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Committed to affordable health care for all West Virginians... and doing something about it!

About Us

West Virginians for Affordable Health Care is a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization under IRC 501(c)(4) organized in November, 2005 by a diverse group of individuals concerned about the rising cost of health care and health care insurance coverage.  We are funded by membership dues, public donations, and grants. No member is paid for serving on our Board of Directors.  Read our Guiding Principles.


Dan Foster

Dan Foster, MD,  President

Retired surgeon and currently a physician administrator at CAMC and a member of the West Virginia State Senate

Sam Hickman

Sam Hickman, Vice President

Executive Director of the National Association of Social Workers West Virginia Chapter 

David Forinash

David Forinash,

Retired health care administrator and former Deputy Secretary of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources

Sally Richardson

Sally K. Richardson, Treasurer

President Emeritus, WVU Institute for Health Policy Research and former national Medicaid Director

Beth Baldwin

Beth Baldwin

Nurse Practitioner and President of the West Virginia Nurses Association

Rachel DashRachel Dash, ACSW*

Rachel represents the Temple Israel and is an Associate Professor of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry at WVU’s School of Medicine

Barbara Fleischauer

Barbara Fleischauer

Member from Monongahela County, West Virginia House of Delegates

Gary Zuckett

Gary Zuckett*

Executive Director of the West Virginia Citizens Action Group

Brandon MerrittBrandon Merritt

Recent graduate of Tulane University with a Masters in Public Health. Now working as an epidemiologist at the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department.

Rev. James Patterson

Rev. James Patterson

Executive Director, Partnership of African-American Churches

Kenny Perdue

Kenny Perdue

President of the West Virginia AFL-CIO

George Pickett

Dr. George Pickett

Past West Virginia State Health Director


Craig Robinson

CEO of Cabin Creek Clinic

Tom Sims

Tom Simms

Retired state health department official

Emily Spieler

Emily Spieler

Dean and Edwin Hadley Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts and former Commissioner of the West Virginia Workers’ Compensation Fund

Kathleen Stoll

Kathleen Stoll

Deputy Executive Director of Families USA

Margaret Chapman PomponioMargaret Chapman Pomponio

Executive Director of West Virginia FREE

SChris Zinn

Hospice nurse and Executive Director of the Hospice Council of West Virginia.

* Organizational Board Member

Board Advisor

SDanny Scalise

Executive Director of EnAct, a Community Action Agency

SSue Coyle

Associate Professor, WVU School of Nursing

SDolly Ford

Licensed Social Worker

SNancy Tyler

Healthcare Consultant


Perry Bryant

Perry Bryant, Executive Director

Founder of WVAHC, former member of the PEIA Finance Board and former Chair of the Self Management Committee of the West Virginia Health Improvement Institute.

Renate Pore

Renate Pore, Director of Health Care Policy

Staff member of the West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy and former Director of the Governor’s Cabinet on Children and Families

Lisa Diehl

Lisa Diehl, Regional Coordinator, North Central W. Va.

Long time community organizer and Co founder and former President of WV Women Work!

Ashley Adams

Ashley Adams, Regional Coordinator, Eastern Panhandle

A recent graduate from WVU School of Social Work with a Master degree and former Executive Director of the Eastern Panhandle Habitat for Humanity