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 304-587-2034.

Minutes of Board Meeting







Annual Reports

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Michael_MartinMichael Martin
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 continues to serve 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.

Russ_DeeringRussell G. Deering
Vice Chair of CAEZ

Chair of CAEZ Loan Committee
Member of Nicholas County Economic Development
Authority Advisory Committee
Chair of Gauley River Public Service District
Member of Masonic Lodge No. 64
Resident of Beech Glen, Nicholas County

Russell Deering has Chaired the Gauley River Public Service District (PSD) since 1980. The PSD provides public water service to the communities of Belva, Dixie, Bentree, Mount Olive (including Mount Olive Prison), Beech Glen, Jodie, Swiss and Lockwood.

Mr. Deering was born and raised in Nicholas County. After graduation, he began working for Union Carbide in Alloy, WV. His work was interrupted by two years of Army service. Union Carbide was sold to Elkem Metals in 1980, but Mr. Deering continued working with them until his retirement in 1994.

Mr. Deering and his wife Elizabeth (Cressora) have one son and two grandchildren. They attend the Swiss Missionary Baptist Church.

Members of the Board

Micki Boggs
Elected Clay County Representative
Resident of Big Otter, Clay County

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.

James Michael “Mike” Pierson
Clay County Commission Representative
Resident of Blue Knob, Clay County

Mike Pierson is a Clay County Commissioner. He taught Masonry at Clay County High School for 32 years and recently retired. Mr. Pierson said, “I have been blessed in my teaching career to see several young people go on and enter the building construction trades as masons, concrete finishers, carpenters, or laborers.”

Born at Weston, Mr. Pierson married Karla Mullens Pierson in 1970. They have four children (Jody, Sissy, Jake, and Mika) and seven grandchildren.

The Piersons own the family farm on Blue Knob Rd. “The farm has been in our family since the late 1800’s. We raise beef cattle and sell grassfed beef,” said Mr. Pierson.

The family attends Fairview Baptist Temple in Clay where Mr. Pierson teaches Sunday School.

Anthony Hofstad
Elected Roane County Representative
Member of Roane County Historical Society
Member of WV Forestry Association
Member of American Association of Professional Landmen
Resident of Spencer, Roane County

Mr. Hofstad is self-employed performing property titles and other land services work. His primary client is a gas exploration company based in northern West Virginia. Other clients are individual landowners, attorneys, and businesses in Roane County.

A past president and current member of the Roane County Historical Society, Mr. Hofstad spends time researching family surnames and property transfers at courthouses in the state. Other interests include football, genealogy, trees, land, traveling and animals.

Mr. Hofstad resides in Spencer, West Virginia with his wife Shannon D. Cottrill, three step-sons Chase, Ruben and Levi Webb, his son Joel Hofstad, their dog Lilly and cat Pocket.

James Michael “Peter” Silitch
Elected Braxton County Representative
Chair of CAEZ Economic Development Committee

Owner of United Timber Products
Owner Strange Creek Holdings, Inc.
Principal Owner and Chair of GTR Labs, Inc.
Resident of Strange Creek, Braxton County

Mr. Silitch is a graduate of St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD with a BS degree is Applied Physics and Philosophy. He has studied Contract Law at the University of Virginia and many technical subjects in post graduate settings. He holds patents in electronic communication

A Korean War Veteran, Mr. Silitch’s military experiences include design work in laser radar systems. He also served in various government programs in the Office of Economic Opportunity. Mr. Silitch is a founding manager of the Westinghouse Learning Corporation.

Peter Silitch is a founding member of CAEZ. He and his wife Elizabeth reside in Strange Creek, WV.

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.

Earl Elliott
Elected Clay County Representative
Resident of Lizemores, Clay County

Having worked in a variety of jobs from coal miner to auto mechanic, Earl Elliott was called to work for the Lord in 1985. He has pastored churches in Nicholas, Braxton, Fayette and Clay Counties.

Mr. Elliott has diligently volunteered many hours to the improvement of the Lizemores area by helping to obtain the Lizemores Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Service. He heads the Adopt a Highway efforts for a three mile section of Independence Road.

Currently, Mr. Elliott is leading an effort to extend public water service further onto Independence Road.

Mr. Elliott was born in 1957 to the late Walter R. and Faye Elliott of Lizemores. He was raised on Bird Hollow and graduated from Clay County High School in 1975. He received an Associate’s Degree in Pastoral Theology from Appalachian Bible College in Beckley.

Elizabeth Sampson
Clay County representative

John David
Paige-Kincaid representative

Melissa O’Brien
Roane County Commissioner

Ronald Facemire
Braxton County Commission

Matthew Wender
Fayette County Commission

Kenneth Altizer
Nicholas County Commission
Dot Gioulis
Sutton Representative
Lydia Watson
Clay County Representative
Earnest Wickline
Mt. Hope Representative