Women’s Network Conference


Keynote Speaker: Rosemary Ketchum, Wheeling City Councilmember

Rosemary Ketchum is a member of the City Council of Wheeling, West Virginia representing Ward 3. Ketchum serves as the Chief Facilitator for the Edible Mountain project; supporting youth wellness in Wheeling. She is also on the board of several organizations including the Friendlier City Project. Ketchum has been a returning guest on MSNBC and has been profiled by several outlets including The Today Show, Time Magazine, and CNN for her work in community organizing and politics.

Anna E. Kent, MSN, CNM
Lead APP WVU Medicine Eastern Division

Anna Kent is a Certified Nurse Midwife with over 17 years of experience caring for women throughout their lifespan. Her focus is in Outpatient Gynecology and Well Woman care, including birth control, routine exams, gynecological problems and the management of menopausal concerns. She is an advocate for all aspects of Women’s Health, and works closely with her colleagues in the WVU Medicine system to provide the most comprehensive care possible.  She also serves as the Lead Advanced Practice Provider for WVU Medicine Eastern Division.

Rebecca Sarich, APRN, CNM, PMHNP-BC, PMH-C
Director of Women's Mental Health
Berkeley Medical Center

Rebecca Sarich serves as Director of Women's Mental Health at WVU Medicine and is a Yale and Columbia trained Nurse Practitioner. She is board certified in Nurse-Midwifery, Psychiatry and Perinatal Mental Health. She has over 17 years of experience taking care of women throughout the lifespan and is thrilled to provide comprehensive women's mental health to the women of this community in her new role.

Vicky Fields, SHRM-SCP
Speaker, Collaborator, Trainer
Elevate Your Team, LLC

Vicky’s career began in the restaurant business starting as a part time server job in college that turned into a career that changed her life. As part of the opening team she assisted in training staff & opening over 20 locations, traveled around the greater DC area creating/supporting training & development initiatives, and met some of the greatest people in her life, including her amazing husband! After 10 years, it was time for something new and found the next shift in the form of a casino. Who knew – there is an entire field of training & development?! In the casino world Vicky initiated several programs that focused on supporting the core values & mission statement of the organization as well as branching out into the greater field of Human Resources.

After 20 years of customer service & operations experience, it was time to take this knowledge and apply it for herself. Stepping out on her own she created Elevate Your Team, giving her the flexibility to work with businesses to find the best solution for their team members.

She is also an active part of her community. The Founding President for Wild & Wonderful Toastmasters, active member in the Chamber of Commerce & Old Opera House, as well as a Board Member for the Jefferson County Parks & Rec and Program Director for Eastern Panhandle Society for Human Resources Management. Somewhere in all of this she also loves hiking, cooking, and spending time with her family & friends. She believes that to live in a good place, you must play an active part in it. Join her as we create a better place for all of us to work and live in today!

Dr. Chiquita Howard-Bostic
Professor of Sociology
Chair of Sociology, Criminology, & Criminal Justice Department
Associate Vice President of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusivity
Shepherd University

Dr. Chiquita Howard-Bostic received her Ph.D. in Sociology, teaching certificate in Women’s Studies, and a Race and Social Policy research certification at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She earned a master's degree in urban planning and bachelor's degree in legal studies at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Dr. Howard-Bostic is the founder of Help Bridge (HB) and HB Artwork, and the Associate Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity. Howard-Bostic also chairs the department of Sociology, Criminology, and Criminal Justice and is Professor of Sociology at Shepherd University. Dr. Howard-Bostic is also an Integrative Wellness Academy (IWA) certified life coach and a licensed qualified administrator of Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) certified to assess intercultural competencies at businesses and corporations and serves as a certified life coach, grant writer, and a community mentor. Dr. Howard-Bostic teaches online and face-to-face courses in the academic disciplines of sociology, criminal justice studies, psychology, and communications. She has taught over 15 different academic courses. Dr. Howard-Bostic’s research has advanced the study diversity, equity, and inclusivity and other areas such as online teaching pedagogy, cross-cultural motivations for aggression, and emotive-based treatment for perpetrators and victims of mutually performed domestic violence. Dr. Howard-Bostic has presented research at Harvard University, two international forums at Oxford University, and at other prestigious forums around the US and abroad. She has received grants to support international research on gender and domestic violence. She has also presented ground-breaking, motivational, empowering research that promotes cultural inclusivity. Howard-Bostic is a former college director of institutional assessment and has served as an executive director of housing and human services in Buffalo, New York.