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Kelly Elkins, Community Resources Facilitator

Always striving to live life to the fullest, Kelly decided to pursue a new career in early 2016 and was hired as Community Resources Facilitator for Mountain State Centers for Independent Living in Beckley. Immediately she knew she had made the right choice.

With an outgoing personality and a passion for helping people with disabilities, both consumers of Mountain State's services and others in the community, it is a perfect fit for Kelly. When she was asked what she enjoyed most about her role at Mountain State Centers for Independent Living Kelly said, "I love being out in the community knowing that I am helping others live an independent life".

Kelly works in the Beckley office. If you are a person with a disability, Kelly can assist you with services provided by the Community Living Service Program. If you need assistance in entering or re-entering the workforce, Kelly will work with you through the Employment Services Division program or with Transitioning services. Mountain State's goal is that all people with disabilities be able to live independently.

Related Affiliations

Statewide Independent Living Council

The independent living philosophy is one of consumer control, peer support, self-help, self-determination, equal access, and individual and systems advocacy in order to maximize the leadership, empowerment, independence, and productivity of individuals with disabilities, and the integration and full inclusion of individuals with disabilities into the mainstream of society. Kelly sits on the WV State Plan for Independent Living Committee.

Leadership Beckley Committee

Last year an organization was established in Beckley called Leadership Beckley. Kelly was invited to become a member in August of 2017. Kelly was sponsored to take the Leadership Beckley training class, an eight-session training class, including local government and business-related classes. One of the training classes was a local government session during which local leaders, including the Mayor of Beckley, spoke. Kelly was inspired to become more active in the city and joined the Human Rights Commission.

Beckley Human Rights Commission

Kelly is a commissioner with the Human Rights Commission for the city of Beckley. Through her work at Mountain State Centers for Independent Living, she brings to the table her knowledge of disability rights and how they apply to all protected classes. Kelly believes strongly in the rights of all people and is proud to serve on the Human Rights Commission.

Beckley CERT

Kelly is a member of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) in Beckley. It is an all-hazard training and emergency response element working with the Beckley Fire Department.  I have been trained to help protect the community in emergency situations including fires, traffic accidents, and natural disasters.

Beckley Events

Beckley Events showcases entertainment and West Virginia culture in Beckley. Kelly worked at Tamarack for almost twenty years and understands the important of entertainment and tourism to the health of the city. Being a mother, Kelly feels it is important to be able to experience the arts as a family in the community.

Raleigh County Make it Shine

Raleigh County Make it Shine is an organization that works to make the county a better place through beautification. Kelly participates personally and with Mountain State Centers for Independent Living on the annual city Make it Shine day every April.


You can reach Kelly at the Beckley office at 304-255-0122, or by email

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