Mike Elza and Heather Henline are the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Members of the Month for August. 

Elza is the Director of Marketing & Public Education for Mountain Hospice.  Henline has been the Publisher and General Manager of The Inter-Mountain in Elkins for the past five years. 

A native of West Virginia and resident of Parkersburg and Morgantown, Henline was on the staff of her junior high school newspaper and served as editor of her high school newspaper, The Journal.  She graduated from the University of South Carolina where she majored in Journalism and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters Degree from Davis & Elkins College. 

A professional journalist for the past nineteen-years, Henline has served as a circulation executive, telemarketing director, reporter, bureau chief, city editor, managing editor, and executive editor with Ogden Newspapers.  She is currently the leader of operations for The Inter-Mountain.  She served on committees for the West Virginia Press Association and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Randolph County Chamber of Commerce.  She is Vice President of the Elkins Rotary Club. 

Under Henline’s leadership The Inter-Mountain newspaper has garnered nearly 200 awards for journalistic excellence through the West Virginia Press Association, including first-place wins and Best Headline News Writing.  She led The Inter-Mountain to multiple General Excellence wins in advertising and editorial divisions, as well as winning Newspaper of the Year in 2014, the top honor in the state.  She and the paper were featured recently in the national industry magazine, Editor & Publisher. 

Mike Elza is a native of Whitmer and graduate of Harman High School.  He earned a B. S. Degree in Business Administration from the George J. Ball Institute in Chicago, and an M. S. Degree in Horticultural Plant Science & Plant Breeding from Chicago’s DuPage Horticultural School.  He completed additional work in Arts & Theatre at Davis & Elkins College. 

Elza is President of the Randolph County Fair, a member of the Board of Directors of the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce, a former Vice President of Elkins Jaycees, was President of Future Business Leaders of America, and was a member of the Future Farmers of America.  He was a nursery designer at Mary’s Greenhouse, and owner of The Carriage Shoppe, West Virginia Lamp Company, and Mike’s Photography, before joining Mountain Hospice in 2009. 

“Mountain Hospice was established in 1991 as Hospice of Barbour County whose name changed in 1994 as it expanded into neighboring counties at the request of clients in Randolph, Tucker, Mineral, Grant, Pendleton, and Pocahontas Counties.  Mountain Hospice provides comfort and compassion when it is needed most, through direct physician care, professional nursing, bed-side care, social work and counseling, home health aides, physical-speech-and occupational therapy, medical supplies and equipment, symptom management, medications, family support, bereavement counseling, consultations on ethical issues, and volunteer assistance.

What a wonderful organization”, said Elza, “not only for all we do for patients and their families, but for our involvement in the communities we serve.”