Board of Directors


Board of Directors

 2024 Schedule of Meetings (To Be Announced)



NEXT BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING: To Be Announced.  A draft agenda will be available here within the week of the meeting​.​


In 1997 Congress amended the Social Security Act to create Title XXI “State Children’s Health Insurance Program.” The West Virginia Legislature established the insurance governance and legal framework in legislation that was enacted in April 1998. Children first began enrolling in the West Virginia Children’s Health Insurance Program (WVCHIP) in July 1998. Click on §5-16B for the complete WV Code.

WVCHIP reports to a governing board made up of citizen members, legislators, and state agency members who are responsible for the Program’s annual financial plan. The West Virginia Children’s Health Insurance Board meets at least four times each year and meetings are open to the public. Please contact Brenda Jones at (304) 558-2732 for a list of upcoming board meetings.

The West Virginia state law states that the Children’s Health Insurance Board will consist of:

The Chairperson (Deputy Commissioner of WVCHIP)​​
The Director of the Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA)​
The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Resources, or a designee
Six citizen members (appointed by the Governor):

  • One who represents children’s interests, shall have experience that demonstrates knowledge in the health, educational and social needs of children
  • One who is a certified public accountant (CPA)
  • Three who have bachelor’s degrees and experience in the administration or design of public or private employee or group benefit programs
  • No more than three citizen members may be members of the same political party
  • A member of the Senate, as appointed by the Senate President (non-voting member); and a member of the House of Delegates, appointed by the Speaker of the House of Delegates (non-voting member)

Currently, the following members comprise the Children’s Health Insurance Board:


Board Member Name



Stacey L. Shamblin

Cynthia A. Persily, Ph.D

Deputy Commissioner, Children’s Health Insurance Program & Board Chairperson

​Cabinet Secretary, Department of Human Services (DHHR)

Brian Cunningham

Director, Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA)

Janet Allio

Citizen Member, School Nurse​

Jill Griffith

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Robert Whitler

Citizen Member, Health Care Administration/FQHC

Lisa M. Costello, M.D.

Citizen Member, Pediatrician

Kellie Wooten-Willis

Citizen Member, Insurance Expertise

Kelli​ Caseman

Citizen Member​, Children's Interest

Amy N. Grady

West Virginia Senate

Matthew Rohrbach​

West Virginia House of Delegates



If there are any substantive comments or questions for the Board, they should be submitted in writing to the Board by sending them to:

350 Capitol Street, RM 251 
Charleston, West Virginia  25301

West Virginia Children's Health Insurance Program's State Plan

West Virginia CHIP State Plan​​ 

Historical Resources (State Plan History & Annual Reports)