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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 former 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 

SChris Zinn, Secretary

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

Gary Zuckett

Gary Zuckett*, Treasurer

Executive Director of the West Virginia Citizens Action Group

Beth Baldwin

Beth Baldwin

Nurse Practitioner and President of the West Virginia Nurses Association

Susan Coyle

Susan Coyle, PHD, RN

Assistant Professor of Nursing at WVU School of Nursing

Rachel Dash

Rachel 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

Margaret Chapman Pomponio

Margaret Chapman Pomponio

Executive Director of West Virginia FREE

David Forinash

David Forinash

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

Rev. James Patterson

Rev. James Patterson

Executive Director, Partnership of African-American Churches

Kenny Perdue

Kenny Perdue

President of the West Virginia AFL-CIO


Craig Robinson

CEO of Cabin Creek Clinic

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


Dolly Ford Sullivan,

WVU Children's Hospital


Nancy Tyler

Healthcare Consultant

* Organizational Board Member


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!


Doris Selko, Regional Coordinator, Southern West Virginia

Former insurance agent.