MEET THE TEAM
President & CEO
Throughout his career, Frank has held senior leadership roles managing human relations and operations at financial and healthcare institutions and most recently, as Chief Human Resources Officer at KeyLogic Systems – a professional services, engineering and technology firm. He served as senior vice president of Clear Mountain Bank’s Private Banking Group, and head of Human Relations and the Executive Banking Group at a start-up bank in the north eastern United States.
Vitale is a graduate of Valley Forge Military College where he earned a degree in Criminal Justice and served as the Regimental Seargent Major of the Corps and Class President. Later, he attended West Virginia University where he earned a degree in Sociology and a master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA). He currently serves as a member and immediate past-Chairman of the Visiting Committee for the WVU School of Public Health.
A graduate of the US Army’s Academy of Health Sciences, Vitale has more than 17 years of accumulated service to his country as a member of the U.S. Army and West Virginia National Guard, finishing his career with the rank of Captain. Vitale has been recognized on numerous accounts for his service, including through the United States of America – Meritorious Service Medal and Army Commendation Medal with oak-leaf cluster.
Mr. Vitale was selected as a 2015 “Young Gun” by West Virginia Executive Magazine. He is the recipient of the 2014 WVU Alumni Association’s Community Service Award, and in 2011 the West Virginia State Journal chose Frank as a member of “Generation Next – 40 Under 40.”
Frank and his wife Ashley reside in Morgantown, West Virginia, with their son Maxwell and twin daughters Isabella and Cecelia.
COO & Senior Strategist
Corine Alexander grew up in Vienna, WV, and currently resides in Morgantown. She studied at West Virginia University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Finance and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish.
Following graduation, Corine spent twelve years in business management and financial analysis roles. For the past seven years, she has worked as a Proposal Strategy Consultant for government contractors.
At Forge, Corine provides government and commercial contract development services. She helps clients create winning proposal strategies by assisting in the overall capture process and facilitating long-term business development goals.
After reviewing RFPs, Corine will determine successful proposal and bid strategies, build automated pricing models, and author cost volume documents. Her vast professional experience in assisting clientele’s growth, development, and success makes Corine a vital asset to the company and the clients she serves.
Corine also serves as Chief Operating Officer at Forge, overseeing various corporate functions such as Business Operations, Finance, Contracts, and Human Resources.
“I enjoy the people and the atmosphere at Forge. I wanted to be part of this team because I believe in the projects we support, and I’m excited about our ongoing efforts to grow businesses, create opportunities, and improve the lives of people in the great state of West Virginia.” – Corine Alexander.
Outside of the office, Corine enjoys spending time with her three children and traveling.
Business Operations Manager
Jessica Haddix grew up in Moundsville, WV, and moved to Morgantown to attend college, where she continues to reside. She obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Economics with a focus in Human Resources from West Virginia University.
Jessica’s previous experience includes working in human resources and holding multiple manager positions, such as Manager of Finance.
Whether it is overseeing payroll, performing HR tasks, or other various administrative responsibilities, Jessica plays a vital role in ensuring Forge’s continued success. Additionally, Jessica utilizes her keen planning and communication skills by assisting clients with event planning efforts.
“Personally, working at Forge is a great opportunity for myself to transition back into the business scene after taking some time off to be a stay at home Mom. I enjoy the flexible atmosphere, the team, and the work we do at Forge.” – Jessica Haddix.
Outside of the office, Jessica enjoys watching her daughters participate in dance, supporting her son at his sporting events, as well as reading, walking, and spending time with her friends.
Executive Vice President & Senior Strategist
A West Virginia native and 2004 graduate of Leadership West Virginia, Glenn Copen brings more than 35 years of experience in federal contracting, project management, strategic planning, and executive management to Forge Business Solutions.
In his early career, Glenn was involved in software development in banking, insurance, and telephone industries. This experience allowed him to bridge the gap between technical and management functions to develop efficient solutions for complex problems.
Glenn is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and has led projects for commercial clients such as Nationwide Insurance, AT&T, and Sterling Software. Over the past 20 years, he has managed programs and projects for more than 15 government clients including NASA, FBI, Department of Labor, Department of Energy, Defense Information Systems Agency, and NAVAIR.
Formerly, Glenn Copen was Vice President of KeyLogic Systems’ National Security Division. His focus on enterprise strategic planning and project performance resulted in successful outcomes for his clients.
At Forge, Glenn specializes in strategic planning, balanced scorecard application, business development, capture coaching, and professional development. Applying his extensive knowledge and technical capabilities, Glenn serves as a force multiplier for clients, producing greater output and increased mission success.
Glenn resides with his wife, Debra, in Kingwood, WV. Glenn and Debra have three children and eleven grandchildren.
Senior Technical Writer
Kirk Judd brings more than 30 years of experience in business communications, quality management and process improvement disciplines to the company. Kirk is a professional editor, writer, and a qualified instructor for Lean Six Sigma methodology and ITIL v.3/2011 classes. Previously, he spent eight years teaching Leadership, Green Belt and Black Belt classes for the Lockheed Martin Corporation.
Recognized as a catalyst for change and an expert facilitator, Kirk Judd supports Forge’s team and clients with his knowledge in proposal writing, consultation and communication expertise for development, service and system activities, and growth, implementation and reporting status structures.
Notably, he has an extensive record of community and non-profit experience in West Virginia. He is a charter member, former President and Executive Board member, and lifetime advisor for West Virginia Writers, Inc., a founding member and Director of Creative Writing Programs for Allegheny Echoes, Inc., a member of the executive and advisory boards of the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation, the West Virginia University Pearl S. Buck Advisory Committee, and was a board member and editor for Publisher’s Place, Inc.
Mr. Judd graduated from Marshall University in Huntington, WV, with a degree in Business Communication. He and his wife Janet live in Stewartstown, WV, on a ridge between Cheat Lake and the Monongahela River.