Corey Lilly, Executive Director

Corey Lilly, a recent graduate of West Virginia University, bleeds not only gold but mostly blue. The wild rivers of West Virginia run deep within his veins. It is only natural that he obtained his bachelors in Geology with an emphasis in Hydro-Geology considering he is a professional whitewater kayaker. Corey has discovered some of the most remote places in the world by way of his kayak for over a decade now.

Before he turned to professional kayaking, Corey was on the Elan Skis ”Low-Pro” U.S. Freestyle Ski Team where he traveled the country skiing alongside the world’s best. He and his brother created “Skier Trash”; his first taste of media production. Corey is now the head of several different media projects across West Virginia that range in diversity but ultimately come back to his mission of river conservation and promoting public lands.

Corey joined PCWA as the Executive Director in 2019, bringing a unique blend of skills in multimedia production, watershed management, and community outreach. His quality of life is directly impacted by the quality of the rivers he plays in. As such, it is his goal to make the Piney Creek watershed as pristine as possible.

Jim Fedders, Associate Director

Jim and his wife Barbara are originally from northern Kentucky and have lived in Beckley for over 30 years. Jim worked as an ecologist at the USDA-ARS research center in Beaver before retiring in 2012. Since then Jim has worked in higher education in both full-time and adjunct instructor positions at New River Community and Technical College, Concord University, and WVU Tech. Jim has served Piney Creek Watershed Association in a number of roles including Executive Director, board member, and now Associate Director.

Jim has always enjoyed the outdoors and loves the streams and woodlands of West Virginia. He continues to be amazed at the scenic beauty our area has to offer and hopes that more people will take advantage of the growing local trail systems to experience, appreciate, and be moved to preserve and protect the natural treasure of the Piney Creek Watershed.