Department. In her role, she ensures that veterans, active military personnel, military families, and spouses of service members who have either worked at the State Department - and also those who are newly hired receive the help and assistance they need. Her role includes making formal policy recommendations that will help veterans employed by, or who retired from, the State Department.
Following her transition from the Marine Corps to civilian life in 2004, Ilnicky worked for the Congress’s Chief Administration Office, Wounded Warrior Program.
Jeff Elkins – Jackson County. Jeff Elkins is a native of Jackson County and 1977 graduate of Ravenswood High School. He enlisted in the US Navy December 1976 and shipped to Naval Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, IL on June 23, 1977. Beginning his career as a Deck Seaman onboard USS Coontz (DDG-40), Elkins went to Quartermaster school at Naval Air Station, Key West. Afterward, he changed his rate to Master-At-Arms. Over his thirty year career, he had several deployments and duty assignments, both shipboard and ashore. Elkins retired in 2008 as a Master Chief Master-At-Arms.
Elkins is a Veterans of Foreign Wars Gold Legacy Life Member of Jackson County Post 6669 in Ravenswood, WV. Additionally, he is the 1st Vice Commander of American Legion Post 107 in Ripley, West Virginia, Life Member of the VFW National Home for Children, member of the Jackson County Honor Guard, and current Committee Member for the Jackson County Hunting Heroes in Ripley, WV. Elkins also served as a board member for the Northern Jackson County Public Service District, Sandyville, WV.
Additionally, Master Chief Elkins is a VFW All-American District Commander; 2-time VFW All-State District Commander; 3-time VFW All-State Post Commander; State Surgeon, State Junior Vice Commander, State Senior Vice Commander, and is currently serving as the VFW Department of WV State Commander.
Jan Unger – Berkeley County. Jan Unger, a native of Martinsburg, retired from the West Virginia Air National Guard Nurse Corp as a Lieutenant Colonel. Prior to joining the Guard in 1989 as a Flight Nurse/Medical Technician Specialist, she had already established herself as a highly successful professional where she served in high-level leadership roles in the banking industry. During Unger’s career, she deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation New Dawn - logging hundreds of flight hours transporting wounded service members from various parts of Iraq and Afghanistan to further definitive care and providing direct patient care during transport, often for those who were seriously ill and critically injured in combat. Among her awards are the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, and the Aerial Achievement Medal.
Unger worked as a Nurse at several medical centers, including at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, where she also later worked as a Nurse Recruiter. Prior to her military career, she served as the Assistant Vice-President for the Mortgage Lending Department at Shenandoah Federal Savings and Loan, and Vice-President of the Residential Lending Department at Old National Bank. The degrees Unger holds include an Associate of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Health Administration—all from Shepherd University. Unger is a member of the American Nurses Association, West Virginia Nurses Association, National Nursing Honor Society – Sigma Theta Tau International. Additionally, she is the Exalted Ruler of the Martinsburg Elks Lodge, where she has been a member since 2006. She is also a member of American Legion Post 14, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 896 - both in Martinsburg.
Kevin Gregory – Braxton County. Gregory’s 29-year career included various command leadership positions at every level, from platoon to brigade and served in duty stations in the United States, Europe, and Southwest Asia. He has served in infantry, Armored, and Airborne Divisions, as well as Airborne and Artillery Corps. His operational deployments include such places as Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, and Hungary, and three years of combat operations in Iraq. His many awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, Bronze Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Iraq Campaign Ribbon with four Stars.
Gregory owns and operates Eagle Land Transformation, LLC., specializing in Wildlife Habitat Management Consulting and Services and Excavation Services. He writes weekly articles on wildlife for the Braxton County Citizens News, and enjoys outdoor activities with his friends and family. Colonel Greagory is a board member of the Pleasant Hill Waterline Association, President of the Ireland Lions Club, Secretary for the West Virginia Retired Military Council, member of the Fort Knox Soldier for Life Retiree Council, and assistant coach for the Braxton County Lady Eagles Softball Team. Additionally, he serves on the Braxton County Board of Education.