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Gary M. Hamrick is a native of Harrison County. Gary attended Alta Vista Elementary School, Central Jr. High, and Washington Irving High School. He attended Fairmont State College while working as an announcer and later program director at WPDX radio before graduating with a BS degree in sociology and political science. Upon graduation he was employed as a Child Protective Services Worker for the WV Department of Health and Human Resources. Gary later became an investigator for the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigating health care fraud. He worked as an investigator at the Harrison County Prosecuting Attorney's Office from 2001-2016.  In October 2016, he became the Director of Harrison County Community Corrections.

Prior to the Board of Education, Gary served as an elected member to the Clarksburg Water Board from 2008 – 2012. He served as President of the board from 2009-2011. He resigned from the CWB in June 2012 to take the office of school board member.

Gary is also a professional musician and has served as President of the American Federation of Musicians Local 580 since 2001. Gary has been a member of the Harrison County Community Corrections Board, Harrison County Democrat Executive Committee, RESA VII Advisory Council, United Technical Center Advisory Council, and Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 78. 

Frank Devono Jr. is a Harrison County native.  He was raised in Clarksburg.  He is the son of Frank Devono Sr. and Kay Devono.  He is married to Rebecca Devono, and together they are raising four daughters: Emily, Sophia, Sylvia, & Antonia,  who will all attend public school in Harrison County. He attended Morgan Elementary School, Central Jr. High School, Roosevelt-Wilson Middle School, and Washington Irving High School, graduating in 1994. Devono attended Marshall University for his undergraduate BFA and WVU where he earned his Executive MBA.

Devono has been employed by a Medical Equipment company since 2000 and is currently the Regional Eastern US Manager.  During his employment he has traveled throughout different parts of the United States and Internationally.  Throughout these travels he has seen and learned many things, the most important being that Harrison County, West Virginia is home and a quality education is vital to the children of our area. He is dedicated to helping assure that the children of Harrison County can receive the education they need to be competitive and prepare them for succeeding in the paths they choose to follow after graduation.  

Devono is a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Clarksburg, West Virginia.  He is also a member of the Knights of Columbus.  He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival.

"I believe in the power of education and the opportunities and benefits it provides for our future.  An educated population affects all of our citizens, and we need to strive to work together to assure all of our children receive our best efforts to make this possible.”

Michael Daugherty graduated from Robert C. Byrd High School in 1996. After graduating, he realized one of his life-long dreams of being a comedian and was given a full scholarship to attend Ringling Bros., and Barnum and Bailey Clown College. At the top of his class, Michael was chosen to perform with the Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Circus and traveled with the circus for three years before accepting an opportunity to perform with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. A director, writer, and performer for their comedy program, Kruise Komics, Michael’s show opened for famous comedians such as Yakov Smirnoff, Ben Vareen, and Charo. He has also appeared on several TV shows such as Comedy Central, MTV,  Rosie O’Donnell, Good Morning America, and USA Today.

Though he is still passionate about comedy, Michael was given an opportunity to pursue another life long dream: to be a police officer. He graduated from the West Virginia State Police Academy in 2009 and has worked at West Milford and Clarksburg Police Departments. While at Clarksburg Police Department, he worked at Liberty High School and Robert C. Byrd High School as the Prevention Resource Officer and trained as Clarksburg’s, D.A.R.E. Officer. Here, he gained a unique perspective of the needs of teachers and students by being in the area schools every day.

Michael is heavily involved in his community through programs such as Harrison County Prevention Partnership, Juvenile Drug Court, WV Children’s Justice Task Force, WV Drug Endangered Children’s Task Force, F.O.P. Lodge #78 Junior Police Academy, and was Clarksburg’s Neighborhood Watch Program Coordinator.  He is the co-founder of an anti-bullying program called “We Take A Stand”, which focuses on involving the students in the elimination of bullying in their schools. “We Take A Stand” has won several local, state, and national awards. He is also the Elementary Children’s Pastor at Lifepointe Church.

Douglas K. Hogue is a native of Harrison County.  He was born and raised in the East View section of Clarksburg.  He is the son of  Ercil Hogue and the late Andy Hogue.  He was married to the late Janice Miles Hogue, a 34 year veteran of Harrison County Schools.  Mr. Hogue has two daughters – Amanda Hogue Phares and Karey Duncan Kirkpatrick.  Mr. Hogue has two grandsons – Peyton Kirkpatrick and Parker Phares.
Doug attended Harrison County schools and graduated from Roosevelt-Wilson High School in 1970.  He graduated from Fairmont State University in 1974 and received his Masters Degree in Education Administration from West Virginia University in 1978.  In addition to his Masters Degree, he earned 45 additional post graduate hours.  As an employee of Harrison County Schools, he was a teacher, coach, athletic director, assistant principal, and principal at Washington Irving Middle School.  Prior to his retirement in 2009, he was named West Virginia State Middle School Principal of the Year.  
Doug has been involved for approximately twenty years with the WVSSAC.  He has served as the director of state tournaments for volleyball, girls’ and boys’ basketball, and most recently the girls’ and boys’ state swim team.  Prior to his retirement he also served on the WVSSAC Deputy Board of Appeals.
Doug is an active member of the Vincent Memorial United Methodist Church where he has served as president of the Methodist Men’s Club.  He also served on the Nutter Fort City Council. 
Mr. Hogue philosophy is to “live each day to the fullest as there is no promise of tomorrow.”  He believes the children of Harrison County deserve the best we can give them. 

Kristin C. Messenger is a native of Harrison County.  She is the daughter of Gino and Virginia Colombo.  Kristin  attended Nutter Fort Elementary and graduated from Notre Dame High School.  She is a graduate of Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Virginia and holds a B.S. degree in Education.

She is a real estate manager for Colombo Real Estate and works with her father.  Before going into real estate full time, she was a substitute teacher.  With her family, she also owned, developed, and managed Deerfield Resorts in Canaan Valley, West Virginia.  Through this experience she realized the importance of making sure our students are adequately prepared, not only for college, but for all type of jobs including hospitality, construction, sales, and management.  

She is the mother of two children, Sophia, a sophomore at Shepherd University and Gino, a sophomore at Robert C. Byrd High School.  With her children, she has worked with youth in various sports activities and organizations. Kristin is a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Stonewood.

Mr. Gary Hamrick, President HCBOE

Mr. Gary Hamrick

Harrison County Board of Education


Phone: 304-326-7705

Mr. Frank Devono, Jr., Member of HCBOE

Mr. Frank Devono, Jr., 
Vice President

Harrison County Board of Education


Phone: 304-326-7703

Mr. Michael Daugherty, Member of HCBOE

Mr. Michael Daugherty
Harrison County Board of Education


Phone: 304-326-7704

Mr. Douglas Hogue, Member of HCBOE

Mr. Douglas Hogue, 
Harrison County Board of Education


Phone: 304.623.2168

Ms. Kristin Messenger, Vice President of HCBOE

Ms. Kristin Messenger
Harrison County Board of Education


Phone: 304-326-7706