Board Staff

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Linda Lyter

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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Grady Bowyer

Office Manager
Biography

Grady is a graduate of Pineville High School in Pineville, WV in 1965 and the Charleston Memorial Hospital Radiologic Technologist program in 1970, Grady worked at what is now CAMC - Memorial Division as a Radiologic Technologist from 1970-1972.  In 1972, he began his almost forty year career with the State of West Virginia. 

From 1972-1998, Grady work in the Radiologic Health Program inspecting radiation equipment throughout the state.  In 1998, he transferred to the computer section in the Office of Environmental Health Services, installing computer software, hardware and coordinating database operations.

In 2000, he was offered the position of Executive Director of the WV Board of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Technology, the licensing agency for radiologic technologist and radiation therapy technologist.  This position led him to becoming familiar with legislative matters and working with the public to ensure the operators of radiation producing equipment were properly trained and licensed.  He served in this position until his retirement in 2011.  After retirement, Grady worked under contract for the WV Massage Therapy Licensure Board and the WV Board of Acupuncture to update their databases.

From 2004-2011, Grady served as President of the WV Association of Licensing Boards.  This Association is composed of the thirty two (32) professional licensing boards in West Virginia.  In 2015, the Governor appointed Grady to serve as a public member of the WV Board of Licensed Dietitians and, in 2016, he was also appointed to the WV Board of Licensed Practical Nurses.  He held both positions until 2020 when he was hired by the WV Board of Funeral Service Examiners in April, 2020.

In 2019, the Executive Director of the WV Board of Funeral Service Examiners ask him to work under contract to serve as Database Coordinator for this Board, which he accepted.  In April, 2020, he was ask to step up and become office manager, which he is now serving in that position.

Grady and his wife, Sharon, live in St. Albans and have two daughters, Vicky and Jessica, two grandchildren and three great grandchildren.  Also, their beloved dog, Sadie Marie.  In his spare time, Grady likes to play golf, fish, do woodworking projects and spend time with his family. 

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Kendra Zamora

Administrative Assistant
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Alice Long

Clerical
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Greg Nowlin

Inspector
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John McDowell

Consultant
Biography

John graduated from WVU in 1980 with a bachelor degree in Agricultural, Resource Management.  He served as VP and general manager of Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens.   John was Director of Preneed Services with the WV State Attorney General’s Office and Executive Secretary to the WV Board of Funeral Service.

John purchased  Preneed  Associates, a marketing and consulting firm in 1991 and worked with funeral homes across WV, and was hired by Matthews International as a Funeral Service Consultant. He also was part owner of Golden Resource Management, a national preneed marketing company that operated in 38 states.

John is the owner of John C. McDowell, LLC. and has worked as a consultant, paralegal, lobbyist and expert witness.  In his spare time, John enjoys working on his farm, spending time with his family, and serving his community in Hamlin, WV.