The POWER funding initiative is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to drive economic growth and well-being for West Virginian communities, and POWER coaches are on board to be actively engaged in supporting you so West Virginians best benefit from your hard work.
The role of a coach is different than what you may expect – POWER coaches aren’t here to check up on you, we’re here to check in as you build the path to successfully complete your POWER project. The coach’s job is to ask the right questions to help you arrive at your own conclusions.
About Project Coaching
- Coaches work 1-on-1 with POWER project team members to identify obstacles to success and collaboratively form solutions that may include strategies like: making connections to new service providers; identifying resources; creating new processes; and others
- POWER coaching may take the form of a single phone call to tackle a burning question; a series of in-person meetings to focus on a challenge; or regular check-ins to address issues that may arise over time. POWER coaches work with you to build a path to match your needs. Coaching is available free of charge.
- POWER coaches are working as an independent team as part of the WV Community Development Hub’s support project for all WV-based POWER projects
Connecting with a Coach
To talk to a coach, email the WV Community Development Hub’s Special Projects Coordinator Andrew Davis at email@example.com with your request. Include “POWER Coaching Request” in the subject line.
Moments when Coaching May be Helpful
- Identifying how to or who can provide federal grants management, procurement and grants oversight assistance
- Clarifying grant processes such as fund management, purchasing, record-keeping, etc.
- Working through turnover of key staff and other personnel related issues
- Identifying sources of matching funds for projects
- Strategies for engaging community stakeholders
- Identifying professional development resources for staff (personnel management, accounting, ED training, etc.)
- Setting up data collection processes
- Assistance with crisis communication
Meet the Coaches
Joe Barker has over 35 years of experience in the fields of community and economic development and public health. Joe has a consistent track record of initiating and facilitating collaborative efforts among public, private nonprofit and volunteer entities. He also has extensive experience in nonprofit governance. Throughout his career he has served in executive leadership positions, including 9 years as the executive director of the WV Rural Development Council, 12 years as the director of the Office of Community Health Systems and Health Promotion at the WV Bureau for Public Health and 12 years in leadership roles at the WV Development Office. He is proficient in strategic planning, training and facilitating for community coalitions as well as state, national and international entities. He served as a technical assistance consultant to multiple community NGOs in Romania, Hungary and Slovakia. He is skilled in policy analysis and development and in managing research initiatives
Ralph Goolsby worked for the West Virginia Development Office for over 37 years in various capacities including community development manager. In that capacity, Ralph was responsible for the development and implementation of several key community and economic development programs including Main Street, the Local Economic Development Grant Program; Neighborhood Investment Tax Credit Program and the Appalachian Regional Commission Program. Also, during his tenure at the Development Office, Ralph served as the Governor’s Representative to the Appalachian Regional Commission on matters of policy and investments for the State of West Virginia. Most recently, Ralph has served as Independent Contractor providing non-profit organizations and regional planning agencies with a variety community and economic development services and disciplines in the areas of grants development; strategic thinking, planning, project implementation; team building and group facilitation services.
Monica Miller, EDFP is President of M. Miller Development Services LLC, a woman owned business specializing in community economic development services for non-profit organizations, units of government, for-profit businesses and higher education institutions. Work includes regional and community planning and assessments, project management, facilitation, and coaching services. For over 20 years she managed multiple Community Development programs for the West Virginia Development Office most notably Main Street West Virginia, the Neighborhood Investment Tax Credit Program, and Appalachian Regional Commission. She is chair emerita of the Board of Advisors for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, founding chair of the National Main Street Coordinating Programs Executive Committee, and she currently serves on the board of the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia. Clients include WVU Bureau for Business and Economic Research, National Main Street Center, Philanthropy WV, WV Community Development Hub along with various communities and development organizations. Monica is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute of the University if Oklahoma and is certified by the National Development Council as an Economic Development Finance Professional.