CHAIR - Fairmont State Foundation, Inc.
Craig Walker serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer for FCX Systems, Inc. located in Morgantown, West Virginia. FCX Systems designs and manufactures solid state power frequency converters for commercial and military aviation, shipyard, and industrial applications. FCX units are located throughout the United States and over 70 countries on all seven continents.
Mr. Walker came to FCX Systems in September of 2008 through a multi-year management consulting engagement between FCX and Glenmark Holding Capital, LLC – of which Mr. Walker was the Director of Business Services. Since that time, he, along with the members of the company’s senior management and Glenmark’s leadership, accomplished the successful restructuring and recapitalization of the company. As of December of 2014, Mr. Walker is an employee of FCX and has acquired a minority ownership of the company.
Prior to his work with FCX Systems and GMH Capital, Mr. Walker had served 30 years in key senior organizational and financial management positions. Those positions included: Chief of Staff to the President of West Virginia University (1 year); Vice President of Finance & Administration and Treasurer for the West Virginia University Foundation (12 years); Assistant Athletic Director for Finance & Administration for West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics (14 years); and Accounting Officer for the West Virginia Network for Educational Telecomputing (3 years). He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (1977) and a Master of Science in Sport Management (1981) – both from West Virginia University.
In 2000, he was inducted into the West Virginia University School of Physical Education Hall of Fame. Prior to that, he was named the inaugural recipient of the Sport Management Graduate Program’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1992. He served many terms on the School’s Visiting Committee, including two terms as Chair. For over 20 years, he taught a finance class in the sport management graduate curriculum.
In the community, Mr. Walker serves as the Chair for the Fairmont State University Foundation Board of Directors, Member of the West Liberty University Research Corporation Board of Directors, Member of the Fortis Healthcare Board of Advisors, and Member of the Morgantown Economic Partnership Board of Directors. Previously, he has served as President, Vice President and Treasurer of the Mylan Park Foundation Board of Directors, Chair of the Greater Morgantown Area Chamber of Commerce, Chair of the MAC PAC Board of Directors, Vice President of the Morgantown Ronald McDonald House Charities Board of Directors, Member of the Morgantown Airport Advisory Board, and as Treasurer for St. Thomas ‘a Becket Episcopal Church. As his children were growing up, Craig coached and coordinated youth basketball and baseball leagues.
Since 1973, Mr. Walker has resided in the Morgantown community. He is married to Nancy Walker and the father of three adult children.
Gary A. LeDonne '84
VICE CHAIR - Fairmont State Foundation, Inc.
Gary LeDonne is an Executive in Residence at the West Virginia University (WVU) College of Business and Economics. Gary teaches Income Tax Accounting and counsels students on career development. Prior to joining WVU, Gary served as a Regional Tax Managing partner with Ernst & Young (EY). During his three decades of experience in public accounting he worked with hundreds of companies including the world’s largest global companies and many privately owned businesses. He possess varied industry expertise including financial services, retail, utility, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, professional services, and education.
Gary led significant lines of business as a senior EY partner. He has extensive experience working in turnaround situations, strategy development, succession planning, talent management and over fifteen years of direct P&L responsibility. Gary enjoys growing business enterprises and developing talent.
In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of the Fairmont State University Foundation, Gary was previously a member of the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of Central Ohio. Gary’s Board experience includes serving as a financial expert. He has been a member or the Chair of the audit, development, executive, finance, governance and operating committees.
Gary received his Bachelor of Science degree from Fairmont State College and his Master Professional Accountancy degree from West Virginia University. Gary is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the state of West Virginia. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a member of the American Accounting Association.
Gary and his wife, Renee, reside in Morgantown, WV. Renee and Gary have two adult children Garrett and Haley.
SECRETARY - Fairmont State Foundation, Inc.
Jeff Taylor is a Partner in Fairmont's long established law firm of Rose, Padden, Petty, Taylor, & Lilly, LC. Jeff has practiced law for twenty-three years and enjoys a diverse law practice which includes trial litigation, estate planning, business law, real estate, and oil and gas law. Jeff is married to Barbara Taylor. Jeff and and Barbara have two sons, Woodrow and Ben.
PRESIDENT & CEO - Fairmont State Foundation, Inc.
Gimbl comes to the FSU Foundation after serving the last three years as Vice President of Brown Equipment & Machine Company in Morgantown following prior development positions at Penn State University, Marshall University and West Virginia University. He brings 10 years of experience working in higher education development programs.
At Brown, he provided leadership and management, directing new business development for the 43 year old company. Prior to joining Brown, Gimbl spent four years as director of major gifts for the Nittany Lion Club at Penn State University. In that capacity, he was responsible for new major gifts and pledges exceeding $4 million. Among his duties was compiling and executing the fundraising plan for the Ice Campaign, securing endowments for the newly created Men’s and Women’s Ice Hockey programs.
Previously, Gimbl served as Marshall's Associate Athletic Director and Executive Director of the Big Green Scholarship Foundation. He oversaw all areas of development for Marshall University Intercollegiate Athletics. At Marshall, Gimbl directed the re-organization of the annual giving program, instituted and branded a coaches tour, and re-created the game-day experience at Joan C. Edwards Stadium for premium seat holders.
Before his arrival at Marshall, Gimbl served as the Assistant Director of Development at West Virginia University since March of 2004. During his tenure at WVU, Gimbl oversaw the annual giving and ticket priority program, helped to manage more than 5,500 donors, and assisted in the cultivation and solicitation of prospective donors for the Mountaineer Athletic Club. He also was involved with the Mountaineer Athletic Club's annual Coaches Caravan, the WVU 1100 Club, and helped coordinate the WVU Varsity Club for former student-athletes.
A native of Holbrook, N.Y, Gimbl, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science and Psychology from Rutgers University in 2000. He earned a Master's in Business Administration from West Virginia in 2002. Gimbl and his wife Sarah have two children, and reside in Morgantown.
Dena M. Clutter '85
Dena Clutter is the BB&T Market President for Harrison, Marion and Taylor counties. She is also a 1985 graduate of Fairmont State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and received her Masters of Business from the University of Findley. Dena has two sons, Camden of Orlando, Florida, and Travis of Clarksburg and a granddaughter, Marley of Clarksburg. She resides in Clarksburg with her husband, Joe.
Herman E. DeProspero '01
Herman currently works as Market President for MVB Bank's North Market in West Virginia. In that capacity he is responsible for developing commercial relationships for MVB Bank. Primarily, Herman works with commercial customers to create financing solutions to fit the unique needs of each business. In addition, he works with each of the other areas of the bank to assess business needs across service lines including depository, mortgage and commercial insurance.
Prior to joining MVB Bank in October 2012, Herman was a partner with the accounting firm Arnett Foster Toothman, PLLC. Currently, Herman has more than 15 years of experience in public accounting providing tax, financial reporting, business consulting and management advisory services to his clients. Additionally, Herman's experience includes corporate and other business tax matters and significant audit and reporting experience in various industries serving North Central West Virginia and Southwestern Pennsylvania.
Herman currently manages a small tax practice that provides individual and business tax return preparation, tax planning and consulting.
Herman also holds an inactive license as a Certified Valuation Analyst, and has provided business valuation services to clients and business owners for estate and gift tax compliance and planning purposes, business owner exit planning and succession, marital dissolution and shareholder disputes. Over the years these services have required expert witness testimony in marital dissolution matters and Herman is accepted as an expert witness in the Family Courts of Harrison County West Virginia and Randolph County West Virginia.
EDUCATION: Herman received a Bachelor of Science degree, with a major in accounting, from Fairmont State University, formerly Fairmont State College in Fairmont (West Virginia) in 2001. In addition, DeProspero annually attends continuing education courses within various areas of practice including accounting and auditing, taxation and business valuation.
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS: DeProspero is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA), the West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (WVSCPAs) and served as the President of the Central Chapter of the WVSCPAs.
COMMUNITY: In addition to volunteering his time, Herman currently serves as a Board Member and as the Treasurer for the United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties, as a Board Member and Finance Committee Member for the Morgantown Convention and Visitors Bureau, and a Board Member for the Morgantown Area Economic Development Partnership.
David K. Hendrickson, Founding Partner, has more than 25 years trial experience. He practices in the areas of product liability, toxic tort, personal injury, insurance defense, and general business litigation. He is especially knowledgeable in cases involving asbestos, acrylamide, benzene, PCB, solvents, aromatic hydrocarbons, and multi-chemical sensitivities. He is also skilled in cases involving a wide range of products.
Hendrickson has extensive experience in personal injury and various insurance defense litigations. He represents corporations and employers in premises and deliberate intent claims, and manufacturers in claims of chemical exposures. For more than 25 years, he has represented manufacturers and premises owners in mass trial litigation and has won defense verdicts in this highly specialized area.
Hendrickson is a former captain in the United States Army. He is a recent inductee in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and has also been recognized by several national publications including, Chambers, USA, Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers and Litigation Magazine in the area of Corporate Litigation. He currently serves on the boards of several charitable, civic and social organizations.
Sherald E. Hill II '04
Sherald Hill currently resides in Fairmont, but spent most of his early years in Miami, FL, Missoula, MT, and Madison, WV. Sherald is a 2004 graduate of Fairmont State University with a bachelor's degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance and a minor in political science. Upon graduating from FSU, Sherald began working with the American Cancer Society as a Community Manager with fundraising and patient advocate responsibilities all over North Central WV. Sherald then moved on to Merrill Lynch to further his development and begin his career as a Senior Financial Advisor registered to do business in FL, MD, OH, and WV. Sherald currently works with individual families and businesses to help protect and grow their wealth by taking into consideration every aspect of their financial life. Sherald works with Mylan Pharmaceuticals to oversee their 401K and Stock Option Plan.
In service to his community, Sherald serves multiple non -profit organizations in an advisory board member capacity including, Fairmont Rotary, Boys and Girls Club of Marion County, and the Mountaineer Youth Academy at Camp Dawson.
Jennifer L. Kinty '85
Jennifer is a local Community President and Sr. Commercial Relationship Manager dedicated to clients in West Virginia. As a Community President & Sr. Relationship Manager, Jennifer is responsible for delivery of “Simply the Best” service on behalf of Huntington throughout the West Virginia region.
Jennifer and her husband of 27 years, Scott, have two daughters. Jennifer's interests - besides her family - are church, gardening, reading and enjoying college sports.
25+ Years Direct Industry experience
Participated in and attended various banking schools and classes including the Graduate School of Banking at LSU
Have held various banking roles including Commercial Lending, Area Management, Business Banking, Audit, Accounting, Compliance and Loan Review.
Jennifer received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Fairmont State University, Fairmont, WV
Stephen B. Jones
Interim President - Fairmont State University
Michele Kroll '84
Richard H. Lightner '89
Growing up in Lost Creek, West Virginia, Rick obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Fairmont State College, where he graduated with honors in 1989. He became a CPA in 1991 and worked in public accounting for Ernst and Young for almost 5 years. Rick then spent 20 years in private industry with 15 of those being at Peerless Block & Brick where he was VP of Finance & Administration. Rick is now the Controller at Arnett Foster Toothman, PLLC in Charleston WV.
Rick has been active with several organizations in his community of Winfield over the years. He was treasurer for several years for the Winfield Youth Football League. He currently serves on the boards of the Winfield High School Football Boosters and the Winfield Church of the Nazarene.
Rick and his wife of 23 years, Kim, have 2 teenage sons. When he has free time, Rick enjoys playing golf and skiing.
Chrissy Menear is originally from Barbour County. She graduated from Fairmont State College in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts in Education, and obtained a Master of Arts in Secondary Education from West Virginia University in 2001.
Chrissy has worked in the Barbour, Doddridge and Marion County school systems as an English teacher. She presently teaches at the Barnes Alternative Learning Center in Marion County. She has also been an Adjunct Instructor for both Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community and Technical College since 2000.
Chrissy loves to travel and is an avid tennis player and golfer.
Connie S. Moore
Moore was a full-time faculty member at Fairmont State since 1987 and in 2009 entered Phased Retirement. Prior to that time, she was an adjunct faculty member for five years. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from West Virginia University. She is also certified as a Clinical Specialist in Adult Health. In 2006 she was named Co-Interim Dean of Nursing. She served as Coordinator of Adult Health Nursing for several years.
Moore previously taught nursing at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and at the University of Charleston in Charleston. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, national nursing honorary, West Virginia Nurses Association and the American Nurses’ Association.
She served as a member of the Fairmont State Board of Governors for 8 years and for 10 years as Fairmont State’s representative to the Advisory Council of Faculty to the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. While on the council, she worked with the Legislature and the policy commission on legislation to benefit higher education and faculty. Her teaching endeavors have earned her the William A. Boram Award for Excellence in Teaching, Recognition of Outstanding Faculty Achievement and the Outstanding Community College Service Award.
Connie also headed an initiative by the FSU School of Nursing to develop a nursing simulation lab. This new teaching learning strategy is now incorporated into all nursing courses.
In addition to her efforts to support the campus community, Moore is also active in the community, especially in her work with the 4-H program as a Teen Leader organization leader, 4-H camp nurse, and the Marion County 4-H Camp Board. Her husband is Dennis J. Moore, DVM. Her three children are all professionals in the Marion County community: Lisa Flower, MD, Chris Moore, PT, and Scott Moore, DVM. She is also very proud of her 7 grandchildren, Sophia, Nate, Samuel, Riley, Avery, Eva and Hallie.
Richard (Dick) Moore
Born in Morgantown, West Virginia, Dick graduated from Fairmont Senior High School and enlisted in the United States Navy in 1970. He opened the Dick Moore Insurance Agency in 1977. Throughout his thirty-six years in the Insurance and Financial Service Industry, Dick has been recognized by Nationwide for many accomplishments including: Conference of Champions, Presidents Conference, Million Dollar Round Table, and the West Virginia Nationwide Agent of The Year. Dick represented his fellow agents by serving on the Midwest Regional Agent Advisory Council from 2007-2010.
The Dick Moore Agency has been active in the Marion County community by supporting the educational endeavors of the local schools through academics, sports, and community service initiatives.
As a leader in the community, Dick has supported Fairmont State University, The United Way of Marion County, Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), Fairmont State Athletic Association, and the Marion County Chamber of Commerce. Dick currently serves on the Fairmont State Foundation Board.
Stephen L. Morris
On March 5, 2014, Director James Comey named Stephen L. Morris assistant director of the Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS). Mr. Morris most recently served as special agent in charge of the FBI’s Houston Division. Mr. Morris had previously served as deputy assistant director in the Criminal Justice Information Services Division from 2008 to 2011.
Mr. Morris joined the FBI in 1988 as an administrative file clerk in the Honolulu Division. He completed new agents training in Quantico, Va. in 1991, and was assigned to the El Paso Division where he investigated white collar crimes, violent crimes and drug cases.
In 1996, he supervised the initiation and implementation of the El Paso criminal intelligence squad. Shortly after, he was promoted as supervisory special agent in 1997 in the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI Headquarters.
While at FBI Headquarters, he supervised the FBI’s domestic and international criminal informant programs, in support of violent crimes, drug trafficking, white collar crime and terrorism. In 1999, he was promoted to the Cincinnati Division as supervisory senior resident agent for the Dayton Resident Agency.
In 2003, he was promoted as assistant special agent in charge at the Houston Division. In this position, he managed the division’s white collar crime and civil rights programs, and directed the administrative and investigative operations conducted by Houston’s six resident agencies.
Mr. Morris was promoted into the senior executive service in 2005 and was designated chief of the programs support section at the Criminal Justice Information Services Division. Additionally, he served as program manager for the FBI’s development of the Law Enforcement National Data Exchange program.
In 2006, he returned to FBI Headquarters and was appointed as chief of the Strategic Information and Operations Center. In this position, he managed the FBI’s 24-hour global command center for strategic information and crisis management.
Mr. Morris is a South Carolina native and graduated from Hawaii Pacific University in 1990.
Jo Marie Pitrolo
Jo Marie Pitrolo is a Fairmont native. She graduated in 1981 from West Virginia University with a B.S.B.Ad degree in finance and graduated in 1984 from the West Virginia University College of Law.
While attending law school, she was a member of the Marlyn E. Lugar Trial Association and was the Research Editor of the West Virginia Law Review. Also, while attending law school, Jo Marie was a law clerk for Furbee, Amos, Webb & Critchfield and concentrated on property and title work. She clerked for the City Attorney of Fairmont and appeared regularly in Municipal Court.
Upon graduating from law school, Jo Marie joined Higinbotham & Higinbotham in 1984. Early in her career, she served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney. She prosecuted various matters in Marion County and tried many criminal cases including burglaries, drunk driving and child sexual assault. She also represented the Marion County Board of Education in personnel and special education matters as well as in construction litigation. As an assistant prosecuting attorney, she also represented the County Commission.
Jo Marie’s practice now concentrates on personal injury litigation, particularly motor vehicle collisions and insurance matters.
She has been involved in many civic organizations and has served on the various boards including the Hope Domestic Violence Center of Marion County; Ronald McDonald House Charities in Morgantown, WV, Fairmont Renaissance, Fairmont Rotary Club, the Marion County Chamber of Commerce and the West Virginia Auto and Truck Dealers Association where she served as President. She is a former officer of the Marion County Bar Association and is a member of the West Virginia State Bar; the American Bar Association, the West Virginia Association for Justice and the American Association for Justice. She is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia and the Northern and Southern District Courts of West Virginia.
In her free time, Jo Marie enjoys tennis, golf and snow skiing.
1986 - Present: BlaineTurner Advertising, Inc. (BTA), Morgantown, W.Va.
FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT
• BTA named 2014 Best Small Business in Morgantown by Morgantown Area Chamber of
• Co-founded btaDIGITAL in 2001, a Web site production and interactive media
division of BTA
• Awarded numerous marketing awards from Telley, Addy, PRSA, Heathcare Advertising,
Davey, Aster, Governor’s Conference on Tourism, Hospital Marketing National
2005: West Virginia University School of Business and Economics, Morgantown, W.Va.
ADJUNCT PROFESSOR (Marketing)
1984-1986: Hanson & Associates Communications, Inc., Buckhannon, W.Va.
1984: AT&T Communications, Annandale, Va.
1982-1984: Dominion Post, Morgantown, W.Va.
West Virginia University, Morgantown, W.Va.
• Currently serve on the Boards of Directors for Your Community Foundation,
Mylan Park, Sundale Rehabilitation | Long Term Care
• Named Young Gun in 2001 by West Virginia Executive Magazine
Paul Smith '95
President - Precision Oil & Gas, Inc.
President/CEO/Owner - Soles Electric, Inc. & Rebuilders, Inc.
H. Skip Tarasuk, Jr. '71
H. Skip Tarasuk, Jr. is currently employed by BrickStreet Mutual Insurance Company in Charleston, West Virginia as Special Projects Consultant. He currently serves as Chairman of BrickStreet’s Agents Advisory Council.
Mr. Tarasuk resides at 102 Lakeview Drive in Fairmont, West Virginia. He was educated in the Marion County, West Virginia school system until 1971. He is a 1971 graduate of Fairmont State College with a degree in secondary education.
Mr. Tarasuk served as the first Chairman of the Board of Directors for BrickStreet Mutual Insurance from 2006 through 2009.
Mr. Tarasuk was the former owner and President of Davis & Tarasuk Insurance Corporation until August 1, 2012. He previously served as President for Marion County United Way, Marion County ARC, Fairmont Jaycees and Fairmont State College Foundation, Inc.
Mr. Tarasuk also served as past Director and Officer for the Salvation Army, Marion County Chamber of Commerce, West Virginia State Jaycees, West Virginia State Special Olympics, Marion County Humane Society and Board of Governors of Fairmont State University. In his leisure, he enjoys the study of atmospheric reactions and Chinese Poetry.
Sandra K. Vanin, Ed.D. '73
Dr. Sandra K. (Brown) Vanin graduated from Fairmont State in 1973. While at Fairmont, she was active in Delta Zeta society and was a member of the field hockey, volleyball and tennis teams. She began her teaching career in Monongalia County while continuing her education earning both a Masters and Doctorate from WVU. She and her husband relocated to Shreveport, LA, while John served in the USAF. In Shreveport, Sandra taught at LSU-Shreveport. They returned to Morgantown in 1985. Dr. Vanin joined the faculty of WVU in 1990 and continued there until 2005.
Sandra served as co-chair of the Education Transition Team for Governor- Elect Joe Manchin. In 2005, Governor Manchin appointed her to a Cabinet Level Commissioner position serving the senior citizens of West Virginia through the Bureau of Senior Services. During her tenure, two new programs, FAIR and Lighthouse were implemented, hot/cold meal delivery trucks were placed in every county, and in-home services were increased. Dr. Vanin left the Bureau in October of 2010 and returned to WVU until the spring of 2012.
Dr. Vanin was selected to participate in Women and Power: Leadership for a New World, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. During her time at WVU, Dr. Vanin was named Outstanding Faculty member several times as well as Outstanding Grantsperson and Outstanding Service provider. She has published book chapters and journal articles and presented at state and national conferences.
Dr. Vanin serves on the Alzheimer’s Association, West Virginia Chapter Board of Directors and Chairs the Dancing Through Time fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association. She also serves on the Audia Heritage Caring Foundation board and is active at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Star City. Dr. Vanin was recently appointed to the FSU Foundation Board of Directors and is looking forward to renewing old friendships and serving FSU.
Sandra lives in Morgantown, WV, with her husband, John R. Vanin, M.D. They have two children, Andrea Vanin Ingram and Marc Alexander Vanin (FSU grad). Sandra enjoys being outside, kayaking, walking marathons and quilting.
Cannon Wadsworth '91
Director of State Government Programs - Global Science & Technology