Board of Directors

CAEZ’s Board of Directors includes elected Representatives and appointed County Commissioners. Representatives are elected by the residents of the census tracts and proportioned according to the poverty levels. Census tracts with higher poverty rates are assigned a greater number of representatives. Each county represented has one (1) elected County Commissioner serving on the Board of Directors.

Representatives serve three year terms. Elections are held for one third of the seats each year. Prior to elections, public meetings are held. Community members make nominations and elect their Representative. For information about serving on the CAEZ Board of Directors or upcoming elections, call the CAEZ Office at 304-410-5070.

Minutes of Board Meeting







Annual Reports

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Micki Boggs
Chair of CAEZ

Resident of Big Otter, Clay County

Ms. Boggs a long-time Member of the Board of Directors, representing Clay County, was elected by the Board of Directors as Chair in July 2020, after having served many years as a vice chair.

Ms. Boggs is a graduate of Clay County High School, Capital City Beauty College and West Virginia Junior College. She has an Associate Degree in Paralegal and Office Management.

A hairdresser for 13 years, Ms. Boggs is currently employed by the Clay County Board of Education as a Data Entry Specialist/Secretary.

Ms. Boggs and her husband Jeff Boggs, who is Chief Magistrate of Clay County, reside at Big Otter, West Virginia. 

Michael_MartinMichael Martin
Vice Chair of CAEZ
Mayor, City of Mount Hope
Member of WV Municipal League Bylaws Committee
President of Mount Hope Historic Landmark Commission
Resident of Mount Hope, Fayette County

Michael Martin was first elected to a CAEZ Board of Directors Seat in 1995 representing Census Tract 205 in Fayette County. In 2000 he was elected as CAEZ Board Chair and continued to served 20 years in that capacity.

Elected Mayor of Mount Hope in 2000, Mr. Martin led a crack-down on crime, working with Trident Drug Task Force to make the streets of Mount Hope safer for residents. He was reelected in 2004 for a second term as Mayor.

Mr. Martin was born and raised in Mount Hope and attended public schools there through the 10th grade. He is a graduate of Fork Union Military Academy. He and his wife Nancy, who is Executive Director of Mount Hope Housing Authority, have two daughters and a grandson.

Linda_RhodesRachel Linda Stewart Rhodes
Secretary of CAEZ

Chair of CAEZ Housing Committee
Member of CAEZ Finance Committee
Member of CAEZ Bylaws Committee
Member Clay County Leaders Association
Life Member WV 4-H Allstars
Retired from Prestera Services
Resident of Clay, Clay County

“Complaining never solves a problem – Cooperation resolves them all!” is Linda Rhodes’ personal motto. She was born in Leatherwood, the eighth of 10 children. She was educated through fifth grade in a one-room school, then attended Clay County High School during the time Widen High School was closed.

Mrs. Rhodes was elected in 2000. “It is a pleasure to work for common goals in our five-county region,” she said. She is mother of two sons and a daughter, and shared her home with two additional children during their teenage years.

Mrs. Rhodes volunteers at Clay County High School where she encourages students to stay in school and take advantage of their educational opportunities.

Members of the Board

Ernest Wickline
Elected Fayette County Representative
Resident of Mount Hope, Fayette County

Ernest Wickline has been a Fayette County represenative on the CAEZ Board of Directors for eight years. He served on may CAEZ Committees for years.  Ernets served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He worked as a Mt. Hope Building Inspector for 12 years, and was on the Mount Hope City Couincil for eight years.

He was the President of Dunloup Creek Watershed Association for 14 years. It was the Biggest Buyout Flood Related, in the nation.  A “pilot program” included 190 Parcels, $20 Million Dollars, approved by the full US House and Senate.

Because of this work, and others, Ernest was recognized, honored by the Governor of West Virginia as a Distinguished Citizen for his years of service work in the State of West Virginia. A plaque hangs in his home.

Doyle D. Tawney
Elected Roane County Representative
Resident of Looneyville, Roane County

Doyle Tawney has been Roane County’s representative on the CAEZ Board of Directors since its inception. Dopyle also served on the CAEZ Loan Committee for many years.

Mr. Tawney served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a communications chief and became an instructor teaching communications classes in the training cadre. When he was Battery Communications Chief, his platoon won first pace as the best in the entire battalion

After working for 15 years as a head crusher operator, clerk and head processor at a Union Carbide metallurgical plant, Doyle was disabled. Nevertheless, he has been active in community affairs his entire adult life. He worked to bring telephone service into Geary District of Roane County. He was a founder and served as Secretary and Treasurer of the Three Forks Community Action Association which built a park and a community building in Newton. He and his wife Rosalie founded the Newton Volunteer Fire Department, and he served as a line officer and its secretary and treasurer for many years. Doyle also acted as a community leader and spokesman in having thePublic Service Commission require adequate natural gas service to be restored to consumers in the community. And, he worked diligently to form the Clay-Roane Public Service District and to have a public water system constructed in Geary District. 

All the while, Mr. Tawney served as a deacon and trustee of his church and was one of the founders of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Newton.

In 1988, Doyle was honored as the Citizen of the Year in Roane County.

John David
Elected Paige-Kincaid Representative, Tract 206
Director of Southern Appalachian Labor School (SALS)

John David is Director and co-founder of the Southern Appalachian Labor School (SALS). SALS was initially established in the 1970’s as an extension Program for West Virginia Institute of Technology and evolved into a community based organization involved in education, nutrition, food, affordable housing and economic development projects in the southern Appalachian coalfields

John David joined the West Virginia Tech faculty in 1971 and served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Social Sciences and Public Administration until his retirement in 2012. While at Tech, he began programs in Labor Studies, Health Administration, Public Service Administration, Community Economic Development and Criminal Justice. He also co-founded and remains a commissioner of the Page-Kincaid Public Service District which serves over 600 rural families along Loup Creek and Western Fayette County.

From 1965 to 1967 he was in one of the first Peace Corps teams sent to Ghana in West Africa where he taught mathematics. He then obtained a Ph.D in Economics from West Virginia University. In 2007 he was nominated for the West Virginia Martin Luther King Jr. Living the Dream Award (received in January 2008) and is a columnist for the Charleston-Gazette Mail and the Raleigh Register-Herald..

Joseph Hoffman
Elected Nicholas County Representative
Chair of Nicholas County Board of Health
Resident of Belva, Nicholas County (wife’s email)

Joseph Hoffman has served as an Elected Representative of CAEZ since its inception.

Mr. Hoffman grew up in Clay County and graduated from Clay County High School in 1953. He attended Glenville State College and completed his undergraduate degree at Morris Harvey College (now University of Charleston).

While working as a teacher, Mr. Hoffman completed a Masters Degree at WV College of Graduate Studies. He taught at schools in both Clay and Nicholas Counties. Mr. Hoffman served as Principal at two schools and retired in 1988. Mr. Hoffman served two years in the Army as a Personnel Specialist.

Fran King
Clay County Commissioner
Clay County Commissioner
Resident of Ivydale, Clay County

Fran King is a Clay County Commissioner and the owner of King Wrecking in Maysel WV.

Connie Kinder
Elected Clay County Representative, Tract 9580
Resident of Clay, Clay County

Connie Kinder is a retired teacher from the Clay County School system and is the junior member of the Clay County Commission. And although a Commissioner, she joins the board as an elected tract representative.

Dee Schultz
Clay County representative, Tract 9579

Tom Louisos
Fayette County Commissioner

Merlin Shamblin
Elected Roane County representative

Ron Facemire
Braxton County Commissioner

Melvin “Buster” Gum
Braxton County Commissioner

Kenneth Altizer
Nicholas County Commission