Meet the Owner

I am Michael Barrick, a native of West Virginia and lifelong Appalachian. I am a free lance writer and consultant.

VOCATIONAL PURPOSE I strive to utilize my skills, experiences and education to positively influence efforts at preserving the people, land, wildlife, ecology, culture and history of Appalachia and beyond.

STRENGTHS Interpersonal skills, analysis, research, writing, teaching and project development.

EDUCATION • Post-graduate Certificate, Community Preparedness and Disaster Management, University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, January, 2009 • Fellow, North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership, May 1999 • 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, David & Elkins College, 1974 • EMT, Fairmont State College, 1974

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE – JOURNALISM/WRITING • 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 Charlotte Observer, the Raleigh News & Observer, 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.

BooksThe 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.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE – EDUCATION Organization Wall Watchers, Matthews, N.C. (Nonprofit national donor advocacy organization), June 1998 – April 2006 (work here overlapped with other work) Title 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

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

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

Organization South Caldwell High School, August 2001 – June 2003 Title 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

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

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE – HEALTHCARE Barrick offers consulting expertise on healthcare and community emergency preparedness.

Organization Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston, WV. July 2013 – January 2015 Title 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

Analysis/Research • Facility Risk Assessment • Emergency Management Program Assessment

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

Organization Frye Regional Medical Center, Hickory, N.C., January 2007 – April 2011 Title 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

Analysis/Research • Facility Risk Assessment • Emergency Management Program Assessment • Evacuation Planning

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

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

Responsibilities • Emergency patient care • Mass Casualty triage

Special Recognitions, Accomplishments and Volunteer Experience • Common Cause North Carolina – Plott Hound Courage Award (for lobbying the North Carolina General Assembly), 2002 • Shining Light – Charlotte Christian News, 2003 • Republican nominee, North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction, 2000 • Member, Caldwell County (N.C.) Board of Education, 1998 – 2001 • Chairman, Caldwell County Human Relations Council, 1999 – 2001 • Member, North Carolina School Boards Association Taxing Authority Committee, 1999 • Recreational League baseball and basketball coach, 1992 – 2000