Who We Are

last try
  • KVVP Steering Committee
  •  December 2012 KVVP Gathering at Hale House
  • Barbara Frierson engaged in group discussion
  • Guests enjoy 'High Tea on the Veranda' in June
KVVP Steering Committee1  December 2012 KVVP Gathering at Hale House2 Barbara Frierson engaged in group discussion3 Guests enjoy 'High Tea on the Veranda' in June4
Wordpress Gallery by WOWSlider.com v4.7


KVVP or Kanawha Valley Village People is a grass-roots, non-profit organization of volunteers which follows the ‘village’ concept. Right-click here and ‘open the link in a new tab’ to see what the Village to Village Network is all about.

KVVP invites people of all ages to join us in order to make our community better by linking individuals with others providing the services they need in order to ‘age in place’ – remaining in their communities and in their own homes as they grow older.

In an article by Jim Weiker of the Columbus Dispatch, Cynthia Love said it best: “We want to stay in our own homes.” Such a simple concept is often easier said than done. In the past when extended families lived in a single household, it made sense for several generations of a family to remain together – the grand parents often caring for their grand children while the kids’ parents went off to work. Today however, it is common for us to live in our own home or apartment and communicate with our children and relatives by phone.

Another individual interviewed by Mr. Weiker said that: “The old model is you work till you’re 65 and drop dead two years later. That’s not happening. We live another 20 years, and, for most people, there’s this huge period of relatively good health that might require some help.” Click here to read Jim’s article –Retirees find help that will allow them to remain at home.

With a nursing home costing upwards of $75,000 a year and assisted living nearly $50,000 a year, there is a definite need for an alternative. Waiting for someone else to address the problem just doesn’t work therefore the ‘village concept’ was born.


At the May 6, 2018 Annual Meeting of the Kanawha Valley Village People, two people were elected to the Board of Directors.  The Board met on May 6th to elect officers and set their first meeting.  This Board will serve until May, 2019.

President Ron Graham, Charleston: Ron is a native of Preston County, West BoD_Ron Graham_FEB 2016Virginia, and a current resident of Kanawha County. In December 2014, Ron retired from a career managing analytical chemistry laboratories for the minerals-inspection industry (with an initial two-year stint as a high school science and math teacher). At his retirement, Ron served as the Global Technical Governance Manager for the Minerals Division of the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing, and Certification Company. Ron’s formal education includes a BS in chemistry from West Virginia University, a MS in chemistry from Youngstown State University, and a Quality Management in Manufacturing certificate from DePaul University. Ron’s technical committee work has included ASTM (committees D05 on Coal and Coke; E01 on Analytical Chemistry of Metals, Ores, Concentrates, and Related Materials; and E11 on Quality and Statistics) and ISO (committees TC 27 on Solid Mineral Fuels and TC 183 onCopper, Lead, Zinc and Nickel Ores and Concentrates). Ron served as the Head of the US Delegation to ISO TC 27 from 2009 – 2013 and as the Head of the US Delegation to ISO TC 183 from 2004 – 2013. Ron’s volunteer activities have included FOOTMAD (Friends of Old Time Music and Dance), KVVP (Kanawha Valley Village People), and FIAGKV (Faith in Action of the Greater Kanawha Valley). Ron enjoys hiking, reading, and working out at the YMCA. Term 3 years.

Vice President Terry Winston Pickett, Charleston: Terry is a native Charlestonian. She is a graduate of Charleston High School and Oberlin College (History) and received her Elementary Teaching Certification from the University of Iowa and a Master’s Degree in Special Education from COGS. Terry (or Ms. Pickett…whichever you prefer) was married to Dr. George Pickett, State Health Director in Governor John D. Rockefeller’s first administration, for 32 years. Individually and together they lived in places as diverse as California, Scotland, Alabama, Michigan, New York and Wales before returning to Charleston in 1997. Terry’s favorite position in that time was ‘Special Assistant to Long Beach (NY)’. She worked with all levels of government to help bring programs and projects into Long Beach…from immunizations to mammography to low-income housing. She drew on that experience to help spearhead a community project to bring a Media Studies Center into the downtown to increase the population and quality of life in Charleston (to be continued). Recently, in conversation with others, she became sharply aware of the need for housing and resources for middle-income seniors. She hopes to work with KVVP to help fill that need. Term 3 years.

BoD_Barbara H Smith cropped

Treasurer, Barbara Hutchinson Smith, Charleston: A retired Music Specialist, Putnam County Schools where I served as Faculty Senate president at Poca Elementary School. Assoc. degree in the Science of Church Music, Bachelors’ degree in Music Education with 18 hours towards a masters degree in reading education. Lots of volunteer work and many years of performing, teaching, and directing choirs. Volunteer work, to name a few, with Woman & Children’s Hospital, WV Public Radio, Hospice Care, Social Chairperson for womanSong Chorale, Kanawha County Library system, and oh so many more. KVVP is an organization whose concept I so truly believe in, and I would like to see folks who are members participate in just a little more “raising awareness” of what we have to offer the community. Which would hopefully lead to a significant jump in membership and much growth for KVVP. Term 3 years

Secretary Sandra Mitchell, Elkview: Sandra is a life long resident of the Kanawha Valley. She completed her undergraduate studies in Business Administration and Finance and her MBA from the University of Charleston. Sandra also completed additional graduate work in public health at WVU, and completed certificate program in Health Administration from UCLA. With 30+ years experience in health care management, Sandra retired from Cabin Creek Health Systems in 2015, having served as the Chief Operating Officer and Quality Director. Improving quality of care and patient education and engagement in self care management were Sandra’s primary areas of interest. Evidenced based care and experience, with use of data and analysis are tools that Sandra has an interest in helping KVVP maximize services and value to their members and community. Sandra is the grandmother four grandchildren …a set of triplets plus one…all amazing and great fun. Term 3 years.

W. I. “Bill” Hairston, Charleston: Bill has broad experience in management, leadership development, marketing, youth development and community relations. Bill completed his undergraduate work in Sociology at Morris Harvey College. Currently he serves as the Pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church and Director of Social Service for RCCR, Inc. For several years he worked as a management consultant and leadership development specialist for grassroots non-profit agencies throughout the Appalachian region of the United States. He is an experienced facilitator and trainer. His past work includes West Virginia University Extension Service, The United Methodist Church, Children’s Therapy Clinic, Shawnee Hills, Inc. and a fifteen-year career in the insurance industry. Over the years Bill has been a featured keynote speaker and motivational speaker for many gatherings including youth events, nonprofit organization conferences and educational organization functions throughout the state of West Virginia, the region and the country. Term 3 years.

Charles H. Daugherty, Ph.D., Charleston: Dr. Daugherty grew up in Brazil, the child of Presbyterian missionaries. After completing high school there, he received a B.A. in History from Davidson College – having taken a Junior Year Abroad in India. He received an M.A. in International Relations from Denver University and a Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University, with an emphasis on the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. He received Fulbright Scholarships for research in Brazil for both his Masters Thesis and Ph.D. Dissertation. Dr. Daugherty taught Political Science at Morris Harvey College, now University of Charleston, for ten years and was Executive Director of the West Virginia Humanities Council for twenty years. After retiring, he lived in Slovakia where he worked with the after Communism newly-established non-profits in fund raising, teaching it there and elsewhere including in Ulam Batur, Mongolia. In the last few years, he has explored the study of the brain. Term 2 years.

 James Thibeault, Malden:  James was one of the individuals that explored alternative retirement options including the Village Model and gathered a group of people together to start Kanawha Valley Village People in 2013. James came to WV in the early 1970s as a Vista Volunteer and organized Cabin Creek Quilts, a self-help quilting cooperative.  He was responsible for getting grants for the Women’s Park in Malden and to reconstruct Booker T. Washington’s boyhood home.  For nearly 40 years he has helped operate and beautify Good Living Assisted Living. Term 2 years.


To read the latest happenings at KVVP, check out ‘What’s New?’ here.