Our Leadership & Operations

The Nicholas County Community Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.  The board’s efforts are supported more than 30 dedicated volunteers who serve on various committees.  Directors may serve three-year terms, renewable to up to nine years. This process assures continuity of input and the presence of strong civic leaders guiding our foundation.  The day-to-day management of the Foundation is handled by our Executive Director.


Cammie Chapman, Patty Bright, Vickie Nutter
Bruce Tallamy, Wally Howerton, Mary Igo, Dan Ritchey, Robert Shafer
not pictured: Mike Perilli, Rich Kisser, Bruce Ferguson, Tamara Mullins, John Miller, Robert Johnson


Board of Directors

Robert Shafer, President Mayor of Summersville, is currently serving his first term as a private citizen.  He owns and operates Shafer Insurance Associates LLC, an independent insurance agency established in 1992. Robert serves on numerous boards of directors to support economic growth and improve the quality of life in southern West Virginia. Having served his country as a Marine he is an avid supporter of the military and our Veterans.

Jim Davis, Vice President of Summersville, is an executive at Bright Enterprises. He and his wife Jane have served on numerous NCCF committees and given back to our community in many ways.

Mary M. Igo, Secretary Regional Director of Operations for the Nicholas County Campus of New River Community and Technical College has been employed by New River since 2002.  Igo has an R.B.A. from Glenville State College and an M.B.A. from Salem International University.  Igo is currently the President of the Summersville Rotary Club, Secretary of the Summersville Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Vice President of both the 4-H Leader’s Association and the Nicholas County Community Action Partnership Board.

Rich Kiser, Treasurer, is a Nicholas County resident who enjoys golf. Rich is a CPA for Northside Development and provides his expertise to the Foundation.  Rich chairs the Finance Committee.

Kelly Blake grew up in Nicholas County. She is the Health Scientist and Program Director at the National Cancer Institute* and received her doctorate from Harvard University in Public Health. She and her husband Michael Young are active community members, coaching soccer for the Summersville Youth Soccer League. They reside in Mount Nebo with their daughter.

*Kelly Blake is serving in her personal capacity as a member of the Nicholas County Community Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Jay Borrell is a manufacturing professional currently holding the position of plant manager at Jeld-Wen Fiber WV. He has been in the field for 28 years. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Summersville Regional Medical Center, Youth Leadership at Summersville Baptist Church and current VP of the Board of Directors of the Summersville Convention and Visitors Bureau. He resides in Summersville and enjoys spending time with his sons.

Steve Ferguson is a CPA who owns and operates Ferguson Services, Inc. He is a very active community member, bringing many jobs and businesses to Nicholas County. He is the current President of Summersville Rotary Club and has served on Summersville Chamber of Commerce, as well as many other boards and community building services. He and his wife Joy reside in Summersville.

Barbara LeRose is a very active community member, alongside her husband Rodney. She owns and operates Starlite Promotions and currently serves on the Summersville Rotary Club. She resides in Summersville.

Peter Murdza moved to the Summersville area with his wife Katie and two daughters. He is a marketing professional working as the Director of Sales and Marketing at Rockwell Collins in Fenwick, WV. He received his MBA from Gardner Webb University and has previously served on non-profit boards.

Anita Neary grew up in Nicholas County and recently returned after living in the Northwest, Anita serves as a Vice President at United Bank. Her vast experience in financial and estate planning is a great asset to NCCF. She chairs the Investment Committee.

Michael Perilli, is a graduate of Marshall University with a degree in Marketing and Retailing.  Having worked in the banking industry, he also serves as the WV State Bank Examiner before having started a coal brokerage business. He has served on numerous boards including the WV Coal Association, Seneca Mental Health, NC Community Action and currently on the BB&T Advisory Board. Mike and his wife Martha reside in Summersville.


John Mark Walkup is a professor of music at New River Community College. He received his doctorate in Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Literature from West Virginia University. He and his wife Angie reside with their children in Summersville.

Angela Williams of Mount Nebo is the Executive Director at the Nicholas Community Action Partnership, Inc. She is also a very active member of the community, serving on the board of WV Directors of Senior and Community Services Association. She is also a member of the Summersville Rotary Club, WV Community Action Partnership Directors Association, Results Oriented Management and Accountability State Committee and WV Directors of Senior and Community Service.


All elected board member terms are three (3) years.  With approximately 1/3 of the terms expiring each year.  No member of the Board of Directors may be reappointed or reelected to serve on the Board when he or she has been on the Board for three (3) consecutive terms; however, a member may be elected again after a respite of one year.

NCCF Committees

In addition to our Board of Directors the Foundation relies heavily upon the work of our committees.  These committees are comprised of both board member and other individuals, who are not serving on the board but support the mission of the NCCF.   The committee structure and all committee appointments are evaluated annually and appointed by the President of the Foundation.



Asset Review

Donor Development
Grant Distribution

Anyone interested in participating as a committee member or a director is encouraged to contact us at (304) 872-0202 or by email at nccfwv@gmail.com.

Foundation Operations

In keeping with the charitable purposes of the Foundation, our objective is to keep operating expenses at a moderate level and to provide a high quality service to all donors and charitable organizations.  The NCCF covers its operating costs through administrative fee’s charged to each endowed fund (1% , or less, of the market value of endowed funds annually and 2.5% non-endowed funds), donations from private individuals as well as grants from businesses and entities of government.

The Board of Directors of the Nicholas County Community Foundation would like to thank the following businesses and organizations for their investment in our community’s future, as contributors to our operating fund:

BB&T Foundation of West Virginia

City of Summersville