Active SWV Hires New Community Outreach Director

Active Southern West Virginia is pleased to announce the appointment of Erin Ellis-Reid as Director – Community Outreach. Erin succeeds Becka Lee, who was instrumental in building the foundation of the Community Captain program.

A native of Wyoming County, Erin shares her home in Oak Hill with her husband and three children. For the past 13 years, Erin has served multiple roles at Ace Adventures; CPR/First Aid/ACA Swift Water Rescue certified, experience in grant auditing, event planning, budget management, hospitality, and marketing outdoor recreation. She earned a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Health Promotions from Concord University.

Erin will be responsible for growing and managing Active SWV’s Community Captain program, which seeks to recruit, train and mentor local community members willing to motivate their friends, neighbors and families to live a more physically active lifestyle. Erin recognizes that “West Virginia is in a health crisis of astronomical proportions and helping people understand what it means to live a healthy lifestyle will increase their quality of life.”

Community Captains are champions of their communities who want to lead others to healthier and active lifestyles. They remove barriers that prevent people in their community from being active by providing free weekly and monthly physical activity programs locally. Each Community Captain goes through leadership training designed specifically to help them confidently lead a physical activity program.

View the program calendar here.

Active Southern West Virginia (ActiveSWV) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose purpose is to provide opportunities for physical exercise in southern West Virginia, thereby improving health and wellness of its citizens and workforce. In partnership with the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority, ActiveSWV operates programs within under-served communities where living a healthy lifestyle is critical to life expectancy and economic diversity.

For more information on Active Southern West Virginia programs view