Meet the Owner

Michael Barrick

Michael Barrick is a native of Clarksburg, West Virginia. Following are his work credentials. You can read about the training and consulting he provides over at the Grassroots Appalachia website.

• Post-graduate Certificate, Community Preparedness and Disaster Management, University of North Carolina School of Public Health, January, 2009
• B.A. in English and history, Glenville State College, 1984
• Work towards M.A. in English education, Gardner-Webb University, 2001-2003
• Paramedic, Central Piedmont Community College, 1978
• EMT Instructor, Davis & Elkins College, 1974
• EMT, Fairmont State College, 1974

• Publisher of the Appalachian Chronicle, 2011-Present
• Investigative Reporter, the Lenoir (N.C.) News-Topic, 1995 – 1998
• Reporter and editor, the Hickory Daily Record, Hickory, N.C., 1992 – 1994
• Free Lance writer and columnist, The Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette, The Roanoke Times, The Charlotte Observer, the Raleigh News & Observer, Appalachian Voices, Now & Then magazine, Mountain Aire magazine, Dallas Morning News, Philadelphia Inquirer, The Morgantown Post (W.Va.), the Morganton News-Herald (N.C.), The Hickory Daily Record (N.C.), the Lenoir News-Topic (N.C.), the Observer-News-Enterprise (N.C.), The Summit (Flagstaff, Ariz.), and others. Also, on-air essayist for three radio stations in North Carolina, including WNCW, an NPR affiliate in Spindale, N.C. and for West Virginia Public Radio’s program, “Inside Appalachia.”
• Web/print editor, the Christian Emergency Network, Anthem, Ariz.

The Hillbilly Highway (1997), a tribute to the people of Appalachia through a collection of oral histories
Seven Days in Haiti (2007), a collection of daily dispatches written while covering Christian missionaries in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Exceptional Care a Century Strong: A Mission of Mercy and Healing – The history of Frye Regional Medical Center (2010), a full-color coffee-table history of Catawba County, N.C. and the community hospital it founded
The Dangerous Delusion of American Exceptionalism (2011), an expose of the erosion of the values, systems and institutions essential for national survival, and the threat presented by our unwillingness to acknowledge our failures and opportunities for improvement.


Wall Watchers, Matthews, N.C. (Nonprofit national donor advocacy organization), June 1998 – April 2006 (work here overlapped with other work)
Managing Director, Education and Communications

Special Projects/Responsibilities
• Executive leadership position
• Interpersonal relationship development
• Website design and editing – and
• Developed “Shining Lights,” “Donor Alerts” and similar products designed to educate donors
• Traveled extensively throughout the United States to investigate nonprofits and to collaborate with journalists to expose wrongdoing
• Edited/authored hard-copy pamphlets and brochures, white papers, and essays

• Foundational and operational documents of nonprofits
• Analytical conclusions and recommendations based upon established criteria

• Investigative reports – nonprofit handling of funds, leadership, etc.
• Articles on the environment, stewardship of time and talents, financial matters, news and current events

South Caldwell High School, August 2001 – June 2003
English teacher

Special Projects/Responsibilities
• Taught world literature and writing to sophomores
• Chairman, South Caldwell High School Human Relations Council (also established it)
• Participant, Freshman Academy project

• Instructor, Catawba Valley Community College, Hickory, NC, 1993-1995, reading and writing
• Instructor, Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute, Hudson, NC, 1995, journalism


Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston, WV. July 2013 – January 2015
Safety Officer / Emergency Management Coordinator

• Organized community partners to hold a full scale community exercise
• Community Feedback Team
• Journey to Excellence Team
• Chair, Hazmat Committee; implemented items identified in TJC Booster Pack
• Chair, Safety Committee
• Chair, Emergency Management Committee
• Developed Safety Matters Newsletter
• Developed Hospital Incident Command Center
• Participate in local, regional and state associations

• Facility Risk Assessment
• Emergency Management Program Assessment

• Hazard Vulnerability Analysis
• Emergency Operations Plan
• Emergency Codes & Procedures Manual
• Full Scale Exercise Community Exercise Plan
• Hospital-based Exercise Plans (3+)

Frye Regional Medical Center, Hickory, N.C., January 2007 – April 2011
Safety Officer/Emergency Preparedness Coordinator

Special Projects/Responsibilities
• Organized community partners to hold numerous full scale community exercises
• Designed and developed the hospital disaster website (demonstrated as a “Best Practice” at the Triad Regional Advisory Committee, Winston-Salem, NC)
• Led hospital response to H1N1 outbreak, including the organization of a news conference to address misconceptions; it was highlighted in the Raleigh News & Observer as a model of crisis communications
• Researched and wrote the 100-year history of the hospital (see Journalism/Writing section below) and designed and developed a year-long history exhibit of the hospital in the local museum
• Chair, Safety Committee
• Chair, Emergency Management Committee
• Member, numerous local, regional and state EM committees

• Facility Risk Assessment
• Emergency Management Program Assessment
• Evacuation Planning

• Hazard Vulnerability Analysis
• Emergency Operations Plan
• Disaster Response Manual
• Full Scale Exercise Community Exercise Plans
• Hospital-based Exercise Plans (3+)

Charlotte (NC) Ambulance Service / Mecklenburg County EMS (MEDIC), 1974 – 1980
E.M.T./Paramedic (Private agency taken over by county, trained then as paramedic)

• Emergency patient care
• Mass Casualty triage


• Campaign Manager/Strategist for Art Sherwood, Democratic candidate for NC Senate District 45, 2016.

• Republican candidate, North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction, 2003 (dropped out to fulfill obligations as Medical Power of Attorney for friend)

• Republican nominee, North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction, 2000

• Member, Caldwell County (N.C.) Board of Education, 1998 – 2001 (no party affiliation)

• Chairman, Caldwell County Human Relations Council, 1999 – 2001

• Member, North Carolina School Boards Association Taxing Authority Committee, 1999

Special Recognitions, Accomplishments, and Other Relevant Experience
• Developed and organized the “Preserving Sacred Appalachia” conference held in Charleston, W.Va. in 2015.

• Fellow, North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership, 1999

• Fellow, Leadership Caldwell, 1999

• Common Cause North Carolina – Plott Hound Courage Award for work in support of campaign finance reform – education and outreach to members of the North Carolina General Assembly, 2002

• Shining Light – Charlotte Christian News, 2003

• Outreach for North Carolina-based Faith in America, a national organization existing to repudiate religious-based bigotry against those in the LGBTQ community, 2011 – 2015. Also, outreach activities for Equality NC.

• Recreational League baseball and basketball coach, 1992 – 2000