New Board Officers and Members Elected

United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties held their annual meeting of the membership on March 25, 2013. During the meeting, leaders announced the officers and new members of the organization’s 2013 Board of Directors. Seth Wilson of Bowles Rice will serve as President, Pamela Kaehler of Mon Health System will serve as First Vice President, Barbara Parsons, Community Volunteer, will serve as Second Vice President, Shelly Martin of KLM Properties will serve as Treasurer, Randy Christopher of WVU Dental School will serve as Treasurer, and Christine Murphy of FCX Systems will serve as Assistant Treasurer.

The board elected eight new members, including: Greg Bowman, Herman DeProspero, Michael Epperly, Geoffrey Gage, Donna Hidock, Melissa Lockwood, Clint McCabe, and George Petroplus. Ashley Hardesty-Odell and Jim Karinshak were both elected to a second three-year term.

Five retiring Board members were honored for their service and include: Frank Vitale of Clear Mountain Bank, Shelly Shaffer of BB&T, Sarah Glenn of WVU Student Affairs, Julie Westfall of Mylan Pharmaceuticals, and Jon McCurdy, community volunteer.

“United Way’s Board of Directors is filled with dedicated people who are passionate about helping our community,” said Brandi Helms, executive director. “In particular, United Way has benefited from the tremendous leadership of our four retiring board members. They have given countless hours to help United Way continuously improve and grow. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I want to give a heartfelt thank you to all five of them!”

Returning Board members include: Ryan Adrian, Tammie Alexander, Kimberly Barnum, Michelle Bechtel, Beth Clements, Alicia Dalton-Tingler, Brad Greathouse, Monica Haddad, Jane Haines, Jon Hammock, Jay Hanna, Bobbie Hawkins, Seth Hayes, Matthew Heiskell, Mary King, Stephen LaCagnin, Sherea Mercure, Dottie Oakes, Chad Prather, Jim Sears, Julie Smith, Nick Taylor, Nancy Walker, and Camille Western.

Also presented at the meeting was the 2012 Annual Report, which highlights the activities and programs of the past year. To view the report, visit

United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties provides funding to 48 programs at 28 health and human service agencies throughout Monongalia and Preston Counties.