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 Tyler County, Sarah is a current resident of Buckhannon, West Virginia. Sarah previously served as executive director of the Upshur County Senior Citizens’ Opportunity Center, where she worked to enable older adults to thrive and remain independent. Her experience includes roles in volunteer management, administration, and nonprofit management. Prior to her work at the Upshur County Senior Center, Sarah served as the volunteer center coordinator for the City of Buckhannon. Sarah is involved with Buckhannon Young Life and currently serves as the Committee Chair for her area. She has a masters’ in business administration with a nonprofit management focus and a bachelor’s degree in history from West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon.
Sarah’s experience in the nonprofit sector began at The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation in Charleston, WV, where she served as program assistant for eight years. During her time there, Sarah cross-trained in the administrative, financial, grants management, program, and scholarship departments. As a key member of the program team, she managed grants and scholarships, created training materials, and streamlined workflows and processes. Sarah also served as a primary point of contact for donors, applicants, and community members. In her free time, Sarah practices the art of wood burning. She has been featured as a juried artist at the West Virginia State Museum and Culture Center and in the Best of West Virginia Show at Tamarack Marketplace.
Communications and Research Manager
Kim’s experience focuses on communications, advertising, and public relations. Kim was a member of the marketing and community relations team at St. Mary’s Medical Center for over 16 years. Her previous work experience also includes a position as copy editor at The Portsmouth Daily Times in Portsmouth, Ohio. She is a freelance writer and a member of the Greater Lawrence County Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Kim earned her BA from Marshall University, majoring in print journalism and served as an editor for The Parthenon, the Marshall student news organization.