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Karen Facemyer, President

Karen Facemyer was named President of the Polymer Alliance Zone of West Virginia (PAZ) on October 15, 2006. The Polymer Alliance Zone – focusing on Wood, Mason and Jackson Counties in West Virginia – has one of the largest concentrations of high technology, specialty and engineering polymers production and manufacturing companies in the world. 

In her role as president of PAZ, Ms Facemyer has worked to retain and expand the region’s industrial base and market West Virginia as an ideal location to grow the polymer industry.  During her tenure she has significantly increased the organization’s membership, successfully recruited new companies and manages the growth of a 165-acre Polymer Technology Park.

Ms. Facemyer obtained a Masters Degree in Education from Marshall University and her undergraduate degree from Glenville State College. She has also served four terms in the West Virginia House of Delegates and was elected in 2000 as a member of the West Virginia State Senate where she served three four-year terms. During her West Virginia legislative service, Ms. Facemyer served on the Finance, Transportation, Agriculture, Banking & Insurance, Economic Development, Energy, Industry & Mining committees.

She was chosen in 2002 as one of 40 emerging state leaders from across the nation to participate in the Henry Toll Fellowship Leadership Program sponsored by the Council of State Governments.

In 2008, the National Association of Professional and Executive Women (NAPEW) selected Ms. Facemyer into the registry for “Women in Excellence” and in 2009 the NAPEW honored her as “Woman of the Year” in Economic Development.  Ms. Facemyer is married and lives with her husband in Ripley, West Virginia.

Sharon Albert, Vice President

Sharon attended West Virginia University and received a Certificate for Office Management while working toward a degree in business administration. Sharon joined PAZ in May 2005. She has over 25 years experience in administrative and technical positions.

Sharon previously worked at Corning Glass Works and Professional Services of America, Inc. Sharon is a member of the Professional Women's Association of Parkersburg, additionally she served as President of the Parkersburg South High School Crew Boosters, Treasurer for the Family Support Group for the 146th Air Ambulance Unit of the West Virginia National Guard as well as many committees and offices at Gihon United Methodist Church.