CRCH Staff:

WVSOM's Center for Rural and Community Health boasts a dedicated staff commited to providing the information and resources necessary to make healthy lifestyle changes and provide research, education and outreach opportunities to the general public, health professionals, schools, businesses and health care organizations.

Dr. Wayne Miller, PhD - Director


Dr. Miller received his doctorate degree from Brigham Young University in the area of exercise physiology. After graduation, he trained an additional 4 years in nutrition and food sciences at the University of Illinois - Chicago.

Dr. Miller's career has focused on how food and nutrition affect health and physical performance.

He has published over 65 scientific research papers, given over 100 scientific talks, written 9 book chapters, and written 5 books. Two of his books are college textbooks, and 3 are self-help books written to help common people improve their health behaviors and weight-related problems.

Dr. Miller has over 25 years experience in higher education, and has received numerous teaching awards. He was the Director of two weight loss clinics and a Women's Exercise Research Center. He has designed and implemented numerous community outreach programs promoting healthier lifestyles.

Dr. Miller has worked to decrease childhood obesity and worked in promoting health improvement for elderly minorities living in subsidized housing. Dr. Miller is an honored fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine and in the Obesity Society.

He is the founding treasurer and honored fellow in the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. Dr. Miller is passionate about helping underserved people and communities improve their health behaviors and health status.

He immediately saw a tremendous opportunity in the establishment of the Center for Rural and Community Health whose mission is to improve health care, lifestyle, and chronic disease management among individuals and families in rural West Virginia.


Haylee Heinsberg - Community Health Educator

Joyce Martin  

Haylee Heinsberg has a passion for rural health and West Virginia. She has worked in many capacities in health education, health promotion, behavioral health, patient care, and training for almost 20 years for various public and private organizations in Virginia, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. She attended Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania (SRU), where she earned a Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and a Post-Bachelor's of Science in Education, where she received her Instructional Teaching Certification K-12 in health education. Ms. Heinsberg was also awarded the SRU Allied School Health Education Award in 1992. Prior to her involvement with the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine's

Center for Rural and Community Health, she was the Executive Director of the West Virginia Southeastern Area Health Education Center (AHEC), which covers nine counties in the southeast region of the state and provides seamless integration of postgraduate and undergraduate health professions training to recruit health care providers to rural underserved areas of the state. Ms. Heinsberg has extensive experience in development and implementation of continuing medical education programs and training as well as working with outreach programs and projects.

Ms. Heinsberg is a member of the Greenbrier Valley Medical Reserve Corps (GVMRC), Greenbrier Valley Citizens Corps (GVCC), and the West Virginia Rural Health Association. She also serves on the State Health Education Council of West Virginia (SHEC) Board of Directors and was President and Conference Co-Chair in 2008-2009. In 2011, Ms. Heinsberg was the recipient of the SHEC Karen R. King Distinguished Service Award.


Joyce Martin - Administrative Assistant

Joyce Martin  

Joyce Martin provides administrative support for the development and achievement of the Center for Rural and Community Health's mission, goals and objectives.

Joyce has been with WVSOM since 2006 where she was hired to assist with Southeastern AHEC and then transitioned to her role as the Administrative Associate for Graduate Medical Education.

Joyce was born and raised in the Greenbrier valley, and is a great asset in helping the center build partnerships among professional and community constituents.