We are most fortunate to have a strong and engaged board of directors representing all three counties of the Eastern Panhandle. The board meets four times per year and each director also serves on at least one of our many active committees.
Bill White, President has lived with his wife, Nancy, in Berkeley County for over 20 years. A graduate of Marshall University with a BBA degree, Bill has been a CPA since 1981. He spent 21 years with U.S. Silica Company, the last 7 as CFO.
Andrew McMillan, PhD., Vice President is the CEO of Jefferson Distributing Company in Martinsburg, WV. McMillan earned a BS in Chemistry from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Emory University. Prior to returning to WV to run his Family’s business in 2012, Andrew spent 15 years in San Francisco where he was first a Scientist with NASA and then a Principal at 5 AM Ventures, an early-stage Venture Capital investment firm. In addition to serving on the Board of the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation, Andrew is a member of the Rotary Club of Shepherdstown and serves on the Boards of the Friends of Music, United Way of the Eastern Panhandle, UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Visitors, UNC Graduate Education Advancement Board (GEAB), the UNC Chemistry Department Advisory Board and the WVU Professional Sales Advisory Board. Andrew lives in Shepherdstown, WV with his wife, Kakie, and their three young children.
Chris Janelle, Treasurer is an Eastern Panhandle attorney who graduated from the University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law in 1992. Shortly after earning his law degree, he and his wife Sherri moved to Martinsburg. They have two daughters and are active in the community. Chris is a member of the Martinsburg Sunrise Rotary Club, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, and serves on the board of the Boys and Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle.
Susan Caperton, Secretary lives in Berkeley Springs with her husband Gat and their three teenage daughters. She is the chairperson of Morgan County Backpacks, which provides bags of food each week to over 360 kids in Morgan County who have inadequate access to food on weekends. She is a graduate of Northwestern University and the University of Michigan Law School.
Lisa Welch, Immediate Past President, lives in Shepherdstown with her husband, Paul and has served on the Board since 2005. She is involved in the Shepherdstown Film Society and serves on the board of the West Virginia Humanities Council, the Scarborough Society, and the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education. Additionally, as a member of the Eastern WV Community Foundation, she has been on virtually every committee, chaired the Governance Committee, and served as secretary, treasurer, vice president, and is now in her second year as President of the Foundation. When not tending her pansy patch along German Street, Lisa enjoys meeting people and helping them to connect with others.
D. Scott Roach, Past President is a lifelong resident of Martinsburg and a 1980 graduate of Shepherd University. He currently serves on the Grants, Investment and Executive committees. In his free time, he enjoys fishing and horseback riding.
Dan Anderson is a local real estate professional who has lived and worked in Shepherdstown since 1995. Canadian born, but a US Citizen since 1989, Dan graduated from Shepherd University with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Journalism. He and his wife Marie have been married for 25 years and they have one son Karl. Dan served on the board of The Friends of Music for 11 years and is currently on the board of The Shepherdstown Landmarks Commission.
Patty Austin (Hampshire County Community Foundation) A native West Virginian, Patty grew up in Clarksburg and taught in St. Marys and Parkersburg before moving in 2005 to Capon Springs. As a music educator with degrees from WV Wesleyan College and Indiana University in Bloomington, she has taught pre-school through college. She currently conducts a children’s choir and a youth chorale for the Shenandoah Conservatory Arts Academy in Winchester, VA. Her choirs have performed as WV Honor Choirs, on Mountain Stage, at the White House, and with Celtic Woman at Wolf Trap. She has served as WV president of the Society for General Music and the American Choral Directors Association. In 2010 she invited civic and church leaders to come together to create Capon Valley Neighbor to Neighbor, a non-profit that engages volunteers to help people with needs such as minor home repairs or yard work, driving to appointments, financial aid in a crisis, firewood, prayers, and more. CVNN community events such as a golf tournament, community quilt, chili cook-off, and health fair bring neighbors together and nurture friendships as they work to help others. Patty and her husband Tom live happily with four kitties in Capon Springs where she is active with her church, the Wardensville Lions Club, Story Time at the library, and the family business, Capon Springs & Farms.
Donald Baker (Hardy County Community Foundation) Don, a lifelong resident of Moorefield, is currently serving his third term on the Hardy County Community Foundation Board. He is a retired insurance agent having begun his insurance career in 1993. Prior to that, he was a high school social studies teacher, Executive Director of the Hardy County Rural Development Authority and Executive Director of the West Virginia Rail Authority. He is currently Chairman of the Board of the Grant County Bank and a member of the Board for Highland Bankshares. In addition to his involvement with the Foundation Board, Don is an active member of the Moorefield Lions Club and the Peru Community Association. He was one of the founding members of the Board of Directors of the Hardy County Chamber of Commerce. He is also an active member of the Moorefield Presbyterian Church serving in the church choir and having been a deacon, elder, trustee, and Sunday school teacher. Don and Beverly, a retired high school English teacher, have enjoyed their retirement and are planning visits to see their daughter and family who are living in the Netherlands. Their son-in-law, Owen, is a managing engineer with ExxonMobil. They are the proud grandparents of a granddaughter and grandson. Their son, John, lives in Arlington, VA and is the assistant comptroller for Monumental Sports, the holding company which owns the Washington Wizards, Washington Capitals, and Capital One Arena.
Beth Brent has worked with and across the service, philanthropic and government sectors. As a founding partner of Working With Government, LLC she currently supports progressive political campaigns and non-profits in achieving their goals with particular attention to strategic alignment, leadership, fundraising, and political positioning. As the Director of Development and Finance, and then Vice President and COO of The Faith & Politics Institute (1997-2009), she developed and implemented congressional and corporate outreach strategies, and played a central role in coordinating the Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimages to Alabama, Mississippi, and South Africa. While at FPI she also facilitated monthly bi-partisan gatherings of the U.S. Senate Chiefs of Staff. Born in Holyoke Massachusetts and raised in Wisconsin, Beth now lives in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia with her family.
George Karos, Mayor of Martinsburg, WV, served in the U.S. Navy and received a Bachelor of Science from Medical College of Virginia, School of Pharmacy. The former owner of Patterson’s Drug Stores, Inc., Karos has been honored with numerous awards for his devotion to civic and church activities.
Judi McIntyre moved to WV in 2005 after marrying Lewis McIntyre. She retired from Columbia Basin College in Pasco, WA as Associate Dean of Research, Planning, and Assessment. In 2006, she went to work at Shepherd University as Director of the First-Year Experience Program and retired from Shepherd in 2013. She currently serves as president of the Spring Mills Women’s Association and is treasurer of her HOA.
Patricia McMillan was the Community Development Director and HOME administrator for the City of Martinsburg for eleven years, prior to her retirement in 2015. Pat worked extensively with both public and private nonprofit organizations serving low-income persons throughout the Eastern Panhandle. She was Chair of the Housing Work Group for the Health and Human Services Coalition helping to develop and conduct landlord workshops and the “Successful Renters” program for tenants. Pat also implemented the regional Homebuyer Assistance Program providing down payment and closing costs for low income first home buyers. Prior to working in West Virginia, Pat spent three decades working in several affordable housing and community development organizations and public agencies in Maryland. Since retiring, Pat has volunteered with Catholic Charities of West Virginia as a family mentor and with Retired Senior Volunteers as a transport team member. She recently joined the Faith Community Coalition for the Homeless as a board member. Pat and her husband are active in worship and service groups in their parish, Trinity Episcopal Church Martinsburg, and serve as lay Eucharistic visitors. Pat and husband Mike Braswell moved to Berkeley County in 1993 where their triplets attended the Hedgesville public schools and then WVU. They currently live in Martinsburg. They are the proud grandparents of two little girls.
Charlotte Norris is secretary of the board of the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle and serves as chair of Burke Street Promise Neighborhood. She and her husband, Bill, are active in many civic organizations and are members of Destiny Baptist Church in Martinsburg.
Ruth Pritchard is the owner of Smithfield Farm, Smith Meadows Meats, and Smithfield Farm Bed & Breakfast in south Jefferson County. Ruth serves on the Scholarship Committee and in her spare time she enjoys traveling and gardening.
Jen Rolston is a native of southern WV and graduate of Shepherd University’s BFA program, Jen started Eden Design in March of 2000 in response to what she felt was an immense need for affordable, professional, design for small businesses and non-profits in the Eastern Panhandle of WV and surrounding areas. Building on the belief that “to change the world you must first change your part in it,” Eden Design has blossomed into a successful design firm, using their expertise to help clients achieve visions that often nurture communities and improve local economies. Having lived in the area for nearly twenty years, Jen has also become a great resource of contacts and information for numerous start-up businesses. Clients range from thriving mom-based businesses to agriculture development, arts, and theater, boutique hotels, community assistance organizations, doctors, attorneys, restaurants, professional and personal coaches, consultants . . . the list is ever-growing. Eden Design also provides pro-bono graphic services to numerous charities throughout the year and partners with Shepherd University providing internships to graphic design students. She lives with her husband Patrick Shunney, a restoration contractor and timber-framer, and her lively son and two dogs. She enjoys yoga, trail running, cold IPAs, traveling and eating delicious food.
Special thanks to our Emeritus Leadership Council directors who, because of term limits, have rotated off the board, but still support the Foundation in a myriad of ways:
In Memory of Conrad “Connie” Hammann
Dorothea “Tia” McMillan
In Memory of Douglas M. Roach
Terry Lee Walker