Board Members

Carl Chadband
Carl Chadband

 

Ric McDowell
Ric McDowell

 

Lee Kits
Lee Kits
Stephen Smith
Stephen Smith
Larry Castle

Larry Castle

Hometown: Ft. Gay, West Virginia

Larry is a graduate of Ft. Gay High School. He holds his Associate’s Degree in Electronics from Ashland Community and Technical College. Born and raised in Ft. Gay, WV, Larry served in the United States Air Force during which time he lived in Spain for three years. Larry had a successful private sector career with Westing House Electric, Huntington Alloys, and Ashland Chemical. He is now retired, and devotes significant time to community service. In addition to serving Coalfield Development, Larry serves on the boards of Wayne County Economic Development Authority, Housing Authority of Wayne County, and Ft. Gay Neighborhood Association. He and his wife, Connie, have been married for 48 years.

Joetta Hatfield

Joetta Hatfield

Hometown: Ft. Gay, West Virginia

Joetta is a graduate of Ft. Gay High School and attended Marshall University. Joetta has worked for the Wayne County Board of Education for more than 20 years, and currently serves at Tolsia High School. She is a lifelong Wayne County resident, and Co-Owner of Hatfield’s Grocery and Furniture, a fourth generation family business. In addition to serving Coalfield Development, Joetta is President of the Ft. Gay Neighborhood Association, has been Cheerleading Coach for more than 20 years, and is a City Council member on Ft. Gay City Council. Joetta has been married to her husband, Shannon, for 38 years. They have one son, Landon, and two granddaughters.

Kenny Hann

Kenny Hann

Hometown: Huntington, West Virginia

Kenny is a graduate of Huntington East High School. He was trained at the Cabell County Vocational School.  He has been employed with Ashland Incorporated since 1976 working in every single job in the maintenance department at one time or another. In addition to Coalfield Development, Kenny serves the community through Junior Achievement, is a “Big” with Big Brother-Big Sisters, has coached multiple youth sporting teams, and is a referee with the WVASSAC, KHSAA, and OHSAA for volleyball and football. Kenny also serves on the Wayne County Economic Development Authority Board of Directors. Kenny is an active member of First Baptist Church of Ceredo. Mr. Hann has been married for 34 years to Cathrine who has been a teacher in Wayne County for 33 years. They have two children: a son, 31, and a daughter, 27.

Chase Thomas

Chase Thomas

Hometown: Barboursville, WV

Not knowing how Coalfield would fare, Chase Thomas first took on the role of Crew Chief for the first ever QJI Crew. Chase is a passionate, mission-driven person who is now an associate director of the organization.

Prior to his time with Coalfield Development Corporation, he served as a project manager for Brewer and Company, a fire protection contractor. Chase earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from West Virginia University. He has experience in the mechanics of materials, thermodynamics, and manufacturing processes. Thomas has also worked with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.

In his resume cover letter, Chase wrote to our board, “I find it very rewarding to see others succeed in aspects of their lives that they did not originally count as possible, and my passion for character development will be at the center of my duties as a crew chief. All of this has given me a deep desire to serve in [the Coalfields]. Every goal of the CDC is something that I will work diligently toward, and my seeking employment as crew chief is more than just a career choice. I am deeply drawn to be a part of community development, and green, sustainable housing falls right in line with my passions and interests.”

Chase is a new homeowner, residing in the Spring Valley area.

Favorite Thing About The Coalfields: The land/scenery. It has four distinct seasons in which I enjoy recreational activities in each (hiking, biking, skiing in the wintertime, water sports in the summertime like canoeing or water skiing).

Most Interesting Place Ever Visited: Algonquin Park, Canada – It was an outdoorsman's paradise.

Contact: cthomas@coalfield-development.org

Lisa Bell

Hometown: Wayne County, West Virginia

Lisa is a graduate of Wayne High School, has her Associate’s Degree in Medical Assisting from Huntington Junior College of Business, and holds a Regents Bachelor of Arts from Marshall University.  Her career has spanned many sectors including time with Suzanne Lovejoy and Associations Psychiatric Services, American Red Cross, Wayne County Board of Education, and West Virginia University Extension Service. Lisa also served as Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity, and has experience as an Americorps VISTA and a member of the Wayne County HubCAP Team. She currently serves as Adult Health Educator at West Virginia University Wayne County Extension Service. Lisa is active with East Lynn Elementary PTA, Girl Scouts, 4H, and Wayne County Family Resource Network. She has been married to Gene Bell for 20 years, and they have two children, James and Ashley (19 and 11).

Herma Lynn Davis

Hometown: Wayne County, West Virginia

Herma is a graduate of Buffalo High School and attended Marshall University. She was born and raised in Wayne County, WV. Herman had a long career in reality as a licensed realtor and appraiser. Now, she is a small business owner and operates Girlfriends and Sister Chicks, a craft/retail store in Lavalette, WV. In addition to serving Coalfield Development, Herma also serves on the boards of Western Gate Land Development Corporation, Wayne County Economic Development Authority, and is a member of the Wayne County HubCAP Team. She is an active member of England Hill Free Will Baptist Church. Herma has been married to Bill Davis for 43 years. They have one daughter, Ashley Brown.