Meet Our Staff—Executive Director Michael Whalton (center) leads the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation; Amy Pancake is the Affiliates Director (Hardy County and Hampshire County Community Foundations) and Scholarship Coordinator (left); Felicia Fuller is Finance and Administration Manager (right).
Amy Pancake has worked in the Eastern Panhandle in the nonprofit sector for the past 18 years. She served the area as Assistant Director and then Director of the Eastern Regional Family Resource Network from 1998 to 2008. She joined the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation in 2008, where she serves as the Affiliates Director and Scholarship Coordinator. Amy earned her BA from Shepherd University and MA from Marshall University. She is a member and past-President of the Romney Rotary Club. Together with their children she and her husband preserved a log home in Hampshire County dating from the late 1700s, deconstructing, moving, and re-building it on the family’s acreage, where they still live today.
Michael Whalton is originally from Key West, Florida where, in the 1980s, he was the general manager of Sloppy Joe’s Bar and the founder of the Hemingway Days Festival. He and his wife Susan moved to Hedgesville, in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, 21 years ago and have lived quietly on a 54-acre farm ever since. Over the past 25 years the Whaltons have rescued hundreds of dogs and cats, renovated several historic properties, and raised two children; Adina and Alex.
Michael served on the board of the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation for 10 years and worked as part-time executive director of the Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Virginia, from 2005 until 2011. He earned his RBA from Shepherd University in 2005 and his MBA in 2008.
In April 2012, Michael was chosen to succeed Amy Owen as executive director of the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Martinsburg, a Paul Harris Fellow, and an alumnus of Leadership Jefferson.
Felicia Fuller has been with the foundation since 2007. She manages the day-to-day finances, fund accounting, office management, and helps support the foundation’s various programs and operations. She’s lived in the Eastern Panhandle most of her life and is the proud mom of one daughter, one son, and one rescue greyhound.