Karen Bowling & Martin Staunton

Karen Bowling

Karen L. Bowling currently serves as the Executive Vice President Government Affairs for WVU Medicine and as the President and CEO for Princeton Community Hospital.
Prior to this position, Karen was Cabinet Secretary of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) under Governor Earl Ray Tomblin from 2013
until January of 2017.
Before taking the helm of DHHR, Bowling held a variety of positions in health care
and the education arena. Her career started as an emergency room nurse in a small rural
hospital in Wyoming County.
Bowling served in a number of management capacities in both the hospital setting and
higher education until 1990 when she began working in hospital administration. In 2001,
Bowling became the CEO of Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley, West Virginia.
A native of Mullens, West Virginia, Bowling graduated from Bluefield State College with
an Associate Degree in Nursing. She continued her education at West Virginia
University, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of
Science in Primary Healthcare. She also earned an MS in Higher Education from
Capella University.
Bowling is blessed to have two grown children-Markus Bowling of Terrell, NC and
Danielle Tipton from Beckley, WV. She has two beautiful granddaughters-Madelynn and
Myla Tipton.

Martin Staunton

Martin Staunton was born in New York then spent his middle and high school years in Fayette County, WV and he began a broadcast career in Beckley at WWNR. He has worked at WOAY, WCHS, and WOWK where he spent time on an embed assignment with the WV Air National
Guard in Afghanistan. Currently working as the evening news anchor with WVVA, he is the father of two daughters, two sons, and grandfather to one grandson. Please welcome Mr. Martin Staunton!

Dancers

Karen Bowling

Martin Staunton

Choreographer

Kyla Meadows