The West Virginia Association of Licensing Boards was established in 1981. The
purposes of the organization as stated in the Articles of Incorporation include:
Membership in the Association is open primarily to all licensing boards contained in
Chapter 30 of the West Virginia Code. However, there are also Associate and
Corporate, non-voting, memberships. The Association meets typically once or twice
per year, with correspondence in the interim, to permit boards to collaborate together,
assist each other, and stand together when issues of concern to one or all exist.
- For the best interest and keeping the high standards and ideals of the licensing
boards created by the Legislature through the laws of the State of West Virginia;
- To help the various licensing boards continue the constant pattern of raising the
standards and ethics of each licensing board for the protection of the citizens of the
State of West Virginia;
- To upgrade the standards of dealing with complaints concerning unethical and/or
- To work with the Legislature, its committees and/or joint committees,
recommending laws for passage and advising and answering questions for the
protection of the citizens of the State of West Virginia; and,
- Most importantly, to promote the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of
the State of West Virginia by seeing that all who are licensed meet minimum
Linda Lyter graduated from Marshall University in 1990 with an Associate in Applied Science
with a major in Business Management and completed her Bachelors Degree in 1995 with an
emphasis in Sociology. She also completed a few semesters' in Health Care Administration at
Marshall University Graduate College in 1996 through 1997.
Linda began her employment with state government in 1994 with the Department of
Administration, Financial Accounting and Reporting Section, where she remained employed
until she was promoted to management in 2002 to the Accounting Division within the same
agency. She worked within this section as well as the Payroll Division until 2007. She served as
the Financial Liaison for many of the State Licensing Boards and Commissions from 1995 until
2007. She became the Executive Director for the WV Massage Therapy Licensure Board in
2007. She also became the Executive Director for the WV Board of Acupuncture in 2008. Linda
is active with the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards where she has served on the
Nominating Committee since the fall of 2007. She is also active in massage therapy and
acupuncture regulation on the state and national level. She is a Certified Investigator/Inspector by
the Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation. Linda was the Employee of the Year in
2000 for the WV Department of Administration as well as receiving several achievement awards
from the WV State Auditor's Office throughout the years. She was elected as Vice President of
the WV Association of Licensing Boards in 2010 and elected President in 2012.
Grady M. Bowyer
Grady Bowyer graduated from the Radiologic Technology program at Charleston Memorial
Hospital in 1970. He worked as a radiologic technologist at Charleston Memorial until August,
1972 when he began his career with state government. Grady worked for the WV Department of
Health's Radiological Health program inspecting x-ray equipment throughout the state. He
continued that position until 1994 when he became the first Mammography Quality Standards
inspector in WV for the federal performance standards for mammography. He inspected
facility's mammography machines for compliance with the federal standards until 1998, when he
began working in the computer technology section of the WV DHHR's Environmental Health
Services office. In September, 2000, he left the employment of the WV DHHR to become
Executive Director of the WV Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners (now the WV
Medical Imaging & Radiation Therapy Technology Board of Examiners).
Grady retired from state government in May, 2012 after almost 40 years of service. At that time,
he had served the WV Association of Chapter 30 Licensing Boards as President since 2004.
Upon his retirement, the Association offered him an Associate membership to follow legislative
issues for the Association. In June of 2015, Governor Tomblin appointed Grady as a public
member for the WV Board of Licensed Dietitians, of which he was elected Chairman in August,
2015. Governor Tomblin also appointed Grady as one of the public members to the WV
Licensed Practical Nursing Board..
Michelle Mayhew is the Executive Director of the West Virginia State Board of Examiners
for Licensed Practical Nurses. She has been employed with the Board since 2006, and has been
the ED since 2016.
She holds registered nursing licenses in West Virginia, Arizona, New Hampshire, New
Jersey and Ohio. She has been licensed as a registered nurse since 1995. Ms. Mayhew completed
a Masters in Nursing, a Master in Health Care Administration and a Masters in Business
Administration in 2006. She has served on a variety of committees with the National Council of
State Boards of Nursing and on committees for the Council on Licensure, Enforcement, and
Ms. Mayhew is also an adjunct faculty member in the ADN and BSN programs of three
Universities, teaching mental health, leadership, legal issues and ethics, and research among
other courses. Ms. Mayhew is currently working on her Doctorate.