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Staff Biography

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Jill K. Kriesky, PhD

Senior Project Coordinator, CHEC, EOH, GSPH

Bridgeside Point, 100 Technology Drive
Room 553, BRIDG
Pittsburgh, PA 15219-3130
Phone: (412) 624-9379


Dr. Kriesky



1988 University of New Hampshire
PhD, Economics
Durham, NH
1980 University of Wisconsin
MS, Economics
Madison, WI
1978 Grinnell College
Grinnell, IA
Award: Phi Beta Kappa

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Recent Appointments & Positions

Date Affiliation   Position
2011- University of Pittsburgh
Graduate School of Public Health
Environmental and Occupational Health department
Center for Healthy Environments and Communities
Pittsburgh, PA
  Sr. Project Coordinator
2010-11 West Virginia University
National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health
Morgantown, WV
  Program Coordinator
2010-11 West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy
Charleston, WV
2009-10 Wheeling Jesuit University
West Virginia Higher Education VISTA Project
Wheeling, WV
  Program Sponsor
2004-10 Wheeling Jesuit University
Clifford M. Lewis, S.J., Appalachian Institute
Wheeling, WV
  Executive Director
2004-08 Wheeling Jesuit University
Service for Social Action Center
Wheeling, WV
2004-10 Wheeling Jesuit University
Wheeling, WV
  Adjunct Faculty Member
2002-06 West Virginia University,
Center for Continuing Education & Workforce Development
Morgantown, WV
  Extension Professor
2001-04 West Virginia University
Office of Service Learning Programs
Morgantown, WV
2001-04 West Virginia University
West Virginia Campus Compact
Morgantown, WV
  Executive Director
West Virginia University
W.K. Kellogg Foundation - WVU Community Partnerships
Morgantown, WV
  Extension Coordinator
West Virginia University
Extension Service
Morgantown, WV
  Research Program Leader,
1996-2002 West Virginia University
Institute for Labor Studies and Research
Morgantown, WV
  Associate Professor

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Outreach/Community Partnerships

  • Established the Service for Social Action Center, a hub for Wheeling Jesuit University’s
    service and service-learning activities which developed programming through collaborations
    with approximately twenty-five local and regional non-profit agencies.
  • Led the Appalachian Institute in its partnership with the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston to
    design four annual statewide rural ministry conferences featuring advocates and experts in
    the fields of health, mental health, water quality, and economic development.
  • Created statewide structures for collaboration among colleges and universities engaged in
    community-based service and service-learning activities as West Virginia Campus Compact
    Executive Director. Provided networking and training opportunities for higher education
    service office staff and annual meetings for presidents. Fostered similar collaborative efforts
    as program sponsor for the West Virginia Higher Education AmeriCorps*VISTA Project.

Program Development/Oversight

  • Designed Appalachian immersion experiences for college and high school students
    integrating education about specific regional challenges such as health and environmental
    threats with hands-on service opportunities.
  • Restructured Wheeling Jesuit University’s Pedro Arrupe, S.J., Scholarship program into a
    four-year developmental service and leadership program.
  • Facilitated establishment at Wheeling Jesuit University of the Health and “Wellth” Program,
    a health education and exercise program for adults with developmental disabilities
    supported by college students engaged in service and service learning.
  • Created the Technical Assistance through Service Learning program at WVU in which
    students in service learning courses across the university’s colleges assisted members of a
    community-based afterschool coalition with program development, website and newsletter
    creation, volunteer training and organization, and evaluation. Program was funded by the
    Claude W. Benedum Foundation for two years.


  • Organized statewide and regional educational conferences, developing conference themes,
    workshops, and plenary session topics for labor unions. Networked with various labor and
    advocacy organizations to find presenters for these gatherings.
  • Developed and presented workshops on many topics for adult learners, including labor
    union members and faith-based activists. Course topics included economic development,
    labor economics, Social Security, planning for elder care, internal and external organizing
    skills for union members, collective bargaining and grievance handling.
  • Developed Appalachian orientation programs in formats of one hour to three days for
    student and staff leaders of immersion trips. Trainings contained information on cultural,
    economic, health, and environmental issues that groups are likely to encounter during
    immersions. Presented on campuses across the country and at the Ignatian Solidarity
    Network Teach-In at the School of the Americas Annual Vigil in 2007, 2008, and 2009.

Grant Writing/Management

  • Collaborated with the Wheeling-based non-profit Laughlin Memorial Chapel to create an
    AmeriCorps-funded program, Jobs for a Stronger Ohio County (JSOC), in 2009. JSOC
    offered classroom and on-the-job training in non-profit agencies for young adults (17-24)
    experiencing long-term challenges in securing employment.
  • Managed the West Virginia Higher Education AmeriCorps*VISTA Project awarded by the
    Corporation for National and Community Service in February 2009. Provided program
    supervision for seven colleges and universities and West Virginia Campus Compact which
    sponsored ten classic and four recovery VISTA members. Prior to this project, received
    funding for a three-year VISTA member to build capacity in the Service for Social Action
    Center (2006) and second position to develop programs for the Appalachian Institute (2009).
  • Developed two successful grant proposals ($15,000 total) funded by the Sisters of St.
    Joseph Grants Ministry Fund to design Appalachian service immersion trips and courses.
  • Secured $75,000 in Appalachian Regional Commission funding for student-led production
    of a discussion forum and guide on opportunities for young people in West Virginia as
    Executive Director of West Virginia Campus Compact.
  • As Director of the Office of Service Learning Programs at West Virginia University, managed
    a $1.25-million W.K. Kellogg service-learning grant including preparation of sub-grant
    request for proposals, proposal evaluation and selection, tracking of grant performance,
    budget management and preparation of final report.
  • Administered the West Virginia part of a $300,000 CNCS grant to West Virginia and
    Pennsylvania Campus Compacts. Managed two mini-grant programs funded by the
    Benedum Foundation while at WVU, and internally funded community-based research and
    service-learning mini-grants at Wheeling Jesuit University.


  • Authored or co-authored seventeen academic journal articles and edited or co-edited two
    books and one journal volume in fields of labor relations and service learning. A complete
    bibliography is available upon request.
  • Conducted focus group research and analysis in collaboration with the Diocese of Wheeling-
    Charleston and university scholars to produce the pastoral letter of the Most Reverend
    Michael Bransfield, Bishop of Wheeling-Charleston, A Church that Heals (2006).
  • Collaborated with independent photojournalist Earl Dotter to produce two educational photo exhibits, Our Future in Retrospect: Coal Miner Health in Appalachia – 1946 and 2006
    (2006); and Downtown: West Virginia Urban Coalfield Life – 1946 and 2006 (2007).
  • Organized a multi-disciplinary team of Wheeling Jesuit University students and faculty to
    publish Research in Appalachia: What Are the Impacts of Mining the Mountains? (2010)
    and a multi-organizational team of Appalachian Institute, Grassroots Leadership, and West
    Virginia Council of Churches researchers to publish Protecting the Future: Moderating West
    Virginia’s Budget Crisis

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Community/Volunteer Experience

Date Organization   Position
2008- Present West Virginia Center for Civic Life   Board Member
2008-10 Ignatian Solidarity Network   Planning Committee Member
2008-10 Appalachian Outreach, Inc.   President
2006-10 WV Commission for National and Community Service   Commissioner
2005-10 Laughlin Memorial Chapel   Board Member
2004-10 Appalachian Outreach, Inc.   Board Member


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(including books, book chapters, and journal articles; refereed articles are noted with *)

Labor-related Publications

  • * “Faith-based Coalitions and Organized Labor:  New Forms of Collaboration in the Twenty-first Century” with Daniel Swan, in Transforming Places: Lessons from Appalachia, S. Fisher and B.E. Smith, eds., Champaign:  University of Illinois Press, forthcoming 2011.
  • * “NLRB Campaigns vs. Card Check Campaigns:  Results of a Worker Survey,” with Adrienne Eaton, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Vol. 62, No. 2, 2009, Available at:
  • * “Dancing with the Smoke Monster:  Employer Motivations for Negotiating Neutrality and Card Check Agreements,” with Adrienne Eaton, in Justice on the Job:  Perspectives on the Erosion of Collective Bargaining in the United States, R. Block, S. Friedman, M. Kaminski, and A. Levin, eds., Kalamazoo:  W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, 2006.
  • * Special Conference Edition, Labor Studies Journal, guest editor with Steven Ashby, Vol. 29, No. 1, Spring 2004.
  • “No More Stacked Deck:  Evaluating the Case Against Card-Check Union Recognition,” with Adrienne Eaton, Perspectives on Work, Vol. 7, No. 1, 2003, pp. 19-21
  • * “Union Organizing Under Neutrality and Card Check Agreements,” with Adrienne Eaton,         Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Vol. 55, No. 1, October 2001, pp. 42-44.
  • “Union Organizing Outside the NLRB:  Neutrality and Card Check Agreements,” Perspectives on Work, Vol. 5, No. 1, 2001, pp. 42-44.
  • * “Structural Change in the AFL-CIO:  A Regional Study of Union Cities' Impact,” in
    Rekindling the Movement: Labor’s Quest for Relevance in the 21st Century, Lowell Turner, Harry C. Katz, and Richard W. Hurd, eds., Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2001, pp. 129-154.
  • * “Trends in Dispute Resolution in the Public Sector,” in Employment Dispute Resolution in the Changing Workplace, Adrienne Eaton and Jeffrey Keefe, eds., Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1999, pp. 247-272.
  • * “Decentralization of Bargaining in the U.S. Paper Industry,” with Adrienne Eaton, RelationsIndustrielles/Industrial Relations, Vol. 53, No. 3, Summer 1998, pp. 486-516.
  • Working Together to Revitalize Labor in Our Communities: Case Studies of Labor Education-Central Labor Body Collaboration, editor and coauthor, with Kurt Willcox, of the chapter “Education on Ballot Initiatives Through Labor Council-Labor Educator Collaboration,” pp. 29-36, University and College Labor Education Association, May 1998.
  • * “Dynamics within the Productive Systems Framework:  An Analysis of the James River Corporation and United Paperworkers International Union Relationship,” International Contributions to Labour Studies, Fall 1996, pp. 101-126.
  • * “Union Mergers: Determinants of Individual Member Support,” with John McClendon and Adrienne Eaton, Journal of Labor Research, Winter 1995.
  • * “Collective Bargaining in the Paper Industry:  Developments Since 1979,” with Adrienne Eaton, in Contemporary Collective Bargaining in the Private Sector, Paula Voos, ed.,  Ithaca:  Cornell University Press, 1994.
  • “Workers' Rights and Contract Grievance Dispute Resolution,” in   The Handbook of Public Sector Labor Relations, second edition, J. Rabin, T. Vocino, W.B. Hildreth, and G. Miller, editors, New York: Marcel Dekker, Inc., 1994.
  • * “The Union Role in Labor-Management Cooperation: A Case Study of the Boise Cascade Company's Jackson Mill, “with Edwin Brown, Labor Studies Journal, Fall 1993.
  • * “Implementing Employee Involvement:  How Paper Companies Gain Local Union Support,” (with Edwin Brown) The Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal, Vol. 5, No. 2, June 1992.
  • “Acknowledging Labor's Record of Success,” Challenge, March/April 1989.  Also reprinted in Annual Editions: Microeconomics 91/92, edited by Don Cole, Guilford, Connecticut: The Dushkin Publishing Group, 1991.
  • * “’The Rise and Demise of PATCO’ Reconstructed,” with Richard Hurd, Industrial and Labor    Relations Review, Fall 1986.
  • * “You Can Fight City Hall — The Dover, New Hampshire, International Association of Fire Fighters Defeats Privatized Fire Protection,” with Richard Hurd, Labor Studies Journal, Fall 1985.

Service-Learning Publications

  • Pursuing Opportunities through Partnerships: Higher Education and Communities, co-editor with B. Behringer, B. Bach, H. Daudistel, J. Fraser, and G. Lang, and individual chapter author, WVU Press, 2004.
  • “Extension/Academic Service Learning Collaboration:  Benefits and Lessons Learned” with Lawrence S. Cote.  Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, Volume 8, No. 1, Fall 2002/Winter 2003, pp. 45-58.

Published Reports and Manuals (Labor and Appalachian topics)

  • "Creating an Economic Diversification Trust Fund - Turning Nonrenewable Natural Resources into Sustainable Wealth for West Virginia." (2012). Economic Development report by the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy. Authors: Boettner T, Kriesky J, McIlmoil R, and Paulhus E. PDF
  • “Research in Appalachia:  What are the Impacts of Mining the Mountains?” a monograph of research summaries prepared by Wheeling Jesuit University students, September 2010.  (Wrote introduction and edited student submissions).
  •  “A Church That Heals:  A Pastoral Letter on Health and Well-Being in West Virginia,” by Most Reverend Michael J. Bransfield, Bishop of Wheeling-Charleston, October 2006, (Member of the steering committee, led the grassroots research efforts and writing of the document).
  • “How Hope Inspires:  Belief~Action~Change in Appalachia,” a photo-essay and discussion guide with Rick Wilson and Ric MacDowell, June 2006.
  • “Fact Over Fiction:  Opposition to Card Check Doesn’t Add Up,” summary of research with Adrienne Eaton, published by American Rights At Work, March 2006. 
  • “Protecting The Future:  Moderating West Virginia’s Budget Crisis,” with Fr. Brian O’Donnell, S.J., Rev. Dennis Sparks, Fr. Les Schmidt, and Si Kahn, Ph.D., February 2005.
  • “Making Ends Meet:  Is There a Way to Help Working Americans?,” with Extension Service staff members from across the country, published by the National Issues Forum, 2005.
  • “Organizing Experiences Under Union-Management Neutrality and Card Check Agreements,” with Adrienne Eaton, reprinted in Bargaining to Organize Resource Manual, AFL-CIO, February 2000.
  • “Organizing Experiences Under Union-Management Neutrality and Card Check Agreements, with Adrienne Eaton, final report submitted to the Institute for the Study of Labor Organizations, George Meany Center for Labor Studies, February 1999.
  • Privatization, a training manual prepared for the Egyptian Trade Union Federation and the African American Labor Center, AFL-CIO, published by the George Meany Center for Labor Studies, May 1997.

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