Operation Welcome Home

Our Staff

Matt Drayer, Executive Director

Executive Director
Matthew Drayer

Matthew Drayer is the Executive Director of OWH as of 2023, after serving on the Board of Directors since 2018. With his experience and dedication, Matthew is well-equipped to lead OWH toward its mission to provide various services to all veterans and family members regardless of service era, branch, rank, ability, or socioeconomic status. Prior to joining the OWH leadership team, Matthew was General Manager for the West Virginia Black Bears Minor League Baseball Club. During his tenure, Matthew successfully managed the ballclub’s operations and staff, as well as developed partnerships with local businesses and community organizations. His experience in community outreach and development will be a valuable advantage to OWH’s impact and growth. Matthew is a proud alumnus of West Virginia University, where he obtained his degree in Sports Management & Business Administration. He lives in Cheat Lake with his wife Kelly and their two active sons, Jacob and Joshua. In his free time, Matthew enjoys spending time with his family, training for marathons, playing hockey, and supporting his children’s youth sports endeavors. Matthew’s personal mission and passion for helping our community’s veterans stems from his late father who was a decorated Army Ranger Veteran and served in Vietnam.

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Program Manager
Terry Vance

Terry Vance is the Program Manager, and joined OWH in 2022. He is a United States Air Force veteran, having served as a Medical Service Specialist during the first Iraq War.  He is a graduate of Marshall University & has served as the Disabled Veterans Outreach Specialist & Local Veterans Employment Representative for the North Central West Virginia region.  Terry is committed to serving Military members, Veterans, & their families to achieve their goals, locate services, & connect them to our trusted community partners in the region. 

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