WV Statewide Cross-Disability Advocacy Org.

Hours of Operation: Mon - Fri 8:00am - 8:00pm

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"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has”   

-- Margaret Mead

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About Us

Who Are We

The Fair Shake Network (FSN) is a grassroots organization of West Virginians dedicated to a "fair shake" for people with disabilities and to the belief that diversity makes our communities stronger. We provide an effective voice in the development of public policy, to give people with disabilities a fair shake.  

OUR MISSION

The Fair Shake Network is an association of West Virginians dedicated to a “fair shake” for people with disabilities. Its mission is to educate policymakers and the public about disability issues and to empower people with disabilities to speak for themselves.


OUR VALUES

1. All people should have equal opportunities and the support they need to be full members of their communities, state and nation.

2. Everyone has value and something to contribute.

3. If people don’t speak up, things won’t change.

4. We have strength in numbers when we act together.


OUR VISION

People with disabilities will have an equal opportunity to fully participate in their communities and realize their dreams.


Meet the Board

Our Current Board


Meet the Staff

Our Staff

FSN has a staff of two part-time workers.


Director

Paul was hired as the FSN Administrative Assistant in July 2008. He has experience in the field of computer science, experience in planning special events, preparing reports, updating databases, designing websites, publishing newsletters, and correspondence.

While working for Kay-Bee Toys at the Town Center Mall as an assistant manager, Paul was involved in a motorcycle accident that left him a paraplegic. After his accident, he started a Desktop Publishing business. He and his wife Debbie have been married for 35 years. They have two children, Danielle and Richard and three grandchildren. Paul is a graduate of Herbert Hoover High School and attended WV State College.

He enjoys fishing and camping.


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Administrative Assistant

Sharon Stackpole graduated from West Virginia State University and is now a graduate student at Marshall University where she is pursuing an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.


She is a former reporter and copy editor for the Wheeling Intelligencer and News-Register who has won awards from the Associated Press for her enterprise, investigative and industry reporting. She has also done freelance writing for Wonderful West Virginia magazine and both written and illustrated several books for the Sketchbook Project in Brooklyn, NY. Her artwork is shown publicly in downtown Charleston, WV in the Gallery 64 murals and the Streetworks signs along Washington Street. She has volunteered teaching art at the elementary school level and participated in the Read Aloud program in Kanawha County.


Because she has a pacemaker, she has also volunteered for heart health advocacy for the American Heart Association for over a decade both in Charleston WV and Washington, D.C. as a You’re the Cure heart health advocate.