Our Leadership Operations
Anita Groves, Barbara LeRose, Kelly Blake, and Tamara Mullins
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.
Board of Directors
Anita Groves, President, currently serves as a Vice President at United Bank. She also served 10 years in the Pacific Northwest as Vice President of Key Bank. Her vast experience in financial and estate planning is a great asset to NCCF. She is currently serving as the President of Nicholas County Community Foundation. Anita spends her time volunteering on several nonprofit boards. She is a Board Member and Treasurer for Friends R Fun School. She serves as a financial consultant for the Nicholas County Fair. She is a board member for Rotary Club of Summersville, a member of Summersville Chamber of Commerce as well as a member of the Grand Order of Royal Leprechauns. She previously served as Audit and Finance Chair for Nicholas County Action Partnership, Secretary and Board member of the Nicholas County Veterans Memorial Park Board as well as Former Board member of the Shelter Workshop.
Steve Ferguson, Treasurer,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 Past President of the Summersville Rotary Club, the Summersville Chamber of Commerce and the Summersville Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, He is a current board member of the Nicholas County Board of Education. He was appointed by Governor Jim Justice and serves on the Board of Director of the West Virginia United Health System. He and his wife, Joy, reside in Summersville.
Tamara Mullins, Executive Director since 2017. A trained Registered Nurse, this position was a change in gears, but rivals equally in the ability to serve others. She also serves as a member of the Summersville Rotary Club. She resides in Summersville, with her husband Bandy and four children.
Dr. Kelly Blake, Grant Committee Chair, grew up in Nicholas County and returned in 2012 after living in the Washington DC area. She is a Health Scientist and Program Director at the National Cancer Institute,* where she conducts cancer control and population sciences research, and manages a portfolio of grants that fund research studies at academic institutions and cancer centers across the country. She earned a doctorate degree in social epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. She and her husband Michael Young reside in Summersville with their daughter.
*Dr. Blake is serving in her personal capacity as a member of the Nicholas County Community Foundation’s Board of Directors, as the chair of the Grant Committee, and as a member of the Finance Committee and Scholarship Committee.
Jim Davis, Governance Committee Chair, is a CPA and he and his wife Jane have resided in Summersville since 1984. He is a retired executive from Bright Enterprises. He and his wife have been, and continue to be, involved with our community in many ways.
Benjean Rapp, Secretary will be serving her first term on the NCCF Board, as a member of the Marketing Committee. A resident in Lockwood, Benjean returned to her home place in 2000, after living in other parts of WV.
Being active in the Community of Athens, WV, where she worked for Concord University while residing there for 25 years . She was Chairwoman for the Athens – Concord Town Social for thirteen years, owner-hostess of Maple Leaf Bed & Breakfast, as well as a Real Estate Agent for twelve years, selling in WV and South Carolina.
Returning home in 2000 to Nicholas County, Benjean is active in County and State Republican politics. She is current County Chairwoman in NICHOLAS County, Chairwoman for 11th Senatorial Committee and Secretary for State Republican County Chairs. She served as Vice Oresident and President of the Old Main Foundation, stepping down in 2019. Is an active member Fairview Baptist Church, mother of three and grandmother of seven grandsons.
Barbara LeRose, Scholarship Committee Chair 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.
Robert Shafer, 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.
Jay Borrell, Investment Committee Chair, is a manufacturing professional currently holding the position of plant manager at JELD-WEN Fiber WV. He has been in the field for more than 33 years. He also serves in several roles at Summersville Baptist Church. He resides in Summersville and enjoys spending time with his sons.
Mary M. Igo is the 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.
Dr. John Mark Walkup In his 30th year as a full-time faculty member in higher education, Dr. John M. Walkup is a Professor of Music at New River Community and Technical College where he teaches courses in music, fine arts, and education. During his tenure, he has also served as administrator in various roles from Department Chair to Interim Dean, and was named a Chancellor’s Leadership Fellow in 2009. He has earned degrees from Glenville State College, the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and West Virginia University. His solo piano performance venues in West Virginia comprise the Governor’s Mansion, the Greenbrier Hotel, and the Cultural Center in Charleston. Guest solo artist appearances include Georgia State University, St. Ambrose University, and Lincoln Land Community College.
He resides in Summersville with his wife, Angie, and their kids, Kathleen and Johnny. They all enjoy travel, various sports activities, and relaxing together at home.
Bruce Tallamy, born in Plainfield NJ, -9-1942 served in the US Navy 1961 to 1967 ( MM-2 SS), submarine service aboard the USS Conger SS-477 and the USS Redfin SS-272 leaving the service of my country with an honorable discharge.
1967 to 1971 – Employed by Associates Capital Company in Virginia Beach, Va., Charlotte, NC., and Charleston, WV as a commercial/consumer lender.
1971 to 1978 – Employed by Ashland Financial Services, Summersville, WV as a commercial/consumer lender.
1978 to 2009 – Employed as Sr. Vice President by Farmers & Merchants Bank, One Valley Bank South, all predecessors to Branch Bank and Trust Company who purchased the common stock of One Valley Holding, where I served from 2000 to 2009 as the Sr. Vice President/ City Executive for the Nicholas, Fayette, Webster and Clay county area with a concentration of commercial lending and overseeing the five banking facilities in my assigned geographic area. Retired in September 2009 as Area President.
2009 to present – Retired
I currently and formerly served as a member of the Board of Directors for the following: Nicholas County Building Commission (current), Nicholas County Community Foundation (current), Nicholas County Solid Waste Authority (former)
Summersville Youth Athletics, Inc. (former), Summersville Regional Medical Center (former)
Bruce Sigler was born in Fayette County, WV and then moved to Nicholas County in 1977. He was in the coal industry for 30 years and is currently a small business owner in the county. Bruce has volunteered at the Summersville Bread of Life Food Pantry for the past 12 years where he currently serves as the Chairman.
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.
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.
Anyone interested in participating as a committee member or a director is encouraged to contact us at (304) 872-0202 or by email at [email protected].
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:
Adkins & Young Accounting Services
Community Trust Bank – donated office space
First Energy Corp – Operating Costs Grant
Truist Foundation of West Virginia
City of Summersville
United Bank Foundation
Greg Sproles Law Firm
Ferguson Accounting Firm
Lake Country 3WS 95.7
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