Jane Robertson Dunshie and Ellen Spencer, former residents of Glen Ferris and Charlton Heights, toured the programs of the Southern Appalachian Labor School this summer.
First they met with the SALS YouthBuild young adults and staff, including supervisors plus Vickie Smith and Barbara Painter. They then toured the SALS Historic Oak Hill School, various housing projects, Jane’s former workplace with Fayette County Schools, the SALS office in Kincaid with Ruth Lanham and Lisa Manley, the Page-Kincaid PSD, Regina Three Rivers Apartments in Gauley Bridge (lunch served by Brenda Warrick), and the SALS Community Center in Beards Fork, where they dined with children in the Accent Education after-school program and met the staff. In the early evening, they had a reunion dessert with Jan Young and John David in Oak Hill.
Jane is the daughter of Connie and Jack Robertson. Jack was a Professor of Economics and Dean of the School of Human Studies at West Virginia Tech who spearheaded many War on Poverty programs in the southern coalfields. Connie was the counselor at Gauley Bridge High School.
Ellen is the daughter of Eugene Imbrogno, a businessman in Montgomery who went on to develop numerous shopping centers, including the Charleston Town Center, and chaired the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority.