Dewey Houck — RAIL President
RAIL Founder Dewey Houck is a retired railroad worker and Mullens-area native who commutes regularly between Mullens and his home in Roanoke, VA. After the catastrophic floods of 2001, Dewey committed to helping rebuild Wyoming County. Since then, his efforts have been recognized on local, state, and national levels. Dewey is a recipient of the 2001 Mullens Chamber of Commerce Civic Hero Award, 2006 Senior Volunteer of the Year in West Virginia, the 2006 Roanoke Civitan Club’s Good Samaritan Award, Stanford University’s 2006 National Encore Purpose Prize, and the 2009 Critical Impact Award from Philanthropy West Virginia.
Kristi Halsey — Programs Director/Director of RAIL’s COVID-19 Program
Kristi has 15 years of experience working with at-risk families and 11 years of experience working at the Wyoming County Day Report Center as a group facilitator. She also assisted in writing the Articles of Incorporation for a local sober-living home. She oversees all programs at the MOC and seeks additional funding for RAIL by writing grant proposals. Kristi is extremely passionate about the work that she does.
Holly Johnson — Assistant Director of RAIL’s COVID-19 Program
Holly assists Kristi in getting people vaccinated in southern West Virginia. She has over eight years of experience with administrative duties and office management. She describes her time at RAIL as very rewarding to both her professional and personal life and she’s excited to see what she can accomplish. She can be described as outgoing, funny, and hard-working.
Samantha Stacy — VISTA Coordinator of the Southern WV SUD/Chronic Disease Management
Samantha first came to RAIL through Workforce WV’s Empowered Employment program, and she is now serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA. As a local born and raised in Wyoming County, she understands the culture well and is passionate about helping others. She can be described as considerate, open-minded, and hardworking.
Rickey Cook — Maintenance/Construction Supervisor
Rickey is employed with RAIL through the Southwestern Community Action Council. As a retired coal miner with 27.5 years of experience, he is extremely hard-working and dedicated to the job. He can be described as funny, loyal, and kind.
Tim McGraw — Grounds Manager
Tim volunteers full-time with RAIL and maintains RAIL facilities. He served in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. After he returned from the war, he earned a degree from East Tennessee State University. From there, he returned to Wyoming County and worked in the coal mines for 13 years. After his time in the mines, he spent seven years teaching Special Education and Science. Tim can be described as giving, caring, and adventurous. He is also passionate about the Great Eastern Trail; ask him about the Tugunu Hiking Club that he started!
Anne Pauley — Full-Time Volunteer
Stephanie Payne — Employee
Stephanie is employed with RAIL through Equus. She was one of the first volunteers for RAIL’s Recycled, Repurposed, Recovery in Appalachia program. She can be described as kind, determined, and outgoing.
Bobby Blankenship— Employee
Bobby is employed with RAIL through the Southwestern Community Action Council.
Scott Worley— AmeriCorps VISTA
Scott serves with RAIL through AmeriCorps VISTA.