Board & Staff


Paul D. Daugherty
President & CEO

Hilaria Swisher
Program & Engagement Coordinator

Kate Leary
Operations Assistant

Board of Directors:

Samuel “Tres” Ross III, Chair
Executive Director, The Ross Foundation

Adam Sanders, Vice-Chair
President, Roy & Gwen Steeley Foundation

Marian Clowes, Secretary
Associate Director for Community Leadership, Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates

Mike Lewis, Treasurer
Vice President, United Bank

Robert “Bob” Orndorff, Immediate Past Chair
Managing Director, WV State & Local Affairs, Dominion Resources Services, Inc.

Robert “Bob” Boone
President, Bernard McDonough Foundation

Dena Cushman
Executive Director, Beckley Area Foundation

Dr. Michelle Foster
President & CEO, The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation

Megan Hannah
West Virginia American Water

Susie Nelson
Executive Director, Community Foundation of the Ohio Valley

Elizabeth Pellegrin
Glotfelty Foundation

Janell Ray
Executive Director, The Pallottine Foundation of Buckhannon &
CEO, The Pallottine Foundation of Huntington

Michael Whalton
Executive Director, Eastern WV Community Foundation

David Ziegler
Board Member, Hinton Area Foundation


Philanthropy West Virginia
Physical Address: 191 Scott Avenue Morgantown, WV – WV Public Broadcasting Building
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1584, Morgantown, WV 26505
(304) 517-1450

Nominations to the Board of Directors:

Philanthropy WV encourages nominations, including self nominations, for the Board of Directors.  While nominations can be made at any time during the year, the Nominating Committee proposes a slate of nominees to the membership each year in late summer.  The membership votes on the board membership during its annual meeting held in the fall.

The following criteria are used to review all nominations:

  • Experience in the philanthropic sector as either trustee or staff of a grantmaking organization;
  • Familiarity with Philanthropy West Virginia, as evidenced by conference attendance, participation in seminar and workshop activities, or service as an information resource to grantmakers;
  • Service on committees of Philanthropy West Virginia; and
  • Diversity, including race, gender, geography, and type of grantmaking institution.
  • Download a list of Board Roles and Responsibilities (PDF 40KB)