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The West Virginia Association of Licensing Boards was established in 1981. The purposes of the organization as stated in the Articles of Incorporation include:
  1. For the best interest and keeping the high standards and ideals of the licensing boards created by the Legislature through the laws of the State of West Virginia;
  2. To help the various licensing boards continue the constant pattern of raising the standards and ethics of each licensing board for the protection of the citizens of the State of West Virginia;
  3. To upgrade the standards of dealing with complaints concerning unethical and/or unlawful practice;
  4. To work with the Legislature, its committees and/or joint committees, recommending laws for passage and advising and answering questions for the protection of the citizens of the State of West Virginia; and,
  5. Most importantly, to promote the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of the State of West Virginia by seeing that all who are licensed meet minimum competency standards.
Membership in the Association is open primarily to all licensing boards contained in Chapter 30 of the West Virginia Code. However, there are also Associate and Corporate, non-voting, memberships. The Association meets typically once or twice per year, with correspondence in the interim, to permit boards to collaborate together, assist each other, and stand together when issues of concern to one or all exist.


Association Officers
Linda Lyter
President
Linda Lyter graduated from Marshall University in 1990 with an Associate in Applied Science with a major in Business Management and completed her Bachelors Degree in 1995 with an emphasis in Sociology. She also completed a few semesters' in Health Care Administration at Marshall University Graduate College in 1996 through 1997.

Linda began her employment with state government in 1994 with the Department of Administration, Financial Accounting and Reporting Section, where she remained employed until she was promoted to management in 2002 to the Accounting Division within the same agency. She worked within this section as well as the Payroll Division until 2007. She served as the Financial Liaison for many of the State Licensing Boards and Commissions from 1995 until 2007. She became the Executive Director for the WV Massage Therapy Licensure Board in 2007. She also became the Executive Director for the WV Board of Acupuncture in 2008. Linda is active with the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards where she has served on the Nominating Committee since the fall of 2007. She is also active in massage therapy and acupuncture regulation on the state and national level. She is a Certified Investigator/Inspector by the Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation. Linda was the Employee of the Year in 2000 for the WV Department of Administration as well as receiving several achievement awards from the WV State Auditor's Office throughout the years. She was elected as Vice President of the WV Association of Licensing Boards in 2010 and elected President in 2012.

Kevin Hypes
Vice-President
Graduating from WVU's College of Business and Economics in 1994, Kevin earned his Bachelor's Degree in Accounting with an emphasis in Business Management

Kevin began his career in 1991 as a public accountant with a local accounting firm. He started his employment with the state in 1995 as an investigator with the Real Estate Commission office and, in 2008, was promoted to the position of Deputy Director within the commission.

Kevin was recognized in 2005 as a finalist for the prestigious "Investigator of the Year" award through the Association of Real Estate License Law Officials (ARELLO). Through his association with ARELLO, he became a member of the Investigator / Auditor Resources Committee in 2009 and the Law and Regulation Monitoring Committee in 2010.

In 2012, Kevin was elected Vice President of the Association. He continues to maintain an active roll with ARELLO and strives to make advancements within the Real Estate Commission.

Lanette Anderson
Secretary/Treasurer
Lanette Anderson graduated from Marshall University in 1980 with an Associate in Science in Nursing, and in 1984 with a Bachelors of Business Administration, emphasis in Management. She also graduated from the College of Law at West Virginia University in 1992. Lanette has continued her education in nursing with a Bachelors in Nursing from West Virginia University Institute of Technology in 1999, and completed her Masters in Nursing Administration at Marshall University in 2006.

Lanette has been employed by the West Virginia State Board of Examiners for Licensed Practical Nurses since 1992, and has served as the Executive Director of the Board since 2001. Lanette is active in nursing regulation on the state and national level. She is a Certified Investigator/Inspector by the Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation (CLEAR). She has also served as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Association of Licensing Boards since 2001.
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