A Preston County native, Billy brings a love of storytelling and Appalachia to his position as ACLU-WV communications director.
Billy spent a decade in newspapers before shifting his career to communications. Today, he's in frequent contact with news media to get the word out about the important work of our affiliate. He also trains our staff, clients, and other directly impacted people on how to communicate with reporters. Billy also manages our website and social media, helps plan events, produces our annual magazine, and oversees our investigative reporting project.
Growing up in Appalachia can be tough, but growing up LGBTQ+ in Appalachia can be its own kind of tough. That’s why Billy is proudest of his work with the Appalachian Queer Youth Summit. The summit is a summer-camp setting where young LGBTQ+ West Virginians come together and learn about organizing and influencing policy. Most importantly, they get to be themselves in a safe environment while enjoying the outdoors.
Before ACLU-WV, Billy was the communications and outreach manager at Fairness West Virginia, a statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organization. Before that, he handled communications for the West Virginia Conservation Agency.
He is a 2007 graduate of West Virginia University's Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism. Outside of work, Billy enjoys sci-fi podcasts, kayaking, and visiting national parks. He lives in Charleston with his husband and their animals.