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Andy Backus is an Instructional Design and Delivery Specialist with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ (DHHR) Office of Human Resource Management, where he develops and delivers workshops and courses such as Presentation Development, Design, and Delivery; Meeting Management, Employee Engagement, and Workplace Conflict.

Andy holds a Master of Arts degree in Communication Studies from Marshall University, a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Liberty University, and a Regents Bachelor of Arts degree from West Virginia University. In addition to his extensive education, Andy has contributed to published works in academic settings.  Prior to accepting his current position with the State of West Virginia, Andy spent two years in the Nation’s Capital developing leaders, serving as a community liaison, and writing curriculum.  As a writer, teacher, and project manager for a Capitol Hill-based nonprofit organization, Andy supervised and developed multiple D.C. Metro Area Group Leaders.

Andy has a broad background in teaching, which ranges from Kindergarten through adult education. As a graduate student at Marshall University, Andy taught Introduction to Public Speaking, an undergraduate level course that prepares students to develop, design, and deliver presentations.

In his first year with DHHR, as recognition of his leadership in training and development, Andy was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding performance and dedication to the Office of Human Resources Management. In addition to special recognition, Andy continues to deliver special request consultation and training for the DHHR Cabinet Secretary’s Office as well as the West Virginia Enterprise Resource Planning Board.