Betsy DeBord

Assistant Executive Director
West Virginia Press Association
3422 Pennsylvania Avenue
Charleston,WV 25302
Class 2019


A transplant to West Virginia, Betsy wrapped up her undergraduate work at West Virginia University Institute of Technology earning a Bachelor of Science degree. Upon graduation she hopped on board at the accounting firm of Smith, Cochran & Hicks, PLLC, in Charleston, West Virginia; with her focus on assisting clients with tax, accounting and business matters. In addition, she lead the firm’s market conduct examination division performing audits of self-insured employers in West Virginia. While there Betsy returned to school to obtain two graduate degrees, a Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Accountancy. Betsy now represents the West Virginia Press Association as the Assistant Executive Director. There she oversees the advertising efforts, is a lobbyist for the industry, manages the accounting and financial related matters, aids in outreach coordination, and is co-host of a regularly scheduled web-based broadcast. Betsy is the proud mother of a Poca High (Go Dots!) teenager and in her spare time can usually be found near a basketball court with her son. She loves animals and has a small “zoo” consisting of four dogs, three cats, and twenty four chickens. Some of her hobbies and interests include backpacking, horseback riding, archery, cooking, and fitness competitions.