I am a Realtor at Long and Foster working on a team with my sister, Carol Harold for the past 10 years. I have a Bachelor of Arts from West Virginia University. My past experiences includes over 20 years in customer service, retail management, banking and owning my own craft business. I currently serve as a Director for Eastern Panhandle Board of Realtors and chair the PR/web committee. My hobbies include reading, painting, beading, card making camping and spending time with family and friends. I am a member of the Society of Decorative Painting and the Chesapeake Bay Decorative Painters. I do lots of community service, however my most important projects include painting memory boxes for Berkeley Medical Center and hand-making Valentines for Hearltand Nursing home.
A graduate of James Wood High School. Attended Lord Fairfax Community College and Blue Ridge CTC. Presently a member of Leadership Berkeley. Employed with Dept. of Veterans Affairs for 6 1/2 years. I have volunteered with numerious organazations, to include Big Brothers Big Sisters, Mrs.Virginia International pageant, 11th hour angel, Concern hotline, Stephens City Heritage Festival, Emergency Medical Tech.
Helen was appointed by her former Pastor, Rev. John V. DiBacco to serve on the Ninth Diocesan Synod for the Diocese of Wheeling/Charleston in 2000. In 2001, she was appointed by Bishop Bernard Schmitt to serve on the Diocesan Pastoral Council for the Diocese of Wheeling/Charleston assisting with the writing of the Mission Statement that is presently being used by the Diocese. Re-appointed by Bishop Michael Bransfield in 2005 to the Council. Also a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas. She is past Chairperson of the St. Joseph=s Annual All Are Welcome Community Thanksgiving Dinner. (an idea of her husband Leonard Harris and presented and supported by Father Di Bacco, this dinner invites anyone no matter what their walk of life to come together on Thanksgiving Day to share in a bountiful meal and love.)
Helen was appointed by Governor Joe Manchin in 2005 to the Promise Scholarship Board. She is a member Sumner Ramer Heritage, Inc., NAACP, past member of the Art Center in Martinsburg, Past member of Martinsburg High School Band Booster, past member of the Berkeley County Schools Diversity Committee and Charter Member for Sunrise Rotary in Martinsburg. Elected Vice-President of Sunrise Rotary of Martinsburg 2014, President-Elect 2015 and serves as President 2016-2017. She is a Paul Harris Fellow thru the Rotary Foundation. Helen also serves on the Board of Directors for the Martinsburg Berkeley County Chambers of Commerce.
Helen was appointed by the Berkeley County Commissioners to serve on the Development Authority Board for Berkeley County on February 26, 2009. Re-appointed in February 2012 and 2015 for another three year term. In December 2011, Helen formally served on the Committee for Scholarship Awards for the Eastern WV Community Foundation. Recently serve in an advisory capacity to The Promise House Family Resource Center. Helen serves on the Catholic Charities Regional Advisory Council in Martinsburg and a Board Member of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Wheeling/Charleston appointed by Bishop Bransfield. Helen was awarded the Certification of Special Appreciation from St. Joseph Catholic School, January 30, 2009.
In 2008 she received the The WV All Black Schools Sports and Academic Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award. In June, 2010, Helen was given an award from Serenity Seventh Day Adventist Church in recognition and honor of her years of dedicated service and leadership in the community. On April 5, 2012, Helen received the Excellence in Community Service Award from the Berkeley County Council formerly known as the Berkeley County Commission. In November 2012, Helen was selected Berkeley County Citizen of the Year. Helen dedicates her time to sing at other churches and events in the community.