Justin Raber

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Justin M. Raber
Vienna, WV
Lubeck Elementary PTA, Parkersburg, West Virginia

Personal and Professional Information

  • Attorney at Law, Raber Law Offices, PLLC
  • Board of Education Member, Wood County Board of Education
  • Former Adjunct Professor, West Virginia University at Parkersburg
  • Former Staff Member, United States Senator, John D. Rockefeller IV (Washington, DC)
  • J.D., West Virginia University College of Law; B.A., West Virginia Wesleyan College


PTA Involvement

Current service includes:

  • Member Representative, National PTA Board of Directors
  • Finance Committee (Member), National PTA
  • Executive Director Review Taskforce (Chair), National PTA
  • DC PTA Intervention and Support Taskforce, National PTA; Secretary, DC PTA
  • State President’s Club, Vice President

Previous service includes:

  • National PTA: Resource Development Committee Member (2016-2017); Diversity Committee Member (2006-2009); National Council of States Member (2004-2006 and 2011-2012)
  • West Virginia PTA: President (2013-2015); President Elect (2011-2013); Federal and State Legislative Chair (2011-2013); Membership Chair (2010-2011); Youth Member (2002-2005)
    Committees: Strategic Planning, Chair; Awards, Chair; Membership, Chair; Bylaws; Convention; Nominating, Elections
  • Mountain State PTSA: President
  • Virginia PTA: Annual Conference Parliamentarian
  • Tennessee PTA: Annual Convention Workshop Presenter
  • Wood County Council PTA: Newsletter Chair, Executive Committee Member

Community Involvement

Current service includes:

  • West Virginia Wesleyan College, Trustee
  • Artsbridge, providing arts education to the community and schools, Treasurer
  • Wood County Society, serving children and adults with disabilities, Secretary
  • Appalachian Regional Comprehensive Center (ARCC) Advisory Board, Member
  • National Association of Parliamentarians, Member
  • Stout Memorial United Methodist Church, Member

Previous service includes:

  • West Virginia State Bar: Young Lawyers Section Executive Committee
  • Education Law Association, Member
  • West Virginia Department of Education: Teacher and Service Personnel of the Year Selection Committees; Re-Imagining Instruction Time Committee
  • West Virginia University College of Law Entrepreneurship and Innovation Law Clinic
  • 21st Century Community Learning Centers Advisory Board Member and Grant Reviewer
  • Generation MOV: Engaging young professionals to positively impact the community, Member

Honors and Awards

  • National PTA Life Achievement Award; National PTA State President Service Recognition
  • National PTA - Our Home, Our Legacy, Our Future, Advocates’ Circle donor
  • National PTA Shirley Igo Advocate of the Year
  • Wood County Society Celebration for Kids Award
  • West Virginia PTA, Indiana PTA, and Wisconsin PTA Honorary Life Membership Awards