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BCDA Director honored by West Virginia Land Trust

Terrell Ellis, Executive Director of the Braxton County Development Authority, was selected as the 2023 Honoree of the West Virginia Land Trust. The recognition came at the WVLT’s Special Celebration, “A Celebration of Communities” held earlier this month at J.Q. Dickinson Salt Works in the Kanawha valley.
Terrell Ellis has specialized in community planning for nearly 30 years and has been a part of the West Virginia Land Trust since 1988. She is also CEO of Terrell Ellis Associates based in Charleston and currently serves President and CEO of Advantage Valley’s Charleston-Huntington Metro Region.
“Terrel’s 25-year commitment to the organization is something she is very proud of,” a WVLT representative stated. “We are too! Serving as the organization’s Board President, Interim Executive Director, and Organizational Consultant, she guided the organization through tremendous growth. Under her leadership WVLT gained national accreditation status with the Land Trust Alliance. She maintains her involvement through the Mammoth Preserve project, connection to a larger regional community and economic development initiatives.”
In addition to the program, guests were treated to a delicious meal prepared by Chef Paul Smith, a finalist for the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef of The Southeast Award. They were also entertained with music from Gypsy jazz with a West Virginia twist.