WEIRTON Among this year's selections for the Weirton Hall of Fame is the late Barbara Matey, who has been nominated in the category of education.
Known primarily as the vice president of human resources at Hancock County Savings Bank, Matey, who died in 2013, also was involved in many local organizations, often looking for ways to help others in need or provide opportunities to learn.
After graduation from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, she accepted a position as a teacher in the South Allegheny School District in McKeesport, Pa.
She continued her education at the University of Pittsburgh where she earned a master's in education 1972, and later, earned her doctorate of education in technology education from West Virginia University.
In November 2001, she found her employment home with Hancock County Savings Bank, FSB where she served as vice president of human resources.
For many years, Matey served at positions with West Virginia Northern Community College as a member of the college's faculty, taking charge of several programs and handling public relations. She also headed up various training programs for the former Weirton Steel Corp.
Her passion for education continued into other aspects of her community service, including service as a multi-year member of the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce on which she chaired the Education Committee, tasked with organizing the Youth Leadership Weirton program and the High School Business Symposium.
Additionally, Matey served as a board member of the Society for Human Resource Management for the Wheeling Area Chapter; chaired the Women's Golf Classic for the Weirton United Way as well as many other United Way volunteer projects. She served as a volunteer and annual bell ringer with her husband for the Salvation Army. She further volunteered as a member of Hancock County Sheltered Workshop, Hancock County Animal Shelter, Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, Business Department Advisory Council at the Rockefeller Career Center, and HCSB's Partner in Education Program.
Matey also taught parent education classes such as budgeting to Head Start parents and served as a board member of Campfire Girls.
Her commitment to her community was second only to her passion for her church family of the Holy Resurrection Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church where she was a multi-term member of the parish council, serving often as secretary of council, a multi-term member of the board of directors of the Serbian-American Cultural Center in Weirton, often holding the office of the secretary of the board and a member of the church's Petar Krstich Choir.
The sixth-annual Weirton Hall of Fame induction ceremony is set to take place at 2 p.m. on May 4 at Undo's in Weirton.
Tickets are available for $25 each at Marsh Pipe and Supply, R.E. Saxon Jeweler and the Weirton Municipal Building. Approximately 250 tickets are being sold and will not be available at the door. The event is open to the public.