Janell Elizabeth Ray
Janell’s more than thirty years of experience in the financial arena bridges both the corporate and non-profit worlds. She has worked internationally and domestically in the energy industry, held finance and development roles in faith-based higher education institutions, and served in a variety of positions in Catholic parishes, schools, and organizations, including Catholic Charities. Janell serves as the Executive Director of Pallottine Foundation of Buckhannon, a role she has held since that foundation’s inception in 2015. She serves as the CEO of the Pallottine Foundation of Huntington. Janell earned her undergraduate degree from William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri and her graduate degree from Houston Baptist University in Houston, Texas.
Senior Program Officer
Laura’s experience centers on grant program design and oversight, health programming and policy development, and advocacy. She worked for more than eight years at the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission overseeing state programming and policy related to rural health workforce development. Previously, she served as the Director of the West Virginia Long Term Care Partnership, a statewide initiative facilitating collaboration and policy development by professionals working in geriatrics and long-term care. Prior to moving to West Virginia, Laura was employed as a state policy analyst for the national Alzheimer’s Association where she worked with state chapters in advancing Alzheimer policy issues before state legislatures and agencies. Laura earned her undergraduate degree in government from Colby College and is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law.
Health Program Officer
Originally from the DC area, Susan Aloi is a West Virginian by choice, settling here soon after graduating from college and making Buckhannon home for more than 20 years. Susan earned her M.B.A and B.S. from West Virginia Wesleyan College and her Ed.D. from West Virginia University. Throughout her adult life, Dr. Aloi has been engaged in communities, helping to start and govern nonprofits, and advocating for creative forms of community and economic development. A faculty member of West Virginia Wesleyan College since 2007, Aloi served most recently as Director of School of Business at the College. She serves on the board of the West Virginia Nonprofit Association, is co-president of the West Virginia Center for Civic Life, is a member of the Kettering Foundation’s Business & Community Research Exchange, and a member of the West Virginia Community Development Hub’s Network Leadership Team.
Janet Young Spry
A lifelong West Virginian, Janet has over forty years of experience in community and economic development at the local, regional, and state levels, with an emphasis on community research and grant administration. She’s worked collaboratively with businesses and nonprofits, providing technical assistance to expand their operations, as well as implement community-based projects and programs. She’s a graduate of West Virginia State University and The University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute.