Become a Member

If you are interested in applying for any of the current vacancies, or would like to submit an application for a future vacancy, please review the "Roles and Responsibilities for Board Members" section below. Only apply if you are willing to fulfill these responsibilities. 

If interested, complete and submit the Application for Gubernatorial Appointment.
Completed applications will be reviewed by, and nominees selected by, the WVCDHH Board. Nominees selected will be submitted to the Governor for appointment to the Board. This process can be lengthy, and patience is appreciated. If you have questions or need further information or assistance, please contact us.

Roles and Responsibilities for Board Members

WVCDHH is a seventeen (17) member board, with nine (9) voting members appointed by the Governor, and eight (8) voting ex-officio members representing state agencies that affect the lives of person who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  
WVCDHH meets quarterly in various locations throughout the state. Reimbursement is provided for reasonable and necessary expenses for attending Board meetings. For members appointed by the Governor, a term of appointment is three years and council members may continue to serve in an expired position until reappointed or replaced.  Board members must be a resident of West Virginia.

It is the role of each Board member to: 

  • Act as a voting member of the Board with responsibility to develop policies, procedures and regulations for WVCDHH; 
  • Monitor WVCDHH's programs and overall performance; 
  • Provide the Executive Director with resources to meet the needs of person who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

It is the Board’s responsibility to:

  • Support WVCDHH’s mission.
  • Hire and evaluate the Executive Director.
  • Create and update long and short-range plans for WVCDHH.
  • Nominate and support the Board.
  • Provide program and policy oversight.

It is the responsibility of each Board member to:

  • Become informed about the issues and priorities of WVCDHH by reviewing the information provided by WVCDHH staff and other members. 
  • Come to Board meetings well-prepared and well-informed about issues on the agenda.
  • Attend and participate in all Board meetings and vote on matters requiring WVCDHH action, except when there is a conflict of interest. 
  • Support the ongoing work of WVCDHH by serving on committees, making presentations and/or providing other types of assistance. 
  • Participate in committee meetings, offer leadership and support, and vote on matters being referred to the full Board for action, except when there is a conflict of interest.
  • Attend all Board meetings.
  • Notify WVCDHH when unable to attend a meeting. Ex-officio members may designate another person in their place, should they be unable to attend. 
  • Provide information on relevant issues based on one’s personal and/or professional knowledge and experience. 
  • Represent WVCDHH to individuals, the public, and other organizations.
  • Assume Board leadership roles when asked.

WVCDHH supports the participation of its members by ensuring that qualified interpreters are provided at all meetings and activities and by providing other accommodations upon request.