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Joyce Dumbaugh Chernenko

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Family Court Judge

1st Judicial Circuit

Employment History

  • Family Law Master
    1st Judicial Circuit
  • President
    West Virginia Family Court Association
  • Family Court Judge
  • President
    Family Court Association
  • Primary Representative
    Family Court Association

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member
    Wellsburg United Methodist Church
  • General Advisor To the Bethany Chapter
    Zeta Tau Alpha


  • Weir Senior High School
  • Bethany College
  • bachelor of arts degree , communications
  • West Virginia University College of Law
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Web References
Family Court Judge Joyce Dumbaugh ..., 9 Jan 2016 [cached]
Family Court Judge Joyce Dumbaugh Chernenko has announced she will seek re-election in the May 10 primary election.
Chernenko is family court judge for the 1st Judicial Circuit, which includes Hancock, Brooke and Ohio counties.
She was elected to the position in 2002 and 2008. Prior to that, she was appointed to preside over family law cases in the circuit by Gov.
Chernenko said, "I have been honored to serve the families of the 1st Judicial Circuit during my time as a family court judge. Each day I strive to protect our children and improve their lives by implementing programs such as custody mediation, creating co-parenting instructional materials, and continuing efforts to improve court processes."
She implemented a family court parenting mediation program two years before it was mandated statewide by the West Virginia Legislature, and adopted a parent education program in the circuit before it was implemented throughout the state also.
In 2008 the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals awarded one of two grants to Chernenko to establish a children's safe area at her court facility in Wheeling.
In November, she established a similar children's area, which she named "The Kids' Korner," in her Hancock County facility.
"Both the Hancock and Ohio county children's areas provide a safe haven for children, in order to shelter them from the conflict between their parents that inevitably takes place as a part of these court proceedings," Chernenko explained.
In 2002 and 2003 the Supreme Court awarded Chernenko a total of $100,000 in grants over two years to establish monitored parenting and exchange centers, through agencies in Ohio and Hancock counties, to protect victims of domestic violence and children in high conflict parenting cases.
Chernenko was born and raised in Weirton and graduated from Weir Senior High School in 1974.
She attended Bethany College, graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in communications in 1978. She graduated from the West Virginia University College of Law in 1981.
In 1999 Chernenko was elected president of the West Virginia Family Court Association, serving two consecutive terms until October 2001.
During the 2000 and 2001 West Virginia legislative sessions, she was the primary representative of the Family Court Association, traveling across the state to advocate for the new court system and assisting legislative leaders in their efforts to establish the court.
Since the passage of the West Virginia Family Court Constitutional Amendment in November 2000, Chernenko has been named to the Supreme Court's family court legislative committee and the committee on transfer of domestic violence jurisdiction.
She was selected by the Supreme Court to train new family court judges in domestic violence law, shared parenting law and other areas of family law.
In 2001 Chernenko represented the state's judiciary at a national conference on the relationship between domestic violence and child abuse issues held in San Antonio, Texas.
She and her husband, Marc, also a Bethany College graduate, have remained active at their alma mater, serving on its board of trustees for 15 years.
She has served as general advisor to the Bethany chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha, a national women's fraternity founded at Bethany in 1905 and has been an alumni advisor to the college's Panhellenic Council and student court.
She also has been an avid supporter of Bethany's varsity women's field hockey and lacrosse teams.
In 2004 she was named Outstanding Alumna for her service to Bethany, and in 2012 she and her husband were jointly awarded Alumni of the Year honors.
Chernenko is a member of Wellsburg United Methodist Church, where she serves on its pastor-parish relations committee; and an active supporter of the Brooke County Pioneer Trail Association.
Chernenko Seeks 1st Judicial Circuit Family Court Post - - The Intelligencer & Wheeling News Register, 29 Jan 2002 [cached]
Family Court Judge Joyce Dumbaugh Chernenko has announced her candidacy as a Democrat in this year's primary election for the position of Family Court Judge for the 1st Judicial Circuit, Division One.
Chernenko described her reasons for filing for the newly created position.
"I have served in the Family Court for the past five years.Before that, during my 15 years practicing law, I represented clients who were experiencing the distress of domestic issues.
"I am committed to fairness and continued improvement of the family court system in the Northern Panhandle, and believe that as a Family Court Judge, I will be able to continue to work toward those goals."
The 1st Judicial Circuit will serve as one of four pilot projects areas designated by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals to provide a counseling session for children of divorce.
Governor Bob Wise appointed Chernenko to a term of office that began in January and will extend until Jan. 1, 2003.
Chernenko had served as Family Law Master for the 1st Judicial Circuit since Sept. 1, 1996.
From 1999 to 2001 Chernenko served as president of the West Virginia Family Court Association, an organization comprised of the family law masters of the state.
As president she was the primary representative of the association in dealings with the West Virginia Legislature during the 2001 legislative sessions in which the new Family Court was created.
In 1999, Chernenko joined a delegation of West Virginia legislators and judiciary in attending the National Conference for Juvenile and Family Court Judges in St. Louis, a conference focusing on the importance of a Unified Family Court.
Since the passage of the West Virginia Family Court Amendment in November 2000, Chernenko has served on the Supreme Court's Family Court Legislative Committee and the Committee on Transfer of Domestic Violence Jurisdiction.
She is also a member of a statewide workgroup designed to improve judicial response to cases involving violence against children and a member of the National Conference of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.
She has been selected by the West Virginia Supreme Court to train new family court judges and family case coordinators in domestic violence law, shared parenting law and other areas of family law.
She is a 1981 graduate of the West Virginia College of Law, a 1978 graduate of Bethany College, and a 1974 graduate of Weir Senior High School in Weirton.She and her husband, attorney Marc B. Chernenko, reside in Wellsburg.
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Family Court Judges Joyce ..., 11 May 2008 [cached]
Family Court Judges Joyce Chernenko, first division of the First
Chernenko Sworn to Post Of Family Law Judge For First Judicial Circuit - - The Intelligencer & Wheeling News Register, 29 Dec 2001 [cached]
Joyce Chernenko was sworn in Friday as a family law judge who will serve the First Judicial Circuit of West Virginia.
Chief Judge Arthur Recht, with other 1st Circuit judges Martin Gaughan and James Mazzone looking on, swore in Chernenko, who will have to run in the next election to retain her position.She is a Democrat.
Chernenko, of Wellsburg, was appointed to the position on Oct. 1, 1999, by Gaughan.
"I thought she had great qualifications,'' said Gaughan, who worked with Chernenko was she was a family law master.
Chernenko explained that prior to these changes, the family law masters made recommendations to the judges, but now the law judges will be making the final decisions.
"I'd like to thank my family and friends who have supported my career path and it's nice they've come here for this,'' said Chernenko in front of a crowded Brooke County courtroom.
She also thanked the circuit judges and several elected officials for their help over the years and also while she served for two years as president of the Family Court Association.
Other officials and attorneys throughout the 1st Judicial Circuit also were in attendance.
"Today is a milestone.I'm very pleased to be able to serve the citizens of the First Circuit,'' said Chernenko, "and also pleased to be one of 35 family law judges who are being sworn in across the state.'' She explained that the number of law judges in the districts depends on the case loads.
Attorney William Watson, who Chernenko worked with for 15 years, presented her with an engraved gavel, which marked the date of being sworn in to the position, which is a six-year term.
Chernenko earned a law degree from West Virginia University in 1981.
"We serve the counties in the 1st Circuit,'' explained Chernenko Friday.
The offices are located in the Ohio County Courthouse annex in Wheeling.
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The women also heard from Joyce ..., 26 Sept 2009 [cached]
The women also heard from Joyce Chernenko, family court judge for the 1st Judicial Circuit; state Sen.
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