Our Staff

Dewey Houck — RAIL President

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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

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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

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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.

Sarah Goswick — VISTA Coordinator of the Southern WV Coalfields Substance Abuse/Chronic Disease to Work Initiative

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Sarah graduated from William & Mary with a double major in Public Policy and Kinesiology & Health Sciences with a concentration in Public Health. She works with RAIL through the AmeriCorps VISTA program. Sarah spends her time writing grant requests and working with our healthy lifestyle programs. She shared that this year has been an incredible learning experience for her both personally and professionally, and she has fallen in love with southern West Virginia.

Samantha Stacy — VISTA Coordinator of the Southern WV SUD/Chronic Disease Management

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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

Kayla Cowley — Employee

Kayla is employed with RAIL through Workforce West Virginia’s Empowered Employment program.

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.

Dwayne Bailey — Employee

Dwayne is employed with RAIL through Equus.