Trustees and Officers Elected

Foundation Elects Officers and New Trustees 

Jeff Taylor, President of the United Methodist Foundation of West Virginia, Inc., announced that the Board of Trustees elected eight new trustees and new officers at its May 9 meeting in Vienna. The Foundation is governed by a thirty-two member Board of Trustees made up of a diverse group of laity and clergy from every district of our Annual Conference. 

The Board elected David Ellwood of Wheeling, West Virginia to serve as Chairperson; D. Lyn Dotson of Morgantown, West Virginia to serve as Vice Chairperson; and Judy Raines of Bluefield, West Virginia, to serve as Treasurer. The Board also re-elected Foundation staff members Jeff Taylor to serve as President and Kim Matthews to serve as Vice President. Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball continues to serve as the Honorary Chairperson. The Board of Trustees also elected five new trustees: 

  • James Wadsworth, a layman from the Greenbrier District
  • Cheryl Davis, a laywoman from the Midland South District
  • Albert (Vic) Mays, a layman from the Midland South District
  • Michael Perkins, a layman from the Northern District
  • Gina Palmer, a laywoman from the Potomac Highlands District
  • Chris Meighen, a layman from the Wesleyan District
  • Jeff Welshonce, a layman from the Wesleyan District, and
  • Maribeth Anderson, a laywoman from the Western District 

Jeff Taylor, Foundation president, said the Leadership Development subcommittee of the Foundation’s Board has been working to nominate prospective trustees who bring a variety of gifts to the Foundation’s ministry. “This new class of trustees represents the fruit of the Committee’s work to bring diversity and a broad range of experiences and backgrounds to complement those of the current Board,” Taylor said. “We look forward to working with them.” 

The Board also recognized the service of several retiring trustees: Anne Charnock of Charleston, Becky Keeling of Fairmont, Jeff Porter of Huntington, Earnest Watkins of Wheeling, and George Webb of Cross Lanes. 

The United Methodist Foundation of West Virginia, Inc., established in 1974, manages over $100 Million dollars for United Methodist causes.