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WHO WE ARE

Vision/Mission/Values

Vision

All communities in Greenbrier County are engaged to support residents in making healthy decisions and each resident has the opportunity to develop and live life to his or her fullest potential with equal opportunities for all.

Mission

Empower all local communities utilizing a systems and evidence-based approaches to improve overall health and wellness for all Greenbrier County residents.  We will accomplish our mission through innovative action, education, resource sharing and advocacy.

Values

We acknowledge and honor the fundamental value and dignity of all individuals.  Inclusion, respect, collaboration, equality and trust are core to how we want to behave as individuals and collectively as an organization.

History

History

The Greenbrier County Health Alliance began as a community engagement strategy that originated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, Center for Rural and Community Health with grant funding from West Virginia Clinical Translational Science Institute.

An Alliance core planning group began meeting monthly in October 2014 to develop a process for collaborative networking. The group's goal was to define priority issues and build consensus for developing intervention activities to address those issues. The group agreed that interventions would intend to improve health and well-being of all county residents and would focus on socioeconomic factors, physical environment, health behaviors and clinical partnerships.

A key component to the Alliance coordinated approach for community health outreach is the use of community ambassadors. In 2015, five communities participated in the Ambassador Mini-grant project that was funded by the WV Bureau for Public Health with 1305 grant funds. Ambassadors were identified because they have an interest in improving their communities' health. Local Community Ambassadors became trained to facilitate a process to identify a local need and implement a mini-grant project. Mini-grant project implementation was successful across the county and helped define pathways for future coordination of grassroots engagement. At the end of the year, Ambassadors came together with Alliance planning group members to evaluate and celebrate the projects. Mini-grant projects included: a mobile farmers market in Alderson; a summer food program in Ronceverte; 3 diabetes self-management workshops in Lewisburg, Rainelle and Ronceverte; 6 healthy activities called Williamsburg on Wellness (WOW!) and a community garden between Rupert and Rainelle. Management of future projects will build on successes and lessons learned. Projects must in some way, "make the healthy choice an easy choice" and promote cooperation and partnerships, not competition.


Simultaneously, the planning group developed an organizational structure to become a non-profit organization and received non-profit designation in November 2015. A newly established board of directors and 4 taskforce work groups have been defined to: 1) Expand the community ambassador program; 2) Increase capacity to sustain evidence based self-management community workshops; 3) Develop an Alliance webpage and digital asset map of county health resources; and 4) Aggregate local foods to help meet local needs.

Early in 2016, proposals were submitted for a 2 year Benedum Grant and for an AmeriCorps Member to assist with coordination of community efforts.  Both proposals were funded and in July of 2016 the Live Well Greenbrier project began.

Board of Directors

Diana Godbey

Diana is a RN who has been employed by Home Care Plus since 1989. She also represents Wellsprings of Greenbrier, Inc.  where she is president of the board of directors where over the past 12 years has logged many volunteer hours. She has lived in WV her entire life with over 35 years of outreach experience. She has connections across the county but is particularly committed to the underserved residents on the western end of Greenbrier County and believes that its important for agencies to come together and coordinate efforts to improve community health. Her work as a home health nurse is her mission and a way for her to help others improve their overall quality of life. Diana’s enthusiasm, experience, and commitment were a welcome addition to the Board in Nov. 2015.

Bob Fostor, DO

Dr. Foster is Board Certified in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine who moved to WV in 1978 to teach at WV School of Osteopathic Medicine and deliver babies. He is well known and well respected across the county as someone who stands up for community efforts and joins local initiatives to improve community health. He was a founding member on the Board of the Family Refuge Center where he served for 21 years and after 9 years of service is an Emeritus member of the WV Board of the Children’s Home Society Board. A long time Professor and Associate Dean at WVSOM, Dr.  Foster represents the supportive relationship between the Alliance and the Osteopathic School. Dr. Foster’s belief is that a physician is first and foremost a servant to the community and its people. He is currently serving as the Alliance co-chair and came on as an original board member in Nov. of 2015.

Paula McCoy

Paula is the lead school nurse for Greenbrier County Schools and loves teaching and empowering children and families to take ownership of their health. She promotes making good food choices, avoiding tobacco and other substances, and enjoying physical activity together in our beautiful Greenbrier County. One of her greatest joys is to see a former student become a healthy and prosperous member of our community. Paula graduation from Berea College in Kentucky and she and her husband have two grown children. She grew up in Greenbrier county and spent many hours in Ronceverte and Fort Spring playing on the river and in the dirt, two things she still enjoys doing.

Deb Sizemore

Deb is grassroots leader in community health across the state and brings her authentic passion for improving access to resources at the local level to the Alliance board and task force projects.  Her insights related to rural health needs helped shape plans of the Alliance's Asset Mapping and Community Ambassador subcommittees and helped define the Ambassador project success from within her own rural community of Williamsburg. A social worker by profession, Debbie's passion is around community organizing, advocacy, and rural issues. Her clear voice and strong resourcefulness offer a valuable perspective representative of many WV communities.  As a founding partner, her commitment to the Alliance planning process and her understanding of rural concerns helped shape the foundation of the Alliance in 2014.

Carma Korman

Carma is a social worker at Robert C. Byrd Clinic where she plays a vital role in helping people navigate the health system and works tirelessly to assist local seniors as they problem solve the daily barriers of life. Carma plays a vital role as a Master Trainer in the Stanford Chronic Disease and Diabetes Self-Management Programs has been leading the way in the dissemination of diabetes self-management outreach for almost 10 years. She has developed a recruitment and referral process for community workshops that is a statewide model. She is also dedicated to the work of geriatric boards and committees to address geriatric issues on a state level. Carma contributed to the 2014 planning group as a co-founder of the Alliance.

Judy Lohmeyer

Judy is a shining example of the importance of volunteerism where she played a leading role in organizing Alderson Recovery efforts following the 2016 flood.  She is active in many organizations in the Alderson Community, WVU Extension CEOS and Master Gardener programs, served on the Alderson Community Center Board of Directors and Board of Trustees for the Alderson Library. Judy is very involved in her husband’s ministry as the pastor of the Alderson Lutheran Church and represent a link between the Alliance and local churches. Making an impact to improve the health, wellbeing and general quality of life of children and the elderly has been a passion of hers for many years. Judy is an avid Bridge player, enjoys kayaking, travel, camping in in the family RV and is a lover of nature and all God’s creatures. The Alliance is grateful that she was suggested to represent Alderson and that she agreed to join the board in Nov. of 2015.

Sonja Manspile

Information coming soon.

Roy Grimes

As the Arts and Recreation Director for Greenbrier County, Roy works with communities across the county to develop and improve parks and recreational resources. A strong and well connected community leader, Roy facilitated a valuable connection between the Alliance and the Greenbrier County Commission who issued a ‘Proclamation’ in support of Alliance efforts. Roy is always willing to tackle another project and share his contacts and knowledge about county wide resources. Roy has a wealth of experience and good will that he contributes at the Alliance planning table where he is co-founding 2014 planning group partner.

Kenosha Davenport

As the Executive Director of Family Refuge Center, Kenosha believes in a community that is healthy and free of violence.  She brings to the Alliance 14 years of nonprofit industry experience that includes: financial management, grant research and writing, and nonprofit governance.  She generously shares her understanding of non-profit governance and finances as the Treasurer of the Alliance Board. Her leadership expertise is valuable and her voice is strong in support of women and family’s needs. Kenosha joined the original board in November 2015.

Ashlee Turner

Ashlee is a Licensed Psychologist employed by Greenbrier Primary Care Clinic, providing mental health treatment and services to adults, adolescents and children through an array of broad programs. A new comer to the Greenbrier County Health Alliance board in 2016, Ashlee represents community mental health with passion and creativity. She is energetic and willing to jump into the work and contribute her operational and personal expertise. Ashlee joined the board in October 2016.

Kim Estep

Kim represents Greenbrier Valley Medical Center where she works as the Director of Marketing and communication. The Alliance benefits from her marketing expertise and the county-wide connections she brings to the position of Alliance Board Chair. Kim is not only a co-founding planning partner but provided the initial leadership to spearhead the formation of the Greenbrier County Health Alliance early in 2014. As a native of Monroe County, Kim has a deep interest in the health of this community and strives to make the Greenbrier Valley a healthier place for all to call home.

Linda Kay Davis

Kay is a WVU Families and Health Extension Agent and Associate Extension Professor who has worked for 35 years in three WV counties providing education to help families live healthier lives. She provides educational programs in food safety, nutrition, health and wellness, stress management and relationship education. She also serves as co-county contact for the Energy Express Program and leads diabetes prevention and Dining with Diabetes programs. Kay has a reputation as a prolific grassroots community engagement leader across the county and brings opportunity, experience and her talents to the board. She is a co-founding 2014 planning partner.

Diana Godbey

Diana is a RN who has been employed by Home Care Plus since 1989. She also represents Wellsprings of Greenbrier, Inc.  where she is president of the board of directors where over the past 12 years has logged many volunteer hours. She has lived in WV her entire life with over 35 years of outreach experience. She has connections across the county but is particularly committed to the underserved residents on the western end of Greenbrier County and believes that its important for agencies to come together and coordinate efforts to improve community health. Her work as a home health nurse is her mission and a way for her to help others improve their overall quality of life. Diana’s enthusiasm, experience, and commitment were a welcome addition to the Board in Nov. 2015.

Bob Fostor, DO

Dr. Foster is Board Certified in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine who moved to WV in 1978 to teach at WV School of Osteopathic Medicine and deliver babies. He is well known and well respected across the county as someone who stands up for community efforts and joins local initiatives to improve community health. He was a founding member on the Board of the Family Refuge Center where he served for 21 years and after 9 years of service is an Emeritus member of the WV Board of the Children’s Home Society Board. A long time Professor and Associate Dean at WVSOM, Dr.  Foster represents the supportive relationship between the Alliance and the Osteopathic School. Dr. Foster’s belief is that a physician is first and foremost a servant to the community and its people. He is currently serving as the Alliance co-chair and came on as an original board member in Nov. of 2015.

Paula McCoy

Paula is the lead school nurse for Greenbrier County Schools and loves teaching and empowering children and families to take ownership of their health. She promotes making good food choices, avoiding tobacco and other substances, and enjoying physical activity together in our beautiful Greenbrier County. One of her greatest joys is to see a former student become a healthy and prosperous member of our community. Paula graduation from Berea College in Kentucky and she and her husband have two grown children. She grew up in Greenbrier county and spent many hours in Ronceverte and Fort Spring playing on the river and in the dirt, two things she still enjoys doing.

Deb Sizemore

Deb is grassroots leader in community health across the state and brings her authentic passion for improving access to resources at the local level to the Alliance board and task force projects.  Her insights related to rural health needs helped shape plans of the Alliance's Asset Mapping and Community Ambassador subcommittees and helped define the Ambassador project success from within her own rural community of Williamsburg. A social worker by profession, Debbie's passion is around community organizing, advocacy, and rural issues. Her clear voice and strong resourcefulness offer a valuable perspective representative of many WV communities.  As a founding partner, her commitment to the Alliance planning process and her understanding of rural concerns helped shape the foundation of the Alliance in 2014.

Carma Korman

Carma is a social worker at Robert C. Byrd Clinic where she plays a vital role in helping people navigate the health system and works tirelessly to assist local seniors as they problem solve the daily barriers of life. Carma plays a vital role as a Master Trainer in the Stanford Chronic Disease and Diabetes Self-Management Programs has been leading the way in the dissemination of diabetes self-management outreach for almost 10 years. She has developed a recruitment and referral process for community workshops that is a statewide model. She is also dedicated to the work of geriatric boards and committees to address geriatric issues on a state level. Carma contributed to the 2014 planning group as a co-founder of the Alliance.

Judy Lohmeyer

Judy is a shining example of the importance of volunteerism where she played a leading role in organizing Alderson Recovery efforts following the 2016 flood.  She is active in many organizations in the Alderson Community, WVU Extension CEOS and Master Gardener programs, served on the Alderson Community Center Board of Directors and Board of Trustees for the Alderson Library. Judy is very involved in her husband’s ministry as the pastor of the Alderson Lutheran Church and represent a link between the Alliance and local churches. Making an impact to improve the health, wellbeing and general quality of life of children and the elderly has been a passion of hers for many years. Judy is an avid Bridge player, enjoys kayaking, travel, camping in in the family RV and is a lover of nature and all God’s creatures. The Alliance is grateful that she was suggested to represent Alderson and that she agreed to join the board in Nov. of 2015.

Sonja Manspile

Information coming soon.

Roy Grimes

As the Arts and Recreation Director for Greenbrier County, Roy works with communities across the county to develop and improve parks and recreational resources. A strong and well connected community leader, Roy facilitated a valuable connection between the Alliance and the Greenbrier County Commission who issued a ‘Proclamation’ in support of Alliance efforts. Roy is always willing to tackle another project and share his contacts and knowledge about county wide resources. Roy has a wealth of experience and good will that he contributes at the Alliance planning table where he is co-founding 2014 planning group partner.

Kenosha Davenport

As the Executive Director of Family Refuge Center, Kenosha believes in a community that is healthy and free of violence.  She brings to the Alliance 14 years of nonprofit industry experience that includes: financial management, grant research and writing, and nonprofit governance.  She generously shares her understanding of non-profit governance and finances as the Treasurer of the Alliance Board. Her leadership expertise is valuable and her voice is strong in support of women and family’s needs. Kenosha joined the original board in November 2015.

Ashlee Turner

Ashlee is a Licensed Psychologist employed by Greenbrier Primary Care Clinic, providing mental health treatment and services to adults, adolescents and children through an array of broad programs. A new comer to the Greenbrier County Health Alliance board in 2016, Ashlee represents community mental health with passion and creativity. She is energetic and willing to jump into the work and contribute her operational and personal expertise. Ashlee joined the board in October 2016.

Kim Estep

Kim represents Greenbrier Valley Medical Center where she works as the Director of Marketing and communication. The Alliance benefits from her marketing expertise and the county-wide connections she brings to the position of Alliance Board Chair. Kim is not only a co-founding planning partner but provided the initial leadership to spearhead the formation of the Greenbrier County Health Alliance early in 2014. As a native of Monroe County, Kim has a deep interest in the health of this community and strives to make the Greenbrier Valley a healthier place for all to call home.

Linda Kay Davis

Kay is a WVU Families and Health Extension Agent and Associate Extension Professor who has worked for 35 years in three WV counties providing education to help families live healthier lives. She provides educational programs in food safety, nutrition, health and wellness, stress management and relationship education. She also serves as co-county contact for the Energy Express Program and leads diabetes prevention and Dining with Diabetes programs. Kay has a reputation as a prolific grassroots community engagement leader across the county and brings opportunity, experience and her talents to the board. She is a co-founding 2014 planning partner.

WHAT WE DO

Community Ambassadors

Supporting community leaders from across the county in planning projects to make their communities healthier. They are linking with resources, learning together and supporting each other to take action.

Self Management

Empowering people with the skills to manage their diabetes and other chronic health conditions. Do you or someone you love have diabetes or another chronic health condition?

Local Foods

Working to improve access to healthy and locally grown food. The Alliance is always looking for ideas and ways to increase access to healthy local food for county residents.  Greenbrier County’s agricultural potential is bountiful and yet many of our local people, especially seniors, don’t regularly have access to fresh local produce.

Asset Mapping

Use our map to find playgrounds, sports fields, walking tracks and trails, community buildings, and more.   A community asset is defined as a quality, person, or thing that is an advantage, a resource, or an item of value to the community.

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