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Roark-Sullivan Lifeway Center Announces New Chief Executive Officer

Charleston, WV… The Roark-Sullivan Lifeway Center Board of Directors is proud to announce they have selected Jessica McGuire as their new Chief Executive Officer.


“We are extremely pleased that Jessica has joined the organization as our new leader, stated Dotsy Klei, Board Chair. “She comes to us with a wealth of experience, passion and policy development,” she added.

Roark-Sullivan Lifeway Center, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, works to end chronic and Veteran’s homelessness. To this end, Roark-Sullivan Lifeway Center strives to provide safe, temporary shelter, skill development, and referrals to recovery services to support individuals experiencing homelessness to become self-sufficient.

“I am honored and humbled to be a part of an established organization,” said McGuire. She added, “I love the great work, care and compassion the staff offer our clients and look forward to building on that core fundamental.”

McGuire comes to Roark-Sullivan after serving as the Clinical Director of New Hope 4 You in Beckley, WV.

She has extensive experience on client safety and welfare as a member of the Human Rights Committee. She also is well versed in client care, service development, and policy development.


Her professional career began as a Treatment Associate during her undergraduate work. Her persistence, purpose-driven passion, and leadership skills enabled her to advance quickly in the social service industry.

West Virginia Senator Stephen Baldwin stated, “Her tenacity and talent has converged at just the right time to meet our state’s needs!”

She is a graduate of Mountain State University with a BS degree. She earned her MS from the University of Phoenix.


The Roark-Sullivan Lifeway Center is an independent non-profit agency serving the Kanawha Valley of West Virginia and a provider of emergency shelter, transitional, and permanent supportive housing to those experiencing homelessness. In addition to housing assistance after care and supportive services such as rapid rehousing, attainment of Social Security and other eligible benefits, referrals for substance abuse and mental health treatment, healthcare coordination, peer counseling, and other case management services for individuals 18 years of age and older and experiencing homelessness.


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