West Virginia Rural Health Association

Official Ballot – 2017 Board of Directors Election

 

Please use this ballot to vote for members to serve on the WVRHA Board of Directors for the two-year term, Jan. 1, 2018 – Dec. 31, 2019.

Only WVRHA members are eligible to vote. (Not a member? Join now – memberships start at just $10.)

Below the ballot you will find brief biographical information about each candidate, in alphabetical order.

The original bylaws of the organization can be found at www.wvrha.org.

Completed ballots must be received by Friday, Dec. 12, 2017, at 5 p.m.

If you have any questions please contact WVRHA Executive Director Debrin Jenkins at 304-890-7017, or email debrinwvrha@gmail.com.

 

David Bowyer

WVRHA Involvement

I am a currently a member of the WVRHA Board of Directors focusing on rural healthcare access issues in WV, and I was the 2017 WV Rural Health Planning Committee Conference Chair.

Experience

I am the Chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy. Prior to being named as Chair in August 2013, I served as Experiential Director for the school since 2005. I received a B.S. in Pharmacy from WVU School of Pharmacy in 1984. Served two terms as president of the W Society of Health System Pharmacists. I have worked primarily in the rural health setting for the majority of my career. I was recently appointed by the governor to the WV Board of Pharmacy.

 

Brian Crist

WVRHA Involvement

I have been a past and current member of the WVRHA and follow its activities closely. I have attended several WV Rural Health Conferences and my organization has received awards at the conference for quality and progressive programs.

Experience

I have been working in the rural health sector for 19 years. I began my career at a comprehensive community mental health center in the early 1990’s and then as a RHI/KELLOG Student I entered the community health center profession. Since that time, I have been able to achieve my ultimate goal becoming the CEO of a Federally Qualified Health Center. I have been in my current position at Lincoln Primary Care/Southern WV Health System for nearly 16 years and have loved every minute.

 

Janet Hinton

WVRHA Involvement

I have been a member of the WV Rural Health Association since 2011 as part of the WV School of Osteopathic Medicine RHI Program. I have encouraged my students to be active participants by becoming a member of the WVRHA. It is great to know that we have such strong support to face the health issues throughout WV. Last year I participated in the WVRHA Communications Committee and involved WVRHA in a variety of community and WVSOM RHI school activities. I look forward to continuing my work with the WVRHA Communication Committee and becoming a new member on the Conference Planning Committee.

Experience

Janet Hinton, MS is the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicines Rural Health Initiative Program Coordinator and is the lead resource over the day-to-day operations including the planning and implementation of the program to be delivered to students, from high-school to undergraduate. She provides support and leadership of the RHI mission statement to enhance the rural primary care curriculum at WVSOM in order to produce graduates uniquely qualified to practice medicine in underserved communities in WV. She served as the Assistant Professor of Medical Assisting/Allied Health and also developed the first online clinical classes for Mountain State University. She has 22 years’ experience in allied health including EMT, Phlebotomy, Medical Assisting, Medical Coding and Medical Office Management as well as working with her hometown fire and EMS departments. She is also a CPR, First Aid and BLS instructor for the American Heart Association.

 

Melissa Raynes

WVRHA Involvement

I have not been directly involved with the WVRHA. I would like to change that, and therefore, the reason for my application to participate on the Board of this organization.

Experience

As the Director of the Office of Emergency Medical Services, the vast majority of EMS agencies and trauma facilities serve rural communities. In my past as a nursing home administrator, I served primarily rural communities.

 

Vanessa VanGilder

WVRHA Involvement

I have recently joined the WVRHA as a student ember and am just completing my first year of membership. I just attended the annual conference and was amazed at the amount of information shared. I was thrilled to see the networking and met many new people that I hope to work with in the future.

Experience

I was an emergency medical technician for 20 years and served may people in the most rural areas of West Virginia. I was also a 911 dispatcher for 28 years and have 5 years’ experience in the fire service. I have 17 years’ experience in disability advocacy and for almost four years I was the director of the Fair Shake Network, a statewide disability organization. The main part of my job was educating policymakers about disability issues and how policy changes impact people with disabilities. I have worked at the Bureau of Behavioral Health and Health Facilities and current work in DHHR as the Olmstead Coordinator. In my current position, I help people with disabilities to lie in the most integrated setting possible.

 

Robert D. Whitler

WVRHA Involvement

I have served as the WVRHA Policy Committee and developed a white paper on paramedicine and gave presentations at a two WV Rural Health Conferences.

Experience

Director Health Professions recruitment for DHHR 1981-1985, VP West Virginia Hospital Association in charge of Small and Rural Hospital Committee 1985-1992, implemented first Small and Rural Hospital Conference, consultant-worked with small and rural hospitals and Federally Qualified Health Centers 1992-2001 and Executive Director Partners in Health Network 2005-present. Current member of the Innovation Collaborative.

 

Sandra M. Wynn

WVRHA Involvement

I have been a member of the WV Rural Health Association through Bluefield State College’s School of Nursing and Allied Health for several years. I have also attend conferences of the association’s through the years through my employment in the Free Clinic Association of West Virginia as a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner.

Experience

I have been a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner for almost 14 years and a Registered Nurse for 19 years. During that time I have worked in the Emergency Department of rural West Virginia and worked in free clinics in Mercer County since 2002. Along with this line of work, I am also the Director of the Association Degree Nursing Programs at Bluefield State College. My work for BSC has lead me to be a part of many committees throughout the state and country that deal with rural health issues. My personal philosophy of nursing has a strong community and service base to it and I work to instil that in the students before they graduate. Some of the activities my students have been involved in under my direction include working with the American Diabetes Association and The Alzheimer’s Association through volunteering at their walks and providing education and screening during the events.

 

Donald Brubaker

WVRHA Involvement

WVRHA Student Member since 2016. Poster presenter and attendee at 2016 WVRHA Conference. I have advocated among WVU Rural Track students to increase WVRHA membership.

Experience

WVU School of Medicine Rural Track member and Rural Scholars Family Medicine residency applicant. I have completed rural Family Medicine externships in Beckley and Romney. Officer with Project REACH (Rural Education Alliance for Community Health). Former paramedic in rural Livingston MT, Harrisonburg VA and Nelson County VA.

 

Stephany Crist

WVRHA Involvement

For the past several years I have attended the WV Rural Health Conference. In 2017 I served on the conference planning committee and enjoyed the participation. Professionally I have made several new contacts and have been able to incorporate the new relationships into long-term connections which have been beneficial professionally. WVRHA fosters the kind of collaboration that makes sense for professional groups and organizations.

Experience

I live in rural WV and I have first-hand experience of what healthcare looks like and the issues at hand. The constant changes that govern the rural health of WV requires a certain vigilance. I am a licensed insurance producer for the state of WV, and a certified coder. Professionally I contract with an FQHC to provide coding, billing and insurance guidance as well as being a licensed agent for a private company. The vigilance that I speak of is keeping myself and others informed so they can make good health decisions. I feel that the WVRHA provides me with assistance in this area and I would like to continue to enhance my association with this organization.

 

Drema Mace

WVRHA Involvement

I have served on the Board previously. I was the 2016 recipient of the Excellence in Rural Health Award. I have served more than 5 years on the Conference Planning Committee and have chaired subcommittees.

Experience

I have a 35 year career in rural public health at the Bureau for Public Health, and as a local health Administrator for the MOVHD regional health office. Currently, I am the Executive Director of the WVSOM Center for Rural and Community Health.

 

Thomas Moore

WVRHA Involvement

I have been a member of WVRHA for the past three years.

Experience

Mr. Thomas F. Moore, MS, MMSC, PA-C, is the Dean, College of Medical Science, and Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies. Mr. Moore is a graduate from the AB University PA Program with a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies, and a Master of Medical Science degree in Surgery. He also completed the West Virginia University School of Medicine, Emergency Medicine Certificate Program in 2010. In so2, he joined the physician assistant program faculty and become the director in 2013. His areas of practice include Surgical Critical Care and Cardiothoracic Surgery. He is NCCPA certified and a member of the West Virginia Rural Health Association, Society of Critical Care Medicine, American College of Chest Physicians, and American Academy of Physician Assistants.

 

Angie Settle

WVRHA Involvement

I have been a member for many years, also attended and presented twice at the 2017 WV Rural Health Conference.

Experience

Rural health scholar in Roane County in Family Nurse Practitioner School (Marshall University), multiple rotations in rural WV during 20+ years of medical training. I am the CEO of WV Health Right that cares for people from all over West Virginia and currently has a mobile dental clinic servicing 6 counties, McDowell, Boone, Logan, Clay, Harrison and Roane.

 

Lisa Upsher

WVRHA Involvement

I have been involved with WVRHA for the last three years in the following aspects: a. WVRHA collaboration for the WV Community Health Center Challenge, b. Developed working relationships with area WV Community Health Centers, c. WVRHA Conference Lunch sponsor and vendor, d. Developed professional relationship with WVRHA Executive Director, and e. Participates in W Rural Health Workforce Day at the Capitol.

Experience

I was born and raised in Marion County and still have siblings receiving health care in WV. Professional responsibilities include coordination of educational outreach programs, community health center collaborations, special projects, publications and communication efforts designed to promote CORE and donor registration throughout western PA & WV.

 

Alison Witte

WVRHA Involvement

I was one of the original members of WVRHA and I have served on the WVRHA Executive Committee for two years as Secretary.

Experience

Alison Witte has worked in West Virginia as a nursing educator since 1981. She currently teaches nursing at Glenville State College. She graduated from the University of Maryland School of Nursing with as BSN in 1975 and a MS in Nursing Administration in 1981. She earned a DLitt et Phil in Health Studies from the University of South Africa in 2007. She has been involved in rural health for many years, as a member of the West Virginia Rural Health Association, a board member for the Little Kanawha Area Rural Health Partnership, a member of the Northern WV Rural Health Education Center, and a member of the WV Rural Health Advisory Panel.