By Jean A. Flanagan
It’s been said that the road of life seldom follows a straight line. That is certainly the case with McKenzie Clark Bounaiuto.
McKenzie grew up in Moorefield, the daughter of Bob and Melissa Clark. She graduated from Moorefield High School in 2008 and went on to attend West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buchannon. She studied Political Science, which included an internship with U.S. Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito in Washington, D.C.
When she graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan in 2012, McKenzie went back to Washington to sort out her future.
“I was thinking about going to law school, so I went back to DC to get some advice from people I worked with there,” she said. “It just so happened that Sen. Capito had an opening on her staff, so I went to work as a Legislative Aide for Foreign Policy.”
McKenzie began traveling outside the United States and felt a connection with people in the Middle East. Instead of law school, she decided to get a Master’s Degree in International Affairs with a specialty on the Middle East.
All was well, but her world was about to be turned upside down.
In August 2015, McKenzie reconnected with a college friend, Joe Buonaiuto.
Joe graduated from Fairmont High School in 2008 and went to West Virginia Wesleyan to study accounting. He graduated in 2012 with a degree in accounting and economics and went on to West Virginia University to earn his MBA. He went to work for Price Waterhouse Cooper, a large accounting firm in Virginia.
“I would encourage them to contact Joe or I via email,” McKenzie said. “You can also find out more about Overland and our short-term mission trips on the website www.overlandmissions.com.”
Those email addresses are as follows: