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Staff

Jan Derry

Executive Director

jderry@nwvcil.org (304) 296-6091 ext. 105

Annetta Johnson

Administrative Director

ajohnson@nwvcil.org

Annetta Johnson is the Administrative Director for NWVCIL. She runs the financial department making sure that all bills are paid, payroll is done, reports are submitted, grant billing is completed and all budgets stay on track. Annetta works closely with our outside accountant to ensure the accounts are ready and correct for the yearly audit. She has been with NWVCIL for 12 years and plans to continue working here.

She has completed a large portion of her classes to become an accountant and hopes to complete her degree in the next couple years. Her minor is in Human Services, both of these degrees will help with her work at NWVCIL.

Annetta’s work at NWVCIL is enhanced by her personal experience with family members being persons with disabilities. In her down time she spends time with her family enjoying the outdoors.

Annetta has been in the non-profit world for 18 years, working for North Central WV Community Action for six years before coming to NWVCIL. While at Community Action she worked with other agencies to provide the Summer Food program. She headed up two Group Workcamp programs, serving 65-70 families each time. The Workcamp program brought in 300-350 kids plus 60-70 adults to help low income families to do repairs on their homes that other programs would not. This program required finding families, inspecting the homes, finding contractors to volunteer supervision, ordering supplies and providing housing for the out of state volunteers.

(304) 296-6091 ext. 100

Paulette Southerly

Program Director & Peer Support Program Coordinator

psoutherly@nwvcil.org

Paulette Southerly is a Program Director and Peer Support Specialist at the Northern West Virginia Center for Independent Living.  Paulette works with individuals with disabilities to promote wellness, independence, and consumer choice, as well as educating individuals, legislators, and businesses to create accommodating, inclusive communities.  Having worked in a clinical neuropsychological setting in the past, she is also aware of potential barriers to accessing healthcare in general and mental healthcare in particular.  Like Theodore Roosevelt, Paulette believes that “[f]ar and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”

Paulette is a graduate of the CCAR Recovery Coach Academy, a certified Mental Health First Aid provider, a trained motivational interviewer, and a graduate of the Our Lives: Safe and Strong Program Leadership Training through The Regional Research Institute, School of Social Work at Portland State University.  She is a member of Monongalia County's Sexual Assault Response Team, the National Council for Independent Living, the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Advisory Council, and the National Council for Independent Living's Mental Health subcommittee.  She has received additional training in the areas of suicide prevention, sexual assault, trauma informed care, traumatic brain injury, and peer support.

Paulette graduated magna cum laude from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and minors in English and Communication Studies; upon graduation she was elected into the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

(304) 296-6091 ext. 112

Tiffany Carr

Independent Living Specialist

tcarr@nwvcil.org

Tiffany is an Independent Living Skills Resource Specialist for Northern West Virginia Center for Independent Living located in Elkins WV. She earned her Bachelor Degree in Business Management at University of Phoenix and has a background in Education. Tiffany achieved a certification from Our Lives Safe and Strong Program based at Portland State University School of Social Work and is certified as a Mental Health First Aid respondent. She founded a peer support and living skills group at a local community living facility and remains very active in her community by working on fundraisers, awareness seminars, and volunteering her time to numerous different activities.

(304) 636-0143

Brenda Dasher

Community Integration Specialist

bdasher@nwvcil.org

Brenda Dasher is our Community Integrations Specialist and works out of the Elkins Office.  Brenda's love is working with businesses to help them make sure they are ADA compliant.  Accessibility is very important to her from businesses, schools, playgrounds and recreation areas in WV.  Brenda's hope is to break down all barriers so that some day  everyone can go and do the things they love to do with family and friends. Brenda has attended Universal Design Training's as well as ADA Training's to help insure this is a possibility for all of WV.

The project that Brenda is most proud of is an accessible Kayak / Canoe Launch which is located in Elkins, WV.  Check it out on NWVCIL's facebook page.  Working together with the community and applying for a grant, the project cost approximately $40,000.00

Brenda was recognized by the National Council on Independent living as receiving the Region III Advocacy Award.  Dasher was selected as the sole recipient of the annual award from NCIL Region III, which covers Delaware, Maryland,Pennsylvania, Virginia , West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Along with doing the Community Integration job, Brenda also does skills training and peer support groups.

Brenda is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS), as well as serves on the Appalachian Community Health as a board member.  She is also a board member on the Randolph County Domestic Chore as well as a Sexual Assault Response Team Member.

(304) 636-0143

Margaret Frankenberry

Contract Negotiation Manager

mfrankenberry@nwvcil.org

Margaret Frankenberry is a Contract and Negotiations Manager at the Northern West Virginia Center for Independent Living.  Margaret works with individuals with disabilities and their families to promote independent living at their home through home modifications.  Margaret also works with the contractors and performs any necessary negotiations to ensure the home modifications come to fruition for these individuals.  Having worked for a municipal government approving permits and working with contracts and contractors and as a prior contractor herself she is knowledgeable in the requirements for accessibility and retrofitting areas to make them accessible.  She is also a local Realtor ® which strengthens her knowledge of Fair Housing and the conditions that exist for persons needing accessibility to their homes.

Margaret has attended Fairmont State University and has held a Contractor’s License.  She is also a member of the Morgantown, West Virginia and National Board of Realtors®.  Margaret has a true passion working to gain accessibility for individuals as she grew up with a sibling who had a disability and has also experienced disability herself and the challenges a home presents.

(304) 296-6091 ext. 107

Donna Megert

Administrative Assistant

dmegert@nwvcil.org (304) 636-0143

Janice Triplin

Administrative Assistant

jtriplin@nwvcil.org (304) 296-6091 ext. 117

Jessica Varner

CLSP Coordinator

jvarner@nwvcil.org (304) 296-6091 ext. 111

Dustin Whiteman

Administrative Assistant

dwhiteman@nwvcil.org (304) 296-6091 ext. 116

Christine Wilcox

Transition Advocate

cwilcox@nwvcil.org (304) 296-6091 ext. 102