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Levi Allen comes from a long tradition of UMWA coal miners. Born in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, on July 6, 1981, Levi and his brother Aaron were raised in Moundsville, West Virginia by his mother, Brenda, and
stepfather, John Lavenski, who he has always regarded as his father. Levi began his coal mining career in 2007. Hired into the McElroy Mine (now the Marshall County Mine) as a general inside laborer, working primarily at the coal face. After working as a beltman, he earned his electrician’s card and began working as a mechanic/electrician throughout the mine. Levi was recognized as a rising talent in the UMWA and was hired by President Roberts onto the International staff in 2015. He became the executive assistant to the international secretary Treasurer in January, 2017 and assumed the duties of international secretary treasurer on July 1, 2017. Levi graduated from John Marshall High School in Moundsville and attended West Liberty University. He is married to the former Shannon Sechrest. He and Shannon are blessed with five children; Owen, Chloe, Lucy, Finnegan, and Auggie.